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Thomas

COLUMBUS, OH, USA | Member Since 2011

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  • Why Do Men Have Nipples?

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Leyner, Billy Goldberg
    • Narrated By Mark Leyner
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    Finally, answers to all those strange questions you'd like to ask your own doctor but haven't had the guts (or more likely the time) to do so.

    Dr. Jim Rudd says: "Can't recommend"
    "Ick!"
    Overall

    Gad zukes! Not only doesn't the book answer many of the questions it posits, but also its many useless digressions are often in extremely poor taste. Thank you very much, but I don't care to hear a stroke-by-stroke description of one of the author's masturbatory experiences. The worst part: The authors think they are funny -- hilarious, in fact -- but more of the humor is embarrassing on the cringe-producing level. Trust the reviews here. I had to launder my iPod after I sullied it with this dreck.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in the Funhouse: The Life and Mind of Andy Kaufman

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Bill Zehme
    • Narrated By Budd Friedman
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Genius? Lunatic? Lost soul? Performance artist? Prankster? Who was Andy Kaufman, anyway? Biographer Bill Zehme invites you on a wild, revealing, intimate ride inside the mind and soul of one of comedy's greatest legends.

    Zehme delves into Frank Sinatra's legacy in The Way You Wear Your Hat.

    Thomas says: "Cutting-edge bio of a cutting-edge comic"
    "Cutting-edge bio of a cutting-edge comic"
    Overall

    I knew Andy was strange, but I didn't know how disturbed he really was nor how tragic his life was -- tragic for him and tragic for the friends and family who tried to understand what was going on in his weird inner world.

    Zehme has done a fine job of research here. Listen to this book if you have any interest at all in Kaufman or if you're interested in the development of performance art or modern humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dombey and Son, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Although not as widely known as some of his other works, Dombey and Son is nevertheless one of the greatest novels by Charles Dickens. It was published in installments between 1847 and 1848, when Dickens was at the height of his powers, and it marks a transition into a more mature style from his early period of success.

    Thomas says: "A great way to spend 13 hours!"
    "A great way to spend 13 hours!"
    Overall

    Magnificent! Although DAS isn't considered to be "major" Dickens, it is filled with the same moving moral sense, memorable characters, and engrossing story that you'll find in any Dickens novel. More significantly for an audiobook, this version is wonderfully voiced. The reader captures the many characters effectively and reads with just the right degree of emphasis.

    Beautiful, tragic, moving, engrossing. What more can one ask of an audiobook?

    So when do we get Volume 2?

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Slan (Dramatized)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By A. E. van Vogt
    • Narrated By Third Ear Radio Theater
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    In the 25th century mankind fought against the hated telepathic slan race in the fierce slan-wars. The result was the extermination of almost all slans, and the establishment of a world-wide police state.

    Lareau says: "Avoid!"
    "Classic pulp sci-fi"
    Overall

    Don't expect a literary masterpiece here. This is '40's pulp science fiction at it's best and worst: a magnificent set of ideas and speculations with weak character development and inexpertly written dialog. Still, the basic story about the persecution of genetically engineered humanoids was good enough to be "borrowed" by a number of authors, including the fine folks at Star Trek: The Next Generation. Why three stars: Over-the-top, scenery-chewing acting by a "full" cast of amateur actors and the worst, most-intrusive sound track I've ever heard. Still, if you're looking for a classic wad of adolescent sci-fi pulp, give it a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine: Two Centuries of Innovators

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Harold Evans, Gail Buckland, David Lefer
    • Narrated By Harold Evans
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    The workshop revolutionaries who made our world have never had the attention afforded the political revolutionaries who founded this nation. But it has been these innovators, in small-town attics and on the Mississippi, in Silicon Valley and the wheat fields of Kansas, in a black woman's beauty parlor and a Dayton bicycle shop, who set America on a course to attain a standard of living unprecedented in the history of the world.

    Jim says: "Wait for the Unabridged audiobook."
    "Superficial"
    Overall

    Terrible, superficial summaries of the lives of these "innovators." Clearly, the autor adnires their business sense over their inventiveness. The summaries of their lives suffer a bit (I'd guess) from the abridgement, but seemingly the author rarely goes below the surface of the details of their lives. There is little insight here into the inner lives of the innovators. Worst, the reading is often slurred and difficult to follow. If I didn't know better, I'd guess that the author/ reader was intoxicated during some portions of the reading!

    11 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • David Copperfield, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (24)

    Of all Charles Dickens' novels, this is perhaps the most revealing, both of Dickens himself and of the society of his time. It is little wonder that Dickens said of it, "of all my books I like this the best; like many fond parents I have in my heart of hearts a favorite child. And his name is David Copperfield."

    Debbie Yee says: "What an introduction to Dickens!"
    "Admirable and engaging on every level"
    Overall

    What can I say about what is perhaps the greatest novel by England's greatest novelist? Besides having the usual memorable characters and moving love of the poor and downtrodden that characterize Dickens, this novel has a sense of subtle intimacy and rich emotional power that can only come out of Dickens' own deeply felt experiences. Eventually, Dickens revisits his innocent youth in Great Expectations and finds a more cynical voice. But here he is rapsodic, even when he is presenting the most puerile (and memorable) of his evil characters, Uriah Heep.

    I must confess that the reader takes a bit of getting used to. The seemingly snotty, upper-class "veddy-British" voice becomes a foundation upon which to built the very different voices of the minor characters, all of which are beautifully unique and distinct. Davidson impersonates the female voices particularly well. Many male readers simply raise their voices. He adjusts the timber in more subtle ways. (He does the same in the I Claudius novels.) Bravo! I loved all 34 hours.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tristram Shandy

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Laurence Sterne
    • Narrated By John Moffatt
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Tristram Shandy is an ironic masterpiece, a work of extraordinary originality, wit, and learning. It is a work of considerable philosophical complexity but at the same time it is just a piece of flim-flam; it has been called the longest shaggy dog story in English literature. It is both a classic novel and an anti-novel. It includes passages of seemingly serious theology - but it can also be read as an elaborate bawdy joke.

    Thomas says: "Excellent comic novel, superbly read!"
    "Excellent comic novel, superbly read!"
    Overall

    Okay, so I know many of you aren't fans of the 18th-century novel, but this one is different. Sterne has written one of the funniest pieces of fiction of all time. Also, if you are fond of beautifully crafted sentences, you won't find any better in the language. The reader, James Moffat (sp?), knows how to exploit the rhythm and flow of those sentences and his comic timing is impecable. When I read this novel 20 years ago, I thought it was one of the best "reads" I had ever experienced. In Moffat's hands. it becomes one of the best "listens," as well.

    34 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken
    Overall
    (2097)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (338)

    Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Al Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

    Peter says: "Franken's One Sided View"
    "A real eye opener and fun, too!!"
    Overall

    Franken exposes more than just the lies of the right-wing media and right-wing politicians. He exposes their veniality and cruelty as well. Franken shows the right for what it is -- obsessed with the desire for power and willing to use every sleazy rhetorical trick to do it.

    Most of the time, Franken's prose is hilarious. The jokes tend to misfire when they are intentionally cruel and venal themselves. His arguments would have been stronger (albeit less funny) if he had avoided using the very techniques he criticizes. I'm sorry. Having one character release (fictionally) a "big, rattling fart" made me cringe. There's enough material here that flatulence jokes are unnecessary. Talk about "lowering the tone"!

    Please note, however, that I gave the book a five-star rating. It's so funny in parts that i almost wrecked my car. It's so relevatory and damning that I now view the right as a real threat and not just a bunch of misguided souls. It's even inspirational enough that I just might get off my ass, get politically active, and DO something to get the right-wing out of power. Now that's a powerful book!

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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