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Cathy L. Cole

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  • iWoz: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (2321)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1346)

    Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards, and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named Steve Wozniak had an idea: What if you combined computer circuitry with a regular typewriter keyboard and a video screen?

    Anthony says: "Best of the Best"
    "Narrator not up to par"
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    What didn???t you like about Patrick Lawlor???s performance?

    I thought at first I had downloaded a young adult or younger book. Lawlor sounded like he was reading to children. His tone was patronizing at best, ineffective at least. Perhaps he was trying to set the pitch to his estimation of author's own voice. Made it hard to stick with the book.


    Was iWoz worth the listening time?

    For the most part.


    Any additional comments?

    I agree with other reviewers - Woz has an ego the size of Alaska, and some of the extended/protracted descriptions of technology were out of my field of interest. His penchant for pranks and particularly the lengthy description of the remote control prank wore thin. But there was still enough I liked learning to justify the credit. Would have been much easier with a different narrator, though.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1386)
    Performance
    (1261)
    Story
    (1258)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "Keep going"
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    What made the experience of listening to Still Foolin' 'Em the most enjoyable?

    I had to make myself keep going through the first 3 chapters. I'm not a fan of penis humor. But am glad I did. His stories are great and in places where it could come off as braggadocio it somehow falls just short of that and remains an enjoyable bio.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Still Foolin' 'Em?

    More than one. Princess Bride and other Rob Reiner stories. His appreciation of family, friends and the talent of others.


    Which character – as performed by Billy Crystal – was your favorite?

    Mohammed Ali


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1004)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (901)

    FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

    Judith says: "Evanovich, no longer trite--entertaining romp"
    "Yawn"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg again?

    No. Had great hope for these authors but no.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Show, flat or weird inflection. Got .05% better as continued but just - weird. Struggled to listen. Trying to finish but like pulling teeth or fingernails on blackboard.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Could have been so much better with a little humor and losing some of drag in the start. Took forever to set up relationship. Opportunity lost in Greece - too much snark, not enough humor. Just heard comparison to Silence of Lambs - best lines.


    Any additional comments?

    So disappointed. If try another - doubtful - will read book to see if that helps.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jennet Conant
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (163)

    Prior to the U.S. entering WWII, a small coterie of British spies in Washington, D.C., was formed. They called themselves the Baker Street Irregulars after the band of street urchins who were the eyes and ears of Sherlock Holmes in some Arthur Conan Doyle stories.

    Karen says: "Witty,entertaining, real spies"
    "Not the book promised"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Include information on some of the exciting adventures mentioned in blurb. Not reflected in the book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jennet Conant again?

    Probably not


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None really.


    Did The Irregulars inspire you to do anything?

    Try to find a better book on the subject.


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointed. Was looking forward to hearing this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Madness of Mary Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jason Emerson
    • Narrated By Steven Roy Grimsley
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    In 2005, historian Jason Emerson discovered a steamer trunk formerly owned by Robert Todd Lincoln's lawyer and stowed in an attic for 40 years. The trunk contained a rare find: 25 letters pertaining to Mary Todd Lincoln's life and insanity case, letters assumed long destroyed by the Lincoln family. Mary wrote 20 of the letters herself, more than half from the insane asylum to which her son Robert had her committed, and many in the months and years after. The Madness of Mary Lincoln is the first examination of Mary Lincoln's mental illness based on the lost letters in 20 years.

    Douglas says: "Long overdue vindication..."
    "Disappointed"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Organization of materials. Would have benefited from a more linear timeline. See additional comments.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    Did The Madness of Mary Lincoln inspire you to do anything?

    Perhaps to find a better book about Mary Todd Lincoln.


    Any additional comments?

    Promised 'new' information was limited and not worth the purchase. A short paper describing the finding of the letters and a short overview would have sufficed. Did not support a whole book. The last 15 minutes offered more information than balance of book. Was only stubbornness kept me listening.

    Overall very disappointing book on a woman about which I hoped to learn so much more.

    Narrator: should not have tried to soften voice for women. All were the same voice and was very distracting.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Then We Came to the End

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Joshua Ferris
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    No one knows us quite the same way as the men and women who sit beside us in department meetings and crowd the office refrigerator with their labeled yogurts. Every office is a family of sorts, and the Chicago ad agency Joshua Ferris brilliantly depicts in his debut novel is family at its strangest and best. The characters in Then We Came to an End cope with a business downturn in the time-honored way: through gossip, secret romance, elaborate pranks, and increasingly frequent coffee breaks.

    Steve says: "Abridged Reading"
    "Reader poor on this one"
    Overall

    I really wanted to enjoy this book, but had a very hard time getting into it and gave up after an hour or so. Realized that I would have preferred a male reader - more appropriate to the text - and one with more enthusiasm about the project. Will probably give it another chance, because I really wanted to like the book. Also didn't realize was abridged. Like the previous reviewer, I prefer the whole book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Great Cat Mysteries: An Anthology of Feline Capers

    • NONE (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Larry Segriff, Sharyn McCrumb, Joan Hess
    • Narrated By Jamie Farr, Mary Jo Catlett, Jean Smart
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    M. says: "Better editing needed"
    "Cat lovers may wish to avoid"
    Overall

    Because of the authors included in this book, particularly Sharon McCrumb and Joan Hess, I was eager to listen. And several of the stories did not let me down. However, for anyone who has cats in their family, as I do, may wish to avoid this book. At least three of the stories involved death of cats and one deals with the theft of cats and their ultimate sale to vivisection/cosmetic laboratories with such detailed descriptions I couldn't listen to much of the story. Having skipped ahead, I did find a redeeming ending to the story, however sad, but this selection and others certainly cooled me to the book overall.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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