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Minden, LA, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 2 reviews
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  • 173 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • Talk Show

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Dick Cavett
    • Narrated By Dick Cavett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For years, Dick Cavett played host to the nation’s most famous personalities on his late-night talk show. In this humorous and evocative book, we get to hear Cavett's best tales, as he recounts great moments with the legendary entertainers who crossed his path and offers his own trenchant commentary on contemporary American culture and politics.

    Martha Humphreys says: "Witty, wry and wonderfully entertaining..."
    "The Title is Misleading"
    What would have made Talk Show better?

    If it were truly about his talk show. It is a cheaply produced book because all the material in it had already appeared in Cavett's newspaper column. If he had started fresh, the book would not have been so stale.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Dick Cavett again?

    Perhaps, but only if he wrote it with greater care and avoided repeating the same story several times.

    What didn’t you like about Dick Cavett’s performance?

    I had forgotten how arrogant Cavett can be. He comes across as the undisputed defender of the English, French, German and Latin languages. A little petty criticism goes a long way. Cavett forgets that English a living language. Regionalism and even novel usages and phrasing are to be judged not by their form but by their courage to speak the truth.

    What character would you cut from Talk Show?

    I would cut Grocho by half, Allen by three-forth, and if I never hear another story about Norman Mailer it will be too soon. These are especially annoying when he repeats the same stories.

    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to like this book else I would not have purchased it. All in all, I like Dick Cavett's wit and the way he would seem to befriend his guest. I always disliked his tendency to turn conversations to his favorite subject - which is himself. I can overlook some of that, but his book is over the top.

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  • The Big Book and a Study Guide of the 12 Steps of AA

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Bill Wilson, William Silkworth, Dr. Bob Smith
    • Narrated By Glenn Langohr

    The key text of Alcoholics Anonymous, which to this very day has not changed since it was first published in 1939. This is the original text with the addition of personal stories from both the 1st and 2nd editions. New linked table of contents added for group meeting use. Also included: A current study guide from the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

    Donn Edwards says: "A Must Read for Everyone"
    "Narration is awful."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The narrator put emphases on the wrong phrases. I spent too time and mental energy rephrasing a sentence so it was intellible. I thought it might have been read by a computer.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The story was fine. It's almost a classic.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Glenn Langohr’s performances?


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