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  • 5 reviews
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  • 1 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tom Shales, James Andrew Miller
    • Narrated By Christopher Burns, Eric Conger

    A history of Saturday Night Live that finally reveals what really went on backstage, on the set, in the writers' offices, and on the town. Dozens of stars, writers, and guest hosts recall the backstage gossip, feuds, foibles, drugs, sex, struggles, and calamities of the show that changed television.

    Tim says: "Interesting inside look, so-so presentation"
    "Fascinating Book, So-So Narrative"

    I agree with the other reviewers that the people who read quotes from cast members' and writers' interviews probably misinterpreted the quotes by placing the emphasis in the wrong places. This detracted slightly from the book's presentation, as did the slightly off attempts to impersonate the voices which we all know so well. Still, the content of the book was fascinating, and this book was extremely well written and researched. I was not looking for sensationalism, or "an expose." This book offers the facts, interpretations and experiences of the cast members over the years and presents them in a frank, factual and entertaining style. The writing and the narration, even with the possible problems with the quotes, made this one of the most interesting audiobooks I have heard in a long time. But I am a fan and was interested in knowning about all the backstage drama at SNL.

    This book explains how and why the show got so bad at points, and how and why it got better. It explains the concept for the show and the network's meddling and occasionally necessary interference. It discusses the interrelationship of the cast members, writers and producers throughout the years. I found it fascinating. If you liked the show, you'll like the book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Geraldine James

    Ann says: "Abridged to death"
    "A Romance Novel"

    I have to admit that I have never really read a trashy, romance novel before. About halfway into this book, I realized that that was exactly what this was. I had gotten the book because I'm going to Scotland, and someone said I should read this book to get a better appreciation for the country. That this book will help one appreciate Scotland could not be further from the truth.

    It is a well-written story, but essentially, the first two hours sets up the multiple sex scenes thereafter. There is some plot that connects the sex scenes in the second half of the book, but really not much more plot than you would expect from a porno movie. I guess that this is what romance novels are like. Not my cup of tea.

    Eight sex scenes, two quasi-rape scenes, one humiliation scene and an allusion to a homosexual rape scene. Other than that, fairly trite story lines, such as the woman from the future being accused of witchcraft, etc.

    It happens to be set in (mostly) ancient Scotland, but other than that, it does not give you any greater appreciation or understanding of the country or its history.

    It is not badly written. I guess romance novels are just not my cup of tea.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"

    The writing of this book is interesting. The author tells an eloquent story, and the writing is quite descriptive. However, this is a woman's empowerment book. All of the women in the book are quite complex and insightful, and all of the men are one-dimensional with most of them portrayed as either stupid or violent, or both.
    Don't get me wrong. The book is well-written, and the story, which involves a lot of the coming-of-age of and in the civil rights era, is interesting. But the simplistic portrayal of all of the men in the book, contrasted with the deep and complex characters of all of the women, was irritating. I'd say that this book is worth reading, but it is definitely a "Chick Flick."

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "Good Concept, Well Written"

    I enjoyed this book a lot. It has some interesting ideas on issues such as Destiny vs. Free Will, and it questions our ideas of morality when faced with a choice of survival or living by our rules. The characters were interesting and well developed, and this is a combination Sci Fi, Fantasy and Love Story, all rolled into one. The middle of the book got tedious, as the author went into excruciating detail about the couple trying to have a baby. Other than that, I found the book interesting and I found excuses to drive so that I could listen to it in my car.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken

    Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Al Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

    Peter says: "Franken's One Sided View"
    "Franken's Most Interesting Writing To Date"

    Yes, Franken's politics are showing in this book. At times, it just becomes a rant against the Bush Administration and the folks currently in power. But the writing is intelligent and he backs up all of his arguments with facts. How hard and cold the facts are may depend on the people listening to them.

    I can imagine a number of listeners on the far right getting angry when Franken talks. If your leanings are very right, don't get this book because it will just infuriate you. But my personal feeling is that a lot of his criticism of the media, the right-wing press and the Bush Administration is spot-on.

    Franken is funny and intelligent. His writing has usually been so (despite the occasional questionable gaff in his pieces for SNL). This book is both interesting and informative, and as long as you are willing to listen with an open mind, I think you will find it enjoyable.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful

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