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Rexel

Henderson, NV, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Patti LuPone: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Patti LuPone
    • Narrated By Patti LuPone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (29)

    With nearly 100 photographs, including an 8-page four-color insert, and illuminating details about the life of a working actor, from inspired costars and demanding directors to her distinct perspective on how she developed and honed her Tony Award–winning performances, Patti LuPone: A Memoir is as inspirational as it is entertaining. And though the title might say “a memoir,” this is ultimately a love letter to the theatre by a unique American artist.

    Scott says: "Excellent"
    "Even better the second time through"
    Overall

    Only Patti LuPone could capture the pathos and euphoria of the chapters of her own life. The first time I listened right after purchase, I was listening for facts and details. The second time, I listened for emotion. Her journey, as described by La LuPone herself, is at times harrowing and, at others, exhilarating. Her diction in the narrative passages was precise (almost too precise on some passages) but her asides felt real, loose, conversational. Ms. LuPone is generous with her praise of colleagues and persons who helped her on this journey. Those who were part of her emotional and professional lives where positive and negatives existed, were treated as "grays" rather than one shade or another. Those at the wrong end of her ire should be absolutely clear on her recollection and feelings of her encounters with her; I understood where these people stand with her. Wow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Judy: A Legendary Film Career

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Fricke
    • Narrated By Gary Dikeos
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Judy: A Legendary Film Career tells the story of Garland’s movie work in unprecedented detail. Hundreds of never-before-published photos, newly-assembled contemporary reviews, insight from her costars and coworkers, and production histories are provided for each film in which she appeared. Highlighting and complimenting the feature films is a definitive biography; an examination of Judy’s short subjects; details of the movies she did not complete; and an enthralling compendium of film projects for which she was considered or rumored.

    Rexel says: "Great history, names, words mispronounced!"
    "Great history, names, words mispronounced!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I always enjoy hearing backstage stories and this book was specifically geared to this.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Judy. You get the measure of a woman who was a signing and dancing marionette, who had little control over her professional and personal life. Yet all of the show business personalities used and abused her talents without apparently acknowledging this. Somehow, she maintained a resiliency that allowed her to be involved in the incredible body of work described in the book.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I enjoyed the shift that the narrator presented as he spoke as the different personalities. The Judy Garlard voice was interesting, but not really necessary. What I intensely disliked was the seeming lack of preparation that resulted in the mispronunciation of names ("Dick Bogard"?, "EV-ah-lyn Waugh" as opposed to "EVE-ah-lyn...) and terms ("biopic" was pronounced "by-OPP-ic", rather than "BY-oh-pic"). Every time such terms were read, I openly cringed...


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

    Maybe...who's performing?


    Any additional comments?

    While the narrator has a mellifluous reading voice, I think significant care should also have gone into learning how to correctly pronounce names and related industry terms.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Marshall
    • Narrated By Penny Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (953)
    Performance
    (856)
    Story
    (858)

    her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

    M. S. Cohen says: "The audio performance should get an award!"
    "The best!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to My Mother Was Nuts again? Why?

    Penny's candid and conversational style made me truly feel like I was sitting across a table from someone casually sharing memories of the past. It wasn't encased in contrived prose that did not fit with our perception of the personality that is Penny Marshall.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Julie Andrews: An Intimate Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Richard Stirling
    • Narrated By Rowena Cooper
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    In 'My Fair Lady', Julie Andrews had the biggest hit on Broadway. As the title role in 'Mary Poppins', she won an Academy Award. And 'The Sound of Music' made her the most famous woman in the world and rescued Twentieth Century Fox from bankruptcy. Three year later, 'Star!' almost put the studio back under, and the leading lady of both films fell as spectacularly as she had risen. Despite many setbacks - including the loss of her singing voice in 1997 - Julie Andrews is still a star.

    Rexel says: "Pronunciation problems"
    "Pronunciation problems"
    Overall

    The narrative is interesting enough for me as a fan of Ms. Andrews. Unfortunately, I have little praise for the performance of Rowena Cooper. Her attempts at an American accent are pedestrian at best, showing that it can be just as difficult for a Brit to do an American accent as for an American to do a serviceable British accent. Not unlike Bob Hoskins version of an American accent in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"

    Just as I am about enjoy a segment, the most jarring of mispronunciations will hit my ears. Ziegfeld is not pronounced "Zig-feld" but "Zige-feld" (long "i" sound; 4 hours and 3 minutes into part II). And who is "Amy Archerd"? A few moments after the aforementioned Ziegfield reference, there is a quote attributed to Variety's long time reporter "Army Archerd" (at about 4:06:51 in part II of 2). I had to listen to that one over and over again to be sure I had heard what I thought I had heard. Maybe Amy is like Victoria to Victor? Sadly, no.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Understanding Movies: The Art and History of Film: The Modern Scholar

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Raphael Shargel
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (33)

    Why does the cinema have the power to move the heart, stimulate the mind, and dazzle the imagination? How did the art of film develop from its origins to the present day? This course covers the history and aesthetics of the movies. It traces the experiments and innovations that gave rise to the modern cinema, developing a vocabulary that helps explain the variety of choices filmmakers make when they construct shots and edit them together.

    ESK says: "Educational! But ...the mike's too close!"
    "Enthusiastic but lacking..."
    Overall

    Professor Shargel delivery is passionate and joyous. Unfortunately, halfway through, this scholar lost me. As he presents "Casablanca" and "Now, Voyager", he mentions the name of Jerry's daughter in the latter as "June". JUNE!? Any self-respecting fan of "Now, Voyager" knows the girl's name was Tina!!! June was the name of Charlotte's niece (portrayed by Bonita Granville), not Jerry Durrance's daughter!

    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Lucille: The Life of Lucille Ball

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kathleen Brady
    • Narrated By C. M. Hébert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    In 20 years of show business, Lucille Ball had only modest and sporadic success. Her TV program, I Love Lucy, was her last chance to fulfill the ambition that had sustained her through the frustrations of her professional life and the anguish of a failing marriage. The role of Lucy Ricardo revealed her true gifts, but it changed her life immeasurably. This definitive portrait of Lucille Ball is based on the recollections of fellow performers, her closest friends and family, and Lucille herself.

    James Gordon says: "A So-So Look at Lucy"
    "Again, prep work and pronunciation issues"
    Overall

    Not even for my love of Lucy can I overlook yet another ill-prepared reading of a book. Helen Brady, the performer for "Lucille: The Life of Lucille Ball" may be able to roll her R's for "arroz con pollo" but "cringingly" mispronounces general accepted names such as Garson Kanin as "Garson Cannon". Pantages, rather than with the expected emphasis on the second syllable, has the emphasis on the first, requiring the listener to rewind or playback to make sure they heard it correctly.

    Are there editorial/performance meetings before such recordings? At least with the author performing their own work you know that however they pronounce something it is uniquely them. When a hired performer reads another's work, listeners who purchase/license work have some expectation of more than a soothing, modulated voice. We want accurate phrasing and pronunciation.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Not the Girl Next Door: Joan Crawford, a Personal Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charlotte Chandler
    • Narrated By Christine Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    She was beautiful, talented, irascible, ruthless, vulnerable, and a true Hollywood legend. From abused child to dance-hall entertainer to silent-film actress, she went on to become one of Hollywood's screen goddesses with films such as Possessed opposite Clark Gable, with whom she began a torrid off-screen affair, Grand Hotel, and Mildred Pierce, her Academy Award-winning film.

    James Gordon says: "Cardboard Cutout"
    "At best, an average performance by narrator"
    Overall

    Whether the content written by author Chandler is true or not, I find it appalling that the narrator appears to have prepared less than adequately for her performance. She pronounces a number of names incorrectly, such as Charles Boyer (pronounced "Boi-yuhr", as opposed to the expected "Boi-yay") and Jack Palance (Pa-LANCE instead of the correct PAL-ance). There is a deliberate pacing that could be admirable until I positively cringe with such pronunciation errors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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