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Lawrence C. Del Regno

Oldrangerdude

Rowlett, Texas United States

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  • Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Randall Sullivan
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    Beginning with his final departure from Neverland, Untouchable takes listeners through Jackson's final four years, as he shuttled from California to the Middle East, Ireland, Asia, the East Coast, and Las Vegas, planning to recapture his wealth and reputation with a comeback album and a series of 50 mega-concerts, for which he was rehearsing until the day before his death. Sullivan has never-before-reported information about Jackson's business dealings and the pedophilia allegations that irreparably marked his reputation, and he had exclusive access to inner-circle figures.

    Scott says: "Don't expect a definitive biography"
    "Too Long!"
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    What did you love best about Untouchable?

    Good insight into the God-awful childhood experiences which shaped Michael Jackson. I felt sorry for Jackson, and could certainly understand his erratic, extravagant behavior.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Randall Sullivan? Why or why not?

    Maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was divided into four units, making it about two units too long. I tired of listening to various iterations of the same selfishness and infighting among family and the host of vultures who worked for Jackson, after the star had died. Evidently Jackson had very few people in his life who cared for him as a person more than the wealth they could get from being his "friend." Sad.

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  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3092)
    Performance
    (2797)
    Story
    (2788)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "Disappointment"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Too much feigned reluctant, undeserving hero. Like listening to fellow veterans BS each other, making sure to stress heroic actions, while trying to let all those accolades wash off one's shoulders, and pretending not to care.


    Did American Sniper inspire you to do anything?

    Avoid books whose primary purpose was meant to be a vehicle for the author to spend much time bragging about how brave he was, while trying to appear to be just another Joe. I know for sure there are lots of soldiers like this, but not many who write self-serving books. It was a disappointment, but not totally unexpected.


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  • The Dangerous Animals Club

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Stephen Tobolowsky
    • Narrated By Stephen Tobolowsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (182)

    If you ran into Stephen Tobolowsky on the street, you would not be mistaken: Yes, you’ve seen him before. A childhood dentist? A former geometry teacher? Your local florist? Tobolowsky is a character actor, one of the most prolific screen and stage presences of our time, having appeared in productions that range from Deadwood to Glee, from Mississippi Burning to Groundhog Day. But Stephen Tobolowsky, it turns out, is not just an actor; he is also a dazzlingly talented storyteller and writer.

    Gina says: "Will Rogers, Spalding Gray, Alexandre Dumas HACKS!"
    "Such a fun and enjoyable experience!"
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    If you could sum up The Dangerous Animals Club in three words, what would they be?

    Real; Life; Funny


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dangerous Animals Club?

    Flea apartment at SMU.


    What about Stephen Tobolowsky’s performance did you like?

    Tobo's performane was clear, softly spoken and very humorous.


    Any additional comments?

    Tobo is a wonderful storyteller. I have listened to all of his pod casts, from one of which this book was written. Tobo is "every man" in the land of Hollywood, movie making, and stars, yet is a wonderfully accomplished actor in his own right. We grew up in the same neighborhood of Oak Cliff in southwest Dallas, so I recognized many of the same places, and remember some of the same great, innocent times.

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  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12402)
    Performance
    (8316)
    Story
    (8357)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Amazing Courage!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Unbroken to be better than the print version?

    Because I have suffered a stroke, I am no longer able to focus enough to read for pleasure, so I have not read the book.


    What other book might you compare Unbroken to and why?

    In small ways, "Unbroken" reminded me of "Night" by Elie Wiesel. Extraordinary courage displayed by otherwise ordinary human beings.


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