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Jay

Williamstown, WV, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Love Is the Cure: On Life, Loss, and the End of AIDS

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Elton John
    • Narrated By Elton John
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (70)

    In the 1980s, Elton John saw friend after friend, loved one after loved one, perish needlessly from AIDS. In the midst of the plague, he befriended Ryan White, a young Indiana boy ostracized by his town and his school because of the HIV infection he had contracted from a blood transfusion. Ryan's inspiring life and devastating death led Elton to two realizations: His own life was a mess. And he had to do something to help stop the AIDS crisis. Since then, Elton has dedicated himself to overcoming the plague.

    jeff says: "Inspiring book"
    "Elton's heart is in the right place but....."
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    What would have made Love Is the Cure better?

    I was disappointed how he believes he and the gay community is the only one doing anything. I admire his work and devotion for the cure of AIDS but this was more of an informercial than an what his life has been since Ryan White.He hits on his life for a short period before putting emphasis on the Elton John AIDS Foundation (got tired of hearing the EJAF) and his quick criticism for everyone's short comings.


    What could Elton John have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I would have enjoyed it a little more if it was more about him personally. Several things have happened in his life but was overwhelmed with organizations and what they were doing.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Elton John?

    Depends.


    What character would you cut from Love Is the Cure?

    None in particular.


    Any additional comments?

    Elton John once said we have to build bridges instead of tearing them down. He left me the impression that if I were straight, Catholic, Republican, or American, then I was to blame for the outbreak of Global AIDS. While we help prevent the spread from needle programs and the use of contraceptives, it seems that teaching abstinence and personal responsibility gets lost in the mix (which abstinence is the BEST way to prevent it including addictions and other STDs). As I long for the end of AIDS, we need to stop the blame game and (as Elton said) start taking our part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nick Offerman
    • Narrated By Nick Offerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1090)
    Performance
    (1018)
    Story
    (1016)

    Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman - who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking - he runs his own woodshop - Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman's childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois, to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally.

    OpenMindedNotCredulous says: "On the need to acknowledge the role luck plays"
    "The Adult Ron Swanson..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Would not recommend. I don't think I need all the profanity to understand his life. I would suggest if someone would like to know Nick Offerman without the expletives, watch "Parks and Recreation".


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nick has been able to mold his character and his life basically into one over time.


    What aspect of Nick Offerman’s performance would you have changed?

    As I enjoyed the giggles while he read some of his more favorite times, his autobiography would have meant more if he had respect for the listener.


    Was Paddle Your Own Canoe worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This has been one of the lesser autos I have read. If one wants more of "Ron Swanson" than what you are getting from television, this would be the more adult version.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (152)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back.

    Kimberly says: "Would like the REST of the story"
    "Interesting story in a post civil war area."
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    If you could sum up Destiny of the Republic: First Chapter in three words, what would they be?

    The Great Transistion


    What did you like best about this story?

    Knowing, in just a chapter, of a President that has dealt with loss of love ones with consideration of his own life.


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

    Paul brought a third person view.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Nothing comes to mind.


    Any additional comments?

    Intrigued enough to buy the hardcover.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (20124)
    Performance
    (15687)
    Story
    (15634)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "A Ladies Story that will be enjoyed by all!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bossypants to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Having the author reading helped with her feelings concerning certain areas.


    What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

    Nothing I have read or done on audiobook can compare to this.


    Have you listened to any of Tina Fey’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    SNL sketches. If you are talking about doing audiobooks, no.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Nothing comes to mind.


    Any additional comments?

    One disappointment was the sound a little. Sound like she was in a box on some areas. Other than that, neat story of your average girl making it to the big time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (19139)
    Performance
    (17038)
    Story
    (16998)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "This isn't "Pet Semetary"!!!!!!"
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    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorite Stephen King books of all time!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    The heartfelt despair as he did not save the Dunnings in time!


    Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

    Very impressive trying to do several voices from different areas of the United States and Russia.


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

    Made me want to go back and look at the severity of JFK, Lee Harvey Oswald, and others.


    Any additional comments?

    Very enjoyable Stephen King book. I would recommend to others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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