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Tim

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  • Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tom Shales, James Andrew Miller
    • Narrated By Christopher Burns, Eric Conger
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (136)

    A history of Saturday Night Live that finally reveals what really went on backstage, on the set, in the writers' offices, and on the town. Dozens of stars, writers, and guest hosts recall the backstage gossip, feuds, foibles, drugs, sex, struggles, and calamities of the show that changed television.

    Tim says: "Interesting inside look, so-so presentation"
    "Interesting inside look, so-so presentation"
    Overall

    I definitely enjoyed listening to this book, mostly for the insightful, interesting, behind-the-scenes look at SNL. The accounts from the various cast members, especially the early ones, confirmed what I had suspected about the show.

    I *really* wish that the narrators had simply read the quotes of the various writers, hosts and cast members. In imitating people whose voices you knew well (such as the various cast members) they came off as caricatured, often oddly similar, voice impressions and overall detracted from listening experience and content of the book. The narrators take artistic license by interpreting and adding dramatic emphasis, emotion, etc. to the quotes of various people that I question would have been there had the actual people spoke.

    Overall, I good listening experience to learn more about the makings of an American pop culture institution.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2827)
    Performance
    (1025)
    Story
    (1016)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Wonderful, bittersweet ride"
    Overall

    This book was sad, inspiring, quirky, engaging and overall a joy to listen to. As always, Ron McLarty's narration was stellar

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chronicles: Volume One

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bob Dylan
    • Narrated By Sean Penn
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (118)

    Bob Dylan's Chronicles: Volume One explores the critical junctions in his life and career. Through Dylan's eyes and open mind, we see Greenwich Village, circa 1961, when he first arrives in Manhattan. Dylan's New York is a magical city of possibilities: smoky, nightlong parties; literary awakenings; transient loves and unbreakable friendships. Elegiac observations are punctuated by jabs of memories, penetrating and tough.

    Gerry A. Brown says: "Positively 4th Street"
    "Great history riding on metaphor-itis"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the historical tale of an iconic folk/pop music figure and hearing about the folk music scene of 50s and 60s. It was enlightening to better understand why Dylan faded from the light for so many years.

    I have great respect for Dylan's song writing and lyrical mastery. His writing, as in this chronicle, is less desirable. He gets so caught up in making metaphors for even the most mundane things and putting 20 words where 4 would carry the same effect, power. It sometimes feels like he is trying to prove something, writing his book like a series of songs...and while a great idea, in this case took away from my enjoyment of the book.

    Take it easy with the metaphors Bob. I'm getting dizzy like a top spinning on the table of reason in a the middle of a hot argument ;-)

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Maggi-Meg Reed, Christopher Burns
    Overall
    (2574)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (349)

    Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six. They were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry was thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future.

    Herve Bronnimann says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far"
    "Much more than I expected"
    Overall

    I scanned past this title several times before reading other reviews and downloading it. I was afraid of another schlocky novel on time travel. However, time travel in this book, believable or not, is a wonderful premise or medium for a tale of love, longing, separation the realities of a couple dealing with hardships in their collective lives. I really enjoyed the novel and was quite surprised how moved or stirred to emotion I was at points.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heavy Water and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Martin Amis
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove, Judy Geeson
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Tim says: "Overrated"
    "Overrated"
    Overall

    I may simply not be suited to Martin Amis' writing but I found the stories to be slow, minimally engaging and in some cases not very creative. So, bottom line, I didn't much care for this collection of short stories.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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