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Ed

Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

Saint Augustine, FL, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1064)
    Performance
    (973)
    Story
    (973)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "Smart words from a funny guy"
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    I listened to this book because, like Billy, I grew up in Long Beach in the fifties and sixties. He is three years older than me and was in my late brother's class at Long Beach High School. I remember playing softball with Billy at the East School playground. He was short back then too. I was hoping he would make a reference to the temple across the street from East School on Neptune Boulevard. A long softball drive would make it across the boulevard and hit Temple Emanuel. "Hit Emanuel" was one of our war cries. In softball terms it was the equivalent of a tape measure homer by Mickey. The book was memorable because I could personally identify with many of the references Billy made to his hometown. Beyond that, I learned many new things about Billy and the trip that brought him to where he is today. A funny and talented guy, he made me laugh, cry and remember. The live portions of the narration before an audience were like listening to new material in comedy record albums. Overall, a great listen.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ken Grimwood
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (837)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (508)

    In 1988, 43-year-old Jeff Winston died of a heart attack. But then he awoke, and it was 1963; Jeff was 18 all over again, his memory of the next two decades intact. This time around, Jeff would gain all the power and wealth he never had before. This time around he'd know how to do it right. Until next time.

    Jonathon says: "Entertaining and more than worth the price!!"
    "One too many replays"
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    The premise of this book was a good one. And because I like stories that include time travel, I ended up giving this book four stars. But I can't help believing that the author could have improved his product by including one or two less replays. The large number of replays probably required that he make large jumps in time to avoid having the book run longer than it did. I kept on encountering non-sequiturs before additional listening gave me the perspective that the scene was several years removed from the previous one. The transitions were very dramatic. There were many loose ends left at the conclusion of the book but that wasn't necessarily a detriment. Readers are left to conclude whatever they wish about the reality or the cause of the replays. Far-fetched but entertaining. Well worth it on a BOGO sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (297)

    Eliot Rosewater, a drunk volunteer fireman and president of the fabulously rich Rosewater Foundation, is about to attempt a noble experiment with human nature, with a little help from writer Kilgore Trout. The result is Kurt Vonnegut's funniest satire, an etched-in-acid portrayal of the greed, hypocrisy, and follies of the flesh we are all heir to.

    Darwin8u says: "Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth."
    "Tolerable short listen"
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    At times this book was humorous and probably quite salacious for the time it was written. The characters were interesting and well developed but the story was jumbled and rambling. The ending was abrupt and didn't provide closure. Not sure if the author wasn't as crazy as his main character, Eliot. Snippets of good writing but overall a disappointment. Others may disagree and it may be worth a five and one-half hour gamble if you want to experiment with an unusual listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Touching Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kay Hooper
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (52)

    Kay Hooper weaves an irresistible web of mystery and suspense in her latest thriller Touching Evil. Police sketch artist Maggie Barnes, whose exceptional talent has made her indespensible, faces the challenge of a lifetime when a deranged psychopath grips the city in a horiffic tirade that leaves many women wounded. Maggie’s abilities are put to the test as she struggles to put a face to the acts and uncover this predator before even she becomes his victim.

    Ed says: "I didn't hate this book"
    "I didn't hate this book"
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    Too many minor characters, too many psychics, a preposterous plot and a little gratuitous romance make this book totally forgettable. Yet, I didn't hate it and was never tempted to quit listening. I wanted to learn who Annie was. I wanted to learn if Hollis was going to be able to regain her sight. I wanted to learn if John would be able to avenge the death of his sister. About the only thing I didn't learn was if Luke was able to get elected to the governor's mansion. Maybe in the next installment, which I will not be listening to. Truly not a bad story if you're into psychics and such.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rush Limbaugh
    • Narrated By Rush Limbaugh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (197)

    Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has long wanted to make history come to life for the children of his listeners. In this book, he travels back in time with fearless history teacher Rush Revere. With the help of his faithful talking horse, Liberty, Rush experiences American history as it happens, having adventure after adventure with exceptional Americans such as Paul Revere and George Washington.

    Rose says: "Great way of telling the history of Thanksgiving"
    "Even Rush-Haters will like this book"
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    Listened to this book with my 11-year-old daughter (at 1.5 speed) as she read along with the printed copy. Of all the books I've listened to with her, this one kept her interest piqued more the most.The narrative mixes fiction and non-fiction together quite nicely and is sprinkled with humor that will appeal to listeners of all ages. And Rush's narration is top-notch, even at 1.5 speed. I hope Rush follows through with plans to continue the series. I'd advise Rush-Haters to hold their collective noses and have a listen to this book. You'll be glad you did.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Pride and Prejudice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Flo Gibson
    Overall
    (970)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (825)

    Many consider this rich social commentary to be Jane Austen's finest novel. It is certainly among her more famous ones. Austen sets her entertaining study of manners and misconceptions against the backdrop of a class-conscious society in 18th-century England.

    Rachel Kapila says: "Flo Gibson Reads You Stories"
    "Another great classic that I missed"
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    The first two hours of this book were tedious at best, but as the story continued I was reeled in. I think it was the development of the novel's main character, Elizabeth, whose spunk and spirit had me rooting for her to achieve the happiness (at the risk of revealing a spoiler) she was ultimately to gain. The dichotomy between the inherent goodness of several of the characters, including Elizabeth, and the pride and prejudice of some of the others made this an interesting tale and a truly enjoyable listen. It's a classic for a reason.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joanne Rocklin
    • Narrated By Georgette Perna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In this warmhearted middle-grade novel, Oona and her brother, Fred, love their cat Zook (short for Zucchini), but Zook is sick. As they conspire to break him out of the vet’s office, convinced he can only get better at home with them, Oona tells Fred the story of Zook’s previous lives, ranging in style from fairy tale to grand epic to slice of life. Each of Zook’s lives has echoes of Oona’s own family life, which is going through a transition she’s not yet ready to face.

    Ed says: "Another wonderful Sunshine State Book"
    "Another wonderful Sunshine State Book"
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    This was a great little book, which I thoroughly enjoyed listening to with my 10-year-old daughter. Entertaining with life lessons. Worth the listen.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1587)
    Performance
    (1393)
    Story
    (1417)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming The Dark Knight Rises, lent her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thomas M Clifford says: "In Time for the Holiday.Give the GIFT of a STORY!"
    "Great book with too many Hathaway screeches"
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    Listened to this book with my 11-year-old daughter. Interesting to contrast and compare the original Baum version with the 1939 motion picture. I liked them both. Anne Hathaway did a good job with the narration but she screeched maybe one time too many. Thanks, Audible, for providing this excellent book as a gift.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Forced to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1322)
    Performance
    (975)
    Story
    (978)

    Bravery. Honor. Sacrifice. These are more than mere words to trained Marine sniper Nathan McBride. He’s never backed away from danger and he’s not about to start now, even if it means confronting the cold-blooded interrogator who tortured him to the brink of death more than a decade ago.

    Robert L says: "Total adrenaline rush-stayed up all night"
    "McBride is not Reacher"
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    It's probably unfair that I compare Nathan McBride to Jack Reacher. But it was hard not to with Dick Hill doing the narration. Even when Nathan becomes "The Other," he doesn't exhibit the machismo that we have learned to love with Reacher. This story was far fetched but that's OK when you're listening to fiction. Montez was really evil and that was a good thing too. But the total package didn't live up to the superlatives that some of the reviewers heaped upon it. I may or may not listen to another book in this series. Average book.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Candymakers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Wendy Mass
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    ALA Schneider Family Book Award-winning author Wendy Mass offers this tasty treat of a tale sure to appeal to any listener’s sweet tooth. The Candymakers follows 12-year-olds Logan, Philip, Daisy, and Miles as each tries to invent a candy even better than the Oozing Crunchorama. But with these contestants—who can detect chocolate by touch and lift 50 lbs. of taffy as if it weighed no more than a loaf of bread—it’s going to be a close race.

    Ed says: "Fun and Fantasy"
    "Fun and Fantasy"
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    Another excellent book on the Sunshine State list that I enjoyed listening to with my 11-year-old daughter and she read along with the print version. It was challenging for her because, at 450 pages, it was the longest book she had ever read. But the story was a pure delight as it was told from the perspectives of the four main young characters. This provided some repetition, which was helpful in terms of comprehension. The author's imagination as she described the candy factory infrastructure made the reader/listener want to jump into the book and join in the fun. A fun book that teaches a lesson.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1197)
    Performance
    (1042)
    Story
    (1046)

    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    Larry says: "What a great book."
    "Great non-fiction"
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    As someone who usually listens to mystery/thriller books, it was interesting to enter into the non-fiction world of the genre. I was alive at the time of the Manson murders but had forgotten much of the details. Bugliosi does an excellent job of recreating the events that took place on the horrible night 44 years ago. If I had one complaint it would be he did too thorough a job of telling the story. I didn't keep count but the cast of characters had to exceed 100 in the 26.5-hour narration. The main characters were easy enough to keep track of, but some of the minor ones got gobbled up in the incredibly detailed recounting. I would recommend this book to both those who were alive at the time of the murders and to those for whom the story is truly history to them.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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