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Altotenor

amateur ethnomusicologist

ratings
19
REVIEWS
6
FOLLOWING
9
FOLLOWERS
1
HELPFUL VOTES
4

  • God Said,'Ha!'

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 48 mins)
    • By Julia Sweeney
    • Narrated By Julia Sweeney
    Overall
    (270)
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    (112)
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    (110)

    In one year Julia Sweeney got a divorce (amicable), bought a small bungalow in Hollywood, and looked forward to a life that said, "Here dwells a happily single young woman!" But then the axe fell. Her younger brother, Mike, was diagnosed with terminal cancer and moved in with her. Her parents came to be with Mike and moved in with her, too. Julia was now on seriously intimate terms with the people she had spent half a lifetime growing up away from.

    Haley says: "Resonated Big Time"
    "Spend yer money on this!"
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    Julia Sweeney is VERY funny, and this remembrance of her life is mostly funny. When it isn't funny, it's touching. We were on a long trip as a family & the teenagers & the adults all really enjoyed it. The only reason this doesn't get 5 stars is that it isn't long enough! So don't spend a whole credit, but DO spend yer money on this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Late, Late at Night

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Rick Springfield
    • Narrated By Rick Springfield
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    In a searingly candid memoir that he authored himself, Grammy Award-winning pop icon Rick Springfield pulls back the curtain on his image as a bright, shiny, happy performer to share the startling story of his rise and fall and rise in music, film, and television, and his lifelong battle with depression.

    Theresa says: "Late night snack"
    "Confessional, honest, bitter and yet a bit creepy"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Late, Late at Night to be better than the print version?

    I haven't got the print edition. I am unhappy that there is NO ACCOMPANYING PDF so that we audiobook purchasers can see the pictures, so the print edition certainly has that one over the audiobook.


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

    I really got to like when he would give voice to his depression, which he calls "the Darkness" or "Mr. D". He uses his natural speaking accent (Australian) and I believe this added greatly to the honesty & emotional impact of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the writing of this book was cathartic and/or healing for him in some way, for it seems that the serious therapy he undertook in the past only helped him better understand his misery & what drives him. His bitterness at those who have wronged him and his willingness to share a fair number of his sexual conquests (which must number into the thousands) - that's the creepy part.

    I very much liked how often he described how deeply he feels for his long-suffering wife, and throughout shed light on what sex addiction is really like; suffice it to say: addiction is addiction is addiction.

    Another thing that is truly remarkable about this book is that he goes through - perhaps somewhat exhaustively - each one of his albums and shows us part of his songwriting process and how he made each one. After listening to the book, I went back and listened to several of the albums he's made in the last 30 years and the songwriting is solid. I especially like "Venus in Overdrive" & "Songs for the End of the World", but an album I really didn't care for when it came out, "Tao", seems very different to me now.

    I mostly enjoyed this book & I mostly enjoyed hearing Rick Springfield read his own words. I think I was led to listen to this book after watching Dave Grohl's film, "Sound City", of which RS is a part (and I HIGHLY recommend this film if you are a music fan). Learning more of his story has made me reconsider his music and see him as the songwriter he really is, not as the teen idol I thought he was when I was in Junior High. As Springfield is in his mid-sixties in age and still rockin' pretty hard, I'm thinking I may have to make it a point go to one of his concerts and soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18333)
    Performance
    (12470)
    Story
    (12367)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Davina Porter is the GOLD STANDARD in narration"
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    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    He's super fabulous and so is she.


    Any additional comments?

    I started reading this series of books because my dearest friend in the world just LOVES these books. No, I didn't start with the 1st one because I was getting them out of the library so I took whatever was available. I read them all (there were only 5 at the time) and I very much liked the writing - clever, literate, well researched, the story was unique, the characters likeable and I love really good and long books as I read very fast. Still I would roll my eyes again & again & again when the 2 main characters, Jamie & Claire, would go on about how great/wonderful/handsome/beautiful the other one was; I began to think I would scream if I had to read *one more description* of how amazingly groovy somebody's hair was.....

    Enter Audible. The same dearest friend gave me a few free credits & I decided to use one of them on "Outlander". Heck! It's a great value: more than 33 hours long?!? Imagine my astonishment when I found myself laughing out loud and another time IN ACTUAL TEARS during the listening of this book - Davina Porter's performance *made* *me* *care* what happens to these people.

    .I now have all of the unabridged audiobooks and am looking forward to more volumes as they are released. It's true, Ms.Porter canna do a good Boston accent (but she does ALL the others so well), and I still roll my eyes whenever I have to hear for the fiftybazillionth time how handsome he is and how gorgeous she is but I love all of the characters like family now and simply adore narration by Davina Porter. RECOMMENDED

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3953)
    Performance
    (3568)
    Story
    (3593)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "Absolutely OUTSTANDING"
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    First- full disclosure: I'm a fan of the book. I'd read it just a few years after it came out when I was probably a freshman in high school; it made an indelible impression on me and I think Margaret Atwood is a flippin' GENIUS. I think it should be required reading for every human being in North America.

    My daughter, in her mid-teens, loves audiobooks. She is a great reader as well; however, she will only very occasionally take a book recommendation from her mum. I got this audiobook in the hopes that she *might* listen to it if I put it on her iPod.

    Claire Danes hasn't been a favorite of mine - it isn't that I *don't* like her.....I just missed "my So-Called Life" age wise & I can't recall seeing her in anything since "Romeo & Juliet" (I haven't watched much tv since 1997). I was skeptical if Ms. Danes could do this material (that's so important to me) justice, but I hoped my daughter would enjoy it.....

    One evening I couldn't sleep & I had no more credits so I decided to give it a try - AMAZING. I hadn't re-read "The Handmaid's Tale" in 20+ years and listening to it again now was not only chilling but I was dumbfounded at Atwood's prescience (just check out Ms. magazines' recent articles about the War against Women). And Claire Danes? She inhabits this narrative, gives such a strong, nuanced performance that I cannot BELIEVE she didn't win the Audie for this. Danes reading Atwood is a golden example of how audiobooks can be so much better than reading a book yourself; great writing paired with great reading is sublime.

    I still don't know if my daughter has listened to it - I pray that she does. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION POSSIBLE

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson
    • Narrated By Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (145)

    Two sisters. Two voices. One Heart.

    The mystery of "Magic Man." The wicked riff of "Barracuda." The sadness and beauty of "Alone." The raw energy of "Crazy On You." These songs, and so many more, are part of the fabric of American music. Heart, fronted by Ann and Nancy Wilson, has given fans everywhere classic, raw, and pure badass rock and roll for more than three decades. As the only sisters in rock who write their own music and play their own instruments, Ann and Nancy have always stood apart - certainly from their male counterparts but also from their female peers.

    Kathy says: "Good Behind-The-Scenes Look At "Heart""
    "Even better than I'd hoped"
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    I read quite a few of the other reviews before downloading this one; I'm not sure why I was on the fence. I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this audiobook, especially as the sisters Wilson took their respective turns at narration. I think they were very candid and open about their own failings and quite generous to others in their history. I gained a much greater appreciation for each of them as musicians, songwriters and captains of their own fates; I've spent the last week on Spotify listening to lots of their music over again.

    Another reviewer here on Audible was quite scornful about their passivity during the 1980's - their most financially successful period and the beginning of the uber-focus on Ann Wilson's weight gain - and I have to say that I cannot agree with the other reviewer. I believe they wrote very sincerely about how they lost their way artistically during that time and how they laboriously clawed their way back to themselves through great personal challenges. I have read/heard a fair number of musicians' memoirs/autobiographies/biographies over the last 30 years (at least 40 or more I think) and this was the first one where the heartbreak of infertility was discussed in depth!

    The best memoir I've EVER heard is Keith Richard's "Life"; this book is just a notch below that one - but only a notch! Ann & Nancy Wilson are unique in their position as rockers, siblings & women and this book tells so much of that history - I definitely recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Only You Can Save Mankind

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Richard Mitchley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    As the mighty alien fleet from the very latest computer game thunders across the computer screen, Johnny prepares to blow them into the usual million pieces. And they send him a message: We surrender. They're not supposed to do that! They're supposed to die. And computer joysticks don't have 'Don't Fire' buttons. But it's only a game... isn't it?

    Altotenor says: "Another Terry Pratchett delight"
    "Another Terry Pratchett delight"
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    I always enjoy Terry Pratchett so it is no surprise that I enjoyed this one very much. I love how his thought process turns things sideways. My only complaint was the length - too short! Share this with your video games obsessed teenagers. :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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