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Marzi

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  • The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer: Classic Movies on the Radio

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Lux Radio Theatre
    • Narrated By Cary Grant, Shirley Temple
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    This radio dramatization of the classic movie, featuring the original stars, aired on June 13, 1949.

    Marzi says: "A blast from the past"
    "A blast from the past"
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    Any additional comments?

    I missed the golden age of radio by decades. It was a peak in the pre-television days when this was entertainment that people looked forward to. The sitcoms of today will be looked back on like these radio dramas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nick Offerman
    • Narrated By Nick Offerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (734)
    Story
    (734)

    Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman - who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking - he runs his own woodshop - Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman's childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois, to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally.

    OpenMindedNotCredulous says: "On the need to acknowledge the role luck plays"
    "I was prepared to be underwhelmed. I was wrong."
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    If you could sum up Paddle Your Own Canoe in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, honest, funny.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Why Nick, of course. I am now inspired to construct a table with my own hands without the use of nails.


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

    What? He's narrating other books? Bring them on!


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

    I can't point to one specific one, but I find that I'm eating more meat lately.


    Any additional comments?

    If I were a male, I would have cultivated some lush facial hair immediately after listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sex, Drugs, and $25 Salads: One Week at the Chateau Marmont

    • UNABRIDGED (54 mins)
    • By Ryan O'Connell
    • Narrated By Pat Young
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When Ryan O'Connell went to stay for a week at the glamorous Chateau Marmont hotel last summer, he didn't quite know what to expect. Would he become instant BFF's with Lindsay Lohan and do lines of coke off of John Belushi's ghost? Would he have vacuous sex in the hotel elevator with Benicio Del Toro, just like Scarlett Johansson once did during an Oscars after-party? Or would he just be really, really bored like Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning were in the movie, Somewhere? The answer, it turned out, was none of the above.

    Marzi says: "Not worth the paper it's printed on."
    "Not worth the paper it's printed on."
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    What would have made Sex, Drugs, and $25 Salads better?

    A story would have been a good start.


    Has Sex, Drugs, and $25 Salads turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Genre? Is there a genre of whiny personal journal highlighting the writer's expectations and personal shortcomings?


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Pat Young?

    I feel sorry for the narrator. The author was probably too embarrassed to read his own work for the audio.


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

    Boredom. You can her more entertaining stories listening to other's conversations at a Starbucks.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money. If you must know what the Chateau is like, go and see for yourself. Or do something else you love. Live the life, don't listen to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SUSS: The Easy Way to Sell Yourself, Your Product, Your Service or Your Idea - with a little NLP!

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Russell Webster
    • Narrated By Russell Webster
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    This audio, from the acclaimed writer and narrator, Russell Webster, uses a musical accompaniment, to highlight the effectiveness of NLP when selling a product, or simply interacting with another person. Incredibly good listening and full of very useful techniques that are easy to apply to everyday life and even general communication and interaction with others. A best seller! This revolutionary audio pulls heavily upon NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) which is considered to be at the cutting edge of modern communication.

    Marzi says: "Hush SUSS"
    "Hush SUSS"
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    Any additional comments?

    From the cheesy new age background music to the smarmy delivery of the text I knew immediately that this book was not for me. The music was so distracting and the lack of content quickly left me cold. Nothing could compel me to complete even a third of this short audiobook. Listen to the sample first. Past that, I have no idea if the book offers any valid suggestions or not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Rudolph E. Tanzi, Deepak Chopra
    • Narrated By Shishir Kurup
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (296)
    Story
    (300)

    A manual for relating to the brain in a revolutionary new way, Super Brain explains how to use your brain as a gateway for achieving health, happiness, and spiritual growth. The authors are two pioneers: best-selling author and physician Deepak Chopra and Harvard Medical School professor Rudolph E. Tanzi, one of the world's foremost experts on the causes of Alzheimer’s. They have merged their wisdom and expertise for a bold new understanding of the “three-pound universe” and its untapped potential.

    Lea says: "I expected a lot from this book, it came through"
    "Forgetable for me, but, we're all different."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listened to his book a few months ago. Nothing about it sticks in my brain except that there was nothing to it that I had not heard before. Which may be good because I don't recall any glaring errors either. Still hours spent listening to something that was neither memorable nor contributed to my knowledge or well being was not a good use of my time.

    That said. If you are a geek and tend to know a lot about spiritual well being, neuroscience, plasticity, integrative medicine, and such, this is not the book for you. If, however,this sounds like something that you might be interested in but don't know where to start, this might be a good intro.


    Did Shishir Kurup do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Can't remember


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Dorie Clark
    • Narrated By Karen Saltus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    A step-by-step guide to reinventing youAre you where you want to be professionally? Whether you want to advance faster at your present company, change jobs, or make the jump to a new field entirely, the goal is clear: to build a career that thrives on your unique passions and talents. But to achieve this in today’s competitive job market, it’s almost certain that at some point you’ll need to reinvent yourself professionally.

    Ch.U. says: "All common sense ideas."
    "Valuable for getting you headed in a new direction"
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    Would you listen to Reinventing You again? Why?

    No, because the information was easy to absorb and clear on the first listen. However, I could see someone re-listening to it easily. Also, it's not a book that you have to read from start to finish. It's easy to do a chapter or two one day and then another chapter the next. You won't get lost.


    What about Karen Saltus’s performance did you like?

    I have purchased books by Gildan Media before and been sorely disappointed in their production and content. But, since this book was recommended by a friend, I thought it would make a good commute book and if production disappointed, I'd just read the book. Either they came to the realization that they needed quality voice talent or it was just a stroke of luck, but Karen Saltus' read of the work was wonderful. Engaging, nice pace, a few mispronunciations or possibly regional pronunciations, but, nothing glaring or that I can even remember now. I'm not saying that I'd listen to Karen read the phone book, but I'd sit and listen to her read the Yellow Pages ads.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dimension of Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (525)

    Dimension of Miracles is a satirical science fiction novel first published by Dell in 1968. It's about Tom Carmody, a New Yorker who, thanks to a computer error, wins the main prize in the Intergalactic Sweepstakes. Tom claims his prize before the error is discovered and is allowed to keep it. However, since Tom is a human from Earth without galactic status and no space traveling experience, he has no homing instinct that can guide him back to Earth once his odyssey begins - and the galactic lottery organizers cannot transport him home.

    Author Ronda Del Boccio says: "Hilarious! - Could have been written this year"
    "Even John Hodman's performance couldn't save it."
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    What would have made Dimension of Miracles better?

    Sheckley has often been compared to Douglas Adams, so, I won't hesitate to compare them here. Where Adams knew just how long to linger on a subject before it got old or preachy, Sheckly did not. One example is how long after he had made a point he kept conversations with the main character and the city dragging on.


    What was most disappointing about Robert Sheckley’s story?

    It was dated and rather preachy.


    Did John Hodgman do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Hodgman's other work, particularly in Year Zero has been much better. His characterization of 'the prize' was interesting, but, other characters were less distinct. I wonder if this had more to do with who was directing the production than Hodgman himself.


    What character would you cut from Dimension of Miracles?

    It's been a couple weeks since I listened to this and the characters were so forgettable that I can't recall one.


    Any additional comments?

    After listening to this book and a few of his short stories, it's obvious why people are not eagerly reading his works today - they just didn't age well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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