I'd listen to it over and over. Penny Marshall gives a terrific performance with nuances for off-hand comments like "Huh?" or "You know."
You feel like she's talking just with you, not reading a book.
But the part that touched me so greatly was when she talked about the end of her mother's life. You could hear the pain in her voice. So sweet. So real.
It's an autobiography like most others. Starts when she's young and moves on from there. But with her reading it, it soars to be much more.
Never heard any of her other performances, but I'll definitely look them up to get them.
I listen to the book on my iPhone using the Audible application. I set it for 3X speed because I don't like to wade through books so slowly.
But for this book I lowered the speed. It's a book I wish wouldn't end.
From the first sentence, this book hooked me in.
Disney's life and struggle to succeed is fascinating.
What I really appreciated was reading how he ran his company. He pushed his employees, artists and animators, to do more than they thought they could do.
He also started the company with pool tables, fun events, and other diversions.
I was surprised at this. In so many descriptions of how he ran the company, it sounded like the genius and drive of Steve Jobs combined with the fun of Google's offices.
It made me realize that today's pioneers sometimes ride down the same road already paved in the past.
Get the book. Listen to it. You'll never look at "the mouse" the same way again.
Pure fluff. Pure diversion. Pure entertainment.
The mix of aliens and cut-throat lawyering makes this the best Sci-Fi I've read in a long time.
Think all the fun of Douglas Adams's Hitchiker's Guide
I was really looking forward to this insider's glimpse into the gossip, games, and politics of Washington DC.
Unfortunately the stories told are so bland that they hardly are interesting.
Maybe it's true that "Washington is Hollywood for ugly people" but these people are hardly interesting.
The idea of Hollywood collaborating to hide Nazi crimes and Anti-semitism is intriguing.
But this book tries way to hard to connect the dots.
The performance is interesting, especially the accents for the Germans, but it wouldn't have hurt without the accents.
It's not that interesting.
Is there nothing that Bill Bryson can't take and make fascinating? Just one summer in America and I feel like I was there.
I've listened to every Bryson book out there and this one is among the top.
Bryson entertains and teaches at the same time. From the most minutia details to broad strokes, he covers everything.
Also, he reads his books with a warm engaging voice. I feel like a partner curled up next to him as he reads. Very intimate.
If this is your first Bryson book, listen to it, and then get all the others.
I liked Valerie Plame's autobiography of how she got screwed by the Bush administration and the CIA.
But this story is so bad I can't believe it's from the same person.
Also, the way the audio works, it is very hard to tell who is speaking and where they are. This is the first time I've listened to an audio book and wished I was reading text.
Also, the narration was so over the top that it became laughable.
Skip it and listen to a real spy novelist's work.
I truly enjoyed book 1 in the series and looked forward to the second book.
But the gimmick that has the same butler handling this second "game" is too bizarre to believe.
Also, some of the plot twists in this second book violate the spirit of the premise of the game.
I'm glad the books were free, and I enjoyed the two of them. But I don't think I'll continue the series.
I watched the Whodunnit? TV show this past summer. I enjoyed it and was able to spot the Killer well before the end.
This one was just as enjoyable but a little harder to guess the killer.
One thing that bothers me, though, in a TV show we don't get to hear the thoughts of each character. But in a book we do.
The thoughts of the killer weren't truly fair to what a real killer would have thought.
But otherwise it was just as much fun to put together the clues as they were dropped along the way.
The performance by the same fellow who played the butler on the TV show was excellent even if his American accent and female voices were a little hokey.
Orson Scott Card got much too full of himself when he decided to create sequels to the original book "Ender's Game."
The religious, philosophy, and zen-like aspects of this second book totally turned me off.
What was a good SciFi story got warped way out of control.
And what's with all the Portuguese? Totally not what I'm interested in.
All the terrific anecdotes about how the Americans interact with the Europeans. And the hilarious problems with language and guides.
How they would rename all their guides to "Fergusen"
Hadn't heard him before but he was wonderful.
For anyone who thinks Mark Twain is just Tom Sawyer or Huck Finn, they should listen to this book. It is just wonderful. And tells you a lot about life in the 19th Century.
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