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Metaphorical 1

metaphorical 1

Dekalb, Illinois, US | Member Since 2010

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  • Johnny Carson

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Henry Bushkin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
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    (184)
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    (182)

    From 1962 until 1992, Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show and permeated the American consciousness. In the ’70s and ’80s he was the country’s highest-paid entertainer and its most enigmatic. He was notoriously inscrutable, as mercurial (and sometimes cruel) off-camera as he was charming and hilarious onstage. During the apex of his reign, Carson’s longtime lawyer and best friend was Henry Bushkin, who now shows us Johnny Carson with a breathtaking clarity and depth that nobody else could.

    Pi says: "Not for the uninitiated"
    "Should be called Johnny and me"
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    This is a book I recommend, however it has a deceivingly narrow focus. It's about the author's experience with Johnny. This is good and bad. It lacks the all encompassing perspective but it shows many telling specifics. The author walks a fine line effectively of appreciating and respecting Carson while telling us, alas, many behind the scenes defects in the iconic persona. Dick Hill is great as always as the reader

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1092)
    Performance
    (998)
    Story
    (993)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Ann says: "Over the top"
    "Guilty pleasure fulfilled"
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    I've been told that Nora Roberts is a romance novelist, so being a man of serious pursuits I must be careful acknowledging I'm a fan (LOL). Nora Roberts writing about a witch returning to Ireland was an irresistible temptation. Bottom line is she is a very good writer and the narration is outstanding. I strongly recommend this book!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Randy L. Schmidt
    • Narrated By Cheryl Bentyne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Little Girl Blue is an intimate profile of Karen Carpenter, a girl from a modest Connecticut upbringing who became a Southern California superstar. Karen was the instantly recognizable lead singer of the Carpenters. The top-selling American musical act of the 1970's, they delivered the love songs that defined a generation. Little Girl Blue reveals Karen's heartbreaking struggles with her mother, brother, and husband; the intimate disclosures she made to her closest friends; and much more.

    Benoibe says: "Beautifully written. Excellent book."
    "Karen as Victim"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I was pleased to see this in audio format. I don't regret listening to it. However it was disappointing. I was hoping to hear a deeper account of Karen's creative process, not just an anecdotal account of her life with excessive detail about her death.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • An Object of Beauty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (315)

    Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the New York art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights - and, at times, the dark lows - of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.

    L says: "Gifted writer, characters and context feel true"
    "Renassaince man strikes again"
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    Where does An Object of Beauty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Steve martin establishes himself with this book as a master of another trade. Beautifully written,and spoken, book about the art world and it's inhabitants where the primary motif seems to be the meaning of beauty itself.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Waging Heavy Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Neil Young
    • Narrated By Keith Carradine
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (165)

    An iconic figure in the history of rock and pop culture (inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Neil Young has written his eagerly awaited memoir. Young offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical career, spanning his time in bands like Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crazy Horse; moving from the snows of Ontario through the LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today.

    John says: "Great book for Neil Young Fans"
    "Worst editing ever"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book seems to be trying to induce an experience of what it's like to have ADD. I love Neil Young, but this is the worst editing ever, which is to say it was not edited. Bad decision. No quality control. The narrative has no cohesiveness whatsoever. It jumps from sentence to sentence to new topics and 40 year time frames without any rhyme, reason, direction or definition. sadly, I can not recomend this book.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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