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Deacon

So Many Books!

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  • Stuff White People Like: The Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Christian Lander
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (145)

    They love nothing better than sipping free-trade gourmet coffee, leafing through the Sunday New York Times, and listening to David Sedaris on NPR (ideally all at the same time). Apple products, indie music, food co-ops, and vintage T-shirts make them weak in the knees. They believe they're unique, yet somehow they're all exactly the same.

    Miguel says: "Bland simply bland!!!!"
    "Entertaining"
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    What made the experience of listening to Stuff White People Like the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed keeping a checklist next to me while listening to this book. I would find myself laughing and agreeing with certain parts and questioning why I didn't agree with other sections. Being able to compare myself with others was a way to keep this book funny and engaging.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stuff White People Like?

    I believe it was #80 on the list. White people like the idea of soccer. "Many white people will tell you that they are very into soccer. But be careful, it’s a trap." I found this to be hilarious.


    Have you listened to any of Victor Bevine’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to anything else by Victor Bevine but I am thinking that I will listen to A Nail Through The Heart: A Poke Rafferty Thriller


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did find myself laughing at a number of sections but I wouldn't say that my reactions were extreme.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall it was entertaining. I'll admit that there were parts when I started to zone out though.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paterno

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Joe Posnanski
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    Joe Posnanski's biography of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno follows in the tradition of works by Richard Ben Cramer on Joe DiMaggio and David Maraniss on Vince Lombardi. Having gained unprecedented access to Paterno, as well as the coach's personal notes and files, Posnanski spent the last two years of Paterno's life covering the coach, on (and off) the field and through the scandal that ended Paterno's legendary career.

    John says: "Sobering"
    "Extraordinary Highs and Tragic Lows"
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    You don’t have to be from Penn State or even be a football fan to enjoy this book.

    I went into this hoping that it wouldn't be entirely about the scandal that was all over the news. This book covered the scandal, but I was very pleased to find that it covered much more. I wanted something that was fair and honest, and I think this book is exactly that.

    This is definitely a well written and interesting biography and I feel as though the author did his best to remain neutral. This book will give you a better understanding of Paterno’s character, his legendary career, and the scandal that solidified his fall. The narrator did a great job with this book and I felt that he captured the emotions well without making it overly dramatic.

    Everything Paterno did was meant to last forever and I really do believe that in time, people will see he tried to do the right things.

    Overall, this is a great book. I highly recommend it for anyone that is looking for a moving, emotional, and real story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Psycho

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Bloch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    It was a dark and stormy night when Mary Crane glimpsed the unlit neon sign announcing the vacancy at the Bates Motel. Exhausted, lost, and at the end of her rope, she was eager for a hot shower and a bed for the night. Her room was musty, but clean, and the manager seemed nice, if a little odd.

    sophieinwonderland says: "We all go a little crazy sometimes"
    "We're All Not Quite As Sane As We Pretend To Be"
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    What a book! This is a great example of a classic horror/thriller novel. "Psycho" will pull you in from the start even if you have already seen the movie and know what to expect. The story is detailed, holds your attention and is easy to follow. The narrator did a great job and really added to the suspense. I admit, I got chills during certain parts. Things just get crazier and crazier as you move along. This is definitely a fun and exciting listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blade Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (942)
    Performance
    (579)
    Story
    (589)

    It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment: find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!

    D. ABIGT says: "This is the original Do Androids Dream of Electric"
    "Plug In Your Empathy Box."
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    “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” is quite the story set in a post-apocalyptic near future. This book raises so many questions and leaves you with even more questions at the end of it all. In my opinion, that is why this book is so great! It is a constant examination of what it means to be human and moral and it really makes you think. The themes truly hold your attention. Scott Brick did a decent job with the narration. My only issue is that I found it to be too slow. I increased the playback rate and ended up listening to this all on 3x speed. Aside from that, the performance was great. This is and always will be a great science fiction novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    Overall
    (2034)
    Performance
    (1863)
    Story
    (1879)

    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    D. S. Smith says: "How the Bloggess almost made me crash my car!"
    "Quietly Passing Notes Under The Bathroom Door..."
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    I found this book to go pretty much down the middle. There were parts that were quite humorous and then I found parts that the book could have done without. Her story is interesting, but I would have preferred if she had gone further into a couple of her more personal issues. I imagine that details were omitted to keep the story cheerful. Having the author read her own work is a huge plus. Overall, this was a funny and light read. Finally, if you make it to the end, you are in for a big surprise that will make you want to listen to this book all over again! Warning: Please read responsibly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sh-t My Dad Says

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2117)
    Performance
    (1162)
    Story
    (1167)

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

    Michael says: "Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award"
    "Not a constant laugh out loud. Funny though."
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    I saw and read a number of other reviews full of 5-Star ratings and thought well this many people can't be wrong. Then I saw a few reviews here and there that weren't as nice. I am happy that I got this book because it was enjoyable. I thought that the performance was very good. The narrator did a great job all around. The voice for the father was my favorite and I found it to be quite humorous. The story was interesting. Interesting how this book was basically a continuation from twitter. You can tell there is a father and son bond. Other than that, I didn't see much to the story. Just more one-liners from the father. I did enjoy this book and found it to be funny at parts. I don't understand how the reviews are at such extremes though. In my opinion, this is just average. That being said, I would still recommend this to others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lily Blake (adaptation), Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock, and others
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    A breathtaking new vision of a legendary tale. Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen, who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with the huntsman who was dispatched to kill her.

    Deacon says: "Mirror Mirror"
    "Mirror Mirror"
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    Snow White and the Huntsman falls towards the middle of the scale for me. I enjoyed the action scenes but found myself zoning out for other parts. It’s definitely an interesting interpretation of the classic tale. I liked that the story is darker, but I was hoping for more. The narrator did well and I enjoyed their portrayal of Snow White, the Huntsman, and Ravenna. I would still recommend this title to others even though I didn’t really enjoy it myself. Just not my cup of tea.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2197)
    Performance
    (2038)
    Story
    (2027)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
    "Classic Tale Amazing Narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I would have to agree and say that the audio version is better than the print version. The print is obviously a classic but the audio form really gives this story life. This edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is amazing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There is something about the oblivious personality of the scarecrow that has made this character my favorite. He believes he has no brains, yet he constantly thinks of solutions for many of the issues the group encounters. Anne Hathaway does a great job giving each character a voice. If I had to select a character based on the vocal performance I would still select the scarecrow although the lion is a close second.


    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    Anne Hathaway did a wonderful job as the narrator. She was able to bring a number of characters to life and as you listen you can hear that each character has a distinct voice. This is a wonderful performance and very entertaining.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I forgot why the winged monkeys are slaves to the golden cap. It is a shame that creatures that were once carefree are now under the spell of this magical cap.


    Any additional comments?

    Anne Hathaway did a great job! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tough Sh-t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kevin Smith
    • Narrated By Kevin Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1242)
    Performance
    (1166)
    Story
    (1169)

    Take one look at Kevin Smith: He's a balding fatty who wears a size XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. Not a likely source for life advice. But take a second look at Kevin Smith: He changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-four with the release of Clerks, and since then has gone on to make nine more profitable movies, runs his own production company, wrote a best-selling graphic novel, and has a beautiful wife and kids. So he must be doing something right.

    Pamela J says: "Such a likable slob!"
    "Fasten your seatbelts and put your armrests down"
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    Where does Tough Sh-t rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would have to rank this book towards the top of my list. I have been a fan of Kevin Smith for a while and enjoy the work he produces. This book isn't too different from other podcasts but it is still a very good listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tough Sh-t?

    I really enjoy when Kevin Smith quotes Walter Gretzky, father or Wayne Gretzky. I forget the quote but it mentions that a great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be and not where the puck is currently located. I think that is pretty good advice. If it worked for the Gretzky family and Kevin Smith then it can work for me too, right?


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to podcasts, q&a, and I have watched his movies. His movies are classics. You are missing out if you haven't watched his work. This book is similar to the podcasts and q&a.


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

    I didn't plan to listen to this all in one sitting but I can easily picture myself finishing the book in one day.


    Any additional comments?

    Kevin Smith does a great job with this book. He is a good narrator and he does offer pretty good advice. I would recommend this book for anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Thing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff, Stephanie Wolfe
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (255)

    It's hard to find work as a doctor when using your real name will get you killed. So hard that when a reclusive billionaire offers Dr. Peter Brown, aka Pietro Brnwa, a job accompanying a sexy but self-destructive paleontologist on the world's worst field assignment, Brown has no real choice but to say yes. Even if it means that an army of murderers, mobsters, and international drug dealers-not to mention the occasional lake monster-are about to have a serious Pietro Brnwa problem.

    Edward says: "Disappointing."
    "Not what I was expecting"
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    What made the experience of listening to Wild Thing the most enjoyable?

    Robert Petkoff does a great job with this book. He really captures the character perfectly. After I listened to the first book, Beat The Reaper, I knew I was coming back for the second one just because he is the narrator.


    Would you recommend Wild Thing to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it because it is part of a series. However, if I was going to suggest one book, I wouldn't recommend this one. Beat The Reaper set the bar high and Wild Thing falls short.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff and Stephanie Wolfe – was your favorite?

    I really enjoy Robert Petkoff as Peter Brown. He really brings the character to life and he is one of the reasons I decided to continue on with Wild Thing. Stephanie Wolfe also does a great job with her character and I like what she adds to the book.


    Who was the most memorable character of Wild Thing and why?

    Once again I must say Robert Petkoff as Peter Brown. The character is bold and in your face. Petkoff brings this characters story to life and Peter Brown's story is quite the thrill ride.


    Any additional comments?

    Another great performance but the story falls short.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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