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Lexington, KY, USA

  • 6 reviews
  • 40 ratings
  • 55 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2018

  • Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Richard Gilliland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Disney is so good, it's bad. So argues Carl Hiaasen, an award-winning investigative reporter and columnist with the Miami Herald, whose dream is to be banned forever from Disney World. In Team Rodent, Hiaasen provides an unflinching look at the mega-empire and says its attempts to alter "God's work" are a manifestation of "pure wickedness."

    Eddie Placencia says: "Where to begin?"
    "Bitter Much?"

    I read this book as a counterpoint to Neal Gabler's excellent "Disney: Triumph of an American Imagination". While Gabler's work is exhaustively researched and thorough, Hiaasen's venomous jeremiad is almost purely based on emotion. Gabler descibes in great detail exactly how Disney built a brand that has come to be regarded as the gold standard in family entertainment for generations. Hiaasen seems to resent that it even exists.

    Hiaassen criticizes Disney for creating an excessively controlled and artificially groomed environment inside their park, he criticized Disney for attracting tacky and uncontrolled sprawl outside the park.

    He complains that Disney tries to force a sanitized and standardized narrative style upon the whole world, then accuses Disney of hypocrisy for tailoring its offerings to the tastes of different cultures, or for purveying non-family entertainment through its other brands.

    In years past, Disney had (gasp!) a dress code for its employees. Today, Disney offers domestic partner benefits, but, according to Hiaasen, this policy is motivated purely by greed.

    The most ironic criticism coming from Hiaasen is that Disney's branded movies are predictable and formulaic. Have you ever read a Hiaasen novel that took place in Wisconsin?

    There are a few valid criticisms of Disney - for instance the excessive compensation granted to Eisner & Ovitz by a crony-packed board (hardly unique in American business) - that get lost in the river of bile.

    If you already have a chip on your shoulder about Disney, this book will confirm your opinion. If you are looking for a rational critique of the media juggernaut, look elsewhere.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

    Gene says: "Perfect for intelligent comedy!"
    "irrevernt but not disrespectful"

    If fart jokes offend you, this is not the book for you. If the idea of a young Christ laughing at a fart joke offends you, this book is definitely not for you.

    If you are open to an alternative view of the Messiah, and a how He came of age in the company of his sarcastic, libidinous, and totally devoted friend, you will love this book.

    Narrator Fisher Stevens does an excellent job, and, in my opinon, is on the short list for "Best.Narrator.Ever."

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • VocabuLearn: Chinese, Level 1

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Penton Overseas Inc.
    • Narrated By uncredited

    VocabuLearn is the only audio language learning system designed to teach the way you learn best...concentrating on vocabulary and helpful expressions. This three-hour program contains over 1,500 commonly-used words and expressions - the building blocks of language. This audio flash-card system will have you communicating effectively in the shortest time possible.

    "firemirage" says: "A bit of a let down"
    "absolutely useless"

    I would give it zero stars if I could. This is a completely random list of words read first in English then in Chinese. Do not waste your time or money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Global Warming, Global Threat

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael B. McElroy
    • Narrated By Professor Michael B. McElroy

    The Modern Scholar series offers you college-level courses taught by the world's most respected professors. As these expert teachers guide you through the course material, you become more knowledgeable and better versed in the subject. Learning has never been easier or more enjoyable!

    Amazon Customer says: "First, the facts, then the politics"
    "Accessible, yet thorough"

    If you really want to understand the science behind the political noise, this lecture series is for you.

    The lectures are technical, but still very accessible to a layperson. The lecturer explains complicated topics in a clear and easily understandable way without talking down to his listeners.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Neal Gabler
    • Narrated By Leonardo Leoncavallo

    Seven years in the making and meticulously researched - Gabler is the first writer to be given complete access to the Disney archives - this is the full story of a man whose work left an ineradicable brand on our culture but whose life has largely been enshrouded in myth.

    Tim says: "How Disney became an Icon"
    "How Disney became an Icon"

    This is a very thorough and interesting story starting from Walt's youngest days. It describes in detail exactly how Walt created and built a brand that became the gold standard in family entertainment for generations of Americans.

    I only wish the books scope had extended beyond Walt's life to chronicle the ups and downs of the company in the years since his death.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Stormy Weather

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Stormy Weather centers on the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The devastation of the storm has attracted crowds of voyeurs and impostors to Florida. Drawn by the chance to prey on Andrew's victims, misfits like the murderous ex-con Snapper and the dangerously seductive Edie find easy targets for their insurance scams. They're not prepared, though, when they meet their opposition, led by a hoary ex-governor who smokes toads.

    Both hilariously funny and deadly accurate, Carl Hiaasen's novel will take you into a Florida that is far from the frilly palms and pink flamingos of its post cards.

    Edmund says: "You love it or hate it...."
    "Not his best effort"

    Normally, I find Hiaasen's books enjoyable. This book has all of the standard elements that usually make for an entertaining story, but this one just didn't click for me. The pace of the story was too slow, the characters lacked spark. There weren't any of the usual laugh-out-loud moments. Skip this one and try another Hiaasen book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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