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L. Burbach

Retired economics professor. Looking for something funnier than Republicans bitching about Obama's handling of the economy they created and have done everything possible to keep from recovery hoping to beat the Democrats in 2012. Hard to beat that scenario.

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  • Fraud

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs)
    • By David Rakoff
    • Narrated By David Rakoff
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (128)
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    (129)

    The wry and the heartfelt join in David Rakoff's prose to resurrect that most neglected of literary virtues: wit. As he finds himself in all the far-flung hinterlands of our culture, this fish out of water winds up satirizing himself more than his subject matter, to hilarious effect.

    Suzn F says: "OMG Laugh Out Loud"
    "This book may be a fraud, I was looking for funny"
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    If you could sum up Fraud in three words, what would they be?

    Gay NYC Jewish Humor


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm 75, female,straight, from a tiny. 2000 population, Southern town, The first adult book I ever read when in the third grade, (my poor little elementary school didn't have a library) was my mother's book club edition of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I learned that a book can carry you to another world, country, city--into another's mind. I loved it.

    So here is a story by a Gay Jewish Man who hates dogs, knows nothing about the outdoors I have loved, doesn't enjoy Christmas or quaint B&Bs in New England, yet, the third time I heard it, we connected. I grew to like the book and him, although I'm sure that had we met in an elevator last December in Rockefeller Center, he would have ignored me as I managed a sideways peek at him. It would have been a longer peek had I known he was an author--but then this book--while a BOOK is still sort of a fraud, as he well knows.

    Still he chose to climb a mountain in December for a magazine article. Was horribly out of comfort and place, But he did it, and shared the experience.


    What does David Rakoff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Immediacy.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This book was out of my comfort zone. I began feeling sorry for this sad man, and ended understanding that people are different, They have different life experiences. Different approaches to life. I found that he and I share many values, drreams, and goals. Hear the book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Great American Music: Broadway Musicals

    • ORIGINAL (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bill Messenger
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Rodgers and Hart. George and Ira Gershwin. Cole Porter. Lerner and Loewe. For most people who've grown up with and shared America's musical heritage, great songs open the floodgates to memories and feelings. Perhaps nowhere is this more profound than in the world of Broadway musicals, with their iconic melodies and memorable lyrics.Revisit the standards, originally written for the stage, that have both delighted and helped mend the broken hearts of Americans for decades.

    L. Burbach says: "The Best of My 23 Audible Purchases So Far."
    "The Best of My 23 Audible Purchases So Far."
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    If you could sum up Great American Music: Broadway Musicals in three words, what would they be?

    Joy! Joy! Joy!


    What other book might you compare Great American Music: Broadway Musicals to and why?

    I did love the collected Stories Of William Faulkner, which is longer, but this is more fun. This was my first Great Course, but it won't be my last.


    What about Professor Bill Messenger’s performance did you like?

    He is so exuberant, so talented, and so full of interesting tidbits about the composers who wrote the great American Music that I was devastated when I realized that I had heard it all so many times that I know what comes next. I just wish he would do one now on British Theatre. I couldn't wait to tell friends what fun the course is, and to give a copy to a close friend who loves music.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed at the stories of the ego of Al Jolson, and wanted to cry at the loneliness of Irving Berlin. It's fun now to go to youtube and see Al Jolson and Banjo Eyes, Eddie Cantor, sing the songs that made them famous, and now I know more of their backgrounds. His discussions of the great musicals made me want to get them from Netflix and see them again. If I were younger, I would want to began writing music. Professor Bill Messenger is so talented, it is fun to hear him play selections and sing them. In addition he has other experts play and sing selections. I may want to also get his course on Jazz. My only criticism is that I wish the course was twice as long.


    Any additional comments?

    You don't have to know music or anything about musical Broadway to enjoy this course. You will learn a lot. Who knows? If you are young, you may change your career path to become an Andrew Lloyd Weber, or Rogers or Hart. I believe that the impact of these musicians will outlast the memory of Hitler.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • How the Mind Works

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Steven Pinker
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (372)

    In this delightful, acclaimed bestseller, one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, religion, and consciousness?

    David says: "Excellent, but a difficult listen."
    "Outstsnding author reveals human Mind"
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    What did you love best about How the Mind Works?

    The author explors the subject in many unique ways. He opens the reader's mind to show how it works.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His quirkey humor


    Which character – as performed by Mel Foster – was your favorite?

    The reader is excellent. Every word is clear.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A ride through the brain to explore the mind.


    Any additional comments?

    This is our second Pinker book. A gifted researcher, a brilliant mind, and an interesting writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New Treasury of Great Humorists

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dave Barry, Jonathan Winters, George Burns, and others
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson, John Ritter, Art Buchwald, and others
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    From the grand old man of comedy, George Burns to the up-to-the minute observations of today's everyman, Dave Barry, these great humorists share one thing in common: their very individual, often raucously funny perception of the world around them. Laugh and enjoy!

    L. Burbach says: "Sorry Dave. You have overdone boogers."
    "Sorry Dave. You have overdone boogers."
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    Would you try another book from the authors and/or the narrators?

    Maybe. I'm looking for funny and laughter. Can't find much to laugh about doing cancer.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Am still looking.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No real problem with narrator. Material just not that funny.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Actually, I liked "1000 Years of Laughter" better, and it started with monk's riddles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House: Humor from the Campaign Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Charles Osgood
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    From FDR to Harry Truman to JFK to George W. Bush, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House captures the wit and humor of the campaign trail - a place where levity is always welcome. Osgood includes fragments of speeches, interviews, and press conferences, as well as articles written by and about the candidates - no source is left untapped.

    L. Burbach says: "Great book for an election year"
    "Great book for an election year"
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    Would you listen to A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House again? Why?

    I have already listened to it several times, and will listen several more times. I use these book to give my brain something happy or funny to think about as I go to sleep. I use soft earphones, and it doesn't disturb husband. This one works fine.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House?

    Who ever thought Gerald Ford could be so funny?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ronald Reagan's quick retorts. I didn't vote for him, and didn't like a lot of his policies, but he was quick to polk fun at an opponent--or himself: not in the angry hateful way of too many current politicians.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I play all the books from Audible aoll night long. Eventually, I manage to hear them all awake.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking for happy, funny books. This is certainly one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1,000 Years of Laughter: An Anthology of Classic Comic Prose

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Compiled by David Timson
    • Narrated By Griff Rhys Jones, Carole Boyd, Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Laughter is unique to man. This delightful anthology presents some of the funniest extracts in English literature. It opens with Anglo-Saxon riddles and continues with medieval memories, Tudor comic turns, and Restoration buffoonery.

    L. Burbach says: "Entertaining, Educational, Enjoyable"
    "Entertaining, Educational, Enjoyable"
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    Where does 1,000 Years of Laughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is by far Number 1. A delightful experience for those with quirky tastes.

    OK, it's my first, but i am hungry for more.


    What other book might you compare 1,000 Years of Laughter to and why?

    It is one of a kind.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Am torn between Dickens and P. G. Wodehouse.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Well actiually, I bought it to keep my brain from worrying about my very recent cancer diagnosis. I need something to occupy my brain when going to sleep and yet not keep my husband awake, so I put on earphones and turn on my iphone and try to occupy my brain with something happy until I doze off. This book worked wonders. I figure I heard all of it the whole way through four times before I was awake more than the dark ages.

    Then, yesterday, I had a 430 mile solitary drive in the car and had to stay awake through the whole time and heard the whole book. Thoroughly delightful. Just what the doctor ordered.
    The short musical interludes are great, the selections entertaining. I loved the readers with their mild British Accents and dramatic flair. Dickens, Hardy, P. G. Wodehouse, Dorothy Parker. Not gut wrenching laughter like Jeanne Robertson, or the best of Garrison Keillor, but mild, lip lifting smiles--and restful, no nightmares, sleep.

    Now I have to find another


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I hadn't already read Shoot Low Boys, They're Riding Shetland Ponies. It would be great on Audible

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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