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Doug

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  • Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Steve Almond
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    Steve Almond doesn't just love candy, he unabashedly worships every aspect of confectionary culture, from the creation of an exceptional malt ball through the tragic demise of a badly conceived candy bar, from the emotion-laden memories stirred by a bite of chocolate to his near-drooling anticipation of spotting a new package on the candy shelves.

    inearthsha says: "Pure AudioTruffle, diabetics cautioned"
    "Not too sweet"
    Overall

    Listening to this is like eating baker's chocolate, and if you're looking for a well researched book about sweets, this is not it. However, if you're looking for a semi-interesting, sometimes crude memoir of a life spent eating candy, you may enjoy Candyfreak. If the author hadn't thrown in the seemingly random sexual humor, I would have enjoyed it more and even likened him to an up and coming Dave Barry type.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Red Tent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Anita Diamant
    • Narrated By Carol Bilger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1585)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (508)

    Passionate, earthy, deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable contribution to modern fiction: a vibrant new perspective of female life in the age that shaped present day civilization and values.

    If you like The Red Tent, try The Harlot by the Side of the Road, a recounting of some of the most startling and explicit writings from The Old Testament.

    R. S. Herron says: "The key word is 'fiction'"
    "Makes you think..."
    Overall

    I did not want to enjoy this book. My wife and I recomend three books a year to each other and this was one of my three this year. 12 hours of audio is daunting when it's not something you want to read, but this novel, based on a few chapters of Genesis is fantastic. It follows Dinah, the only daughter of Jacob, son of Issac. I referenced my Bible when reading it to see where the story came from and where it ventured into unknown territory. The story is a saga of one woman's life in biblical times and is enthralling. My only problem with it was some of the descriptions of womenly things were blunt...not vulgar but blunt. I got over it early in the book and went onto reccomend it to friends and family.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Reduced Shakespeare Company Radio Show, Volume 2

    • ORIGINAL (58 mins)
    • By Adam Long, Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The Reduced Shakespeare Company was born in California in 1981, when three young men who had watched too many hours of Bugs Bunny cartoons began performing half-hour versions of Hamlet in the street, alleys, and rubbish bins of San Francisco. The resulting mixture of classic theater, left-wing literary analysis, and punk-rock sensibility proved exhilarating, as the company members rejected traditional approaches to theatre and began bouncing props off audiences' heads.

    Doug says: "Nowhere near as good as volume one..."
    "Nowhere near as good as volume one..."
    Overall

    This volume of the RSC's radio programme focuses on general topics insterad of specific plays, and suffers because of it. The gags are very similar to volume one, and it was enough to stop me from listening to volumes three and four.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lian Hearn
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6083)
    Performance
    (2228)
    Story
    (2236)

    A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

    Jody R. Nathan says: "Wonderful epic story"
    "Great Book, okay narration."
    Overall

    This book is fantastic, and if I were reading it, it would be easily five stars...but since I am listening...
    The male narrator (the odd chapters) is fantastic and has a captivating voice. The female narrator (the even chapters) is not as good as the male. As she voices every other chapter I came to dread a chapter change and while she read...slowly...and without emotion...I anticipated the next chapter. Hopefully she has been replaced for the sequel.

    Anyway, don't let her disuade you from reading this book, it is fantastic...and to compliment it...I would also recomend picking up the comic book Usagi Yojimbo.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Reduced Shakespeare Company Radio Show, Volume 1

    • ORIGINAL (58 mins)
    • By Adam Long, Reed Martin, Austin Tichenor
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The Reduced Shakespeare Company was born in California in 1981, when three young men who had watched too many hours of Bugs Bunny cartoons began performing half-hour versions of Hamlet in the street, alleys, and rubbish bins of San Fransisco. The resulting mixture of classic theatre, left-wing literary analysis, and punk-rock sensibility proved exhilarating, as the company members rejected traditional approaches to theater and began bouncing props off audiences' heads.

    Doug says: "The boys are back!"
    "The boys are back!"
    Overall

    Shakespeare is only funnier if you see these guys in person. In this PG-13 offering of Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet, the Reduced Shakespeare Company spends an often hilarious, always amusing 30-minutes on each play. Taken from their radio programme, the RSC is in true form with laugh out loud jokes, occasional insight into the Bard, and some randy humor (especially in Romeo and Juliet).

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Post Captain: Aubrey/Maturin Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Patrick O'Brian
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (387)

    The Peace of Amiens has left Jack Aubrey with no ship, no enemy to pursue, and no possibility of prize money to supplement his meager income. His decision to seek refuge from his troubles, and creditors, in France proves doubly disastrous.

    A. F. Latronica III says: "A fair shake"
    "Dry land is NOT a myth!"
    Overall

    I was a big fan of O'Brien's first book, Master and Commander, and expected more of the same in the first of it's sequels. My problem was, the book clocks in at around 20 hours. After listening to the first 5 hours, our heroes were still on dry land without a ship! So if it's a sea-faring yarn you're looking for, have your fast-forward button handy, becasue you're in for an extremely well-written account of Lucky Jack and Steven's adventures on the farm. Dancing and fox hunting abound, but the ocean is somewhere over the horizon.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas: Collection 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Rod Serling, adapted by Dennis Etchison
    • Narrated By Host Stacy Keach, full cast
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Experience one of television's greatest science-fiction series, The Twilight Zone® - fully dramatized for AUDIO! The Twilight Zone® Radio Dramas features a full cast, music and sound effects, and today's biggest celebrities in modern audio dramas of creator Rod Serling's classic scripts. Hosted by Stacy Keach, this collection stars Jim Caviezel, Jane Seymour, James Keach, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Tim Kazurinsky.

    Carl Cravens says: "Radio at its best!"
    "Rent the videos."
    Overall

    I saw there were four collections of these and really wanted to enjoy this first one, so I would have many hours of Twillight Zone fun ahead of me...but alas, it was not meant to be. These four stories weren't the worst thing I've ever heard, but I found myself just waiting for them to end, instead of anticipating that Twilight Zone twist at the end. I could write an entire review on how annoying Lou Diamond Phillips character is in his story, but I won't. On the whole, the voices they use are fine...Lou's character sticks out as being extremely annoying, making his episode almost unlistenable. Rent the videos instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why I Love Baseball

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry King
    • Narrated By Larry King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Larry King is a true-blue baseball fanatic. Going to his first game as a kid in 1940s New York was the start of a lifelong love affair. This heartfelt valentine to America's game evokes a simpler time in our country's history: complete with the smells of popcorn, beer, and hot dogs; the sight of the green, closely-mowed infield; the dark brown dirt paths; the crisp white uniforms; the sound of the excited voices of announcers; the crack of the bat; and the roar of the crowd.

    Charles says: "It's a grand old game"
    "Larry King triples, but is left stranded at third."
    Overall

    Just a heads up for families, Larry says the F word twice. Both times he's quoting someone, but it took me by surprise since this is Mr. CNN. Anyway, at first I wasn't sure what to make of this. But once I discovered the book is simply constructed around Larry's childhood memories, Larry reading articles other people have written about the game ("The 99 reasons baseball is better than football" is great!), and hundreds of stories from a guy who knows a lot of players personally, I really enjoyed this book. Larry's delivery, as it always does, makes it seem like he's talking just to you. And he never once sounds like he's reading. It's all very conversational. The only reason I'm giving it four stars, instead of five are the two sections that contain nothing but quotes from famous baseball players. While I'm sure on paper they're a great read...it's not a section that translated well to the audio version. Enjoy the book, and go Mariners!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bible: The Complete Word of God (Abridged)

    • ORIGINAL (58 mins)
    • By Reduced Shakespeare Company
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    As they tell it themselves, "We wrote The Bible (Abridged) when the good folks at Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center requested a follow-up to our eight week sold-out run of Shakespeare and America."

    Doug says: "I was laughing out loud in the car."
    "I was laughing out loud in the car."
    Overall

    For the most part I really enjoyed The complete Works of God abridged. There were a few 'Mad Magazine humor' moments, but as a whole, the Complete Works was genuinly smart and funny. They say it best in the show. "This audio work is rated PG-13...Pretty Good if you're 13." I'm 28 and I loved it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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