Actually, I think other audiobooks are better produced (this one seemed kind of slapped together and rushed - no break in between stories). The stories however, are excellent!
Bought this solely to listen to
I would definitely listen to Bronson again. Cassandra was good, but I think that Terese Plummer would have done a better job (listen to
Terese Belivet - for her conviction and development throughout The Price of Salt
Definitely the narration/performance by Ross Matthews. I listened to the entire book on a flight yesterday and I'm sure my fellow passengers were wondering what I was listening to - such a fun time!
Hearing about his great childhood. What a strong foundation for him
Loved his stories about meeting Madonna and other celebs. He also performed the book in his great signature voice and rapid-fire speaking style - really funny and full of pep
Loved it and look forward to more books/stories by Ross.
It would have been nice if Gwyneth and Chelsea would have read their parts themselves, but Ross did a fine job with their portions.
Very good. Penny's performance was excellent and fun to listen to.
Tough to compare. I was amazed with the long lasting (and wide-ranging) friendships she has cultivated and maintained through the years. The title of the book is not really reflective of the content.
She made it sound as if she was talking directly to you (it wasn't "performed" at all).
No extreme reactions - just an overall good feeling that I got from learning more about her as a something more than just Laverne & Shirley
Overall, a fun experience and I am glad I listened to this one. Give it a shot!!
Yes, I am actually on my second listen and really enjoy it. Ann and Nancy do a fantastic job recounting their lives and it's great to hear in in their own voices.
Love them both. I especially liked how they explained how the Beatles inspired them. They sure sounded like interesting, focused kids and I admire their commitment to the music, their family, and themselves.
I enjoyed so much, it's hard to decide. That's part of the reason I am listening to it all over again - it's THAT good!
Yes, definitely. It might have also been nice if the intro and conclusion music would have been a Heart tune instead of something else
My only complaint is that i HATED how a narrator introduced each voice with each chapter. One can quickly/easily distinguish between Ann & Nancy's voices, so this "intrusion" is unnecessary and kind of disruptive.
Probably not, as sometimes a little Andy Cohen is a lot of take and might not be everyone's cup of tea
I was kind of ready to give up listening in the middle when he began to explain playing pranks on his parents and what a spoiled employee/intern he was at CBS. This aspect of him is just not likeable and while I understand that he lived it (and has learned from it), it was not fun to listen to. However, it did improve and I enjoyed the rest of the book.
LOVED the part where he imitated Ross Perot and Michael Jackson - really funny
No sorry, it was just a light escape to listen to while travelling
Probably not. If you want a funny story about someone who talks to you like a friend - buy Kathy Griffin's book instead
I don;t know what I was expecting (maybe this was the problem). It had a few laugh out loud spots, but not as many as I desired
Declarative, clear, upbeat. I actually think it would have been better with a llitle more variety (not the same tone the whole time).
Kind of - I did enjoy how Ali spoke about her Mom though - great voice when she spoke as her Mom
I liked Adam's personality-packed narration
It's all about Adam, but I enjoyed learning about his early years and his family. Also liked how he used the houses he lived in to describe the different stages in his life.
Not a character, but I especially liked the only semi-serious spot in the book where Adam explains that it was "will" (not talent or ability) that helped him get on the football team.
Some hearty laughs in several spots. Definitely a lot of "guy" humor, so watch out if you are offended by cursing or scatological references
He never actually explained the title (or maybe I missed it), but I would have liked to have heard that story
Unusual in that I could see the "reality show" in it (as it actually was a combination of a few of them)
I thought the narrator's performance was excellent. She had to do a variety of voices/styles (often in the same paragraph) and it was fun listening. I especially enjoyed the "Martha Stewart-like" character - dead on!!
I thought the primary character's early years in LA were a blast. I can definitely see most of those things happening
Not "Skinnydipping" that's for sure. I actually don;t know why the book has this title - did not make sense to me. I don;t think I would make this book into a movie
Overall, a lot of fun to listen to. I really liked the beginning and middle, but was a little disappointed in the end where everything kind of magically fell into place (that part with Harris). The narrator's performance was top notch and I will seek her out for other books.
Jackson's unflinching story
I had no idea what rough shape (physically and mentally) he was in and give him (and Benny!) a lot of credit for making the choice to change his life.
I liked how Jackson described Benny as a "Jackie Gleason-like" busdriver
The ending was heart-wrenching and poignant
I was (happily) surprised that there were fewer cats stories in this book. It's primarily about Jackson's journey from a lonely, isolated life to a redemptive one. His narration is EXCELLENT and the primary reason I bought (and recommend) this book.
I haven't read the print version, but since Martin and Emilio narrated it themselves, it made it much more meaningful (and that was the primary reason I bought the audiobook)
Loved hearing about the early days of both Martin and Emilio - I had no idea about their younger years
Great to hear it in their own voices. Please note that there is no "gossip" in this book (no wild stories about Charlie Sheen, etc).
Not an extreme reaction, but a better understanding of these two and their outlook and relationship - very interesting and thoughtful
Agree with other reviewers that the audio quality was only adequate/kind of poor (several spots where lines were repeated, wish there would have been a pause at the end of the book, etc).
Yes, very interesting story with a few helpful tips. Was kind of surprised about the health tips at the end, but they actually made a lot of sense.
Unusual subject matter makes this one unique (in a good way!)
Loved that she narrated it herself. It;s the primary reason I bought it. What an amazing life she had had!
Anticipate, participate, recollect. She covers this throughout the book
Fun and interesting and I came away with some good tips. Some of the activities (which are questions/things to do) might be better with the hard copy of the book though (since I am not often in a spot where I can write things down as I listen to the audiobook
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