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Ralph

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  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12098)
    Performance
    (10989)
    Story
    (11015)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Good storyline - keeps your attention"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up 14 in three words, what would they be?

    Original, fast paced, and interesting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nate - he's innocent and inquisitive. He keeps on going.


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

    No


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Sci-Fi reduced the rating somewhat (I'm not a big Sci-Fi fan), but a good storyline and a page-turner rendered the "4" rating. The recording itself has only one flaw: chapter 42 is a duplicate of chapter 41 - exactly the same recording. However, you won't miss much - chapter 42 appears to only introduce an asthma reaction to one of the characters.

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  • 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
    (1937)
    Performance
    (1768)
    Story
    (1761)

    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 J says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "I was so disappointed"
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    Story
    What would have made Still Foolin' 'Em better?

    Less vulgarity


    What was most disappointing about Billy Crystal’s story?

    Instead of the solid humor that Billy is known for, he has sunk down to the gutter-talk that prevails on amateur night at the local comedy club.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


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

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this as an Audio Book. In my opinion, nobody delivers comedy like Billy Crystal. And that's why I was so disappointed. It should be noted that I never listened to the majority of the book - I stopped listening after about 30 minutes. Instead of the solid humor that Billy is known for, he has sunk down to the gutter-talk that prevails on amateur night at the local comedy club. Prior to writing this review I did not read any other reviews, but I did notice that this book has received a bunch of 4-star and 5-star ratings; this is a mystery to me. Perhaps if I had endured and listened to the whole book I would have given it a higher rating. Nonetheless, if you purchase this book be prepared for something less than what you have come to expect from Billy Crystal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Target

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2889)
    Performance
    (2562)
    Story
    (2546)

    The president knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair.

    L.W. says: "Several Stories in One Book..So Good!"
    "Too many things going on at once"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you be willing to try another book from David Baldacci? Why or why not?

    Yes - normally he writes excellent books


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This book is interesting, but there were too many things going on at once. While everything is eventually tied together, it felt like a bunch of unrelated stories until the end.
    As far as the characters go, I was put off by the co-protagonist, Jessica Reel - instead of coming off as Robie's equal, her character seemed like a teenager with an attitude; whenever she spoke, it felt like we were back in Middle School. Will Robie, however, is still Will Robie: tough, patient, and level-headed, although beginning to age.
    Still, it was an action packed, entertaining book and I did enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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