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Nolan Malone

Books have always been an escape for me: initially from my studies, now from too much work. A good story is my favorite remedy.

Hawai'i | Member Since 2005

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  • Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made the Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jennifer Armstrong
    • Narrated By Amy Landon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Mary Tyler Moore made her name as Dick Van Dyke's wife on the eponymous show; she was a cute, unassuming housewife that audiences loved. But when screenwriters James Brooks and Allan Burnes dreamed up an edgy show about a divorced woman with a career, network executives replied: "Americans won't watch television about New York City, divorcées, men with mustaches, or Jews." But Moore and her team were committed, and when the show finally aired, in spite of tepid reviews, fans loved it.

    Eileen says: "The Narrator Came from the Ted Baxter School ..."
    "Difference of opinion"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes (especially if they are 40 yrs or older)


    Any additional comments?

    I actually thoroughly enjoyed this "biography" of a beloved show from my youth. I not only appreciated all that transpired to bring the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" to the small screen, but enjoyed the narration equally. Clearly many other listeners were disappointed by the reader's performance -- an opinion that I certainly respect (especially since I, too, have been put off by poor narration in the past) -- but I just wanted to register that the opinion was not unanimous.

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  • The Descendants

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kaui Hart Hemmings
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (700)
    Story
    (704)

    Matthew King was once considered one of the most fortunate men in Hawaii. His missionary ancestors who came to the islands were financially and culturally progressive - one even married a Hawaiian princess, making Matt a royal descendant and one of the state’s largest landowners. But now his luck has changed. His two daughters are out of control - 10-year-old Scottie has a smart-ass attitude and a desperate need for attention and 17-year-old Alex is a recovering drug addict.

    Michael says: "Not Sappy instead honestly elicits tears & laughs"
    "Maika'i loa"
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    If you could sum up The Descendants in three words, what would they be?

    Brave, honest, and provocative.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As someone who still has much to learn about Hawai'i, its people, and its history, even I tire at the endless cliches and myths that generally get recycled in books, television programs, and films. Ms. Hemmings' book conveys a part of Hawai'i culture that is rarely portrayed and is perhaps a bit uncomfortable to read. Oddly enough, although the circumstances presented may be unique to Hawai'i, the internal struggles of the characters are likely far more universal.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    I think Mr. Davis did an outstanding job with some amazing material. My one wish, however, is that the producers had provided some guidance on the pronunciation of the Hawaiian and pidgin words in the text.


    If you could rename The Descendants, what would you call it?

    Actually, the title was quite perfect.


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  • The Order of the Poison Oak: The Russel Middlebrook Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Brent Hartinger
    • Narrated By Josh Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Geography Club's Russel Middlebrook is back, and he and his friends are off to work as counselors at a summer camp. Brent Hartinger's third novel is the story of Indian legends, skinny-dipping in moonlit coves, and passionate summer romance. It's also the story of Russel's latest club, the Order of the Poison Oak, a secret society dedicated to helping its members see life's hidden beauty and accept its sometimes painful sting.

    Nolan Malone says: "Unique sequel"
    "Unique sequel"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would because, as a sequel to the first book in his series ("The Geography Club"), author Brent Hartinger has gone in a direction that was certainly novel and opened up new opportunities for growth and experience among his characters. The unique setting for this second installment was enlightening, informative, and relevant. Certainly a treat.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Brent Hartinger? Why or why not?

    Yes, and I have. As mentioned in earlier reviews, I appreciate Mr. Hartinger's respect for his characters: teens who are figuring out the world, are admittedly confused about lots of things (including their own behavior), and (most of all) speak like teens.


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

    He's awesome. The author really retained the "teen voice" throughout this book series, but that could have easily been lost with poor narration. Mr. Hurley did a fantastic job conveying all that the characters are at this point in their lives.


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  • Geography Club

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Brent Hartinger
    • Narrated By Josh Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Russel Middlebrook is convinced he's the only gay kid at Goodkind High School. Then his online gay chat buddy turns out to be none other than Kevin, the popular but closeted star of the school's baseball team. Soon Russel meets other gay students, too. There's his best friend Min, who reveals that she is bisexual, and her soccer-playing girlfriend Terese. Then there's Terese's politically active friend, Ike. But how can kids this diverse get together without drawing attention to themselves?

    Nolan Malone says: "Great narration and timely topic"
    "Great narration and timely topic"
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    What made the experience of listening to Geography Club the most enjoyable?

    Josh Harley was totally convincing as the voice of Russell.


    Would you recommend Geography Club to your friends? Why or why not?

    I was drawn to the book after seeing the small independent film version, which I discovered before hearing of the series. As I was reading all four books in the series, my partner, who volunteers with a youth diversity committee at his school, asked about any resources that might be good for teens who are struggling with sexual/gender identity issues. I immediately suggested that we buy a set of the books for the group because (a) they are a bit more contemporary than others, (b) they offer a larger spectrum of diversity than is typical, and (c) the characters are imperfect, like everyone else, yet learn from their experiences. So, yes, I would highly recommend this book (and the subsequent entries in the series) to friends and colleagues.


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

    They did, and it was a pleasant film, but really fails to really capture the heart of this book, which is about the relationships Russell has during a pivotal time in his life. So, my proposed tag line would be, "Preview to a great series of YA novels!"


    Any additional comments?

    I applaud Mr. Hartinger for writing a YA novel that really holds onto the voice of a teen. There are so many books, television shows, and movies out there in which young people espouse great proclamations and truths that are extremely rare for individuals with so little experience with life and who are soaking up as much as they can during those critical adolescent years. The voices of these characters feel very real, no matter how unglamorous or uncool as they may be received. Many thanks for an entertaining, yet compelling, series of books!

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  • The Outsider: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jimmy Connors
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (67)

    In The Outsider, Connors tells the complete, uncensored story of his life and career, setting the record straight about his formidable mother, Gloria; his very public romance with America's sweetheart Chris Evert; his famous opponents, including Björn Borg, John McEnroe, Arthur Ashe, Ivan Lendl, and Rod Laver; his irrepressible co-conspirators Ilie Nastase and Vitas Gerulaitis; and his young nemesis Andre Agassi.

    David says: "Old School Tennis"
    "More humility than bravado"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anyone who is familiar with the persona of Jimmy Connors on the court will likely be curious to know whether that was the real him or simply a PR stunt. By the end of the book, I concluded that (like most things in life) the answer is somewhere in-between. Connors readily admits to much of the hijinks that many of us witnessed in the 1970s and 80s, but provides some fairly raw admissions of poor decisions and actions. However, peppered in-between are several endearing accounts of the relationships that launched his career and/or accompanied him along the way. Truth is, I wasn't sure of the sincerity part until later in the book, when Mr. Connors spent a considerable amount of time acknowledging all those folks who'd supported him during his heyday: his fellow players, his family, even his dogs. I don't think an ego-maniac would devote so much attention to praising others (and admitting to his own failures) if there wasn't a healthy dose of sincerity and humility in there somewhere. Color me impressed.


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  • Murder on the Leviathan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Boris Akunin
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (30)

    Paris, 1878: Eccentric antiquarian Lord Littleby and his ten servants are found murdered in Littleby's mansion on the rue de Grenelle, and a priceless Indian shawl is missing. Police commissioner "Papa" Gauche recovers only one piece of evidence from the crime scene: a golden key shaped like a whale. Gauche soon deduces that the key is in fact a ticket of passage for the Leviathan, a gigantic steamship soon to depart Southampton on its maiden voyage to Calcutta. The murderer must be among its passengers.

    Svetlana says: "The Second Book About Fandorin"
    "Good, old-time murder mystery…with great narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you're someone who can appreciate an old, drawing room-style mystery, this one will not disappoint. It has all the usual tropes -- diverse group of individuals with their own secrets, all trapped on a ship, suspicious with one another -- but is elevated about the "same old thing" with the great narration by Michael Kramer, who is fast becoming one of my favorite readers on Audible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Murder on the Leviathan?

    Characters named "Gauche" and "Sangfroid" are a nice tongue-in-cheek addition to the increasingly complex mystery.


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

    I have heard Mr. Kramer in other works -- Mike Carey's Felix Castor series, and Thomas Perry's Butcher Boy series -- and yet he still impresses me with his cadence and facility with accents (which was of particular importance in this book with multiple key players). I'm sure that all readers have their own tastes when it comes to those who read our stories, but I must say that Mr. Kramer is among my favorites.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it for the by-gone story; stick with it for the storyteller.

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  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1883)
    Performance
    (1713)
    Story
    (1730)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "Sam Raimi and John Carpenter's love child?"
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    What did you like best about John Dies at the End? What did you like least?

    The narration by Stephen R. Thorne was outstanding. There were a few gaps in the editing that were odd, but his performance was solid and entertaining throughout.Less appealing moments are those in which the plot got caught up in excessive gore and anatomical issues (read: Part II). The book seemed to morph from extremely entertaining supernatural conundrum to a plodding, gore-fest with moments of humor thrown in.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    As I was reading, I was thinking, "Gee…if this is ever made into a movie, I *really* hope they take more of an Sam Raimi's 'Army of Darkness' approach (i.e., heavy on humor, light on gore) and avoid a John Carpenter's 'The Thing' approach (i.e., zero humor and over-the-top gore)." Unfortunately, I think that's the turn the book took from Part I to Part II.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel that the book started out strong -- I saw a strong element of Christopher Moore's tongue-in-cheek humor with other-worldly things, which was definitely appealing -- but it petered out in Part II, as the gore increased, the twists and turns got messier, and the body count rose. In the end, it was the outstanding narration that kept me going. (That said, I would keep my eyes (and ears) open to see what Mr. Wong's might come up with next.)

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  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3256)
    Performance
    (2973)
    Story
    (2958)

    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"
    "Another great set of essays by one of the best"
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    What did you love best about Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls?

    David Sedaris' own narration is incredible. I cannot imagine anyone delivering this work any better


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

    Indeed.


    Any additional comments?

    ...some amusing, some side-splitting, all thought-provoking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2990)
    Performance
    (2771)
    Story
    (2775)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Gold"
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    What does Kate Mulgrew bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Wow...this was the first time I'd heard a book for which Kate Mulgrew provided the "voice." Like other listeners, I was blown away by her incredible performance. It makes sense, of course, given her substantial acting credits -- I've been a fan ever since "Mrs. Columbo" -- but she still managed to keep me enthralled throughout a book I wouldn't normally consider owing to its violent content. Kudos Ms. Mulgrew!


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

    Yes, I did. I was seriously creeped out by it: less so because of the horror story elements, but because Mr. Hill created such real, flawed characters. The raw "realness" of the protagonists in the unreal world conceived by Mr. Hill left a lasting impression on me. As a result, I will certainly seek out his other work and look for new books in the future.


    Any additional comments?

    POTENTIAL SPOILER ALERT: As the book drew to a close, I thought to myself, "I'll need to look for an interview with Joe Hill to hear more about his inspiration for this book..." Imagine my surprise when we were treated to a brief commentary by Mr. Hill at the book's conclusion.

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  • Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Andy Cohen
    • Narrated By Andy Cohen
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (365)

    From a young age, Andy Cohen knew two things: He was gay, and he loved television. Now presiding over Bravo's reality-TV empire, he started out as an overly talkative pop-culture obsessive, devoted to Charlie's Angels and All My Children - and to his mother, who received daily letters from him while he was at summer camp, usually reminding her to tape the soaps. In retrospect, it's hard to believe that everyone didn't know that Andy was gay; still, he remained in the closet until college. Finally out, he embarked on making a career out of his passion for television.

    Roberta says: "If you're depressed, listen to this book!!!"
    "Pure Andy Cohen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've already recommended the book to any friends or colleagues who share the guilty pleasure of any Bravo television shows. It was a fun insiders' view of the reality television industry while also demonstrating for readers that there is so much more to Mr. Cohen then is shown on WWHN.


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

    The book was escapist delight and brought a smile to my face -- if not outright laughter -- on several occasions. Mr. Cohen writes (and narrates) just like he speaks on his talk show: energetic, self-deprecating, honest and with a spirit of unbridled "let's have some fun!"


    Any additional comments?

    Being of the same generation as Mr. Cohen, I recognize that other readers/listeners might not resonate so much with his exeriences and observations. However, I really enjoyed his recollections and hope that he'll follow-up in a few years with more perspectives on our peeping-Tom society -- or is it a "There but for the grace of God, go I" society? -- and remains as open and honest as he is here.

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