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David

Milwaukee, WI, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Dean and Me: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jerry Lewis, James Kaplan
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    In a memoir by turns moving, tragic, and hilarious, Jerry Lewis recounts with crystal clarity every step of a 50-year friendship, from the springtime, 1945 afternoon when the two vibrant young performers destined to conquer the world together met on Broadway and 54th Street, to their tragic final encounter in the 1990s, when Lewis and his wife ran into Dean Martin, a broken and haunted old man.

    Boone29680 says: "You've got to listen to this!"
    "A little strange; Great for fans of Dino"
    Overall

    Jerry Lewis has had a great career financially. But he was the biggest thing in showbix with Dino, and known as a B-movie stooge afterwards. Those days ended 49 yeas ago, but Jerry longs for them.
    At times it seems that his cronological narrative has little to talk about. Then he can dig into retelling Dino inspecting his (Jerry's) itchy crotch to find crabs (seriously).
    90% of the book is about their years together 1946-56 so there is not a lot about the stuff that most big fans of Dean's are fans of his because of. As a huge fan of Dean's, I like the backstory. If you are old enough, you will hear great stories of the Martin and Lewis years. But if you want to go the the video store and see them now, ....sorry. It is clear that their magic was in nightclub performance, which made them so famous that they got to make a bunch of mediocre movies. Those movies are what you will rent, not the real magic.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Atkins Essentials: A Two-Week Program to Jump-Start Your Low Carb Lifestyle

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Atkins Health, Medical Information Services
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Millions of people around the world have already discovered the Atkins Nutritional Approach™and the remarkable benefits of controlling carbohydrates. Now it's even easier to join the revolution, lose weight, and get healthy the proven Atkins way!

    Melanie says: "Good information but a little outdated"
    "A decent primer, if one is needed."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Atkins Essentials? What did you like least?

    I wasn't strict enough with my attempt. I needed it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Atkins Health and Medical Information Services ? Why or why not?

    This is kinda salesy for their other products.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Nothing to say here, not much of a performance


    Do you think The Atkins Essentials needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, it was written after its follow-up.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Robert C. Atkins
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (49)

    Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution has helped millions lose weight and get healthy. Now the world's #1 diet and complementary medicine expert has updated his proven program for a new century, offering essential new information based on scientifically supported controlled carbohydrate principles.

    David says: "Diet on audiobook"
    "Diet on audiobook"
    Overall

    As a diabetic, this is a good diet for me. I think that audio is a good way to take in a diet book. Just sit and listen, easier even when you don't really want to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Writing Exciting: Seminars 1-6

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Bill Baldwin, Ron Miller, Lillian Stewart Carl, and others
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Timberwolf Press presents an exciting series of writer's workshops and panels, designed to educate, motivate, and enlighten both the novice writer and the experienced author. These panels are conducted by Timberwolf's experienced publishers, editors, authors, legal counsel, and guest panel members. Hear it straight from the publishing industry insiders.

    Aouda X says: "Not useless, but not worth the price"
    "Not really called or is"
    Overall

    It is not called that when you download it.
    A few low-level CO-authors of text books (not on writing) and other insurance industry technical work. They do not shed any insight into what an aspiring author like myself was looking for. NOT AT ALL Exciting.

    You are in trouble if you turn to an author of a text book on re-insurance for your excitement inducing content.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Ricks
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    The American military is a tightly sealed community, and few outsiders have reason to know that a great many senior officers view the Iraq war with incredulity and dismay. But many officers have shared their anger with renowned military reporter Thomas E. Ricks, and in Fiasco, Ricks combines these astonishing on-the-record military accounts with his own extraordinary on-the-ground reportage to create a spellbinding account of an epic disaster.

    Scott says: "History not Politics"
    "Packed with Content"
    Overall

    The author merely ties together material from interviews and 30,000 pages of declassified documents. He does this quite well. As a longtime Petagon coresondent, he had access. Any good writer who made the commitment to read and write about those 30,000 pages would have been interesting. This guy knew the names of the generals and even colonels and lower in the docs; for every interesting tidbit in them, he has an interview to expand on it.
    He puts the whole thing together well from what you can tell was more than a pile of info.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth, From 9/11 to Katrina

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Frank Rich
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    When America was attacked on 9/11, its citizens almost unanimously rallied behind its new, untested president as he went to war. What they didn't know at the time was that the Bush administration's highest priority was not to vanquish Al Qaeda, but to consolidate its own power at any cost. It was a mission that could be accomplished only by a propaganda presidency in which reality was steadily replaced by a scenario of the White House's own invention.

    Steven N. Silverman says: "Listen to the facts, forgive the edge"
    "Style without content"
    Overall

    This is a subject matter for which people in the know have published a shelf full of books jam-packed with content. "Greatest Story" is a stylistic REVIEW from the famed Times Critic. You can hear chapters about how "Chicago" won the Oscar during the war, and what similarities that films plot has to the the image selling of the war by the administration.
    Rich knows about as much as a media critic would know about the Iraq war. If you have read three or four other books on the subject, you know more than that.
    If you are reading the recent Fiasco, Against all Enemies, and Woodward's offerings on the subject, style without content seemed to be unnecessary within the Iraq War Genre.

    2 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Searching for the Sound: My Life with the Grateful Dead

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Phil Lesh
    • Narrated By Phil Lesh
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Phil Lesh first met Jerry Garcia in 1959 in the clubs of Palo Alto, California. At Garcia's suggestion, Lesh learned to play the electric bass and joined him in a new group that blended R&B, country, and rock 'n' roll with an experimental fervor never before heard.

    John B. Zerkel says: "Searching for the Sound"
    "Nicely written"
    Overall

    It is interesting to hear this in his voice. He, really personalizes the experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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