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Erik Hermansen

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  • It's Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Jim Henson, The Muppets, Friends
    • Narrated By John Lithgow, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Nelson
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (21)
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    (22)

    There are few things that evoke such a universal feeling of warmth and humor as the work of Jim Henson. In his own words, as well as those of some of his best-known characters like Kermit the Frog and Ernie, we'll get a glimpse of the philosophy and humor that was so essential to Jim's creations. We'll also get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the collaborative spirit of this gentle artistic genius from the people Jim knew, loved, and inspired.

    Franka says: "Could be better"
    "Fun, Happy, Not Much To Say"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of It's Not Easy Being Green to be better than the print version?

    There are several good actors reading and excellent audio production. This is a made-for-audio performance.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    When the program was over, I felt a bit unsatisfied. I think I was looking for more biographical content and facts mixed in with the feel-good, inspirational quotes.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    There was variety and real acting ability in the narrators. I did get tired of Whoopi Goldberg sounding like she was reading a storybook to me as a child.


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

    It's pretty short and easy to listen to in one sitting. There is great variety to the audio, so it keeps you paying attention.


    Any additional comments?

    You have to be a bit sappy to get into this. It's got eye-rolling stuff like linking Fraggle Rock character dialogue to an inspirational view of the world. And maybe adults that love Sesame Street and the Muppets are more willing to indulge a bit of childishness. I did enjoy hearing about Jim Henson's unique working style and motivations. In fact, it's the counterpoint to a modern idea that great success requires treating people poorly and being opportunistic. (E.g. Steve Jobs style)

    Although the mixture of quotes and anecdotes was pleasant and well-produced, the program would have been more powerful if there were more content about Jim Henson's life. For example, it's fascinating to me that Jim Henson didn't want to work on Sesame Street, because he prefered to focus on adult-oriented content, yet decided to do it out of a sense of duty. But life events like that weren't really discussed.

    In the end, I'm really glad I listened to this program even though it was a bit fluffy. I recommend it to people that are still in love with Jim Henson's work.

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