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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!
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.
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!
Robert De Niro the actor
When he ferried food from his restaurant down the Hudson to ground zero after 9-11.
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!
The wealth of knowledge that Caitlin injected into the story - especially re: mythology, psychology and history.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
Brilliantly funny from start to finish. She makes no apologies, but the section where she talks about her brother is mind blowing.
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.
Her vocalizations and infectious laugh.
When talking about her family and ex husband
Abridged books make me weep bitter tears of resentment
Insightful, hilarious, heartbreaking.
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.
Genuine, funny, raucous.
When she broke down talking about her mother passing away.
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.
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.
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!
When Guillermo del Toro called him 'Fatboy', when he was preparing for Hellboy.
When he talked about his family and when he attempted suicide.
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.
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.
Going into the land of eternal autumn
No I haven't
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.
How deceiving it is with its haunting message and surprise ending
I can't think of anything off hand as it's so unique
Life wasn't meant to be straight
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?
The fact that Mr Sacks was open and honest about his own life
Mr Sacks humanity and ability to make the subject matter accessible to the layman. I have hypnopompic hallucinations etc and found the information invaluable!
The narrator needs to stop doing accents until he learns how to do them properly.
All the personal stories were moving
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!
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!
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.
No I haven't but I'd listen to anything she does
Laughed a lot and was worried about the incident with the soldier!
I loved Berenice and John Henry more than Frankie! Great characters!
Meryl Streep's wonderful voice and characterizations - as well as recipes!
Intelligence, humor and biting sarcasm
Hearing about Rachel's first husband's hamster - too funny!
Very much so - I couldn't stop laughing
I will listen to this again and again. Meryl doing giggles, angry snorts, mimicking other people's accents - especially the men - hilarious!
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