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  • Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Andrew Solomon
    • Narrated By Andrew Solomon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (304)

    A brilliant and utterly original thinker, Andrew Solomon's journey began from his experience of being the gay child of straight parents. He wondered how other families accommodate children who have a variety of differences: families of people who are deaf, who are dwarfs, who have Down syndrome, who have autism, who have schizophrenia, who have multiple severe disabilities, who are prodigies, who commit crimes, who are transgender.

    C. Beaton says: "A Gripping Masterpiece"
    "Boring"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This book is for people who have never given a thought to the differences among people. Perhaps people who stereotype others. Or who lack empathy. It is not at all interesting or entertaining. Solomon colors his discoveries by his own sad youth of not being able to express himself as a gay person growing up.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Longest Way Home: One Man's Quest for the Courage to Settle Down

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Andrew McCarthy
    • Narrated By Andrew McCarthy
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    Unable to commit to his fiancée of nearly four years - and with no clear understanding of what’s holding him back - Andrew McCarthy finds himself at a crossroads, plagued by doubts that have clung to him for a lifetime. Something in his character has kept him always at a distance, preventing him from giving himself wholeheartedly to the woman he loves and from becoming the father that he knows his children deserve. So before he loses everything he cares about, Andrew sets out to look for answers.

    Dina says: "A Real Winner!"
    "I thought it would be better."
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    Would you listen to The Longest Way Home again? Why?

    No, listening to this story once is enough. I thought Andrew McCarthy would tell a better story. Sadly he reads flatly without enough inflection and pauses to make things interesting. While he is widely known for his travel stories, I found them pretty boring.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    His son. He seemed to have lost the most.


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

    No. I listened to it in the car to and from work. Sometimes I just wished it would be over. McCarthy's self apologetic style was boring much of the time. I just wanted to shout, "grow up, already!".


    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
    (3216)
    Performance
    (2528)
    Story
    (2519)

    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"
    "Funny and touching"
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    What made the experience of listening to Stories I Only Tell My Friends the most enjoyable?

    Rob Lowe's voice and his way of telling the stories. It was like you were sitting with him in his living room.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His honesty and transparency.


    What about Rob Lowe’s performance did you like?

    He had inflections in his voice, which many readers don't bother with. And his imitations of other actors.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was moved. And it was hilarious, I would be driving along and laughing outloud.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kristen Johnston
    • Narrated By Kristen Johnston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (413)

    The two-time Emmy Award-winning actress has written her first book, a surprisingly raw and triumphant memoir that is outrageous, moving, sweet, tragic, and heartbreakingly honest. Guts is a true triumph - a memoir that manages to be as frank and revealing as Augusten Burroughs, yet as hilarious and witty as David Sedaris.

    John Campbell says: "Whiskey and cigarettes have never sounded so good."
    "So Funny"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Guts to be better than the print version?

    It has to be! Kristen's voice is the best part.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she was in the hospital for the second time. Her own insights are hilarious.


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

    Yes. I had it on all the time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Marshall
    • Narrated By Penny Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (904)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (815)

    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!"
    "Hilarious and touching"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to My Mother Was Nuts the most enjoyable?

    I loved this book for the story and because Penny Marshall was the reader. Her accent is priceless. The recollections of her life so far and so funny and sweet as well. I didn't want it to end. I felt like I was listening to my best friend. I had to go out and rent all the Laverne and Shirley episodes, I just had to see them again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Matthew Dicks
    • Narrated By Matthew Brown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (228)

    Budo is lucky as imaginary friends go. He's been alive for more than five years, which is positively ancient in the world of imaginary friends. But Budo feels his age, and thinks constantly of the day when eight-year-old Max Delaney will stop believing in him. When that happens, Budo will disappear. Max is different from other children. Some people say that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, but most just say he’s "on the spectrum". None of this matters to Budo, who loves Max and is charged with protecting him from the class bully, from awkward situations in the cafeteria, and even in the bathroom stalls. But he can’t protect Max from everyone.

    Taryn says: "A Brilliant Book"
    "too sad"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The author's preoccupation with death made what could have been a delightful tale an onerous burden. The imaginary friend has too long monologues so that we never fully get to meet his owner. There are too many contradictions regarding what the imaginary friend can and cannot do, like go through doors but not walls or curtains that take away from the preciousness of the tale.


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

    The narrator wasn't too bad.


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

    It started out ok.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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