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Thomas

West Creek, NJ, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13575)
    Performance
    (11050)
    Story
    (11680)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "I can't believe I bought ths"
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    What would have made Fifty Shades of Grey better?

    As a long-time (over a decade) Audible listener, I was intrigued when a friend chastised me when I told her that I knew nothing about the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy. Out of curiosity I downloaded and listened. I was sincerely shocked that this is a best seller, that women don’t find this insulting and offensive, that the insertion of soft porn into every 10 pages could make a sophomoric storyline into a best seller (ok, I guess that one is no big surprise). Maybe I’m just annoyed that I didn't think to write this and reap the profits? Who knew?? I obviously think way to much. I have listened to over a thousand books in my travels. Some fantastic, some awful; however, even the awful weren't in the same intellectually shallow category. They might have not been my cup of tea for whatever reason, but I could say I learned something. I guess I could say what I learned here is how far such a large portion of our society has slipped intellectually. Terrorists should be laughing hysterically! They should be doubled over saying "that's hot" and "oh my." They don’t have to plot to destroy our country. We have apparently dumbed down our educational system and expectations to the point of diminishing or possibly no return.


    What could E L James have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    No comment


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Makes no difference when there are lines continually repeated like "Oh my" and "that's so hot"


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

    Anger, sadness, disappointment AND disgust.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not a prude. If you are going to write something erotic, do it well. This was CRAP.

    501 of 534 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
    (1059)
    Performance
    (968)
    Story
    (968)

    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"
    "Apparently you are not stil foolin' everyone!"
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    What would have made Still Foolin' 'Em better?

    If Billy would have focused on his life and comedy and not attempted to throw in political comments that were mean-spirited and extremely biased.


    What was most disappointing about Billy Crystal’s story?

    I did not buy this book to hear Billy's political opinion. Some comedians make fun of all politicians. Obviously, they are fair game, but Billy's political agenda and opinions were quite obvious. I don't care. I'm not interested in what you think politically.


    What didn’t you like about Billy Crystal’s performance?

    The first half of the book was quite funny. The second half became almost maudlin and depressing. Yes, I know that none of us are going to get out of this life alive - but this part of the book went beyond funny. It seemed obsessive.


    What character would you cut from Still Foolin' 'Em?

    That's not really applicable since the book was all about Billy.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowfires

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (86)

    Rachel's request for a quick and clean divorce enraged her husband. She had never seen Eric so angry, so consumed by pure and terrifying hatred. Then, in the heat of the moment, Eric was struck down in a traffic accident. His death was instantaneous. Shocked and relieved, Rachel had nothing left to fear. Until Eric's body disappeared from the morgue - and Rachel was stalked by someone who looked like her dead husband.

    J. says: "Welcome to the Land of Oz"
    "Dean Koontz - please stop!"
    Overall

    I used to like to read Dean Koontz novels. Perhaps they are a better "read" then "listen" or perhaps I just evolved as a reader. This book was old "B" movie predictable.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5198)
    Performance
    (3178)
    Story
    (3179)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "I will never look at my dog in the same way."
    Overall

    Touching and wonderful. I laughed and cried. I will never look at my dog in the same way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Friend Leonard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By James Frey
    • Narrated By Andy Paris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    Perhaps the most unconventional and literally breathtaking father-son story you'll ever read, My Friend Leonard pulls you immediately and deeply into a relationship as unusual as it is inspiring. The father figure is Leonard, the high-living, recovering coke addict, "West Coast Director of a large Italian-American finance firm" (read: mobster) who helped to keep James Frey clean in A Million Little Pieces.

    Kathleen says: "Great book"
    "My Friend Leonard"
    Overall

    This book comes from the heart and touches your heart because it is real....full of real, raw emotions, about good stuff gone bad and the bad stuff that makes us complete.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1693)
    Performance
    (727)
    Story
    (731)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "Blithering Dribble"
    Overall

    Maybe it works for a Seinfeld episode or even a season, but 13 hour books about nothing don't work.

    3 of 16 people found this review helpful

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