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Mary

Tampa, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • Drinking with Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rosie Schaap
    • Narrated By Rosie Schaap
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Rosie Schaap has always loved bars: the wood and brass and jukeboxes, the knowing bartenders, and especially the sometimes surprising but always comforting company of regulars. Starting with her misspent youth in the bar car of a regional railroad, where at age 15 she told commuters’ fortunes in exchange for beer, and continuing today as she slings cocktails at a neighborhood joint in Brooklyn, Schaap has learned her way around both sides of a bar and come to realize how powerful the fellowship among bar patrons can be.

    Jeff says: "EYE OPENING, REFRESHING,AND HONEST"
    "Rosie is your guide to being a bar regular"
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    I loved this audio book. Rosie tells her life story in the framework of the bars she has been a regular in. It's a great device, telling us about her favorite bars, introducing us to her cities and towns and bar culture. The book was light and entertaining, but also interesting and obviously much of the material is deeply felt by the author. But I also liked how it was kind of like telling stories over drinks with a friend. Rosie presents many individual stories and anecdotes (my favorite is the one about the bikers and her knitted hat) which are woven together in the greater context of her life story and the bars she frequents. Definitely a fun listen and not overly long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dan Savage
    • Narrated By Dan Savage
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (439)

    Dan Savage has always had a loyal audience, thanks to his syndicated sex-advice column Savage Love but since the incredible global success of his It Gets Better project, his profile has skyrocketed. Savage is recognized as someone whose opinions about our culture, politics, and society should not only be listened to but taken seriously. Now, in American Savage, he writes on topics ranging from marriage, parenting, and the gay agenda to the Catholic Church, sex education, and the obesity epidemic.

    J. C. Schmidt says: "Savage is an Amazing Writer and Narrator"
    "Essays with humor"
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    Regular listeners of Dan Savage's podcast, or readers of his column or twitter feed will not be surprised by anything they hear in this book. But what they will find is a deeper version of his favorite rants. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I found that the arguments presented are so much fuel for those of us who agree with Savage about the LGBT rights movement, birth control access, and healthcare in this country. He also sets the record straight on a couple of items, including the santorum definition and its origins that newer readers may not know. And for regular listeners to the podcast, the fact that Dan reads it himself is an added bonus.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs)
    • By David Nasaw
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (182)

    Joseph Patrick Kennedy - whose life spanned the First World War, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, the Second World War, and the Cold War - was the patriarch of America’s greatest political dynasty. The father of President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert and Edward Kennedy, 'Joe' Kennedy was an indomitable and elusive figure whose dreams of advancement for his nine children were matched only by his extraordinary personal ambition and shrewd financial skills.

    Robert says: "Wonderfully entertaining and engaging"
    "Knowing Joseph Kennedy"
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    Where does The Patriarch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a very good biography. Not the most exciting non-fiction audiobook I've listened to, but still very enjoyable and informative.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked best the author's analysis outsiders' opinion of Joe Kennedy was the best part. He gives both the central character's opinions, but also those of outsiders, citing writings and interviews and even speculating based on actions and knowledge of Kennedy's contemporaries.


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

    I enjoyed his use of appropriate accents when reading quotes by different people in the book. It was wide-ranging, but particularly pronounced in the Bostonian and English accents.


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

    This book encourages thought and pondering of the people in the book as well as the times they lived in. I cannot say it was one I would have enjoyed in a single sitting, as the facts presented are a lot to digest.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it's the best way to read this kind of book. The sentences of this particular author are very long, and in some places the topic is a little dry. An audio book is ideal for these sorts of books in which you want to get the facts and the story, but don't want to have to sit and read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunderstruck

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Bob Balaban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (208)

    In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men: Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication. Their lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.

    Michael Jones says: "Marconi, murder, mix well"
    "Informative & Entertaining"
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    I always enjoy Erik Larson's way of blending historical facts and events with the seedy, sometimes gory details of true crime. While the subject matter is not as sinister as Devil in the White City, the book does not disappoint. Exploring Marconi's invention of the radio, something which we take for granted in today's world as practically passe, Larson weaves in a tale of murder which would seemingly have nothing to do with it. And yet, as ever, it all comes together in the end. A very good listen to anyone who enjoys true crime, biographies, or both.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34126)
    Performance
    (25283)
    Story
    (25626)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Loved the story, hated the narrator"
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    I just finished book 3 of this series and could barely put down the iPod the whole time. This story was well written and heart wrenching without feeling manipulative. It's thought provoking and the world is very well-realized and detailed. And the story is structured so you always want to know what happens next.

    The narrator was really irritating, though, especially in the first book. The pace and expression she used seemed to be in a manner for reading to small children. Considering some of the violence and other political topics in the story, I think she was an inappropriate choice. I don't know if many young adult novels are done in this style, but it really was annoying to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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