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FatOldBroad

FatOldBroad...lover of mystery/thriller genre and biographies.

Member Since 2015

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  • Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Hope Edelman
    • Narrated By Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (346)

    In this remarkable dual memoir, film legend Martin Sheen and accomplished actor/filmmaker Emilio Estevez recount their lives as father and son. In alternating chapters—and in voices that are as eloquent as they are different—they narrate stories spanning more than 50 years of family history, and reflect on their journeys into two different kinds of faith.

    CyndiLooWho says: "Hartwarming and Captivating but Fix the Audio!"
    "Insight into father/son relationships"
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    What made the experience of listening to Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son the most enjoyable?

    Being voiced by the authors. I enjoy hearing biographies in the subject's voice. The nuances in inflection often provide me with ideas or insights I might have otherwise missed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The willingness of the authors to share the bad/difficult aspects of their relationship as well as the good times. It felt genuine to me.


    Which character – as performed by Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez – was your favorite?

    Both. I knew more factual info on Martin/Ramon, but little about Emilio. I feel I learned about both men as people, and I like them both all the more for having read the book by hearing their voices tell their story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The parent/child struggles reminded me of my own life experiences that saddened me. I think most people can identify with those feelings. There were also many occasions that brought a smile as well. The road trip story reminded me of a few childhood vacations I experienced way back when, and gave me a warm feeling.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Alan Alda
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    He's one of America's most recognizable and acclaimed actors: a star on Broadway, an Oscar nominee for The Aviator, and the only person to ever win Emmys for acting, writing, and directing, during his 11 years on M*A*S*H. Now Alan Alda has written a memoir as elegant, funny, and affecting as his greatest performances.

    Lois A. Rose says: "Wish I Had Known"
    "Fascinating look at an unusual man & family"
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    Loved this look into Alda's life and what makes him tick. Wish he'd done the narration though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Circle of Wives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Alice LaPlante
    • Narrated By George Newbern, Betsy Zajko, Nan McNamara, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    When Dr. John Taylor is found dead in a hotel room in his hometown, the local police find enough incriminating evidence to suspect foul play. Detective Samantha Adams, whose Palo Alto beat usually covers small-town crimes, is innocently thrown into a high-profile murder case that is more intricately intertwined than she could ever imagine. A renowned plastic surgeon, a respected family man, and an active community spokesman, Dr. Taylor was loved and admired. But, hidden from the public eye, he led a secret life - in fact, multiple lives.

    JMM says: "What a waste of time"
    "Enjoyable until the end"
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    I selected this book because of its setting (I'm a long time resident of the area) and the concept of the story being told by individual characters. The read was pleasant enough--performances by the narrators quite good--but parts of the plot became a bit predictable. What was the most disappointing was the very end. I felt lured to the conclusion only to be left hanging mid-air. I even listened a second time..still can't figure out what the last chapter was intended to communicate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek: Spock vs. Q (Adapted)

    • ORIGINAL (54 mins)
    • By Leonard Nimoy
    • Narrated By Leonard Nimoy, John de Lancie
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (128)

    Ambassador Spock travels back in time to subtly warn Earth's inhabitants of impending doom while calling into question humanity's priorities. However, before the truth is told, the all-powerful being, Q, appears and reminds Spock that he is prohibited from interfering in Earth's history. Besides, Q doesn't see mankind as something worth saving.

    David says: "Very different Star Trek"
    "Almost Like Being There"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this meeting between Spock and Q. Dry humor, with lots of Trek-isms, got me chuckling along with the live audience. Nimoy and de Lancie wear these two characters so well, their familiar voices make it easy to picture them in my mind's eye. Wish I could have been there for the live performance! Wish there was more to listen to! This is one tape I will listen to over and over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Failure Is Not an Option: Mission Control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gene Kranz
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (387)

    Gene Kranz was present at the creation of America's manned space program and was a key player in it for three decades. As a flight director in NASA's Mission Control, Kranz witnessed firsthand the making of history. He participated in the space program from the early days of the Mercury program to the last Apollo mission, and beyond. He endured the disastrous first years when rockets blew up and the United States seemed to fall further behind the Soviet Union in the space race.

    TM says: "Dry Insights in to the Space Program"
    "Polishing NASA's Tarnished Image"
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    I want to believe in NASA's future... but I don't. Nice account of the glory days though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Michael Moss
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1133)
    Performance
    (992)
    Story
    (986)

    Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

    Michael says: "This is all too real, and YOU are the victim."
    "Eye-opener on food industry"
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    Would you listen to Salt Sugar Fat again? Why?

    Yes! There's so much information in here, I'm sure I'd glean more from multiple listenings.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the industry has evolved, and the lengths these companies will go in pursuit of the almighty dollar. Not necessarily surprising, but interesting. Invites comparison to Big Tobacco.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. I'm a big fan of Scott Brick. He's quite versatile!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There are some funny/humorous aspects. The most extreme reaction would be my incredulity (followed by 'doh' head slaps at my own naivete) at this industry's business as usual.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hit

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    Will Robie is a master of killing. A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst - enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.

    FatOldBroad says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I finished this book recently, but I've already forgotten it. The story just didn't meet the quality I've come to expect from this author.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    There's absolutely nothing memorable about this book, either good or bad. Extremely vanilla.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Reading was bland. Nothing standout. Partially a lack of exceptional material.


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

    Doubtful


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thirty Five Letters from Vietnam

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Billy Whisenant
    • Narrated By Billy Whisenant
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    This book consists of 35 letters that I wrote to my aunt while I was serving in Vietnam from October of 1967 1968. The letters contain my thoughts as a young Marine and continued through the end of my tour where I was still young but far more experienced. The letters came to me when my aunt mailed them to me 33 years after Vietnam. One of her comments was she believed that I should have the letters published. My thoughts were that they were too personal to be published and would not be of any benefit to anyone.

    R. L. Royce says: "Not at all what I expected"
    "Ugh"
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    Would you try another book from Billy Whisenant and/or Billy Whisenant?

    No


    What could Billy Whisenant have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have a pro read. I would not usually say this, but a pro reader might have helped the material.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Billy Whisenant’s performances?

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Thirty Five Letters from Vietnam?

    I would not have published this except as a vanity publication for family/friends.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • San Francisco Giants: Where Have You Gone?

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Matt Johanson, Wylie Wong
    • Narrated By Scott Peterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    An old gangster becomes a gangbuster. A pitcher inspires his two daughters to become professional athletes. Two best friends split apart, only to separately land behind bars. In Giants: Where Have You Gone? authors Wylie Wong and Matt Johanson reconnect listeners to San Francisco players of the past, especially those whose lives took dramatic turns.

    FatOldBroad says: "Mispronounsed names an annoying distraction"
    "Mispronounsed names an annoying distraction"
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    Where does San Francisco Giants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Bottom two


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stories on individual players vary, of course. Favorites included Dravecky, McCormick, Perry, and Speier. Some stories well known, inspirational. Some are catching up with old friends from youth.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Peterson’s performance?

    Learn to accurately pronounce names! Hearing Brian Sabean's surname as "Sa-beeen" vs "Say-be-an" was distracting and annoying. There were other errors as well, but this one was the most frequent and grating. It detracted from the book as a whole.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Its format is ideal for periodic or sporadic listening. Nice if your time is limited. I like to have this kind of short story style book in my library for that reason.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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