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ChrisG

Torrington CT | Member Since 2011

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  • My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Marshall
    • Narrated By Penny Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (890)
    Performance
    (800)
    Story
    (802)

    her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

    M. S. Cohen says: "The audio performance should get an award!"
    "Don't read it, listen!"
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    There are some books that just scream the need to be done in audio and this is one of them. Penny seems to struggle a tiny bit in the beginning with her performance, but then finds a great rhythm and the book just flows. Living near NYC, I could identify with the style of her performance. The books offers a lot of insight and quite a few yuks too. The book is also touching, especially when Penny battles tears as she describes emotional moments in her life. What I love about this book, something I also found to be true in Rob Lowe's book, is how approachable Marshall seems to be. Yes, there are some curses, especially toward the latter portion of the book, but it isn't every other word and I didn't find it to be that big of a deal. She is a New Yorker and that comes through loud and clear. Her friendships with many of Hollywood's well known names was enlightening. All in all it is a fun read and the 8+ hours went by quickly. I did desire to hear a little bit more detail about the Odd Couple and Laverne and Shirley than the amount she offered, although she didn't gloss over it either. Penny's narration is what seperates this book from good to great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Monkey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (817)
    Performance
    (721)
    Story
    (728)

    Andrew Yancy - late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriff’s office - has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, the sheriff might rescue him from his grisly Health Inspector gig (it’s not called the roach patrol for nothing). But first - this being Hiaasen country - Yancy must negotiate an obstacle course of wildly unpredictable events with a crew of even more wildly unpredictable characters.

    James says: "Disappointed"
    "Not Hiaasen's best, killed by Arte Johnson"
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    While there are many Hiaasen books that are better than Bad Monkey, this book wasn't awful, but just average. With that said, while I like Arte Johnsen's voice, he simply wasn't good in Bad Monkey. Johnson's below average performance had me longing for the printed version just a few chapters into to book. His tone would be great for a biography, but the man that had many voices in his career didn't bring them along for Bad Monkey. He often used the same voice for male and female characters while once in a while tossing an accent in that only served to make listening a bit of a challenge. Johnson, a comic master missed the all important timing elements of humor as well, often causing parts that should be funny to simply fall flat.
    The story itself, having some of the typical nutty characters found in Hiaasen's witty offerings, lacked in comparison to his other books (I have read them all). Also, the dragged out ending was fair at best. I may go back and read Bad Monkey to see if there is any improvement as I have always loved Hiaasen 's books. The length of time between books and what appears to be the author reaching for material make me wonder if Hiaasen has simply running out of steam. I hope not that's not the case.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2864)
    Performance
    (2649)
    Story
    (2651)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Bella McGuire says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Well written, but very average crime story"
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    Stephen King is a master of creating a mood in a story. He is also a master of transporting the reader into another place in time as he did with the outstanding 11/22/63. In Joyland Kink creates the mood and sets the time period well, but the story itself is thin. Joyland isn't a bad book, but there are better choices from this great writer. On a bright note, the performance of Michael Kelly was top notch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6728)
    Performance
    (3780)
    Story
    (3806)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Read this before buying"
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    This is a great story and a sound performance but I will leave it to the other well done reviews to cover that point. But from my point of view two things should be known prior to buying this book. The first is that if you don't have some knowledge of computers or video gaming it will be tougher to get into the story. It isn't impossible, but be prepared to re-listen every now and then. Secondly, This book and Freedom (TM) really should have been one long book instead of two. Unlike books in a series that bring some conclusion to each book in the series, Daemon leaves far too much hanging and really requires the reading of Freedom (TM) to reach a reasonable ending. My advice would be to purchase both books or neither of them. With that said, these two books were a joy to read. The story is very well thought out and Jeff Gurner does a great job! Highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3173)
    Performance
    (2486)
    Story
    (2478)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Overall very good, but a little lacking"
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    Overall this a great book. I grew up with the Brat Pack but was only a distant Lowe fan. However, his writing style and humility makes him hard to dislike. He has had a very interesting life and I think readers will enjoy hearing about some of his chance meetings with other actors. Unlike many autobiographies, Lowe spends just enough time talking about his youth without it becoming boring. He narration is excellent, especially when he copies the voices of those around him. My only issue with the book, and it is a very minor one, is that I wished he spoke in more depth and detail about his fall into addiction. I also felt that he glossed over his video scandal, leaving out much of the mess his career became, the challenges he faced as a result and his journey back.

    All in all, a well done book by a very likable actor.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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