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Michael A. Kearney

I'm actually Judi Kearney and an avid audible listener. My listening time is constrained by the weather in that I am a small, organic farmer who needs to "make hay when the sun goes in!" I am also a quilter so I keep busy with that indoors when the weather is too hot to be outside here in Florida.

High Springs, FL United States | Member Since 2011

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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
    (1940)
    Performance
    (1771)
    Story
    (1764)

    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"
    "A poignant and funny peek into Billy's life."
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    What did you love best about Still Foolin' 'Em?

    I am exactly his age and I could relate to so many things he said.


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

    Is "700 Sundays" a book? That was marvelous also.


    Which character – as performed by Billy Crystal – was your favorite?

    Ricardo Montalban


    Any additional comments?

    More, please

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10199)
    Performance
    (9336)
    Story
    (9355)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Astonishing play on an old game."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Goldfinch to be better than the print version?

    Loved David Pittu who performed so many different accents brilliantly. Did not read it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Goldfinch?

    Finding out that the package he had so carefully secreted was not what he thought it was.


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

    Brilliant accents.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved learning about the woodworking trade.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3305)
    Performance
    (1640)
    Story
    (1640)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Fabulous journey through the slums of India"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to many. I love it. I have read it twice and it is not a short book. The descriptions are colorful, interesting and imaginative. I get the impression a lot of this is drawn from experience, some marvelous, some hideous and everything in between. Characters are well formed and recognizable.


    What other book might you compare Shantaram to and why?

    A Passage to India perhaps although this book is more contemporary and grittier. Another aspect of the Jewel in the Crown after the British have left. Great illustration of life in the slums and the wide difference between the haves and have nots.


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

    I LOVE Humprhrey Bower and have listened to many of his readings. He is a marvel at different accents and the characters are recognizable by their voices. He is a wonder.


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

    It was hard to stop but, at 43 hours, unfortunately a necessity.


    Any additional comments?

    I shall read this book every couple of years until I die. Truly brilliant!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (910)
    Performance
    (674)
    Story
    (683)

    After a whirlwind romance and a honeymoon in Italy, the innocent young heroine and the dashing Maxim de Winter return to his country estate, Manderley. But the unsettling memory of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, still lingers within. The timid bride must overcome her husband's oppressive silences and the sullen history of the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, to confront the emotional horrors of the past.

    P. Wade Thompson says: "A Great Listen"
    "Much better than the movie"
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    If you could sum up Rebecca in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, mysterious, satisfying


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator. I saw her grow from an insecure spinster to a partner in every sense of the word. She was cowed by Mrs Danvers but overcame her fear and prevailed as the lady of the house.


    Which character – as performed by Anna Massey – was your favorite?

    She did an excellent job on all of them I particularly liked her portrayal of Rebecca's cousin but I think the best was as the narrator, Maxim's wife, who was never named (unless I missed it!)


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I would have liked the book to continue on a bit to show the aftermath of the fire.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thérèse Raquin

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emile Zola
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (830)

    Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet (The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Winslet, Satisfactory Story"
    "Familiarity breeds contempt"
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    What did you love best about Thérèse Raquin?

    The ultimate justice brought about from the lovers' unraveling.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thérèse Raquin?

    Therese's shock at realizing her lover's intentions towards her husband in the rowboat.


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

    Lovely lyrical reading allowing my imagination to soar.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shawshank Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (886)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (590)

    Based on a a novella from Different Seasons, this unabridged tale focuses on a man convicted of murder, who finds himself in a prison ruled by a sadistic warden and secretly operated by a clever convict.

    Eric says: "This makes the movie better"
    "Better than the movie"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is one of my favorite movies and I loved the book. I had no idea it was a Stephen King novel and was surprised there was no spooky stuff in it. A good look at the prison system of the early part of the last century with an intelligent protagonist who ultimately triumphed. A very enjoyable listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The narrator who was willing to learn, trust and find redemption with the hero of the story.


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

    No


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

    Redemption says it all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3513)
    Performance
    (2511)
    Story
    (2516)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Be grateful you live now."
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    Would you listen to The Potato Factory again? Why?

    Yes, there was so much historical detail that was rich, fascinating and colorful. His prose made me look forward to the next chapter and I will definitely read the next two books in the series.


    What other book might you compare The Potato Factory to and why?

    The Thorn Birds as a family saga.


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

    His marvelous knack of capturing accents.


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

    How an egalitarian nation was founded on the other side of the world.


    Any additional comments?

    Excited to read Tommo and Hawk. Waiting for my next credit!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken
    Overall
    (2087)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (332)

    Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Al Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

    Peter says: "Franken's One Sided View"
    "Funny synopsis of the political field in US."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them to be better than the print version?

    Certainly. It absolutely made it more authentic to have the author read it.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Al Franken is so open, honest and FUNNY.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Loved it all.


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

    How the rich screw the middle classes and what to do about it.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend Jonah Hill as the lead unless Al would agree to do it himself.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Power of One

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (2998)
    Performance
    (1795)
    Story
    (1801)

    Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

    Bob says: "Compelling story lifted higher by the narration"
    "Who knew boxing would appeal to me?"
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    What did you love best about The Power of One?

    The sweet innnocence of the protagonist; the faith he had in himself and the path he had chosen to follow and his boundless enthusiasm in attaining his goal.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Power of One?

    When the rooster was killed.


    What about Humphrey Bower’s performance did you like?

    I love this narrator. I choose books based on the fact that he is reading them. He is an excellent actor and does different voices and accents with ease. Very convincing.


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

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    I will eventually listen to everything by this author read by Humphrey Bower.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The White Tiger: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1979)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (811)

    Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life - having nothing but his own wits to help him along. Through Balram's eyes, we see India as we've never seen it before: the cockroaches and the call centers, the prostitutes and the worshippers, the water buffalo and, trapped in so many kinds of cages that escape is (almost) impossible, the white tiger.

    With a charisma as undeniable as it is unexpected, Balram teaches us that religion doesn't create morality and money doesn't solve every problem.

    Mark P. Furlong says: "Entertaining, thought-provoking, darkly funny"
    "Learn about India"
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    If you could sum up The White Tiger in three words, what would they be?

    Culture differences, educational, surprising.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Learning about the way things are done in India.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    Very authentic sounding. Steady and smooth.


    If you could take any character from The White Tiger out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Mr. Aushak to find out why he married Pinkie Madam and why he didn't follow her.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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