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Greg

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  • I Have Chosen to Stay and Fight

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Margaret Cho
    • Narrated By Margaret Cho
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Comedian and activist Margaret Cho's righteous comic rage finds its targets with pinpoint accuracy and is meant not only to entertain but also to champion the civil liberties and raise awareness for the social injustices that are her impassioned causes, among them freedom of expression, gay rights, racial discrimination, and capital punishment. It is this blend of comedy and fervor that awakens the devotion of her legions of fans and permeates this book.

    Susan says: "Try other liberal audio books"
    "dear god, no"
    Overall

    I used to offer Margaret Cho the utmost props. I even defended "All-American Girl" back in the day. But I feel that after finding her audience of die-hard fans, she's resorted to mugging and saying whatever the hell she feels like, then pausing for applause. That would be fine if she felt like saying something interesting, but her social-political statements lack nuance. She's become the type of comedian where you scoff and say, "Hell, I've said that. Where's my DVD?"

    If the above commentary seems unrealated to this audiobook, it isn't. This recording contains a lot of references to material from her last recorded stand-up performance, and if you were frustrated with that and wondered if maybe she's better just doing non-fiction, abandon all hope. There's nothing in here you haven't heard before, and if you're an evil, left-wing, West Coast/North Eastern liberal, nothing you haven't said before in conversations with like-minded people where you haven't had to back it up.

    Also, I think it would have been more interesting if read by Gilbert Gottfried.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Company

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    Nestled among Seattle's skyscrapers, The Zephyr Holdings Building is a bleak rectangle topped by an orange-and-black logo that gives no hint of Zephyr's business. Lack of clarity, it turns out, is Zephyr's defining characteristic. The floors are numbered in reverse. No one has ever seen the CEO or glimpsed his office on the first (i.e., top) floor. Yet every day people clip on their ID tags, file into the building, sit at their desks, and hope that they're not about to be outsourced.

    Michael says: "Characters brought to life"
    "a better read than a listen"
    Overall

    "Company" seems like it might be a fun read, but the audio production spoils it. The narrator lays it on thick, which makes this light satire seem almost unbearably cute. He also coughs and laughs and makes other guttural noises during character dialogue, even when the text doesn't specifically call for it. If that wasn't enough, conversations on the speaker phone, voice-mails, and even people yelling in the hallway get special sound effects. This is less of an unabridged read than it is a one-man show. Most audiobook listeners would be better off reading this one themselves.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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