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Suzan

Daly City, CA, USA

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  • I'm the One That I Want

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Margaret Cho
    • Narrated By Margaret Cho
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    I'm the One That I Want, based on her show of the same name, is filled with dead-on insights about the experience of being a woman with attitude, of flowing with the highs and lows of life, and of creating one's own identity and acceptance. It is every bit as hilarious, shocking, and irreverent as she is.

    Ling says: "Hilarious and deeply engrossing"
    "Margaret Gets Mushy"
    Overall

    Margaret Cho gets shamelessly sentimental, telling her story in a cutesy voice to schmaltzy piano music. Didn't she used to be funny? Maybe she should start drinking again.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Anne Heche
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    Anne Heche reads The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, the story of nine-year-old Trisha McFarland who gets lost in the woods while on a walk with her family. Boston Red Sox closing pitcher Tom Gordon becomes Trisha's imaginary companion - and the key to her survival against an unidentified someone (or something) leaving death and destruction in its wake.

    Kim says: "Terrific storytelling"
    "Dull Story"
    Overall

    This is a very long, very dull story. It goes on and on forever. Anne Heche has an high pitched voice that grates on your nerves.

    6 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Fraud

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By David Rakoff
    • Narrated By David Rakoff
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (136)

    The wry and the heartfelt join in David Rakoff's prose to resurrect that most neglected of literary virtues: wit. As he finds himself in all the far-flung hinterlands of our culture, this fish out of water winds up satirizing himself more than his subject matter, to hilarious effect.

    Suzn F says: "OMG Laugh Out Loud"
    "Whinny gay Jew surprisingly funny."
    Overall

    Overprivileged whinny gay Jew Ivy League graduate and son-of-psychologist David Rakoff relates tales of life in the big city. He overcomes being Jewish and gay, and goes on to beat cancer and donate sperm. He goes to a lot of weekend retreats too. His story about Steven Segal leading a seminar at a New Age seminar is pretty funny.

    6 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Hung Like a Fly

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Marga Gomez
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Meet Marga Gomez: a Latina who can't do the Macarena; an out, proud lesbian willing to undergo a painful bikini wax so she can audition for Baywatch; and a comedian who defies preconceptions. This underground debutante has been featured on HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central. She has performed all over the country, from Yankee Stadium to universities, concert halls - and even a bowling alley in El Paso.

    Greg says: "Cheeky Fun"
    "Not Funny"
    Overall

    Lots of Rah-rah pro-lesbian ranting, more like feminist rally than a comedy routine. Not a lot of laughs for this listener anyway.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tom Robbins
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (804)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (212)

    In Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates, the wise, witty, always gutsy Tom Robbins brings onstage the most complex and compelling character he has ever created. But to describe a Robbins plot does not begin to describe a Robbins novel - you must hear it for yourself! Browse other Tom Robbins at audible.com.

    Rupa says: "Wildly entertaining-excellent naration!"
    "This Author has Keyboard Diarrhea"
    Overall

    Tom Robbins stopped being funny years ago. This book is overly long and self-indulgent and not nearly as profound or clever as the author thinks it is. The author's ramblings get pretty irritating after the first few chapters. This sounds like it was written by a sex-obsessed, over-caffienated philosophy major with literary pretensions. This sloppy, rambling schtick was cute in his first book "Still Life with Woodpecker." Robbins' recent books come off as if he's trying to see how much he can get away with; he's not even trying to tell a compelling story, just dousing the reader with pointless, showy verbiage to make up for lack of substance.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By William David Griffith
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (144)

    Sometimes in medicine the only way to know what is truly going on in a patient is to operate, to look inside with one's own eyes. This book is exploratory surgery on medicine itself, laying bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is - complicated, perplexing, and profoundly human.

    T.K. says: "It's about time..."
    "Don't Listen To This Before Having Surgery"
    Overall

    It's disturbing to realize that doctors are usually guessing when they diagnose and treat a patient. According to Dr. Gawande, whether you leave the operating room alive depends more on luck than on the skill of the doc. who's cutting you open. I'm not sure how doctors justify their exhorbitant fees or enormous egos if all they are doing half the time is spitballing. I've had loved ones in the ICU who nearly died because a doctor made an unlucky guess, and listening to this audiobok didn't improve my already jaundiced opinion of the medical profession. As a collection of horror stories "Complications" is mildly interesting, but is bogged down in tiresome detail and medical jargon. The reader has a pleasant voice but lacks conviction in his delivery and tends to drone on and on in a monotone.

    11 of 48 people found this review helpful

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