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  • All By My Selves: Walter, Peanut, Achmed, and Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jeff Dunham
    • Narrated By Jeff Dunham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (266)

    All By My Selves is comedy superstar Jeff Dunham's story as told by Jeff himself! This unique comedic audio release takes fans behind the curtain to explain how he turned a tired, vaudevillian art form into something truly modern and hip. Not only will Jeff reveal how he developed his act and lovable characters over the years, he'll also share the details of his life as working comedian and family man on the road.

    Michelle says: "Completely Enjoyable"
    "A romp though a life experienced in multiple"
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    If you could sum up All By My Selves in three words, what would they be?

    Funny Touching Voices


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning how Jeff developed the characters that we now love so much.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Christmas - when he gave his wife the pay phone she was talking on when he asked her out.


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

    I really needed a comedic lift at the time I bought the book - especially one without politics or meanness, of which there seem to be an inordinate amount. I laughed several times through the book - I kill you!


    Any additional comments?

    Worth it. Every cent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5664)
    Performance
    (5283)
    Story
    (5279)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Not Scalzi's best work, but a fun listen"
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    What did you like best about Redshirts? What did you like least?

    Okay, let me start by saying that this was a fun book - the story was engaging and humorous. The writing could probably use some help though - there are long stretches where it's "'blah blah blah', This Character Name said" followed by "'yadda yadda yadda.' That Character Name said," followed by "'blah blah blah,' This Character Name said." Very choppy and a lot of "Name said" lines. It got noticeable. The codas at the end, where the author ties up loose ends that the genre he's satirizing would have just let hang, are probably the best writing of the book. Touching, even. Unlike "Agent to the Stars" Wil Wheaton's voice doesn't work well with this book - his vocal characterizations aren't defined enough that you can generally tell what character he is voicing just from his voice.


    Would you recommend Redshirts to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sure - despite the "said" stuff mentioned above - which might indeed have been deliberate - it's a fun story, with a lot of clever in-jokes for the science fiction/space opera community.


    What three words best describe Wil Wheaton’s voice?

    Monotone, flat, uninflected


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably. It's the sort of subject matter I like, and it has a sort of reverse-GalaxyQuest feel to it.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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