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  • Every Day is an Atheist Holiday!: More Magical Tales from the Author of 'God, No!'

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (529)

    Let's be honest - nobody has more fun than atheists. Don’t believe it? Well, consider this: For nonbelievers, every day you’re alive is a day to celebrate! And no one celebrates life to the fullest like Penn Jillette - the larger, louder half of legendary magic duo Penn & Teller - whose spectacularly witty and sharply observant essays in Every Day Is an Atheist Holiday! will entertain zealots and skeptics alike.

    Marc Worley says: "Yes, he curses"
    "Amazing!"
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    Would you listen to Every Day is an Atheist Holiday! again? Why?

    Absolutely! I've listened to it twice already and will continue to listen to it over and over again. Penn could read the phone book and I would be interested.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The stories. The way Penn tells about his life, be it good or bad, is really compelling.


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

    HIS voice. I love listening to a book read by the author. They know what to punctuate and what to leave alone. It's the best experience if you can find it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Morrissey
    • Narrated By David Morrissey
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Autobiography covers Morrissey's life from his birth until the present day.

    joseph nicholas says: "Better than expected"
    "An Autobiography only Morrissey could write."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Autobiography to be better than the print version?

    Yes. When the reader is engaging it adds to the experience as opposed to slogging through just to digest the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way he tells his story. And it is his story and not necessarily the story of The Smiths. While I would have enjoyed more details about the creation of his music I know that there are plenty of books that deal with just that. This is his life though and he tells it in a way that only he can. Very literate and literary.


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

    He does a wonderful job with this material. He doesn't seem to interpret what he thinks the story should be or how it should be told, but he adds an elegance that makes the material shine.


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

    I did laugh, actually. A few times. A big smile when I'd hear a certain turn of phrase.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a history of The Smiths and while some of the stories from his childhood are things that will likely lead me to Google some items it was a pleasure to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Dan Charnas
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    An original journalist for The Source, Dan Charnas built a celebrated career in the rap industry. In The Big Payback, he chronicles the rise of the hip-hop culture and shows how it became so powerful in a matter of decades. Charnas also profiles many of the movers and shakers in this burgeoning cultural movement, offering unprecedented access to an industry that continues to shake the globe.

    Chief Break Everything says: "So much love"
    "Really interesting story about Hip Hop's history."
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    I enjoyed the historical aspects of the topic. Hearing about the different players that helped create Hip Hop was nice because outside of bits and pieces from other sources, I didn't have an overview of how it came to be.

    Later in the book, while the story is still good, it starts dealing with radio and the importance that it played and at this point my attention started to wain. It's still great history at this point but what I enjoyed most was the history of the people and the record labels and while the radio/magazine sections are important to the overall history, I just didn't care about these people enough. After a while of wanting the story to go back to the actual people making the music I had to remind myself that this book is not about the history of Hip Hop, it's about the history of the Business of Hip Hop. Big difference.

    This is my first book by both the author and narrator and I would seek out books by either in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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