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Kimberly Shephard

Colorado Springs, Co United States | Member Since 2012

  • 4 reviews
  • 42 ratings
  • 256 titles in library
  • 64 purchased in 2014

  • 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

    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..."
    "Hilarious, but not superficial"
    If you could sum up The Bedwetter in three words, what would they be?

    Obscene. Inspirational. Hilarious.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sarah Silverman makes a lot of poop and fart jokes, but simultaneously has an important political and feminist message. Her jokes are carefully constructed and have a point--usually an eloquent and incisively observant social point. This book fully cemented my admiration and appreciation for her.

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

    Sarah Silverman has unique delivery and vocal inflections that add nuance to her already funny writing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "Classic book, mediocre narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I've read this physical book probably 6 times in my life and was excited to listen to it. The book remains as good as always, but this narrator was frustrating and annoying. I found her voice flat and her characters insipid. She also shifted in and out of a southern accent. I liked Scarlett O'Hara less than I ever liked her before based on this performance. I would love to see perhaps a great multi-cast production of this book.

    What three words best describe Linda Stephens’s voice?

    Flat. Mundane. She mis-pronounces common words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Double Down: Game Change 2012

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Halperin, John Heilemann
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Drawing on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Heilemann and Halperin deliver another reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, Double Down offers a panoramic account of a campaign at once intensely hard fought and lastingly consequential. For Obama, the victory he achieved meant even more to him than the one he had pulled off four years earlier.

    Tony says: "Game Change 2.0"
    "Worthwhile, but not as good as Game Change"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you are a political junkie like me, you will enjoy this gossipy, insider's view of the 2012 election. The book manages to both dramatize and humanize the major (and some minor) players in the election. However, the structure of the book made the packing seem slow and often repetitive, especially the middle section where he describes the aspirations and then the decisions not to run by various Republican politicians. The timeline starts over with each politician, so sometimes you are not exactly sure what month/year you are being described. Also, there are a lot of nicknames and colloquialisms used (moreso than in Game change) and this undermines the serious journalism tone of the rest of the writing.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Spoiler alert: Obama won the 2012 election.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert Fass?

    Dennis Boutiskaris did Game Change and he was great. Robert Fass committed an incredible number of obvious word pronunciations that distracted from the actual text of the book. The director/producer of this audio book should have caught them as these were fairly common words such as irreparable and imprimatur among several others. I started keeping a tally of the mispronunciations because I was so irritated by them and it numbers in the thirties.

    Was Double Down worth the listening time?

    Yes, with reservations for the reasons I listed above. That narrator should never read another book though.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Now Rob Lowe and I are Friends"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stories I Only Tell My Friends to be better than the print version?

    I think that listening to Rob read his own book makes his stories more intimate and compelling. I'm not sure that I would have liked the print book nearly as much--it might have seemed a little heavy-handed. However, Rob Lowe reading added warmth and humanity to his words.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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