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  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1391)
    Performance
    (1265)
    Story
    (1262)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "GREAT Listen!"
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    Billy Crystal's performance in this book was perfect. I often listen to books while at work and I found myself laughing out loud while my co-workers looked at me as if I were loosing my mind. I could relate to many of the situations in the book. I will definitely listen to this book more than once. I plan on sharing the audio as well has purchasing the book to give as gifts.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (3977)
    Performance
    (1617)
    Story
    (1663)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Must Share, touching, thought provoking"
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    I love to read however, my schedule allows little time for this pleasure. When I start a book I literally do nothing else until I have finished reading it. With that I have started listening to audio books - which satisfies only part of my love of reading but at this point in my life I will take it.

    I chose this book due to the description, as a mystery it appealed to me. I did not anticipate the story to have the direction that it did. I truly loved the story line, and found myself writing down quotes. As the story continued I would listen at my desk, continue in by car and again in the evening while I worked from home. I would think to myself I can't wait to share this audio with my mom or the book with my son and my neighbor. I will purchase one for each and another for myself so I can actually read the words and let them engulf me, while giving myself a chance to ponder what the author is saying or describing something - an audio book does not allow you to do as it just keeps moving on. I admit that I did rewind it more than once just to hear certain parts of the story or a particular conversation over and over.

    I enjoyed the authors explanation at the end of the story of how the story came to be and how it continues to grow. I hope that it does become a movie some day very soon! I would purchase tickets for everyone I could so they could share the experience.

    Thank you to the author and everyone who played in a part in its development from his wife and family to those who continue to allow the story to grow by sharing it and promoting it. This truly a gift from Poppa aka God to the rest of us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5450)
    Performance
    (3411)
    Story
    (3417)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    Lora says: "Enzo (because he's so wize) for president."
    "Moving, reflective, touching"
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    My sister-in-law recommended this book. I was immediately engrossed with the story and the main character. Having a dog myself and often noting that she seems to understand what I am saying and responds with her own opinions when fielding my questions I could easily relate to Enso. I laughed, cried, expressed anger, disgust, and smiled while listening to this book. It was easy to identify with the characters and to feel their emotions through the authors words and the narrators performance.I love to read and find it very difficult to put books down once I start; listening allows we to do what I love while accomplishing what I need to do. The narrator performed wonderfully with expression and emphasis throughout the story. I would listen to this story again and will search for other stories narrated by Mr. Welch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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