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Don't think it hasn't been an little slice of heaven, 'cuz it hasn't.- Bugs Bunny


  • A Christmas Carol [Listening Library Version]

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is Jim Dale's incomparable telling of the beloved A Christmas Carol, a "little book," as Charles Dickens himself called it, which has been treasured by generations since December of 1843. Listeners of all ages will be enthralled as they meet for the first time, or are reunited with, that miser of all misers, Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge.

    R. Adams says: "Jim Dale is a great narrator"
    "Jim Dale is WONDERFUL!"

    He did a great job and I will be listening again. He brings this old story alive in ways I haven't experienced in years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We'll Be Here For the Rest of Our Lives: A Swingin' Showbiz Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Paul Shaffer
    • Narrated By Paul Shaffer

    In this hilarious, entertaining, and candid memoir - in which he dishes on everyone from John Belushi and Jerry Lewis to Mel Gibson and Britney Spears - Paul Schaffer gives us the full behind-the-scenes story of his life, from banging out pop tunes on the piano at the age of 12 to leading the band every night at the Sullivan Theater.

    Steven H. Hurowitz says: "Mandatory Listening!"
    "Unsung Showbiz Hero"
    What did you love best about We'll Be Here For the Rest of Our Lives?

    The story, Mr. Shaffer's wealth of stories and asides about his road to becoming a musical and comedy legend.
    The premise and title of the book are explained immediately and hilariously.
    He is a gifted writer, he was good hearted about his choice of stories (I am sure he could have written a scathing tell-all but he chose the higher road) and was not politically correct nor ashamed of describing his faith and his love for people.

    What other book might you compare We'll Be Here For the Rest of Our Lives to and why?

    1000 percent better than Bossypants. It is more detailed, less irreverent and didn't try to be funny. It was much more respectful in tone to the reader.

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

    He is an amazing narrator. He should do more books. His years in entertainment, his sense of timing (both musical and comical) can be heard in every minute. As he describes in his book, he has a keen ear, and I really think that helped him do a great job instinctively.

    It isn't a laugh a minute, because life isn't a laugh a minute. You just may cry at times.

    Of course, since he is hilarious, he did many of his own old comedy bits and uncanny impressions of well known celebrities.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His memories of John Belushi, his memorial service and his memories of his parents.

    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could stand David Letterman anymore or I would have found out about this book a few years ago. I used to love him before he became political.

    Paul's book is not political AT ALL.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "Honest, Respectful, Riveting"
    Would you listen to Killing Kennedy again? Why?

    The story is based on real history, of course, so I would listen again to hear about some of the characters I didn't know about. I have even done some research on some of them. For those of us who weren't born yet or into politics when this was happening, the authors really make it all accessible and very interesting. Bill O'Reilly was a history teacher, and it shows.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Well, sadly, we all know the ending. What I liked best was the exploration of the main characters, Jack and Jackie, and how they showed the reader their complexities as well as the good parts of their personalities. They didn't write another hagiographic, glossed over version of the Kennedy administration. Fascinating details about "Camelot" are revealed.
    The book doesn't vilify the Kennedys. It is a sober look at what really happened, from the fantastic to the mundane. It is all there.
    They wrote about what was happening in the last three years of both JFK and his assassin. It is obvious that they had copious primary references, and instead of spitting out what they found, they turned it into a thriller. It was delivered in a fast paced, exciting style, yet they maintained respect for the subjects of the story.

    What about Bill O'Reilly’s performance did you like?

    He was fantastic. He was a history teacher and you can tell by his performance that he truly loves history.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I couldn't put it down. And I knew the ending!

    Any additional comments?

    For those of you who don't like Bill O'Reilly because he is an Independent with conservative leanings, get over it and get this book. You will love it and you will learn more than you expect to.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings—and Life

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Laura Vanderkam
    • Narrated By Laura Vanderkam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    According to time management expert Laura Vanderkam, mornings hold the key to taking control of our schedules. If we use them wisely, we can build habits that will allow us to lead happier, more productive lives. Drawing on real-life anecdotes and scientific research that shows why the early hours of the day are so important, Vanderkam reveals how successful people use mornings to help them accomplish things that are often impossible to take care of later in the day.

    Teresa says: "A statement or two could summarize this book"
    "Great Tips for Wannabe Early Birds"
    What made the experience of listening to What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast the most enjoyable?

    What the author said made sense and a lot of the book was common sense, but she provided practical tips to reach your goals. Examples of how her tips worked in the lives of very successful people were inspiring.

    What other book might you compare What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast to and why?

    I am hoping her book, 168 Hours, You Have More Time Than You Think, will just as helpful.

    What three words best describe Laura Vanderkam’s voice?

    Soft, tentative, shy. It didn't match the subject. Her approach was almost too laid back.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and it is only an hour so it is doable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Killer Pancake

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Diane Mott Davidson
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    While catering a cosmetics company luncheon, Goldy witnesses the hit and run death of a rising young sales associate. Could the death have anything to do with the animal rights picket line in the parking lot...or with the exotic blue rose found next to the victim's body?

    Dede says: "Killer Book"
    Would you try another book from Diane Mott Davidson and/or Barbara Rosenblat?

    I might read another in paperback.

    What could Diane Mott Davidson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Get a different narrator.

    What didn’t you like about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance?

    The narration was a nasal, grating, New York, tough chick that did not match the character.

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

    I was so annoyed by the narration I couldn't get through to chapter 3, so I am really angry I wasted my money.

    Any additional comments?

    I will try this in a paperback. The narration is too annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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