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Grant

Torrance, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • My Life, Volume II

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Bill Clinton
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    President Bill Clinton's My Life is the strikingly candid portrait of a global leader who decided early in life to devote his intellectual and political gifts, and his extraordinary capacity for hard work, to serving the public. It is the fullest, most concretely detailed, most nuanced account of a presidency ever written, and a testament to the positive impact on America and on the world of his work and his ideals.

    Adam says: "Good book"
    "Too many names to keep track of"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I think the first volume was much more interesting to listen to. The second volume got bogged down in names and dates. It could have been half as long and conveyed the same message. Still interesting to hear his perspective on how things happened.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tim Conway, Jane Scovell, Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, Dick Hill, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (392)

    Six-time Emmy Award-winning funnyman Tim Conway, best known for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In television history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There's nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain - and in his first-ever memoir, What's So Funny?, that's exactly what he does.

    Richard says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "Ear candy"
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    Just a nice romp through Tim's life and his experiences especially on Carol Burnett show. Good companion book to her book.

    0 of 0 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
    (15790)
    Performance
    (14005)
    Story
    (14043)

    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!"
    "Best performed book of the year!"
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    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    The two narrators/performers were EXCELLENT in this book and were able to create multiple characters that painted a very strong picture. I would pick a book just based on the fact that they were performing it. GREAT job!


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    See Above. Excellent performances from both. VERY strong. Would recommend the book on their performance alone.


    Any additional comments?

    Nice suspense throughout. The ending was a bit anti-climactic, but I was held capture throughout 99% of the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (11034)
    Performance
    (7045)
    Story
    (7077)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Nice historical perspective"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, good story that was engaging throughout.


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

    Amazed at the facts about US troops that died outside of combat in WWII and how the Japanese treated POW's. Very powerful.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader / performer was EXCELLENT. Nice voice with great inflection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    Overall
    (21574)
    Performance
    (13041)
    Story
    (13172)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Old time radio play"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Game the most enjoyable?

    I liked the many different voices for characters. It felt like the old radio stories of the 40's & 50's with different people reading different characters. Made it come alive more. Nice job!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Nancy Gibbs, Michael Duffy
    • Narrated By Bob Walter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (520)

    The Presidents Club was born at Eisenhower’s inauguration when Harry Truman and Herbert Hoover first conceived the idea. Over the years that followed - and to this day - the presidents relied on, misunderstood, sabotaged, and formed alliances with one another that changed history. The world’s most exclusive fraternity is a complicated place: its members are bound forever because they sat in the Oval Office and know its secrets, yet they are immortal rivals for history’s favor.

    Elicka says: "Inflection of narrator really annoying"
    "Distracting narrator"
    Overall
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Bob Walter’s performances?

    Absolutely NOT


    Any additional comments?

    I saw a review before buying this with someone saying that they really did not like the narrator. I felt I could probably ignore that complaint as I didn't think it would affect me that much. Boy was I wrong! Hard to explain why it is annoying, but he has very little inflection in his voice and all the sentences end almost like in a question. Typically you would have highs and lows in intonation and all of his reading is right down the middle and lacks interest. He mis-pronounces words a lot, and gets very singsongy in his delivery. Almost like a politician ironically, but it was really hard to listen to which is a shame because most of the content is interesting. I would seriously consider reading this one instead of listening until they get a different narrator to re-record it. Sorry Bob.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5064)
    Performance
    (3070)
    Story
    (3095)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Scary as Hell, but eye opening."
    Overall
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    If you could sum up One Second After in three words, what would they be?

    Post Apocalyptic world


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The hardest part is to stay focused on the story because my mind kept wandering into the world of "I wonder how I would react to this situation."


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

    Mostly just afraid of the possibility of this really happening. Suddenly you start appreciating the little things in life and how drastic our lives would change if the power were to go out tomorrow. I hope I never see the day...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Carol Burnett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (958)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (595)

    Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won 25 Emmys in its remarkable 11-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another.

    Robin says: "Do not listen while driving"
    "A worthwhile listen"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I liked the stories that Carol has to tell and many were laugh out loud and others were very sad. Like all lives, she has had her ups and downs and it was nice to re-experience them with her.


    Any additional comments?

    My biggest issue was with some of Carol's inflections. It is certainly her style of speak, but she often ends sentences with a question mark even if they don't warrant? It got a little too much? So I tried to just enjoy the story? You get the point...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    Overall
    (2040)
    Performance
    (1810)
    Story
    (1829)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming The Dark Knight Rises, lent her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thomas M Clifford says: "In Time for the Holiday.Give the GIFT of a STORY!"
    "Disappointing."
    Overall
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    What didn’t you like about Anne Hathaway’s performance?

    Some characters she performed wonderfully but others just didn't match the personality of the characters. She has potential, but didn't live up to her acting on screen skills.


    Any additional comments?

    It is hard not to compare it to the movie version. It just didn't hold up as an audio book even if it was free.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2514)
    Performance
    (1124)
    Story
    (1119)

    In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

    Andrew says: "Fantastic"
    "Stopped early"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Born Standing Up in three words, what would they be?

    I enjoyed listening but he stops as his stand up career ends. I wanted to hear more about his movies and life after stand-up. Still brought a smile to my face often.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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