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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
    (953)
    Performance
    (856)
    Story
    (858)

    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!"
    "Worth getting through to the good stuff!"
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    I was drawn to this book because I was interested in Penny Marshall's take on being a female director, and having a nontraditional, and successful role in Hollywood. I was not looking - or interested - in raunchy details or weird side details about other actors or directors. She was not the pretty girl, and has been incredibly well connected and unapologetic about how she's chosen to live her life. When she talks about this, the book is great and she's enjoyable to listen to. That said:

    The first half is about her early life which she doesn't seem to want to talk about - and it comes out in the performance. I wonder whether she was active in writing the book because there are many times she actually runs over sentences, has awkward moments of reading, and generally just seems to be going through the motions of getting the performance done. The writing is pretty awful at times in the beginning and it comes through in the audio performance - especially when there are these long lists of people she's worked with and it just comes across as lame name dropping for the sake of creating interest. It can be a uncomfortable to listen to at times, and I know I was sorely tempted to stop listening.

    In the second half or so, when she really gets to talking about her time in Laverne & Shirley and directing, it starts to feel more like it's her story and it's enjoyable. At that point, it's a pleasure to listen to because it's listening/reading about someone with a real passion she's sharing. I wanted more of her talking about the work she is obviously passionate about and interested in sharing, and less of the awkward personal back story.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Fahrenheit 451

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Ray Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (228)

    Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires....The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning...along with the houses in which they were hidden. Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for 10 years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames...never questioned anything until he met a 17-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid.

    Nancy says: "Listen before you buy..."
    "Great story but narrator difficult to understand"
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    I really want to like this, but Bradbury is very difficult to understand, and as a result, I miss a lot of what is going on in the book. The story is interesting, but the narration is lazy in articulation. He tends to slur, make unnatural breaks in sentences (often only three words between a breath) and the volume can range quite drastically. Like others, I'd recommend getting the other version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Kingdom: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jamie Glover
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (243)

    From Bernard Cornwell, the New York Times best-selling author whom the Washington Post calls "perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure novels today", comes a saga of blood, rage, fidelity, and betrayal. In the 9th and 10th centuries, King Alfred and his heirs fought to secure the survival of the last outpost of Anglo-Saxon culture by battling the ferocious Vikings, whose invading warriors had already captured and occupied three of England's four kingdoms.

    Stephen says: "Great Historical Fiction!"
    "Abridged v. Unabridged"
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    I enjoyed the story and performance very much, but I missed that this version is abridged when I purchased it. The story was rich but felt oddly incomplete, and I didn't know why until I looked back into my library and saw it was abridged. The performance is excellent, the story and detail is wonderful, but I would recommend reading it to get the full depth of it or go to an unabridged audio version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27127)
    Performance
    (13747)
    Story
    (13793)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Wonderful! Could not recommend enough"
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    From the moment this book began, I was hooked. There is something special about the way that the book is read and it feels like you are part of the story - sitting around a table with the women in the story and sharing in their lives. It's a wonderful story, beautifully performed. It speaks to the story and the performance that I was always left wanting more - and not wanting the book to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17911)
    Performance
    (13756)
    Story
    (13702)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Great read!"
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    What did you love best about Bossypants?

    Entertaining stories that were easy to get involved in and enjoy.


    What other book might you compare Bossypants to and why?

    I'm not sure I would call it a real comparison, but it makes me think of "Born Standing Up". I wouldn't consider Tina Fey a comic, but both are interesting looks at comedy.


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

    I haven't listened to any other audio books narrated by her.


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

    I don't know that I was moved, other than to laughter - and that comes throughout the entire book!


    Any additional comments?

    It's a wonderfully entertaining book. We listened to it on weekend trip, and it was perfect to listen to short pieces, and not feel like you were disconnected with the book. I will probably listen to it again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am America (And So Can You!)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert
    Overall
    (1883)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (500)

    What The Daily Show is to evening news, The Colbert Report is to personality-driven pundit shows. Colbert brings his sarcastic charm to a half-hour report, tackling the important issues of the day and telling his guests why their opinions are just plain wrong. Stephen stands for "truthiness" and his American right to copyright that word and claim ownership of it. The author describes this as a simple audiobook from a simple mind: Stephen Colbert's.

    Ty says: "Funny, but disappointing."
    "Underwhelming"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend someone watch Colbert's show. It wasn't as funny or entertaining as his show. I really disliked how the "Colbert Speaks For Me" sections went. They were often not very funny, and kind of painful to get through.


    Has I Am America (And So Can You!) turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I am still interested in this genre, I just don't think I liked how this book translated to audio. Interestingly, I think I would rather have read it. There's just something about the audio-only aspect that wasn't appealing. I found myself hoping that traffic would turn to stop-and-go so I could fast forward past those sections.


    Was I Am America (And So Can You!) worth the listening time?

    I would listen to it as filler, if there wasn't anything else you were interested in. Colbert does an entertaining job narrating, but it still just falls a little flat.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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