Wednesday, December 7, 2016

THE PRINCESS DIARIST by Carrie Fisher Audio Edition





    Princess Leia (aka Carrie Fisher) tells all and more in this story of her unlikely life to date.  The daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher became an iconic figure when she starred as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy.  She’s been up and she’s been down while through it all she has retained her luscious and sometimes wicked sensse of humor, her honesty, and her willingness to look the world and her life in the eye.  This series of autobiographical essays may raise a few eyebrows but it will also win her even more fans and friends.

    Of primary interest to some may be her candid description of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time and what went on between scenes - yes, she did have a three month affair with Harrison Ford, her love interest in the Star Wars movie.  At the time she was 19 and Ford was in his early 30s, married and the father of two young children.  She refers to their relationship as “a very long one-night stand.”) Having waited some 40 years to admit to this she may well have thought that was long enough.

Whatever the case, there is so much more in Fisher’s life and her straight-from-the heart comments are stellar.  When asked what the best things were about her success she replied, “Money, travel and the people you meet.”  When asked what was the worst thing about her success she replied, “Money, travel and the people you meet.”  There’s that sense of humor again!  It’s a wit that she almost seems to use as a shield against anything harmful.   What are the rules she lives by?  Being kind and being truthful.   She talks about LSD and death,  remembers a trip to the desert with Paul Simon when it appears they were both strung out and her coat caught fire.   She recalls it as they had a lot of “fun on acid, mushroom and that stuff.”  Re her difficulty with drugs she says “...it takes a lot of lessons for some of us to get it right.”

    Carrie Fisher is an utterly truthful memorist and a survivor.  There is much to enjoy and much to be learned from The Princess Diarist - listen to her story and be glad for her when she is happy and during the dark times listen carefully and learn.
    Princess Leia (aka Carrie Fisher) tells all and more in this story of her unlikely life to date.  The daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher became an iconic figure when she starred as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy.  She’s been up and she’s been down while through it all she has retained her luscious and sometimes wicked sensse of humor, her honesty, and her willingness to look the world and her life in the eye.  This series of autobiographical essays may raise a few eyebrows but it will also win her even more fans and friends.

    Of primary interest to some may be her candid description of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time and what went on between scenes - yes, she did have a three month affair with Harrison Ford, her love interest in the Star Wars movie.  At the time she was 19 and Ford was in his early 30s, married and the father of two young children.  She refers to their relationship as “a very long one-night stand.”) Having waited some 40 years to admit to this she may well have thought that was long enough.

Whatever the case, there is so much more in Fisher’s life and her straight-from-the heart comments are stellar.  When asked what the best things were about her success she replied, “Money, travel and the people you meet.”  When asked what was the worst thing about her success she replied, “Money, travel and the people you meet.”  There’s that sense of humor again!  It’s a wit that she almost seems to use as a shield against anything harmful.   What are the rules she lives by?  Being kind and being truthful.   She talks about LSD and death,  remembers a trip to the desert with Paul Simon when it appears they were both strung out and her coat caught fire.   She recalls it as they had a lot of “fun on acid, mushroom and that stuff.”  Re her difficulty with drugs she says “...it takes a lot of lessons for some of us to get it right.”

    Carrie Fisher is an utterly truthful memorist and a survivor.  There is much to enjoy and much to be learned from The Princess Diarist - listen to her story and be glad for her when she is happy and during the dark times listen carefully and learn.

IXXI SUBLIXIME DAYTIME RE-DENSIFYING CREAM

There’s so much to love about France - the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Follies Bergere, Coq au Vin and, of course, the cosmetics.  IXXI Sudlixime Redensifying Cream is a case in point.

IXXI is a unique cosmetic brand created around three proven anti-ageing elements - Pine Bark Extract, Everlasting Flower Extract and Hyaluronic Acid.  This patented trio when combined with ancillary ingredients smooths out wrinkles, plumps, fills and protects thus transforming skin.

This elegant silken cream simply resculpts facial contours.   Apply to face and neck first thing in the morning and let its magic work on you.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

THE WHOLE TOWN'S TALKING by Fannie Flagg Audio Edition





    All one needs to do is pick up a newspaper to realize how very much all of us could use a good laugh.  Well, as always, Fannie
Flagg has a barrel of those for us.   She’s funny (make that laugh-out-loud funny), charming and wise.  As for her imagination it continues to be
non-stop. The Whole Town’s Talking left me talking to all my friends, singing the praises of the latest from the irrepressible and irreplaceable Fannie
Flagg. 

    So, make yourself comfortable, suspend belief and prepare to meet the residents (living and dead) of Elmwood Springs, Missouri.
Somewhere around 1869 Lordor Nordstrom settled this small town and he also ordered from Chicago, Katrina, a Swedish mail-order bride.  Now,
Lordor not only wanted a pretty and prosperous town but he was a fellow who thought of everything - from beginning to end, so to speak.  So, he
also created a final resting place for himself, his family, his descendants and the townfolk.  It was called “Still Meadows.”  Not at all an apt name for
what was going on beneath the ground there.

    Of course, folks would die and after being interred they awakened to find that they are among old friends, neighbors, former husbands
 and wives, teachers, perhaps their favorite gas station attendant.   Why, Tot Whooten discovers that she is buried between her ex-husband and his second wife.
Ruby suffered a surprising demise - she died when her faulty toilet exploded beneath her.  Needless to say there’s a great deal going on under “Still
Meadows.”  And, as if that were not enough every once in a while someone will really disappear - where did he or she go?

    As rather strange things happen the still living townspeople are determined to find out just what is going on.

    While The Whole Town’s Talking is certainly comic, it is also insightful and heartening as it reminds one of what a wonderful gift life is.

    Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

ODESSA SEA by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler Audio Edition




   
                       
    Love hearing about exotic places you’ll never see, unspeakable villains who will stop at nothing
to achieve their deadly goals and spine tingling narrow escapes?  Then a Clive Cussler story is for you! 
This author has been thrilling and gaining fans for a number  of  years with dozens of bestsellers to his credit.
 Most recently he has teamed with his son, Dirk Cussler, to deliver double whammies of suspense and derring-do.    Odessa Sea as narrated by the incomparable Scott Brick.

Cussler’s estimable hero Dirk Pitt, Director of the National Underwater and Marine Agency, and his colleague Al Giordino have been trolling the Black Sea in search of a lost Ottoman shipwreck.  Suddenly they hear Mayday, an urgent distress call from a nearby freighter.  What they find is a ship carrying dead bodies and enriched uranium which has been stolen by underlings of Valentin Mankedo, a Bulgarian black market smuggler.  At about the same time Dirk Junior and twin sister Summer are scoping another sea where they come upon what may be a pile of 1917 Romanov gold bullion.

    Soon Anna Belova, a special investigator with Europol and her partner join Dirk and company in searching for Martin Hendriks, a Dutch businessman who is working on an agreement with the Russians to get a nuclear weapon.   Now, as if the story needs any more excitement envision boat chases, commando  raids and research submersibles that can fight each other.  This is Cussler at the height of his powers and chair gripping listening for us.

    Don’t miss it!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

THE MOTH CATCHER by Ann Cleves




This is my first Vera Stanhope mystery and I can assure you it will not be the last.  Cleves has given us almost an anti-heroine yet so affecting that she wins us over almost immediately.  For me, it was  refreshing to find a female detective who was not gorgeous but a bit on the hefty side, one who had difficulty getting up out of low chairs.  It’s impossible not to relate to her.  Also, I was delighted to learn that Vera is available in a PBS series - cannot wait to see her!  As if Vera herself were not enough she’s accompanied by two sidekicks - Holly and Joe, two carefully drawn characters who are as different as night and day.  Each is very appealing as their personalities are revealed.

    The Moth Catcher is richly atmospheric as the English countryside is described down to blades of grass.  Patrick Randle, a graduate student,  has come from London to Northumberland to house-sit for a wealthy family, the Carswells, who are visiting in Australia.  When his body is found by the roadside Vera is first on the scene.  Much to everyone’s surprise when the authorities go to search Patrick’s room they find the body of a middle aged man - Martin Benton, a computer expert.  What in the world could Benton and Patrick have in common save for an interest in moths?

    Vera’s eye is caught by a nearby area called Valley Farm, a barn and farmhouse has been converted and is now home to three retired couples - Nigel and Lorraine Lucas (their home is a show place), Professor John O’Kane and his wife Janet who was once a social worker, and Sam and Annie Redhead who once owned a successful restaurant.  Their daughter, Lizzie, who has always been a problem and is now in jail but soon to be released after serving time for embezzling from her employer.  The three couples usually get together on Friday evenings to party and oft times drink too much.  Sound like six folks simply enjoying retirement?  Not quite.

    When a third person is found murdered Vera becomes convinced that the answer to these killings lies with the residents of Valley Farm, but who and why?

    Thanks to author Cleves Vera is a character who is fascinating to follow as her thoughts and actions are revealed.  We understand her loneliness and admire her perspicacity as we often smile at her fruitless attempts to find answers.  She is human in every sense of the word, and so very likable.  As if creating Vera were not enough Cleves is a master at building suspense, and I found myself turning pages long past my bedtime unable to wait as Vera carried me to a surprising denouement.

    Enjoy!

Friday, November 25, 2016

NORA ROBERTS COLLECTION: Villa, Midnight Bayou, Three Fates Audio Edition







    Question: What’s better than a story by Nora Roberts?  Answer: Three of them!  Yes, three tales by one of the best-selling authors of our time and better yet 40 hours of topnotch listening! 

    The first story is The Villa which not only boasts a TALE of love but also a superb narration by Laural Merlington.  Sophia Giambelli has led a storied life since she was born into one of the most famous  wine families.  Not only are their wines well known throughout the U.S. and the world but they’re also extremely popular but now all of that is about to change.  Sophia has never known competition as Villa Giambelli has a three generation history of producing only the finest.  Now Tereza, the family matriarch, has decided to merge with the MacMillan family’s winery.  And that merger includes Sophia working with Tyler MacMillan which proves to be a heady experience.

    Next we’re treated to James Daniels and his vocal performance of Midnight Bayou.  Sound intriguing, a bit dangerous?  It is!  While Declan Fitzgerald has always kept his family and friends on their toes even he cannot explain what caused him to buy a rundown mansion on the fringes of New Orleans.  Not only did he buy Manet Hall but he’s dead set on returning it to its former glory.  This is more than a daunting task and he decides to renovate one room at a time.  All of this might have been more than Declan could handle were it not for the presence of the extremely attractive Angelina Simone.  But even she cannot cause him to completely ignore mysterious happenings that occur again and again in the house.  Is Angelina in any way connected to these occurences or to Manet Hall itself?  What secrets does the old mansion hold?

    Three Fates takes us back to the sinking of the Lusitania, tragedy at sea which took the lives of over one thousand people.  However, one passenger survived and the experience changed him as it would most.  He had been a petty thief  but gave up that life save for keeping a small silver statue that would become a family heirloom for generations to come.  Then as times passes that heirloom, which is one of a priceless set of three, is taken from the Sullivans.  After all these years that cannot be, so Malachi Gideon and Rebecca Sullivan are determined to get back their great-grandfather’s gift to them and return it to the other two thus making their fortune.  What chance do they have of accomplishing this and who will they meet along the way?

    Three can’t stop listening to tales for your enjoyment!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

CLUTE. TEXAS

"A young fellow living in Clute
Started a paper route,
Streets were hard to learn
So he took a wrong turn
Then delivered Clute papers in Butte."