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P. Rollins

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Northern Virginia, USA | Member Since 2014

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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
    (2061)
    Performance
    (1874)
    Story
    (1867)

    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"
    "What an amazing life! And soooo funny!"
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    What did you love best about Still Foolin' 'Em?

    The ease of listening to this man tell his life story. He is very likeable, very funny and I was sad when it ended.


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

    None compares! It is my first comedy biography (I love history) so it set the standard high.


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

    no. I will have to download them!


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

    mutchkis!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend! Love. Love. Love.
    Oh, and try not to drink coffee when you are listening to this. I spit more coffee that way!!!

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  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1789)
    Performance
    (1637)
    Story
    (1640)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Megan says: "Worth it, 10x over!"
    "Amazing, rich characters in this Thriller!"
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    What did you love best about The Girl with All the Gifts?

    The characters were great—protagonists and antagonists alike were complicated and engaging. The pace built deliciously and kept me on the edge of my seat.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl with All the Gifts?

    There were several pivotal moments in the book (which is always good) and gave the book wonderful twists and turns which kept me running to keep up with the characters and their struggles. I do have to say that the two most shocking moments were very different. One was in an actively dangerous and exciting time, full of action and frightened me. The other was quiet, peaceful but also horrifying and gave you a sense of utter despair. They were both incredible in the emotional buzz they give!


    Which character – as performed by Finty Williams – was your favorite?

    There were two. The female teacher who befriended the protagonist was wonderful, broken and steadfast. The other was one of the "bad guys" at first and developed beautifully into a more complex character during the story. I will leave you to find out who he was.


    Any additional comments?

    Theis book was bought on a whim and was also my first in the "zombie" genre. But I would not peg it into that category. It goes soaring above this genre and was an outstanding thriller and a great performance. I simply loved it. Yes, I am listening to it again right now.

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  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3695)
    Performance
    (2157)
    Story
    (2170)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Wow! Who knew the dead were so interesting!"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stiff?

    There are a lot of them! I just really enjoyed driving through town with my eyes wide open and my jaw dropped -- I learned things I never knew I wanted to know. Loved it. So engaging and delivered with a lovely dry wit. Great!


    Any additional comments?

    Amazingly informative and surprisingly funny. Mary Roach get the award for amazing me! Wonderful read with the great audio talent of Shelly Frasier! Highly recommend!

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  • Killing Jesus: A History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1782)
    Performance
    (1554)
    Story
    (1578)

    Millions of people have thrilled to best-selling authors Bill O'Reilly and historian Martin Dugard's Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln, works of nonfiction that have changed the way we view history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly 2,000 years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God.

    christina m. groetzinger says: "Interesting Listening Experience"
    "You Made Him REAL - Incredibly moving & informat"
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    What did you love best about Killing Jesus?

    I enjoyed the factual basis of the book. The authors wrapped the reader in the culture and time of Jesus. Although I have known this story since a toddler, I was fully engaged and surprised by the emotional effect it had on me.


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

    I was moved by two events in the book. The first was John the baptist portrayal and his death. Second was, of course, the crucifixion. The pace of the story was perfect with the intensity of the days leading up to his death. I was so in awe of the raw facts and how they were read (I had the audible version) that I had to pull my car over as I was unable to drive while listening to the story without being so emotionally rapt. I wept. It was a great book.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read all three of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's "Killing" series and enjoyed them all, but Killing Jesus was exceptional, perhaps because Jesus was exceptional. Many people have come to see him as a mythical character and this book dispels that. It reminds us all of the incredible and brave things he did. Thank you for that.

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