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Michael

Spring Hill, FL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Not Taco Bell Material

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Adam Carolla
    • Narrated By Adam Carolla
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (823)

    Funnyman Adam Carolla is known for two things: hilarious rants about things that drive him crazy and personal stories about everything from his hardscrabble childhood to his slacker friends to the hypocrisy of Hollywood. He tackled rants in his first book, and now he tells his best stories and debuts some never-before-heard tales as well. Adam Carolla started broke and blue collar and has now been on the Hollywood scene for over 15 years. Yet he never lost his underdog demeanor.

    Brett says: "Not bad but uneven and not revealing."
    "It was OK."
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    What did you like best about Not Taco Bell Material? What did you like least?

    I like Carolla's "to the point" bluntness, but it seemed like some of the material was either covered in his previous book or was material that might have been left on the editing floor from the previous book.


    Was Not Taco Bell Material worth the listening time?

    It was worth listening. Just didn't measure up to his previous book.


    Any additional comments?

    My expectations might have been high based on his "50 years we'll all be chicks" book. It was OK.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2756)
    Performance
    (1313)
    Story
    (1322)

    Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

    Hope says: "A Worthy Book, indeed"
    "Maybe I didn't get it."
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    Just seemed to ramble and not flow. I gave up on it after a few hours.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sh-t My Dad Says

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2037)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1093)

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

    Michael says: "Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award"
    "Hilarious!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Man can I relate to some of this (as I'm sure many of us can).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5610)
    Performance
    (3557)
    Story
    (3565)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "Good Read! For kids try "Racing In The Rain"."
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    Not normally the type of book I read. A friend recommended it to me. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have recommended it and bought it for other friends and family. I was glad to see that another version titled just "Racing in the Rain" was offered that cleaned up some of the only adult related situations so I could pass it on to my kids to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An American Life

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ronald Reagan
    • Narrated By Ronald Reagan
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    Ronald Reagan is an American success story. From modest beginnings in a small midwestern town to a distinguished career in films and television, he lived the American dream; as governor of California and as the centurys most popular president, he embodied and revitalized the American spirit.

    Candice says: "Freedom is Worth the Struggle"
    "We need more leaders like Reagan."
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    What other book might you compare An American Life to and why?

    In terms of Ronald Reagan, Peggy Noonan's book "When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan" is a must read.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Win one for the Gipper!


    Any additional comments?

    If you read this and Peggy Noonan's book "When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan" objectively, I don't know how you can come away with anything short of a great admiration for the man.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1896)
    Performance
    (754)
    Story
    (755)

    Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

    Joe says: "Best Audiobook of 2010!"
    "Great book. Not the movie."
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    What made the experience of listening to Game Change the most enjoyable?

    Getting some additional details on the going on's during the election.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Some of the interaction between the candidates was interesting and informative.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book before seeing the movie (as most usually do). The movie suggests that Palin is the Game Change, focuses on her and, I thought, toward the end, takes some Hollywood liberties with her. In the book, she's actually a small percentage. I would argue that Obama and Palin are both identified as Game Changers. I also thought the author handled all parties fairly and objectively.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1809)
    Performance
    (839)
    Story
    (850)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "Eye opening!"
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    Where does Columbine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've read a lot of good audiobooks. This ranks with among the better ones.


    What other book might you compare Columbine to and why?

    I like non fiction, events driven books. Looking for the details in what happened. That said, I think it's comparable to books like Blackhawk Down or Game Change.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gump & Co.

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Winston Groom
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    The lovable man for all ages, who captured America's heart in the #1 best-selling novel Forrest Gump and in the blockbuster film, returns in the long-awaited sequel to the book hailed by Larry King as "the funniest novel I have ever read." A little older, and wiser in his own unique way, he is still running through the kaleidoscopic events of our times -- and straight into the age of greed and instant gratification known as the 1980s.

    Michael says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
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    Would you try another book from Winston Groom and/or Will Patton?

    Don't think so.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Screwtape Letters


    What three words best describe Will Patton’s performance?

    It was OK.


    What character would you cut from Gump & Co.?

    The New Coke inventor.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've read the original book you know it is considerably different than the movie. It almost seemed as if this follow up was written to capitalize on the success of the movie.It was just tossed together with little flow to any kind of story line. Gump is almost a cross between the original book character (really a bit of a jerk) and the movie character (an unassuming good guy). Seemed like the author couldn't decide if he wanted him to continue as the book character or the movie character. Disappointing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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