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Danny D.

Danny

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  • Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James Andrew Miller, Tom Shales
    • Narrated By James Andrew Miller, Matt McCarthy, Joan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (218)

    ESPN began as an outrageous gamble with a lineup that included Australian Rules Football, rodeo, and a rinky-dinky clip show called Sports Center. Today the empire stretches far beyond television into radio, magazines, mobile phones, restaurants, video games and more, while ESPN's personalities have become global superstars to rival the sports icons they cover.

    Danny D. says: "Not a lot of information"
    "Not a lot of information"
    Overall

    As "inside stories" go, this is trailing the pack. I suppose it is a nice thing to have all of one's suspicions about the disfunctionality of the world wide leader affirmed with out of context quotes and anecdotes, but this book could have been ten times the "expose" it claims to be. Disappointing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Good Season: Brooklyn, the Dodgers, and Their Final Pennant Race Together

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michael Shapiro
    • Narrated By Brian Sutherland
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In the best-selling tradition of The Boys of Summer and Wait ‘Til Next Year, The Last Good Season is the poignant and dramatic story of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ last pennant and the forces that led to their heartbreaking departure to Los Angeles. The 1956 Brooklyn Dodgers were one of baseball’s most storied teams, featuring such immortals as Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, and Roy Campanella. The love between team and borough was equally storied, an iron bond of loyalty forged through years of adversity and sometimes legendary ineptitude.

    Danny D. says: "Another angle on a familiar story"
    "Another angle on a familiar story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The merit of this retelling of a familiar story is that the author does not overdo any of the angles and aspects from which it is properly considered. He makes it clear enough that this is a book about baseball, so that the details, what's and why's of the move to the west coast is treated as back story, although it is really a more interesting aspect. Same for the headline topic of Jackie Robinson and the transition from his debut to the various ethnicities a fascinating aspect of the roster, including Italian, southern, country boys and more very well and without overly dramatizing any of it. The same can be said for giving equal time, so to speak, to the members of a roster packed with truly great baseball players, many of whose stars faded in baseball lore with the move to the Pacific time zone, all but the Duke really, whose Brooklyn days were when he achieved many of his HOF achievements. But, why the interesting detail on the Braves, with little attention to the Reds? And but, if you will, the official scorer would have to call several errors on plays that really jumped out at me--for example, what writer with even a passing familiarity with sports above the sandlot/playground level would refer to the platooning of 2 players at 2nd base as the manager having them "take turns" at the position?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern Girl, a Small Town, and the Secret of a Good Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Rod Dreher
    • Narrated By Rod Dreher
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    The Little Way of Ruthie Leming follows Rod Dreher, a Philadelphia journalist, back to his hometown of St. Francisville, Louisiana (pop. 1,700) in the wake of his younger sister Ruthie's death. When she was diagnosed at age 40 with a virulent form of cancer in 2010, Dreher was moved by the way the community he had left behind rallied around his dying sister, a schoolteacher. He was also struck by the grace and courage with which his sister dealt with the disease that eventually took her life.

    Danny D. says: "Solid 4 star book, 5 star performance"
    "Solid 4 star book, 5 star performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Perhaps as more reviews accumulate (than the small statistical sampling as of my review), the book will settle in with solid 4's across the board as it deserves, though I think that the author's narration is not only a 5, but a reason to listen to the audio over the printed text. I am not reading the lower reviews, apprehensive that I will be tempted to refute them. With even sketchy knowledge of Rod Dreher's professional bio, his transition, even metamorphosis, is impactful enough. His skillful and surprisingly vulnerable translation of the family history and his sister's illness and death into text is a bravura performance. The book is really an achievement, even for an uber-intelligent professional. I return to the narration--if a prospective reader is looking for yet another tiresome performance attempting to translate a book to some kind of audio-only stage play, or another reading with melodrama that makes taking a drink from a water fountain sound more like a baptism with holy water, move on. The low key narration is a wonder, in fact perfect. More, more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Truth in Advertising: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Kenney
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (206)

    Finbar Dolan is lost and lonely. Except he doesn’t know it. Despite escaping his blue-collar Boston upbringing to carve out a mildly successful career at a Madison Avenue ad agency, he’s a bit of a mess and closing in on 40. He’s recently called off a wedding. Now, a few days before Christmas, he’s forced to cancel a long-postponed vacation in order to write, produce, and edit a Superbowl commercial for his diaper account in record time. Fortunately, it gets worse....

    phil b says: "Great Stuff"
    "Tropper like, but not there yet."
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you try another book from John Kenney and/or Robert Petkoff?

    Yes


    Would you recommend Truth in Advertising to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe


    Have you listened to any of Robert Petkoff’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but he is good at keeping the narration even, and also accurate when it comes to voices and accents in the dialog, which he does without exaggeration or bombast.


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

    Not likely, but it might work as an outline for a weekly tv show.


    Any additional comments?

    The author is what one of his characters who falls back on cliches and trite descriptions would call "spot on"' when it comes to describing the advertising business and such. His characters are good but the plot is lacking in subtlety or mystery, and the psychological element is dished out in fairly heavy handed fashion. Almost as if he should have lifted the principal plot and built a new one around the settings, characters, and occasionally well crafted vignettes..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Last Thing Before I Go

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By John Shea
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (158)

    You don't have to look very hard at Drew Silver to see that mistakes have been made. His fleeting fame as the drummer for is nearly a decade behind him. He lives in an apartment building filled almost exclusively with divorced men like him, and makes a living playing in wedding bands. And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter, Casey, has just confided in him that she's pregnant - because Silver is the one she cares least about letting down. So when he learns that his heart requires emergency surgery, Silver makes the radical decision to refuse the operation, choosing instead to use what time he has left to repair his relationship with Casey.

    Annette says: "sentimental but strong..."
    "Raspy, wheezing narration"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different narrator. The book is hardly in the class with Tropper's others, but still his skill for describing every day events in a way that these things actually happen makes his stories awfully appealing.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Though I've never understood the appeal of listening to 8or more hours of raspy diction, I have dealt with it. Add the wheezy element, though, and i feel as if i might as well be listening to a feeble Burl Ives narrate a B'rer Rabbit tale. I concur with some reviewers that relatively mild tonal variations for various speakers is always a plus, although listening to an 18 year old girl who sounds like Burl Ives is disconcerting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17872)
    Performance
    (15890)
    Story
    (15847)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Get a real reader"
    Overall
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    Story

    I despair on behalf of all audiobook listeners who just want to have a book read aloud instead of needing, as most of the reviewers of this book apparently do, some sort of stage play performance. Acknowledging that I am in the minority and am going against the grain of the theatrically deprived (and invite un-helpful critiques of this review, thank you folks), I suggest that this very washed up actor is channeling some of his pent up acting frustrations. He pretty much ruins a fair book. With respect to the novel, there are pages and pages and pages of nothing happening but what's new with King, who has always considered reader boredom an essential piece of his brand of "suspense".

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Adrenaline

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jeff Abbott
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    Sam Capra is living the life of his dreams. He's a brilliant young CIA agent, stationed in London. His wife Lucy is seven months pregnant with their first child. They have a wonderful home, and are deeply in love. They have everything they could hope for... until they lose it all in one horrifying moment.

    Laurie says: "Close, but not quite"
    "Calm down, narrator!"
    Overall

    Here we go again. I guess that there are some audiobook listeners who want their narration to be just short of a dramatic presentation with all but the stage players. Not I. Just read the book narrator. I don't need a Broadway play, just a book. Chill.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1105)
    Performance
    (795)
    Story
    (800)

    The Greater Journey is the enthralling, inspiring—and until now, untold—story of the adventurous American artists, writers, doctors, politicians, architects, and others of high aspiration who set off for Paris in the years between 1830 and 1900, ambitious to excel in their work.

    John says: "Priceless! Best book I've read in years"
    "Worth reading"
    Overall

    Hate to "dis" the audio version but you simply have to have the maps, illustrations, maybe even illustrations beyond what the print version offers. Nevertheless, very good. That said, this author writes to illuminate, not to fit readers' expectations. That is commendable. It also produces books that are admirable to say the least but do not in fact always entertain as much as their quality might merit. Good read but be ready to think not just listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4265)
    Performance
    (3085)
    Story
    (3083)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Goofy at best."
    Overall

    It is gratifying to see readers looking for options beyond the typical pop fiction, but enabling this author's goofy notions is an unfortunate result. The simplest way to describe this book is that if an unpublished author submitted it to publishers, it would be laughed off the planet, but Ms. Ann's lightning in a bottle success with BC gets it a sell. Joke.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3491)
    Performance
    (1209)
    Story
    (1213)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Not on the bandwagon"
    Overall

    Sorry, I don't get the Franzen thing. I find him occasionally funny, mostly a crashing bore and a self indulgent one at that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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