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  • Happy Accidents

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Jane Lynch, Carol Burnett (foreword)
    • Narrated By Jane Lynch, Carol Burnett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (331)

    In the summer of 1974, a 14-year-old girl in Dolton, Illinois, had a dream - a dream to become an actress. But it was a long way from the South Side of Chicago to Hollywood, and it didn’t help that she’d recently dropped out of the school play, The Ugly Duckling, or that the Hollywood casting directors she wrote to replied that "professional training was a requirement". But the funny thing is, it all came true....

    Diane says: "Sweet, benign"
    "Interesting and funny"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend it. Jane Lynch is so interesting and describes her life with such detail that I was intrigued from the get go. I love her dry humor too. She's great.


    What other book might you compare Happy Accidents to and why?

    Happy Accidents kind of reminded me of Tina Fey's Bossypants. In fact, it was funny to hear about their experiences with the Chicago improve group, both mentioning being part of the touring groups and how they viewed these quite differently. Really funny.


    Have you listened to any of Jane Lynch and Carol Burnett (foreword) ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened to Carol Burnett's autobiography too. Loved it as well. It was fun hearing both talk about each other in their separate books. Great background, behind the scenes details in both books was a lot of fun to hear.


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

    There were certainly parts that made me laugh. There were some very touching parts too but I don't think I cried too much.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't know who Jane Lynch is at all it probably wouldn't be AS interesting as it is for somebody who likes her work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Marshall
    • Narrated By Penny Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (912)
    Performance
    (819)
    Story
    (821)

    her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

    M. S. Cohen says: "The audio performance should get an award!"
    "Penny Marshall cracks me up!"
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    What did you love best about My Mother Was Nuts?

    Her narration is hilarious because her accent and her voice are so unique. But also, whenever an actor narrates their OWN story there are elements that come to life that just aren't there when somebody else tells it. Her description of her parents and siblings are really great and insightful, and her childhood and experiences through college and in Hollywood of course are all really interesting to hear about. She's known so many famous people over the years, you can't help but love hearing about her interactions with them all and her perspective on everyone.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book is about her, so of course I like her the best.


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

    No.


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

    No. Typically I look for longer books since I have a long commute to work and need something to pass the time.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't know who Penny Marshall is, this probably is not the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By John Taylor
    • Narrated By John Taylor
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (115)

    With Duran Duran, John Taylor has created some of the greatest music of our time. From the disco dazzle of debut single "Planet Earth" right up to their latest number one album, All You Need is Now, Duran Duran has always had the power to sweep the world onto its feet. It's been a ride - and for John in particular, the ride has been wild, thrilling...and dangerous. Now, for the first time, he tells his incredible story. A tale of dreams fulfilled, lessons learned and demons conquered.

    Patti says: "A must for any DD fan!"
    "Great story telling even if you aren't a Durannie!"
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    What did you love best about In the Pleasure Groove?

    It's John Taylor's voice narrating his own story, what's not to love? Yes, yes, I am a Durannie who has loved JT since 1983 when I was 13, but when I first read that he would be narrating his own story I was hesitant to buy it. He is, after all, a musician not an actor, so it could be stilted and dry. BUT JT is funny and does some great voices/parodies of various people, so it really brings the whole story to life. He's got such great perspective on his life too, but also walks you through his youth and early days in Duran in such detail you are reliving it all right there with him. I definitely was sad when the story came to a close. It was a lot of fun listening to him talk to me for so many hours. :)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Pleasure Groove?

    So many: His memories of walking to church every day with his mom when he was a small child. His descriptions of how important fashion was to him waaay back in Birmingham and his rebellious teenage years. His interactions with his father.


    What does John Taylor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices he mimics of all the people he talks about in his book. His humor. His lovely voice in general.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When his parents died.


    Any additional comments?

    I think you definitely get so much more with this audiobook than you would just reading his story. Definitely worth purchasing, even if you already owned the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang, Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (489)

    Chronicling his embodiment of the American Dream, Total Recall covers Schwarzenegger's high-stakes journey to the United States, from creating the international bodybuilding industry out of the sands of Venice Beach, to breathing life into cinema's most iconic characters, and becoming one of the leading political figures of our time. Proud of his accomplishments and honest about his regrets, Schwarzenegger spares nothing in sharing his amazing story.

    Russell says: "Totally Worth It"
    "So THAT is why Arnold is a success."
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    Would you listen to Total Recall again? Why?

    Yes, probably, but not for a while since it was pretty long. Arnold's story is really fascinating. This is definitely a guy who worked very very very hard to be a success. Planning every step of the way and striving to meet every goal he set for himself. You would never walk away from this story and think, "What a lazy ungrateful guy." The forsight and drive he had from the time he was 14 is just amazing. Did you know he made millions on real estate before he ever became an actor? I also thought it really showed a great balance of his conservative and liberal views. He himself describes himself as a series of contradictions-- an environmentalist who drives a hummer, a fitness freak who smokes cigars-- and it was really refreshing hearing somebody who was open to a multitiude of ideas, even if they contradict his own. It also made clear what Maria Shriver saw in him. He tells his life story with such enthusiasm and humor, you are never left thinking "yeah yeah, shut up" or "I've heard it all before."


    What did you like best about this story?

    His humor and reasoning behind each of his views. It makes sense that he's a republican when you hear this story. How could he not be?


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Lang and Arnold Schwarzenegger – was your favorite?

    It's about Arnold, so of course he's my favorite character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The death of his family members was sad. Also, this is a great immigrant story, which is always moving.


    Any additional comments?

    Some slightly annoying things are that Arnold only reads the first and last chapter. I found the main narrator's voice to be fine, but the switch from Arnold to this other guy was distracting (which is why I gave performance just 4 stars). Also, this book doesn't explain why he cheats on Maria or anything like that. He definitely brushes past the personal/emotional bits dealing with that, although throughout his book he talks about how detached he is from emotions and how he has had to learn how to connect with that part of himself throughout his life. Really interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girl Walks into a Bar...: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rachel Dratch
    • Narrated By Rachel Dratch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1006)
    Performance
    (929)
    Story
    (928)

    Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered roles as "Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians." Her career at a low point, Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog- sitting, learning Spanish - and dating. After all, what did a forty-something single woman living in New York have to lose?

    Jeanine says: "Could not stop listening"
    "If you liked Tina Fey, you'll like this."
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    Would you listen to Girl Walks into a Bar... again? Why?

    Yes, I've listened to it a few times already. It's just funny and interesting. She tells her life story the way Tina Fey did, with perspective and humor. By the end of the book I thought what a cool person Rachel Dratch is, and actually felt bad that I didn't really know who she was before.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's about herself, so she was my favorite character. :)


    What about Rachel Dratch’s performance did you like?

    She's a comedian, so of course she is funny, but also she is so real; panicked about the same things we all are, happy, sad.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The girl you don't remember you like. :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shockaholic

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carrie Fisher
    • Narrated By Carrie Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (134)

    Told with the same intimate style, brutal honesty, and uproarious wisdom that placed Wishful Drinking on the New York Times bestseller list for months, Shockaholic is the juicy account of Carrie Fisher’s life, focusing more on the Star Wars years and dishing about the various Hollywood relationships she’s formed since she was chosen to play Princess Leia at only 19 years old.

    JanBreesmom says: "Carrie Fisher Grows up, Learns About Real Life"
    "Not as good as any of her other books"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    More story and details about her life and feelings, less description about only one or two things. (She spent a lot of time talking about what we might think of when we hear about shock therapy.) Maybe a better editor next time to clean it up?


    Would you recommend Shockaholic to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not. It just wasn't as good and detailed as I would have liked. I love Carrie Fisher but this seemed really short and written more like a quick blog about some thoughts she is having at the moment. I enjoyed hearing the details about her family and herself that came in now and then, like about her father for example, or weightloss, but this book didn't have as much of that as other books of hers.


    Which character – as performed by Carrie Fisher – was your favorite?

    She is funny being herself with all her sarcasm.


    Did Shockaholic inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Carol Burnett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (961)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (598)

    Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won 25 Emmys in its remarkable 11-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another.

    Robin says: "Do not listen while driving"
    "Love Carol Burnett!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of This Time Together to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the print version so I don't know.


    What other book might you compare This Time Together to and why?

    I listened to Happy Accidents by Jane Lynch just after Burnett's audiobook and they were similar in that they were sharing some personal stories from their life (happy and sad), although Jane's was more comprehensive as Carol's often had vignettes spliced in from moments of her life but not necessarily a full autobiography per se. It covered a lot though and was very interesting.


    Which character – as performed by Carol Burnett – was your favorite?

    It's an audiobook so there weren't really many characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I laughed at some of her stories and cried at others. I guess the saddest part was when she described the death of her daughter. So so sad.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love Carol Burnett, then definitely this is the book for you. If you don't know who Burnett is then it wouldn't be very interesting. I love her and loved her variety show when I was little. It was fun hearing the backstory for her life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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