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  • My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dick Van Dyke
    • Narrated By Dick Van Dyke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (252)

    Dick Van Dyke, indisputably one of the greats of the golden age of television, is admired and beloved by audiences the world over for his beaming smile, his physical dexterity, his impeccable comic timing, his ridiculous stunts, and his unforgettable screen roles.

    Richard says: "Still Inspires Me and Funny."
    "Where's the beef?"
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    I really like Dick Van Dyke, so I was surprised by how boring this book was. There's just no meat here, and I don't mean dirt. It read like a series of "this happened then that happened," and I was never drawn into the story. He's a great guy and has nice things to say about everyone, but that does not an engrossing memoir make. As a narrator, Mr. Van Dyke was often difficult to understand, which is a shame, because it's usually more enjoyable when a celebrity reads their own work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Summer: America, 1927

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1290)
    Performance
    (1169)
    Story
    (1153)

    One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country - a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer. And what a writer to bring it all so vividly alive.

    Mark says: "Why 1927?"
    "Good author…who should NOT read his own work."
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    I stuck with this book for the duration, and the story--interwoven stories really--were interesting and well told. The reason it was hard to stay the course, however, was Bill Bryson's performance. I found his voice strange in affect, cadence and pronunciation. His odd manner and herky jerky style were a constant distraction for me. I can't imagine why he was allowed to do his own narration, so I can only assume that he insisted. Too bad, because the book really is worth your time. I'd just recommend you get it through your eyes instead of your ears.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Michael Pollan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (587)

    In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements - fire, water, air, and earth - to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world....

    Matt says: "Michael Pollan Fans Will Love It."
    "Half gets five stars. Half gets two."
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    I really enjoyed the parts actually about cooking and exploring its history. Not so much the lengthy sermonizing and philosophizing about 21st century American cooking habits. Yes, it's Michael Pollan, and that's his thing. Nonetheless, the lectures could've been edited extensively without loss of the message. I wish he'd stuck more to his topic and less to his opinions about the topic. By the way, I thought he read his book beautifully and have no issues with the performance aspect of this audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Signed, Sealed, and Delivered: The Soulful Journey of Stevie Wonder

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mark Ribowsky
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
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    (1)
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    (2)

    Stevie Wonder's achievements as a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer are extraordinary. During a career that has spanned almost fifty years, he has earned more than 30 Top 10 hits, 26 Grammy Awards, and a place in both the Rock and Roll and Songwriter Halls of Fame - and he's not finished yet. On the verge of turning 60, he is still composing, still touring, and still attracting dedicated fans around the world.

    Sarah says: "Too in love with his own vocabulary"
    "Too in love with his own vocabulary"
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    I admit that I gave up on this book several hours in. The story, which is certainly worth telling, is totally obscured by the author's need to reveal his ability to use convoluted language. He never fails to use five words when two will do. As a result, I gave up on learning anything about Stevie Wonder without having to wade through ridiculous prose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Then Again

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Diane Keaton
    • Narrated By Diane Keaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (207)
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    (201)

    “Mom loved adages, quotes, slogans. There were always little reminders pasted on the kitchen wall. For example, the word THINK. I found THINK thumbtacked on a bulletin board in her darkroom. I saw it Scotch-taped on a pencil box she’d collaged. I even found a pamphlet titled THINK on her bedside table. Mom liked to THINK.” So begins Diane Keaton’s unforgettable memoir about her mother and herself. In it you will meet the woman known to tens of millions as Annie Hall, but you will also meet, and fall in love with, her mother, the loving, complicated, always thinking Dorothy Hall.

    carole says: "Wonderful. Sad. Hopeful."
    "Enjoy her as an actress...not as a writer."
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    I just couldn't get through this book. Ms. Keaton switches between her own words and those of her mother, which may be easier to follow on the written page than it was (for me) in an audio book. I kept having to mentally rewind when I belatedly realized that a different "narrator" had begun talking. Beyond that, ultimately I found the story boring. As another reviewer wrote, this is the memoir that everyone should write--just not necessarily publish!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4064)
    Performance
    (2611)
    Story
    (2638)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Intriguing story of science and society"
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    I expected to find this book interesting, but I was surprised by how deeply the story of the family pulled me in. The science of tissue culture is interesting and well told without requiring any specific knowledge of the field. But it was the story of the person behind the tissue, the family she left behind and the experience of being in black in 1950's America and having to deal with 1950's American medical institutions and personnel that was truly compelling. The narration is wonderful and adds to the story rather than detracting from it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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