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Mooresville, NC | Member Since 2014

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 132 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Neal Gabler
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Seven years in the making and meticulously researched - Gabler is the first writer to be given complete access to the Disney archives - this is the full story of a man whose work left an ineradicable brand on our culture but whose life has largely been enshrouded in myth.

    Amanda says: "Diane Disney"
    "Thrilling, Interesting, Compelling."
    What made the experience of listening to Walt Disney the most enjoyable?

    An interesting story of an amazing life. Disney was a transformative creative spirit. Driven, brilliant, driven, determined--and all too human.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Walt overcame numerous adversities. Even after his unambiguous movie success, he still had to fight the dim-witted and vision-less to get his dreams accomplished. Spoiler alert: Walt was a real person, had his faults, stresses and disappointments, could be cranky and short, got angry and sad, was funny and witty, and all the other facets that makes us all human. If you want this to be a gum-drop and lolly-pop book about "Uncle Walt", you'll be disappointed. If you want to respect a man who never stopped working to get his live his dreams, this book sets this out clearly.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    By speaking. Boring recitation of an otherwise thrilling, interesting and compelling story. What does he do for fun, read textbooks?

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


    Any additional comments?

    The author tries, unsuccessfully, to make this out to be more of an academic treatise than it really is. I could have lived without the footnotes, randomly inserted for effect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you ever thought Steve Jobs was an overrated, arrogant, selfish, self-absorbed, petulant, churlish a**h*le who got very lucky and rich by associating and using/abusing people with more talent and better ideas than he had (and freely taking credit for them), well, this is the book for you my friend because it confirms it all. Kids out of wedlock, absentee father, disgusting personal grooming habits, abusive employer and all-around sh*t--well, that about sums up Steve Jobs. If he had become an religious evangelist, he'd be Jim Jones squared. Fortunately he only went into computers, so no one died. Well, thankfully, he did.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steve Jobs is shown for the total tool he was.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Steve washing his feet in the toilet. Someone should have flushed just then and maybe he'd have gone down the bowl.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yeah, what a totally crappy father he was to his kids--including his out-of-wedlock daughter which he, in typical fashion, ignored and initially claimed wasn't his.

    Any additional comments?

    Loved the book. The truth is tough to take.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Greg Dean
    • Narrated By Greg Dean

    Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy, written by Greg Dean, is a comprehensive guide for people who are funny, want to be funnier, or have dreams of being a stand-up comedian. This first-of-its-kind audiobook demystifies the craft of comedy by breaking it down to the fundamental skills used by professional funny people. Dean lays out these skills in simple-to-understand lessons that are easy to practice and master.

    Scott says: "Solid Advice, Horrendous Delivery. Read it instead"
    "New Title: "Step by Step to How Not to Be Funny""
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who has insomnia but doesn't want to take sleeping pills. Or maybe someone who is testing noise canceling headphones--put on the headphones and play this really loud on your computer speakers to see if the headphones work well or not.

    Has Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy turned you off from other books in this genre?

    If anything, it should encourage other writers in this genre that a definitive work has yet to be written. How do you write a book on stand-up comedy that isn't funny?

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Greg Dean?

    Lassie? Eddie, the dog from Frazier? Silent Bob?

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    Any additional comments?

    Really? Really? Do I need any more?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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