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Anthony

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  • Farewell to Manzanar

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (17)

    Jeanne Wakatsuki was seven years old in 1942 when her family was uprooted from their home and sent to live at Manzanar internment camp - with 10,000 other Japanese Americans. Along with searchlight towers and armed guards, Manzanar ludicrously featured cheerleaders, Boy Scouts, sock hops, baton-twirling lessons, and a dance band called the Jive Bombers who would play any popular song except the nation's number-one hit: "Don't Fence Me In".

    Farewell to Manzanar is the true story of one spirited Japanese-American family's attempt to survive the indignities of forced detention.

    Avalon says: "Freedom subverted"
    "Narrated by a robot?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Farewell to Manzanar again? Why?

    The narrator sounds like a text-to-audio conversion. Her voice is flat and lifeless.


    How could the performance have been better?

    She could perhaps have a pulse.


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

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Am America (And So Can You!)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert
    Overall
    (1917)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (535)

    What The Daily Show is to evening news, The Colbert Report is to personality-driven pundit shows. Colbert brings his sarcastic charm to a half-hour report, tackling the important issues of the day and telling his guests why their opinions are just plain wrong. Stephen stands for "truthiness" and his American right to copyright that word and claim ownership of it. The author describes this as a simple audiobook from a simple mind: Stephen Colbert's.

    Ty says: "Funny, but disappointing."
    "A feast for the senses?"
    Overall

    If you read the book whilst listening to the audio version, you get the truth TWICE at the SAME TIME! If there is a braille version, I will buy that and learn braille so that I can see, hear, and feel it at the same time. If only there was a way to taste and smell it as well. If you know of a way, let me know.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3770)
    Performance
    (1509)
    Story
    (1510)

    David Sedaris' collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. With every clever turn of a phrase, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter. You can also listen to Sedaris in an interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air.

    Amazon Customer says: "You will ROFL"
    "Even if you've already read the book..."
    Overall

    Hearing David do his Billie Holliday impression is worth the price of this audiobook alone. Don't miss it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bushwhacked: Life in George W. Bush's America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Molly Ivins, Lou Dubose
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In their second book on our current White House occupant, Ivins and Dubose take the wire brush to the Bush presidency and show how he has applied the same flawed strategies he used in governing Texas to running the largest superpower in the world.

    Native Texan says: "Richly informative & entertaining..."
    "Nobody hates Bush more than I, but..."
    Overall

    The folksy presentation of this audiobook was more than I can handle. It's a matter of preference - if you like Jim Hightower and Molly Ivins then you'll like this book. If you're into Franken and Moore, you'll probably want to skip this one. Don't get me wrong, I don't think this is a bad book by any stretch, but I just can't listen to that voice for more than 5 minutes.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • When You Ride Alone You Ride with bin Laden: What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Bill Maher
    • Narrated By Bill Maher
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Political provocateur Bill Maher tells it like it is in a useful and hilarious guide for the many Americans who want to do more here at home to help in the war effort, but are at a loss as to how. Says Maher, "Traveling the country, I find that people want to do more here at home, but are at a loss as to what. Even when the government issues a Terrorism Advisory, it's maddeningly vague - 'Terrorist alert today! Code Burnt Orange!' 'And what?' I always want to ask, "Bring a sweater?'"

    chris says: "Witty and accurate, mostly, but outdated"
    "Tell us something new!"
    Overall

    Bill is kind of a lightweight. I agree fully with what he says, and I appreciate his humor, but this book is stating the obvious. It's not bad - just not great. He doesn't bring a lot of insight to the issues he examines. Watch his show or HBO special and you will more than cover what is hashed out in this book. I think he has potential, but not this time around... Try Al Franken's LIES for a side splitting but serious take on the right wing nightmare.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Ann Coulter
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    In a stunning follow-up to her number one best seller Slander, leading conservative pundit Ann Coulter contends that liberals have been wrong on every foreign policy issue, from the fight against Communism at home and abroad, the Nixon and the Clinton presidencies, and the struggle with the Soviet empire right up to today's war on terrorism.

    Mark says: "A bizarre phenomenon"
    "Genius! And I don't use that word lightly."
    Overall

    I would have thought this title would be a lot more popular considering that most of her audience probably doesn't do a lot of heavy reading outside of the checkout line at the supermark and would appreciate the ease and convenience of an audio book.
    Is the woman crazy? She loves Joe McCarthy and thought Kennedy was an idiot! She defies even the most conventional wisdom. I would hope that she is not a typical example of the American right. If you find guilty pleasure in reading the tabloids, you will LOVE this audiobook.

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken
    Overall
    (2088)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (332)

    Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Al Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

    Peter says: "Franken's One Sided View"
    "Not just funny, but"
    Overall

    If you are a fan of Franken, this does not dissapoint. His self-deprecating style lends a light touch to the subject matter at hand. Be sure to read those 1 star reviews on this site for this title as well. They're pretty funny, too.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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