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David

Richmond Heights, MO, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Fosse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Sam Wasson
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    We see Bob Fosse's legacy everywhere - from Broadway to "Billy Jean" to Beyoncé's moves in the "Single Ladies" video. Yet in spite of Fosse'sdeep cultural significance, no biography has ever brought him fully to life, unveiling the man behind the bowler hat and the swaggering sex appeal.

    David says: "what a fascinating man"
    "what a fascinating man"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fosse to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fosse?

    The creative process behind some iconic moments in show business


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

    no


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

    what a complicated man


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the behind the scenes stories

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All I Love and Know

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Judith Frank
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    For years, Matthew Greene and Daniel Rosen have enjoyed a quiet domestic life together in Northampton, Massachusetts. Opposites in many ways, they have grown together and made their relationship work. But when they learn that Daniel’s twin brother and sister-in-law have been killed in a bombing in Jerusalem, their lives are suddenly, utterly transformed. In dealing with their families and the need to make a decision about who will raise the deceased couple’s two children, both Matthew and Daniel are confronted with challenges that strike at the heart of their relationship.

    David says: "Heartwarming, surprising, political, and intriguin"
    "Heartwarming, surprising, political, and intriguin"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is fresh. It held my interest all of the way through. I did not want the book to end. It made comparisons between life events that I would never thought of comparing. I liked the characters, even with their flaws.


    What other book might you compare All I Love and Know to and why?

    I can't think of any.


    What about Peter Berkrot’s performance did you like?

    The voices of the characters.


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

    not at first, but after about half way through


    Any additional comments?

    I have already recommended this book to a number of friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Lord Bird

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By James McBride
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (278)

    Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry’s master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town - with Brown, who believes he’s a girl. Over the ensuing months, Henry - whom Brown nicknames Little Onion - conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859 - one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.

    Melinda says: "An Interesting Re-Telling of a Little Known Man"
    "interesting but heavy handed"
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    Would you try another book from James McBride and/or Michael Boatman?

    maybe


    Would you recommend The Good Lord Bird to your friends? Why or why not?

    with reservations. I like historical fiction. In this book, I think the author went beyond the point of credibility. I think the author got caught up in trying to cover too many themes.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    narrator was fine


    Do you think The Good Lord Bird needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no. The story is over.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not sure after reading this book what was real and what was created for the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charles Graeber
    • Narrated By Will Collyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (391)

    After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.

    FanB14 says: "More Chilling than Murder?"
    "Nonfiction that reads as fiction"
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    If you could sum up The Good Nurse in three words, what would they be?

    scary, chilling, unbelievable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Good Nurse?

    realizing how trusting patients in hospitals are of their caregivers


    What about Will Collyer’s performance did you like?

    he did not get in the way of the story


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

    you couldn't make this story up


    Any additional comments?

    They missed a couple of details in explaining how the tasks were accomplished.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Two Boys Kissing

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Levithan
    • Narrated By David Levithan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites - all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other. This follow-up to the best-selling Every Day showcases David's trademark sharp-witted, warm-hearted tales of teenage love.

    Carl says: "great story narrated by the author"
    "Required for gay men over 50"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Two Boys Kissing the most enjoyable?

    The language is beautiful and the insight is uncanny


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Two Boys Kissing?

    References without explanation about life during AIDS crisis


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

    It was as if my life story had been told.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought a hard copy of the book so I could see the beautiful language.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ben Fountain
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (308)

    A ferocious firefight with Iraqi insurgents at "the battle of Al-Ansakar Canal" - three minutes and forty-three seconds of intense warfare caught on tape by an embedded Fox News crew - has transformed the eight surviving men of Bravo Squad into America's most sought-after heroes. For the past two weeks, the Bush administration has sent them on a media-intensive nationwide Victory Tour to reinvigorate public support for the war. Now, on this chilly and rainy Thanksgiving, the Bravos are guests of America's Team, the Dallas Cowboys....

    Melinda says: "Oh-ooo Say, Can We See?"
    "Tediious"
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    What disappointed you about Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk?

    Lack of plot. I got very tired of all of the angst.


    What could Ben Fountain have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Moved the setting.


    Did Oliver Wyman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk?

    Almost all of them.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened for 2 hours and had to stop.

    1 of 2 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
    (20792)
    Performance
    (18639)
    Story
    (18705)

    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!"
    "I Hated It"
    Overall
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    What would have made Gone Girl better?

    None of the characters were likeable


    What could Gillian Flynn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not make the main couple so crazy or stupid


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    Nick


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Gone Girl?

    I would have changed the ending


    Any additional comments?

    What an overrated book. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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