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  • Happy Accidents

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Jane Lynch, Carol Burnett (foreword)
    • Narrated By Jane Lynch, Carol Burnett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (352)

    In the summer of 1974, a 14-year-old girl in Dolton, Illinois, had a dream - a dream to become an actress. But it was a long way from the South Side of Chicago to Hollywood, and it didn’t help that she’d recently dropped out of the school play, The Ugly Duckling, or that the Hollywood casting directors she wrote to replied that "professional training was a requirement". But the funny thing is, it all came true....

    Merrill says: "Worth a listen, if you like Jane Lynch"
    "More authentic than the usual celebrity biography"
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    Would you listen to Happy Accidents again? Why?

    I might listen to it again, or to parts of it that are particularly compelling and that describe transformative moments in the writer's life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's an autobiography so obviously the favorite character is Jane Lynch, the author and narrator of her own story.


    What does Jane Lynch and Carol Burnett (foreword) bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Anytime an author narrates his or her own autobiography, it's a plus. A third-person narrator often misses the appropriate tone for specific incidents and feelings that are being conveyed. Carol Burnett's foreword did not add much. It seemed more like a kind of requisite endorsement from an established comic actress (


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

    An unlikely star sees all her dreams come true.


    Any additional comments?

    The best things about this reading are 1) Lynch's own narration 2) Her willingness to tell the

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Bob Spitz
    • Narrated By Kimberly Farr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (206)

    From Pasadena to Cambridge to New York, Washington, D.C., India, Ceylon, Paris, Marseilles, Santa Barbara, and Maine, Bob Spitz re-creates an extraordinary life. He takes us beyond the image of Julia as the tall, eccentric woman with a funny voice who taught America how to cook, to establish her as a genuine rebel and beloved icon, a woman who redefined herself in middle age, helped to change the role of women in America, set the standard for how to create a public personality in the modern media world.

    S. Vann says: "Deeply mixed feelings"
    "Storytelling and narration over the top"
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    Would you listen to Dearie again? Why?

    No. Once is enough. That's not a bad thing. I rarely listen to audio books twice. I might buy the book in print or electronic to read parts of it again, but would not listed again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dearie?

    Julia Child's challenges to keep an active career while caring for her husband as his health failed.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was far too animated with exaggerated vocal highs and lows and accents in all the wrong places. This was particularly jarring when she had to speak Julia's voice. She gave Julia a high-pitched, fast-paced whiny tone. Julia Child did have a unique voice but it was neither fast nor whiny. You can find dozens of videos of Julia Child online and Kimberly Farr's imitation sounds nothing like the real thing.

    Farr also has a tendency when reading lists of things (ingredients in a dish, restaurant names, dinne party guests) to accelerate the pace and increase the tone as she reads. This got very tiring to listen to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I think I laughed in some spots, but I can't remember.


    Any additional comments?

    The story itself is a little over the top. For example, Spitz has a tendency to over-dramatize instances that most people who lived through them know were more mundane. His use of exaggerated metaphor is also overdone, like when he calls someone "more connected than an IBM mainframe."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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