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Bill at Torg Stories

Indiana native in New England | Member Since 2012

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  • I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Craig Marks, Rob Tannenbaum
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (139)
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    (141)

    It was a pretty radical idea - a channel for teenagers, showing nothing but music videos. It was such a radical idea that almost no one thought it would actually succeed, much less become a force in the worlds of music, television, film, fashion, sports, and even politics. But it did work. MTV became more than anyone had ever imagined. I Want My MTV tells the story of the first decade of MTV, the golden era when MTV's programming was all videos, all the time, and kids watched religiously to see their favorite bands, learn about new music, and have something to talk about at parties.

    David says: "The Most Entertaining Book of the Year"
    "Brash Entrepreneurship & Behind-The-Scenes of MTV"
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    A high school grad of 1989 and connoisseur of 80s music, I really enjoyed this book. The story spans the time from when the above pictured moon-landing footage was used to promote the network all the way to long after I stopped watching and reality TV took over. Lots of behind the scenes tales about Madonna, Michael Jackson, and bands such as Van Halen, Motley Crue, and Bon Jovi.

    The book can become a collage of sorts, drawing heavily on longish quotes from those central to the network. I liked the book about NBC, the Jobs biography, and I hope Netflixed comes to audible soon. My kind of stories!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Colson Whitehead
    • Narrated By Colson Whitehead
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
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    “I have a good poker face because I am half dead inside.” So begins the hilarious and unexpectedly moving adventures of an amateur player who lucked into a seat at the biggest card game in town - the World Series of Poker.

    Michelle says: "I don't like to pan books, but this is awful"
    "Sad Funny Book Teaches You About Cards, Ping!"
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    The Slate Culture Gabfest podcast pointed me Whitehead's way alluding to an essay he wrote about New York. Whitehead tells us he's bummed out, (with examples) and I believe him. He's a funny guy, and I liked hearing about his ambitious prep to play in a World Series of Poker Event. When you go on a journey like that, you make some unexpected buds. He does and I really like "Coach." Whitehead especially wins me over with his references to "the kid." He also comes up with an innovative structure (cheating?) to get a book's worth of material out his adventure. I came around to liking his reading of his own work. I recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life Itself: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Roger Ebert
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
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    (328)
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    Roger Ebert is the best-known film critic of our time. He has been reviewing films for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1967, and was the first film critic ever to win a Pulitzer Prize. He has appeared on television for four decades, including twenty-three years as cohost of Siskel & Ebert at the Movies. In 2006, complications from thyroid cancer treatment resulted in the loss of his ability to eat, drink, or speak. But with the loss of his voice, Ebert has only become a more prolific and influential writer.

    loix says: "mixed feelings"
    "The Newspaper Business in Chicago"
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    I mentally noted chapter 13 for when I began to get really interested in this book. Once I got past childhood and into Roger getting his first job, this really picked up for me. Given Roger's lifetime of watching movies, it was interesting to hear his opinions on film and about all the experiences he's had talking with filmmakers and actors. Lots of excellent travel stories related to film festivals.

    Oh yeah! Getting started in TV was also a great story. Roger's wife Chaz is an inspiration. What an amazing woman.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Paul Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
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    (147)
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    In this exuberantly praised book - a collection of seven pieces on subjects ranging from television to tennis, from the Illinois State Fair to the films of David Lynch, from postmodern literary theory to the supposed fun of traveling aboard a Caribbean luxury cruiseliner - David Foster Wallace brings to nonfiction the same curiosity, hilarity, and exhilarating verbal facility that has delighted readers of his fiction.

    Misha says: "Overdramatic narrator for my taste"
    "Life Through David Foster Wallace's Eyes"
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    I waited a little too long to write this review, but here we go: I'm from Indiana and grew up playing basketball, and I enjoyed Wallace describing his years travelling the Midwest and the dodgy style of gritty tennis he played. He relished the heat, the bugs, and the surprise gusts of wind while others complained of their foul luck. Memorable pieces on the IL state fair and a trip on a luxury cruise liner. Listened to this as I read Michael Martone's The Flatness and Other Landscapes. A good pair.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices: How the Digital Magicians of the MIT Media Lab Are Creating the Innovative Technologies That Will Transform Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Frank Moss
    • Narrated By Bruce Turk
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    If you've ever read a book on an e-reader, unleashed your inner rock star playing Guitar Hero, built a robot with LEGO Mindstorms, or ridden in a vehicle with child-safe air bags, then you've experienced first hand just a few of the astounding innovations that have come out of the Media Lab over the past 25 years. But that’s old hat for today’s researchers, who are creating technologies that will have a much deeper impact on the quality of people’s lives over the next quarter century.

    Michael says: "Like a promotional press release..."
    "Helped me Rethink my Teaching"
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    The writer's phrase "antidiscipline" grabbed my attention. Sometimes I'm not sure about my professional move toward being interdisciplinary rather than an "expert" on a really narrow topic. This book helps me take confidence in the direction I'm headed as a writer, teacher, and filmmaker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Here Comes Trouble: Stories from My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Michael Moore
    • Narrated By Michael Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
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    (282)
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    (276)

    This book is Moore's most personal to date - and will be irresistible to fans and foes alike. A sort of anti-memoir, Moore breaks the autobiographical mode while he hilariously presents 20 far-ranging, irreverant vignettes from his own life. This book is a wild, revealing, take-no-prisoners ride through the early life of Michael Moore. Alternately funny, eye-opening, and moving, this is a book Michael Moore has been writing - and living - for a very long time.

    Amazon Customer says: "So that's how he got that way"
    "No wonder Michael thought he'd write a book."
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    What did you love best about Here Comes Trouble?

    Didn't realize Michael's history, starting with the trouble he stirred up when he was 17 and received his first invitation to address congress. Lots of amazing and surprising stories in here!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Here Comes Trouble?

    When Michael pestered Roger Ebert to attend his film premiere. Also, the phone call from John Lennon.


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

    I listen when I run or when I commute. Time flew!


    Any additional comments?

    Moore showed good enthusiasm in his reading. He took a very conversational tone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Clay Shirky
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
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    (59)
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    For decades, technology encouraged people to squander their time and intellect as passive consumers. Today, technology has finally caught up with human potential. In Cognitive Surplus, Internet guru Clay Shirky forecasts the thrilling changes we will all enjoy as new digital technology puts our untapped resources of talent and goodwill to use at last.

    Roy says: "Many Helpful Insights"
    "Bought the Paperback Too!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cognitive Surplus to be better than the print version?

    No. The print and audio versions worked different for me, both in a good way.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This isn't a book with characters, really. Not sure I think much of these questions to review books. Let me decide on my own content and structure for a review.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The idea of all this free time that could be used to do public good.


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

    It made me want to buy the paperback so I could look more closely and use in the writing courses I teach.


    Any additional comments?

    I plan to write more later. Choose "Golden Lines" and publish to Goodreads and Wordpress. I'm "Prof. Torg"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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