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Long commutes make for great listening time!

Woodbridge, VA, United States

  • 9 reviews
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  • 31 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Judy Greer
    • Narrated By Judy Greer

    You know Judy Greer, right? Wait, what was she in again? The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, 27 Dresses, The Descendants. Yes, you totally recognize her. And, odds are, if you're like most women in America, you feel like she's already your friend. Thankfully, Greer has finally written a book of essays about all the moments, topics, observations, and confessions that you would hope to hear from your best friend.

    karyn says: "Yay!!! Another Audible Favorite!"
    "Surprisingly Fun Listen"
    Would you listen to I Don't Know What You Know Me From again? Why?

    Sure! I'd probably take a break for a few months, and, then, re-listen again. I actually listened to one particular chapter several times because I felt connected to Ms. Greer.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I appreciate that Ms. Greer knows what her talents are, who she is, and what she is not good at. When she was talking about not doing Second City, I appreciated her honesty. Not everyone is suited for it event though it seems like a rite of passage for Midwesterners to get into acting. It wasn't needed. She's very talented.

    Any additional comments?

    This book is like listening to one of the most talented actresses in Hollywood that nobody knows who happens to be your next door neighbor. I'm a huge fan of Judy Greer - watched every episode of Miss Guided like 3x before it was quickly canceled - so I am fairly biased, but she's just a fun person living a regular life who just happens to be super talented in the acting business.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why Have Kids?: A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jessica Valenti
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Why Have Kids?, Valenti explores these controversial questions through on-the-ground reporting, startling new research, and her own unique experiences as a mom. She moves beyond the black and white “mommy wars” over natural parenting, discipline, and work-life balance to explore a more nuanced reality: one filled with ambivalence, joy, guilt, and exhaustion. Would-be parents must navigate the decision to have children amidst a daunting combination of cultural expectations and hard facts.

    Nadine says: "Useful for Parents, Parents-To-Be, & Non-Parents"
    "Useful for Parents, Parents-To-Be, & Non-Parents"
    What did you love best about Why Have Kids??

    As a woman who will one day have kids, I'm very appreciative of this book. I truly enjoy my job and spent years trying to find something substantial that I'd actually want to get an education in. So, I'd hate to think that I have to put my doctorate aside because my future toddler is having a hard time with potty training.

    Undoubtedly, my future child will mean the world to me simply because they will be my child, but I now feel and will feel great joy from the career I also have dedicated myself to. Though it's an entirely different types of joy, there's no reason why we can't experience both.

    Did Emily Beresford do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narrator did just fine, but she sounded more like she was giving a lecture, and I couldn't help but think that there were parts where Ms. Valenti was attempting to sound sarcastic or even playful which didn't translate with Ms. Beresford's more straightforward tone. Even still, her performance was pleasant and relaxing for a long commute home.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Love Him or Leave Him, But Don't Get Stuck with the Tab: Hilarious Advice for Real Women

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Loni Love, Jeannine Amber
    • Narrated By Loni Love

    That's the message of this fresh and funny relationship book by beloved actress-comedian Loni Love. Full of down-to-earth advice on love, sex, and dating, Loni delivers answers to women's most pressing relationship questions along with plenty of hilarious been-there-done-that tales - from hooking up to breaking up to everything in between.

    Rebecca says: "Quick, funny, and good."
    "The Best Type of Advice is Funny Advice!"
    What did you love best about Love Him or Leave Him, But Don't Get Stuck with the Tab?

    Loni is so much fun to listen to that sometimes you forget that you're getting legitimate advice. I thought I was at a comedy show at one point, but she's actually giving real counsel to those who want relationship advice.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I laughed tons! And I said, "You tell 'em, girl!" about 10 times! I listened to the audiobook in a matter of days because although I'm not a single lady or a person having relationship problems, it's fun listening to people's dirty laundry and then laughing with the advice that goes with it.

    What about Loni Love’s performance did you like?

    Loni reads the book just like she is as a comedian. I love that!

    Any additional comments?

    You have to give credits to an entertainer that is in some portions of the book clearly making up a story (and she admits that) and you STILL want to hear more! That's talent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Don’t Care about Your Band: What I Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux-Sensitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I’ve Dated

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Julie Klausner
    • Narrated By Julie Klausner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the tradition of Cynthia Heimel and Chelsea Handler, and with the boisterous iconoclasm of Amy Sedaris, Julie Klausner's candid and funny debut I Don't Care about Your Band sheds light on the humiliations we endure to find love - and the lessons that can be culled from the wreckage. I Don't Care about Your Band posits that lately the worst guys to date are the ones who seem sensitive. It's the jerks in nice guy clothing, not the players in Ed Hardy, who break the hearts of modern girls.

    L. Calder says: "As flirty as a pleated skirt"
    "I Feel Sorry for the Poor Girl, but She's Fun!"
    Would you try another book from Julie Klausner and/or Julie Klausner?

    No thanks.

    What does Julie Klausner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She's reads the book like a woman empowered by her experiences which I appreciate.

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

    No thanks

    Any additional comments?

    I guess I thought from the title that this was gonna be a book where the author explains through her experiences that women have transformed into empowered breadwinners or even incredible housewives or queens of the single life while many (not all) of their male counterparts have essentially become superficial, sissy-pants.

    That's not what I listened to though.

    What it seemed to be instead was a woman talking about all the love and sex she got from losers who she, in fact, knew were losers from the first moments. She describes one guy, for example, as being "crazy" and so you listen and wait to hear about how crazy the guy is, and all that crazy turns out to be is a jerk. But she sleeps with crazy-jerk multiple times, and then seems to acknowledge her wrongdoing. Then, she seems to blame the guy for being a crazy-jerk.

    I'm not saying I don't have my stories with guys who turned out to be jerks, but I will say that the moment I uncovered that he was a jerk, I did not give the guy seconds. Forgive me for having a shamefully, self-righteous moment right now, but to stop certain men from being sappy, criminal, unemployed, weird, crazy, jerks then you have to stop sleeping with them. Instead, give the strong, unique, sane, kind, employed, upstanding citizen a chance instead.

    I'd also like to acknowledge that I'm aware the author is attempting to inform us about the things she's learned from such experiences, but I can tell from this read, that this author is indeed intelligent. Just, perhaps, easily succumb to her physical needs. If I could simplify this book into a phrase it would be:

    Ignore the selfish jerks. No seriously, ignore them. Even when you physically crave them, just don't give them your time 'cause it will eventually turn out bad.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Read the book, and STILL LOVED the audiobook!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bossypants to be better than the print version?

    I'm not going to say that the audiobook was better than the print version, but there's nothing like hearing Tina tell her own story! And the clips of SNL just make everything even better!

    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps this doesn't matter to most, but I appreciate that Tina still managed to tell her whole life story and, yet, only minimally talked about her husband and children. Sometimes you can say a lot with every little if you do it right.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Aisha Tyler
    • Narrated By Aisha Tyler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Aisha Tyler, comedian, actress, cohost of CBS's The Talk, star of Archer, and creator of the top-ranked podcast Girl on Guy, serves up a spectacular collection of her own self-inflicted wounds. From almost setting herself on fire, to vomiting on a boy she liked, to getting drunk and sleeping through the SATs, to going into crushing debt to pay for college and then throwing away her degree to become a comedian, Aisha's life has been a series of spectacularly epic fails. And she's got the scars to prove it. Literally.

    Kevin says: "Love it - weightier than you might think"
    "I think we're best friends that just haven't met!"
    If you could sum up Self-Inflicted Wounds in three words, what would they be?

    honest, funny, and goal-oriented

    What about Aisha Tyler’s performance did you like?

    Sometimes you listen to comedians do their own audiobook, and you'd almost swear they were reading each word one-by-one articulating harshly. Not Aisha. She reads like this is her story and so every word naturally flows ... with a comedic twang!

    Any additional comments?

    The self-inflicted wounds probably aren't what you're thinking. They're wounds we all cause ourselves, not extreme disasters. Instead, Aisha mixes funny and life into one and makes it instructive ... But the best part is it doesn't FEEL instructive - just like fun!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mindy Kaling
    • Narrated By Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

    Tabitha says: "Love it!"
    "I'm Hooked on Mindy!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I think I picked up this book just looking for the thoughts from that girl from the office, and I feel like I made a new best friend. She's funny. She's insightful. She's kinda like me - only not. Which made this book enjoyable.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)?

    I couldn't help be laugh when she said the word "excrete" when she was talking about her friend's fantasy of having a passionate night with a sexy stranger without any undies on. I was thinking the exact thing at the exact moment she said it, only laughing! Good times.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many favorite scenes. Perhaps may favorites were when she described the different periods of self-growth in her life with different groups of friends. Nothing spectacular about it, but maybe, that's what I identified with most.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I smiled a lot. Ms. Kaling is not as good as other comedians at reading her own writing, but somehow, that seemed appropriate. She still had a great comic appeal, and she seems sometimes to tell a joke while not telling a joke at all. Since I listened to this on my commute into work and sometimes while exercising, I sometimes felt a sense of relief and calmness throughout my body after listening to her which I appreciate. Some chapters I listened to multiple times!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Attempting Normal

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Marc Maron
    • Narrated By Marc Maron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Marc Maron was a parent-scarred, angst-filled, drug-dabbling, love-starved comedian who dreamed of a simple life: a wife, a home, a sitcom to call his own. But instead he woke up one day to find himself fired from his radio job, surrounded by feral cats, and emotionally and financially annihilated by a divorce from a woman he thought he loved. He tried to heal his broken heart through whatever means he could find - minor-league hoarding, Viagra addiction, accidental racial profiling, cat fancying, flying airplanes with his mind - but nothing seemed to work. It was only when he was stripped down to nothing that he found his way back.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not for everybody"
    "One Comedian's Life Can Be Interestingly Complex!"
    If you could sum up Attempting Normal in three words, what would they be?

    honest ... complex ... informative

    What aspect of Marc Maron’s performance would you have changed?

    Mr. Maron reads a little fast. Perhaps that's how he does his stand-up so maybe I'm the silly one judging him on how he does his regular routine with a unique comedic timing. Yet, I felt every chapter was genuinely something he endured through his life. Perhaps, he simply read with genuine passion.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I didn't want to listen to it all in one sitting only because I'm a commute-driving/daily workout audiobook listener who works an already overly stimulating job, and this book was quite a lot in one sitting. However, Mr. Maron was fascinating in pieces! For those who have less stimulating lives, this audiobook will really get you thinking.

    Any additional comments?

    The lives of comedians are very perplexing to me, and yet, somehow I always wanted to know more about them. Mr. Maron did just that! While telling us all about his life, he told me about the lives of the best comics, and I appreciated that. But if Mr. Maron has any other books, I'll definitely get them, but it'll be in book-form - words on paper - that is.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dad Is Fat

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

    Sean says: "Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads"
    "Sometimes You Gotta Laugh!"
    What did you love best about Dad Is Fat?

    If you've ever heard an audiobook read by the author, especially one about their own life, it can sometimes seem annoying. Like they're trying to make you think what they think is the right way - the normal way. Jim Gaffigan doesn't do that. All he does is tell you about himself, and, maybe, some others like him, and I love that! His imperfections and all are personal, informative, and funny - True Gaffigan!

    The other great thing is he reads his book just like his act only slightly quieter and calmer which makes it enjoyable listening to it on my commute. I'm sure the drivers next to me think I'm crazy cracking up laughing in my car at such calm words.

    Any additional comments?

    I'm not a parent, and I still found this hilarious and calming!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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