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Teresa

Ipswich, MA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Greil Marcus
    • Narrated By Henry Rollins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Unlike all previous versions of rock 'n' roll history, this book omits almost every iconic performer and ignores the storied events and turning points everyone knows. Instead, in a daring stroke, Greil Marcus selects 10 songs recorded between 1956 and 2008 and then proceeds to dramatize how each embodies rock 'n' roll as a thing in itself in the story it tells, inhabits, and acts out - a new language, something new under the sun.

    Teresa says: "Truly lost in translation"
    "Truly lost in translation"
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm a few chapters into the book, the book is so detailed and researched it's hard to follow. I was totally lost during the punk years at the beginning of the book. I had a little more frame of reference for the 50ies and 60ies. So many songs are referenced it's hard to figure out which ones are one of the 10. You need a PhD in music history and a great attention span to really enjoy this book. Lots of cross referencing with songs, movies, artists, writers and many others you lose track.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Randall Munroe
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    Overall
    (1030)
    Performance
    (946)
    Story
    (938)

    Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent of the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there were a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?

    Charles says: "Good in Smaller Chunks"
    "Blah Blah Blah"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about What If??

    Boring


    Any additional comments?

    I picked this up after reading a review. This is one I wish I could give back. Every time I tried listening to it, I ended up thinking or even day dreaming about other stuff or things I had to do. The what if's don't even make sense. I am a huge fan of trivia, facts and general quirky knowledge but this is off the charts and not in a good way.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lily Koppel
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. Together with the other wives they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, meeting regularly to provide support and friendship. As their celebrity rose - and as divorce and tragic death began to touch their lives - they continued to rally together, and the wives have now been friends for more than fifty years.

    Steve says: "So-So Story, Painful Performance"
    "Need photos to keep things straight"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This is another book where photos might have helped to keep things straight. If you did not grow up in this era or studied the astronaut program you might be a little lost. Loved hearing about it from the wives perspective. I have seen the documentary but was unable to locate it to re-watch it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Remember Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Carl Reiner
    • Narrated By Carl Reiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    For over half a century, millions have appreciated Carl Reiner's work as comedian, actor, director, TV writer and author. Winner of numerous accolades, including 12 Emmy wins and one Grammy award, Carl Reiner once again brandishes his literary talents to tell the story of his life in I Remember Me. Reiner reminisces on 90 years of love and laughter, highs and lows, mistakes and triumphs. Told with a warm heart and an occasional touch of nostalgia, Reiner draws from decades of family, friends and fun to illuminate his life and career as one of America's most loved and memorable figures.

    Teresa says: "Missed seeing the photos"
    "Missed seeing the photos"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure if you like learning about stars from that era


    Any additional comments?

    I am assuming there are a significant amount of photos with this book. I may have to get the kindle edition to complete the experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John Waters
    • Narrated By John Waters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (273)

    John Waters is putting his life on the line. Armed with wit, a pencil-thin mustache, and a cardboard sign that reads "I’m Not Psycho", he hitchhikes across America from Baltimore to San Francisco, braving lonely roads and treacherous drivers. But who should we be more worried about, the delicate film director with genteel manners or the unsuspecting travelers transporting the Pope of Trash?

    randy says: "another great piece of filth from john waters!"
    "Make sure you like raunchy"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Carsick to be better than the print version?

    Print version of any book is better if you have the time to read.


    What other book might you compare Carsick to and why?

    There is nothing that compares to this


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I doubt a film could be made and which version of the trip would it be


    Any additional comments?

    I eventually liked this book but there were many times I wanted to turn it off. Make sure you are familiar with John Waters material (and imagination) before buying this book. Parts of it are pretty raunchy and out of the box. If you really "get" John Waters you will eventually like this book

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tony Danza
    • Narrated By Tony Danza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (633)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (567)

    Long before he starred on some of television’s most beloved and long-running series such as Taxi and Who’s the Boss? and went on to distinguish himself in a variety of film and stage roles, Tony Danza was a walking contradiction: an indifferent student who dreamed of being a teacher. Inspiring a classroom of students was an aspiration he put aside for decades until one day it seemed that the most meaningful thing he could do was give his dream a shot. What followed was a year spent teaching 10th-grade English at Northeast High - Philadelphia’s largest high school with 3,600 students....

    Cheryl R Rowe says: "I may be a little biased, but ...."
    "An honest look at education today"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had?

    I like the way Tony Danza works in the major problems of todays education system.


    Any additional comments?

    A very good listen, too bad it didn't do better on TV.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Detroit: An American Autopsy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Charlie LeDuff
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (324)

    In the heart of America, a metropolis is quietly destroying itself. Detroit, once the richest city in the nation, is now its poorest. Once the vanguard of America’s machine age - mass production, automobiles, and blue-collar jobs - Detroit is now America’s capital for unemployment, illiteracy, foreclosure, and dropouts. With the steel-eyed reportage that has become his trademark and the righteous indignation that only a native son can possess, journalist Charlie LeDuff sets out to uncover what has brought low this once-vibrant city, his city.

    Stacee says: "Great performance, squandered opportunity"
    "It's worse than I realized"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The raw details


    Any additional comments?

    You really have to have a connection to Detroit to understand and enjoy this book. Knowing a little of Detroit history helps too. Kudos to whoever recorded this book....you got most of the Detroit and Michigan, streets/towns/landmarks pronounced correctly.....this has been a problem in the past. Sad to think that I can never go home again, not even to visit.
    A former eastsider.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whiskey River: Detroit Crime Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Loren D. Estleman
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Like nowhere else in America, Detroit flourished during Prohibition. The constant flow of liquor from across the Canadian border made Lake Erie a war zone, and lined the pockets of the men who ran the Purple Gang, the Unione Siciliana, and the Little Jewish Navy. But Prohibition was more than just a boon for gangsters. For newspapermen, it was a dream come true. It’s 1928, and the Detroit Times’ Connie Minor knows every thug, moll, and triggerman south of Eight Mile.

    markl1214 says: "Painful to hear"
    "Check local pronounciation"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. It was just an ok story


    Would you be willing to try another book from Loren D. Estleman? Why or why not?

    maybe


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dan Butler?

    Anyone who would bother to check and find out how the landmarks are prounced. For a native Detroiter it was almost painful to listen to.


    Was Whiskey River worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Not pronouncing the names of landmarks and streets correctly really took away from the story. I've noticed this with a lot of audiobooks on Detroit. I've complained to different recording companies with no response. One phone call is all it would take to find out how words are pronounced in a certain area.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hearts in Atlantis

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King, William Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1099)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (555)

    All the stories in this collection from Stephen King are related to the Vietnam War. King fans will recognize echoes of The Dark Tower series in the collection's first story, "Low Men in Yellow Coats." As the characters develop over the next four stories, King's version of the Vietnam War becomes one of his most frightening tales ever.

    Steve A. says: "Touching, Funny - Amazingly well written and read."
    "King at his longest"
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    Would you listen to Hearts in Atlantis again? Why?

    I might


    Would you recommend Hearts in Atlantis to your friends? Why or why not?

    maybe


    Any additional comments?

    Don't lose your place in the last two downloads You'll never figure it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings—and Life

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Laura Vanderkam
    • Narrated By Laura Vanderkam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (961)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (795)

    According to time management expert Laura Vanderkam, mornings hold the key to taking control of our schedules. If we use them wisely, we can build habits that will allow us to lead happier, more productive lives. Drawing on real-life anecdotes and scientific research that shows why the early hours of the day are so important, Vanderkam reveals how successful people use mornings to help them accomplish things that are often impossible to take care of later in the day.

    Teresa says: "A statement or two could summarize this book"
    "A statement or two could summarize this book"
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    Any additional comments?

    Glad it was short, glad it was inexpensive. Not a lot of information just commonsense ideas. Basically it tells you to get up early and get moving. Your brain works better in the morning. Try not to rush out of the house and start your day in a frenzy. Duh

    48 of 50 people found this review helpful

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