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New Rochelle, NY, USA | Member Since 2013

  • 5 reviews
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  • Consider the Lobster and Other Essays (Selected Essays)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By David Foster Wallace

    Long renowned as one of the smartest writers on the loose, David Foster Wallace reveals himself in Consider the Lobster to be also one of the funniest. In this program, he ranges far and farther in his search for the original, the curious, or the merely mystifying. He discovers the World's Largest Lobster Cooker at the Maine Lobster Festival and confronts the inevitable question just beyond the butter-or-cocktail-sauce quandary.

    Rick says: "David Foster Wallace...a good place to start"
    "David Foster Wallace...a good place to start"

    I had neither read nor listened to any of DFW's work, but I decided to check into it upon hearing of his recent death. Accolades called him our great lost voice and an amazing essayist. Well, he is a fantastic writer. These essays, about a lobster festival in Maine, a long essay about a porn awards ceremony, and another about his experience of 9/11 from the safe remove of Indiana are engaging and outstanding. He writes with a funny slant, great asides and observations. And he's laugh-out-loud funny. Also, check out his week-long tour with the John McCain press corps while a Rolling Stone correspondent in 2000 in another fine listen called "McCain's Promise"

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • High on Arrival: A Memoir

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mackenzie Phillips
    • Narrated By Mackenzie Phillips

    Not long before her 50birthday, Mackenzie Phillips walked into Los Angeles International Airport. She was on her way to a reunion of One Day at a Time, the hugely popular 70s sitcom on which she once starred as the loveable rebel Julie Cooper. Within minutes, Mackenzie was in handcuffs, arrested for possession of cocaine and heroin. But the star who turned up High on Arrival has finally come back down to earth - to stay.

    Missye says: "Raw and Honest"
    "Chilling and True"

    Forget the controversy surrounding the tale's authenticity--it's irrelevant. This is a very powerful story containing great lessons about tragedy and redemption. Phillips has survived so many trials that would have incapacitated so many other people, and beat the odds to tell her story. I'm glad she found the words and the strength to give it voice.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mark Harris
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Here is the epic human drama behind the making of the five movies nominated for Best Picture in 1967 - Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night, Doctor Dolittle, and Bonnie and Clyde - and through them, the larger story of the cultural revolution that transformed Hollywood and America forever.

    Sharon says: "A good listen - A valuable book"
    "Amazing book ruined by absurd pronunciations"

    I have to agree with earlier posts. I love Hollywood, and I could love this book so much more ( a solid 5 stars!) but it's marred by the reader. Great to see others were also annoyed by the massacre of names and concepts by this ill-guided, ill-produced narrator. Even "foreign" names like Richard Burton are clammed. It takes something away from the experience, as another listener mentioned, to wince at howlers like biopic, (it doesn't rhyme with myopic!!). This guy shouldn't read without adequate supervision. It's so bad that Tantor should consider re-recording this book properly.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • American Gangster and Other Tales of New York

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Jacobson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the 1970s, Frank Lucas was the king of the Harlem drug trade, bringing in over a million dollars a day. He lived a glamorous life, hobnobbing with athletes, musicians, and politicians, but Lucas was a ruthless gangster. He was notorious for using the coffins of dead GIs to smuggle heroin into the United States, and, before being sentenced to 70 years in prison, he played a major role in the near death of New York City.

    Rick says: "American Gangster and Other Tales"
    "American Gangster and Other Tales"

    Excellent collection of journalistic bits and pieces. Jacobson is a really engaging writer who loves New York. He worked at Village Voice and New York magazine. Several stories focus on the NY underworld, but they are biographical sketches of characters. As such, they provide great historical backdrop to NY in the 70's, 80's and the 21st century. HIs stories sparked the TV series Taxi, and the movie, American Gangster.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Laugh and Live

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Douglas Fairbanks
    • Narrated By Walter Costello

    Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, and Charlie Chaplin were the film industry's first superstars. They enjoyed fame and fortune worldwide. Laugh and Live, Fairbanks' autobiography, recounts these times and offers the actor's formula for happiness: humility, good humor, and a sense of purpose.

    Rick says: "Finding Your Place in the Cosmos"
    "Finding Your Place in the Cosmos"

    Who knew this would prove such an enjoyable read? In the tradition of Dale Carnegie and other "early" self-help books, this non-biographical gem is a series of chapter-length topics designed to get you on the path to laughter and a full life. "With whom do you associate?; does an unsound mind or body keep you from being the best person you can be?; are you unnecessarily fearful?"...very conversationally and clearly discussed. A real find.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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