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bob

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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
    (339)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (282)

    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."
    "honest, warm, both funny and sad"
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    What did you love best about My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business?

    His early days and his unlikely rise to stardom. Lucky indeed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business?

    His memories of the movies I loved as a child, especially Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (he hated it)


    Which character – as performed by Dick Van Dyke – was your favorite?

    Burt, the chimneysweep, is a close second to Rob Petrie.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many, but his meetings and friendships with the old silent comedians, Stan Laurel and Buster Keaton.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1982)
    Performance
    (1822)
    Story
    (1834)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "A fairly good tale, very well read."
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    Where does Revival rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably less than par. There are many I enjoyed more.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The character dynamics between Jamie and Charles. They seemed linked, and maybe doomed, by fate. Least...the magic electricity seemed too contrived and ill-concieved. There is an over-obvious gothic reference, as well.


    Which character – as performed by David Morse – was your favorite?

    He did such a good job. Each character was his own person. My choice would have to be Jamie who although always the same person, was different in each phase of his life.


    Who was the most memorable character of Revival and why?

    Charles was enigmatic. Until the end I wasn't sure what he was looking for. Not a bad character but Jamie had warmth but a tortured soul quality. Although he seemed to stumble through life, I always wanted the best for him. I would say Jamie.


    Any additional comments?

    David Morse should read more novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damned

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Tai Sammons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (473)

    “Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison,” declares the whip-tongued 13-year-old narrator of Damned, Chuck Palahniuk’s subversive new work of fiction. The daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire, Madison is abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas, while her parents are off touting their new projects and adopting more orphans. She dies over the holiday of a marijuana overdose—and the next thing she knows, she’s in Hell.

    William says: "As a new Chuck Palahniuk reader, I liked it a lot!"
    "nicely read, though"
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    I know a book by Chuck Palahniuk is going to be unusual. Generally, his works are also entertaining. I loved Rant, Choke, and Pygmy, but this one was just weird, disjointed, and boring. Most of it was blatently insipid. I'm not sure what audience Palahniuk was trying to reach but there was a lot of purile, bathroom "humor" attempted. Many story threads are left dangling and the whole experience, other than the charming reader, was, for me, disappointing.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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