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Kelly

Kelly, Aussie living in Nashville, Employment Specialist, Writer & so on

SPRINGFIELD, TENNESSEE, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • The Mighty Boosh: The Complete Radio Series

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs)
    • By Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt
    • Narrated By Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    The Mighty Boosh is unlike any show you are ever likely to hear, and one that defies description; the closest you could get to the unique style of Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding would be in the early days of Reeves and Mortimer, with their cardboard props and men with sticks.

    Chuck says: "Bloody Briliant !!!!"
    "TV Series was better but this is a hoot!"
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    If you could sum up The Mighty Boosh in three words, what would they be?

    Zany bizarre hilarity


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mighty Boosh?

    Vince asking if the black spots on bananas are tarantula eggs


    What does Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Their hilarious vocal characteristics


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

    Easily


    Any additional comments?

    The tv show is better due to the surreal visuals & hilarious antics of the cast. Bob Fossil is one of my favorites. The great thing about this audio version, however - is that you get to use your imagination, which is what it's all about!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • De Niro: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Shawn Levy
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (26)

    In this elegant and compelling biography, best-selling writer Shawn Levy writes of these many De Niros - the characters and the man - seeking to understand the evolution of an actor who once dove deeply into his roles as if to hide his inner nature, and who now seemingly avoids acting challenges, taking roles which make few apparent demands on his overwhelming talent.

    Scott says: "As meticulous as its subject"
    "Great biography worthy of a great actor"
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    What did you love best about De Niro: A Life?

    How thorough it was, as well as the fact that it remained unbiased. I loathe reading bio's that froth at the mouth over their subjects and gloss over their faults. Here you get De Niro, warts and all - but without the sensationalism that usually comes with a celebrity biography. It was tight and "Just the facts ma'am" without too much speculation or rhapsodizing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The chronological flow re: movies De Niro was involved in and how he prepared for each role. How De Niro accumulated so many props and items for his wardrobe - each character added more clothes, hats and bric a brac!


    Which character – as performed by Mark Deakins – was your favorite?

    Robert De Niro the actor


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

    When he ferried food from his restaurant down the Hudson to ground zero after 9-11.


    Any additional comments?

    De Niro is one of my all time favorite actors and I was very worried of this being a hack job - but was pleasantly surprised - with the author and the narrator. Learning about where "You talking to me?" originated and how his friendship with Scorsese evolved, as well as the evolution of Tribeca, his work ethic etc was very rewarding for an avid fan such as myself!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drowning Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Caitlin R. Kiernan
    • Narrated By Suzy Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (231)

    India Morgan Phelps - Imp to her friends - is schizophrenic. Struggling with her perceptions of reality, Imp must uncover the truth about her encounters with creatures out of myth - or from something far, far stranger....

    Diane says: "A Modern Haunting"
    "Intriguing, mysterious, multi layered hauntings"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Drowning Girl the most enjoyable?

    The wealth of knowledge that Caitlin injected into the story - especially re: mythology, psychology and history.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The idea of being haunted by things other than ghosts - e.g. ideas, people, works of art, memories etc. Also, how all the little hauntings tied into the main haunting.


    What about Suzy Jackson’s performance did you like?

    I was intrigued with how she could change her voice to sound like someone else, and wondered if there were other narrators (and wished that there were - or at least, that she used the deeper voice used for Imp's girlfriend - as I found her teenage sounding voice grating.) All in all, she did a great job with such a complex story.


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

    No crying, laughed a little, but mostly intrigued, with "a-ha" moments here and there. Learned quite a lot - so the experience was doubled for me: a novel and a textbook! (I always fancied myself as a mythology/psychology/history/art buff - but was pleasantly surprised to be afforded the opportunity to learn more!)


    Any additional comments?

    The only criticism I could possibly have with this novel would be that it needed more editing - re: tightening the story. It does tend to meander a bit - but on the other hand, that is in keeping with Imp's erratic frame of mind. I became annoyed with the "Imp typed" interruptions.

    However, it is one of the few stories I have read in my life that has "haunted" me - so, well played, Caitlin! No matter what, it was very much worth the meager credit and I would've been happy to pay more for the experience of having my psyche infiltrated by such interesting characters and experiences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Official Book Club Selection

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kathy Griffin
    • Narrated By Kathy Griffin
    Overall
    (739)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (402)

    Official Book Club Selection is Kathy Griffin unplugged, uncensored, and unafraid to dish about what really happens on the road, away from the cameras, and at the star party after the show. (It's also her big chance to score that coveted book club endorsement she's always wanted. Are you there, Oprah? It's me, Kathy.)

    Arielle says: "Can't Beat a Story Told From the Horse's Mouth"
    "The awesome KG being awesome"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Brilliantly funny from start to finish. She makes no apologies, but the section where she talks about her brother is mind blowing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    She might be harsh but is harshest when talking about herself. I love her honesty and how she is not afraid to call a spade a spade, in today's overly PC fake world.


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

    Her vocalizations and infectious laugh.


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

    When talking about her family and ex husband


    Any additional comments?

    Abridged books make me weep bitter tears of resentment

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Marshall
    • Narrated By Penny Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1093)
    Performance
    (983)
    Story
    (986)

    her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

    M. S. Cohen says: "The audio performance should get an award!"
    "Great insightful memoir, read in a rush"
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    If you could sum up My Mother Was Nuts in three words, what would they be?

    Insightful, hilarious, heartbreaking.


    What other book might you compare My Mother Was Nuts to and why?

    I can't just yet as it's one of a kind. Even though there are many books out there about nutty mothers in show business, Penny Marshall had an amazing life in the spotlight and her experiences were incredible.


    What three words best describe Penny Marshall’s voice?

    Genuine, funny, raucous.


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

    When she broke down talking about her mother passing away.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved all the stories about everyone she met and the movies and shows she was involved in but I wish it wasn't so rushed. There were times where it was obvious she was reading and just wanted to get it over with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Easy Street (the Hard Way): A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ron Perlman, Michael Largo
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    A classically trained actor who cut his teeth in the East Village's off-Broadway scene, Ron Perlman - a Golden Globe winner with starring roles in the Hellboy, Drive, Pacific Rim, and Sons of Anarchy - has traveled an offbeat path to showbiz success. His story involves rising from New York's tough Washington Heights neighborhood, enduring incredible hardships, and ignoring the naysayers who taunted him for his distinctive looks.

    gilberto carlin says: "Outstandingly Magnificent"
    "Still waiting for the punchline!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Easy Street (the Hard Way) to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version - and when the audiobook started I thought it was a joke as it started in third person and then shifted to first person perspective. There were many cliches and when you say "I could go on.." it doesn't mean you should. Lot's of swearing and tough guy posturing - but it only made him more charming. He is so lovable and such a great actor that you can forgive him.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters where he did impersonations - spot on! I laughed so much I nearly had to pull over as I listened to it on my way to and from work. Sammy Davis Jr, Guillermo del Toro, Marlon Brando - awesome!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Guillermo del Toro called him 'Fatboy', when he was preparing for Hellboy.


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

    When he talked about his family and when he attempted suicide.


    Any additional comments?

    I kept thinking throughout the book, that he needed extreme editing. I wondered if the cliches were deliberate and if being in the business for so long was what prompted the cliches. I kept laughing and cringing at parts so much that I thought to myself "There has to be a punchline!" After all that though, it was definitely worth it, as he is an excellent actor and great story teller.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Catherynne M. Valente
    • Narrated By Catherynne M. Valente
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (232)

    September is a girl who longs for adventure. When she is invited to Fairyland by a Green Wind and a Leopard, well, of course she accepts. (Mightn’t you?) But Fairyland is in turmoil, and it will take one 12-year-old girl, a book-loving dragon, and a strange and almost human boy named Saturday to vanquish an evil Marquess and restore order.

    Michael says: "Nurturing your child within"
    "Lovely tale wonderfully told but needing a whip!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Just for the descriptions alone I would recommend this wonderful story, however the title is misleading. There is only one section where she travels in a ship of her own making - not the whole story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making?

    Going into the land of eternal autumn


    Have you listened to any of Catherynne M. Valente’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The story meandered and was in need of tighter editing - but I loved the characters and the fact that inanimate objects also were described with character. Very rich with imagination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Housekeeping

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Marilynne Robinson
    • Narrated By Becket Royce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    A modern classic, Housekeeping is the story of Ruth and her younger sister, Lucille, who grow up haphazardly, first under the care of their competent grandmother, then of two comically bumbling great-aunts, and finally of Sylvie, their eccentric and remote aunt. The family house is in the small Far West town of Fingerbone, set on a glacial lake, the same lake where their grandfather died in a spectacular train wreck and their mother drove off a cliff to her death.

    dm says: "Beautiful"
    "Strange title for a strange story, but necessary"
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    What did you love best about Housekeeping?

    How deceiving it is with its haunting message and surprise ending


    What other book might you compare Housekeeping to and why?

    I can't think of anything off hand as it's so unique


    Which character – as performed by Becket Royce – was your favorite?

    Sylvie


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Life wasn't meant to be straight


    Any additional comments?

    Some say the narrator was distracting - and I can understand why, as she is rather 'sing song' and very happy, probably too happy. But that's the point, I think. Even though it's a haunting story, Sylvie is a transient but happy with her lot and although the circumstances for the girls might be grim, there is a solution! Being happy go lucky and not weighed down with responsibilities might seem careless to some, but the very fact that there are choices in life is the point of the story. To have narrated this story with a more grave or solemn voice would have taken away the light heartedness intended, in my opinion. Maybe a more 'wistful' reading, without so much 'sing song' would've made it better?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hallucinations

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Dan Woren, Oliver Sacks
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (246)

    Have you ever seen something that wasn't really there? Heard someone call your name in an empty house? Sensed someone following you and turned around to find nothing? Hallucinations don't belong wholly to the insane. Much more commonly, they are linked to sensory deprivation, intoxication, illness, or injury. People with migraines may see shimmering arcs of light or tiny, Lilliputian figures of animals and people.

    Alison says: "Sacks at his best, why couldn't he narrate?"
    "Brilliant insights into the mind"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hallucinations the most enjoyable?

    The fact that Mr Sacks was open and honest about his own life


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mr Sacks humanity and ability to make the subject matter accessible to the layman. I have hypnopompic hallucinations etc and found the information invaluable!


    What aspect of Dan Woren and Oliver Sacks ’s performance would you have changed?

    The narrator needs to stop doing accents until he learns how to do them properly.


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

    All the personal stories were moving


    Any additional comments?

    A must read/listen for everyone - we all need to understand the mind and it's workings - if not for others, then for ourselves, in case we end up down the rabbit hole one day!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Member of the Wedding

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Carson McCullers
    • Narrated By Susan Sarandon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (211)

    The best way to experience this classic of the American South is by joining five-time Academy Award nominee and Best Actress winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Thelma & Louise) as she guides the listener on a journey through the anguish of adolescence and isolation.

    FanB14 says: "It's a Classic People"
    "Sweet story about a girl in love with a wedding"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Just hearing Susan Sarandon's wonderful narration is worth it, but the story is lovely and interesting, with great characters. It's one of those audiobooks that you want to listen to on a warm sunny day, lying on a blanket, or staring out of the window. Almost like a girl's version of Huckleberry Finn - in an odd way!


    What other book might you compare The Member of the Wedding to and why?

    It reminds me of The Harp in the South by Australian author Ruth Park, which portrays a poor Catholic family during the Depression. The main character is a girl also growing up too quickly.


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

    No I haven't but I'd listen to anything she does


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

    Laughed a lot and was worried about the incident with the soldier!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Berenice and John Henry more than Frankie! Great characters!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heartburn

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Nora Ephron
    • Narrated By Meryl Streep
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (453)

    Is it possible to write a sidesplitting novel about the breakup of the perfect marriage? If the writer is Nora Ephron, the answer is a resounding yes. For in this inspired confection of adultery, revenge, group therapy, and pot roast, the creator of Sleepless in Seattle reminds us that comedy depends on anguish as surely as a proper gravy depends on flour and butter.

    Doggy Bird says: "Delicious listening experience!"
    "Fun, food and frivolity makes heartache seem easy!"
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    What did you love best about Heartburn?

    Meryl Streep's wonderful voice and characterizations - as well as recipes!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Intelligence, humor and biting sarcasm


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hearing about Rachel's first husband's hamster - too funny!


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

    Very much so - I couldn't stop laughing


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to this again and again. Meryl doing giggles, angry snorts, mimicking other people's accents - especially the men - hilarious!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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