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Jeanine

Jeanine Galloway, OH, United States Member Since 2009
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A Peek at Gina's Bookshelf

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Gina's greatest hits:
  • The Dangerous Animals Club

    "Will Rogers, Spalding Gray, Alexandre Dumas HACKS!"

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    If you could sum up The Dangerous Animals Club in three words, what would they be?

    Charming, human, inspirational.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dangerous Animals Club?

    It happens a lot with the way Tobo crafts a tale. There is an A and B story line and they always intertwine at the end with a great "youseetimmy" Which of course is the morale to a given story. The term is derived from the end of Lassie episodes. "you see, Timmy...."


    What does Stephen Tobolowsky bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His own experience. These stories are his own. He knows where to slow down, where to punch a line, where to pause. I can't imagine them told in any other voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I honestly feel like I am a better human being for hearing this book, not to mention his podcast. I giggle, I get misty, even with repeated listens. I have bought this book and the audiobook for family and friends, I suggest you do the same.


    Any additional comments?

    I've had one cyber run in with the author. My daughter who was 11 at the time, was auditioning for a play and subsequently got the lead. She was freaking out about a fast approaching opening night and worried about learning all her lines. I had been a fan of the Tobolowsky Files podcast and I shot a tweet to him.

    Not only did he respond to my tweet, but he sent my daughter a long email spelling out different techniques for learning a script and preparing a part. Anybody in the industry that is as busy as he who takes that kind of personal time out for a fan who is thousands of miles away is a stand up guy in my book.

    Cheers

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  • "hysterical..."

    1 of 1 helpful votes

    If you like his standup, you will enjoy the book. I hope he is as nice as he paints himself to be.

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    Just a Guy: Notes from a Blue Collar Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Engvall, Alan Eisenstock
    • Narrated By Bill Engvall
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    Blue Collar Comedy star Bill Engvall is just a guy. He's been one his whole life. He can't help it; he was born that way. And that makes him an expert on the subject. For the record, here's the official definition of a guy: a person who doesn't think before he speaks. He can't. He's not that deep. Because a guy has only three basic needs: eating, sleeping, and sex. That's it. Just a Guy chronicles a lifetime in pursuit of those needs.

    Christopher says: "The Man Behind The Signs"

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  • 4.3 (15948 ratings)

    Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
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    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
  • 4.3 (2865 ratings)

    Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In his newest collection of essays, David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive with obscure desires and hidden motives, a world where forgiveness is automatic and an argument can be the highest form of love. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is another unforgettable collection from one of the wittiest and most original writers at work today.

    FanB14 says: "Read on...Hilarity Ensues"
  • 4.4 (1483 ratings)

    Letting Go of God

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Julia Sweeney
    • Narrated By Julia Sweeney
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    Julia Sweeney says she was a "happy Catholic girl" when, one day, she walked into church and signed up for a Bible-study course. "What an eye opener that was!" she says. Equally comedic and insightful, Letting Go of God is Sweeney's brilliant one-woman show about her struggle with her faith.

    Mark says: "A Brilliant Personal Journey of Discovery"
  • 4.3 (1044 ratings)

    Naked

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris, Amy Sedaris
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    Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the current mania for the memoir on its proverbial ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his family, and his unique worldview, a sensibility at once take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable.

    Christine says: "My Favorite Sedaris"
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  • 4.3 (349 ratings)

    Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Tyler Perry
    • Narrated By Tyler Perry
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    If you can count on one thing from "Madea" Mabel Simmons, star of Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Madea's Family Reunion, it's that she's got something to say. She's the beloved, hilarious, sharp-witted, pistol-packing grandmother who's watching out and speaking her mind. Now Madea is telling her own story, dishing her memoirs and hard-won, hilarious wisdom in her own inimitable voice (with a little help from her friend Tyler Perry).

    Elijah Mathew smith says: "Absolutely Hysterical"
  • 4.3 (334 ratings)

    All By My Selves: Walter, Peanut, Achmed, and Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jeff Dunham
    • Narrated By Jeff Dunham
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    All By My Selves is comedy superstar Jeff Dunham's story as told by Jeff himself! This unique comedic audio release takes fans behind the curtain to explain how he turned a tired, vaudevillian art form into something truly modern and hip. Not only will Jeff reveal how he developed his act and lovable characters over the years, he'll also share the details of his life as working comedian and family man on the road.

    Michelle says: "Completely Enjoyable"
  • 4.3 (241 ratings)

    Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Aisha Tyler
    • Narrated By Aisha Tyler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Aisha Tyler, comedian, actress, cohost of CBS's The Talk, star of Archer, and creator of the top-ranked podcast Girl on Guy, serves up a spectacular collection of her own self-inflicted wounds. From almost setting herself on fire, to vomiting on a boy she liked, to getting drunk and sleeping through the SATs, to going into crushing debt to pay for college and then throwing away her degree to become a comedian, Aisha's life has been a series of spectacularly epic fails. And she's got the scars to prove it. Literally.

    Kevin says: "Love it - weightier than you might think"
  • 4.3 (237 ratings)

    The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Greg Gutfeld
    • Narrated By Steve Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Greg Gutfeld hates artificial tolerance. At the root of every single major political conflict is the annoying coddling Americans must endure of these harebrained liberal hypocrisies. In fact, most of the time liberals use the mantle of tolerance as a guise for their pathetic intolerance. And what we really need is smart intolerance, or as Gutfeld reminds us, what we used to call common sense. The Joy of Hate tackles this conundrum head on- - replacing the idiocy of open-mindness with a shrewd judgmentalism that rejects stupid ideas, notions, and people.

    Jerry says: "Indisputable."
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
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    Story
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    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
  • Dad Is Fat

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1114)
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    In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

    Sean says: "Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads"
  • Seriously...I'm Kidding

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ellen DeGeneres
    • Narrated By Ellen DeGeneres
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    "I've experienced a whole lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you'll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I've put together for you in this book. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I'm saying is, let us begin, shall we?" (Ellen DeGeneres)

    Julie says: "Not so much."
  • Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Chelsea Handler
    • Narrated By Chelsea Handler
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    (1503)
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    In this wickedly honest new work, Chelsea Handler casts the net wider with even funnier results, recalling the most noteworthy highs and lows of her life to date - including her efforts to diversify by dating red-haired men, her obsession with midgets, and the dog-sitting interlude in which her boyfriend became overly familiar with a Peekapoo.

    Teddy says: "Just Plain FUNNYYYY!!!!!!!!!"
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  • Me Talk Pretty One Day

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
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    (1148)
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    David Sedaris' collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. With every clever turn of a phrase, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter. You can also listen to Sedaris in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

    Amazon Customer says: "You will ROFL"
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
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    (1652)
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    (1506)
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    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    D. S. Smith says: "How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!"
  • How to Be a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Caitlin Moran
    • Narrated By Caitlin Moran
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    Though they have the vote and the Pill and haven't been burned as witches since 1727, life isn't exactly a stroll down the catwalk for modern women. They are beset by uncertainties and questions: Why are they supposed to get Brazilians? Why do bras hurt? Why the incessant talk about babies? And do men secretly hate them? Caitlin Moran interweaves provocative observations on women's lives with laugh-out-loud funny scenes from her own, from adolescence to her development as a writer, wife, and mother.

    L. Calder says: "Hysterical manual for the 21st century woman"
  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2865)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (891)

    In his newest collection of essays, David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive with obscure desires and hidden motives, a world where forgiveness is automatic and an argument can be the highest form of love. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is another unforgettable collection from one of the wittiest and most original writers at work today.

    FanB14 says: "Read on...Hilarity Ensues"
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  • President Me: The America That's in My Head

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Adam Carolla
    • Narrated By Adam Carolla
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    In President Me, Carolla shares his vision for a different, better America free from big issues like big government down to small problems like hotel alarm clock placement. Running on an anti-narcissism platform, President Carolla calls for a return to the values of an earlier time when stew and casserole were on every dinner table and there were no “service dogs” on airplanes. President Me hits right at the heart of what makes our country really annoying, and offers a plan to make all of our lives, but mostly Adam’s, much better.

  • Sh-t My Dad Says

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1907)
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    (964)
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    (969)

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

    Michael says: "Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award"
  • Girl Walks into a Bar...: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rachel Dratch
    • Narrated By Rachel Dratch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Story
    (799)

    Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered roles as "Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians." Her career at a low point, Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog- sitting, learning Spanish - and dating. After all, what did a forty-something single woman living in New York have to lose?

    Teddy says: "Just kinda 'meh'...."
  • Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Aisha Tyler
    • Narrated By Aisha Tyler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (223)

    Aisha Tyler, comedian, actress, cohost of CBS's The Talk, star of Archer, and creator of the top-ranked podcast Girl on Guy, serves up a spectacular collection of her own self-inflicted wounds. From almost setting herself on fire, to vomiting on a boy she liked, to getting drunk and sleeping through the SATs, to going into crushing debt to pay for college and then throwing away her degree to become a comedian, Aisha's life has been a series of spectacularly epic fails. And she's got the scars to prove it. Literally.

    Kevin says: "Love it - weightier than you might think"
  • How To Get a Bad Haircut Without Even Trying

    • UNABRIDGED (16 mins)
    • By Will Bevis
    • Narrated By Gary Roelofs
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    Never get a haircut from a woman who Has Just Got a Divorce. It's a real bad idea. I'm living proof.

  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Carol Leifer
    • Narrated By Carol Leifer
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    For many years, television comedy was an exclusive boys' club - until a brilliant comedian named Carol Leifer came along, blazing a trail for funny women everywhere. From Late Night with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live to Seinfeld, The Ellen Show, and Modern Family, Carol has written for and/or performed on some of the best TV comedies of all time. This hilarious collection of essays charts her extraordinary three-decade journey through show business, illuminating her many triumphs and some missteps along the way.

    Tiel Pearce says: "Great And Funny Advice"
  • Faina Ranevskaja. Citaty i vyskazyvanija [Faina Ranevskaya. Quotes]

    • UNABRIDGED (50 mins)
    • By Faina Ranevskaja
    • Narrated By Gennady Zaitsev
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    Fainu Ranevskuju nazyvali aktrisoj ot Boga. Odnako massovyj zritel' zapomnil ee v osnovnom po jepizodicheskim roljam v kino i aforizmam. Mnogie ee vyskazyvanija stanovilis' krylatymi i uhodili v narod. Inogda Faina Georgievna pozvoljala sebe i krepkoe slovco – tem ostree i tochnee zvuchat ee metkie frazy. V jetoj knige sobrany luchshie aforizmy Fainy Ranevskoj i bajki o nej, proslushav kotorye, vy v ocherednoj raz ubedites' v mudrosti i neordinarnosti velikoj aktrisy. Prijatnogo proslushivanija!

  • A Bad Idea I’m About to Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgment and Stunningly Awkward Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Chris Gethard
    • Narrated By Andy Ingalls
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    Chris Gethard has often found himself in awkward situations most people, including you, probably would have safely avoided. The good news is now, thanks to this book, you can enjoy the painfully funny consequences of his unfortunate decisions at a safe distance. A Bad Idea I'm About to Do invites listeners to join Chris as he navigates an adolescence and adulthood mired in hilariously ill-fated nerdom, and to take comfort in the fact that - as his experiences often prove - things could always be much, much worse.

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  • I've Never Been to Vegas, but My Luggage Has: Mishaps and Miracles on the Road to Happily Ever After

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mandy Hale
    • Narrated By Mandy Hale
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    Blogger and author Mandy Hale, affectionately known as The Single Woman to her half-million social-media followers, is living an adventurous life that proves even our lowest lows and messiest mess-ups can point us toward our joy-filled destiny as single women. In I’ve Never Been to Vegas but My Luggage Has, Mandy delivers heart-to-heart, often hilarious stories from a life filled with love and loss, glamour and goose bumps, faith and friendship, big dreams and battle scars.

  • Follow That Car!: A Cabbie's Guide to Conquering Fears, Achieving Dreams, and Finding a Public Restroom

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jimmy Failla
    • Narrated By Jimmy Failla
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    Jimmy Failla (AXS TV, BBC America) is a D-list standup comic with zero life skills beyond overeating and blowing exorbitant amounts of money on exotic gambling propositions. But when his wife gets pregnant, he realizes he'll need to do some growing up if he wants to avoid raising a career criminal. Thinking fast, he decides to get a taxi license and pick the brains of his passengers in hopes of gleaning the practical knowledge he'll need to convincingly play an adult someday.

  • Last Call at the 7-Eleven: Fine Dining at 2 A.M., the Search for Spandex People, and Other Reasons to Go On Living

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kevin Cowherd
    • Narrated By Gary Roelofs
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    Kevin Cowherd was a humor columnist and feature writer for the Baltimore Sun. His columns, which have varied from three times a week to once a week to occasional, began in 1987, and were a featured attraction for the LA Times-Washington Post news service. Last Call at the 7-Eleven, an audiobook of Cowherd’s conversational essays/columns, offers a fresh, inventive comic voice discoursing on the travails of everyday life.

  • I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Annabelle Gurwitch
    • Narrated By Annabelle Gurwitch
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    Actress and humorist Annabelle Gurwitch returns with I See You Made an Effort, a book of essays so wickedly funny it may make you forget your last birthday. Not one to shy away from the grisly realities of middle age, the “slyly subversive” (O: The Oprah Magazine) Gurwitch confronts the various indignities faced by femmes d’un certain âge with candor, wit, and a healthy dose of hilarious self-deprecation.