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Lesli

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  • Here's Johnny!: My Memories of Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show, and 40 Years of Friendship

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ed McMahon
    • Narrated By Ed McMahon
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    Brilliant in front of the camera but shy in person, Johnny Carson seldom gave interviews. But no one knew him better than Ed McMahon, Carson's personal friend and showbiz sidekick for almost 40 years. Now, with Johnny's blessings before he died, McMahon can finally share all the stories that only he knows.

    Christopher says: "What was Johnny Carson like? Let Ed tell you..."
    "disappointing"
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    it became tiresome hearing the same catchphrases (heeeeeeeeere's johnny) over and over. seemed much of the storyline was more about Ed than Carson.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Mother's Body: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Suzan-Lori Parks
    • Narrated By Suzan-Lori Parks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks' wildly original debut novel, Getting Mother's Body, follows pregnant, unmarried Billy Beede and her down-and-out family in 1960s Texas as they search for the storied jewels buried (or were they?) with Billy's fast-running, six-years-dead mother, Willa Mae. Getting Mother's Body is a true spiritual successor to the work of writers Zora Neale Hurston and Alice Walker - but when it comes to bringing hard-luck characters to life, Suzan-Lori Parks shares the stage with no one.

    Lesli says: "couldn't continue listening..."
    "couldn't continue listening..."
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    What would have made Getting Mother's Body better?

    the language style is so irritating to listen to i simply could not carry on. there is far too much "he says" "i says" "he says" .. over and over and over. drove me to distraction!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1018)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (926)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Melinda says: "Intriguing--Captivating--Altering"
    "well rounded storyline"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    absolutely.


    Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka – was your favorite?

    Arthur Opp. i'm not sure which of the readers portrayed him but his pacing, the timbre of his voice, his ability to emote... all draw you in and let you feel you really really KNOW Arthur Opp.


    Who was the most memorable character of Heft and why?

    both Arthur and Kel's characters will remain with you long after the last page.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    Overall
    (2974)
    Performance
    (2593)
    Story
    (2596)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "riveting!!!!!!"
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    Where does The Storyteller rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 5


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

    the narrators succeed in bringing each character to life


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

    the entire section devoted to her grandmothers story was captivating. I became completely lost in the tale and when it returned to the current day portion of the story I had honestly forgotten all about the original premise for the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Jodi Picoult continues to create classic reads that will endure. highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Coreyography

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Corey Feldman
    • Narrated By Corey Feldman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (235)

    In this brave and moving memoir, Corey Feldman is revealing the truth about what his life was like behind the scenes: His is a past that included physical, drug, and sexual abuse, a dysfunctional family from which he was emancipated at age fifteen, three high-profile arrests for drug possession, a nine-month stint in rehab, and a long, slow crawl back to the top of the box office.

    R. J. Melton says: "Heartrending Loss of Innocence"
    "not totally feelin it for feldman"
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    Where does Coreyography rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the lower half of the field


    What aspect of Corey Feldman’s performance would you have changed?

    I didn't enjoy his "voices" that he used for various characters - particularly for his mother. he made her sound like Harvey Fierstein! it was unsettling.


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

    mostly it was a middle of the road experience, start to finish - however some of the discussion around the abuse by his mother was disturbing. if this is accurate information, she is one seriously messed up individual!


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't dislike this autobiography but something was lacking. I really like Feldman. I've enjoyed what I have seen of his movies/tv but a lot of the time he describes his career and his abilities at a higher level than I would afford him.

    overall, it's worth a listen, if you're a fan at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Letting Go of God

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Julia Sweeney
    • Narrated By Julia Sweeney
    Overall
    (1512)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (414)

    Julia Sweeney says she was a "happy Catholic girl" when, one day, she walked into church and signed up for a Bible-study course. "What an eye opener that was!" she says. Equally comedic and insightful, Letting Go of God is Sweeney's brilliant one-woman show about her struggle with her faith.

    Mark says: "A Brilliant Personal Journey of Discovery"
    "captivating, thought provoking and hilarious"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Letting Go of God to be better than the print version?

    yes - her comedic timing and delivery really enhance the experience. much of the comedy comes from hearing her tell her own story.


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

    absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    i first discovered this presentation on ted.com - just a 20 minute condensation of it. when i learned there was a full book i was eager to enjoy her full discourse and i'm so glad i opted for the audio version. i've listened through twice now - sharing with friends on a road trip. they, too, really enjoyed it.
    julia sweeney has a brilliant mind and i love the way her thought processes work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3388)
    Performance
    (2333)
    Story
    (2331)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Alan says: "Outstanding"
    "captivating"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Prayer for Owen Meany to be better than the print version?

    i haven't read the print version but i found the audio edition to be very compelling


    What about Joe Barrett’s performance did you like?

    i felt like i was listening to someone telling their real life story


    Any additional comments?

    i remember one of my closest friends raving about this book many years ago and referring to it as her favourite. i'm not sure what took me so long to get to it but i'm glad i waited for the audio version.
    i also really enjoyed listening to the references to the area that i live in - made the story seem just that much more real for me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tough Sh-t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kevin Smith
    • Narrated By Kevin Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1137)
    Performance
    (1062)
    Story
    (1065)

    Take one look at Kevin Smith: He's a balding fatty who wears a size XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. Not a likely source for life advice. But take a second look at Kevin Smith: He changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-four with the release of Clerks, and since then has gone on to make nine more profitable movies, runs his own production company, wrote a best-selling graphic novel, and has a beautiful wife and kids. So he must be doing something right.

    Pamela says: "Such a likable slob!"
    "not so silent bob"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tough Sh-t to be better than the print version?

    yes, it's always great to hear kev telling his own tales.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    kevin discussing his reaction to the BS dealt to him by southwest airlines


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    what a JERK bruce willis really is!


    Any additional comments?

    if you're a fan of kevin smith you'll love this

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3170)
    Performance
    (2483)
    Story
    (2475)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "entertaining"
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    If you could sum up Stories I Only Tell My Friends in three words, what would they be?

    open honest & frank


    Any additional comments?

    not a life changing experience but definitely held my interest and was worth the time. changed my impresson of rob lowe.. i'm more of a fan now. he's an interesting dude.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17067)
    Performance
    (15151)
    Story
    (15108)

    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"
    "brilliant concept"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    i would absolutely recommend this audiobook, i found it difficult to pull myself away much of the time.


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

    his ability to switch voices and characters was impressive & entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    this may be my favourite stephen king tale. however, around about the 3rd installment i found it began to lag quite a bit. sometimes king is a bit too wordy in his narrative and that isn't any different here. i did still find myself very eager to see where the story would go and how it would all turn out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2881)
    Performance
    (2524)
    Story
    (2528)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    Marci says: "I Miss Her"
    "captivating"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    i found myself able to really visualize the trail and i was eager to get back to finding out where her journey would lead next.


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

    listening as she recounted the death of her mother was poignant


    Any additional comments?

    there were times i found myself shaking my head and wondering how she could be so dumb! hahahahaaa and many more times i found myself astounded at her courage and determination. i admire cheryl's tenacity and her honesty in the telling of her tale, warts and all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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