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Paul

You can listen to a LOT of audible books while commuting on the I-90 tollway.

Chicago, IL USA | Listener Since 2009

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  • Dad Is Fat

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1913)
    Performance
    (1778)
    Story
    (1770)

    In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

    Sean says: "Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads"
    "Observational Humor for Parents"
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    If you could sum up Dad Is Fat in three words, what would they be?

    Young. Parents. Enjoy!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gaffigan is a great story teller and his observations about parenting his brood of children connects with parents of young children (and those who can remember when their own children were young).


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jim Gaffigan?

    Possibly. I was a bit surprised (my fault!) at how focused this book was on the issues of parents of young children. I had hoped for more classic Gaffigan humor tied to general observations. I bought the book because I'm a fan and don't regret it at all.


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

    Not really. I found myself listening to bits and pieces as I drove around looking for a house. Good for filling the long gaps.


    Any additional comments?

    At some points Gaffigan sounds a bit too much like he's reading a script, not always falling on the end of sentences or phrases correctly. Not sure if a coach would help him for future books (yes please!). I was distracted by these occurrences throughout. Keep writing, the world needs "clean" comics (ode to this book).

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  • What We Talk About When We Talk About God

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Rob Bell
    • Narrated By Rob Bell
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (124)

    How God is described today strikes many as mean, primitive, backwards, illogical, tribal, and at odds with the frontiers of science. At the same time, many intuitively feel a sense of reverence and awe in the world. Can we find a new way to talk about God? Pastor and New York Times best-selling author Rob Bell shows how traditional ideas have grown stale and dysfunctional and reveals a new path for how to return vitality and vibrancy to how we understand God.

    Ralph says: "God is leading us ahead"
    "Classic (challenging) Rob Bell"
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    If you could sum up What We Talk About When We Talk About God in three words, what would they be?

    Learning. Being. Christ.


    What other book might you compare What We Talk About When We Talk About God to and why?

    Love Wins covers some of this material which gets elaborated here-in.


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

    This was classic Rob Bell. He's a natural orator and solid theological thinker which comes through in his work.


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

    The very end. Bell's story about sitting in the open water on surfboards and understanding that "here is God" was powerful for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Great stuff. I hope Bell continues to provide challenges to theological thinkers who can presume too much about what it means to live out being the presence of Christ for others in the world. Christianity needs a variety of voices and diversity of thought, all of which can and should be centered on Christ.

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  • How I Slept My Way to the Middle: Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen, and Interwebs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kevin Pollak, Alan Goldsher
    • Narrated By Kevin Pollak
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (205)

    Kevin Pollak rose through the comedy club ranks at the feet of Don Rickles and Bill Cosby, Johnny Carson, and George Carlin. Named one of Comedy Central’s Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time, he’s a killer impressionist — Falk, Shatner, Walken, Nicholson — a versatile actor with one of the most respected filmographies around, and an Internet pioneer. He’s done it all, and now he’s ready to spill the beans.

    S. Droski says: "Turns out I'm a fan...who knew?!"
    "Laugh Out Loud Funny and Insightful"
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    Would you listen to How I Slept My Way to the Middle again? Why?

    I plan to listen to this book again. Kevin Pollack is a master story teller, mix that with his spot on impersonations and humor and this book will be good for more laughing out loud.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Pollack's storyteller skills made me feel like I was truly in the story with him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the story about how Pollack got invited to be on the Tonight Show but opted to wait until he could do it his way, complete with a couch visit with Johnny Carson. Bold and


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

    I laughed out loud several times, a few while sitting on the beach which led to other people giving me a funny look. It was worth it!


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of language concerns for young ears, don't listen in the school carpool. Save it for after you drop the kids off.

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