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Nell Huntworth

flowerpower forever

Chicago, IL USA | Listener Since 2009

  • 3 reviews
  • 19 ratings
  • 224 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Fraud

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By David Rakoff
    • Narrated By David Rakoff

    The wry and the heartfelt join in David Rakoff's prose to resurrect that most neglected of literary virtues: wit. As he finds himself in all the far-flung hinterlands of our culture, this fish out of water winds up satirizing himself more than his subject matter, to hilarious effect.

    Suzn F says: "OMG Laugh Out Loud"
    "You must HEAR these stories"

    I first heard David Rakoff on NPR's weekly radio show, This American Life, as I'm sure many of his fans have. Once I had heard him tell several of his stories, I knew I had to have them on audio, not just as books in text.

    Many other writers I've come to love are also people I first heard on This American Life, like David Sadaris.

    I love David Rakoff's voice. It's soft,carefully articulated, and has a wry quality bordering on "droll" which he uses to great and sometimes very humorous effect. Some people might first think this man who "prefers the indoors" is an artist and intellectual that could be inaccessable, perhaps asuming he's a cynic, or a wild eccentric; hyper critical of all everyday experience or emotion.

    Soon enough, you realize this storyteller is both uniquely himself, which is a gift, and sweet and compassionate and like anyone else you'd want to learn more about living a thoughtful life from. He's not afraid to let you in on what he thinks about the world, North America, our society and its leaders. Nor does he keep secret his direct observations about people, how they sometimes confirm his worst expectations, or his own mistakes, disappointments and self-doubts; but it's his immediate honesty inside the experience of all this that I find so resonant and redeeming.

    Experience, observation, what is learned. Or at least he makes it seem like what he gives you is this simple. But this brilliant author knows the secret to all good works of art: the personal becomes the universal.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of Me: A Memoir

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sidney Sheldon
    • Narrated By Mike O'Malley

    In his eagerly anticipated memoir, America's premier storyteller shares the story of his own life in a frank and revealing book that rivals any of his fictional tales. Sidney Sheldon is truly an entertainment legend: Author of over a dozen best sellers, Academy Award-winning screenwriter, and creator of some of television's greatest hits, he has lived a singularly fascinating life.

    Rhonda says: "DULLLLLLLL"
    "Ack! NOT About a Person's Struggle w/ Depression!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I suppose someone who's a Sidney Sheldon fan, or interested in his general (hugely successful) career path, from scriptwriter to screenwriter, to TV, and finally as a novelist, would find this interesting.

    What could Sidney Sheldon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book never delved into any real difficulty Sheldon's bi-polar disorder caused his professional or personal life. If this highly successful person could have opened up and offered readers a look at how his mental illness was problematic, and how he coped and overcame the obstacles he faced, the book could have been worth reading.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was ok, and even did a good job with a few Brooklyn and other colorful inflections. Perhaps the only problem with the narrator's work here is that he has to more or less recite in succession, at a predetermined clip - without much detail or emotion - all Sheldon's accomplishments and moves up the ladder to "the top."

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I couldn't have been more disappointed with an audiobook. One thing it possibly shows -without saying as much - is that the mania of bi-polar can make some people extremely productive. Some even say bi-polar is the mental-illness of choice. So this book, by completely leaving out any difficulties at all this mental illness posed for its author, confirms that myth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Get Too Comfortable (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By David Rakoff
    • Narrated By David Rakoff

    David Rakoff's bestselling collection of autobiographical essays, Fraud, established him as one of today's funniest and most insightful writers. Now, in Don't Get Too Comfortable, Rakoff moves from the personal to the public, journeying into the land of unchecked plenty that is contemporary America. Rarely have greed, vanity, selfishness, and vapidity been so mercilessly and wittily skewered.

    Barbara says: "One of the best of the millenium"
    "More wonderful David Rakoff"

    I love all this author's stories, which I must hear, rather than read, because his voice is so important to the personal quality of his work. I highly recommend all David Rakoff's print and audio books, but if you need to make a choice between this and his audio collection before this one, choose this one; it's a bit more full of the good stuff. He gets better all the time.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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