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C. A. Cameron

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  • Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank Langella
    • Narrated By Frank Langella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (172)

    Captured forever in a unique memoir, Frank Langella's myriad encounters with some of the past century's most famous human beings are profoundly affecting, funny, wicked, sometimes shocking, and utterly irresistible. With sharp wit and a perceptive eye, Mr. Langella takes us with him into the private worlds and privileged lives of movie stars, presidents, royalty, literary lions, the social elite, and the greats of the Broadway stage.

    Kathy says: "Delightful"
    "Prince o' Darkness Silkily Observed Tidbits"
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    What did you love best about Dropped Names?

    Citing anecdotal chapter and verse and wielding a stiletto of finely toned English , the great and the good are praised, rewarded ... and and great and the bad sent forthwith to Langella Hell.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dropped Names?

    You know, I always thought that was something fishy, distinctly "off" about The Actor's Method, at least as promulgated by Lee Strasberg. Langella briskly skewers Strasberg on his own petard. Liked that, I did.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ah, that macrocosmic world of Unspeakable (as one does not speak of it) Wealth, its weedless emerald lawns, its summer linens lifting in a light Cape Cod breeze, its breezy luncheons, chummy discourses over dewy glasses of G&T and crisp, monogrammed cards of perfectly penned thank you notes. Extraordinary generosity to charities and important museums to be sure. But too often neither finding nor seeking a bridge connecting "their" world to "ours", to a genuine, feeling, human to human experience. Oh, don't bother, the servants will take care of it. Absolutely terrifying.


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

    Rita Hayworth and Gloria de Haven ... what tender bundles he lifts up and delivers to his readers with his experiences with these beautiful and battered Hollywood moth-blossoms, while candidly admitting his own selfish shallowness.


    Any additional comments?

    A box of chocolates ... you never knew what you were going to get. In Hogwartian terms, some bonbons were earwax and vomit and some truffe-rich, nougat-yummt or cherry centered creams. But the box is beautifully presented, impeccably appointed and offered to one with such slyly casual aplomb that one cannot fail, no matter one's choice, to be deliciously captivated.

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  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11466)
    Performance
    (10412)
    Story
    (10439)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    ""A Faint Spark Bobbing on a Dark Sea""
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    Where does The Goldfinch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Dead even with "Wolf Hall" … interestingly, both written by reclusive, enormously talented women.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Manhattan came to life, after many years away. The Met … ah, I live in the museum-impoverished Midwest, agony to hear such rich description through my Iphone; so near and yet so far away!And there were moments when I longed to heave Theo and his Teen Years of Living with Outrageous Drug-Laced Stupidity (I know, he had been dealt a very tough hand) right out the window. I despaired, but persevered; I am, after all, 40 years the fictional character's senior and have made all these mistakes before! "Don't do it!", I would find myself whispering. And when Theo did anyway, well, I kept on listening!


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

    Superb! Un-believable this was one man as characters whisked from prose to narration with no discernible pause. Pittu's women particularly good. Boris, however, is Pittu's masterpiece!


    If you could rename The Goldfinch, what would you call it?

    "Down and Out on a Limb". Darn, that's dreadfully facile, eh? Well, the trick is to remember that for all its sprawl and depth, for all its introspections and drug-addled phantasms and fevered dreams and starlings awake awash with sweat, guilt and longing, for all its yearning, manipulations, evasions and confessions, this is just one boy/man's life. This is not "War and Peace" nor, I feel, "David Copperfield". The theme -- and indeed, there is one -- rather than Theo's individual story is one in which we find commonality and, if wise, compassion. To say more would warrant "Spoiler Alert"!


    Any additional comments?

    Four days of my life, including sections where I was awake until 3am unable to stop listening. Now find myself listlessly picking up and putting down other books, unable to focus on Netflix or PBS: "Post Goldfinch Syndrome" -- and I daresay I am not alone!

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  • Solar

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Roger Allam, Ian McEwan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (145)

    Nobel Prize-winning physicist Michael Beard is fast approaching 60, a mere shell of the academic titan he once was. While his fifth marriage falls apart, Michael suddenly finds himself with an unexpected opportunity to reinvigorate his career and possibly save humankind from the growing threat of global warming.

    Cariola says: "McEwan Does It Again!"
    "McEwan's masterful prose an illuminating sizzler"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    In USA? College degrees required to enjoy this read, hedge fund managers and those of an entrepreneurial bent should find revealing. Anyone booking academic lecture series, this is required reading. No, really. In UK? Everyone. Even footballer's wives (whllst getting nails done). Salman Rusdie probably sleeps with it under his pillow.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Patrice, now that I think of it, her of the red-lipped, scented Friday night departures. "Why" would be giving too much away. And McEwan wrote a memorable and alarmingly accurate Darlene, brief yet ripe and potent. Oh, rats. I have to say the Professor. He's so ... words fail. I really do refuse to "reveal" the plot as the reveal in this particular book is all. Fascinated, compelling, horrorfied, while laughing so hard my bike almost hurled off road.


    Have you listened to any of Roger Allam and Ian McEwan ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. Mr Allam and his mellow tones are new to me and gosh, I thought for the longest time the narrator was Michael Gambon! Dead ringer! Brilliant narration; spot on. My fellow 'murricans may be lost ("euw, he had this weird accent,,,") but the UK crowd will lap his narration up like double cream on rhubarb crumble. And quite right, too.


    Who was the most memorable character of Solar and why?

    Well, the Professor proves memorable in his ability to live a 100% selfish life unadulturated by concern, care, interest or compassion for either a single living being once they have served whatever purpose he has momentarily brought them into his life, or, our strife-ridden planet. The spotlight (I hesitate to say 'sunlight') is all on the Professor, so, shuddering slightly, he wins by default.


    Any additional comments?

    Not for the faint of literary heart nor anyone whose lips move whilst reading Danielle Steel. Yet for anyone who marvels at the intricacies and imaginative miracles wrought by masterful Ian McEwan's astonishing and witty pen. Er, keyboard. Descriptions, travels, narrations, observations, speeches, dialogue .... it's all there, the vast wealth of the English language in every single line and this delightful writers assists me to see it anew.

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  • Finding Moosewood, Finding God: What Happened When a TV Newsman Abandoned His Career for Life on an Island

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jack Perkins
    • Narrated By Jack Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    For 25 years, millions of Americans watched Jack Perkins on NBC News as a correspondent, commentator, and anchorman. People were familiar with his face, his bearing, and his rich, reassuring bass. Yet at the age of 52 and at the height of his career, Jack Perkins disappeared from the public eye and moved with his wife, Mary Jo, to a bare-necessities cabin on an uninhabited island off the coast of Maine. This isolated home they came to call Moosewood was the setting for Jack and Mary Jo’s spiritual awakening.

    Eileen says: "Too Much God, Not Enough Moosewood"
    "Really embarrassed to find it sooooo annoying"
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    What would have made Finding Moosewood, Finding God better?

    That's an awkward question because my answer is ... just, okay, fine, you got right with God. Great! Um, a lot of us have, okay? We just don't re-examine every minute of our life as a "before" and "after". I got the idea that Mr Perkins -- a face and voice I absolutely adored every single time he appeared on television -- was acutely shame-faced that he actually had a pretty good life BG ("Before God"). Resources, loving partner, kids, respect, talent ... yup, he did.

    And I would probably comment on the impact, insight, "Aha!" moment of How My Life Was Changed When I Discovered God ....only I was stopped dead in my Audible tracks as I heard Mr Perkins's famous voice intone with barely concealed smugness the moments he wins his "Emmy" and murmurs his five words of gratitude ... oh, the humility, oh the stomach-churning humbleness! What gets me? He says it like he means it. Yeah. So. Well.

    You know what? I absolutely consider myself a child of God. And, I have free will.

    In an act of free will and because "I cannot take it anymore" (hint: "Network") I turned OFF my recording of "Finding Moosewood".




    Any additional comments?

    See above. Oddly, I had a premonition from other reviews that Finding Moosewood would not be my cup of tea but soldiered on with the purchase because I used to love Mr Perkins quirky human interest stories.

    Him! I want THAT Jack Perkins! Not this guy, the other one!

    Sigh.

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  • Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kristen Johnston
    • Narrated By Kristen Johnston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (499)

    The two-time Emmy Award-winning actress has written her first book, a surprisingly raw and triumphant memoir that is outrageous, moving, sweet, tragic, and heartbreakingly honest. Guts is a true triumph - a memoir that manages to be as frank and revealing as Augusten Burroughs, yet as hilarious and witty as David Sedaris.

    John Campbell says: "Whiskey and cigarettes have never sounded so good."
    "Gut-Wrenchingly Raw, Searingly Hilariously Honest"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Guts to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely! Ms Johnston lived every second, every minute, every endless hour with us, sitting right beside her, rapt, amazed, in tears, afraid only to miss even a single syllable, or on the floor in writhing in gales of helpless laughter.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Guts?

    Aie! So many moments, leavened with memories of her utterly astonishing "Sally" on 3rd Rock from the Sun. (The sneeze ... I remember Sally's reaction to a sneeze. Surely YouTube has it ...) And how the f**k did she do all THAT and completely under the influence of a truckload of pills, I have no earthly idea. (And neither did her co-star, as he freely admits). Well, having to pick one, if I must, and using the British term, "hospital". All of it. But her childhood drifts into The Other come a close second. Yowza, I can sure relate to drifting into The Other. Bet a lot of her readers can, too.


    Which character – as performed by Kristen Johnston – was your favorite?

    Creepily, her mother, driving her in tennis whites under a mink coat in a late model car to a doctor worrying aloud that Kristen's growth spurts might turn to giantism. And her stage manager in London, whassisname. PURE English.


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

    I listened to it under cover of darkness at 2AM while visiting my elderly mother this Christmas. I tell you this, hand on heart, Kristen kept me sane in a very strange and crazy-making time.


    Any additional comments?

    (1) Kristen Johnston must read every future Audible book from this moment forward, forever. (2) She is my hero and what is more, she is her own hero. (3) May she live long and prosper outrageously, find true love and write it all down so we can all hear it from her own magnificent mouth.

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  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3515)
    Performance
    (3118)
    Story
    (3125)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Stellar Narration Underscores Emotional Book"
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    Would you listen to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry again? Why?

    No, fellow readers, I would not. Broadbent's perfect delivery delivered every syllable, every nuance and every emotion with such eloquent intensity that once, was, indeed, enough


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

    Queenie in the hospice. Totally unexpected, blew me away. A subsequent chapter spoken with such purity and calm that I was awash in tears.


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

    Have not yet, will do soon.


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

    When Harold felt good, I felt good. When Harold was lost, I felt lost. I felt the crowded, moist heat of an afternoon in Bath, Harold's restless nocturnal wanderings and sleeplessness, the jolt from reverie of a jolly hospice sister's tea tray, shared laughter so deep it really does make your stomach hurt, the sound of an ax splintering wood in impotent sorrow and rage, the slow unveiling of useful wall map ... Mr Broadbent pats a sofa cushion, sits you down, opens the book, smiles at you, murmurs "Now, then, Catherine" and immerses one into Harold Fry's Unlikely Pilgrimage.


    Any additional comments?

    Ms Joyce deftly and unstintingly pares, peels, tugs and delves past English reserve; she will none of it. Here are Maureen and Harold, the quintessential English couple, their silences, their sorrows, their (few) joys and above all, their secrets. May not sound too jolly and frankly, I put I might well have put aside the book aside if I were reading it. But Broadbent's narration was a strong, enduring, dogged, and faithful companion into and through the Fry's travails and I can congratulate Ms Joyce for this superb journey in their lifetimes.

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  • American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Craig Ferguson
    • Narrated By Craig Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1775)
    Performance
    (1151)
    Story
    (1149)

    In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark - as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

    Diane says: "Unabashedly Honest"
    "Craig's life goes commando -- peer if you dare!"
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    Where does American on Purpose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Upper middle


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American on Purpose?

    Ferguson's description of the horrors of Scottish education. I thought my ex- husband, an Aberdonian, was kidding when he described similar horrendous experiences ... apparently not. I realize this comment may be a blip in the radar when compared to the rest of Ferguson's enthralling biography, but for this reader, it was seeing behind a hidden veil. Look, I loved my 3 years in Scotland, but the real miracle of Scotland is that it's populace manages to do so gosh darn much when given so gosh darn little in tender years.


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

    His accent, for heavens sake, his ACCENT!


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

    No, spaced it out over a week. Normally I would listen for 30 minutes in so drifting off in bed but not Cragie lad, no sirree. I was too wired to sleep, often with the thought "Can this man's life get any worse?"


    Any additional comments?

    Listen up, fellow Yanks. GO with Ferguson's accent. I live in the Midwest and locals whine "But I can't understand what he's saying." Get a grip. It's a big world. For starters, watch his show -- I'd doubt you'd be listening if you didn't watch his show -- for a week. Then plug in the headset, pour yourself a bevvie or a nice cuppa tea, grab onto your armchair and get set to journey into Craig-land. Not for the faint of heart, abhorence of the F bomb or the resolutely alcoholic (you WILL go to AA after listening to this book) but it is a grand ride all the same.

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  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (19506)
    Performance
    (17360)
    Story
    (17320)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Five Stars In Every Sense"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this as Audible's ultimate adult summer listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jacob ... er, Jake ...well, George!


    Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

    Every single character -- and there are a good many of 'em - was spot on!


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

    I'm still listening to it! So far, there have been very Stephen King moments detailing exceptionally graphic moments of violence ... and tenderness .... and nature ... and shock ....and an extraordinary sense of the protagonist's immediacy, commitment, presence and personal conflict with


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen King pulls no punches, historically, politically, emotionally, physically, psychologically. I like that! A master craftsman and teller of tales, King's 11-22-1963 novel deserves WINNER status on every level.

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