I had the good fortune to see Anne Heche twice in the Broadway production of PROOF and was delighted to see that her excellent performance has been preserved on audio (Gwyneth Paltrow was picked for the movie version before anyone knew how good Heche would be). The supporting performances are equally satisfying in this intelligent, compelling and, dare I say it, moving play. More than most plays, this one works beautifully in the audio medium.
No one thinks higher of Robert Evans than Robert Evans, but his story is fascinating and he probably is directly responsible for more great movies during the 1970s than any other studio head. Excerpts from this recording were used to narrate the excellent documentary of the same name; hear the complete work here. It's a fascinating look at the wheeling and dealing that goes on behind the scenes at a major motion picture studio, and Evans' personal life is one heck of a roller coaster ride, as well.
Conan Doyle's portrait of a mysterious plateau where dinosaurs and "cave men" co-exist in isolation from the modern world is brought to life by a talented reader. Every character is clearly differentiated by a different vocal quality or accent and the narrator's description of the dinosaurs make it easy to picture them. I had skipped over this classic novel for years and I'm glad I finally caught up with it. Recommended.
Bill Maher addresses the subject of "real" patriotism in this brief but engaging expose of Junior Bush's failure to rally American's together following 9-11. There's plenty of humor, of course, but Maher has a very serious message to impart, as well, as he covers such topics as oil consumption, diamond traders and drug wars. You may want to run out and buy the book after listening to the audio portion of this colorful picture book.
Carl Reiner has one of the great comic minds of the 20th Century and he's laying claim to the 21st, as well. This isn't a book of jokes, but a witty and fascinating peek at the highlights of a wonderful career and life. Some of the topics include Call Me Mister, Sid Caesar, Mel Brooks & the 2000 Year Old Man, The Dick Van Dyke Show, It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, Steve Martin and much more. Anyone interested in humor over the past 60 years will find much to savor.
With 14 Harvard researchers to back him up, Al Franken exposes the shoddy tactics of "right wing" writers, commentators and politicians. You're not likely to see an expose on this book, because there's nothing to expose -- Franken is meticulous in documenting every claim. There is a great comic book segment on "The Gospel of Supply Side Jesus" which prompted me to buy the hardbound book, as well. This one is a keeper.
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