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Conrad

I'm an avid audio book "reader," especially while walking my dog. As a result, he is the best informed Standard Poodle in West Seattle.

Seattle, WA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Sky is Everywhere

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jandy Nelson
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (185)

    Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life — and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey’s boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie’s own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent.

    Bitter Girl says: "Wow."
    "One Romantic Read!"
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    If you could sum up The Sky is Everywhere in three words, what would they be?

    Grief. Love. Hope.


    What other book might you compare The Sky is Everywhere to and why?

    "Adios, Nirvana." They are strikingly similar. However, "Sky" has lots more romance and is more serious in tone.


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

    I haven't, but she did a good job.


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

    No way! It's better to spread it out over time.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a great book with a lush, literary style--but also a street-smart contemporary voice. I especially like that Lennie did not find her mother--so there is that loose thread, thus avoiding a conventionally neat ending. It's so much better to leave a loose thread, now and then--because that's life.

    Congratulations to author Jandy Nelson!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dick Van Dyke
    • Narrated By Dick Van Dyke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (213)

    Dick Van Dyke, indisputably one of the greats of the golden age of television, is admired and beloved by audiences the world over for his beaming smile, his physical dexterity, his impeccable comic timing, his ridiculous stunts, and his unforgettable screen roles.

    Richard says: "Still Inspires Me and Funny."
    "A Jolly Holiday with Dick Van Dyke"
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    What did you love best about My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business?

    The man telling the story. He speaks with friendliness, humility, and grace.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business?

    Anything to do with the old "Dick Van Dyke Show" and the movies "Mary Poppins" and "Lt. Robin Crusoe, USN."


    What about Dick Van Dyke’s performance did you like?

    The warmth in his voice--testament to a life well and fully lived.


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

    Nah, it's a fun book, but I preferred to break it up over a few days--which I did while walking my dog.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a life-long Dick Van Dyke fan, dating to his old sitcom. His memoir scores on several levels--as a fascinating personal story, as an insider's view of the entertainment business across many decades, and as a blueprint for how to balance hard work, fun, and philanthropy. He cites luck and serendipity as key factors in his success--but underlying these are a strong work ethic, strong family, and a great respect for the talented people he's worked with, including Carl Reiner, Mary Tyler Moore, Carol Burnett, Julie Andrews, his brother Jerry, and many more. All in all, a very good "read."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Papa Hemingway

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By A. E. Hotchner
    • Narrated By Robert Stack
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Between 1948 and 1961, Ernest Hemingway and A. E. Hotchner traveled together, fished the waters off Cuba, hunted in Idaho, and ran with the bulls in Pamplona. Everywhere they went, they talked. For 14 years, Hotchner and Hemingway shared their thoughts and as Hemingway reminisced about his childhood, recalled the Paris literary scene of the 20s, and recounted the real events that lay behind his fiction, Hotchner took it all down.

    Conrad says: "Drastically abridged"
    "Drastically abridged"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Ironically, no--and I love the book. I've read "Papa Hemingway" at least twice over the years and loved it. But it begs to be read in its entirety, and not in this drastically pared edition.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It's a great story--truly one of the best of its kind (personal memoir) of that generation. However, so much of the richness of Hemingway's extraordinary life is lost in this slashed telling.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Robert Stack did lots of good work in his day--in movies, TV, and radio. But that's the problem, his performance sounds dated and staccato.


    Could you see Papa Hemingway being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, George Clooney as Hemingway--but wait a few years. Aaron Paul as Hotchner--he's ready now.


    Any additional comments?

    Dear Audible,
    Please redo this one.
    Sincerely,
    A big fan of "Papa Hemingway."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5759)
    Performance
    (5257)
    Story
    (5291)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    RaisinNut says: "A story about LIFE, not death..."
    "A Stunning Book"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Fault in Our Stars the most enjoyable?

    The story succeeds on all levels--character, dialogue, story arc, and much more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Sixteen-year-old Hazel Grace Lancaster, who is precocious, wise, strong, vulnerable, and--oh, yes--seriously ill with cancer.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Kate Rudd caught all the right inflections in a variety of voices and accents--but especially Hazel Grace. I was simply lost in the story, and I don't say that lightly.


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

    Yes, extremely positive. I felt the range of emotions. I'm a walker, and I couldn't wait to hit the road and get back to this book.


    Any additional comments?

    It's been interesting to track John Green's trajectory as writer. I didn't care much for his first book, "Looking for Alaska." I found those characters narcissistic and unlikeable. (But in fairness, I didn't finish it.) Next, I read "An Abundance of Katherines," which I liked for its memorable characters and delicious dialogue. However, that book did not prepare me for "The Fault in Our Stars," which is a masterpiece. To say it possesses depth, beauty, humor, tragedy, and wisdom--doesn't do it justice. Simply stated, it possesses Hazel Grace Lancaster.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant to Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Caine
    • Narrated By Michael Caine
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (240)

    Charming, engaging, and surprisingly forthright, Michael Caine gives us his insider's view of Hollywood and the story of his brilliant second act. When he was in his late 50s, Michael Caine believed his Hollywood career had come to an end. The scripts being sent his way were worse and worse. Salvation came in the unlikely form of his old friend Jack Nicholson, who convinced him to give acting one more shot. What followed was one of the most radical comebacks in film history.

    Kaye says: "A pleasure!"
    "Thanks again, Sir Michael!"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Elephant to Hollywood to be better than the print version?

    Not everybody deserves a second shot at memoir-writing--but Michael Caine does. He's a terrific storyteller, and this book offers vast amounts of new material compiled and lived since memoir #1 (


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • WAR

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sebastian Junger
    • Narrated By Sebastian Junger
    Overall
    (850)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (354)

    Junger turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat - the fear, the honor, and the trust among men in an extreme situation whose survival depends on their absolute commitment to one another. His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley.

    Jeffrey Dame says: "Why we fight re-visited"
    "Great writing on war"
    Overall

    A important, astonishing book--best read in tandem with Junger's documentary "Restrepo." This books belongs on a short shelf of great writing and reporting about war--not just Afghanistan, any war. It probably deserves five stars, but the book's raw, in-your-face tone sounds rambly and repetitious in places. Junger catches nearly everything--the dignity, science, drudgery, solemnity, surrealism, grittiness, and deadliness of war--but only some of the humor. I wish there'd been more of that. But overall, a great and powerful book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul and Me: Fifty-three Years of Adventures and Misadventures with My Pal Paul Newman

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By A. E. Hotchner
    • Narrated By A. E. Hotchner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    A. E. Hotchner first met Paul Newman in 1956 when the then relatively unknown actor assumed the lead role in Hotchner's first television play, based on an Ernest Hemingway story. The project elevated both men from relative obscurity to recognition, and began a close and trusting friendship that lasted until Newman's death in 2008.

    Conrad says: "The Color of Friendship"
    "The Color of Friendship"
    Overall

    A.E. Hotchner's memoir of Paul Newman is an eloquent tribute to the man and artist, written with grace, modesty, and wit. Decades ago, Hotchner wrote "Papa Hemingway," one of my all-time favorite memoirs. While “Papa Hemingway” traced an ominous arc--you knew Hemingway was headed for self-destruction-- “Paul and Me” follows an almost joyous trajectory, from Newman’s ascent in Hollywood to his unlikely successes as champion race car driver, food icon, and philanthropist. (The glaring exception is the tragic death of Newman’s son, Scott.)

    The book is packed with anecdotes that portray Newman as feisty, fun-loving, and complex. As he did with Hemingway, Hotchner personifies for Newman both Sancho Panza (the sidekick) and Boswell (the memorist). But he goes them one better—he plays a vital role in helping Newman turn popcorn dreams into business and philanthropy realities.

    Although Hotchner never states it, his friendship seems to represent an anchor to Newman’s sail--a needed stabling influence. It’s easy to think how lucky Hotchner has been to pal around with Hemingway and Newman, but one ends “Paul and Me” thinking this as well—how lucky they were to have him as a friend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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