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  • Shoeless Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By W. P. Kinsella
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Shoeless Joe, the soul-stirring novel on which the movie Field of Dreams is based, is more than just another baseball story. Kinsella captures the spiritual dimension that baseball represents for its most determined devotees in this tale of love and the power of dreams to make people come alive.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Story, won't be disapointed!"
    "Hugely Disappointing"
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    I had been looking forward to this audiobook for some time. I'm a big baseball fan, and just loved the movie "Field of Dreams", which was based on this book. As a rule, the book is usually much better than the film made from it, but not this time. Actually, I thought the story was pretty good...or would have been if written by someone else. But the writing is just dreadful. Every other sentence, it seems, contains a simile. At first this was mildly amusing, but as it continues throughout the book, it becomes nothing short of annoying. I did listen to the entire book because I wanted to see where it was going, but the last couple of hours of listening were torture.

    I was also less than thrilled with the reader. His voice is grating, and you can hear his intake of breath after almost every sentence. He sounds like he is gasping for air, which also gets to be annoying after a while.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Firm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (451)

    At the top of his class at Harvard Law, he had his choice of the best in America. But he made a deadly mistake. When Mitch McDeere signed on with Bendini, Lambert & Locke of Memphis, he thought he and his beautiful wife, Abby, were on their way. Mitch should have remembered what his brother Ray -- doing 15 years in a Tennessee jail -- already knew. "You never get nothing for nothing."

    Mark says: "One of the best thrillers ever!"
    "The best of Grisham"
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    To me, this is the ultimate Grisham novel. Not high literature, but a fun, suspenseful listen. I've read almost all the Grisham books, and this is my favorite. If you haven't read Grisham, this is where you should start. I think it's his best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Wait Till Next Yearis the story of a young girl growing up in the suburbs of New York in the 1950s, when owning a single-family home on a tree-lined street meant the realization of dreams, when everyone knew everyone else on the block, and the children gathered in the streets to play from sunup to sundown. The neighborhood was equally divided among Dodger, Giant, and Yankee fans, and the corner stores were the scenes of fierce and affectionate rivalries.

    Judy says: "Reliving my own past"
    "Reliving my own past"
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    I may be prejudiced, but I absolutely LOVED this book. It reminded me so much of my own childhood. I was born in the same year as the author. Like her, I grew up in a suburb of New York city a huge baseball fan. Her memories of playing in the neighborhood mirror my own. And although we are of different religions and rooted for different teams, it doesn't matter. We still have so much in common that it was like reliving my own past.

    The reader was very good, but I really would have preferred that the book be read by the author herself. Somehow I think it would have brought even more to the story. Nonetheless, if you were a child of the 50s, you're going to enjoy this book tremendously.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (221)

    No Ordinary Time describes how the isolationist and divided United States of 1940 was unified under the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become the preeminent economic and military power in the world.

    BB says: "A rich and entertaining history"
    "Deserved the Pulitzer Prize"
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    This is a classic. The story of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt has always fascinated me. Doris Kearns Goodwin has done a magnificent job with this. She covers not only the war years, but goes back and gives us the story of these two amazing people from their early childhood, which lets us know how them came to be the people they were in their middle and later years. Even though I didn't really learn much new from this book, I enjoyed every minute of it. I got very caught up in the story, and was dreading the end because I knew that President Roosevelt would die before the end of the war. Silly, I guess, but that's how good the writing was.

    The reader was more than adequate. He was able to change his voice enough so that I was always aware of which character was speaking. I just sort of wish that Ms. Goodwin had read the book herself, because I do like her voice. But that's just my own personal taste.

    Whether or not you know the history of this time, the book is a definite "must read".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1588)
    Performance
    (1445)
    Story
    (1441)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "An Endearing Memoir"
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    If you could sum up Still Foolin' 'Em in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Touching, Familiar


    What did you like best about this story?

    Being of the same generation and background as Billy Crystal, I related to many of his experiences. His description of his older relatives sounded like he was talking about my own family and his love of the New York Yankees equals my own.


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

    Yes, I've seen him perform and watched several of his interviews on television. The book is very similar to what I've heard from him in the past with a lot of repetition of his old stories. But I didn't mind that at all. His recollections are just as funny/sad/touching when hearing them for the second (or even third) time.


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

    When he talks about missing his father. My own father died over 30 years ago, and I still miss him. You can relate if you've lost a beloved parent.


    Any additional comments?

    I think that the best parts of the book are those that he performed in front of a live audience. I sort of wish he had done the whole book that way. But either way, I really enjoyed this book. It made me laugh, cry......and remember my own background as a Jewish kid growing up in New York.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3058)
    Performance
    (2023)
    Story
    (2057)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "A whole new way to experience an American classic"
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    Would you listen to Gone with the Wind again? Why?

    I will definitely listen to it again. I've read the book several times, and could probably quote whole passages of it from memory. But listening was a new experience. The narration was absolutely PERFECT. Linda Stephens gives each character a distinct voice, so that after a while, one forgets that it is the same person reading all the parts. Scarlett's voice can never be mistaken for Melanie's...even when they are having a one on one conversation. When Ms. Stephens reads Rhett's dialog, it seemed that Rhett himself was speaking the words.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything!!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Scarlett returns to Tara, finding her mother dead and her father in shock, this 19 year old formerly spoiled child becomes a responsible woman determined to keep her home and family intact.


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

    I would love to, but the length of the book makes it impossible.


    Any additional comments?

    By today's standards, this book is certainly not politically correct. But you must remember that Gone With the Wind was written in 1936, and by a lady from Georgia. Today we shrink at her racist vocabulary and her description of the happy slaves who loved their masters. However I'm guessing that this is the impression Margaret Mitchell had of slavery from hearing stories of the era from older family members and friends who may have lived through that period of time. It is a wonderful recounting of conditions in Georgia from 1861 through 1873, albeit told from an extremely biased point of view. Nevertheless, it's a fabulous novel...not a history...and should be enjoyed as such.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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