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Shawn

Fairfax, VA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Forrest Gump

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Winston Groom
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    "Bein' a idiot is no box of chocolates," but "at least I ain't led no hum-drum life," says Forrest Gump, the lovable, surprisingly savvy hero of this wonderful comic tale. When the University of Alabama's football team drafts Forrest and makes him a star, that's only the beginning! He flunks out - and goes on to be a Vietnam war hero, a world-class Ping-Pong player, a wrestler, and a business tycoon. He compares battle scars with Lyndon Johnson, discovers the truth about Richard Nixon, and suffers the ups and downs of true love.

    BiJae says: "A wonderful story, perfectly narrated"
    "Fun, but very different from the movie"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As other reviews have pointed out, the movie and the book are only loosely connected. I loved the movie and have seen it many times, so I was a bit hesitant to listen to the book. I'm glad I did. What I liked best about the book over the movie was that the characters had a bit of moral ambiguity rather than being black or white, good versus bad. This added character depth made the book version of Forrest Gump more realistic and more interesting to me.

    The narrator was wonderful. I was concerned that I would be picturing Tom Hanks throughout the book, but the cadence and the dialect used by Mike Hammer worked very well and kept the movie Forrest Gump from intruding into the book Forrest Gump. The only negative comment I have is that Forrest's adventures are a bit over the top sometimes to the point of being so comical they are absurd and unbelievable. I felt the book paced very well and was the appropriate length. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with the caveat that there is only a loose connection between the book and the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Natural

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Bernard Malamud
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Bernard Malamud's first novel is still one of the best ever written about baseball. His story of a superbly gifted "natural" at play in the fields of the old daylight baseball era is invested with the hardscrabble poetry, at once grand and altogether believable, that runs through all of his best work.

    Shawn says: "Differs from the movie, but a good baseball story"
    "Differs from the movie, but a good baseball story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I almost passed on this book because several reviews gave this book a very low rating. I'm glad I didn't. If you love movies more than baseball, and love happy endings, then you will want to pass on this book. However, if you are looking a good baseball story this book is for you. I connected with the characters in the book better because they were more human and less celluloid. The "good" guys were not angels, they had faults and the stakes were not all or nothing. In short, there was more realism in the characters and less Hollywood. If that appeals to you, then you too will enjoy this book. The book paces well (I was surprised that a 6 hour audio book could cover a 90 minute movie, but it did). Some questions from the movie are answered in the book and others are raised. The reader kept my attention and did a good job, but nothing too noteworthy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just a Guy: Notes from a Blue Collar Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Engvall, Alan Eisenstock
    • Narrated By Bill Engvall
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (125)

    Blue Collar Comedy star Bill Engvall is just a guy. He's been one his whole life. He can't help it; he was born that way. And that makes him an expert on the subject. For the record, here's the official definition of a guy: a person who doesn't think before he speaks. He can't. He's not that deep. Because a guy has only three basic needs: eating, sleeping, and sex. That's it. Just a Guy chronicles a lifetime in pursuit of those needs.

    Christopher says: "The Man Behind The Signs"
    "Bill is Better in front of a Live Audience"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This is an okay book read by a comedian who is more experienced in front of a live audience than a sound booth. If you are a fan of Bill's work, you'll enjoy the book, if not, you won't. It's that simple.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1170)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (745)

    Based in part on Dickens's own life, it is the story of a young man's journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. Among its gloriously vivid cast of characters, he e.ncounters his tyrannical stepfather, Mr. Murdstone; his formidable aunt, Betsey Trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous Uriah Heep; the frivolous, enchanting Dora; and one of literature's great comic creations, the magnificently impecunious Mr. Micawber.

    Darwin8u says: "More saints per capita than any book by Butler"
    "Black Sheep Review"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Okay, I'll be the Black Sheep and say I disagree with all the ravings about how this is Dickens at his best (all of you can start flinging mud at me now). My chief complaint is that I felt that I had met every one of these characters in a different Dickens book and that the

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sabriel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Garth Nix
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    Overall
    (1246)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (630)

    Ever since she was a tiny child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world.

    Erin says: "One of the Best Audio Books I've Heard"
    "So much better than expected"
    Overall

    I had not listened to anything from the author, Garth Nix, but I had listened to a book read by Tim Curry before and liked his voice, so I decided to give it a try. Wonderful. I immediately went on to listen to the other two novels in this series. Tim Curry's voice is clear and steady, yet filled with emotion and vigor at just the right time. A true performance. The story is very engaging and the world Garth Nix creates is exciting and interesting. This world does not have the huge cast of characters of Harry Potter, but this magical world is much richer and the storyline more engaging and more classic "good vs. evil". The strength of the book comes from how Nix unfolds this magical world both to Sabriel and the listener at the same time. Very well put together. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Expectations

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (189)

    A terrifying encounter with an escaped convict in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decaying Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella; the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor - these form a series of events that change the orphaned Pip's life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble origins to begin a new life as a gentleman. Dickens' novel depicts Pip's development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his 'great expectations'.

    Robert says: "That it was by Dickens should have been enough"
    "Great Story - Great Narration"
    Overall

    A wonderful tale made better by an excellent reading and production. I was going to buy a different reading that was combined with another Dickens book, but after reading the reviews of this production, I opted for this one and I was not disappointed in my decision.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Collectors

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By LJ Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1724)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (638)

    The U.S. Speaker of the House is assassinated in a terrifyingly precise execution in the heart of Washington, D.C. In a quieter corner of the nation's capital, the rare book room of the Library of Congress, a reclusive, wealthy scholar drops dead under mysterious circumstances that leave no clues. Following on the heels of the natural death of the Speaker of the House, the city and the nation begin to tremble.

    Marc Swanson says: "Difficult to listen to!!!"
    "Ugly narration - Agreed"
    Overall

    I enjoy David Baldacci as a writer and I enjoy the Oliver Stone series (though I prefer the Sean King and Michelle Maxwell series), but as others have mentioned in their reviews, the narration is horrible. The producer/director should be ashamed. The use of other actors for some of the parts was distracting and at times awkward. Read the book instead. The story is good and moves well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Blunders in History: A Bridge Too Far

    • UNABRIDGED (21 mins)
    • By The History Channel
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    It was September 1944, during "Operation Market Garden", that the British 1st Airborne Division and the Polish 1st Independent Parachute Brigade were given the mission to secure a bridge at Arnhem.

    Shawn says: "I expected better"
    "I expected better"
    Overall

    There wasn't enough context or background. Watch the movie instead. This is a rich historical event and there was more "production" than content.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen Colbert: White House Correspondents' Dinner

    • ORIGINAL (22 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (59)

    Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, speaks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 29, 2006.

    Todd says: "Truthiness intact"
    "I expected funnier"
    Overall

    The recording was good and the jokes were right on target, but I expected more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Show Me the Buffet

    • ORIGINAL (56 mins)
    • By John Pinette
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (20)

    Hysterical! Ten years ago, Uproar took the explicit-lyrics, grown-up version of this classic performance off the market in favor of the edited "clean" version. Now, on the 10-year anniversary of that decision, we are happy to bring it back. Enjoy!

    Shawn says: "Funny - From an earlier recording"
    "Funny - From an earlier recording"
    Overall

    I am a big fan of John Pinette's humor. He has used many of these routines for many years and over the years they have gotten better. This recording is from his earlier years, but they are still funny. Having heard his routine later in his career it was interesting to hear these more original versions. Some of his expressions can only be experienced in-person or through video, but he is still very funny. This version is also a little more raw/adult in the language, so it's not the recording you want in the mini-van, but if you need a chuckle, this recording will not disappoint.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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