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sarah

east balmain, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ed Viesturs, David Roberts
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (91)

    For 18 years, Ed Viesturs pursued climbing's holy grail: to stand atop the world's 14 8,000-meter peaks, without the aid of bottled oxygen. But No Shortcuts to the Top is as much about the man who would become the first American to achieve that goal as it is about his stunning quest. As Viesturs recounts the stories of his most harrowing climbs, he reveals a man torn between the flat, safe world he and his loved ones share and the majestic and deadly places where only he can go.

    Hans says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Good Narration."
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    Any additional comments?

    A bunch of people have been writing about how arrogant Ed is, but he's a professional sportsman who has had to publicise his activities and get sponsorship, etc. I think it's pretty normal for such people to become hubristic. I'd like to read a Michael Jordan memoir when we don't get a sense that the man believes in himself.

    So I think that's just par for the course and it's an interesting insight into the kind of self belief that these people have. He mentions so many friends who do similar sorts of climbing and they're all, well, dead.

    I thought the narrator was excellent, he's got this really interesting voice, super dramatic but it works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jane Velez-Mitchell
    • Narrated By Elizabeth White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (75)

    On June 9, 2008, the butchered body of Travis Alexander was found in his Mesa, Arizona, home. The grisly nature of his death made instant headlines: With 29 knife wounds, his throat slit, and a gunshot to the head, Travis was left to die. The prime suspect in the case was Alexander's ex-girlfriend, the attractive and soft-spoken Jodi Arias. Though Arias initially said that she was nowhere near the scene of crime, little about this case was as it seemed, and before long she had been caught lying to police. As the investigation progressed, her lies evolved multiple times before finally resting on an appalling claim: She had killed Travis in self-defense.

    Tracy says: "Intriguing!"
    "Gripping"
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    Would you listen to Exposed again? Why?

    A really interesting insight, well researched and well narrated. It gives equal time to events before and after the murder, so good on background and not just about the court case.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Gavin Edwards
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (25)

    Hollywood was built on beautiful and complicated matinee idols: James Dean and Marlon Brando are classic examples, but in the 1990s, the actor who embodied that archetype was River Phoenix. As the brightly colored 1980s wound down, a new crew of leading men began to appear on movie screens. Hailed for their acting prowess and admired for choosing meaty roles, actors such as Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, Keanu Reeves, and Brad Pitt were soon rocketing toward stardom while an unknown Leonardo DiCaprio prepared to make his acting debut. River Phoenix, however, stood in front of the pack.

    karyn says: "Awful Narration"
    "Interesting snapshot of history"
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    Where does Last Night at the Viper Room rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't agree with some of the negative reviews around this; I thought the context around young Hollywood at the time was interesting and gave context for Phoenix's life, a sense of comparison about where Phoenix may have ended up had he lived. Didn't find the narration irritating. This book is definitely worth a listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unsinkable: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Debbie Reynolds, Dorian Hannaway
    • Narrated By Debbie Reynolds
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (69)

    The definitive memoir by legendary actress and performer Debbie Reynolds - an entertaining and moving story of enduring friendships and unbreakable family bonds, of hitting bottom and rising to the top again - that offers a unique and deeply personal perspective on Hollywood and its elite, from the glory days of MGM to the present.

    Kerrie says: "Unsinkable and Unforgettable"
    "What is this book about?"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Debbie Reynolds and Dorian Hannaway and/or Debbie Reynolds?

    Maybe


    What could Debbie Reynolds and Dorian Hannaway have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book doesn't have a story. It's just a bunch of random stuff about her business dealings, divorces, financial tribulations, debts, etc. I'm not really sure why she wrote this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3081)
    Performance
    (864)
    Story
    (881)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "Lots of Detail, Great Reading"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Extremely detailed- really difficult to listen to in one sitting. I felt it was not great for late at night or relaxing times because there's too much detail. Amazing story, once can scarcely believe it's all true!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scar Tissue

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Anthony Kiedis
    • Narrated By Rider Strong
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    In 1983 four self-described 'knuckleheads' burst out of the neo-punk rock scene in LA with their own unique brand of cosmic hard-core mayhem funk. Over 20 years later, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, against all the odds, have become one of the most successful bands in the world. Though the band has gone through many incarnations, Anthony Kiedis, the group's lyricist and dynamic lead singer, has been there for the whole rollercoastar ride.

    sarah says: "Interesting Insight"
    "Interesting Insight"
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    Where does Scar Tissue rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is toward the top of my library in terms of quality. It is an interesting account, it's a very long book that deals in depth with each stage of the band's progression, with a solid delivery by the narrator. I'm not the hugest fan of the band, but I lived through their times and it's a really interesting account of that. I admire the author's candid account, it doesn't seem like he held much back in the writing of this memoir.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anything Goes!: What I've Learned from Pundits, Politicians, and Presidents

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Larry King
    • Narrated By Larry King
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    As host of Larry King Live, one of the most popular daily forums for political news and commentary, Larry King has asked probing questions of North America's movers and shakers: the major world leaders, politicians, pundits, spin doctors, and reporters who are directly involved with the North American scene. Now, in Anything Goes!, King takes an in-depth look at how North America, through the prism of the electronic and print media, has gotten to the point where it is today.

    manaf says: "Nothing to do with the Title"
    "Download his other one."
    Overall
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    What would have made Anything Goes! better?

    Delivery was rushed and garbled, and his stories weren't told with context or flair. I really liked "My Remarkable Journey" so go with that one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Hope Edelman
    • Narrated By Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (309)
    Story
    (310)

    In this remarkable dual memoir, film legend Martin Sheen and accomplished actor/filmmaker Emilio Estevez recount their lives as father and son. In alternating chapters—and in voices that are as eloquent as they are different—they narrate stories spanning more than 50 years of family history, and reflect on their journeys into two different kinds of faith.

    CyndiLooWho says: "Hartwarming and Captivating but Fix the Audio!"
    "Cerebral take on acting and film making"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed this. It wasn't a celebrity bio as I'd normally understand the term, as both authors are cerebral and reflective. Salacious celebrity gossip stuff is very much downplayed in favor of studied reflections on their work, personal philosophies, and family life. Martin Sheen is especially sweet and sentimental in his contributions; it's hard to believe it's the same guy who played in Apocalypse Now!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Paper Life

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Tatum O'Neal
    • Narrated By Tatum O'Neal
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    At age 10, Tatum O'Neal became the youngest Oscar winner in history for her performance in the film classic Paper Moon. As the sidekick to her father, Ryan O'Neal, she became a fixture at the most glamorous Hollywood parties and counted celebrities among her childhood friends.

    Deb says: "started out strong, but ended weakly"
    "Sad story, terrible narration."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Seemed like she hadn't rehearsed before doing the narration. She sounds like a student forced to stand up in class and read a text she's never seen before. Was she unable to hear how bad this sounds or does she not care? Why didn't someone say something to her during the recording process? I just can't imagine any engineer allowing this kind of thing if the narrator was a non-famous person and not the author.

    It sounds like she keeps reading along, getting to the end of a line on the page, and thinking the sentence has ended, she's taking her breaths in the wrong places...it's shockingly bad for a professional actor to turn in something like this.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tatum O'Neal’s performances?

    Not for the right reasons.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Botany of Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1475)
    Performance
    (749)
    Story
    (752)

    Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship.

    Teddy says: "If you have an open mind... Give it a listen"
    "Nicely done."
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    If you could sum up The Botany of Desire in three words, what would they be?

    Plants, People. There, I only needed two!


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He's clear. He's not trying to be overly dramatic. I enjoyed listening to it while I was running because it was informative but not overly dramatic, it just went through this interesting history at a steady pace and kept me running at a steady pace.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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