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Kathleen T. Kraemer

Overland Park, KS USA | Member Since 2010

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  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (19022)
    Performance
    (14792)
    Story
    (14737)

    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"
    "Best in Audio"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story



    I REALLY enjoyed this book. I like Tina Fey anyway, but in this book she has shown a side of herself that is unlike the stereotypical notion of irreverent comic/unserious about life. She recounts her early years, struggling with her self-identity. She tells stories about her "other" jobs she held while doing improv at night. She discusses her TV shows: SNL and 30 Rock. But where Tina shines is discussing her father, her challenges being a woman in the comedy biz, and her juggling her career and motherhood. Tina is genuine, and it really comes through. I listened to this on audio, which I HIGHLY recommend. Tina reads her own book, so you get her inflections and impressions; saracsm and sweetness. She made me laugh out loud many times. 4.5 stars.

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  • Paradise Alley

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kevin Baker
    • Narrated By Kevin Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    They came by boat from a starving land, and by the Underground Railroad from Southern chains, seeking refuge in a crowded, filthy corner of hell at the bottom of a great metropolis. But in the terrible July of 1863, the poor and desperate of Paradise Alley would face a new catastrophe, as flames from the war that was tearing America in two reached out to set their city on fire.

    PA Law says: "Gripping yet gruesome tale"
    "This time the author should not be the reader"
    Overall

    This book was okay: started slow, got much more exciting, and ended leaving some storylines dangling, although it summarized the period philisophically. The historical detail was captivating and the characters were complex; as the tale moved along, I changed my views about two of the characters (Robinson- went from liking him to hating him and Dangerous Johnny Dolan - went from hating him to pity). The author was the narrator, and he dragged the story down, in my opinion. Sometimes the story seemed a little wordy; it was much better when there was some action, or when it was focused on what had happened back in Ireland during The Hunger.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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