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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
    (93)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    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!

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  • Under a Mackerel Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Rick Stein
    • Narrated By Rick Stein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    'All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why’. Rick Stein's childhood in 1950s rural Oxfordshire and North Cornwall was idyllic. His parents were charming and gregarious, their five children much-loved and given freedom typical of the time. As he grew older, the holidays were filled with loud and lively parties in his parents' Cornish barn. But ever-present was the unpredicatible mood of his bipolar father, with Rick frequently the focus of his anger and sadness. When Rick was 18 his father killed himself.

    Kelly says: "His life in his voice - what a treat!"
    "His life in his voice - what a treat!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Under a Mackerel Sky to be better than the print version?

    Yes - I always enjoy his soothing voice


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rick - he is honest about his own shortcomings and misdeeds


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

    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.


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

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    Fascinating man and fascinating life.

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  • The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sarah Silverman
    • Narrated By Sarah Silverman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1100)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (609)

    From the outrageously filthy and oddly innocent comedienne Sarah Silverman comes a memoir—her first book—that is at once shockingly personal, surprisingly poignant, and still pee-in-your-pants funny. If you like Sarah’s television show The Sarah Silverman Program, or memoirs such as Chelsea Handler’s Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea and Artie Lange’s Too Fat to Fish, you’ll love The Bedwetter.

    Teddy says: "Adequate but not great..."
    "Hilariously pee-worthy - as expected!"
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    Where does The Bedwetter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her brutal honesty, especially about issues such as race, sex and censorship.


    Which character – as performed by Sarah Silverman – was your favorite?

    Sarah - in her many incarnations


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

    "Straight from her horse-ish mouth!"


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the rare audios that I will listen to over and over again!

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  • Tropic of Capricorn

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Henry Miller
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    Banned in America for almost 30 years because of its explicit sexual content, this companion volume to Miller's Tropic of Cancer chronicles his life in 1920s New York City. Famous for its frank portrayal of life in Brooklyn's ethnic neighborhoods and Miller's outrageous sexual expolits, Tropic of Capricorn is now considered a cornerstone of modern literature.

    Jay says: "There's only one Henry Miller."
    "Shades of Cancer - not as much fun"
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    Would you listen to Tropic of Capricorn again? Why?

    Yes, as I enjoy Miller's work and Campbell Scott's narration


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tropic of Capricorn?

    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!


    Which character – as performed by Campbell Scott – was your favorite?

    Henry Miller


    If you could rename Tropic of Capricorn, what would you call it?

    Pretending to be normal, failing miserably, objective achieved.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed Tropic of Cancer much more, but I still enjoyed the rants. His obsession with astrology is curious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bright Lights, Dark Shadows: The Real Story of Abba

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Carl Magnus Palm
    • Narrated By Adrian Mulraney
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    An exploration of all aspects of the Abba member’s lives and careers. Amazingly detailed, it examines the group member’s family backgrounds, the pre-Abba days, the legendary 70s, the marriages, the divorces, the business ups and downs, and the post-Abba solo careers.

    Howard_a says: "Awesome! -- All the Swedish words pronounced!"
    "Exhausting but ultimately rewarding account"
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    Would you listen to Bright Lights, Dark Shadows again? Why?

    Probably not, as I feel that I know so much about them, I don't want to go through it again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The minute details of every aspect of their careers


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

    Great diction - although very painstaking when slowing down to try to pronounce the song titles in Swedish


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

    Finding out that Agnetha actually had an affair with the man who stalked her! I was horrified and humbled.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (3456)
    Performance
    (1375)
    Story
    (1366)

    Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

    Holly says: "Kitchen Confidential"
    "A rollicking culinary adventure!"
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    What did you love best about Kitchen Confidential?

    Learning about the pros and cons of starting your own restaurant


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was true and narrated by the author


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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!


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

    Laughed many times


    Any additional comments?

    I now know not to bother opening my own restaurant and have much more respect for chefs, cooks and restarateurs

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pictures in My Head

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gabriel Byrne
    • Narrated By Gabriel Byrne
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Dublin-born actor Gabriel Byrne shares his life in this frank and absorbing collection of memories and episodes. He leads you from his youth through his career on stage and screen and his current work as a producer and actor. His unique narrative style, a blend of colloquial dialogue with evocative descriptions, provides an intimate account of the man - and the writer - behind the actor's many faces.

    Julie says: "MUST HAVE.. I lLOVE IT!!"
    "Pleasantly surprised - not your average memoir"
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    What made the experience of listening to Pictures in My Head the most enjoyable?

    Hearing it in the author's own voice, with his wonderful vocal talent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gabriel - as a child. I wanted to reach back through the years and hug him


    What about Gabriel Byrne’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    "The many lives I've lived and encountered"


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Scanner Darkly

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Paul Giamatti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (254)

    Bob Arctor is a dealer of the lethally addictive drug Substance D. Fred is the police agent assigned to tail and eventually bust him. To do so, Fred takes on the identity of a drug dealer named Bob Arctor. And since Substance D, which Arctor takes in massive doses, gradually splits the user's brain into two distinct, combative entities, Fred doesn't realize he is narcing on himself.

    Lew says: "Brillant Novel, Read to Perfection!"
    "Good but meandering story made great by Giamatti"
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    What did you love best about A Scanner Darkly?

    The paranoia and Paul Giamatti's performance.


    If you’ve listened to books by Philip K. Dick before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to any Philip K Dick books before


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Anything with Barris


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

    When Arctor went to work in the farm and he was almost a vegetable himself


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tropic of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Henry Miller
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (132)

    Now hailed as an American classic, Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller's masterpiece, was banned as obscene in this country for 27 years after its first publication in Paris in 1943. Only a historic court ruling that changed American censorship standards, ushering in a new era of freedom and frankness in modern literature, permitted the publication of this first volume of Miller's famed mixture of memoir and fiction.

    Darwin8u says: "A madman who dances with lightening in his hands"
    "A great sordid classic"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tropic of Cancer to be better than the print version?

    Not entirely - only for the purpose of listening to it in my car.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tropic of Cancer?

    Van Norden's tirade about microphones in his trousers


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

    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.


    Who was the most memorable character of Tropic of Cancer and why?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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  • Being There

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jerzy Kosinski
    • Narrated By Dustin Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (192)

    Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman gives an understated and exemplary performance of this satiric look at the unreality of American media culture. Chance, the enigmatic gardener, becomes Chauncey Gardiner after getting hit by a limo belonging to a Wall Street tycoon. The whirlwind that follows brings Chance to his new status of political policy advisor and possible vice presidential candidate. His garden-variety political responses, inspired by television, become heralded as visionary, and he is soon a media icon.

    Ilana says: "Darkly Funny"
    "Glad I listened, though I love the movie version"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Dustin Hoffman’s performance did you like?

    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.


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

    Definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    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!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dan Harris
    • Narrated By Dan Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (443)

    After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

    Lela says: "insightful, deep and highly entertaining"
    "Striving for Serenity from a Secular perspective"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dan Harris, of course - always worrying about ending up in a “flophouse in Duluth”!


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

    Hearing the humor and warmth in his voice.


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

    "No Gurus required"


    Any additional comments?

    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!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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