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Los Angeles, CA | Member Since 2011

  • 3 reviews
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  • 160 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015

  • Make Art Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hyde Stevens
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal

    In our culture, artistic genius and poverty seem inevitably linked, but does it have to be that way? Jim Henson didn’t think so. An iconic creator and savvy businessman, Henson is a model for artists everywhere: Without sacrificing his creative vision, Henson built an empire of lovable Muppets that continues to educate and inspire - and a business that was worth $150 million at the time of his death. How did he ever pull it off? And how can other creators follow in his path?

    Ed says: "From a Muppet/Henson Fan"
    "From a Muppet/Henson Fan"

    Overall a very clever, insightful, and encouraging view of art and the freedoms and dangers in revenue and commercialization.

    If you're a fan of Jim Henson and are a creative person yourself, you will enjoy and benefit from Steven's book.

    Please remember the author released the book as a serial to Amazon (one chapter at a time). There are some repeated introductions to people, projects, and concepts that are not meant to be patronizing, but allow readers to appreciate isolated chapters.

    The narration was clear and (consistently) adopted cadence and tone of the people quoted. (Henson, Oz, Brillstein, etc.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jim Henson: The Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Brian Jay Jones
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For the first time ever - a comprehensive biography of one of the 20th century’s most innovative creative artists: the incomparable, irreplaceable Jim Henson He was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters born of his fertile imagination: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy, Big Bird. The Muppets made Jim Henson a household name, but they were just part of his remarkable story.

    Ted says: "Dramatically complete"
    "The author did his homework"
    What made the experience of listening to Jim Henson the most enjoyable?

    I know a great deal of the history of the Muppets, but the many personal recollections, details, reasons, and even anecdotes of specific Muppet and artistic moments gave me a better picture of this guy I've either loved or feared since I first watched Sesame Street.

    The Narrator (Heyborne) is clearly a fan. His subtle (but deliberate) impressions of Jim, Frank, Jerry, Richard, and others when they are directly quoted were wonderful embellishments to the text. Very nicely done.

    In case anyone wonders, Jim's life was not about fame, money, or scandals and neither is this biography.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jim Henson?

    Many great insights into the roots and planning of Muppet and Henson projects.

    Jim's love for his kids from their birth long into their success as adults.

    Jane, Juhl, Oz, and Bernie Brillstein were far more important to Jim than you'd guess.

    Jim was a great artist and he knew it, but he was very grateful for others. Honestly collaborative and trusting. His gentle, visionary leadership really allowed talented people a chance for greatness.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • King Solomon's Mines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Henry Rider Haggard
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One of the bestselling novels of the 19th century, King Solomon's Mines has inspired dozens of adventure stories, including Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan books and the Indiana Jones movies. Vivid and enormously action-packed, Henry Rider Haggard's tale of danger and discovery continues to shock and thrill, as it has since it was first presented to the public and heralded as "the most amazing book ever written."

    BJ says: "Purchase the Kindle book for free"
    "From a different culture"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Written decades before more familiar stories it carries the intrigue of originality. Particularly it's not "Indiana Jones with a twist" or "Treasure Island... with a twist". It was wild and odd but not trying to outdo itself in the third act.

    As a warning (or caveat emptor) Native Africans are depicted with some obvious cultural insensitivity. Some of the bias comes from the characters (the story is told by first person by a hard-bitten white man who can speak several African dialects) and some come from the author's era in history. There are some awkward moments for my ears, but nothing I felt was sensationally exploitative... monsters are monsters regardless of culture.

    What other book might you compare King Solomon's Mines to and why?

    Classic adventure stories from Jules Verne or Robert Louis Stevenson

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator is clear, interesting, and a pro.

    I suspect the director was asleep... some sections of dialog were heavily characterized (using different voices/styles) and others were not. I could tell during some chapters who was speaking by the tone of voice, but it was not consistent.

    31 of 32 people found this review helpful

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