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Jeffrey

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Flushing, Michigan, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Ball Four: The Final Pitch

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jim Bouton
    • Narrated By Jim Bouton
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (292)
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    (291)

    When Ball Four was published in 1970, it created a firestorm. Bouton was called a Judas, a Benedict Arnold and a “social leper” for having violated the “sanctity of the clubhouse.” Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force Bouton to sign a statement saying the book wasn’t true. Ballplayers, most of whom hadn’t read it, denounced the book. It was even banned by a few libraries. Almost everyone else, however, loved Ball Four.

    Dennis Anderson says: "Author's reading provides new insight into classic"
    "A Human Story"
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    When the original Ball Four, circa 1970, came out, I found myself somewhat uninterested, therefore didn't read it (or listen to) till now, 40 years later. In some respects I'm glad I waited. The expanded version Ball Four is more than a story about baseball its one of the human condition. Bouton goes beyond the original tome to his life after baseball which I found just as fascinating. While I am considerably younger than him I certainly appreciate the struggles that life leaves many of us . In his case the passing of a loved one was particularly tender. The raw honesty in his story telling along with a lively sense of humor makes Ball Four an excellent work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We'll Be Here For the Rest of Our Lives: A Swingin' Showbiz Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Paul Shaffer
    • Narrated By Paul Shaffer
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    In this hilarious, entertaining, and candid memoir - in which he dishes on everyone from John Belushi and Jerry Lewis to Mel Gibson and Britney Spears - Paul Schaffer gives us the full behind-the-scenes story of his life, from banging out pop tunes on the piano at the age of 12 to leading the band every night at the Sullivan Theater.

    Steven H. Hurowitz says: "Mandatory Listening!"
    "Better Than Expected"
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    As the title suggests this book was a bit of a golden nugget. Usually authors don't make good readers but Paul Shaffer proves that untrue. Throughout the reading there is a sense of respectability toward his subject matter whether family or friends. Such a refreshing contrast compared to the ego-driven work of Sammy Haggar in "Red".
    Best of all for me were the references to his SNL experiences of such; not to exclude a happier look at Jerry Lewis in light of his close relationship to Richard Belzer. Highly recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18193)
    Performance
    (16188)
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    (16146)

    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"
    "First King Book"
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    First King book for me because I have little attraction to his usual horror themes. Also have been really disappointed with his adaptations to film in same genre. This one is quite different and better than ever expected. Great character development and a sense of humanity. Hard to put down.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Patience with God: Faith for People Who Don't Like Religion (or Atheism)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Frank Schaeffer
    • Narrated By Frank Schaeffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Frank Schaeffer has a problem with Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, Dennett, and the rest of the New Atheists—the self-anointed “Brights.” He also has a problem with the Rick Warrens and Tim LaHayes of the world—the religious fundamentalists. The problem is that he doesn’t see much of a difference between the two camps. As Schaeffer puts it, they “often share the same fallacy: truth claims that reek of false certainties.

    Thomas says: "A Very Personal Book"
    "Mixed Blessing"
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    Have always enjoyed Frank Schaeffer's previous material. But this is not what you call "a home run". Nonetheless, he did make a few valid points. As an agnostic I find myself fighting the "atheist" label a nebulous task. So many presumptions that I prefer to use the term "non-theistic".(note: Many people just scratch their heads when they hear that term. Works for me as it avoids knee-jerk confrontations). Anyway, for the most part Schaeffer is right to criticize Hitchens and somewhat lesser so Dawkins and Harris. They can get somewhat overly demanding. On the other hand Dennet has a much different demeanor than the others. In Dennet's work," Breaking the Spell", you'll find that he bends over backwards to accommodate a theistic view. He merely thinks there may be ways to measure the religious experience in a more objective manner. Here is where I differ from Schaeffer who appears to use an emotionally simplistic appeal that falls a little short. Regardless of my opinion about this book , I still admire Schaeffer's courage to speak out in the public domain as he has for years.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6128)
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    (2298)
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    (2321)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "Well Deserved"
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    Seldom does a book grab, hold, and sustain my attention. From the voice narration to the narrative itself Middlesex does the trick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sex, Mom, and God: How the Bible's Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics - and How I Learned to Love Women (and Jesus) Anyway

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Frank Schaeffer
    • Narrated By Frank Schaeffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Alternating between laugh-out-loud scenes from his childhood and acidic ruminations on the present state of an America he and his famous fundamentalist parents helped create, best-selling author Frank Schaeffer asks what the Glenn Becks and the Rush Limbaughs and the paranoid fantasies of the “right-wing echo chamber” are really all about. Here’s a hint: sex.

    Listens-a-lot says: "Entertaining and enlightening"
    "Another homerun for Scheaffer"
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    Having read his previous book, "Crazy for God", this one is a great follow-through. Again, there is a sense of brutal honesty along with a humility that brings out a truly humane account of life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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