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Michael

Indianapolis, IN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17216)
    Performance
    (13105)
    Story
    (13047)

    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"
    "If you like Tina, you will enjoy this!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    I can't imagine actually reading the book because it was so entertaining just to hear Tina tell her story.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    She does get a little political at times and is awfully condescending toward the right so depending on your own leanings, this could be a selling point or a deal breaker.


    What about Tina Fey’s performance did you like?

    Despite all her self-deprecating remarks, Tina has spot-on comic timing, which was quite enjoyable.


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

    When she talks about her struggle with deciding whether to have a second child, it was like she had been reading my diary. She is very genuine and transparent.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Screwtape Letters

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Joss Ackland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (337)

    A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below". At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C. S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old devil to his nephew Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man. The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging and humorous account of temptation - and triumph over it - ever written.

    James says: "This is the Best Audio Screwtape, a Masterpiece"
    "Chilling!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! C.S. Lewis' narrative is powerful and full of truth. It is the story of the constant battle for human souls and the many, many ways we deceive ourselves right out of salvation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Screwtape Letters?

    When Wormwood is describing the state of the church, it seemed he had spent time in the same pew as I have.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reading was powerful but his voice was very deep and hard to hear when not turned up.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe everyone should read this book-it is such a great picture of the human condition and our precarious balance between heaven and hell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Princess and the Goblin

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By George Macdonald
    • Narrated By Peter Joyce
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    Revolutionary for the time in encouraging children to think like children, the adventure of Princess Irene and Curdie, the boy miner, was to influence generations of writers, including Chesterton and Tolkien. Overflowing with fantastic ideas and images to delight the young and allegory to inspire their morality ‘The Princess and the Goblin’ has remained one of the most exciting tales for over 100 years.Irene lives in a castle on a mountain under which there is a labyrinth of tunnels inhabited by Goblins.

    Joseph says: "A Classic Fairy Tale for All Ages"
    "Awesome story of faith"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! It is such a great illustration of all the reasons we struggling to truly have faith in the unseen.


    What other book might you compare The Princess and the Goblin to and why?

    It was reminiscent of the Chronicles of Narnia-written for children yet there are so many layers of meaning that you can't truly appreciate it until you are an adult.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the Princess was with her grandmother-such a beautiful picture of the peace that comes when we are truly 'home."


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

    When the Princess is trying to introduce Curdy to her grandmother and he cannot see her.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a powerful, beautiful story and highly entertaining. I plan to share it with my kids.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Lisa Genova
    Overall
    (721)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (393)

    Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

    Ira says: "Incredibly stimulating and thought-provoking"
    "A whole new perspective"
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    What made the experience of listening to Still Alice the most enjoyable?

    It was such a powerful story-I was hooked from page one.


    What three words best describe Lisa Genova’s voice?

    I wish she'd been better able to distinguish her characters. It is difficult to track dialog with the cues of the written word.


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

    No-you almost had to take it in slowly over time-although it was disorienting to read about her disorientation at times.


    Any additional comments?

    I will never look at someone with dementia the same way again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sophie's Choice

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By William Styron
    • Narrated By Norman Snow
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    In this brilliant, multi-layered novel, a young Southerner, Stingo, wants to become a writer. In Brooklyn, he meets Nathan, a brilliant Jewish intellectual involved in a turbulent love-hate affair with Sophie, a beautiful Polish woman. She has a terrible wound in her past, one that impels both Sophie and Nathan toward destruction.

    Y. Perez says: "so-so"
    "50 Shades of Grey-with Nazis"
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    What would have made Sophie's Choice better?

    Zombies. I had always heard about what a great classic this is but I don't get it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald-just to get the icky taste out of my brain.


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

    His characters are distinct and he conveys the full range of their emotions.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I learned the signs and symptoms of anemia. Great news-I don't have it.


    Any additional comments?

    I imagine this is what we'd get if Ernest Hemmingway had decided to write the screenplay for a pornographic movie.

    0 of 4 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
    Overall
    (2487)
    Performance
    (2296)
    Story
    (2311)

    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 laughed out loud"
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    Where does Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is one of my top 5.


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

    The eulogy written by her friend-so funny!!


    Which character – as performed by Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur – was your favorite?

    Mindy herself-she is delightful.


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

    Not really-the book was nothing more and nothing less than I wanted: a light-hearted and hilarious memoir.


    Any additional comments?

    This book had all the sass and humor of Tiny Fey's but without the heavy-handed liberal ranting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: 50th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ken Kesey, Robert Faggen (introduction)
    • Narrated By John C. Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (401)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (368)

    Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her.

    Scott says: "Fantastic"
    "Great Literature!"
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    Where does One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has been one of my favorite listens. It is an incredible story about the psychology of power and John C. Reilly's performance is gripping and unforgettable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Ken Kesey tells a story not only about the despicable treatment of those with mental illness in the 20th century but also about the potential we all have for great evil in the right conditions. Nurse Ratchett is as chiling a villain as you will find and McMurphy is an unlikely hero.


    What about John C. Reilly’s performance did you like?

    He conveys Cheif Bromden's vision with conviction and heart.


    If you could take any character from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would enjoy talking to Harding. He has piercing insight into human nature and the mechanisms of society.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah's Key

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tatiana de Rosnay
    • Narrated By Polly Stone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1708)
    Performance
    (858)
    Story
    (869)

    Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a 10 year-old girl, is arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

    Benson says: "Important subject and plot, pedestrian execution"
    "Need to change focus"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not-the book went on WAY after the real story had been told.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a haunting and beautiful Holocaust story. However, the modern storyline was sooo shallow and pathetic as to be a distraction and did not enhance the story at all. This book makes it clear why people hate the French. Such a shame because there was definitely potential there!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26437)
    Performance
    (20346)
    Story
    (20534)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
    "Don't not attempt to drive while listening to this"
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    If you could sum up Mockingjay in three words, what would they be?

    Thrilling-great characters!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Such a great culmination of a wonderful trilogy! Keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout.


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

    Absolutely! So hard to turn it off when I had to head to work!


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely the best of the Hunger Games series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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