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Rod Morgan

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  • Susie's Sexy Stories: Erotica from In Bed with Susie Bright

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 34 mins)
    • By Susie Bright
    • Narrated By Susie Bright
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Susie Bright, the host of In Bed with Susie Bright, wants to read you some of her favorite dirty stories. In this collection of eight stories, you'll hear reminiscences of sex past from Tsuarah Litsky, in transit encounters from Nell Carberry, an updated Beauty and the Beast tale from Claire Tristram, as well as stories from Jess Wells, Alma Marceau, and Ernie Conrick. Almost all of these stories originally appeared in the annual Best American Erotica collection, edited by Susie Bright.

    Rod Morgan says: "Sensuality - the advanced course"
    "Sensuality - the advanced course"
    Overall

    Rod Serling used to start his "Twilight Zone" episodes with the evocative phrase, "You unlock this door with the key of imagination." Whether your own imagination is running a quart low or overflowing, these stories offer surprises and sensations that will linger in your consciousness long after Ms. Bright's enthusiastic readings have ended. There's something here to expand the horizons of almost every listener, and the focus is not on "how big, how hot and how often" so much as how it feels to the participants and the observers. Find out how it feels to you by giving this thoughtful collection of intellectual arousal a try.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Graham Nash
    • Narrated By Graham Nash
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (167)

    From Graham Nash - the legendary musician and founding member of the iconic bands Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Hollies - comes a candid and riveting autobiography that belongs on the reading list of every classic rock fan.

    James says: "A Great Story for fans of the Hollies and CSN!"
    "A candid view of a great rock musician"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Graham Nash's look back is simultaneously self-aware, witty and unsparing. From his Hollies hits like "Bus Stop" through "Marrakesh Express" to "Chicago" and "Immigration Man," Graham provides a look at how the Sixties moved into the Seventies, how success erodes talent and friendship, and most of all how one good man kept his head in the midst of it all.


    What other book might you compare Wild Tales to and why?

    Like the remarkably reflective memoir by Keith Richards, Nash's story is rich with detail and impressions. Disappointed by several people he loved, he remained true to the music and continued to expand his own creative vision. Amusing, shocking, touching, the book is also reflective and self-deprecating. Without posturing, Nash tells his stories as comfortable, welcome company.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The wide-eyed innocence evident during the Hollies' first American tour is charming, and provides the full story of the great Hollies song "Stop, Stop, Stop."


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

    The high notes and the low points of an extraordinary career.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended - a terrific book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shell Shocked: My Life with the Turtles, Flo and Eddie, and Frank Zappa, etc.

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Howard Kaylan, Jeff Tamarkin
    • Narrated By Howard Kaylan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    If Howard Kaylan had sung only one song, the Turtles' 1967 No. 1 smash hit "Happy Together," his place in rock-and-roll history would still be secure. But that recording, named in 1999 by BMI as one of the top 50 songs of the 20th century, with over five million radio plays, is only the tip of a rather eye-opening iceberg. For nearly five decades, Howard Kaylan has been a player in the rock-and-roll revolution.

    Karen says: "The Turtles DO Rock...Really!"
    "SO HAPPY Together"
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    Would you listen to Shell Shocked again? Why?

    Imagine a friend sitting comfortably with you and sharing a story from his past, self-aware and with no holds barred, causing you to laugh out loud, REAL HARD, at several points in the story.

    Howard is that friend, and he is a skillful storyteller. His voice is so intimate, you don't remember he's reading. Hilarity ensues, I promise you.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's ALL good.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It's all good, but the short advice about "something to fall back on" is startling in its truth & power.


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

    Howls of laughter bordering on joy. I AM from the Sixties, I do remember and this Ambassador of Peace and Love has created a wonderful drive down memory lane.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book! I don't know why anyone wouldn't. START LISTENING NOW!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hardcore Collection: Twenty Explicit Erotica Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Stacy Reinhardt, Samantha Sampson, Jessica Crocker, and others
    • Narrated By Nichelle Gregory, Amber Grayson Vale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Explicit erotica has never been better than what you'll find in this collection of stories from Naughty Daydreams Press. Look, we have no problem with flowery romantic stories that are ninety percent emotion and ten percent sex; we just don't bring them to you. These stories are all about explicit language, explicit descriptions, and hardcore sex. If you're looking for members, manhoods, and magic wands - listen somewhere else. If it's a temple of delight, a hot center, or a throbbing sex you want to listen to, you won't find it here.

    Rod Morgan says: "Less fun than you could POSSIBLE imagine"
    "Less fun than you could POSSIBLE imagine"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Short stories of sexual themes, including a remarkable variety of activity. What could possibly go wrong? The narrators.

    SULTRY voices, both of them, emphaxizing at the BEGINNING of EACH STORY the audio service for which they work. But OH, how predicable the reading tone is, and OH how UNNERVING it is to here thins either slurred or mispronounced or mangled entirely. The audio studio must not have had a DICONARY handy, MUCH less an edertor..


    Would you recommend The Hardcore Collection to your friends? Why or why not?

    Very hard to stomach, but not because of the content.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nichelle Gregory and Amber Grayson Vale ’s performances?

    No


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

    Not with these narrators.


    Any additional comments?

    "Fiction" in this category could do well with subdivision. At least one third of the titles seem to be supernatural fantasies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2648)
    Performance
    (2404)
    Story
    (2421)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Not bad, but the TV show is better"
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    Any additional comments?

    Remember that a terrific movie (and a legendary TV show) emerged from a mediocre series of comic novels about doctors in Korea, and accept the fact that Piper Kerman is not as good a writer as the folks who turned her story into a dazzling Netflix series. With that point in mind, you may enjoy hearing a very different set of stories in this autobiographical text.

    Ms. Kerman doesn't have strong narrative skill and evidently got little editing. As a result, stories are sprinkled around with little continuity or development, and characters jump up and down in a fairly random order. One example is the way the incarceration of Martha Stewart is handled - it is foreshadowed and anticipated, only to fall flat when the TV homemaker manages to be assigned a "nicer" place to stay.

    Cassandra Campbell tries to keep the players straight with a few accents, but they are not specific enough and become as much an intrusion as a help; her long stretches in a normal voice are easier to take.

    The best story is not here or on TV - Ms. Kerman now works in public relations on prison reform issues; a true tale of prison rehabilitation.

    And if you do like the book - wait 'til you see the series!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Kushiel's Dart

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Carey
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1105)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (709)

    The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

    Glen Gaines says: "The Kushiel series in order"
    "OUTSTANDING ADVENTURE - a treasure"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Author Jacqueline Carey's prose lingers lustfully over every syllable. As she invents nations, customs, creeds, gods and half-a-dozen languages, she twists her syllables around with care and wit. When narrator Anne Flosnik pronounces a word strangely, it usually seems like a reasonable alternative. This perfect pairing of story and narration is quickly captivating so that one begins searching the schedule to find time to hear more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a ride, an extravagent adventure that surpasses anything I've encountered before and my most satisfying audiobook experience yet. Characters grow and learn in realistic if unexpected ways. The storyline grows with them, in fact, with vividly depicted scenes in a remarkably real world.


    What about Anne Flosnik’s performance did you like?

    She doesn't enact the story, but the quiet urgency in her tone sounds like she's as interested in the next page as we listeners are.


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

    Lots of them, all of which are too important to the narrative to reveal here. Joys and sorrows, victories and defeats, challenges met and missed are all woven into this mesmerizing narrative.


    Any additional comments?

    Every hero must have an Achilles heel. For Phaedra, it is her intoxication with pain. But do not mistake this for a formulaic Middle Ages S&M saga. The author's skill and taste do not linger explicitly but use this kink - and other behaviors sexual, tender, noble, greedy and violent - to form extraordinary characters in a bold, energetic storyline of how powerfully will and duty can drive a person, and a nation, forward. Phaedra starts the book as a lost child with no resources and two curses; I assure you she doesn't stay in that condition for long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The James Thurber Audio Collection: Fables and Selected Stories by James Thurber

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By James Thurber
    • Narrated By Keith Olbermann
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    "My father was in the hospital and every night when I visited him, I read aloud to him. James Thurber. And one night he said, 'You really should do that on your show,' and I said, 'Dad, it’s a television newscast. I’d love to, but how could it possibly fit?' And he said, 'How often have I ever suggested anything for your shows?' And I remembered that he never had. But I also reminded him that there were things like copyrights and bills, to which he said, 'Try it. You never know.'"

    Kristi says: "James Thurber and Keith Olbermann? Wonderful!!!"
    "And THAT'S the STORY for NOW!!"
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    More Thurber in audiobook form should cause jubilation, and the 23 selections are among the most beloved of the author's writing (the cartoons are missing, of course). Keith Olbermann is therefore to be commended for undertaking the project.

    One wishes, however, that the broadcaster's delivery was not so melodramatically urgent. Hard-sell punch was perfect for ESPN, and less so for his evening news/talk cable shows. With Thurber, it often creates the kind of cognitive dissonance that would occur if one was shaken awake by someone screaming, "I love you!"

    One is pleased to find Audible also offers "My World and Welcome to It," read by a less-histrionic John Cullum, who allows the wit to sneak up on you rather than being shot from a cannon.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2505)
    Performance
    (1353)
    Story
    (1346)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "He IS from the Sixties and he DOES remember"
    Overall


    A round-robin of six narrators tackles a surprisingly thoughtful, evocative and detailed memoir. Richards hides little and neither excuses nor apologizes while going through stories that are occasionally off-putting but richly revealed. There is no preparing for this one and it's certainly not for everyone, but the scope and the clarity of the book surprised me very much. For those of us who remember every track of every album, this is a most welcome look back. For others, this is one of the least sentimental overviews of the '60s and '70s you're likely to find.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Humorists: From Hogarth to Noël Coward

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    This is a survey across history, and includes a diverse cast of legendary humorists who got a grand kick out of life, including Benjamin Franklin and the Marx Brothers, Charles Dickens and Damon Runyon, W. C. Fields and Samuel Johnson, William Hogarth and James Thurber. Including dark humor, satire, bawdy wit, biting sarcasm, and more, this entertaining and erudite collection brings to life great minds who reflected on life’s follies, pretensions, and foibles with that greatest of gifts: humor.

    Rod Morgan says: "Cautiously recommended"
    "Cautiously recommended"
    Overall

    Starting with a chapter about an illustrator, this audiobook is often frustrating but - surprise - the hardback contains no more illustrations than does the recording. Clive Chafer constantly sounds dismissive of all this nonsense, which does not help one digest the sometimes thick material. On the other hand, most of the stories are quite engaging, and the introduction to Nancy Mitford (perhaps the Dorothy Parker of Great Britain) made the book immensely satisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Giles The Sex Therapist: Fetish

    • ORIGINAL (37 mins)
    • By Giles Dee-Shapland, Steve Campen
    • Narrated By Giles Dee-Shapland, Steve Campen
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    A better sex guide for men. Us men are often left to our own devices when it comes to a better sex life, and that applies if you are gay or straight. Women have plenty of help and advice, so we thought it was time we discovered a few tricks and techniques of our own. This audio covers oral sex, fetishes and how to take cock! Sex your way. Here's the men's ultimate guide to great sex!

    Rod Morgan says: "My heavens, sir!"
    "My heavens, sir!"
    Overall

    Articulate commentary covering a wide range of kink with dry wit and no nonsense. Happily, there are two more episodes available for those who enjoy Dee-Shapland's expertise and style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beatles: An Aural History, Volume 1: The Formation of the Band

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Alan Lysaght
    • Narrated By David Pritchard
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Based on the award-winning radio documentary heard around the world, and drawing on 30 years worth of exclusive and rare interviews, The Beatles, An Aural History is the first chapter of a three part series. This is not just another Beatles' history; this is The Beatles story like you've never heard it before.

    Rod Morgan says: "A delight, with many surprises"
    "A delight, with many surprises"
    Overall

    The story is so widely reported and so well known, you may believe there's nothing more to learn. You'll be pleased with the scope of this tantalizing excerpt, and impatiently waiting for the other volumes of the production. Some of us will be sharing this with our kids, and grandkids...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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