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William Magoolaghan

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  • The Summer Game

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Roger Angell
    • Narrated By William Lavelle
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (9)

    Roger Angell has witnessed many of the great and small events in the past 10 years of baseball. These writings, which first appeared in The New Yorker, provide a unique record of this turbulent decade, from the rise of California baseball and the comical and agonizing sufferings of the early Mets to the fall of the Yankee empire and the repeated triumphs of the Dodgers, Cardinals, and Orioles. In eloquent, concise language, Angell depicts the many faces of America's favorite pastime.

    Derrick says: "Outstanding!"
    "The best baseball book ever written? Yup"
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    Would you listen to The Summer Game again? Why?

    I hate reading things like that: The best book ever written -- almost a guarantee for disappointment, but not in this case. Baseball fans usually make lousy writers, and great writers are rarely baseball fans. This book is the intersection of insightful writing and baseball passion, which for me is sheer bliss -- especially when the book is about my childhood heroes: the '69 Mets, Mays, Clemente, Aaron. Beautifully written, thoughtful, clever, deep -- the moment I finished I started it over. Was also nice that it fortuitously coincided with the "Baseball Seasons" show covering the same time period.


    Any additional comments?

    The only thing I didn't like was the mispronunciation of several of the ballplayers names, like Jerry Grote (it's not Groat, it's Gro-tee). The sound quality wasn't the greatest, and it's better if the audio book is divided into parts or chapters -- there was no easy way just to go to the last chapter and re-listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3154)
    Performance
    (2888)
    Story
    (2885)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Joanne M. McGowan says: "I didn't want to press the stop button!"
    "An insightful romp back to kindergarten"
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    What did you love best about Big Little Lies?

    If you have kids & have had to deal with schoolyard politics, this is a fun read. The story is both uncomfortable and catchy, and I didn't want to put this one down.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    Loved the Aussie accent & all the voice variations, extremely well read.


    Any additional comments?

    This novel is a playful, magical, fun ride that deals with some serious topics in a direct & often mesmerizing (and aggravating) way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (9189)
    Performance
    (7262)
    Story
    (7298)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "One of the Best Books Ever Written"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Book Thief to be better than the print version?

    The performance by Allan Corduner is beyond fantastic. He is mesmerizing as the narrator, his voices for the characters are perfect, and he helps bring this incredible book about words to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Usually I'd write a meaty review, but I honestly don't have the words to describe this novel, it is beyond anything I'm capable of saying about it. If you haven't read this book, you must read it. If you have read this book, you know why.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jillian Lauren
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Bebe Baker is an ex-everything: ex-stripper, ex-Christian, ex–drug addict, ex–pretty girl. It’s been one year since the car accident that killed her boyfriend left her scarred and shaken. Flanked by an eccentric posse of friends, she is serving out a self-imposed sentence at a halfway house while trying to finish cosmetology school.

    William Magoolaghan says: "A surprising find, haunting, revealing & dangerous"
    "A surprising find, haunting, revealing & dangerous"
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    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Julia Whelan is brilliant -- brilliant -- in her performance. She brought this book to life with all of her voices. "Pretty" is a wonderful book, and Julia brought out ever inch of the wonder.


    Any additional comments?

    I love a book when it makes me want to both smile and cry at the end, and this novel does that. It is a gripping story, dark but alive, and it is beautifully written -- I picked this up after plowing through "Some Girls," and as much as I liked that story, I loved the way this book was written. It is playful and sad, it is dramatic and droll, it finds signs in the clouds and spiders & ponders, ponders, ponders. This book got stuck in my head and I like that, and I ended up replaying the ending three times, which is rare for me. Is this book for everyone? No, but it was for me, and I think it should be required reading for therapists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Some Girls: My Life in a Harem

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jillian Lauren
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (91)

    A jaw-dropping story of how a girl from the suburbs ends up in a prince's harem and emerges from the secret Xanadu both richer and wiser. At 18, Jillian Lauren was an NYU theater school dropout with a tip about an upcoming audition. The "casting director" told her that a rich businessman would pay pretty girls $20,000 if they stayed for two weeks to spice up his parties. Soon, Jillian was on a plane to Borneo, where she would spend the next 18 months in the harem of Prince Jefri Bolkiah....

    Sabrina says: "Eat, Pray, Love for "naughty" girls"
    "An oddly shaped but pretty little package"
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    Any additional comments?

    An oddly shaped but pretty little package left at my doorstep, smart and brutally honest -- what we should all require of autobiographical tales. Lovely to get to know Jillian, a kindred spirit to all of us wondering & wandering souls searching endlessly for something...or searching for something more...real. I think I found an answer in this book, and I like what I found. A moody book that may wake you up a bit, and may even slap you in the face at times, or make you cry, or envy and even, gasp, pity her. In the end it is an oddly shaped gift, sharp at the corners and soft on some edges, that is wrapped so perfectly that you have to read it & then urgently find the perfect place for it on your bookshelf.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Painted Bird

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jerzy Kosinski
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Michael Aronov
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (62)

    A harrowing story that follows the wanderings of a boy abandoned by his parents during World War II, The Painted Bird is a dark masterpiece that examines the proximity of terror and savagery to innocence and love. It is the first, and the most famous, novel by one of the most important and original writers of this century.

    Shawn says: "A guided tour of Hell."
    "It grips you and makes you beg for mercy"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Stark and brutal perspective of Eastern Europe during WWII


    If you could rename The Painted Bird, what would you call it?

    Cruelty, A Primer


    Any additional comments?

    A harrowing and beautifully written book. Where Vonnegut gave us the American perspective of WWII in Slaughterhouse 5, Kosinski bring us the opposite, horrifying perspective through the eyes of a Jewish child as he witnesses and deals with the madness and carnage of WWII. This novel brings to vivid life the anguish and brutality of the times more than other books, photos or movies I have read/seen...it was a difficult read, but a mesmerizing one, and I felt at several times that I couldn't read any more but at the same time couldn't put this book down. A tremendous book really, the kind that changes your perspective on political realities...and makes you thankful for the enduring peace we have enjoyed in the US, but wary of what the future could hold. A must read -- but don't blame me for the nightmares you have afterwards.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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