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  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1477)
    Performance
    (1386)
    Story
    (1383)

    Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

    Jeff says: "Of superior quality! Worthy of Sci Fi prize"
    "Luceno seems to be from that galaxy far far away"
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    Would you listen to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis again? Why?

    Yes. It makes the listener feel as if he is an exclusive insider in the workings of the powerful throughout the galaxy where the films made you focus mostly on the adventure and fates of a few popular characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very well paced and thought out. A plot to make Dr. Doom envious.


    What about Daniel Davis’s performance did you like?

    His voice fit the contemplative personalities well but could use a bit more distinction between the impressions.


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

    Sort of. Made me really think and appreciate the larger world of Star Wars. The best written book of the saga that I've experienced.


    Any additional comments?

    This would make a good live action drama. A sort of Sci-fi version of Rome or the Borgia, sadly the sex and cursing wouldn't fit so well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1653)
    Performance
    (1509)
    Story
    (1505)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "Oh you're fooling a lot of people Mr. Crystal."
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    Would you try another book from Billy Crystal and/or Billy Crystal?

    If he writes a comedic book of fiction, yes. Another biography like this one, no thanks.


    Has Still Foolin' 'Em turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I like biographies and hearing stories I didn't hear on a talk show but I really don't like rich people whining about their politics and pet peeves when many of their opinions come across as hypocritical or condescending.


    What three words best describe Billy Crystal’s voice?

    Annoying during complaints.


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

    Anger and disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Growing up, I loved watching Billy on SNL. I loved Billy in most of his movies and I can't think of a better host the Oscar ever had...granted I've only seen a few clips of Bob Hope doing it. He's the kind of person you'd be proud to tell people, "Hey I know that guy". I still like Billy and I know I should just accept the Hollywood mentality and focus on the things I like about him but he makes it hard in this book. I love comedy and I watch a lot of talk shows, stand up, roasts, what have you...and the whole Fake Jewish thing is getting old. Billy very early on in the book tells us that he doesn't believe in God. He keeps bringing up examples of older Jewish entertainers being kept from rich country clubs and every now and then brings up the holocaust. As if not getting to golf everywhere you feel like it even remotely compares to suffering genocide. Gentiles aren't allowed to suggest that Jewish people have great positions of influence in this world and we are constantly reminded of how tough it is to be Jewish but I keep hearing from all these people that they're Jewish and yet they don't really believe in God. If it is tough to be Jewish and you don't like the traditions and you don't believe in the history behind them, then why are you calling yourself Jewish? Maybe just maybe when it comes to having a sturdy ladder to success it actually helps to let everyone know you're Jewish. It amazes me that a man as seemly as bright and witty as Billy doesn't see the contradiction. Have you ever heard anyone say, "I'm a Muslim but I don't believe in Allah" or "I'm a Christian but I know Jesus never really existed"? No. You probably haven't because identifying yourself with something you think to be a ridiculous fraud is ridiculous. Why doesn't he believe in God? Because the world is a tough place in which bad things happen. Maybe but judging by your boring book, Mr. Crystal you've led a great life so "STOP". Oh and please don't whine about republicans mentioning Jesus in their speeches. Those politicians only care about money and power and wouldn't know Jesus from a hole in the ground but let's face it... you're never going to vote for a republican for president so WHY THE HECK DO YOU CARE? You're tired of hearing the names "Jesus" and "Christ" in public forums. Are you a comedian or a vampire? If you don't believe in God why pick a favorite religion. It's like saying you hate baseball and telling everyone you're a die-hard Yankee's fan. Billy also let's us know what a nice guy he is by letting us know how little he thinks of fat people, comparing them to stuff stuck in his teeth. Billy calls "the Passion of The Christ" a snuff film for it's violence, as if Schindler's List wasn't equally if not more disturbing to watch. If you hate the movie because it's about Jesus then just say so. Don't pretend like you don't work in an industry that makes huge money off of violence in movies and video games. Having gotten this off my chest, I would finish by saying I still like Billy and I wish him a long healthy life and much future success.

    12 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (483)

    On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for a race known as The Long Walk. If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying.

    Bill says: "The Amazing, Darker Side of Stephen King"
    "Best Stephen King Book Ever"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Long Walk the most enjoyable?

    Seeing through the eyes of main character made you truly feel part of this ordeal and feel real things for the other characters in the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    At first I was bummed by the ending and as the ending approached I figured there could be no ending that would satisfy the build up but then the whole point of the story clicked. The long walk is about young men giving there lives in service to the Army for a country full of cheering idiots and no one can really answer the question WHY?! Why since before this country was even official have young men marched off to war and marched in parades to celebrate it? What is there to celebrate about people killing each other? The story does a great job of illustrating that if you get to know any of the people no matter how mean or how strange we are all human beings who at the core have the same needs and same fears. I served in a combat arms MOS for the Army for over 10 years and reached a point where I could re-enlist for a big pot of money and risk going overseas during the height of the post 9-11 war on terror or I could get out and never be in a situation where I had to kill some poor stranger in another country to which I was never invited in the first place. I chose to be poor and not risk killing anyone. I know I'm just naive. This is my take on it but to me the long walk makes us ask why did I and why do other young men continue to volunteer to serve the military machine when the only way to stop war is if there are no volunteers in the first place. You can't have a long walk if everyone refuses to walk. You may ask what about justice for 9-11. Well if you believe the official story then the real murderers on 9-11 all died in plane crashes. If you don't believe the official story then why should anyone serve this government?


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

    Great feel for the individual characters and conveys that well through distinct voices for each boy.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Long Walk and why?

    It's hard not to say Garity because he's the main character but I think Stebbins is just as great a character because he represents how the youth may seek the approval of an elder father figure like young soldiers and sailors wanting the approval of their country but when you are being used there is no real love to be had. My brother has about a year left to go before he retires and he's on his fifth deployment to the middle-east since it all began. I just hope he makes it to the end of his long walk safe and sound and in one piece.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy the book and just enjoy the ride as disturbing as it may be

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Path of Destruction: Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Drew Karpyshyn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (738)
    Story
    (743)

    Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy - until one dark lord at last united the Sith in the quest to enslave the galaxy and exterminate the Jedi. Yet it would fall to another, far more powerful than the entire Brotherhood of Darkness, to ultimately realize the full potential of the Sith, and wield the awesome power of the dark side as never before.

    Karen says: "Great Story, Fantastic Production"
    "Not Very Well Thought-out Bomb"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Since the main character was given completely over to the dark side I didn't expect him to behave rationally, which also makes him a poor choice for a protagonist. The narrator did a good job and the first half of the book was interesting and worth following but the 2nd half seemed like a ship without a rudder and final battle on Ruson (minor spoiler alert) .......................................I was left wondering why wouldn't the Sith order their ships in orbit to simply face the planet and rain down blast after blast on the republic army since the Sith had, by their leader's own admission, "Air Superiority". Instead he takes suicidal advice from a guy who proves time after time to be his enemy. Made no sense and I doubt I'll continue the series unless I get it at the Library for free.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Drew Karpyshyn again?

    Perhaps


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

    Think so. He's a great narrator


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

    The one saving grace of this book is that it illustrates clearly the madness of putting your faith in evil as opposed to good.


    Any additional comments?

    A few changes based on advice from an editor who cared might have made this a great book and bane and even greater character. How cool can a villain be if he only gets the better of idiots.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sarah Silverman
    • Narrated By Sarah Silverman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1139)
    Performance
    (658)
    Story
    (649)

    From the outrageously filthy and oddly innocent comedienne Sarah Silverman comes a memoir—her first book—that is at once shockingly personal, surprisingly poignant, and still pee-in-your-pants funny. If you like Sarah’s television show The Sarah Silverman Program, or memoirs such as Chelsea Handler’s Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea and Artie Lange’s Too Fat to Fish, you’ll love The Bedwetter.

    Teddy says: "Adequate but not great..."
    "Think before you type honeychild"
    Overall

    Let me start by saying I love Sarah Silverman. She is beautiful, sexy and her way of mixing playful innocence with shocking vulgarity always makes me laugh. I found myself Yahooing her, sorry Google, throughout this book only to discover that she likes to Google herself as well. I remember a few times wetting the bed up until I was about nine or ten so I can sympathize. If you like listening to Sarah tell a story you'll like this book...or at least I did until I got to the 2nd part after the innovative "mid-word". Sarah tries to defend her decision to tell a deliberately race-provoking joke, a joke by the way that's about as amusing as a knock knock joke, only to follow up with a statement that implies all conservatives are racist, especially anyone who would disagree with Barak Obama. As someone who is a big fan of Jesus, I can turn the other cheek when she mocks Christians, because I don't think the religion or the followers are as remotely important as the real Jesus. As someone who likes to drink socially I can ignore the stupidity that she espouses when she makes pot smoking out to be harmless while alcohol is as bad as cocaine. But I'm getting sick and tired of comedians and people in the arts in general thinking that they're audience isn't filled with a fare share of economic or social conservative people too. Everybody likes to laugh Sarah. Don't be such a Comedy Nazi. Just because you want to have Obama's babies doesn't mean everyone listening thinks he's the bees knees...pahleese. Well enough of my complaints. I've got to go finish Sarah's book now. I love that sexy Hebrew in ways that makes Jesus ashamed of me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Centurion

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (181)

    In the second decade of the 21st century, the world is struck by two catastrophes: a new mini-ice age and a plague to dwarf all previous experiences. Rising out of the disaster is the character known to history as "Bandit Six", an American Army officer caught up in the struggle to rebuild the world and prevent the fall of his homeland - despite the best efforts of politicians, both elected and military.

    Lindsay says: "Enjoy the story and forget the politics"
    "Stick to Writing Political Blogs"
    Overall

    Do you love hours of endless exposition with no real payoff? Do you love being condescended to by a guy who has all of the subtlety of a stop sign? I voted for McCain and I agree with a lot of the author's opinions but for those of us who work our butts off I think we deserve a little more creativity and effort when it comes to our post-apocolyptic escapist yarns. If I lived through a horrible tragedy like what was described in this book, I think I'd be a little more interested in telling a 1st person narrative about me and my family and our struggles to survive, not some distant historical regirgation. No character development, no story arc, no personal growth and no journey. If I wanted to experience a fake documentary I would rent a Michael Moore film.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful

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