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Shepherd Hoodwin

Laguna Niguel, CA USA | Member Since 2010

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  • Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Hope Edelman
    • Narrated By Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (310)

    In this remarkable dual memoir, film legend Martin Sheen and accomplished actor/filmmaker Emilio Estevez recount their lives as father and son. In alternating chapters—and in voices that are as eloquent as they are different—they narrate stories spanning more than 50 years of family history, and reflect on their journeys into two different kinds of faith.

    CyndiLooWho says: "Hartwarming and Captivating but Fix the Audio!"
    "An insightful look into a loving family"
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    The back and forth narrative between father and son works well and made me interested in learning more about this family. They understandably diplomatically tiptoed around Charlie's recent meltdowns, which this book isn't really about. They are obviously trying to stay on good terms with him. Maybe greater frankness there will be possible in the future. It is just good to see a father and son who are close, even with the usual ups and downs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Double Life: A Love Story from Broadway to Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Alan Shayne, Norman Sunshine
    • Narrated By Ethan Sawyer
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Gay marriage is at the forefront of America's political battles. The human story at the center of this debate is told in Double Life: A Love Story, a dual memoir by a gay male couple in a 50-plus-year relationship. With high profiles in the entertainment, advertising and art communities, the authors offer a virtual timeline of how gay relationships have gained acceptance in the last half-century.

    Susie says: "Portrait of a Marriage--Before Gay Liberation"
    "Needed Two Narrators"
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    I'm really enjoying this. It's an interesting insiders' look at Broadway, Hollywood, and gay life in the 50s on. The obvious thing here is that since is a dual biography, switching back and forth between two people, there should have been two readers, making it easier to track who's speaking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Washington: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1632)
    Performance
    (1119)
    Story
    (1115)

    In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. This crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America's first president.

    ButterLegume says: "A sad day when my book was done!"
    "A long, interesting book that is read well."
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    This is not edge-of-your-seat listening, which suits me fine. I listen to books while trying to fall asleep, and history that's interesting but not too demanding works well for me. I like the fact that it's 42 hours, meaning that it will give me many nights of listening. Scott Brick, the narrator, is just right for this kind of material, reading with clarity and a slightly aristocratic tone.

    Washington is a more interesting character than I'd realized. Sometimes I notice a little bias in the way the author spins things, and some things remain unexplored. For example, Jefferson comes off rather poorly in this account, and the author portrays their relationship as warm while Jefferson was secretly sabotaging his policies. It doesn't quite add up.

    Many issues in the news today, such as the North/South divide, "tea party" vs. progressives, state's rights vs. a strong federal government, were already raging then.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girl Walks into a Bar...: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rachel Dratch
    • Narrated By Rachel Dratch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (924)
    Story
    (923)

    Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered roles as "Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians." Her career at a low point, Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog- sitting, learning Spanish - and dating. After all, what did a forty-something single woman living in New York have to lose?

    Jeanine says: "Could not stop listening"
    "A total pleasure from beginning to end"
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    I wasn't that familiar with Rachel Dratch before listening to this. Now, I'm looking forward to hearing more from her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kristen Johnston
    • Narrated By Kristen Johnston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (413)

    The two-time Emmy Award-winning actress has written her first book, a surprisingly raw and triumphant memoir that is outrageous, moving, sweet, tragic, and heartbreakingly honest. Guts is a true triumph - a memoir that manages to be as frank and revealing as Augusten Burroughs, yet as hilarious and witty as David Sedaris.

    John Campbell says: "Whiskey and cigarettes have never sounded so good."
    "Very funny!"
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    Kristin Johnston transformed what could have been a grim story through her brilliant humor and delivery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Hate Everyone...Starting With Me

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Joan Rivers
    • Narrated By Joan Rivers
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (122)

    Joan Rivers is a groundbreaking, award-winning, internationally renowned entertainment goddess. She’s also opinionated - especially when it comes to people she hates. Like people who think giving birth is a unique achievement. Or well-adjusted - a.k.a. boring - ex-child stars who don’t even have a decent addiction. With all of her diverse experiences, it stands to reason that Joan has seen, done, said, and heard a lot of hateful things. Thank god, she took notes.

    L. Standridge-Santopietro says: "Totally Honest and Brave"
    "A funny lady"
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    The "I Hate" theme became a bit too much hate for me at times, and some things were repetitive. Her style is to not edit herself at all, which can be uproarious, but when she insults a particular person's physical appearance, I felt for the victim.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sage-ing While Age-ing

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Shirley MacLaine
    • Narrated By Shirley MacLaine
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Sparked by the experience of moving into a new house, she is inspired to look back across the remarkable professional and personal milestones she has experienced so far. Surrounded by the artifacts of a life well-lived, Shirley discovers the invisible threads that stitch together the seemingly random events of her days, adding meaning even to the mundane.

    lebluechien says: "Wonderful..."
    "Wish it would have been unabridged."
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    Shirley is a pleasure to listen to. She might have slowed down a bit, especially in the beginning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Every BODY Is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Speed-Reading People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Joe Navarro, Marvin Karlins
    • Narrated By Paul Costanzo
    Overall
    (2091)
    Performance
    (1770)
    Story
    (1748)

    Listen to this book and send your nonverbal intelligence soaring. Joe Navarro, a former FBI counterintelligence officer and a recognized expert on nonverbal behavior, explains how to "speed-read" people: decode sentiments and behaviors, avoid hidden pitfalls, and look for deceptive behaviors. You'll also learn how your body language can influence what your boss, family, friends, and strangers think of you.

    Teddy says: "Barely Made It Through This One"
    "Reader has irritating speaking style."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    When Paul Constanzo reads, he puts a slight gap between each word. I assume that some teacher told him to do that. I find it unnatural, off-putting and hard to get used to. Rather than flowing, it jerked along. I kept telling myself to ignore it, but soon it was bothering me again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It could be interesting material but it's presented dryly.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Paul Costanzo’s performances?

    No.


    Could you see What Every BODY Is Saying being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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