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M. David

CT, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Wishful Drinking

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Carrie Fisher
    • Narrated By Carrie Fisher
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (197)

    In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star Wars when only 19 years old. "But it isn't all sweetness and light sabers."

    Nick says: "An entertaining, yet unfortunate story."
    "Hillarious, engaging but beforewarned crass"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It was an incredibly fun listen but given the nature of the events told it is a raunchy where you wouldn't listen with the family in the car. Yet a very well told tale that thoroughly engaging and funny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yes Minister Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Lynn, Antony Jay
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    Four episodes of machinations and manipulation from the classic BBC political satire. Open Government/Big Brother/The Economy Drive/The Writing on the Wall The sustained dry wit of the dialogue and the wonderful interplay between the three main characters; Jim Hacker, Sir Humphrey and Bernard Wooley; made Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay's satirical comedy compulsive viewing. The strength of the writing makes these audios a joy to listen to.

    M. David says: "Great wit, wordplay and machinations"
    "Great wit, wordplay and machinations"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you enjoy verbal sparring, political machinations, making fun or government or non-slapstick British humor; you will really enjoy this. Comedy where the more you pay attention the more you will enjoy it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fat Man: A Tale of North Pole Noir

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ken Harmon
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Fired from his longtime job as captain of the Coal Patrol, two-foot-three-inch, 1,300-year-old elf Gumdrop Coal is angry. He's one of Santa's original elves, inspired by the fat man's vision to bring joy to children on that one special day each year. But somewhere along the way, things went sour for Gumdrop. Maybe it was delivering one too many lumps of coal for the Naughty List. Maybe it's the conspiracy against Christmas that he's starting to sense down every chimney.

    PastorJim says: "Fantastic Holiday Listen"
    "Great lampooning of Christmas cliche's & specials"
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    If you like noir, dark comedy, or the lampooning of hackneyed cultural associations with Christmas, this is a very unique and enjoyable Christmas time book. (Nothing in it makes fun of the religious components of Christmas, only the cliches, tv & music specials, and commercialized traditions.) Its got to be in or around the Christmas season and you have to be the person that can get into something narrated by an elf in a Sam Spade style. If so you will have a fun time with this one. I don't know anything else like it. Great parody if you like this style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3184)
    Performance
    (2738)
    Story
    (2740)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "fun ride"
    Overall

    It was enjoyable and light. A good way to relax and be entertained at the same time. Well written and well narrated.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Android's Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2334)
    Performance
    (2024)
    Story
    (2030)

    A human diplomat creates an interstellar incident when he kills an alien diplomat in a most unusual way. To avoid war, Earth's government must find an equally unusual object: A type of sheep ("The Android's Dream"), used in the alien race's coronation ceremony. To find the sheep, the government turns to Harry Creek, ex-cop, war hero and hacker extraordinaire.

    James says: "Philip K Dick meets Douglas Adams"
    "Was fine until they got to the bestiality"
    Overall
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    I got about a quarter of the way through this. It was intersting. It was well narrated. When it got to a section (not overly explicitly but rather lengthily) referring to beastiality, I was done. I can't say more without giving spoilers which is not my intention. If that doesn't bother you... do what you will. If it does, you may want to try Agent to the Stars, which is by the same author and narrator and I very much enjoyed.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • 2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Albert Brooks
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (137)

    Is this what's in store? June 12, 2030, started out like any other day in memory---and by then, memories were long. Since cancer had been cured fifteen years before, America's population was aging rapidly. That sounds like good news, but consider this: millions of baby boomers, with a big natural predator picked off, were sucking dry benefits and resources that were never meant to hold them into their eighties and beyond.

    Robert says: "A strange story, and possibly some validity to it."
    "Had potential but becomes uber lefty preach-a-thon"
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    Keep in mind I only got half way through it but that was all I could take. perhaps it got better (It could have happened, I guess) Well narrated, some interesting ideas, but what starts as a one sided world view perspective devolved into a slanted theme and then later just became so deeply rooted in ideological presumptions to the point where it stopped being an interesting story. Not for me.

    7 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Reagan Diaries: Extended Selections

    • ABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ronald Reagan
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (56)

    During his two terms as the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan kept a daily diary in which he recorded, by hand, his innermost thoughts and observations on the extraordinary, the historic, and the routine day-to-day occurrences of his presidency. Now, nearly two decades after he left office, this remarkable record, the only daily Presidential diary in American history, is available for the first time.

    Stephen says: "True American Hero"
    "Exactly what you think it is"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If this sounds like something you'd enjoy; you probably will. It provides interesting insights and perspectives to our 40th president. If you don't think you'd like it, you probably won't.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rob Grant, Doug Naylor
    • Narrated By Chris Barrie
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (223)

    When Lister got drunk, he really got drunk! After celebrating his birthday with a Monopoly-board pub crawl around London, he came to in a burger bar on one of Saturns moons, wearing a lady's pink crimplene hat and a pair of yellow fishing waders, with no money and a passport in the name of "Emily Berkenstein". Joining the Space Corps seemed a good idea.

    Missy Hoppe says: "Finally!"
    "Very disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Its nice that some holes in the show's background are filled in. The narrator does a nice job. But this is among the most dry and vapid execution of creating a story that I've encountered. DULL!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That Is Destroying America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Cal Thomas, Bob Beckel
    • Narrated By Richard Rohan, Cal Thomas, Bob Beckel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Inspired by their popular USA Today column, conservative Cal Thomas and liberal Bob Beckel show politicians of both stripes how to get beyond partisanship, restore civility, and move our country forward. Thomas and Beckel are a unique pair in today's political climate: pundits from opposite sides who not only talk to each other but work together to find common ground on some of the most divisive issues facing us, from the war in Iraq to gay marriage to the Patriot Act.

    M. David says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
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    The intent/desire of the book is good. The execution is disappointing. One of the authors I usually agree with when giving commentary the other normally presnets his view well though I disagree. This just seemed to say there are not some issues where flexibility would go from compomise to selling out your convictions. Then the predictions for 2008, only underscore the inaccuracy. Again the aim was well intended and perhaps in a different attempt has potential value.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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