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Christopher

A Happy-go-lucky Irishman

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  • The Soundtrack of My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Clive Davis
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Clive Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (108)

    In this star-studded autobiography, Clive Davis shares a personal, candid look into his remarkable life and the last 50 years of popular music as only a true insider can. In the history of popular music, no one looms as large as Clive Davis. His career has spanned more than 40 years, and he has discovered, signed, or worked with a staggering array of artists: Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Dionne Warwick, Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, Alicia Keyes, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Aretha Franklin, to name a few.

    Andy says: "great story and sensational narration...a #1 hit!"
    "Informative"
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    What did you like best about The Soundtrack of My Life? What did you like least?

    It was enjoyable hearing about his relationship with the various artists over the years and his work at Columbia Records


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Unsure


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dennis Boutsikaris and Clive Davis ?

    Unsure


    Do you think The Soundtrack of My Life needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, this one was too drawn out as it was.


    Any additional comments?

    Clive Davis was an individual who apparently has been in the right place at the right time most of his life. He is a quintessential businessman who followed his intuition and passion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Rohr
    • Narrated By John Quigley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    In this exploration of the central themes of Scripture, Richard Rohr transforms the written word, discovering in these ancient texts a new and vital meaning, relevant and essential for modern Christians. Rohr offers his listeners a Christian vision of abundance, grace, and joy to counteract a world filled with scarcity, judgment, and fear - a vision that can revolutionize how we relate to ourselves, others, and the world.

    Single Dad says: "When you need Peace, this is it."
    "Unnerving Expose'"
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    If you could sum up Things Hidden in three words, what would they be?

    Revealing, Intelligent and Disturbing


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Things Hidden?

    Revelations of how Jesus' last name was not Christ, but that Christ was the transformation of Jesus ( a man ) sacrificed not in the usual way one might understand human sacrifice (e.g. a suicide bomber) but as the inevitable outcome of love and mercy, akin to the Pascal Lamb, a symbolic and yet real offering of peaceful innocence. Obviously, this is an oversimplification of the many overly, yet carefully explained observations of the author


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Quigley?

    Peter Coyote. John Quigley reads emphatically, with a disturbing dose of moralistic fervor that sounds unctuous and annoying.


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

    Transforming carnality into Divinity


    Any additional comments?

    This book will either draw you further into the Pascal mystery or drive you from it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Richard Rohr
    • Narrated By John Quigley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (38)

    We are all addicted in some way. When we learn to identify our addiction, embrace our brokenness, and surrender to God, we begin to bring healing to ourselves and our world. In Breathing Under Water, Franciscan Father Richard Rohr shows how the gospel principles in the Twelve Steps can free anyone from any addiction from an obvious dependence on alcohol or drugs to the more common but less visible addiction that we all have to sin.

    William says: "Great Spirituality for 12 steppers & others also!"
    "Coming up for air"
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    What did you like best about Breathing Under Water? What did you like least?

    The concepts put forth are insightful, relevant and thought provoking. Anyone who has worked the twelve steps may appreciate his viewpoint. Anyone who has not, might be a little mystified. The reader begins to sound a bit unctuous at times when over emphasizing a point.


    What could Richard Rohr have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Share more of his personal experience.


    What aspect of John Quigley’s performance would you have changed?

    A slight tendency towards overdramatizing the content.


    Could you see Breathing Under Water being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Matin Sheen, Ellen Burstyn and Toni Collette


    Any additional comments?

    Would like to hear more from this author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Ray Kurzweil
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (481)

    For over three decades, the great inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In his classic The Age of Spiritual Machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. Now he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine.

    Sean Gately says: "Great Idea, terribly slow and painful listen"
    "Are you a Scientist?"
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    What would have made The Singularity Is Near better?

    If the author would depart for just a bit from speaking in the vernacular. Not everyone can follow him past the third sentence. If they can, they will probably find this book enlightening


    What was most disappointing about Ray Kurzweil’s story?

    Too long.


    Would you be willing to try another one of George K. Wilson’s performances?

    Perhaps, but not as Ray Kurzweil


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not that I can recall


    Any additional comments?

    Not a novices entry point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Fifty Years We'll All Be Chicks...: And Other Complaints from an Angry Middle-Aged White Guy

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Adam Carolla
    • Narrated By Adam Carolla
    Overall
    (1245)
    Performance
    (722)
    Story
    (718)

    It's a sad and eerie harbinger of our times that the Oprah-watching, crystal-rubbing, Whole Foods-shopping moms and their whipped attorney husbands have taken the ability to reason away from the poor schlub who makes the Bloody Marys. What we used to settle with common sense or a fist, we now settle with hand sanitizer and lawyers. Adam Carolla has had enough of this insanity and he's here to help us get our collective balls back.

    Brett says: "Hilarious Book"
    "Rant but no rave"
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    Would you try another book from Adam Carolla and/or Adam Carolla?

    Simply... no.


    What was most disappointing about Adam Carolla’s story?

    The material was convincingly disearnest.He makes many half-baked observations which rail against artists, music and mores that are at times valid, but build into a crescendo of tirades that annoyed me. When peppered with expletives, this only pushes decent people away (even when his tongue is firmly planted in his cheek). So you are angry...Try impressing me with some cadence that doesn't hang on the coattails of Dennis Miller or George Carlin.They made points by having us appreciate the irony of a seeming infallibile viewpoint, and then stepping back and laughing at themselves. This was not an inclusive listening experience.Carolla is probably most effective in live performances where the competition is keen, and the rule of the jungle applies.Here in this venue ,it does not.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Adam Carolla’s performances?

    again...no


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance and despair over the state of modern comedy


    Any additional comments?

    When you hear him read his this story, one cannot disagree with many of the criticisms or accusations made, but after awhile they begin to feel hurtful and inauthentic. They sound too much like someone who is not aware of power of their own words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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