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Ted

Ted League City, TX United States Member Since 2008
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  • "Dramatically complete"

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    I had my worries when the first chapter went back to a great great grandfather story, but in the end this is just an example of the approach of being one seriously complete biographical chronology.

    With access to some of Henson's personal journals as well as a suite of the key people, the author has done a great job walking you through the twists and turns which made this life. I leave the book with specifics I did not know (Kermit did not start as a frog - really?), with a YouTube playlist of old mesmerizing performances the author pointed me to, and with a recognition not just of a man's genius but the amazing amount of hard work and drive that Henson expended to recognize this genius and change the world some small bit.
    Good solid performance helping keep the material from getting too dry. Enjoyed the stretch to capture certain Muppet voices - each of which drove a flashback to childhood comfort and a small smile.

    If you are looking for an abridged narration of a story told in dramatic language showcasing a suite of magical moments, this is not the book for you. If you want a straight well-told complete chronological biography of a complex life, this should be right up your alley.

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    Jim Henson: The Biography

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    For the first time ever - a comprehensive biography of one of the 20th century’s most innovative creative artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson He was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters born of his fertile imagination: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy, Big Bird. The Muppets made Jim Henson a household name, but they were just part of his remarkable story.

    Ted says: "Dramatically complete"
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    "JJ Abrams Has Already Rebooted Star Trek"

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    What would have made Disney's Star Wars Reboot better?

    If to convey my disappointment, I would flippantly say that the only thing that would've made this book better was if it had never been written. But, I won't be so crass. The author could've considered works in the larger Star Wars Universe as a basis then try to imagine what JJ Abrams would do and not just narrowly considering that everything and anything Stars Wars was in Episodes 1 - 6 and that JJ Abrams is going to be unoriginal and just retell the same story with only slight variations.


    Has Disney's Star Wars Reboot turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The prediction genre is not the problem. It's just the author's narrow view of Star Wars and lack of imagination. After reading this utter disappointment, it would be hard to even consider any other Justin Murphy work.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Christian Carvajal’s performances?

    Sure.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not a single one.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money… If you've read or listened to any of the other Star Wars book series, you'll be annoyed with this book.

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  • "for fans of Inception"

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    this may be rather limited in appeal to just fans of Inception, but I thought there was some excellent insights sprinkled throughout the essays. some essays are not as inspired as others admittedly but there is a good overview of various philosophical "fields". I enjoyed it, though I did listen in small segments and spread it out amongst other books, and it may be that returning to the essays helped keep them from getting too dry. I think Inception is one of the most thought provoking and amazing films of recent times and lends itself to revisiting time and again for new perspectives like a great novel. I have my interpretation of what I think is going on, but you may have quite another, and while many of these essays don't "solve" the film, they do add to my thoughts. some essays are better than others and some readers are better, but overall i found it very interesting.

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    Is the top still spinning? Was it all a dream? In the world of Christopher Nolan's four-time Academy Award-winning movie, people can share one another's dreams and alter their beliefs and thoughts. Inception is a metaphysical heist film that raises more questions than it answers: Can we know what is real? Can you be held morally responsible for what you do in dreams? What is the nature of dreams, and what do they tell us about the boundaries of "self" and "other"?

    Darryl says: "for fans of Inception"

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    Nineteen-year-old Greg Sestero met Tommy Wiseau at an acting school in San Francisco. Wiseau's scenes were rivetingly wrong, yet Sestero, hypnotized by such uninhibited acting, thought, "I have to do a scene with this guy." That impulse changed both of their lives. The Disaster Artist is Greg Sestero's laugh-out-loud funny account of how Tommy Wiseau defied every law of artistry, business, and friendship to make "the Citizen Kane of bad movies" (Entertainment Weekly), which is now an international phenomenon.

    Marmalade says: "Great Book"
  • Web Series: The Wave of The Future? (






UNABRIDGED) by Justin Murphy Narrated by Robert B. Rees

    Web Series: The Wave of The Future?

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Justin Murphy
    • Narrated By Robert B. Rees
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    In recent years, many have buzzing about the emerging phenomenon that are web series. Some say they are the future of the entertainment industry while others feel they are nothing more than a fad. What will become of web series is anyone’s guess. Yet this book contains insight into past, present, future, and what it may mean for web series.

  • Scarface: The Ultimate Guide (






UNABRIDGED) by Damian Stevenson Narrated by Mike Dennis

    Scarface: The Ultimate Guide

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    • By Damian Stevenson
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    Scarface is a powerful, stylized commentary on violence, materialism, excess, corruption and crime in America. Set during the drug-driven decadence of Miami in the 1980s, it is a rags to riches story about the rise and fall of an illegal immigrant from dishwasher to narcotics kingpin who is undone by greed and delusions of grandeur triggered by cocaine psychosis. It is both thrilling entertainment and a wicked, nightmarish parody of the American dream.

    Yleana says: "I couldn't beleive!"