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Barboza

Muscat, Oman | Member Since 2009

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  • Uncle Fred in the Springtime

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (100)

    Uncle Fred, or to give him his full title: Fredrick Altamont Cornwallis Twistleton, fifth Earl of Ickenham, is considered by some as a "splendid gentleman, a sportsman to his fingertips". Mr Twistleton, nephew to Earl, and otherwise known as "Pongo" to his friends, has a differing view. He simply describes his uncle as "being loopy to the tonsils".

    Patricia Marino says: "Perfection"
    "Better read than heard"
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    I think I would enjoy reading rather than hearing this book. Too many characters make it difficult to keep track of where the story is heading...

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Outsider: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jimmy Connors
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (66)

    In The Outsider, Connors tells the complete, uncensored story of his life and career, setting the record straight about his formidable mother, Gloria; his very public romance with America's sweetheart Chris Evert; his famous opponents, including Björn Borg, John McEnroe, Arthur Ashe, Ivan Lendl, and Rod Laver; his irrepressible co-conspirators Ilie Nastase and Vitas Gerulaitis; and his young nemesis Andre Agassi.

    David says: "Old School Tennis"
    "Great Insight"
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    Gave a good insight of a champion. I could see the effort that goes into making a champion. Also he loved his journey unlike Andre Agassi which is also inspiring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Reza Aslan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1417)
    Performance
    (1277)
    Story
    (1268)

    From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

    Charles says: "Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E."
    "Disappointing!!!"
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    I thought I would get a book on the human side of Jesus but all I got was how the bible is historically inaccurate. It did not add anything to my understanding of Jesus as a human being though this is what the author says he set out to explain.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18197)
    Performance
    (16231)
    Story
    (16285)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Absorbing"
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    It was an absorbing story and kept me guessing till the end. But I did not like the ending. Was not satisfying after investing so much emotion into the audiobook!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undisputed Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mike Tyson, Larry Sloman
    • Narrated By Joshua Henry
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (254)

    Philosopher, Broadway headliner, fighter, felon - Mike Tyson has defied stereotypes, expectations, and a lot of conventional wisdom during his three decades in the public eye. Bullied as a boy in the toughest, poorest neighborhood in Brooklyn, Tyson grew up to become one of the most thrilling and ferocious boxers of all time - and the youngest heavyweight champion ever. But his brilliance in the ring was often compromised by reckless behavior.

    Brock says: "Fascinating story about a train wreck of a life"
    "Most outrageous autobiography Ive heard"
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    Where does Undisputed Truth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Most outrageous life Ive heard so far. His struggle days were inspiring. But his downward spiral from the early 90s was too much!! At one point, the only thing he seemed to be doing were drugs and women. After being blessed to get out of the ghetto, how could he screw up so badly!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mike Tyson of course, outrageous and interesting always.


    Which character – as performed by Joshua Henry – was your favorite?

    Mike Tyson...


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

    I was stunned most of the time. I was like... does this really happen !!


    Any additional comments?

    Cautionary tale on how not to screw your life!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1763)
    Performance
    (1608)
    Story
    (1602)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela J says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "Heartwarming..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Still Foolin' 'Em the most enjoyable?

    It was a very heartwarming story. I loved the fact that he loves his family. Was tired of dysfunctional family and abusive parent stories of so many celebrities. Though very American in his experiences, I found myself absorbed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Still Foolin' 'Em?

    His start in the stand up business...


    Have you listened to any of Billy Crystal’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Ive watched his movies and his autobiography was what I expected..


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

    I laughed out loud many times....


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life and Laughing: My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Michael McIntyre
    • Narrated By Michael McIntyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (68)

    Michael McIntyre has become Britain’s biggest comedy star. His debut stand-up DVD, Live & Laughing, was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second, Hello Wembley, which sold over 1.4 million copies and was the 2009 Christmas number one. He hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 following his record breaking 54-date Arena tour.

    Ann says: "Entertaining and engaging"
    "Great fun"
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    What did you love best about Life and Laughing?

    Was great fun. I found his experiences to be very interesting and found his outlook to life refreshing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Life and Laughing?

    His teenage years and his start in the standup circuit....


    Have you listened to any of Michael McIntyre’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I started following Michael Mcintyre after this performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Laugh out loud !!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bonkers: My Life in Laughs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jennifer Saunders
    • Narrated By Jennifer Saunders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    Jennifer Saunders' comic creations have brought joy to millions. From Comic Strip to Comic Relief, from Bolly-swilling Edina in Ab Fab to her takes on Madonna or Mamma Mia, her characters are household names. But it's Jennifer herself who has a place in all our hearts. This is her funny, moving, and frankly bonkers memoir, filled with laughter, friends, and occasional heartache - but never misery. Bonkers is full of riotous adventures.

    Catheryn says: "This is fabulous, absolutely!"
    "Not my cup of tea..."
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    Ive recently been hearing a lot of the autobiographies of stand up comedians like Billy Crystal and Michael Macintyre though Im not very familiar with their work. I like listening to their take of life. They seem to see the lighter side of life. I also felt their experiences to be universal. However with Jennifer Saunders I just could not identify with any of her experiences. I guess a working knowledge of her work or being British would help.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (4214)
    Performance
    (3472)
    Story
    (3492)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Depressing but engaging"
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    The book is really dark with depressing characters. Nothing good happens to any of them. However if you can accept the dark and depressing theme, the book is quite good and engaging. It keeps you guessing till the end. The way the plot is unfolded is intriguing. Though I did feel a bit depressed at times, at the end of the book I was glad I heard it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why I Left Goldman Sachs: A Wall Street Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Greg Smith
    • Narrated By Greg Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (240)

    On March 14, 2012, more than three million people read Greg Smith's bombshell op-ed in the New York Times titled Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs. The column immediately went viral, became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter, and drew passionate responses from former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, legendary General Electric CEO Jack Welch, and New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg. Mostly, though, it hit a nerve among the general public who question the role of Wall Street in society - and the callous "take-the-money-and-run" mentality that brought the world economy to its knees a few short years ago.

    Michael Moore says: "Engaging Story; Raises Highly Important Issues"
    "An okay read"
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    Story

    Ive heard a lot of books on the 2008 meltdown, on Bernie Madoff, Lehman Bros etc. So maybe Im already a bit jaded by this genre. This book didnt say anything new. Its the usual story of Wall Street greed. I actually liked the fist part of the book. It gave me a good insight on working life on Wall Street.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ridiculous

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Norm MacDonald, Will Ferrell, Molly Shannon, and others
    • Narrated By Norm MacDonald, Will Ferrell, Molly Shannon, and others
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    After nine years in production, it's the highly rumored comedy album from Saturday Night Live's Norm MacDonald. Featuring Will Ferrell, Tim Meadows, Molly Shannon, Artie Lange, and more.

    Flavius says: "Great For Fans, Others Strongly Cautioned"
    "good fun"
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    Really enjoyed it on the first hearing. Loved it on the second. My favourite piece was Tex Hooper.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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