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Deborah

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  • Father's Day: A Journey into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Buzz Bissinger
    • Narrated By Buzz Bissinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Buzz Bissinger’s twins were born three minutes—and a world—apart. Gerry, the older one, is a graduate student at Penn, preparing to become a teacher. His brother Zach has spent his life attending special schools. He’ll never drive a car, or kiss a girl, or live by himself. He is a savant, challenged by serious intellectual deficits but also blessed with rare talents: an astonishing memory, a dazzling knack for navigation, and a reflexive honesty that can make him both socially awkward and surprisingly wise.

    Deborah says: "Moving, courageous story about father and son"
    "Moving, courageous story about father and son"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Father's Day to be better than the print version?

    I think the story is powerful in print, as well as audio. It is a father's journey to connect with and become close to his adult son with special needs. I heard the author interviewed by Emily Rooney, so I decided to get the audio book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have two: the author Buzz who narrates this true story and his son who shows wisdom despite his mental age of 9/10 years old.


    Have you listened to any of Buzz Bissinger’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I will have to check them out.


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

    A father's journey to connect with his son.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful, inspirational book. Thanks Buzz for so courageously sharing your family's story. I am going to recommend that our special education collaborative invite him to come speak to parents and special educators.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11051)
    Performance
    (9554)
    Story
    (9522)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Fascinating story of man and machine"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, indeed. This was a fascinating look into the life and mind of one of our generation's most influential innovators. You will enjoy this story, even if you are not an Apple person through and through like me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve! Who else?


    What three words best describe Dylan Baker’s performance?

    Monotonous, annoying, clear


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

    Yes, I laughed and cried at various points. I listened to this over several days while I was homebound with the flu. It was a good companion when I did not have the energy to read. I just wish that Dylan Baker's voice did not annoy me so much, especially when he represented spoken comments by Steve.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth listening to!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Finding My Voice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Diane Rehm
    • Narrated By Diane Rehm
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Diane Rehm has hosted a show on WAMU in Washington, D.C. since 1979. In Finding My Voice, this nationally acclaimed public radio personality shares the fascinating story of her life. Diane grows up with rigid Christian Arab parents who give her little self confidence. Her father is distant, and her mother has a violent temper. Diane’s first husband is as inaccessible as her father, and her life as a housewife is disappointing. But when she begins working at WAMU, she embarks on a path of self-discovery and transformation.

    Deborah says: "Love Diane Rehm"
    "Love Diane Rehm"
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    If you could sum up Finding My Voice in three words, what would they be?

    Honest, Insightful, Moving


    What did you like best about this story?

    I often listen to Diane Rehm on NPR, but did not know much about her personal life until I listened to her autobiography. She was so honest and open. I wanted to cheer as I listened.


    What about Diane Rehm’s performance did you like?

    I love her voice and her sensibility.


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

    Diane's Dream -- the triumphs and struggles of a pre-eminent radio journalist


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Diane Rehm, you have to listen to this. Tune into her national radio program weekdays on NPR.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Caroline Kennedy (foreword), Michael Beschloss (introduction)
    • Narrated By Jacqueline Kennedy, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Caroline Kennedy, and others
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (355)

    In 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded seven historic interviews about her life with John F. Kennedy. Now, decades later, these conversations can be heard in this digitally remastered eight-and-a-half-hour audio program. This audiobook includes the foreword written and read by Caroline Kennedy; introduction written and read by historian Michael Beschloss and the photos from the hardcover book, as well as complete annotations from Michael Beschloss, both in downloadable PDF format.

    Tim says: "Fascinating Listen"
    "Boring, did not meet expectations"
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    What would have made Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy better?

    It just was not as interesting as I antcipated. Could not finish listening to the entire book. It was too much of an inside conversation for me to follow.


    What could Caroline Kennedy (foreword) and Michael Beschloss (introduction) have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Book is probably valuable for historians, but not the lay reader like myself.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No narrator. Interview format. I enjoyed hearing Jackie's voice, but I did not have enough knowledge to understand a lot of what Jackie and the interviewer were discussing.


    What character would you cut from Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    Not a good listen.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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