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Vince

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  • Steve Martin: The Magic Years

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Morris Walker
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    This is no ordinary celebrity biography pieced together by an outsider. Steve Martin and author Morris Walker had a close relationship growing up. They were class clowns together, charming the girls and the teachers with their wit, and eventually going on the road as comedians. This personal account will introduce you to the Steve Martin you've never seen before.

    Jan says: "What's the reasl reason?"
    "Was interesting because I was there too........."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed it very much because I was at Garden Grove High School while Martin and Walker did their thing. I enjoyed 'filling in the blanks' of my memories of them. I think someone who did not have that experience might not feel the time was as well-spent as I did. But, I'd still recommend they read this book... it was entertaining.


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

    Predictable... this is non-fiction.


    What aspect of Barrett Whitener’s performance would you have changed?

    Sometimes he seemed a little stiff and the words did not flow as well as I wanted.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the events were interesting to me because of my memories, I think Morris could have spent less time talking about Steve's success and all the money he made. That is a given and restating it over an over again gets tedious. I would have enjoyed hearing more about the antics the two of them got into. I remember one of the assemblies when they were running for 'Head Cheerleader' where they came out in a Garden Grove Varsity Sweater with two heads. That was hilarious! I'm sure there were other similar things that could have been put into the book. I also think Morris could have left out much of what he talked about regarding his own personal life.. this book was about Steve Martin after all.

    Also, I couldn't help but feel that as many times as Morris talked about Steve's success and all the money he made and said how proud he was of him -- he really felt like he got left behind and was resentful of that. The more he talked about it, the more I felt that way. I feel that way because I saw Morris one day after graduation and well into Steve's successful standup career. I was in a little gallery on Main St. in Garden Grove that was owned by a mutual fried of Morris' and mine, Ron Rayl. I was a good friend of Ron's brother, Tom, and just happened to stop in to see Ron's work. Morris was there and we chatted a bit. I came away feeling like Morris was not very happy about being left in the dust of Steve's successful career.

    But, as I said, I enjoyed reading it and I think most people would find it interesting even if they weren't there like I was. I do have to say that being at the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach the night Morris talked about Steve's departure out the front door and catching a ride with a stranger brought back a memory I forgot I had. Thank you for that Morris... I'll always remember the great times we had! Oh, by the way, Steve left me in the dust too! Ha Ha!

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  • Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (752)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (661)

    A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

    dumbclub says: "Excellence"
    "I loved the whole Italian thing....."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Involuntary Witness? What did you like least?

    I really enjoyed the book, but it was more about Guido and his personal life than what I thought should be the main story line - the trial of the accused murderer. Having said that, I'm not sorry I read it. I enjoyed the reading by Sean Barrett and the character development of Guido was enjoyable.

    Spoiler Alert! Don't finish this part if you plan to read the book and don't want a clue about the ending.

    I was just hoping that there might be a surprise ending or twist that I didn't see coming. The surprise ending was that there was no surprise ending.


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

    Oooops.... I think I answered this above. Better put in a spoiler alert warning.


    What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His reading was excellent - and his Italian is very good.


    Was Involuntary Witness worth the listening time?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    No

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