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  • Enough About You: Fiction & Humor (2009): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

    • UNABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By Tod Goldberg, Seth Greenland, Ben Greenman
    • Narrated By Carolyn Kellogg
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.

    Jan says: "The panel is great, they crack me up!"
    "The panel is great, they crack me up!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Enough About You to be better than the print version?

    Doesn't apply. This is an audio of a panel discussion in front of an audience at the book festival, with interaction between authors, audience and moderator.


    Any additional comments?

    Anytime Goldberg is involved listen for a good laugh. I think he's hilarious, as are other panelists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Humor & Race (2009): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

    • UNABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By Lalo Alcaraz, Christian Lander, Larry Wilmore
    • Narrated By Tod Goldberg
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    (1)
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    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.

    Jan says: "A great listen! These guys are funny and entertain"
    "A great listen! These guys are funny and entertain"
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    If you could sum up Humor & Race (2009) in three words, what would they be?

    They make we want to read their work.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Since this is a taping of a conversation this question doesn't apply, Give it a listen and you'll enjoy, I'm sure of it.


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

    Any and all of them, he's hilarious! He should host more of the conversations at the Festival of Books. I wish his work was available on audtiobooks.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The conbination of the authors is excellent, they interact off each other well.


    Any additional comments?

    I am going to find these authors in other media and keep watching for them on audtiobooks. Bring them back!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Chelsea Handler
    • Narrated By Chelsea Handler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1732)
    Performance
    (897)
    Story
    (896)

    In this wickedly honest new work, Chelsea Handler casts the net wider with even funnier results, recalling the most noteworthy highs and lows of her life to date - including her efforts to diversify by dating red-haired men, her obsession with midgets, and the dog-sitting interlude in which her boyfriend became overly familiar with a Peekapoo.

    Teddy says: "Just Plain FUNNYYYY!!!!!!!!!"
    "A new fan of Chelsea's."
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    If you could sum up Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea in three words, what would they be?

    Real, funny, relateable.


    What other book might you compare Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea to and why?

    I think it's a unique book, at least right now I can't think of another to compare it to.


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

    Chelsea is a good narrarator, and it just adds to the story when the the author narrarates their own work. She made it seem effortless, I concentrated on the book rather than the performance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several times she had me laughing out loud. She cracks me up, but she has a heart also. I'm not sure I knew that about her before the book. She can be so direct sometimes, she comes off as mean. Now I think that she's just being direct in her own way. I get her.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll be buying her other books after listening to this one. I've always liked Chelsea, but now I'm a fan of her as an author. The book is enjoyable and will crack you up, it did me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Girl Problems

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Babe Walker
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (125)

    Babe Walker, center of the universe, is a painstakingly manicured white girl with an expensive smoothie habit, a proclivity for Louboutins, a mysterious mother she's never met, and approximately 50 bajillion Twitter followers. But her "problems" have landed her in shopping rehab - that's what happens when you spend $246,893.50 in one afternoon at Barneys. Now she's decided to write her memoir, revealing the gut-wrenching hurdles she's had to overcome in order to be perfect in every way, every day.

    Kimberly says: "Hysterical"
    "Okay, but not great"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    While I enjoyed her certain sense of humor and could relate in many ways, having grown up in Orange County, California, the book seemed to wander without direction through her life. Some of the chapters are amusing, but the book, in general, dragged for me. It wasn't what I expected.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Babe Walker again?

    Yes, I would probably giver her another try.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    There were some amusing incidents. I think the chapter with the sex partner/trainer was too much, I get the humor behind it, but it was just too much for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I think many people won't get the level of Babe's expectations and won't understand the daily excessive indulgences, which granted, aren't that over the top for those that actually live that type of lifestyle, especially in L.A. And that's where the humor lies....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Treasure Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Mickey Dade hates deskwork, but that's all he's been doing at Wyatt Hunt's private investigative service, The Hunt Club. His itch to be active is answered when a body is discovered: It's Dominic Como, one of San Francisco's most high-profile activists - a charismatic man known as much for his expensive suits as his work on a half dozen nonprofit boards. One "person of interest" in the case is Como's business associate, Alicia Thorpe - young, gorgeous, and the sister of one of Mickey's friends.

    Stephen says: "Another murder in San Francisco"
    "Lescroart fan"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I think I would, but not as my first choice for this author.


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

    Not really, it wouldn't be classified as a pageturner in my opinion.


    Did Jeffrey Cummings do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, he did a pretty good job.


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

    No, nothing extreme about it really.


    Any additional comments?

    Not my favorite, but it was okay. So far I like the Hunt series, a little more suspense would be nice. Not much more I can say for this book, it was just okay.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laguna Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By T. Jefferson Parker
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Laguna: a place where a crazed killer has turned paradise into a Disneyland of depraved violence - with a fiery vengeance - and where homicide cop Tom Shephard unravels a grisly mystery. It reaches back across 40 years of sordid sex, blackmail, and suicide into the dark corners of his own past.

    Stacy says: "Fabulous"
    "Not as good as some of his other books."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There were times the story characters didn't seem to react to the situation in a believable way. I like twists and turns but this story was kind of flat for me and didn't build any suspense. I tried it two times and it just was not great.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    A different narrator may have been able to improve the book. It seemed a little slow...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Racketeer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4189)
    Performance
    (3532)
    Story
    (3526)

    Given the importance of what they do, and the controversies that often surround them, and the violent people they sometimes confront, it is remarkable that in the history of this country only four active federal judges have been murdered. Judge Raymond Fawcett has just become number five.... Nothing is as it seems and everything’s fair game in this wickedly clever new novel from John Grisham, the undisputed master of the legal thriller.

    Ron says: "Very Enjoyable Grisham"
    "Story seemed to drag, maybe it was the performance"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story just never seemed to get off the ground for me and I'm a big fan of Grisham usually.


    What was most disappointing about John Grisham’s story?

    I think it was the performance.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It was slow.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Objects of My Affection

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jill Smolinski
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (306)

    In the humorous, heartfelt new novel by the author of The Next Thing on My List, a personal organizer must somehow convince a reclusive artist to give up her hoarding ways and let go of the stuff she’s hung onto for decades.

    Kadgee says: "Hoarders a refreshing view!"
    "Enjoyed the story, kept my attention"
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    What did you love best about Objects of My Affection?

    Well written, the narrator suited the storyline well, enjoyable overall, and would read more by the same author.


    Have you listened to any of Xe Sands???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't but enjoyed the performance.


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

    A little of both...


    Any additional comments?

    The character development was interesting,the story flowed easily, I got caught up in the story and didn't want to stop listening.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Zero Game

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (481)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (156)

    Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler are playing a mysterious game. It's a game almost no one knows about: not their friends, not their coworkers, and certainly not their bosses, who are some of the most powerful senators and congressmen on Capitol Hill.

    Rodney says: "Great political novel"
    "Another great book by Brad"
    Overall

    Enjoyed this book and look forward to more of his, I'll be recommending it to my friends. The focus of the book is unique, moves quickly, and as usual, the author delivers twist and turns along the way with an unexpected ending. I also enjoy the legal insight into our justice system and games that are, or could be, played.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Double Whammy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1345)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (551)

    A twisted tale of murder in the world of big-stakes bass fishing tournaments. Filled with ex-wives, evangelists, and an armed pit-bull, this is a story that could only be concocted by Carl Hiaasen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, New York Times best-selling author, and czar of Florida noir fiction.

    David says: "First For Me"
    "One of his best!"
    Overall

    Entertaining, funny, with good narration. Highly reccomend this book, and I think it would appeal to a large audience. Love his characters, especially Skink!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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