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  • Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy

  • By: Caroline Kennedy (foreword), Michael Beschloss (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Jacqueline Kennedy, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (interviewer), Caroline Kennedy (foreword), and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

In 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded seven historic interviews about her life with John F. Kennedy. Now, decades later, these conversations can be heard in this digitally remastered eight-and-a-half-hour audio program. This audiobook includes the foreword written and read by Caroline Kennedy; introduction written and read by historian Michael Beschloss and the photos from the hardcover book, as well as complete annotations from Michael Beschloss, both in downloadable PDF format.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy this - you cannot miss this one!

  • By jeffrey on 16-06-12

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-13

This book is very, very interesting.I never knew what Jacqueline Kennedy sounded like and I was very suprised. She is so gentle, slow and careful in the way she speaks. I cant decide if she was naive or very clever in pretending not to know about things that happened. Its brilliant to hear her in her own words and the part where JFK Jr talks is very touching considering his father had only been killed a few months previously. Jacqueline Kennedy did lots of things during her time as The First Lady that I did'nt know about so I have learned new things from this book. I would recommed this book to anyone especially history fans.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Nazi Officer's Wife

  • How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust
  • By: Edith Hahn Beer, Susan Dworkin
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into a ghetto and then into a slave labor camp. When she returned home months later, she knew she would become a hunted woman, so she went underground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A riveting Story

  • By J NEILL on 11-02-07

Very interesting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-13

I really enjoyed this book. I thought it would be more like the title in the fact that her husband would be more involved in the Nazi party but he is not. It's more about how she deals with normal life living in Germany during the war. She tells stories about what she was forced to do which was very interesting. I would recommend this book as its a new insight in to a person's life living in an horrendous time.

  • Is It Just Me?

  • By: Miranda Hart
  • Narrated by: Miranda Hart
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,879
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,873

Well hello to you dear audiobook browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn't tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence? I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences - from school days to life as an office temp - and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you, too, dear listener) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life's rocky path.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic!

  • By berta on 25-12-12

Not what I expected

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-13

I was a bit confused by this book as I was expecting a normal autobiography, it's not. Miranda tells stories about her childhood and when she is a bit older but she interrupts herself by talking in a childish voice pretending to be her younger self who asks questions. I watch Miranda tv programme and now understand that she must be exactly like that in real life. I'm not sure if I liked this book I, did'nt not like it but I did'nt love it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Mystery of the Blue Train

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

When the luxurious Blue Train arrives at Nice, a guard attempts to wake serene Ruth Kettering from her slumbers. But she will never wake again, for a heavy blow has killed her, disfiguring her features almost beyond recognition. What is more, her precious rubies are missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hugh Fraser

  • By Alf on 20-05-16

It's Agatha Christie

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-13

Another wonderful book from Agatha Christie. Narrated by the wonderful Hugh Fraser who reads all the parts with excellent accents and makes you feel your really in the strory.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Mysterious Mr. Quin

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

So far, it had been a typical New Year's Eve house party. But Mr. Satterthwaite, a keen observer of human nature, sensed that the real drama of the evening was yet to unfold. So it proved when a mysterious stranger arrived after midnight. Who was this Mr. Quin? And why did his presence have such a pronounced effect on Eleanor Portal, the woman with the dyed-black hair?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen

  • By melanie on 02-02-13

Good listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-13

I love anything by Agatha Christie and if your a fan you will love it too. I was'nt expecting lots of short stories, I'm not sure if it tells you this in the description, but it is still a great book by the Crime Queen.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • A Stolen Life

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jaycee Dugard
  • Narrated by: Jaycee Dugard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

"In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived...."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing story

  • By Ms.Allison B on 06-05-12

Upsetting but interesting.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-13

I could'nt believe how this courageous young lady wrote this book, but I admire her for doing it. Due to the fact that the book is read by the author it makes it even more difficult to understand what Jaycee went through. She really goes in to detail and uses very explicit words to describe what she suffered, I will admit some of it was a shock as I was'nt expecting her to do this normally it would just skim over details. It is hard to listen to some parts but it's a great insight in to what this young lady had to go through. I would recommend this book to anyone.

  • Moab Is My Washpot

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,649
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,072

a) A fatuous, wasted, degenerate and wholly useless existence captured in delicate, lyrical and exquisitely realised prose. b) Lightly amusing anecdotes and tender reminiscences of the great men and women encountered during a rich, varied and rewarding lifetime, fondly remembered in the tranquil evening of a career of public service. c) The autobiography of a dizzying life fuelled by the lust for power and the search for ever more degrading downward paths of repulsive sexual adventuring.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I want to hug Stephen Fry

  • By Suzanne on 01-12-13

It's Stephen Fry

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-13

It's Stephen Fry so it is obviously a great book. I will admit I enjoyed The Fry Chronicles a bit more than this, not sure why. Stephen's voice is lovely and very easy to listen to. It's great to know he was a bit of a "wrong un" when he was younger, so he is not all wonderful like everyone thinks. He explains that he does'nt know why people think he is a clever and an upstanding member of the community. I would recommend this book to anyone, you can't go wrong with Fry.

  • Black Diamonds

  • The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty
  • By: Catherine Bailey
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471

Wentworth is today a crumbling and forgotten palace in Yorkshire. Yet just 100 years ago it was the ancestral pile of the Fitzwilliams' - an aristocratic clan whose home and life were fuelled by coal mining. This is the story of their spectacular decline: of inheritance fights; rumours of a changeling and of lunacy; philandering earls; illicit love; war heroism: a tragic connection to the Kennedys'; violent deaths: mining poverty and squalor; and a class war that literally ripped apart the local landscape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Colin on 19-02-09

Unusual but good

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-12

This book isn't what I thought it would be. I was expecting country house, wacky ancestors and problems. These things are there but with lots and lots of details about the mines and the miners who worked for the family (and I mean a lot). My Dad is a miner so I didn't mind listening to it, but I can imagine for a lot of people these parts would be a struggle to listen to. The parts about the family are really interesting and I Googled and Wikipedia'd the house and family after listening to it. I know I would of hated to read this book, but I could zone out when listening to the boring parts. Not sure if I would recommend as its not everyones cup of tea.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Life of Lee

  • By: Lee Evans
  • Narrated by: Lee Evans
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030

Lee Evans is one of the best-loved comedians in the country; a Hollywood star able to sell out arenas in the blink of eye. But he was not always such a roaring success. Read unabridged by the man himself, the audiobook edition of The Life of Lee is an utterly hilarious and very moving autobiography, charting his ups and downs on the way to the top.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By AandL272 on 05-06-13

Enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-12

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I used to love Lee's stand up shows and saw him live a few times. After a while I felt he was just doing the same routines. That said I did enjoy this listen. I didn't realise how rough his early life was. I saw a different side to Lee after listening to this as he explains how shy he is (hard to imagine I know). I would recommend this book.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • My Animals and Other Family

  • By: Clare Balding
  • Narrated by: Clare Balding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658

Clare Balding grew up in a rather unusual household. As her father is a champion trainer, she shared her life with more than 100 thoroughbred racehorses, mares, foals, and ponies, as well as an ever-present pack of boxers and lurchers. As a toddler she would happily ride the legendary Mill Reef and take breakfast with the Queen. She and her younger brother came very low down the pecking order. Left to their own devices, they had to learn life’s toughest lessons through the animals, and through their adventures in the stables.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fabulous

  • By sg on 16-09-12

Brillian

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-12

This is a lovely book to listen to as Claire Balding's voice is so easy on the ears. She tells her stories so calmly and really pulls you in. My only problem with this book is that I wished it was longer. I could listen to Claire's voice all day and I wanted to know more about her and her family. Excellent listen.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful