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Rob

Cellar Door

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  • Fosse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Sam Wasson
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    We see Bob Fosse's legacy everywhere - from Broadway to "Billy Jean" to Beyoncé's moves in the "Single Ladies" video. Yet in spite of Fosse'sdeep cultural significance, no biography has ever brought him fully to life, unveiling the man behind the bowler hat and the swaggering sex appeal.

    David says: "what a fascinating man"
    "Glad to not be a genius"
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    Where does Fosse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best!


    What other book might you compare Fosse to and why?

    I would compare it to other Broadway biographies I've read, Meryl Secrest's on Sondheim for instance, but it's looser and sharper and less reverent.


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

    Jim's voice provides warmth and humor to an otherwise lurid tale.


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

    The man behind the razzle dazzle


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for anyone thinking of going into the business...a cautionary tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (1755)
    Performance
    (1008)
    Story
    (1035)

    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    David says: "Be aware of what you're getting into"
    "Setting the stage...and what a stage"
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    Many of the reviews here caution readers that this book is quite expository, that it's something to get through to get to the rest of the series. I have not read the rest of the series, but I can say this book is great on its own. Stephenson really sets up an amazingly idiosyncratic worldview based, apparently, on a deep understanding of the underpinnings of the day's philosophical and scientific writings alongside military and political history. It is a pastiche and clearly does not stick to a forcefully propelled narrative, but does contain fascinating history and fiction interwoven.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3564)
    Performance
    (1309)
    Story
    (1307)

    "What should we have for dinner?" To one degree or another, this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore's dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn't. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.

    Stephen Redding says: "Great presentation of a moral dilemma"
    "interesting personal perspective"
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    Pollan writes a very convincing case for the locovore movement and speaks plain sense from personal experience without being preachy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Colin Woodard
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (481)

    North America was settled by people with distinct religious, political, and ethnographic characteristics, creating regional cultures that have been at odds with one another ever since. Subsequent immigrants didn't confront or assimilate into an "American" or "Canadian" culture, but rather into one of the 11 distinct regional ones that spread over the continent each staking out mutually exclusive territory. In American Nations, Colin Woodard leads us on a journey through the history of our fractured continent....

    Theo Horesh says: "One of a Kind Masterpiece"
    "Excellent, unique look at American History"
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    It takes a great deal to impress me with a book on American history. American Nations did that, both with its scope and accessibility. It truly provides an idiosyncratic take on the development of the United States (and to a lesser extent Canada and Mexico). The narration is also quite clear and engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (2973)
    Performance
    (1632)
    Story
    (1659)

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
    "Science Stands the Test of Time...story does not"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Really interesting science fiction, but the story around the science fiction is atrocious and paper thin. The four companions on the journey are so 2 dimensional to almost be laughable with the dashing older Earthman and his completely incompetent barely legal Earthwoman, an overly cautious Vulcan-esque being with less personality and a Klingon-esque Catman who wants to fight fight fight. They are all set up in very contrived dialogue that enables the author to use them as mouthpieces for his thought experiments in sci-fi. All that said, the thought experiment is compelling and worthwhile. Just prepare yourself to read the material that Douglas Adams lampooned so brilliantly in Hitchiker's.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Larry Niven again?

    I might give it a shot, but not for a while


    What three words best describe Tom Parker’s voice?

    salesman, authoritative, disinterested


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

    YES because they would have to update it out of necessity. The science fiction is still good, but the story could use a good going over.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13523)
    Performance
    (11872)
    Story
    (11923)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "I just wanted it to END"
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    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    Yes because I've gotten this far and I need to finish the thing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The end was ALMOST worth the whole trial and travail.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Roy Dotrice’s performances?

    He really declined after the 3rd book...I would, but with reservations.


    Did A Dance with Dragons inspire you to do anything?

    Listen to some non-fiction for a change.


    Any additional comments?

    George RR Martin needs an editor and Roy Dotrice needs to redo books 4 and 5 with better voicings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Front: The Great War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Hugo Award winner Harry Turtledove is the master of alternate history. In American Front he envisions World War I as it may have been if fought on American soil. The United States and Germany clash with the Confederacy, France, and Britain as the machines of modern warfare litter the landscape with carnage. Meanwhile, oppressed southern blacks head toward a fateful confrontation.

    JoR says: "boring and disjointed"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I read the prequel to this series and was pretty impressed with the alternate history, very creative and inventive and yet still grounded in possibility. It seems, though, as Turtledove moves out from where his alternative history breaks with history, that there's less and less connection and it all sort of falls apart. I lost interest and started asking myself why I didn't just read pure history or pure science fiction because this blend lacks the best of either genre.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2704)
    Performance
    (1417)
    Story
    (1422)

    Bill Bryson and his family live in a Victorian parsonage in a part of England where nothing of any great significance has happened since the Romans decamped. Yet one day, he began to consider how very little he knew about the ordinary things of life as he found it in that comfortable home. To remedy this, he formed the idea of journeying about his house from room to room to “write a history of the world without leaving home.”

    Tina says: "Another wonderful Bryson"
    "Great but scattered"
    Overall

    There is so much fun information in this book, and it delivered in a delightful way by Bryson, but at several points throughout the book, I would stop and think to myself "what does this have to do with the central thesis of the book." Then I would ask myself what the central thesis of the book is, realize that I don't have a clue, and just continue to enjoy Bill Bryson's writing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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