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Paul

Brooklyn Park, MN, United States

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  • Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Barack Obama
    • Narrated By Barack Obama
    Overall
    (1671)
    Performance
    (416)
    Story
    (419)

    In this lyrical, unsentimental, and compelling memoir, the son of a black African father and a white American mother searches for a workable meaning to his life as a black American. It begins in New York, where Barack Obama learns that his father, a figure he knows more as a myth than as a man, has been killed in a car accident.

    Kathryn says: "A wonderful, insightful, non-political story"
    "Informative and Forbiddenly Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have to admit I got this book purely to understand more about Obama's background...it did get me a good understanding of what formed the man I admire.

    ...I probably enjoyed the portions of the book where Obama (seemed to take great pride in masterful mimicry while he) voiced persons and situations from his past. I gotta say, there is nothing more enjoyable on audio books so far than to hear the Commander-in-Chief, most power man on earth, say: "You ain't my bitch, n****. Buy your own damn fries!" and “S***’s gettin’ way too complicated for me.” I laughed over the top of the story many times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2507)
    Performance
    (1241)
    Story
    (1246)

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "....stay on target........"
    Overall

    I am not denying I love hearing these tales....but Bryson has a meandering style of story telling which is unable to stay focused on the subject at hand. A chapter would start with a hallway mop...and end up talking about tea in China. Usually about 5 minutes into each chapter I would have no idea how any of this related to which part of the house we had been talking about - which I couldn't remember by that time either -- oh well, none the less each tale was a jewel on its own.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17197)
    Performance
    (13085)
    Story
    (13027)

    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"
    "Please Make Up Your Mind, Tina"
    Overall

    I bought this book to be entertained...and I cannot deny that it has many more laughs scattered throughout (especially the first half) than any other semi-autobiographical book I have ever read. ...but as the book goes on she spends more time reminding me I should be sorry for having a penis or rationalizing the social commentary behind her art than entertaining.

    Still worth burning a credit on.....but.........

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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