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NANCAN

NANCAN

Charlottesville, VA | Member Since 2011

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  • Infinite Progress: How the Internet and Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Poverty, Hunger, and War

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Byron Reese
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    For years we’ve been inundated with bleak forecasts about the future. But in this electrifying new book, author Byron Reese debunks the pessimistic outlook as dangerous, and shows instead how technology will soon create a dramatically better world for every person on earth, beyond anything we have dared to imagine.

    G. House Sr. says: "Sugar Shock Optimism – I hope he’s accurate"
    "Fascinating Stuff"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Byron Reese and/or Grover Gardner?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writer has much enthusiasm about his subject matter.


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

    No; but I liked this one.


    Was Infinite Progress worth the listening time?

    Yes; I listened as an ongoing process because it's more educational than entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    Great ideas .... if it only could work, we'd all be better off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3126)
    Performance
    (2854)
    Story
    (2837)

    From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

    FanB14 says: "Devout Fan Disappointed"
    "David Delivers"
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    If you could sum up Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls in three words, what would they be?

    Great stories from a twisted view.


    What other book might you compare Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls to and why?

    All his other books.


    Which character – as performed by David Sedaris – was your favorite?

    David.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh


    Any additional comments?

    I never tire of David's stories. It was interesting to know more about how he got to this point in life. I love his love/hate relationship with his parents. He's just a twisted, funny person who has a keen sense of his surroundings. His sarcastic encounters with just about any situation really make me laugh. I hope he doesn't read this because he'd find something sarcastic to say about it. And, he can tell the Billy Holiday story over a hundred times and I'll listen to it again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant to Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Caine
    • Narrated By Michael Caine
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (265)

    Charming, engaging, and surprisingly forthright, Michael Caine gives us his insider's view of Hollywood and the story of his brilliant second act. When he was in his late 50s, Michael Caine believed his Hollywood career had come to an end. The scripts being sent his way were worse and worse. Salvation came in the unlikely form of his old friend Jack Nicholson, who convinced him to give acting one more shot. What followed was one of the most radical comebacks in film history.

    Kaye says: "A pleasure!"
    "Better Than I Thought"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Michael Caine and/or Michael Caine?

    I may want to listen to Alfie.


    Would you recommend The Elephant to Hollywood to your friends? Why or why not?

    I like Michael Caine which is why I was interested in this story. It was interesting to hear about his background, why he chose certain roles, personal life, etc. And, as a Brit, he views his celebrity and the film industry differently.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He was perfect.


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

    Maybe


    Any additional comments?

    The very best part of this book was at the end when Michael actually giggled over something he said. He seemed very genuine.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Unsinkable: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Debbie Reynolds, Dorian Hannaway
    • Narrated By Debbie Reynolds
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (75)

    The definitive memoir by legendary actress and performer Debbie Reynolds - an entertaining and moving story of enduring friendships and unbreakable family bonds, of hitting bottom and rising to the top again - that offers a unique and deeply personal perspective on Hollywood and its elite, from the glory days of MGM to the present.

    Kerrie says: "Unsinkable and Unforgettable"
    "Same Old, Same Old"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Debbie re-hashes the same old stories. Nothing new here.


    What was most disappointing about Debbie Reynolds and Dorian Hannaway ’s story?

    Although I like Reynolds, she's not good at narrating her own story. It sounded like she was reading it, complete with pauses as she turned the page.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Maybe choosing another narrator.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Unsinkable?

    Everything she already put in her previous book.


    Any additional comments?

    Debbie, we've heard the story. Stop writing books like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes about the Stars and Legends of the Movies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Stephen Schochet
    • Narrated By Chaz Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes About the Stars and Legends of the Movies by Stephen Schochet, contains a timeless treasure trove of colorful vignettes featuring an amazing all-star cast. This includes: John Wayne, Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney, Jack Nicholson, Johnny Depp, Shirley Temple, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Errol Flynn and many others both past and contemporary.

    A. Payable says: "Hanna Barbra? Goodfellows?"
    "Blah Blah Blah"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know who would enjoy this very annoying book. The format features anecdotes about the film industry in quick sound bytes. The narrator has a high pitched sing song voice and each anecdote is ended with a quick burst of music. And, the anecdotes are dated and uninteresting. For example, in one George Burns sticks Jack Benny with a lunch bill because Jack was known to be cheap. Da dum dum. No thanks.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen Schochet again?

    I'd have to read other reviews first.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Chaz Allen’s performances?

    No. He should look for another job.


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

    Annoyance


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Canada

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (553)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (464)

    When 15-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed. His parents' arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border.

    Susan C. S. says: "After the last word, went right back to beginning"
    "Deeply Satisfying"
    Overall
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    Story
    Where does Canada rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the better listens and would be a good read in hardcover, too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Simply a good story with interesting characters.


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

    His voice reminds me of what Del might have sounded like.


    Any additional comments?

    Very satisfying story told at a slow, but definitely not boring, pace. Ford develops a true picture of each character as Del takes notice of their nuances. In addition, it's a totally plausible story for the 1960's, and I believe it could have happened. I grew up in the 1960's, and I remember families like the Parsons. They came and went in the rental houses in our neighborhood because nobody but families like the Parsons RENTED houses. Our parents bought one house and lived there all their lives, so a "rental family" was different. Ford nicely ties in the quiet chaos of the Parsons household with Del's observances of the seemingly day-to-day normalcy of the Lutheran church across the street without building any one-on-one interaction. It builds uncertainty and tension in the story. I was also fascinated that the basic personalities of Del and his sister pre-destined the road their lives would follow, which I think is generally true. Del sought education; his sister sought adventure, and true to form, their lives had completely different endings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dear Cary: My Life with Cary Grant

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Dyan Cannon
    • Narrated By Dyan Cannon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    With unparalleled honesty, Dyan Cannon shares the heartwarming and heartbreaking story of her magical romance and stormy marriage to screen legend Cary Grant.He was the ultimate star, defining Hollywood glamour as well as cinematic achievement. She was a bright new actress, beautiful and funny, who would one day prove her talent by being the first woman to receive Academy Award nominations for her work on-screen and behind the camera. When he asked to meet Dyan, she assumed it was for an acting part, but he had a different role in mind for her....

    Heidi says: "Fascinating story, more than an autobiography."
    "A Wasted 10 Hours"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    What I thought would be a fascinating story with insight into a May/December marriage turned out to be a whine fest from Dyan Cannon. She portrays herself as some kind of "free spirit" who "accidentally" married Cary Grant. You'd think she never heard of him, his previous marriages or lifestyle before marrying him. In fact, on the day they married, she was ready to back out, but apparently decided to ignore the three billion warning signs and go forward anyway. Grant is pictured as a controlling, meticulous persona - which very well could be true. He seemed to spend a good portion of his later years dropping LSD in an effort to come to terms with himself and a very miserable childhood. His possible bi-sexuality is glossed over, and it very well could have played a role in why he seemed like such an inattentive husband who wanted to be married to an object vs. a real person. The title of this book should have been "Wishful Thinking ... 101 Reasons Not to Marry Somebody Like Cary Grant". Most annoying was the "letter to Cary" at the very end which seemed like a rambling rant to me .... blah, blah, blah.


    What could Dyan Cannon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Been more truthful with herself.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dyan Cannon?

    No one.


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

    Disappointment and disbelief that anyone was SO BLIND.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for the refund.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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