This book ranks way up at the top. Hysterically funny. A must-listen-to for anyone who loves cable television, all things pop culture, All My Children, Bravo, the Bravo housewives, - and the concept of endlessly pranking one's poor, unsuspecting, gullible, midwest Jewish mom.
You have to give it up for Andy's Mom, Evelyn Cohen, and his partner-in-crime, Graciela, someone you will wish were your bestie after listening to this book.
You know how sometimes you're kinda psyched to have the actual author, especially if they are a celebrity, read their bio? And then you're like "Gah! Did you not listen to yourself? For God's sake, go out and hire a professional!" (I'm looking at you, Lauren Conrad). Well, this is NOT one of those times. Andy Cohen is as fabulous on audio as he is on his "Watch What Happens Live" TV show. An absolute joy to listen to...after recommending this book to everyone, I had to add the caveat that they MIGHT be missing something if they were reading, rather than listening to, this book. Listening to him imitate everyone from his Mom to Real Housewife Lisa VanderPump is hilarious, and you feel throughout the book that he is sitting and chatting with you - or better yet, confiding in you as though the two of you are on a sleepover in high school. Delicious, hysterical.
Not only is the book laugh-out-loud hysterical (you know that embarrassing moment when you are commuting on the subway or out running and burst out laughing while listening to a book, prompting weird stares from passers-by? Be prepared) - but the book is also a touching narrative on what it is like to be a gay teen in the 80s, long before popular culture and society at large began accepting out and proud gays. In addition, it offers a fantastic look at interning at a national news - and then morning - program, and the rise up the ladder in the burgeoning cable television industry. Download now. Right now.
After listening to 3 of her books, I've come to expect that every single one will feature 1. Nantucket 2. food obsession (one character is always a chef, restaurant owner or amazing chef/foodie) 3. tragic death (someone's gonna die, or just died, or died years ago, tragically and someone else is haunted by it) and 4. lots and lots of alcohol (champagne, scotch, beer - it's always consumed to excess). I like her books, and the characters are fun, but...she needs to get some new schtick.
In addition, the narrator was awful, for several reasons: First, she made the character of Margo sound about 95, and she also made Miles sound like he was about 11. In addition: incredibly pretentious way of speaking. What's with throwing in the letter H where none exists? "Porter" pronounced "Port-Her" and "meeting" pronounced "Meet-Hing." Sooo annoying. And, while on the one hand, she pronounced every French word with an incredibly pretentious overly French dialect, on the other hand, she inexplicably pronounced "Hermes" as "Her-meez" instead of the way it is suppose to be pronounced, which is "Air-mez" What narrator wouldn't know the proper pronunciation of a famous designer?
I have listened to all Charlotte Bingham's novels available on audiobook, and this was my favorite. A fascinating look into the British racing world, with wonderful Celtic legend thrown in. Has the usual cast of wonderful characters that Bingham always has in her novels (warning: in the beginning, until you get to know them all, you'll have to practically make a chart of all the characters!) Just a wonderful story, and the very exciting descriptions of races are an added bonus. A must-read for anyone who is a horse lover, but anyone who enjoys Bingham's novels will love this one.And Kim Hicks, as usual, does a terrific job, especially with all the accents.
I really like her books, and this one was no exception, but I feel, in all of her books, that the ending is an anticlimax, as though she has written herself into a corner and doesn't know how to get out, so it just peters out. You're waiting for something big to happen, and aside from the rather lazy plot device of a very convenient death, (this happened in both of her books I have read), nothing happens. It's like you could have predicted the ending from the first page - too predictable. That being said, I really love her characters and aside from the ending, I enjoyed this one.
If you are pro-choice, do NOT listen to this audiobook, or you may gag. This book should come with a warning attached - honestly, it is nothing but pro-life propaganda. It comes complete with a girl with an unwanted pregnancy and considering abortion portrayed as a promiscuous, bitchy, materialistic, clueless airhead, while a girl who chose to have her baby (and give it to her parents, who wanted another child) is portrayed - big surprise - as a sweet, caring, extremely intelligent, devout church-goer (because we all know that's how pro-choice and pro-life women ALWAYS are in real life). I honestly tried to hang in there with this, but when the sweet churchgoer was trying to convince the clueless airhead to keep her baby and pulled up pictures on her laptop of unborn babies to show her? I had to bail. Honestly, if this were even-handed, I wouldn't have minded so much...but no. Just a warning. If you're pro-life, you'll love it, though.
Good beach listen...I thought it was cute - although I too was taken aback by the whole Christian angle. I have a real interest in houses and remodeling, though, so I loved that.
I loved the readers...they were great. But I agree with the other reviewer...these characters are impossible to like, and there are all kinds of red herrings throughout the story that NEVER pan out - you're like "what was THAT all about?" And, the author wrote herself into a corner and had no idea how to end the book. It was one of those shaggy dog "Huh???" endings. Just bizarre.
First of all, abridged versions of books - and especially abridged versions of celebrity autobiographys - should be avoided at all cost. As is the case here, what you get is a jumpy, choppy narrative where huge chunks are missing. And since most of us listening to this will have at least a passing familiarity with Grace Slick, you'll find yourself saying "Wait a minute - what about...?" It's a bit difficult to judge this, because we don't know what Slick herself left out and what is being left out simply because it's the "abridged" version.
That being said, Slick's reading is rather flat and dull, and I found her constant unapologetic (even at age 60-something) ramblings about her childish antics a bit silly. She's definitely a rebel without a cause, unless you count shocking people simply for the sake of shocking them a "cause." Yawn. At least some of the other hippies of the time where trying to shock people into doing something about ending the Vietnam War, not just hoping to get a reaction by using the F-word and wearing silly, inappropriate getups.
There are some definite gems here, such as her account of her one-nighter with Jim Morrison and her plan with Abbie Hoffman to dose Richard Nixon with LSD at a White House tea (!) but I definitely found myself wanting more. And there is very little about her daughter (again, the fault of Slick or the abridged version?), which I was interested in: how does the daughter of Grace Slick rebel? By becoming a Republican debutant? We'll never know, unless it's in the unabridged book.
All in all, if you're interested in this period in musical history (and it is fascinating), I recommend reading David Crosby's autobiography "Long Time Gone" and the book "Hotel California" (neither, sadly, available on audiobook) or listening to "Laurel Canyon" (available on Audible). Much more satisfying.
It's obvious Larry Kane thought quite highly of The Beatles, although it is equally obvious that John was his favorite, Paul his least favorite (contrast that to Geoff Emerick, who wrote "Here, There and Everywhere," who favored Paul over John). You definitely get the flavor of the whole Beatlemania thing, and a highlight is listening to the actual tapes at the end of the audiobook and hearing the Beatles in their own words. Kane's reading is a little dry, but overall a fascinating listen. Beatles fans will love it.
This book was absolutely riveting. While I was listening to this book, I was simultaneously reading "Lennon" by Cynthia Lennon, John Lennon's first wife. I found that her accounts of what was going on at home were matching up perfectly with Emmerick's accounts of what was happening in the studio, which for me lent quite a bit of credibility to the book.
Not only do you get really interesting detail about the creation of iconic songs we all know by heart, but you get an interesting look at the Beatles from a totally different perspective than what we have gotten in the past. Other biographies deal with aspects of their careers and personal lives that have pretty much become legend; we've heard it all before,and some of it is mere conjecture. But this is stuff we've never heard before. Emmerick was in the studio with them every day, working with them as they recorded their albums, witnessing their interaction...it's like being a fly on the wall during their recording sessions. I found I had to keep running to the computer, putting on the headphones, and listening to the songs I had just read about - now saying "wow, yes, I can hear that effect!"
The British narrator does a supurb job, and I had to remind myself that this was not the author speaking, such was his authentic reading. Even if you are not an avid Beatles fan, this is a fascinating book.
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