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Heather

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  • The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chris Hardwick
    • Narrated By Chris Hardwick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (854)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (788)

    Nerds: Once a tormented subrace of humans... Now captains of industry! You don’t have to be a stereotypical geekwad to appreciate the tenets of Nerdism and to make your innate talents for overanalysis and hyper-self-awareness work for you instead of against you. Join Nerd superstar Chris Hardwick as he offers his fellow “creative-obsessives” the crucial information needed to come out on top in the current Nerd uprising. Success is the most satisfying - and legal - form of vengeance there is. And you can achieve it when you follow the Nerdist Way,

    Chris says: "Much more than meets the eye with this one!"
    "I'm a disciple of The Nerdist Way!!"
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    Where does The Nerdist Way rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Other than the Harry Potter series as read by Jim Dale, this is my favorite audiobook! Hardwick has such a dynamic storytelling voice, it felt like a conversation. He offers a perfect balance of humor, personal anecdotes, challenging truths and encouragement to the reader.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that Chris was vulnerable at times, telling the truth about his story. It's what gives me so much hope. He was so relatable, and made me feel like there was hope for me to turn my life around, too. I love that he doesn't just tell the reader what to do, he explains what worked for him and why. But he is also a cheerleader, and I couldn't help but believe he really was on my side as I listened.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't know about "scene", but the book is separated into 3 sections, and the 1st section was the most striking for me. There's a lot of good stuff to be found in the 2nd and 3rd sections as well, but the first section was amazing.


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

    This book literally saved my life, so yes, I had an extreme reaction to it. I was in the process of planning when and how to end my life when someone told me about this book. I downloaded it immediately and stayed up all night listening to it. That night I decided that I wanted to live, and if I was going to live that I needed to let go of suicide as a viable option for me once and for all. (So when I say it "literally" changed my life, I mean it.)

    I have been exposed to psychology all my life, both personally and professionally, as it was my chosen field of study. This book took the best of all of that and presented it in a way that was accessible and relatable. It felt like it was written just for me, using my humor and my language. It was motivating and it gave me hope.

    The book made me laugh AND cry. I've listened to it several times and I really love it. It has so much great stuff in it!


    Any additional comments?

    I found myself taking so many notes that I broke down and ordered a hard copy before I even finished the audiobook that first night. Of course, 3-5 days shipping seemed like an eternity to me at the time, so I *also* ordered a copy for my Nook the same day. I have benefitted so much from this book that I also ordered a hard copy for my therapist!

    Shortly after this book came into my life I found that Hardwick was scheduled to do standup in SLC, which is about 9 hours from me. I planned a trip and drove out to see him. He didn't do a meet and greet that night, but I took a chance and sent him a Tweet letting him know how far I had traveled to meet him. He DM'ed me back and invited me to the green room to meet him after the show. He was so gracious and sweet, signing my book and my Character Tome, snapping a few selfies with me and giving me a few hugs. I got to tell him that he saved my life, which genuinely seemed to touch him, and give him a small gift I made for him. I'm a big fan of his, and I really believe that he's a genuinely nice guy. This book is full of his personality and has a lot of balanced, encouraging information!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Neil Patrick Harris
    • Narrated By Neil Patrick Harris
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (510)
    Story
    (508)

    This hilarious book has been adapted especially for the audiobook edition so you’ll hear all of the same fun and humor from the printed version but you don’t have to make any decisions or jump around - just kick back, relax and listen. Plus, it features exclusive bonus audio of young Neil delivering an adorable speech! That’s audio you won’t hear in any version of this book other than the audiobook!

    The Reading Date says: "Choose this adventurous audiobook!"
    "Let Me Start By Saying..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography the most enjoyable?

    Neil's delivery of the material was perfect, of course.


    What other book might you compare Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography to and why?

    I've been listening to a lot of celeb bios and I'd say Nick Offerman, believe it or not. Not exactly, as Nick didn't follow the CYOA style, but still similar in content.


    What about Neil Patrick Harris’s performance did you like?

    He's very easy to listen to. There's enough animation in his voice to be interesting and inviting, but not so much as to be annoying or take attention away from the story. Neil just has great timing and inflection.


    Any additional comments?

    As much as I loved it (and I do love it), the Choose Your Own Adventure aspect makes the audiobook hard to follow. I love the idea and will probably buy an actual copy of the book, but it just struggles as an audiobook. Neil's performance makes up for it, but you can expect at least a few, "Wait, what?" moments.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Todd Glass Situation: A Bunch of Lies about My Personal Life and a Bunch of True Stories about My 30-Year Career in Standup Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Todd Glass, Jonathan Grotenstein
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Growing up in a Philadelphia suburb in the 1970s was an easy life. Well, easy as long as you didn't have dyslexia or ADD, or were a Jew. And once you added gay into the mix, life became more difficult. So Todd Glass decided to hide the gay part, no matter how comic, tragic, or comically tragic the results. Now, Todd has written an open, honest, and hilarious memoir in an effort to help everyone - young and old, gay and straight - breathe a little more freely.

    Heather says: "Worth It"
    "Worth It"
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    Where does The Todd Glass Situation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's okay. I enjoyed a lot of the story, but the ghostwriter + someone else narrating it makes it harder to really connect it to Todd. It just feels a little... removed. But I still enjoyed it.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, enjoyable, but it's only about a 3.5 on a 5 point scale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nick Offerman
    • Narrated By Nick Offerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1094)
    Performance
    (1021)
    Story
    (1019)

    Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman - who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking - he runs his own woodshop - Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman's childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois, to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally.

    OpenMindedNotCredulous says: "On the need to acknowledge the role luck plays"
    "I Enjoyed This Book Immensely"
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    What did you love best about Paddle Your Own Canoe?

    Offerman has such a fantastic delivery, so it's so easy to listen to. But my absolute favorite part? When he talks about Megan. It's fantastic. (And also when he giggles his man giggle.)


    What does Nick Offerman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nick has such amazing control over his voice. It's fantastic to hear him read it, and, of course, the giggling.


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

    Yes! I didn't, of course, with a 10 hour book, but I really enjoyed it and never felt fatigued by it.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this might be a good book to give to my dad for Christmas, and I'm very thankful I listened to it first. It's not what I expected and probably not a story that fits in my relationship with my father. It's still one of the best books I've ever listened to. It's outstanding. I have zero regrets about buying this one, other than my waiting so long to do so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yes Please

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amy Poehler
    • Narrated By Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
    Overall
    (5614)
    Performance
    (4773)
    Story
    (4763)

    Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

    S.F. says: "Listen to this book for sure"
    "A Warm, Funny Listen"
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    If you could sum up Yes Please in three words, what would they be?

    Heartwarming, sweet, well-read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Yes Please?

    Anytime she talks about Seth, or Seth talks about her, is beautiful. I really enjoyed this little cross over.


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

    I've only really heard Amy on shows she has been on, but thankfully we are spared her silly voices that can be, um, grating at times. Instead, her reading is pleasant and easy to listen to. If you close your eyes you can almost imagine that you're at a sleepover with Amy and a bunch of friends, listening to her tell stories late into the night. I really enjoyed it.


    Any additional comments?

    None of the stories are particularly shocking or scandalous, in fact, most are sweet and awkward and sometimes easy to relate to. She took me back to my own awkward adolescence more than a few times.

    Amy speaks so easily about everything from her time at SNL to having babies to weathering her divorce to a perspective-changing trip to Haiti. This book was lovely to listen to, and it made me wish my commute was a little longer because I was never ready to turn it off. I look forward to listening to it again. I highly recommend it!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Tough Sh-t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kevin Smith
    • Narrated By Kevin Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1277)
    Performance
    (1198)
    Story
    (1201)

    Take one look at Kevin Smith: He's a balding fatty who wears a size XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. Not a likely source for life advice. But take a second look at Kevin Smith: He changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-four with the release of Clerks, and since then has gone on to make nine more profitable movies, runs his own production company, wrote a best-selling graphic novel, and has a beautiful wife and kids. So he must be doing something right.

    Pamela J says: "Such a likable slob!"
    "Kevin Smith Wins Again"
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    If you could sum up Tough Sh-t in three words, what would they be?

    Honest, uncensored hilarity.


    What other book might you compare Tough Sh-t to and why?

    I can't think of any, but if you have listened to any of Smith's Q&A's, you'll know pretty much what to expect from this book. He's honest, he's vulgar, and he tells his story in a way that only he could.


    What does Kevin Smith bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Smith is a dynamic storyteller, and he does a great job reading his own material. I suspect I would have heard a lot of it in his "voice" had I read a hardcopy, but this was just great.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this selection. It think it offers more to aspiring writers/film makers, but it was still a terrific listen for me. I've been a fan of his for years and years, so I knew what to expect. This might be a little too vulgar for those that aren't familiar with his stuff, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Moshe Kasher
    • Narrated By Moshe Kasher
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (127)

    Rising young comedian Moshe Kasher is lucky to be alive. He started using drugs when he was just 12. At that point, he had already been in psychoanlysis for eight years. By the time he was 15, he had been in and out of several mental institutions, drifting from therapy to rehab to arrest to...you get the picture. But Kasher in the Rye is not an "eye opener" to the horrors of addiction. It's a hilarious memoir about the absurdity of it all.

    Mandy says: "An entirely difference"
    "Big fan of Moshe's"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Kasher in the Rye to be better than the print version?

    I haven't seen the print version, so I'm not sure I can accurately answer this, but I was a little disappointed in the audio version. I don't know if he was trying to compensate for his slight lisp (which I adore, btw) or if he was reacting to the feedback of others, but I felt like he was over-enunciating and it just sounded slightly awkward. I usually love his delivery during stand up, and this just felt a little more... robotic than that.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved his stories about being Jewish, and I really did appreciate his explanation of both growing up w/ a parent who forced pop psychology on him as well as how addiction takes you down. I can relate to both of those last two things!


    What three words best describe Moshe Kasher’s voice?

    In this book? Stiff, robotic, not natural. Usually, though, I love it!


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

    No. I enjoyed it, but the stories began to be so similar after a while that I had to take breaks. But I loved coming back to it every time! I listened to it in about 3 days.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the book was extremely powerful and I enjoyed it. Hands down, I really enjoyed it. I don't think it will be for everyone, but I related to it in a lot of ways and I learned a lot from it. I'm a huge fan of Moshe Kasher and will always support his efforts by buying his stuff or seeing him live when I can. Knowing more about his origin story has given me an even deeper appreciation of him and his humor and success. I grew up with a disabled parent. Even though she wasn't deaf, I can relate to A LOT of the things he says about her. And while my struggles in school were different, I also know what it's like to get lost in the system. And addiction... well, I know that one well, too. So this book was very dear to me in many ways.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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