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Peter

An Editor living in NYC. I grew up listening to Radio Plays and have found a love for audiobooks and podcasts.

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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
    (251)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (232)

    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?!"
    "Pollak is a Gem"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of How I Slept My Way to the Middle?

    Pollak is widely known for his impressions and does not hold back with them throughout his audiobook.


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

    I'd have to imagine his impressions and hearing them mightily improves the experience.


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

    Yes, though due to the length of my morning commute, it gets broken up into multiple listens.


    Any additional comments?

    I've listened to the Kevin Pollak Chat Show for the past two years and have been waiting to get his audiobook. Glad I finally did!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Child Thief: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dan Smith
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (178)

    A troubled World War I veteran races across the frozen steppe of 1930's Ukraine to save a child from a shadowy killer with unthinkable plans. Luka is a war veteran who now wants nothing more than to have a quiet life with his family. His village has, so far, remained hidden from the advancing Soviet brutality. But everything changes the day a stranger arrives, pulling a sled bearing a terrible cargo. In the chaos, a little girl has vanished, and Luka is the only man with the skills to find the stolen child and her kidnapper.

    David says: "Brilliant--both the writing and the narration"
    "Highly Recommended"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Child Thief?

    Without spoiling too much, the stand off with the Sniper on 2 separate occasions really stuck with me. Very taut and suspenseful.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    The main character, Luka. Bronson's accent was pitch perfect and really brought me in to the story.


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

    If the cold won't get you...


    Any additional comments?

    I've been recommending this to anyone within ear shot and will probably re-read it in the near future. SO GOOD

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
    • Narrated By Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
    Overall
    (2044)
    Performance
    (1853)
    Story
    (1845)

    From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

    Anne Morris says: "I don't normally write reviews but..."
    "What a joy!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of As You Wish to be better than the print version?

    Well, I haven't read the print version, so I can't speak to that.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I think the cast was delightful, but everyone wants more Andre the Giant stories.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Carey Elwes did a fantastic job narrating. His British Accent makes for pleasant listening.


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

    Not particularly. It was just very nostalgic and enjoyable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Of Mice and Men

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Gary Sinise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1128)
    Performance
    (966)
    Story
    (966)

    While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual’s existence meaningful.

    Jenny says: "The reader alone is worth it"
    "Such great narration!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Of Mice and Men the most enjoyable?

    The narration definitely made this a homerun for me, however the material is so good as well. It's hard to find such a winning combo of content and narrator that this just really worked for me.


    What other book might you compare Of Mice and Men to and why?

    Flowers for Algernon. The emotion this book brings out in you and the sympathy you feel for the characters is most notable in the tone of Algernon.


    What about Gary Sinise’s performance did you like?

    I'd seen the movie ages ago and Sinise really managed to bring the character of George to life in both adaptations, but his calm voice created an atmosphere that everything would be ok, despite knowing how things would play out. Really great voice for narration and would love to hear him do more VO work.


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

    IMDB has the movie's Tagline as "We have a dream. Someday, we'll have a little house and a couple of acres. A place to call home." I think that works pretty well.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't recommend books often, but this one is well worth your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're Lucky You're Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Phil Rosenthal
    • Narrated By Phil Rosenthal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    The creator and executive producer of Everybody Loves Raymond dissects the art of comedy and the making of a sitcom classic. In television, where programs can premiere and disappear in the same week, Everybody Loves Raymond reigned as America's best-loved show for nine years with more than 17 million viewers. As the number-one sitcom, it received more than 70 Emmy nominations, including two wins for best comedy.

    Margaret Campbell says: "For Raymond Lovers"
    "Everybody Loves Rosenthal"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If they enjoyed Everybody Loves Raymond, then I would recommend this to them. I've gotten my Dad to listen to it, actually. Rosenthal has a firm tongue in cheek way of reading his book that makes it charming.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of You're Lucky You're Funny?

    I enjoyed hearing him recall his mis-adventures before he got working in TV. His Night at the Museum was quite memorable.


    What about Phil Rosenthal’s performance did you like?

    Hearing it in his own words made it more enjoyable for me, as I've only seen him perform in a handful of movies before.


    Any additional comments?

    I sought this book out because I'd seen his documentary 'Exporting Raymond' and had seen him perform in 'The TV Set' movie. I like his take on life and humor and felt that his book would have the same tone and was not left wanting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Off to Be the Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4433)
    Performance
    (4081)
    Story
    (4090)

    It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

    Charles says: "Fantastic"
    "Didn't want it to end!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Off to Be the Wizard to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the novel, but loved the audible version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor was just right for my sordid tastes.


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

    I was laughing throughout and felt the author gave plenty of winks to his audience.


    Any additional comments?

    I would heartily recommend this novel to friends who wanted a laugh. There are too few books like it!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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