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Mary

Loves audio books, movies, the theater and a great glass of red wine.

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  • 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
    Overall
    (1950)
    Performance
    (1780)
    Story
    (1773)

    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"
    "Love Billy Crystal??? You will love this book"
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    Would you listen to Still Foolin' 'Em again? Why?

    Yes yes yes! Billy Crystal is a fantastic comedian and actor but an even a bigger success as a human being. His story is just so enjoyable and he reads it so nicely that I felt I was sitting right along side of him as he shares his story.


    What other book might you compare Still Foolin' 'Em to and why?

    Don't know


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

    700 Sundays. Fabulous


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

    The way he talks about his wife Janice and how he talks about his daughter and grandchildren.


    Any additional comments?

    I lived this book so much I was sad when it was over

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • New York: The Novel

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (12)

    Rutherfurd celebrates America's greatest city in a rich, engrossing saga that showcases his extraordinary ability to combine impeccable historical research and storytelling flair. As in his earlier, best-selling novels, he illuminates cultural, social, and political upheavals through the lives of a remarkably diverse set of families.

    JoAnn says: "Don't choose the abridged version"
    "New York - My Comments"
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    Would you try another book from Edward Rutherfurd and/or Mark Bramhall?

    I'm not really sure, as it took me such a long time to really get into this book before I started to enjoy it. I am almost finished and it took me practically to the end before I could honestly say that I liked the story.


    If you’ve listened to books by Edward Rutherfurd before, how does this one compare?

    This was my first one by this author, so I cannot make an opinion.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, I think it did.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably, as I like history, but its a long book, so I am not quite sure if I would enjoy the movie.


    Any additional comments?

    None, thank you.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sense of an Ending: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Julian Barnes
    • Narrated By Richard Morant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (775)
    Story
    (777)

    Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumor, and wit. Maybe Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired. He’s had a career and a single marriage, a calm divorce. He’s certainly never tried to hurt anybody. Memory, though, is imperfect. It can always throw up surprises, as a lawyer’s letter is about to prove.

    Chris Reich says: "Stunning. I'm Guilty. Are You?"
    "Sense of an ending"
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    What disappointed you about The Sense of an Ending?

    I guess I was distracted a lot while listening to this audio book. It just did not keep my interests.


    Has The Sense of an Ending turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really, I am the type that is open to giving things another try.


    What three words best describe Richard Morant’s voice?

    Not very good


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Bleak Midwinter

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Julia Spencer-Fleming
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    Clare Fergusson, St. Alban's new priest, fits like a square peg in the conservative Episcopal parish at Miller's Kill, New York. She is not just a "lady"; she's a tough ex-Army chopper pilot, and nobody's fool. Then a newborn infant left at the church door brings her together with the town's police chief, Russ Van Alstyne, who's also ex-Army and a cynical good shepherd for the stray sheep of his hometown.

    Melissa says: "An excellent series for adult readers"
    "Good story...enjoyable"
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    If you could sum up In the Bleak Midwinter in three words, what would they be?

    Good book...I will listen to more from the author. Characters are good and the story holds your interest


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rev Clare Fergueson ... I picture her looking like Angela Lansbery


    Which character – as performed by Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    Rev Clare...she made her a very believable character


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

    No I listen on my drive to work


    Any additional comments?

    No, just an enjoyable story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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