Tim Conway was one of the funniest comedians ever. His book, however, falls flat. We got 2/3 of the way through when I turned to my wife and said, "I haven't laughed once." If you want funny, read Billy Crystal's book. Leave this one on the shelf.
A very good listen, made better by the tones from Judy Kaye who makes me believe she really IS Kinsey Millhone. A simple shoplifting goes awry, and Kinsey's in the middle of it. An array of characters to keep track of, but it all makes sense and comes to an unexpected close. Can't wait for what W's gonna stand for.
David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter - complete with all of his accompanying characters - is back, and reader Grove Gardner makes all of them come alive. Carpenter, the wise-cracking attorney with Tara (the wonder dog), is back on an old case (he'd lost) and geared up for battle (thanks to his protector, the ever-present Marcus Clark). You're always entertained by Andy & Co., and there are few readers better than Mr. Gardner. Boffo!
I decided to go back and read Jim Bouton's iconic 1970 novel, "Ball Four." So when I went to Audible to download it, I was delighted to discover that Jim Bouton himself was the reader. And I also learned that I would be listening to the updated version, which included all of the updates he had added whenever they re-published the book.
What a treat.
It doesn't always work well when the author does the reading, but Bouton was a terrific reader. You felt you were sitting down in the living room and listening to his stream of consciousness as he talked about his career and especially his 1969 year with the Pilots and Astros - then as he updated the book in his several epilogues. He laughed as he was telling a funny story, and you knew no one else could read it quite the same way.
With the good comes the bad, however; in his last chapter (which is why the newest version is called "Ball Four: The Final Pitch"), he talks about the sudden death of his 31-year old daughter, Laurie, who was rear-ended in a fatal car accident. Jim could barely get the words out as he recounts those horrible hours, days and year afterwards. I challenge any of you to keep a dry eye as he struggles to read his own words. Or when the Yankees finally ask him back - after 28 years in "exile" - to the annual Old Timers Game at Yankee Stadium.
So if you get the same notion - to go back and read the book - make sure you get the latest edition. And I guarantee you will not be disappointed if you listen to the audio version instead.
John Grisham has become the Sidney Shelton of his time. He's cranking out - and selling - novels because of his name and previous good works. But this one is beyond the pale. It's the (short) story of a phenomenal player who's called up from the minors by the Cubs in 1973 and has a sensational 30+ games (think 15 straight hits to start his career and a near .500 average with 31 HRs!) before he is viciously beaned by a journeyman Mets pitcher, ending his career. This is about the effect on his (the Mets pitcher) young son and his efforts to make his unlikable dad own up to his culpability in the beaning. Fortunately, it's a short book. Sappy at best.
I love Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series. Funny, irreverent, well-read by Grover Gardner. This book, however, which strays from the Carpenter series, is little better than a bad romance novel. The plot is sappy and unbelievable (why do authors insist that out-of-their-league lawyers can pull off the impossible?), and I couldn't wait for it to end.
Except for some schmaltz near the end, this is an excellent read, full of suspense and drama -- where everything doesn't go like you expect it to go. Plenty of twists to keep you interested.
Not a bad political-spy thriller except that it is a walking billboard for why it is important to torture enemy combatants. A Dick Cheney book-of-the-month club selection.
Excellent book about Bobby Jones and the history of golf in the USA -- intertwined with the political and cultural events of the times. The reader, Grover Gardner, is one of Audible's best. He brings the story alive.
David Rosenfelt (author), Grover Gardner (reader) & Andy Carpenter (wisecracking lawyer) -- and Tara (his golden retriever) -- are fast becoming my favorites. I just wish two of his other books in the catalog weren't abridged. In this unabridged book, Carpenter is surprised when he has to defend his girlfriend from a murder. Very entertaining.
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