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Marina

Woodside, CA, United States

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  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (19004)
    Performance
    (14775)
    Story
    (14720)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Funny, smart, wonderful!!"
    Overall

    This book absolutely fulfilled my expectations. I'm a huge fan of Tina Fey -- I think 30 Rock is the funniest show that's ever been on TV. Her writing is wry, witty, and brisk, and her narration enhanced rather than detracted from the text. The "prayer for my daughter" alone was worth the price of the book. I cried with laughter (and I almost never laugh out loud). Great piece of writing!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Loving Frank

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nancy Horan
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (285)

    I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current. So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them.

    Eva Gannon says: "Fascinating"
    "Distracting narration"
    Overall

    "Loving Frank" is a fairly interesting read, with its themes of nascent feminism and extra-marital passion, but I found the narrator's style almost unbearably distracting. When reading Frank's dialogue, she forces her voice (normally a pleasant mid-range timbre) into a croak at the very bottom register of her vocal range, which leaves no room for emotional inflection and makes Frank sounds like a permanently petulant and monotonous boor, rather than mercurially charming, which is what I assume the author intended. It would be a very different story had the narrator used her natural voice. As it is, one cannot begin to believe that an intelligent woman like Mameh would consider breaking social taboos for such a grouchy, croaking wretch.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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