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Jolie

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  • Role Models

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Waters
    • Narrated By John Waters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (100)
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    (99)

    Role Models is filmmaker John Waters's self-portrait told through intimate profiles of favorite personalities---some famous, some unknown, some criminal, some surprisingly middle-of-the-road.

    Nanci says: "Smutty But Funny"
    "Makes you think, makes you laugh, makes you cringe"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Role Models to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed them both, but the added experience of hearing Waters read his pieces—he's a great performer in this audiobook—gives the audio the edge. I enjoyed hearing his tone of voice and inflection and the tempo of his readings at various points and how he approached the variety of topics his essays cover.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Role Models?

    Where he describes an interview with Little Richard that goes a little bit off the rails.


    Which character – as performed by John Waters – was your favorite?

    N/A


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

    The essay on former "Manson Girl" Leslie Van Houten, whom Waters befriended while she was in prison and with whom he maintains a decades-long friendship, is difficult and moving as he describes his feeling that she has paid her debt to society and should be freed while still acknowledging the horror of her crimes. He's serious and thoughtful and while yes, there are funny parts even in this essay, he isn't flippant. A difficult and thought-provoking piece.


    Any additional comments?

    Just know that this book swings back and forth from "Hairspray"-type fun to "Pink Flamingoes"-type explicit grossness. Unless the latter doesn't bother you at all, you won't emerge unscathed ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scientific American: Why Exercise Works Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (21 mins)
    • By Shari S. Bassuk, Timothy S. Church, JoAnn E. Mason
    • Narrated By Mark Moran
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    Shari S. Bassuk, an epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Timothy S. Church, a professor at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University, and JoAnn E. Mason, chief of the division of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explain why being active is good for many reasons beyond the old familiar ones.

    Jolie says: "Great info, but I'll stick with print"
    "Great info, but I'll stick with print"
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    What disappointed you about Scientific American?

    The reading of the articles was very disappointing. I can describe it as slightly robotic, with sentences that frequently end on an "up" note, as if they are questions. The reading is too distracting for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the science info—interesting and accessible as always for this publication.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Moran?

    I'm not certain I would have a specific recommendation. This doesn't need someone who can "do voices" or or read dramatically. It just needs a neutral narration that allows the information to be listened to without distracting narration habits described above.


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

    Disappointed because I'd love to be able to "read" this magazine while commuting but I can't listen to the narration style.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (410)

    Eliot Rosewater, a drunk volunteer fireman and president of the fabulously rich Rosewater Foundation, is about to attempt a noble experiment with human nature, with a little help from writer Kilgore Trout. The result is Kurt Vonnegut's funniest satire, an etched-in-acid portrayal of the greed, hypocrisy, and follies of the flesh we are all heir to.

    Darwin8u says: "Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth."
    "Quick Funny Smart"
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    What made the experience of listening to God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater the most enjoyable?

    Excellent match of narrator to material.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Even "humor" books have to work hard to make me laugh more than a couple of times, and this short listen had me laughing out loud in my car more times than that with its killer combination of sharp satire; delicious dialogue; and a balanced, insightful, and absolutely entertaining narration.


    Have you listened to any of Eric Michael Summerer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is my first Eric Michael Summerer narration. Will be on the lookout for more.


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

    No truly extreme reactions, though it did make me laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    Not the best-known Vonnegut story, but definitely an entertaining audio version of a lesser-known work.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rococo

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Adriana Trigiani
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    Bartolomeo di Crespi is the acclaimed interior decorator of Our Lady of Fatima, New Jersey. To date, Bartolomeo has hand-selected every chandelier, sconce, and ottoman in OLOF, so when the renovation of the local church is scheduled, he assumes there is only one man for the job.

    gingerpenny95 says: "I wanna be Italian!"
    "Who knew nice could be so amazing?"
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    What did you love best about Rococo?

    The narrator Stephen Hoye and his joyous New Jersey accent. The main character Bartolomeo di Crespi and his care for his family and friends and his passion for fabulous fabrics. The fact that this book is not something I would ever have normally picked up (I needed a New Jersey-set book for a reading challenge and my usual reading fare is crime fiction and historical nonfiction about such things as devastating hurricanes, horrifying treks through the Amazon, awful real people committing crimes) but I completely, unabashedly loved this non-cynical narrative about a really nice guy (and professional interior designer) who just wants to redecorate his boyhood church.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Somehow, a sweet story about nice people is not annoying, aggravating, mindless, boring. It is fresh, fun, and happy-making.


    What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

    Hoye is the perfect choice for this story. His New Jersey-accented narration obviously fits the story perfectly, but just like the story itself, it radiates sincerity.


    Who was the most memorable character of Rococo and why?

    Bartolomeo di Crespi. He's the main character and someone I'd just love to be friends with --- and go shopping with to find great stuff for my house.


    Any additional comments?

    As someone who usually reads violent, disturbing, and riveting fiction and nonfiction, I am surprised I enjoyed this so wholeheartedly and would recommend it to any other open-minded cynic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Marc J. Seifer
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (827)
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    (736)
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    (722)

    Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), credited as the inspiration for radio, robots, and even radar, has been called the patron saint of modern electricity. Based on original material and previously unavailable documents, this acclaimed book is the definitive biography of the man considered by many to be the founding father of modern electrical technology.

    Jean says: "Tesla was a hundred years ahead of his time"
    "My brain hurts! But in a good way."
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    Would you listen to Wizard again? Why?

    Portions of it, but probably not the whole thing as it is very long; I might have been better off with an abridged version if one was available. There are certain chapters/sections that I found more interesting and engaging than others.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I find late 19th- early 20th-century history—with all its stories of innovation, wealth, and bravado—to be intriguing. I liked hearing about Tesla's interactions with other giants of science, industry, and the arts and learning about his friendships, business partnerships, and collaborations. I found the descriptions of some of his theories to be fascinating (though obviously wrong, such as his insistence that intelligent beings on Mars might be able to receive transmissions from Earth) and descriptions of many of his personal interactions to be intriguing.

    I have to admit that I did, more than once, find my mind wandering during some of the lengthier science-heavy passages. I wouldn't say that the science in this book is inaccessible to the layman, but it also doesn't treat the scientific sections in an elementary way. Therefore, I, as a nonscientist, often lost focus during those sections and had to re-listen to some, but wound up skipping some as well.


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

    This is my first book narrated by Simon Prebble and I intend to seek out others he's done. His narration was superb. He commands a number of accents that he uses when voicing such people as the Serbian Tesla, the Italian Marconi, and various Americans, Scots, Englishmen and women, and other ethnicities without turning any of them into caricatures. Highly engaging narration.


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

    No extreme reactions.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought I knew of most of the major players who passed through Pittsburgh (my hometown) during Tesla's era but was surprised, and pleased, to learn through this book of Tesla's work in Pittsburgh with George Westinghouse and his patent feuds with University of Pittsburgh researcher Reginald Fessenden. I like when a broad, sweeping historical narrative comes into contact with my favorite city.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lewis Carroll
    • Narrated By Christopher Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (172)

    Since the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865 and Through the Looking Glass six years later, Lewis Carroll’s nonsensical tales have delighted the world with wildly imaginative and unforgettable journeys. While charming children with a heroine who represents their own feelings about growing up, the Alice stories are also appreciated by adults as a gentle satire on education, politics, literature, and Victorian life in general.

    Claire Wofford says: "a little disappointed"
    "I'm all mad, here, too"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who enjoys bawdy, over-the-top narration might enjoy it—though it's difficult to enjoy even if you do like the narration style because the sound design is just horribly subpar. It's sometimes so quiet or low that you can barely hear it or make out the words, then suddenly blares loudly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I did very much enjoy the voice acting choices Plummer made for the Cheshire Cat.


    What didn’t you like about Christopher Plummer’s performance?

    I love Christopher Plummer. It's why I chose this edition of the audibook over others (though I may now try Fiona Shaw and Michael York's versions—I very much enjoy them as actors so I'm hoping perhaps the narration will be more pleasing to me and with better sound design.)
    I felt that Plummer's narration of the character voices was just much too exaggerated. Of course I don't mean to sound ridiculous in that obviously, the stories of Alice in Wonderland are absurd and over the top as are the characters. But to me, it was much too much loud whining, sobbing, hollering that it began to feel like the aural centers of my brain were being scrubbed with steel wool.
    I do very much like Plummer's narration as The Narrator proper, but I don't care much for the pairing of his voicing and Lewis Carroll's characters in most all instances in this book.


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

    Just very disappointed. Fantastic classic story and amazing actor added up to much less than the sum of its parts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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