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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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!
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.
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