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Joanne

MunichGermany | Member Since 2012

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  • Ricky Gervais Show: The Complete First Season

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, Karl Pilkington
    • Narrated By Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, Karl Pilkington
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (98)

    Were you one of the several people on Earth who didn't catch every historic episode of the most-downloaded podcast ever? Or maybe you treasured every golden moment and want to preserve it for future generations? Now, all 12 episodes of The Ricky Gervais Show: The Complete First Season are here in one package that's far tidier than Karl Pilkington's thought processes.

    Shannon says: "lol"
    "Funny if you like the ridiculous"
    Overall

    I found this and the other 2 series mostly hilarious, apart from sometimes getting irritated by the way Gervais is so screechingly arrogant. But Karl is wonderful to listen too...far too funny to be for real. His simplistic attitude to life and technology is hilariously refreshing...for example, his assumption that lawyers in the UK wear wigs in court as disguises.
    If you don't find humor in the absurd, then Karl's very British attitudes are probably not going to have you laughing out loud. I personally can't get enough ofit, and would gladly pay for many more series!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fortune Cookie

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (311)

    It's the 1960s and the world of advertising is coming alive - and it's an exciting world to be part of. Simon Wong, a Chinese-Australian and promising young advertising executive, is sent to Singapore to establish an office. He finds himself thrust into an environment that is at once strangely familiar and profoundly different; one where the rules that govern behaviour - both in business and in personal life - differ wildly from what he is used to. And where all is not what it appears to be.

    Corinne says: "If your a Courtenay Bower fan"
    "Worst Bryce Courtenay book ever"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Somebody with a limited attention span or poor memory, since the book is extremely repetitive and has many internal inconsistencies.


    What could Bryce Courtenay have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The book needs a good editor, and I was itching all through to get my hands on it. We are told the same things over and over again, and then still again, the main character is not believable or logical (when his beloved calls him in tears, sobs and says they can never see each other again and then abruptly hangs up, he questions why she is so heartless; he comes from a wealthy family and is highly educated yet talks like a builder ), the characters are like stereotypes with no depth, there are so many internal inconsistencies (phone calls described then later moved to another time, information shared then shared again as if the character had not heard it 3 pages before), and we are told weird things which have nothing to do with the story and which the author claims are of no interest to anyone, yet relates in detail (how brandy is made??). The story itself is interesting, but poorly told, with all the really interesting stuff occurring in the last 60 minutes of a book that takes over 21.5 HOURS to listen to. A whole speech about the CIA involvement in the drug trade in Asia occurs very late and is interesting information, but somehow detracts from the story rather than adds to it.


    What aspect of Humphrey Bower’s performance would you have changed?

    I think his asian women sounded very strange. Normally I love his multiple voices, but I think he was stuck with appalling dialogue and unbelievable characters. So I could not really separate his reading from the poor storytelling.


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

    Interesting story overall, interesting view into advertising in Australasia in the 60s. With editing to remove about 50% of the useless text, it would have been a good book.


    Any additional comments?

    I am very sorry I listened to this...I have always loved Bryce Courtenay and his characters, and this has sort of ruined my opinion of him, that he would publish such a mess of a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being A Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nora Ephron
    • Narrated By Nora Ephron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (272)

    With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious look at women who are getting older and dealing with the tribulations of maintenance, menopause, empty nests, and life itself.

    Kestrel says: "Don't make me get out of the car..."
    "Enjoyable with every listen"
    Overall

    I love this book, and enjoy it more every time I listen to it. I like the way Nora Ephron reads her words, and although I will never lead a life like hers, I can empathize well with her experiences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Metro Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (80)

    Buckle your seat belts. New York Times best-selling author Janet Evanovich is moving into the fast lane with Metro Girl, a thrilling, high-octane misadventure with high stakes, hot nights, cold-blooded murder, sunken treasure, a woman with a chassis built for speed, and one very good, very sexy NASCAR driver who's along for the ride.

    Judie Cosentino says: "what metro?"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    The story was great...typical Evanovich characters, but the voice of the reader was annoying and it made the main character rather unsympathetic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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