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LOS ANGELES, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 5 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 218 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2015

  • Parrot and Olivier in America

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Peter Carey
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Olivier, an improvisation on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville, is the traumatized child of aristocratic survivors of the French Revolution. Parrot is the motherless son of an itinerant English printer. Born on different sides of history, their lives will be joined by an enigmatic one-armed marquis.

    TX lilbit says: "Like nothing else"
    "Why America is the way it is..."

    This is a GREAT BOOK! Towards the middle, the reader discovers the secret to the American spirit and why we're now in a pickle. This book is packed with interesting information and deep characterization, many stories folding into profound realization... Great narrator too - a must read/listen! It was recommended by a guest on Ian Masters' Background Briefing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela J says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "Surprisingly dull, even though he's so funny."
    What did you love best about Still Foolin' 'Em?

    The descriptions of ailments of the elderly in the first few minutes is ghastly, yet kind of funny.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I usually find him to be a very funny guy, but when telling his own story, he brags a lot. It sort of reads like a long form career bio/brag sheet where he details his professional accomplishments in chronological order and also gratuitously mentions famous people, who he's admired greatly or always dreamed about meeting, that called him on the phone to congratulate him on how well he did on this or that performance.

    Even so, he did say things that were funny every so often, but the longer he talks, the funny becomes fewer and further between.

    I'm not sure what might have happened to him that made him so funny when he's performing, because in the book he just seems obsessed with pleasing people, basically getting approval.

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

    I was surprised that it stuck so closely to the resume. I don't imagine there are a lot of interesting secrets either, but it just seems there must be some more interesting day to day occurrences in his life - and not just things like what a proud parent he is.

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

    I still haven't finished the last hour and a half because it's so boring.

    Any additional comments?

    Maybe if he wrote a book about something else it would be really good, like world affairs or science fiction or something. I do love his sense of humor.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Finkler Question

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Howard Jacobson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Finkler Question is a scorching story of friendship and loss and of the wisdom and humanity of maturity. Funny, furious, unflinching, this extraordinary novel shows one of our finest writers at his brilliant best. Julian Treslove and Sam Finkler are old school friends. Despite a prickly relationship and very different lives, they've never quite lost touch with each other - or with their former teacher, Libor Sevick.

    Darwin8u says: "Meh. This novel ends with a whimper."
    "melancholy but very good"

    This book really wonderfully written and wonderfully narrated. It's a book about ordinary, although very specific, individuals living in an ordinary setting of contemporary life. The main character thinks a lot, is obsessive, and we listen to his mind ruminating for most of the book. It's serious and believable and the characters in the book are really having fun for a while, although it's really a story of isolation, consequences and quite a bit of superstition. I liked it a lot. If you like novels that offer insight on the human condition, you will love this book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Loved Children

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Christina Stead
    • Narrated By C. M. Hebert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sam and Henny Pollit have too many children, too little money, and too much loathing for one another. As Sam uses the children's adoration to feed his own voracious ego, Henny watches in bleak despair, knowing the bitter reality that lies just below his mad visions. A chilling novel of family life, this work is acknowledged as a contemporary classic.

    Kristin says: "psychological torture in the best way"
    "psychological torture in the best way"

    I'd listen to this book when my lover wasn't home because I didn't want him to get depressed. I like the book because I'm interested in the conflicts that happen when people pretend to be optimistic. It's really dark and claustrophobic. The father is a horrible, twisted monster of a man who prides himself on being good. It's hard to listen to the derisive nicknames and insults cloaked as baby-talk that he spews. It's a book about denial and shame. I thought it was amazing, but I like this kind of book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Money: A Suicide Note

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Martin Amis
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcom

    The story of John Self and his insatiable appetite for money, alcohol, drugs, porn, and more. Ceaselessly inventive and thrillingly savage, it is a tale of life lived without restraint, of money and the disasters it can precipitate.

    Dawn says: "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride"

    The protagonist is vile, but the prose is beautiful. Throughout the story, I identified with this disgusting man - which I would normally never do - and I found it thoroughly enjoyable. There were moments I almost had to pause the book because I was so overwhelmed by the writer's creative and machine gun-like use of language. Also, the narrator is fantastic - REALLY fantastic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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