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  • The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983-1992

  • By: Tina Brown
  • Narrated by: Tina Brown
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

The Vanity Fair Diaries is the story of an Englishwoman barely out of her 20s who arrives in New York City with a dream. Summoned from London in hopes that she can save Condé Nast's troubled new flagship Vanity Fair, Tina Brown is immediately plunged into the maelstrom of the competitive New York media world and the backstabbing rivalries at the court of the planet's slickest, most glamour-focused magazine company.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, spiky and surprisingly warm

  • By Mark on 07-02-18

Really don’t waste your time or money......

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-01-18

This is a pointless narrative about pointless people who are not relevant now and other than Donald Trump and Jackie Kennedy were probably not that relevant then. Tina Brown may have been capable at what she did in the magazine publishing world (and I’m a great fan of Vanity Fair especially at the time Ms Brown was publishing it) but she has definitely overstretched herself in this genre. I’m afraid she is boringly wordy (think a talentless Thomas Hardy) and talks about totally irrelevant people who have only names and net worth attached to them but no character (except Jackie Kennedy Onassis whom she draws surprisingly well). Her overriding ego for herself and her husband is the permanent narrative and to be fair they are not appealing at any level as characters and really I did not understand why we as readers/listeners were subjected to their family and children of whom bring nothing to the story of ‘Vanity Fair’ as a publication. This is a mediocre literally exercise
which I would have no hesitation in not recommending at all. In fact I would say if this is your thing then go with the Alexandra Schulman Vogue diaries instead-it’s still not brilliant but it’s head and shoulders above this disappointing rubbish.

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  • The Nine of Us

  • Growing Up Kennedy
  • By: Jean Kennedy Smith
  • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

In this evocative and affectionate memoir, Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, the last surviving child of Joe and Rose Kennedy, offers an intimate and illuminating look at a time long ago when she and her siblings, guided by their parents, laughed and learned a great deal under one roof.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sugar coated rubbish

  • By Suzanne M. on 02-05-17

Sugar coated rubbish

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

More truth and less fantasy

What could Jean Kennedy Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Be truthful!! This was a family full of shameful dark secrets and flawed personalities. I love (not) the way she makes it sound as if they were nothing but pure angels with Rosemary when in fact her own father agreed to a frontal lobotomy which all but killed her and then she was shipped off to a home never to be spoken of again. And what about JFK frolicking on a floating harem in the Mediterranean whilst his wife gave birth to a stillborn child and he refused to come home. Oh and yes let's not forget Teddy Kennedy and Chippaquaddick or Joe snr shameful term as an Ambassador and his lifelong infidelities-great Catholic example he was. What a joke Jean you can fool some of the people...........in reality none of these children were remarkable they were a product of a very detramined couple with out of control egos and a lot of money. There are far better books on the Kennedys out there this is just an insider job which seeks to preserve the myth.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I thought the narrator did a great job with such weak material

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Utter shock that someone who lived amongst it could even fool themselves.

  • This Was a Man

  • The Clifton Chronicles, Book 7
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,366
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247

This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives, and who dies? In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife, Karin, from the Cabinet Secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game? Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus while his wife, Emma, completes her 10 years as Chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly entertaining rollicking melodrama

  • By Kirstine on 08-11-16

Could'nt wait to finish this series

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing the whole series is beyond awful. Badly drawn characters with absolutely no depth at all set in a non descriptive environment with implausible plots. Yes there are good cliffhangers but in the end you just can't wait for everyone to fall off the cliffs they are hanging on!!

What was most disappointing about Jeffrey Archer’s story?

Implausible

How could the performance have been better?

A different narrator completely-he was beyond annoyimg

What character would you cut from This Was a Man?

Everyone except Virginia in every book-she could have a series of her own.

Any additional comments?

Don't start on the first-you'll regret it by the last.....