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Jeff

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  • Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tom Shales, James Andrew Miller
    • Narrated By Christopher Burns, Eric Conger
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (156)

    A history of Saturday Night Live that finally reveals what really went on backstage, on the set, in the writers' offices, and on the town. Dozens of stars, writers, and guest hosts recall the backstage gossip, feuds, foibles, drugs, sex, struggles, and calamities of the show that changed television.

    Tim says: "Interesting inside look, so-so presentation"
    "Very good listen, but left me wishing it had more."
    Overall

    Probably more like 3.5 stars instead of 4 but still really good and if you're a fan big of SNL it really hits.
    The book details the ins and outs and minor details of SNL from it's inception till present day. But I kept wanting more of a focused story from the years I grew up on, which will most likely be the same for anyone listening. The first cast gets the most page time, but even that could be it's own incredible book.

    The book spends a lot of time on the early years which is great, but that attention to detail for the later years is glossed over through the rest of the book which is too bad. I wish the same amount of detail that went into the first cast and SNL's opening years showed up in the later years as well. That of course would have made the book four times the size it is now though.

    The dynamics of how the cast works, writers write, and how the show comes together is fascinating, but I still wanted more about the show I love so much and the book never seems dive as deep as you want into any given set of cast members, besides the first for obvious reasons.

    The reading of the book is very well done. There are numerous people doing all of the different quotes throughout the book from cast members and writers, to studio execs. It sounds like they try to match the person they're imitating every once in a while which is kind of weak, but nothing that throws you out of the book. Very easy to listen to and sounded great.

    This is a must read/listen for any SNL fan.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: Revised Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (2752)
    Performance
    (1227)
    Story
    (1224)

    Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, and whose conclusions turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Thus the new field of study contained in this audiobook: Freakonomics. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives: how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

    Shackleton says: "Good, but be careful"
    "Entertaining and well read"
    Overall

    This is a very entertaining book with a lot of great information and stories involving economics, and is very well read.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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