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Cody

Durango, CO, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17096)
    Performance
    (12997)
    Story
    (12936)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Hilarious, Entertaining, Intelligent"
    Overall
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    This is one of the most entertaining books I have listened to in a long time. I listened to it twice, back to back. I rarely re-read books, and never again so soon. It's creative, intelligent humor. It includes social commentary (e.g., about gender disparities in comedy), but without being preachy. Overall, loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rithmatist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1376)
    Performance
    (1268)
    Story
    (1274)

    More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.

    Brandon says: "Beware of the chalk!"
    "Typical Sanderson formula, but w/his writing magic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Sanderson formula for many of his works seem to be: take some everyday concept (e.g. metal, color, chalk, glass, etc.), give some of the characters some extraordinary ability with it, build a world around it, and add characters.

    But...each story is unique, well written, and engaging. The Rithmatist is no exception (despite some shortsighted reviews I've seen trying to claim it's a Harry Potter knockoff), with an interesting world where science has taken a different turn than in ours, in addition to the elevation of chalk drawings to mysticism.

    It turns out to be a fair mystery story, while exploring the implications of the chalk magic system, enough twists to keep it interesting, but does have a few shortcomings in believably (even WITH the suspension of disbelief necessary for this type of story...areas where its own rule system created makes you think, "Really? In 2 centuries no one ever thought to try that?"). But it's still a fun listen...one of the first in a while where I was making sure to bring along my player in the car to squeeze out just a few more minutes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Suck

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dr. Denis Leary
    • Narrated By Dr. Denis Leary
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (147)

    In Why We Suck, Dr. Denis Leary uses his common sense, and his biting and hilarious take on the world, to attack the politically correct, the hypocritical, the obese, the thin - basically everyone who takes themselves too seriously. He does so with the extra oomph of a doctorate bestowed upon him by his alma mater Emerson College. "Sure it's just a celebrity type of thing - they only gave it to me because I'm famous." Leary explains.

    C. Byrnes says: "Laughed Out Loud Bunches"
    "Low class ranting"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you like crass and detailed analysis of celebrity female body parts, then this is for you. If you want more intelligent humor, try Dave Barry's I'll mature when I'm dead, Tina Fey's Bossy pants, or anything by Paula Poundstone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dave Barry Is Not Taking This Sitting Down

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dave Barry
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (32)

    Following the best-selling success of Dave's novel, Big Trouble, here is a hilarious new collection of columns from the writer critics have called "the funniest man in America."

    Cody says: "Funny writing, awful narrator"
    "Funny writing, awful narrator"
    Overall

    I love Dave Barry, but this reader is one of the worst I have ever heard. His voice and inflection are incredibly annoying. I recommend "I'll mature when I'm dead" which Barry narrates himself. I wish Barry had narrated all of his books. Not all authors are skillful readers, but Barry is. This reader is terrible. I am halfway through and tempted to get it in print instead.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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