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Big John

Montana | Member Since 2010

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  • 41 reviews
  • 75 ratings
  • 329 titles in library
  • 46 purchased in 2014
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  • The Me Generation...By Me: Growing Up in the '60s

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ken Levine
    • Narrated By Ken Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Join Emmy-winning comedy writer Ken Levine as he attempts to grow up in the most exciting and turbulent decade of the 20th Century. From the California Myth, to the Sunset Strip, the war, the Beatles, the hippies, the riots, the drugs, and the sex - Ken Levine has lived it (although not as much sex as he would have liked). He shows you what a profound and indelible effect the '60s had on him and the world through a series of hilarious (and sometimes harrowing) first-hand recollections that will put you right there with him.

    Robert says: "Funny and thoughful memoir of the 1960s"
    "Horrible, not funny, not entertaining."
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    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was horrible, I expected a professional comedy show writer to have lots of funny or interesting things to say. There was literally nothing not one thing funny in this book. And it read (listened) like a boring geek trying to summarize the highlights of his high school journal.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Real Men Don't Apologize!

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jim Belushi
    • Narrated By Jim Belushi
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Jim Belushi is a national celebrity who has starred in numerous movies as well as the hit TV show According to Jim. His "guy's guy" take on things has led to a huge following among both men and women who can't get enough of Jim and his irrepressible take on life. Now he's sharing his unique perspective with this hilarious book about dating, marriage, and sex that is sure to hit home with every red-blooded American male - and the women who love them.

    Big John says: "A well disguised relationship advice book."
    "A well disguised relationship advice book."
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    On the surface this looks to be a funny little "waste time" kind of book.
    Into the middle of the book Jim starts making some fine points about relationships and how to deal with and or find the woman in your life.
    Realize he makes the point by comedically pushing it to comical extremes, but the underlying thought processes are actually pretty good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13254)
    Performance
    (5586)
    Story
    (5630)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "unlike most long books it actually starts fast."
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    A great book, lots of little twists and turns, unpredictable and chaotic throuought with great characters and villains, real people living through struggles that you might find corilated to your own life on one level or another.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3451)
    Performance
    (1437)
    Story
    (1440)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "One of the slowest starting books ever, but good."
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    The book starts exceptionally slow, dwindles around without much real literary effect, a lot of so and so went to visit so and so and said this.

    That being said, once the book picks up, it's great, and is very interesting.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (1952)
    Performance
    (1782)
    Story
    (1775)

    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 J says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "Starts out funny, gets factual and boring."
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    I thought, billy crystal, telling stories, this ought to be great, and the book did start out pretty good, but it turned into a factual account of what he did and when about half way through.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (495)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (424)

    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

    Mary McCarthy says: "a thoughtful and often hilarious journey"
    "A lighter introduction to spirituality."
    Overall
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    Some people are not capable of taking in purely spiritual books yet, so this one has a lot of spiritual messages hidden in an actual story and story telling format, it's pretty good actually, but it needs to be recognized as a mostly spiritual book, not a mostly story book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Surviving Step-Families

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Michael Carr-Gregg
    • Narrated By Michael Carr-Gregg
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Becoming a step-parent is one of the toughest journeys anyone could ever take, but the rewards can be immeasurable. In this insightful and reassuring book, Australia's leading parenting expert, Michael Carr-Greg, offers practical advice. Surviving Step-Families is an invaluable resource that will help to give your new family the greatest chance of success.

    Big John says: "i would have appreciated less "it's going to suck""
    "i would have appreciated less "it's going to suck""
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    This is an exceptionally short book, out of four hours or so i think the author has to spend at least an hour repeating in a thousand ways how much step families are going to suck for the first few years. YEAH i got it, next subject, ohh the book is over? great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Trash Zombie Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1009)
    Performance
    (948)
    Story
    (943)

    Our favorite white trash zombie, Angel Crawford, has enough problems of her own, what with dealing with her alcoholic, deadbeat dad, issues with her not-quite boyfriend, the zombie mafia, industrial espionage, and evil corporations. Oh, and it’s raining, and won’t let up. But things get even crazier when a zombie movie starts filming in town, and Angel begins to suspect that it’s not just the plot of the movie that's rotten. Soon she's fighting her way through mud, blood, bullets, and intrigue, even as zombies, both real and fake, prowl the streets.

    Andrea says: "Absolutely loved it!"
    "Sad this was the last book."
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    I was sad to see this great story come to an end, it was many hours of good entertainment, and i hope to see the narrator in a lot more books, she did great.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1365)
    Performance
    (1270)
    Story
    (1270)

    Angel Crawford is finally starting to get used to life as a brain-eating zombie, but her problems are far from over. Her felony record is coming back to haunt her, more zombie hunters are popping up, and she’s beginning to wonder if her hunky cop-boyfriend is involved with the zombie mafia. Yeah, that’s right—the zombie mafia. Throw in a secret lab and a lot of conspiracy, and Angel’s going to need all of her brainpower—and maybe a brain smoothie as well—in order to get through it without falling apart.

    Lupdilup says: "A seameless continuation to a great series!"
    "Continuation of the same great story"
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    I realized during the second book why i was liking this story so much, it's not just plot point a slowly progresses to plot point b and here are all the facts that you need to know for this to make sense. It's unexpected callbacks from 3 hours ago, strange new twists, and a humorous protagonist to guide you through them all.

    the narrator was a PERFECT match for this book, she does VERY well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6730)
    Performance
    (3493)
    Story
    (3515)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "A refreshingly different book."
    Overall
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    In typical Gaiman style this book is not set in a "normal" world, but it's not so "out there" that it's distracting or off putting.
    That it's read by the author himself is kinda cool, and he does a fine job reading his own book, the emphasis is placed where it should be and his voice is pleasant and appropriate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3381)
    Performance
    (2560)
    Story
    (2571)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Elizabeth says: "thoroughly enjoyed"
    "Yet another book that doesn't really have an end"
    Overall
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    A well written and well preformed book, with an ending that doesn't really "end" much at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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