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C. Curran

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  • Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour'

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David Bianculli
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Decades before The Daily Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour proved there was a place on television for no-holds-barred political comedy with a decidedly antiauthoritarian point of view. In this explosive, revealing history of the show, veteran entertainment journalist David Bianculli tells the fascinating story of its three-year network run---and the cultural impact that's still being felt today.

    Jane says: "Poor narration"
    "A worthy story marred by the narration"
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    Would you try another book from David Bianculli and/or Johnny Heller?

    I would buy a book by David Bianculli, because he's got a rare depth of knowledge about this subject. I would not buy another book narrated by Mr. Heller, however. It was very nearly unlistenable.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Johnny Heller’s performances?

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Finkel
    • Narrated By Michael Finkel
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    In the haunting tradition of Joe McGinniss's Fatal Vision and Mikal Gilmore's Shot in the Heart, True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, and deceit with a deeply personal inquiry into the slippery nature of truth.

    Pam says: "writers should write"
    "great story marred by a terrible reading"
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    What did you like best about True Story? What did you like least?

    It's an interesting and well written tale.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael Finkel’s performances?

    No.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a shame they didn't get a better narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • To The Stars: The Autobiography of Star Trek's Mr. Sulu

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By George Takei
    • Narrated By George Takei
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (107)

    Best known as Mr. Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise and Captain of the Starship Excelsior, George Takei is beloved by millions as part of the command team that has taken audiences to new vistas of adventure in Star Trek, the unprecedented television and feature film phenomenon.

    Johnnie57 says: "Easy Listen"
    "Poorly edited, but OK"
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    What disappointed you about To The Stars?

    It's not very well written, and would have benefitted from a better editor. It's also too short, and the way in which it was abridged is choppy and awkward.


    Did George Takei do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Because of the way it was abridged, the narrator jumps too quickly from one person to the next, and the listener doesn't get to know much about any one of them.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from To The Stars?

    I would have cut the overused adjectives and adverbs, and left in more of the biographical narrative.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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