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Kelley

Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.

CA, United States

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  • Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A Book by Patton Oswalt

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Patton Oswalt
    • Narrated By Patton Oswalt
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (470)

    Oswalt combines memoir with uproarious humor, from snow forts to Dungeons & Dragons to gifts from Grandma that had to be explained. He remem­bers his teen summers spent working in a movie Cineplex and his early years doing stand-up. Readers are also treated to several graphic elements, includ­ing a vampire tale for the rest of us and some greeting cards with a special touch.

    Arlette says: "It's deep. Deal with it."
    "Boxless"
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    I really don't like zany riffs about hobos. I didn't like it when John Hodgeman did it. And I don't like it in this book either. What is it about thirtysomething dudes and hobos?

    I LOVED the section about working as a comedian in the middle of nowhere with a coke fiend for a boss. That part made me wish, more than anything, that Patton Oswalt had done this book in a box. If written as a fairly linear, or at least thematic narrative about his early days as a comedian, I would have loved it all. He would have Killed it in that box.

    The out of the box (very arty, gen x male) stuff, I don't like so much.

    Except the part about dungeons and dragons. I've tried all my life to get guys to explain dungeons and dragons to me. They always refuse (probably because a. they know I won't be able to keep the snotty expression off my face and b. they want to reserve the right to sleep with me in the event of some horrible disaster.) Patton Oswalt - freed from such considerations - does an extremely throrough job of explaining it, and I really appreciate that.



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Helping Me Help Myself: One Skeptic, Ten Self-Help Gurus, and a Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Beth Lisick
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Beth Lisick has had a lifelong phobia of anything slick, cheesy, or that remotely claims to provide self-empowerment. But on New Year's Day 2006, she wakes up finally able to admit that something has to change. Determined to confront her fears head-on, Beth sets out to fix her life by consulting the multimillion-dollar-earning experts. In Chicago, she gets proactive with The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. In Atlanta, she struggles to understand why "women are from Venus". She gamely sweats to the oldies on a weeklong Cruise to Lose with Richard Simmons on the high seas of the Caribbean.

    Kelley says: "Soggy bloggy stuff"
    "Soggy bloggy stuff"
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    I wanted to like this book (too) so I was disappointed that it read so much like entries in a dashed-off blog. The tone is wry but ultimately pleasant about everyone and everything. No investigation or insight, just "my day at the event". Since I have an interest in the topic, I found the unrelated personal details frustrating. And it's mostly all unrelated personal detail. Detail of the "I saw a cute boy in the bar but nothing happened" variety.
    On the other hand, how long have I been waiting for Starlee Kine to finish her book on self help? Ages! And still nothing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Rise Again at a Decent Hour: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Joshua Ferris
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Paul O'Rourke is a Manhattan dentist with a thriving practice leading a quiet, routine-driven life. But behind the smiles and the nice apartment, he's a man made of contradictions, and his biggest fear is that he may never truly come to understand anybody, including himself. Then someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name.

    Kelley says: "Baseball, Religion, and Dentistry"
    "Baseball, Religion, and Dentistry"
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    The publisher's summary had me very excited to listen to this book! Identity theft on the internet - love that idea. Sadly, the publisher's summary is very misleading. Don't be fooled - There's no twisty-turny, laugh-out-loud, fantastical story about online mischief here. The book is far more philosophical. (Why this strong desire to turn one thing into everything?) In other words, it's thinky pain from start to finish. Beautiful prose. Lovely insights. But also, (from my perspective,) a very tedius (2 out of nine hours) exploration of religion (Judaism in this case).
    The dentistry, on the other hand, was fascinating. Vividly depicted and engaging.

    And Campbell Scott is an amazing narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tyler Hamilton, Daniel Coyle
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (435)

    Here is an explosive book that takes us, for the first time, deep inside a shadowy, fascinating, and surreal world of unscrupulous doctors, anything-goes team directors, and athletes so relentlessly driven to succeed that they would do anything—and take any risk, physical, mental, or moral—to gain the edge they needed to win. The Secret Race is a riveting, courageous act of witness from a man who is as determined to reveal the hard truth about his sport as he once was to win the Tour de France.

    Alan says: "Gripping and fascinating"
    "A lover and a liar"
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    I bought this book because lies fascinate me. Liars too. Cyclists - not so much. That probably has a lot to do with my lukewarm enjoyment of this book.

    My other problem was as follows: Either I'm nuts or Tyler Hamilton truly believes that his being a loving person (lots of time spent on how much he loves his folks, his wife, his teammates and the world) means he can do the exact same thing as Lance Armstrong for the very same reasons and not be guilty of the same crime. I'm mystified by this. Also annoyed.

    But perhaps Tyler is just being a good domestique. For me, this book has made Lance's lack of apology look far more appealing. In that respect, well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (170)

    To say that Augusten Burroughs has lived an unusual life is an understatement. From having no formal education past third grade and being raised by his mother’s psychiatrist in the seventies to enjoying one of the most successful advertising careers of the eighties to experiencing a spectacular downfall and rehab stint in the nineties to having a number one bestselling writing career in the new millennium, Burroughs has faced humiliation, transformation and everything in between.

    Susan K Treiman says: "Wonderful, inspiring, insightful"
    "A guru-vy snooze"
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    Don't judge this book by it's cover. It's not a witty, hip, comment on self help. It's a fairly plodding, uninspired attempt to be helpful.

    I think it's a shame Augusten Burroghs didn't take the time to address the serious issues in the book with his demonstrated skill. The lackluster prose and preachy "we're talking about you, not me" content was a terrible departure from his usual work. Imagine Miley Cyrus singing Wagner. A perplexing, painful experience.

    I love you, Augusten. "Dry"'s one of my favorite books. But you need a new editor, agent, publisher or just someone who will hold you to your talent and not just cash in on your past. Be great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16355)
    Performance
    (14533)
    Story
    (14571)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Support group needed"
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    I had my doubts about this book, but when Peter Sagal on NPR said he liked it, I trusted him. Peter, you owe me $17.99 and a xanax.

    How is this book so popular? It's a first person narrative told by two throughly disgusting people. Do you really want two disgusting people talking to you for eight hours? I couldn't stand it.

    The narrators both have whimpering puppy voices that made it so much worse. (Do you really want to feel angry at whimpering puppies for eight hours?)

    To be fair, there's a lot of the book to go, so maybe the ending is good enough to make up for the first twelve torturous chapters. But I doubt it. The fact that it's based on true events makes it a non-story. Insightful? No. I think we all know what a terrible relationship is like by now.

    So really, I would only listen if you want to be angry and annoyed for an extended period of time. If so, dig in.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Sleep My Darlings: The True Story of a Mother Who Killed Her Children in Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diane Fanning
    • Narrated By Julie Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Police found the body of 16-year-old Calyx on her bed under a white blanket. They found her 13-year-old brother Beau in the family car covered up the same way. Both had two gunshots to the head. Both had been dead for hours. The only other person who had been in the home was their mother, Julie Schenecker. She told law enforcement that she could no longer tolerate her kids talking back to her. Was this a case of premeditated murder? Or a horrible tragedy fueled by a mental illness that had spun out of control?

    Kelley says: "Honoring the short lives of the victims"
    "Honoring the short lives of the victims"
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    This book is a tribute to the murdered teens. It gives a very detailed description of their lives: what they liked about school, their Harry Potter addiction, and the memorials after their deaths. The actual crime and criminal are almost never mentioned. I understand the impulse, but the result is a non-story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Meditation for Menopause, Vol. I: Appreciating Your Body

    • ORIGINAL (32 mins)
    • By Joan Boreysenko
    Overall
    (3)
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    (3)
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    (3)

    Does the word "menopause" bring a moment of fear into your body or does it give you a feeling of power and greater responsibility? Author, cellular biologist and clinical psychologist Joan Borysenko believes that if you knew the truth about menopause, you would look forward passionately to this adventurous stage of your life. In this meditation session, she helps you bring awareness and appreciation to your entire body, the foundation for harnessing that energy of your next metamorphosis.

    Kelley says: "What was she thinking?"
    "What was she thinking?"
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    Be grateful for everything your body's done for you and get ready to die.

    Seriously. That's the meditation. In predictable eyes to toes progression.
    "Your eyes are a miracle. They've helped you to see all these years. Be grateful."

    If that sounds good to you, be my guest. But I was kind of hoping to hear my life *wasn't* over - so I was appalled.

    Also - not for atheists. Be warned.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jeff Ashton
    • Narrated By Jeff Ashton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (190)

    It was the trial that stunned America, the verdict that shocked us all. On July 5, 2011, nearly three years after her initial arrest, Casey Anthony walked away, virtually scot-free, from one of the most sensational murder trials of all time. She'd been accused of killing her daughter, Caylee, but the trial only left behind more questions: Was she actually innocent? What really happened to Caylee? Was this what justice really looked like?

    Wade says: "The Casey Anthony Saga - required reading"
    "Glad he and Lisa Pulizer wrote it."
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    It's a great story. I side with the defense on evidence, so I enjoyed listening to Ashton lose again.

    Be warned: If you want more incriminating evidence to be part of this book, you'll be disappointed. Nothing new is here revealed.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: The Inside Story

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Peter Golenbock, Jose Baez
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    When Caylee Anthony was reported missing in Orlando, Florida, in July 2008, the public spent the next three years following the investigation and the eventual trial of her mother, Casey Anthony. On July 5, 2011, the case that captured headlines worldwide exploded when, against all odds, defense attorney Jose Baez delivered one of the biggest legal upsets in American history: a not-guilty verdict.

    Tracy says: "Blah, blah, blah"
    "Loved the book"
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    I loved the book, but I also loved the verdict. If your mind is made up against Casey, I can't imagine you'd enjoy this book very much. If you're open to the defense, I think you'll find the book thought provoking and enjoyable. Even, dare I say, persuasive.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony: A Psychological Portrait

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Keith Ablow
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    The trial of 25-year-old Casey Anthony for the death of her daughter, Caylee, was the most sensational case in America since O.J. Simpson’s. After being acquitted in July 2011, Ms. Anthony instantly became one of the most infamous women in the world. Dr. Keith Ablow distills tens of thousands of pages of documents he has obtained, his behind-the-camera, one-on one interviews, and his decades of experience in the world of forensic psychiatry to make sense of this troubled young woman.

    Catherine Post says: "In-depth psychiatric analysis - complex"
    "American Horror Story"
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    This is one of my favorite audio books ever. Whether or not you like it will probably depend on two things:
    1. Did you watch the trial and do you have strong negative feelings about the verdict? (I didn't and I don't.)
    2. Are you intrigued by phrases like - "deprived of emotional oxygen". (I am.)

    I think what I like most about this book is how organic it feels. It doesn't at all read like a paint-by-numbers, cash in on the trial rush job, but like a passionate, uncensored, genunine opinion. What someone really thinks. Hot!
    And there's new information here as well-- my favorite being the timeline of Casey's ricocheting false selves: All the boys she claimed to love or want to love in 32 days.
    The weak daddy and controlling mommy are less interesting, but necessary, I suppose. For me they're just the wormy soil underneath their daughter's wild, poisonous bloom.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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