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  • Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tom Shales, James Andrew Miller
    • Narrated By Christopher Burns, Eric Conger
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (148)

    A history of Saturday Night Live that finally reveals what really went on backstage, on the set, in the writers' offices, and on the town. Dozens of stars, writers, and guest hosts recall the backstage gossip, feuds, foibles, drugs, sex, struggles, and calamities of the show that changed television.

    Tim says: "Interesting inside look, so-so presentation"
    "Live From New York was amazing"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Live from New York to be better than the print version?

    I really enjoyed the audio edition since there were multiple people that helped write the book there were also multiple voices that help read the book as well. Having all these voices help me picture the people being interviewed. It also gave me a visual throwback to the skits and times that the people hosted or were a part of the SNL cast.

    Listening to the audio book has also inspired me to pick up the print version as well.


    What other book might you compare Live from New York to and why?

    This book not only gave a history to the show but also to the City and what everyone was going through during different times.

    To me this book is SNL's biography.


    What does Christopher Burns and Eric Conger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    You are able to feel all the emotion that everyone was going through when they talk about significant moments in their history and in the show's.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It was very moving when old cast members/hosts/producers would talk about a cast member that passed away. During these parts the book get's views from a lot of people and you are given a great insight to what they were going through at that difficult time.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book and will for sure pick up a print copy as well.

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  • Dad Is Fat

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1679)
    Performance
    (1555)
    Story
    (1548)

    In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

    Sean says: "Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads"
    "What it would be like to have 5 kids in NYC"
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    If you could sum up Dad Is Fat in three words, what would they be?

    Humorous, Heartfelt & Fun


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dad Is Fat?

    You can tell that Jim Gaffigan loves his family very much. Especially his wife - no wonder they have 5 kids!


    What about Jim Gaffigan’s performance did you like?

    I love when the author of the book is also the one that is reading it. You get the actual tone that they were striving for. And since Jim Gaffigan is a natural story teller it was great to hear him read this as well.


    What did you learn from Dad Is Fat that you would use in your daily life?

    I learned that you have to do what you love and find those that you love to help along the way. The fact that Jim's wife helps him with all of his work is outstanding - both career wise and with the kids.


    Any additional comments?

    Right now all of his children are very young, so I hope that he continues to write these books as the kids grow up.

    The book also made me feel like I wasn't alone in some of my parenting situations - and the humor that Jim puts towards everything is enlightening.

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