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M. Craft

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  • Neither Here nor There

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By William Roberts
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Having seen Europe with a rucksack 20 years earlier, Bill Bryson decides to make a sentimental return. An incisive, honest and funny portrait of modern Europe.

    M. Craft says: "Authentic Bryson, but that might be the problem"
    "Authentic Bryson, but that might be the problem"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend Neither Here Nor There with reservations, because the actual traveling-around-Europe portion of the book is exactly what I wanted from Bryson. Unfortunately, he indulges too much in digressions where he displays quite unlovable character traits, some of which include:

    -despising all dogs and most animals in general
    -shameless objectification of women
    -defending his complete lack of remorse over beating up the fat kid in his middle school.

    In a travel book, I seek to identify with the author so that I may see the places he goes through his eyes. Bryson's digressions make this very difficult, and it is hard to understand why his editor permitted them to remain in the work, since they are so extraneous to the purpose of the work.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I think there is a book that covers his ORIGINAL trip through Europe with Katz, and as a fan of A Walk In The Woods, I'm curious about that one.


    What didn’t you like about William Roberts’s performance?

    Bryson freely admits being completely ignorant of all non-English languages, except for mostly-forgotten lesson in school. Despite this, Roberts continually indulges in heavy accents and pronunciations that feel false in the context that Bryson has created.


    Do you think Neither Here nor There needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Nope. I don't want to tempt Bryson into deeper navel-gazing, since this book took him to some pretty dark places already.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2651)
    Performance
    (1255)
    Story
    (1248)

    In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

    Andrew says: "Fantastic"
    "Surprisingly dry"
    Overall

    As a fan of the audio version of Pure Drivel, I was surprised to hear Martin read this memoir in such a cold manner. I generally prefer works read by their authors because of the sophisticated judgment of inflection and tone that the creator can give his own words, and I heard none of that here. The content is interesting enough, and was not written to be humorous, but Martin treats it as if it were a set of airline safety regulations rather than a fragment of his own life. There is none of the warmth and joviality I normally associate with his reading. Forewarned is forearmed--look to this work only if you have a specific interest in Steve Martin, otherwise consider the much more genial Alan Alda memoir regarding his stuffed dog.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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