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Battman

Sacramento, CA | Member Since 2004

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  • The Grand Slam: Bobby Jones, America, and the Story of Golf

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mark Frost
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    In the wake of the stock-market crash and the dawn of the Great Depression, a ray of light emerged from the world of sports. In the summer of 1930, Bobby Jones, a 28-year-old amateur golfer, mounted a campaign against the record books. In four months, this natural, self-taught player conquered the British Amateur Championship, the British Open, the United States Open, and finally the United States Amateur Championship.

    Will says: "A grand man."
    "A Grand Slam!"
    Overall

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tim Conway, Jane Scovell, Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, Dick Hill, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (619)

    Six-time Emmy Award-winning funnyman Tim Conway, best known for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In television history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There's nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain - and in his first-ever memoir, What's So Funny?, that's exactly what he does.

    Richard says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "Disappointment"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • V Is for Vengeance: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1377)
    Performance
    (1135)
    Story
    (1128)

    A woman with a murky past who kills herself-or was it murder? A dying old man cared for by the son he pummeled mercilessly. A lovely woman whose life is about to splinter into a thousand fragments. A professional shoplifting ring racking up millions in stolen goods. A brutal and unscrupulous gangster. A wandering husband, rich and powerful. A spoiled kid awash in gambling debt thinking he can beat the system. A lonely widower mourning the death of his lover, desperate for answers that may be worse than the pain of his loss.

    Gayle says: "Worth The Wait!"
    "Judy Kaye IS Kinsey Millhone!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leader of the Pack

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (399)

    Over the course of his legal career, Andy Carpenter has lost a few cases. But that doesn't mean he forgets his clients. Andy has always been convinced that Joey Desimone, a man convicted of murder nine years ago, was innocent and believes that Joey's family's connections to organized crime played a pivotal role in his conviction. While there isn't much Andy can do for him while he serves out his prison sentence, Joey suggests that he check up on Joey's elderly uncle.

    John says: "Andy Carpenter at his best!"
    "Andy Carpenter Is Back!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Leader of the Pack the most enjoyable?

    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!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ball Four: The Final Pitch

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jim Bouton
    • Narrated By Jim Bouton
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (306)

    When Ball Four was published in 1970, it created a firestorm. Bouton was called a Judas, a Benedict Arnold and a “social leper” for having violated the “sanctity of the clubhouse.” Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force Bouton to sign a statement saying the book wasn’t true. Ballplayers, most of whom hadn’t read it, denounced the book. It was even banned by a few libraries. Almost everyone else, however, loved Ball Four.

    Dennis Anderson says: "Author's reading provides new insight into classic"
    "Better Than the Original!"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calico Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (829)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (722)

    Whatever happened to Calico Joe? It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a 21-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz....

    Carolyn Hathaway says: "Baseball fans only"
    "Very Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of a Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Tadd Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (88)

    Jamie Wagner is a young lawyer who is happy to be flying under the radar at a large firm doing background research for the partners. It's not that he isn't smart. He is. It's just that hard work, the whole legal world, isn't really his thing. Underachiever? Yes. Content? At least until the firm puts him on a case that turns his whole world upside down.

    Battman says: "It's No Andy Carpenter"
    "It's No Andy Carpenter"
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    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Prisoner of Birth

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Roger Allam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2488)
    Performance
    (514)
    Story
    (523)

    One evening, Danny, an East End cockney who works as a garage mechanic, takes his girlfriend up to the West End to celebrate their engagement. He crosses the path of Spencer Craig, a West End barrister tipped to be the youngest Queen's Counsel of his generation. A few hours later Danny is arrested for murder and later is sentenced to 22 years in prison.

    Debbie McKelvey says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Excellent read"
    Overall

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Measures: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3191)
    Performance
    (1538)
    Story
    (1551)

    Mitch Rapp and his protege, Mike Nash, may have met their match. The CIA has detected and intercepted two terrorist cells, but a third is feared to be on the loose. Led by a dangerous mastermind obsessed with becoming the leader of al-Qaeda, this determined and terrifying group is about to descend on America.

    F says: "Kickass Thriller - With Politics!"
    "Dick Cheney Book-of-the-Month Club Selection"
    Overall

    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.

    1 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • First Degree

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1036)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (471)

    When a cop's body is found burned and decapitated, the last thing Andy Carpenter expected is for a stranger to waltz into his office and admit to the crime. For the wise-cracking millionaire defense attorney suffering from "lawyer's block", the case looks like a no-brainer...until the cops pick up another suspect: Andy's lead P.I., Laurie Collins, who happens to be the love of his life.

    A. Wright says: "Read series in order"
    "Entertaining!"
    Overall

    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.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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