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Respectville, USA | Member Since 2012

  • 6 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 76 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014

  • The Pleasure of My Company

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin

    Daniel Pecan Cambridge, 30, 35, 38 or 27, depending on how he feels that day, is a young man whose life is rich and full, provided he never leaves his Santa Monica apartment. After all, outside there are 8-inch-high curbs and there's always the horrible chance he might see a gas station attendant wearing a blue hat. So, except for the occasional trip to the Rite Aid to admire the California girl Zandy and to buy earplugs because they're on sale, he stays home a lot. And good thing, too.

    John says: "An Odd, Compelling Story"
    "Delightful, creative"
    Would you listen to The Pleasure of My Company again? Why?

    The character development within the story was fascinating. It was a pleasure to listen to the nuances of the somewhat flawed character blossom along as path of the story line unwinds.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The quircky main character. We all know people that fall into these somewhat different ways of coping.

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

    Yes, I listened to Shop Girl and of course, have recently saw him on his incredibly talented banjo tour.
    Both Shop Girl and The Pleasure of My Company truly couldn't be read by anyone but the author. His incredible timing and comedic background is unsurpassed- Can't imagine this book would work with anyone but Steve narrating.

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

    The end was delightful

    Any additional comments?

    An easy to listen to, happy, thoughtfully written book. Delightful if you are seeking something to take your mind off the troubles of the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dick Van Dyke
    • Narrated By Dick Van Dyke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dick Van Dyke, indisputably one of the greats of the golden age of television, is admired and beloved by audiences the world over for his beaming smile, his physical dexterity, his impeccable comic timing, his ridiculous stunts, and his unforgettable screen roles.

    Richard says: "Still Inspires Me and Funny."
    "Stick to comedy"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The Dick Van Dyke Show was my favorite show as a child. Mary Tyler Moore and Van Dyke truly were the perfect combination and the reruns never fail to bring me back to a gentler time.
    Perhaps I expected more too much from the author, a master of physical comedy.
    He recited his biography like a child standing in front of the class with stage fright. It was disappointing to listen to him drone his way through his life story.

    What could Dick Van Dyke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More enthusiasm, more comedy, more of everything in terms of emotion in his voice.

    Have you listened to any of Dick Van Dyke’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


    Do you think My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. He wrote in rather agonizing detail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Heartbreaking, Uplifting, Surprising"
    What did you love best about The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

    the writing style was so descriptive I felt like I was with Harold on his journey.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harold, of course. His tenacity- his examination of the life he led- his belief in good.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is a point in the book that I cannot tell about- it would spoil the story. Let's just say, I have experienced loss- the moment came when I sobbed and could not stop- time stopped for me as I relived the exact moments that Harold and Maureen went through.

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

    Oh, please don't make a movie. The book was so perfect, I am not sure the emotions, Harold's thoughts, Maureen's feelings could be captured without losing a great deal of why Harold did what he did.

    Any additional comments?

    The author is to be congratulated- this was one of the most insightful, uplifting but emotional fiction books I have read in some time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flight of Passage

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Rinker Buck
    • Narrated By Rinker Buck

    In the summer of 1966, Rinker and Kernahan Buck - 2 teenaged schoolboys from New Jersey - bought a dilapidated Piper Club airplane for $300, rebuild it, and piloted it on a record-breaking flight across America - navigating all the way to California without a radio because they couldn't afford one. Their trip retraced a mythical route flown by their father, Tom Buck, a brash, colorful ex-barnstormer who had lost a leg in a tragic plane crash before his sons were born - but who so loved the adventure of flight that he taught his boys to fly before they could drive. The journey west, and the preparations for it, become a figurative and literal process of discovery as the young men battle thunderstorms and wracking turbulence, encounter Arkansas rednecks, Texas cowboys, and the languid, romantic culture of small-town cafes, cheap motels, and dusty landing strips of pre-Vietnam America. The brothers have a lot to resolve among themselves too - as Kern, the shy, meticulous, dedicated dreamer, and Rinker, the rebellious second son, must finally come to understand and depend on each other in the complex way that only brothers can. Most of all, Flight of Passages is a timeless story of fathers and sons. These 2 young men must separate from their difficult, quirky father - literally by putting a country's distance between them - but they do it on their father's terms: in an airplane. As he looks back, from the perspective of now being a father himself, Rinker Buck's tale of 2 young men in search of themselves and their country becomes a story about the eternal enigma of family - of the distance and closeness of generations, of peace lost so that understanding can be gained - and it is explored with a storytelling power that is both brave and rare.

    Scott says: "Great Book"
    "Must read~ Aviation "geezer" story at its best"
    If you could sum up Flight of Passage in three words, what would they be?

    Love Piper Cubs? Love those "Geezer" stories? This is perfect for you.

    What other book might you compare Flight of Passage to and why?

    Haven't found one quite like it

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


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

    Yes, but we listened to it during long drive

    Any additional comments?

    My husband and I both enjoyed every moment of this book. I grew up hopping around small airports with my parents, both pilots. The Piper is the true American classic airplane. The narration made this book even better. Listening to Rinker talk his way out of a particularly difficult situation with his father and also with some feds was hilarious.
    Great story, even better that the "boys" really made this trip. This is a tribute to all the airport "geezers", the ones who always went out of their way to make flying fun and most of all, safe, you are a breed of men and women that are part of the fabric of US aviation. Thanks, Rinker, documenting your journey with such perfection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of Africa

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Karen Blixen
    • Narrated By Julie Christie

    After the failure of her coffee farm, Karen Blixen returned to Denmark, where she wrote this classic account of her experiences. Out of Africa is a celebration of her life there and her friendship with the various peoples of the area. Her sympathetic response to the landscape and animals are drawn with warmth and unusual clarity.

    Mark says: "Transported there"
    "Beautiful, fascinating"
    What did you love best about Out of Africa?

    The prose, the descriptive phrases- every paragraph made me want to hear more. It felt like I was sitting with Karen, listening to here tell her life story.

    What other book might you compare Out of Africa to and why?

    Memoirs of a Geisha. Another book where the story was so intense and beautifully written, if makes you feel you just had a long chat with a brilliant, fascinating person.

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

    Not yet

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

    Well, they made a movie and the title is the same. The movie is equally beautiful. It strays from the book, focusing more on Karen's relationship with Denis; however, the movie provides visual images help to enhance the vision of Africa when you listen to this book.

    Any additional comments?

    The book is better than the movie; however, the book and the movie are right on the top of my best loved list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of Positive Thinking: A Practical Guide to Mastering the Problems of Everyday Living

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Norman Vincent Peale

    Translated into 15 languages with more than 7 million copies sold, The Power of Positive Thinking is unparalleled in its extraordinary capacity for restoring the faltering faith of millions. In this insightful program, Dr. Peale offers the essence of his profound method for mastering the problems of everyday living.

    Alma says: "I Cannot Say One Wrong Word"
    "Wish it were not so centered on religion"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Hoped this would give me more insight into the healing process after the death of our teenage son. The focus on God and prayer just does not resonate with me with this book. Listening to some of the stories, I could not relate to most. When the worst that can happen to a parent happens, I was looking for some spiritual guidance that was not soley religion based. I am finding that looking to Buddhism and Tao is more of a help. Organized religion at this point in our attempt to deal with his death is not helping. The focus on prayer makes us feel like failures. We can't pray right now. All we can do is breathe. Prayer didn't keep the worst from happening. I know this could be debated by many, but I am simply not in a position to feel that organized religions have helped us through this horrible experience.

    What could Norman Vincent Peale have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less focus on what he considers the power of prayer. I prayed and prayed that my children would be safe, so when our son died, it was like a slap in the face after all the years of intense prayer.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Somewhat. His voice is not exactly easy to listen to.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I think for people who are very comfortable with organized religion, it is probably very helpful. We were very active in organized religion; however, our church failed to come to our aid, offering no solace, no comfort and no follow up to see how we were doing. Thus, our turn to learning more about spirituality that is not organized religion based. I found much more solace in the Buddhist way of honoring a child who has passed. I find solace in nature and small things, like the beauty of a sunset. I feel the power of a higher being as I learn more about Buddhism and Tao.

    Any additional comments?

    No knocking Normal Vincent Peale, just could not relate.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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