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Michael

Michael Walnut Creek, CA, United States Member Since 2002

I focus on fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, science, history, politics and read a lot. I try to review everything I read.

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  • "Classic classics"

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    I am a very big fan of short stories and have listened to the Selected Shorts program for over 20 years. Any collection can be hit or miss, but this selection of american classics are all big hits. I liked every story and every reader. The stories range from funny to outrageous and touching to creepy. What more could one ask for?

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    Selected Shorts: American Classics

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Amy Tan, Donald Barthelme, Eudora Welty, and others
    • Narrated By Freda Foh Shen, David Strathairn, Stockard Channing, and others
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    A compilation of classic tales by great American writers performed by terrific actors, with a lineup including Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award winners, and PEN Award winners.

    Michael says: "Classic classics"
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  • Time Flies

    "All star cast. Fun mini-plays"

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Time Flies (Dramatized) to be better than the print version?

    It is a performance so audio is the only way to go. It is a series of one act plays about time passage. Some of it might be improv so the print version would never be as good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The favorite was the flies at the reunion. They were saying "I can't believe it has been 20 minutes". " yeah time flies" Ed Begley Jr is phenomenal in this. There is another play which tells the story of a relationship from beginning to end in like five minutes.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first one I listened to by LA theatre works. They get great actors and the plays are really good. If you like that kind of thing. I always liked going to the theatre or listening to radio plays. Since this was about the passage of time the lines were rapid fire and very funny. The narration was great.






    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Time Flies. Would be appropriate since that is what the plays are about.


    Any additional comments?

    since getting this I have gotten a lot of performances by LA Theatre works. I like them because they are short and fast paced and good acting. They are also usually cheap so iI don't use my credits for them. I might have even got this one for free. I listen to them to cleanse my palette (so to speak) after being immersed in a longer book. These are really short and fast paced. They are just fun.

Sandy

Sandy BUCKETTY, Australia 12-13-11 Member Since 2008

Love having someone read me a story. Fires in the hearth, rain on the roof, sunny days and surf. Good friends, good food and J S Bach.

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  • "A very rare treat"

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    To hear in his own voice, a selection of J.R.R.Tolkien's poetry and a few elvish words is a great treat. Perhaps I may have preferred to hear the songs with harp or pipe, rather than piano. Did Middle Earth have a piano? Regardless, the poetry is a joy.

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    A Rare Recording of J. R. R. Tolkien

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    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By J. R. R. Tolkien
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    J. R. R. Tolkien was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor best known as the author of fantasy works like "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings." Listen as Tolkien reads "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil," "The Hoard," "Perry-The-Winkle," and "The Man in the Moon Came Down Too Soon." Also included is a reading of "A Elbereth Gilthoniel" in Elvish and "The Road Goes Ever on," sung by William Elvin with music by Donald Swann.

    Sandy says: "A very rare treat"
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    Neat  by Charlayne Woodard Narrated by Charlayne Woodard

    Neat

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    • By Charlayne Woodard
    • Narrated By Charlayne Woodard
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    In Neat, writer/performer Charlayne Woodard shares her memories of growing up black in America in the '60s and '70s. The play focuses around the life of Woodard's Aunt Beneatha, Neat, who was mistakenly fed camphor oil as a baby, resulting in permanent brain damage. Stories of family and of time spent with Neat are weaved together with touching results.

    Mary Robins says: "A Must Read"
  • 5.0 (13 ratings)
    Transcending the Mind Series: Witnessing & Observing  by David R. Hawkins Narrated by David R. Hawkins

    Transcending the Mind Series: Witnessing & Observing

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By David R. Hawkins
    • Narrated By David R. Hawkins
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    In this lecture, Dr. Hawkins presents some basic ideas, such as the fact that everything happens spontaneously and that nothing causes anything. Everything is an automatic consequence of the energy field. He shows how the power of one’s intention brings about manifestation, and how potentiality becomes actuality in and of itself because of the field. He explains the use of kinesiology, why people may not believe in it, and how the infinite field of consciousness instantly registers truth.

  • 5.0 (12 ratings)
    Devotional Nonduality Intensive: Intention  by David R. Hawkins Narrated by David R. Hawkins

    Devotional Nonduality Intensive: Intention

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    • By David R. Hawkins
    • Narrated By David R. Hawkins
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    These all-day seminars were held at the Creative Life Center in Sedona, Arizona. In this series, Dr. Hawkins presents the necessary information and steps to follow to reach the state of Enlightenment. He calibrates the truth of the statements made during each lecture.

    Janie Guill says: "Supercharge Your Life"
  • 5.0 (10 ratings)
    Devotional Nonduality Intensive: Vision  by David R. Hawkins Narrated by David R. Hawkins

    Devotional Nonduality Intensive: Vision

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David R. Hawkins
    • Narrated By David R. Hawkins
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    These all-day seminars were held at the Creative Life Center in Sedona, Arizona. In this series, Dr. Hawkins presents the necessary information and steps to follow to reach the state of Enlightenment. In this lecture, Dr. Hawkins addresses the differences between content and context. He calibrates the truth of the statements made during each lecture.

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    Transcending the Mind Series: The Ego & The Self  by Veritas Publishing Narrated by David R. Hawkins

    Transcending the Mind Series: The Ego & The Self

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Veritas Publishing
    • Narrated By David R. Hawkins
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    David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D., is an internationally known author and speaker on the subject of spiritually advanced states of consciousness and the realization of the presence of God as Self. His published works, as well as recorded lectures, have been widely recognized as unique. They describe a very advanced state of spiritual awareness which occurred in this individual, with a scientific and clinical background, who is able to verbalize and explain the unusual phenomenon in a manner that is clear and comprehensible.

  • 5.0 (10 ratings)
    Devotional Nonduality Intensive: Transcending Obstacles  by David R. Hawkins Narrated by David R. Hawkins

    Devotional Nonduality Intensive: Transcending Obstacles

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    • Narrated By David R. Hawkins
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    These all-day seminars were held at the Creative Life Center in Sedona, AZ. In this series, Dr. Hawkins presents the necessary information & steps to follow to reach the state of Enlightenment, with an emphasis on outlining the obstacles facing a spiritual student and how to transcend them. He calibrates the truth of the statements made during each lecture.

  • 4.5 (1517 ratings)
    Letting Go of God  by Julia Sweeney Narrated by Julia Sweeney

    Letting Go of God

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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 (890 ratings)
    The Secrets of the Power of Intention  by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer Narrated by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

    The Secrets of the Power of Intention

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
    • Narrated By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
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    In this live lecture, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer explores intention as an all-pervading force in the universe that allows the act of creation to take place. Intention, he explains, is not something you do, but an energy you're a part of. Not only do you emanate from the field of intention, but if you align yourself to it, your desires become fulfilled and you find yourself at peace.

    Capsaicin says: "Inspiring"
  • See You at the Top: 25th Anniversary Edition  by Zig Ziglar

    See You at the Top: 25th Anniversary Edition

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    • By Zig Ziglar
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    25 years ago, the great Zig Ziglar presented a seminar that stunned audiences, broke new ground, and forever cemented his reputation as one of the most exciting, inspiring, and authentic motivators ever to take the stage. Since then, millions of people have forged a path to tremendous personal, professional and financial success using the principles presented in this seminar as their guide. Recorded live at that very seminar, See You at the Top amuses, informs, inspires, delights, and motivates.

  • The Secrets of the Power of Intention  by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer Narrated by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

    The Secrets of the Power of Intention

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    • Narrated By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
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    In this live lecture, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer explores intention as an all-pervading force in the universe that allows the act of creation to take place. Intention, he explains, is not something you do, but an energy you're a part of. Not only do you emanate from the field of intention, but if you align yourself to it, your desires become fulfilled and you find yourself at peace.

    Capsaicin says: "Inspiring"
  • The Importance of Being Extraordinary  by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Eckhart Tolle Narrated by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Eckhart Tolle

    The Importance of Being Extraordinary

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Eckhart Tolle
    • Narrated By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Eckhart Tolle
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    Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and Eckhart Tolle delve into everything from ancient spiritual texts to contemporary pop culture as they tackle questions we all wrestle with, such as Who am I? What is real? and What is the meaning of life? Yet even as they discuss weighty topics such as the economy and addiction, the mood remains graceful, loving, and even humorous. Through their combined wisdom and perception, Wayne and Eckhart bring you inspired lessons for an exhilarating spiritual awakening.

    thomas german says: "Dyer and Tolle are very authentic and inspiring"
  • Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert, and Gabrielle Hamilton on 'How I Learned to Cook' at the 92nd Street Y  by Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert, Gabrielle Hamilton Narrated by Michael Ruhlman

    Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert, and Gabrielle Hamilton on 'How I Learned to Cook' at the 92nd Street Y

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 25 mins)
    • By Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert, Gabrielle Hamilton
    • Narrated By Michael Ruhlman
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    Anthony Bourdain, Gabrielle Hamilton, and Eric Ripert are all well established, accomplished chefs; they share their early cooking experiences, what influenced their cooking styles, and what made them want to be chefs forever. Bourdain is the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles, the author of the best-selling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, and the host of the popular Food Network series, A Cook's Tour.

    Katherine says: "Great Insight and fun to listen!"
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  • David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure (






UNABRIDGED) by David Sedaris Narrated by David Sedaris

    David Sedaris: Live for Your Listening Pleasure

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
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    LIVE recordings of new, previously unreleased David Sedaris stories!

    e.good says: "Use your extra credit here."
  • Born to Win: The Ultimate Seminar  by Zig Ziglar

    Born to Win: The Ultimate Seminar

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Zig Ziglar
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    For more than 50 years, in a style that is unquestionably his own, Zig Ziglar has used his quick wit, down-home charm, and abundance of energy to inspire excellence in people throughout the world. In Born to Win, Zig's nonstop passion inspires and informs as Zig speaks to you as if you're sitting front-row center in his sold-out seminar.

    Jeremy says: "Not Bad.."
  • The News from Lake Wobegon, 1-Month Subscription (






ABRIDGED) by Garrison Keillor

    The News from Lake Wobegon, 1-Month Subscription

    • ABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
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    "It's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, my hometown...." Garrison Keillor first did his monologue in 1974 to an audience of 20 in a St. Paul theater. Today, more than 2.2 million people tune in each week to hear the tall tales and sweet stories about the citizens of this small Minnesota town. Get the latest issue or subscribe!

    Kristen says: "Response to whole show question"
  • War, Geopolitics, and History: Conflict in the Middle East  by Robert Fisk Narrated by Noam Chomsky

    War, Geopolitics, and History: Conflict in the Middle East

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 38 mins)
    • By Robert Fisk
    • Narrated By Noam Chomsky
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    A talk by Robert Fisk, the Middle East correspondent for the London Independent and the author of Challenging Empire and the Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East. Introduced by Noam Chomsky. Recorded live on April 9, 2006, at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    Fabio says: "Good lecture, reaaallly bad recording"
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  • Thalia Book Club: 'To Kill a Mockingbird' 50th Anniversary Celebration - Readings, Discussion and Audience Q&A  by Symphony Space Narrated by Stephen Colbert, Isaiah Sheffer, Jayne Anne Phillips, Mary McDonagh Murphy, Oskar Eustis, Libba Bray, Kurt Andersen

    Thalia Book Club: 'To Kill a Mockingbird' 50th Anniversary Celebration - Readings, Discussion and Audience Q&A

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    • By Symphony Space
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert, Isaiah Sheffer, Jayne Anne Phillips, and others
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    Authors and actors including Stephen Colbert, Libba Bray (award winning young-adult novelist Going Bovine, winner of 2010 Printz Award), Oskar Eustis (Artistic Director at The Public Theater), Kurt Andersen (novelist and Studio 360 Host), Jayne Anne Phillips (novelist and National Book Award finalist Lark & Termite), filmmaker Mary McDonagh Murphy (author of the upcoming book Scout, Atticus, and Boo), and others pay tribute to the Pulitzer prize-winning classic novel about racial injustice and loss of innocence in a small Southern town.

    Casey says: "This is not the full story."
  • Tim Ferriss: Accelerated Learning in Accelerated Times  by Tim Ferriss Narrated by Tim Ferriss

    Tim Ferriss: Accelerated Learning in Accelerated Times

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    As the times accelerate and we face ever-more kaleidoscopic careers, a crucial meta-skill is the ability to learn new skills extremely rapidly. Tim Ferriss, speaking before a live audience at the Marines Memorial Theater in San Francisco, CA, September 14, 2011.

  • The News from Lake Wobegon from A Prairie Home Companion, July 26, 2014  by Garrison Keillor Narrated by Garrison Keillor

    The News from Lake Wobegon from A Prairie Home Companion, July 26, 2014

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    "It's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, my hometown..." Garrison Keillor first did his monologue in 1974 to an audience of 20 in a St. Paul theater. Today, more than 2.2 million people tune in each week to hear the tall tales and sweet stories about the citizens of this small Minnesota town. It's a town where "the women are strong, the men are good-looking, and all of the children are above average."

  • The News from Lake Wobegon from A Prairie Home Companion, July 19, 2014  by Garrison Keillor Narrated by Garrison Keillor

    The News from Lake Wobegon from A Prairie Home Companion, July 19, 2014

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    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
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    "It's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, my hometown..." Garrison Keillor first did his monologue in 1974 to an audience of 20 in a St. Paul theater. Today, more than 2.2 million people tune in each week to hear the tall tales and sweet stories about the citizens of this small Minnesota town. It's a town where "the women are strong, the men are good-looking, and all of the children are above average."

  • Zia Mohyeddin Kay Saath Eik Shaam, Volume 10 (






UNABRIDGED) by Azeem Baig Chughtai, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Noon M. Rashid, Syed Ahmad, Josh Malih Abadi, Meera Jee, Nasir Kazmi Narrated by Zia Mohyeddin

    Zia Mohyeddin Kay Saath Eik Shaam, Volume 10

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By Azeem Baig Chughtai, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Noon M. Rashid, and others
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    A classical collection of recitations by the master narrator Zia Mohyeddin. Volume 10 includes: "Angrezi Adab Para"; "Ek Tukra"; "Kuttay", by Sir Syed Ahmad; "Josh Malih Abadi"; "Nazm Noon Meem Rashid"; "Nazm Meera Jee"; "Khat Mohammad Ali Redolvi"; "Baccha Nahin Hota"; "Ghazal Nasir Kazmi"; "Al Shajri", by Azeem Baig Chughtai: "Nazm", by Noon Meem Rashid; "Ghazal", by Faiz; and "Ghazal", by Faiz and Khamooshi.

  • The News from Lake Wobegon from A Prairie Home Companion, July 12, 2014  by Garrison Keillor Narrated by Garrison Keillor

    The News from Lake Wobegon from A Prairie Home Companion, July 12, 2014

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    "It's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, my hometown..." Garrison Keillor first did his monologue in 1974 to an audience of 20 in a St. Paul theater. Today, more than 2.2 million people tune in each week to hear the tall tales and sweet stories about the citizens of this small Minnesota town. It's a town where "the women are strong, the men are good-looking, and all of the children are above average."

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  • Fired & Fired Again  by Annabelle Gurwitch, Sandra Tsing Loh, Illeana Douglas, Taylor Negron Narrated by Annabelle Gurwitch

    Fired & Fired Again

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    Rejection has never been so hilarious! This special collection contains two L.A. Theatre Works productions: Fired: Tales of Jobs Gone Bad and Fired Again. The creations of actress Annabelle Gurwitch (TBS' Dinner and a Movie), Fired and Fired Again feature a cast of show-biz veterans sharing their stories about life, work - and getting canned.

  • The News from Lake Wobegon from A Prairie Home Companion, July 05, 2014  by Garrison Keillor Narrated by Garrison Keillor

    The News from Lake Wobegon from A Prairie Home Companion, July 05, 2014

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    "It's been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon, my hometown..." Garrison Keillor first did his monologue in 1974 to an audience of 20 in a St. Paul theater. Today, more than 2.2 million people tune in each week to hear the tall tales and sweet stories about the citizens of this small Minnesota town. It's a town where "the women are strong, the men are good-looking, and all of the children are above average."

  • Tim Ferriss: Accelerated Learning in Accelerated Times  by Tim Ferriss Narrated by Tim Ferriss

    Tim Ferriss: Accelerated Learning in Accelerated Times

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    As the times accelerate and we face ever-more kaleidoscopic careers, a crucial meta-skill is the ability to learn new skills extremely rapidly. Tim Ferriss, speaking before a live audience at the Marines Memorial Theater in San Francisco, CA, September 14, 2011.

  • Richard Dawkins: The Greatest Show on Earth  by Richard Dawkins Narrated by Richard Dawkins

    Richard Dawkins: The Greatest Show on Earth

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    Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion created a storm of controversy over the question of God's existence. Now, in The Greatest Show on Earth, Dawkins presents a stunning counterattack against advocates of "Intelligent Design" that explains the evidence for evolution while keeping an eye trained on the absurdities of the creationist argument.

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