I loved hearing about the cast of characters and incredible twists of fate that created and sustained ESPN, complete with off-the-wall anecdotes and behind-the-scenes looks at so many people I've only known on-camera. The book has a very personal voice, as it consists mostly of material pulled from interviews the author conducted with everybody connected with ESPN over the years. The narration is uneven - ranging from Matt McCarthy's sturdy, archetypal SportsCenter anchor tone for the male voices that dominate the story to Joan Baker's ill-fitting, semi-cloying tone for the women - with some jarringly mispronounced names late in the book. Still, if you've watched a ton of ESPN over the years or you're interested in the business of sports/entertainment, this is a fun, thorough, and revelatory exploration of the company's history.
I'd never read or listened to Vonnegut before, but decided to check this out on the recommendation of a friend. I loved it. I feel funny commenting on the style of a legend while coming to his work probably 20 years later than I should've, but what the hell - Vonnegut's writing is smart, funny, and original, and holds up just fine 40 years after publication. He tells us where the story's going, but you have no idea how he's going to get there, and the ride is thoroughly entertaining, thought-provoking, and illuminating. Stanley Tucci is phenomenal, creating a panoply of distinct characters, while at the same time maintaining a feeling that the author himself is personally relating this story to you, one-on-one. Can't wait to listen to the rest of Vonnegut's greatest hits. Thanks, Chris, for hooking me up with this one.
There is no comparison.
I liked that it was really short.
This was a very understated performance.
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This book really puts you in the moment - you can almost feel the bullets zinging past you. And Joe Morton's narrative voice matched the book's tone perfectly - like a post-events military briefing - while his characters came in bursts that were believable and shockingly intense.
I always wanted to see the movie, but after a decade of never getting around to it I realized it's never going to happen. It's never a problem squeezing in another audiobook though. Before I started listening, I took one last look at a review of the film, which said the action was great, but character development was a little thin. I'd say the same about the book. Still, if you want to know more about what went down or what it's like when our troops go into these hostile environments, this is a riveting listen.
I had no idea Sarah Silverman had been through so much bad stuff! This is a unique memoir, mixing the sense of humor you'd expect from Silverman with an engaging story and worldview. It's a good listen if you're a fan of her work or if you just find her interesting.
Based on what I'd heard about this book, I thought it would somehow be life-altering. It didn't quite meet that expectation, but it is a fantastic, suspenseful story, driven by three things: Larsson's ability to manage plot strands and deliver revelations in a surprising but not outrageous way; Lisbeth Salander, a phenomenally interesting heroine; and Simon Vance's magnificent narration. Vance is amazing, carrying a large cast of characters with diverse accents and a long list of Swedish names and places with expert clarity and eloquence. Prepare yourself to be patient - the first half is slow, with a lot of setup, before things take off in the second half. I think it's worth it though - I dove right into the second book in the series.
Brings back fond memories of laughing at Woody Allen movies with my dad when I was a kid. I especially liked Mythical Beasts - I think the animal with the head of a crab and the body of a CPA may be a relative.
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