I listened to this after I finished "The Help" because I wanted a little more of Kathryn Stockett's own story. She is so adorable and humbled by the success of her novel, it is a joy to listen to her discuss it.
Includes some back story about the voice talent on the audio book and some news on the movie (which of course is out by this time, but was just in discussions during the interview), which shows the connection to the audio book and the movie. She also discusses other projects that she was working on that don't seem to be available on Audible or Amazon, so I'm interested to see where those are at or if they are going to happen.
I'd heard "Dear Amanda" prior to this, but I had to listen through it again because it is hilarious and Steve Martin is always worth listening too.
"... I accidentally punched in your voice mail retrieval code. Sorry about that."
I loved that this interview also contained snippets of the actual audio books. I've read the books, but after hearing the performance here, I may look into downloading the audio books and listening to the story again.
Daniel Handler is very entertaining, even as himself, and even tells where the name Lemony Snicket came from. Definitely worth a listen, but as was noted in another review, the quality of his end of the phone call is slightly unfortunate.
I had always been interested in the authorship controversy, but I have never done much research on the topic. When I came across this book during a promotion, I decided to check it out. The author brings up all sides of the debate as well as evidence to support and refute each one. As the description states "in the end, there can be no doubt about who wrote the plays."
I had never read or seen this play despite having a theatre degree and being obsessed with the art. This play was so silly and funny, and I didn't want to stop listening when I would arrive at my destination. This was a great free gift for members, and I would recommend even purchasing if others asked me about it.
The cast was perfect and the interview with the director afterwards was an extra bonus.
I love that Rob Lowe narrated his own autobiography as it adds another personal level to this story. Lowe's story telling really transports the listener to the time and events that he's sharing, and he does a great job of discussing his meetings with famous people before they were famous. He talks about them as if they were "regular" people, which they may have been at the time, and they were (and really are) as far as Rob is concerned.
I think one of my favorite stories is his meeting of Martin Sheen. I laughed out loud. I cried during the heartbreaking moments, and I immediately made sure to watch "The Outsiders" and then the director's cut of the film so that I could put the behind the scenes stories to the on screen story.
If you're looking for a well-told memoir of a down to earth star (who has made his share of mistakes), definitely give this a listen.
I'd watched the movie, so I knew the basic story going into my listen. As I expected, the book was much better than the movie (and I loved the movie, so that is saying a lot), and the voice talent on this recording was spectacular.
However, I really didn't care for the voice for the chapter "The Banquet" which I believe was voiced by Cassandra Campbell. My issue here may have been due to the fact that the other three voices became so much a part of me while listening, but I also felt that her characterization wasn't very distinguishable from her narration. In my opinion, the other voices did a much better job of giving each character their own individual voices.
In general, Stockett keeps her character's dialog within the different voice sections, so for most of the book each character had their distinct voices, however there were a few cases when characters from different sections would speak, which could be a little distracting since the voices were slightly different. It wasn't enough to really bother me, there were just a few times during my listen that I had to stop and think about who was speaking.
I enjoyed the way that the novel is broken into sections told in first person from each main character. It allows Stockett to get into the head of each of the characters and really show their emotions and personality. As she notes in her afterword, this was a challenge, and one that she met beautifully.
Definitely make sure to listen to the afterword as we get to hear the author's story in her own voice, which brings yet another level to this amazingly wonderful book.
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