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Colleen

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  • Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Warren Littlefield, T. R. Pearson
    • Narrated By Bob Balaban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    Warren Littlefield was the NBC President of Entertainment who oversaw the Peacock Network’s rise from also-ran to a division that generated a billion dollars in profits. In this fast-paced and exceptionally entertaining oral history, Littlefield and NBC luminaries including Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Kelsey Grammer, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Julianna Marguiles, Anthony Edwards, Noah Wylie, Debra Messing, Jack Welch, Jimmy Burrows, Helen Hunt, and Dick Wolf vividly recapture the incredible era of Must See TV.

    Simone says: "A Fun Flashback of 90s TV!"
    "Good Behind the Scenes"
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    If you could sum up Top of the Rock in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, Want More


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    Which scene was your favorite?

    IN/A


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

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't feel like he sugar-coated anything when it came to Don Ohlmeyer. They are definitely not friends and he did not hold back in sharing what kind of boss he was. It amazes me that Don Ohlmeyer made it as far in his career as he did. It was nice to hear about how different shows came to fruition...who they tried to get for the characters of Friends, who passed, etc... For me that was the best. When it got to the business part of things (stock options, etc...) I would find my mind trailing off. When it came to the celebrities, he held them more with kid gloves, but it was still interesting to hear about the behind the scenes activities and what could have happened and what did happen. If you are interested in how Friends, Cheers, Frasier, Seinfield, ER, and all of those shows how they got off the ground, you should find this a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watchers

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By J. Charles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1837)
    Performance
    (1100)
    Story
    (1115)

    From a top-secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose....

    Katie says: "Great book; so-so narrator"
    "Unpredictable"
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    Would you listen to Watchers again? Why?

    I would; and I have. I came across this story almost 30 years ago and loved it. Time has not changed that. Even knowing how it ends, the ride was still fun. It's even more fun if you haven't heard it before.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It does a great job with the mystery. If you haven't read it before, you'll spend a lot of time in the back of your mind trying to figure out what is going on...also, you don't know how it is going to end.


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

    He was unmemorable...but maybe that's good. He didn't do anything to distract you from the story. Sometimes, less is more. So, my guess is he did a good job because I was focused on the story and not his performance.


    If you could take any character from Watchers out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Einstein, of course!


    Any additional comments?

    There are a lot of really good Dean Koontz books, but the earlier the better. If you like this one, then try Lightening next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Serial Killer Whisperer: How One Man's Tragedy Helped Unlock the Deadliest Secrets of the World's Most Terrifying Killers

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Pete Earley
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (312)

    From New York Times best-selling author Pete Earley: the strange but true story of a man who suffers a traumatic brain injury and as a result is given the ability to converse with the world's most terrifying criminals.

    aaron says: "Outstanding True Crime Story-- with a twist!"
    "Tragedy's can sometimes lead to greatness"
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    Would you listen to The Serial Killer Whisperer again? Why?

    Sure. I would be interested in learning more about the serial killers, reading more about their crimes and history; and then read it again when I know the people better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It didn't sugar coat the crimes, but also didn't get too gory. I also liked the fact that many people would have written Tony off after his brain injury, but instead his work helped heal others.


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

    He did a different voice for the serial killers; the bad part was, he used the same "voice" for each person. So the killers had the same "laugh", etc... But, overall I would listen to him again.


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

    Same as the headline: Tragedy's can sometimes lead to greatness


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend studying up on Tony and the killers prior to reading. You don't HAVE to, but I think it would add value.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Bob Spitz
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (185)

    From Pasadena to Cambridge to New York, Washington, D.C., India, Ceylon, Paris, Marseilles, Santa Barbara, and Maine, Bob Spitz re-creates an extraordinary life. He takes us beyond the image of Julia as the tall, eccentric woman with a funny voice who taught America how to cook, to establish her as a genuine rebel and beloved icon, a woman who redefined herself in middle age, helped to change the role of women in America, set the standard for how to create a public personality in the modern media world.

    S. Vann says: "Deeply mixed feelings"
    "More than a Chef"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Julia led an interesting life. Her journey is worth listening to.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Bob Spitz? Why or why not?

    Maybe. There were a couple of things I would have liked better about the book that wasn't there. Such as, Julia had a wicked sense of humor, I wish that I could have heard more stories about that part of her personality.

    Also, I felt there was too much time spent on talking about the meals. I know she was known for her cooking, but after a while I felt like "enough already". Especially since the book was so long to begin with.


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

    I've never listened to Kimberly Farr, but I was very please with her performance. She provided enough of the "Julia voice" to make it feel like it was really her...but not so much that it could be grating. I love Julia, but I wouldn't want to listen to her voice the whole time.


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

    Keep looking and you'll find your destiny.


    Any additional comments?

    It was worth my time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me If You Can

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Frank W. Abagnale
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (2144)
    Performance
    (910)
    Story
    (918)

    Frank W. Abagnale was one of the most daring conmen, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. His story is now a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

    Steve says: "Really entertaining!"
    "Catch this if you can"
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    Would you listen to Catch Me If You Can again? Why?

    Yes. I've listened to it, watched the movie, read the book multiple times. It amazes me what a 17 year old kid got away with and it is fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a


    Which scene was your favorite?

    That's hard to say because when I think of so many I reflect on the movie. Walking passed authorities with all the stewardess's and they're searching for him...he's right in front of their face.


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

    It was a fun ride.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've seen the movie, you'll like the book. If you have done either, then you must.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Carol Burnett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (959)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (596)

    Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won 25 Emmys in its remarkable 11-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another.

    Robin says: "Do not listen while driving"
    "Charming"
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    What did you love best about This Time Together?

    Carol does not disappoint with the stories she shares. It's not a "biography" but more about events that happened in her life...usually humorous. I think if you walk in knowing that it is more short stories than one long one. Not realizing this with my first listen it felt a little choppy. Now that I know, when I hear it again I'll realize when there is a pause, it will be time for a new tale. If you liked the Carol Burnette show, then this will not disappoint. There a many stories about times spent off the camera with Tim, Harvey, Vickie and others....which is just as entertaining as the show itself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    n/a


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

    Her genuine laughter when recalling moments. You can hear her laugh the same way she did (I'm sure) the day the event(s) took place.


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

    Yes, but it was also nice that it was a bunch of short stories because you could walk away when you needed.


    Any additional comments?

    A MUST listen if you love Carol and friends.

    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
    (3235)
    Performance
    (2546)
    Story
    (2537)

    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"
    "More than a heartthrob"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. Not only did Rob bring good stories to the table, but he also is a good impersonator and used voices. If you ever saw him do Robert Wagoner in Austin Powers, you'll understand how he's just as strong with other well known people he's worked with. It's pretty lighthearted but also with some insights.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stories I Only Tell My Friends?

    How this incredibly beautiful looking man was such a "geek" in school. I find that amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely some good stories and brought you into the moment on the scene of movies or in his love life. I wanted more. He glossed over some events that I could have spent hours hearing about. Such as the incident in the hotel room with the underaged girls. I heard more in the news than from him. Not necessarily the actual sex act(s), but things that led up to the event and more about the aftermath. In the end, I totally recommend this book and if he writes another about his life, I'll get that too.

    It's also really interesting to hear about him as a kid and school chums with other well known celebrities of today.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (932)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (771)

    Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

    Darwin8u says: "A Clinician's eYe, but a Poet's HEART"
    "Fascinating Book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you are reading this review it is because you are interested in the topic. It wont disappoint. The mind is amazing and these stories are as well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The lady who had been "babied" her whole life that she didn't even know she could do things like feed herself.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis and Oliver Sacks (Introduction) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    n/a


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

    The lady mentioned above.


    Any additional comments?

    The stories of these people are so interesting, you will be discussing them with your friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stranger Beside Me: The Shocking True Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (190)

    Ann Rule was working on the biggest story of her career, tracking the trail of victims left by a brutal serial killer. Little did this future best-selling author know that the savage slayer she was hunting was the young man she counted among her closest friends. Everyone's picture of a natural winner, Ted Bundy was a bright, charming, and handsome man with a promising future as an attorney. But on January 24, 1989 Bundy was executed for the murders of three young women - and had confessed to taking the lives of at least thirty-five more women from coast to coast.

    La Becket says: "Embarrassingly terrible narration"
    "Interesting Story"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I believe it was Ann Rule's first book, so it is a little clumsy, but still an interesting story. I would like to see this rewritten now that she's honed her skills. There is so much more she could do to bring you into the moment. Some parts are a little too clinical and removed. She's added "chapters" over the years at the end, as time has gone by... again, a rewrite where she could incorporate that into the book would be better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning about the "humane" side of Ted Bundy. So often we forget that people aren't black and white and he did some good things.


    What three words best describe Lorelei King’s voice?

    Unremarkable...which is good.


    Did The Stranger Beside Me inspire you to do anything?

    I wanted to see more and learn more about the victims so I did some research while listening.


    Any additional comments?

    You will not walk away understanding why he did what he did...which probably why it makes it such an interesting story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead by Sunset: Perfect Husband, Perfect Killer?

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (162)

    Loni Ann, Cynthia, Lauren, Cheryl, and Sara seemed to have it all - beauty, wealth, children, and a husband who they believed to be this perfect man - Brad Cunningham. He was handsome, charismatic, and mysterious. They adored him and tried to give him all he wanted. But he wanted everything: sex, money, and it seemed, their very lives. How long would it take before he finally got what he deserved?

    Lily says: "My house is clean, my dogs are exhausted!"
    "A Monster Among Us"
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    Would you listen to Dead by Sunset again? Why?

    I will and I have. I've also watched the movie several times. It amazes me the type of people that walk among us and I never get tired of seeing a hearing how far Brad Cunningham went before he was finally stopped.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead by Sunset?

    Geez, to narrow it down.... I can't think of ONE moment, it was just the culmination of little things he did daily that when added together showed how evil this man was.


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

    I don't know if he brought anything to the story, but he didn't detract from it...which is more important. I drives me crazy when the narrator takes you out of the story.

    Unless you live in the area, you wouldn't know that he was mispronouncing some names. That was the only thing I would change...make sure you say the names correctly. It's Will-AM-ette...not Will-uh -met, etc...




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

    Makes me angry that monsters like that live when beautiful souls suffer.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like true crime, you will like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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