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Kevin Dorff

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Yonkers, NY USA | Member Since 2001

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  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18343)
    Performance
    (14161)
    Story
    (14106)

    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"
    "I really want to give this five stars"
    Overall

    I really want to give this five stars. The content is funny, well written, and sharp. Tina Fey reads it and does a great job of doing so, BUT, whoever did the audio editing just doesn't seem to know what they are doing. At least in this Audible version at the end of many paragraphs the sound ramps down so her last word or two gets really quiet by the end of the word. This is annoying and distracting. I've listened to TONS of audiobooks and I've never heard one that does this, at least not so consistently. Otherwise, it's pretty great, especially if you are a Tina Fey / 30 Rock fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2147)
    Performance
    (1952)
    Story
    (1974)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "Loved it, amazing narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Perks of Being a Wallflower rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Tops!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a great story, relevant to post-teens everywhere... esp if you were a teen in the late 80s, early 90s.


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

    He is an amazing narrator. One of the best I've ever heard.


    If you could take any character from The Perks of Being a Wallflower out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The main character Charlie. The character really resonated with me.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (2162)
    Performance
    (1501)
    Story
    (1522)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    flaos says: "Finally Audible"
    "Not as interesting as it could have been"
    Overall

    Neal is always pretty long winded and after listening to a lot of Cory Doctorow lately, without the hook of the tech from something like Snow Crash or Diamond age I wasn't nearly as entertained for the duration of this book as I should have been, and this book is LONG... I think, needlessly so. The same story could be told in have the hours, I think. Yeah, there is a lot of depth. Yeah there is a lot of interesting tech and crypto stuff here (the best part of the book). Yeah, there is a lot of character detail. Go grab Snow Crash or Diamond Age or some Cory Doctorow instead.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22656)
    Performance
    (14030)
    Story
    (14176)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Not perfect but I enoyed it"
    Overall

    This book takes places in the early-ish 80's and is partially about a game programmer (ATARI, C64, PC, etc.) and his family (strong focus on problems with the 7 year old son). This was a particularily interesting topic in all aspects to me personally, this is when I started using computers and teaching myself to program, so I knew the timeframe and computer platforms and I personally and a programmer, so, for at least these reason I was interested. The story about the father son blossoms really well. When it finally comes to fruition it does a good job. It should be noted the final blossom doesn't seem as polished as with writers who are more native to the genre (I believe Card is more of a SF writer), BUT, he is clearly an excellent writer. There are things about the conclusion I might have changed, but I did, in general, like the entire book and was glad I read (listened to) it. I am a huge fan of Ender's Game and I don't think this was AS good, but it is a solid book.

    My notable thoughts: The accent of the reader is kind of odd but livable. It is not bad or distracting just different from what I am used he. He does a solid job... please doen't read this as a complaint, just something that I noted.

    Finally, and MAYBE importantly: there is a STRONG Mormon theme within this book, the family the book is about are devout Mormons, but, they seem genuine. If references to religion through a book turns you off don't read this book. I am not Mormon but I thought it added an interesting tone to the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Eric Schlosser
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    In Reefer Madness, the best-selling author of Fast Food Nation investigates America's black market and its far-reaching influence on our society through three of its mainstays - pot, porn, and illegal immigrants.

    Boulderite says: "Great Investigative Journalism"
    "Content good, reader boring"
    Overall

    I listened to and really enjoyed Fast Food Nation which prompted me to get this one. Eric writes an interesting book full of facts and details. The problem with Reefer Madness is that it has a different reader (Eric reads his own book this time) -- this is a problem because his voice puts you right to sleep -- it has a soft, almost monotone reading, no dynamics in his voice whatsoever. The content is very interesting, although to me it felt like it could have been a fair bit more focused - he seems to repeat himself a lot instead of taking thigs a bit more logically, I think - it may be intentional, I suppose.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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