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  • Tough Sh-t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kevin Smith
    • Narrated By Kevin Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Take one look at Kevin Smith: He's a balding fatty who wears a size XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. Not a likely source for life advice. But take a second look at Kevin Smith: He changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-four with the release of Clerks, and since then has gone on to make nine more profitable movies, runs his own production company, wrote a best-selling graphic novel, and has a beautiful wife and kids. So he must be doing something right.

    Pamela J says: "Such a likable slob!"
    "Nice Autobigraphical Overview of KS Life Thus Far"
    If you could sum up Tough Sh-t in three words, what would they be?

    You will laugh.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Kevin Smith? Why or why not?

    Ummm. Probably not. Not sure I need more detail about his life. This was a nice review and whats happened to him thus far.

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

    He is the perfect person to read his own writing. His self deprecation and tone just adds to the humor.

    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    That any loser can be successful. If you work hard you might get lucky and all your dreams can come true. It might not happen but at least you will be in a position to take advantage if it does.

    Always be yourself.

    Any additional comments?

    Good easy read. Nothing earth shattering. Just a nice normal dude relating the peaks and valleys of his interesting life. He is a weird mix of self deprecating and cocky at the same time. His parents taught him to be humble and he employs it well. I do think its funny that his admission of regular pot smoking roughly coincides with his decision to take the easier road of just talking for a living as opposed to continuing on the harder path of writing and creating stories. I hope it works for him. I for one will never listen to one of his podcasts but would gladly see one of his movies. But I am not his core customer. And by god does he know them well.

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  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Derek B. says: "A grand literary adventure!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    No. And my own subjective opinion clouds the issue. I am not a huge fan of a narrator using distinct voices. Just read me the book. He does a good job but goes off the deep end a couple times and some characters sound similar. Which in turn is distracting. Plus there are some songs in this book that I love while reading but are VERY difficult to do in an audio version. It comes across all wrong (at least to me) and again pulls you out of the story.

    What other book might you compare The Hobbit to and why?

    Not sure. But it is a great simpler introduction before tackling Lord of the Rings trilogy.

    What three words best describe Rob Inglis’s voice?

    English, deep, serious.

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

    No extreme emotions. Just a good yarn. Wanted more detail in some parts. The final battle seems to be missing some moments. Like Tolkien just got tired and said this is good enough.

    Any additional comments?

    I don't think LOTR and JRR Tolkien is for everyone. But I enjoy a good fantasy story. And this is the genesis of all modern fantasy. It is good to revisit the source from time to time.

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  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Good. Not Great."
    What did you like best about Life of Pi? What did you like least?

    Liked the story about Pi trying all 3 religions. Did not enjoy the lifeboat story as much. It almost seems like 2 different books.

    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Nothing. I wouldn't presume to be able to change an authors work. I can only give my subjective singular view.

    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    Very good.

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

    Sure. Why not.

    Any additional comments?

    A bit slow and philosophical at some points. The overall theme of "why not" go with the better story is a bit simplistic. But I guess that is the point, right? We all like stories :-) I am glad to have read/listened to the book. It made me think which is all I can ask for.

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