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Zany bizarre hilarity
Vince asking if the black spots on bananas are tarantula eggs
Their hilarious vocal characteristics
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!
Yes - I always enjoy his soothing voice
Rick - he is honest about his own shortcomings and misdeeds
I have the Food heroes of Britain and Seafood Odyssey on DVD, but listening to his life story on audio, as I drove to work was a special treat.
Laughed at some bits, was made very hungry at some of the scrumptious descriptions of food! I was also taken aback at some things, like his father's death, and other unexpected events that were quite shocking!
Fascinating man and fascinating life.
Sarah's childishly stupid charm along with some surprisingly intelligent interludes make for a rewarding listen. I have the book but wanted to hear her read it and was not disappointed. The sound effects, snorts and giggles made it highly entertaining.
Her brutal honesty, especially about issues such as race, sex and censorship.
Sarah - in her many incarnations
"Straight from her horse-ish mouth!"
This is one of the rare audios that I will listen to over and over again!
Yes, as I enjoy Miller's work and Campbell Scott's narration
The descriptions of working for the cable company - hilarious. Discovering that he and a friend accidentally killed another kid when they were young was mindblowing!
Pretending to be normal, failing miserably, objective achieved.
I enjoyed Tropic of Cancer much more, but I still enjoyed the rants. His obsession with astrology is curious.
Probably not, as I feel that I know so much about them, I don't want to go through it again.
The minute details of every aspect of their careers
Great diction - although very painstaking when slowing down to try to pronounce the song titles in Swedish
Finding out that Agnetha actually had an affair with the man who stalked her! I was horrified and humbled.
Did we really need to know everything about the financial side? It could've been shaved down quite considerably to make it less laborious. But I enjoyed hearing how they all separately got started and how they met and evolved.
Learning about the pros and cons of starting your own restaurant
That it was true and narrated by the author
Anthony, fresh out of culinary school, being a smartass, then in the kitchen burning his hand and asking for burn cream and a bandaid, when the big black viking chef had enough and thrust his scarred hands in his face! Priceless!
Laughed many times
I now know not to bother opening my own restaurant and have much more respect for chefs, cooks and restarateurs
Hearing it in the author's own voice, with his wonderful vocal talent.
Gabriel - as a child. I wanted to reach back through the years and hug him
How he brought his acting skills into the performance with the vocal changes for each character (it was like the actual people were there in the room with him). His occasional singing and poems - wonderful.
"The many lives I've lived and encountered"
If you're expecting a typical movie memoir of who's who's then you'll be disappointed. However it is rich with wonderful stories of Gabriel's upbringing, but also including the horrible treatment of the Nun at school, his various jobs before getting into acting as well as his own poems and reflections of those who have touched his life. He is very much a great writer, as far as I'm concerned and should write more!
The paranoia and Paul Giamatti's performance.
I haven't listened to any Philip K Dick books before
Anything with Barris
When Arctor went to work in the farm and he was almost a vegetable himself
Paul Giamatti was wonderful and did an excellent job with the characterizations. I got a little frustrated with the meandering of the story. It needed to be a little tighter, but worth it.
Not entirely - only for the purpose of listening to it in my car.
Van Norden's tirade about microphones in his trousers
No I haven't. Even though I like Campbell Scott as an actor and enjoyed his narration, I didn't feel that it matched what I expected, which was more of a Brooklyn accent.
Mona stood out for me, as she was like a ghost, weaving in and out of the story. (Mona was based on Miller's second wife June - who was also like a ghost in his life). The other characters, including Henry, are quite sordid and hopeless.
Paris and the left bank, in the early 1900's, was often romanticized, and for the most part - rightly so. With 'Tropic of Cancer' though, you get it warts and all - the bed bugs, lice and cockroaches - the poverty, sleeping on straw, moldy cheeses and breads, rancid butter etc. The pendulum also swings to the other side where you have the 'swanky' side of life, the prostitutes, the sex, the great meals. You also have to wade through crap like women being referred to as 'c*nts' - however - believe me, it's worth it for the rhapsodizing and for the history. It's interesting, funny, has great dialogue and is a kind of sordid classic!
Whether you've seen the movie (with Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine) or not, the story is wonderful - simply told but with style and great irony. A fascinating concept of a simple man being mistaken for an almost god like savior, whose words are elevated to the level of scripture. It says a lot about what we want to hear and how difficult it is, at times, for us to take things at face value.
How it shows the world from Chance's perspective - from what he's learned from T.V., which is almost one dimensional and very simple - in contrast to how the world sees him, which is very complex.
His voice was well suited for this story as it was not over played. Deep, warm and friendly. His excellent acting skills shone through - simple and thoughtful without being overly dramatic.
I rarely say this (if ever) - but I actually enjoyed the movie version of the story a lot more, due to the characterization - especially by Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine. I also enjoyed the ending in the movie far more than in the book, which was more abrupt. (It would've been interesting, for me at least, to have seen Dustin Hoffman do Chauncey Gardiner!)
Dan Harris is straight forward about his foibles and tells his story openly and honestly, with humor and intelligence. I loved his surprising insights into people such as Ted Haggard and Deepak Chopra, and the scientific information regarding how meditation works. His journey from being consumed by his career, through drug usage, his meltdown and eventual path leading to self awareness is inspiring - and often hilarious.
Dan Harris, of course - always worrying about ending up in a “flophouse in Duluth”!
Hearing the humor and warmth in his voice.
"No Gurus required"
I'm happy that meditation is becoming more mainstream - as people still think of it as associated with peace, love and mung beans or incense and worry beads! I wanted to lead a meditation session at work, to teach relaxation for staff well being, but was told by management that anything religious wasn't allowed! I didn't bother arguing that there was nothing 'religious' attached to it. (I also didn't bother pointing out that I had to deal with everyone else's religious proselytizing on a daily basis!)
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