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Robbie D

Husband, Father, Teacher.

Member Since 2014

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  • 50 titles in library
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  • Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Nick Offerman
    • Narrated By Nick Offerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1289)
    Performance
    (1188)
    Story
    (1183)

    Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman - who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking - he runs his own woodshop - Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman's childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois, to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally.

    OpenMindedNotCredulous says: "On the need to acknowledge the role luck plays"
    "Nick Offerman delivers in his debut novel."
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    For fans of Ron Swanson on Parks and Rec or any of Nick's work this book is a must read. Offerman blends in personal accounts of him growing up in suburban Chicago and his philosophy on living a balanced simplistic life. Offerman delivers his dry wit and great sense of humor throughout the book giving insight into not only his personal life but his unquestionable work ethic.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Yes Please

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amy Poehler
    • Narrated By Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
    Overall
    (8694)
    Performance
    (7258)
    Story
    (7233)

    Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

    S.F. says: "Listen to this book for sure"
    "Somethings are just better as an audiobook"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Yes Please to be better than the print version?

    I think when you look at how books are being published and how comedians write books the format is going to evolve over the next few years and Poehler is showing how it is done. Poehler has guest readers for sections of the books and have free interviews with former cast members and people she has worked with.


    Would you recommend Yes Please to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to my friends or any fan of Parks and Rec, Saturday Night Live, or upright citizens brigade. The story has a lot of funny parts and cuts in some of Poehler's better work. The only issue I have with the book is that it is not in chronological order which makes some of the flow of the book fragmented and disjointed.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Poehler definately brings a delivery which comes off as authentic and sincere and allows the listener to truly feel like we understand the troubles she has with her children, the hard balance of her job and being a family member and the other issues of everyday life.


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

    I listened to this book over a long drive to Connecticut and found it to be entertaining for both me and my wife who enjoyed the book as well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (893)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (737)

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "From Powerful to Powerless"
    "Settle in this ones a long one!"
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    Robert A. Caro's Passage of power is another fine example of his instense research and dedication of making the definitive work on Lyndon Johnson. The only issues I ever have with this series is the fine detail and little stories of the first few books are repeated in the later ones. I doubt anyone is picking up this series mid story so I don't understand why the stories are completely retold as opposed to just reminding the readers. I have to say though if my only issue with the story is the fine attention to detail then it shows how good a series it is. Grover Gardner as always gives a fine performance reading such an impressive piece of work. Highly recommended for anyone who loves good stories about the presidents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (215)

    Master of the Senate carries Lyndon Johnson's story through one of its most remarkable periods: his 12 years, from 1949 to 1960, in the United States Senate. Once the most august and revered body in politics, by the time Johnson arrived the Senate had become a parody of itself and an obstacle that for decades had blocked desperately needed liberal legislation. Caro shows how Johnson's brilliance, charm, and ruthlessness enabled him to become the youngest and most powerful Majority Leader in history.

    David says: "An off-read for one of the best!"
    "Master of the Senate,More like Master of Endurance"
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    Wow is this long! I have fully committed to finishing this serious on audio books and that I want to take advantage of all that I can get out of these books. Karo's storytelling is pretty amazing except for one thing. In some passages he completely retells a story from the previous book. Maybe it's me but I feel like if you are reading this series you can just mention the incident not just retell the whole story again.

    That being said it is still a great book which truly shows the depth and intensity of the writing as well as the depth of research that went into this work. Grover Gardner truly shines in his telling of the book and his voice has the perfect pitch, pace, and style of reading that makes a work of this length go so smoothly.

    Overall this book tells a great story of how the senate operated and how Lyndon Johnson was able to work within it. Truly brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10656)
    Performance
    (9192)
    Story
    (9181)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

    Allen T. says: "Amazing"
    "The audiobook is better than the movie."
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    There are very few books I will listen to after I see the movie, mainly because I then have the images of the actors and it dulls my imagination. In this instance the audiobook is an iceberg with the movie just being a small tip. I am not normally a military reader although I do enjoy a good work and this is the example. You feel for Kyle as a Husband and a father and one of the better stories is that of his wife; showing that the war not only affects the people who go but the people who are left behind. This story truly has layers and many people may not agree with Kyles opinions on the people he fought but everyone can agree that it is a tough struggle to be a sniper when women and children are used every day in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ian Doescher
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, Ian Doescher, and others
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (162)

    Hot on the heels of the New York Times bestseller William Shakespeare's Star Wars comes the next two installments of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare's The Jed Doth Return. Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter. These two plays offer essential listening for all ages.

    Amazon Customer says: "Liked the first one? You'll love the sequel."
    "Yoda was built for this! Plus a little hint..."
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    Every play a Beatles album backwards? Here's a trick I did with this and the following story. Read the author's note at the end of the book first and then read the book knowing what the other is trying to depict with each character and scene. The series is truly quirky yet flawless and has a great flow that will make you want to listen to all three books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • President Me: The America That's in My Head

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Adam Carolla
    • Narrated By Adam Carolla
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (408)

    In President Me, Carolla shares his vision for a different, better America free from big issues like big government down to small problems like hotel alarm clock placement. Running on an anti-narcissism platform, President Carolla calls for a return to the values of an earlier time when stew and casserole were on every dinner table and there were no “service dogs” on airplanes. President Me hits right at the heart of what makes our country really annoying, and offers a plan to make all of our lives, but mostly Adam’s, much better.

    Tommy says: "Hilarious and Painfully True"
    "Good Carolla....not Great Carolla..."
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    I want to start with I loved in 50 Years We'll All be Chicks, I thought Not Taco Bell Material, and I truly wanted this to be a third knock out in a row but finished more like a TKO by decision. I feel like this could have been the perfect book for Carolla to layout everything we need to fix and how were going to fix it, he does this just not as in depth of what we are used to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ian Doescher
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson, Jonathan Davis, Daniel Davis, and others
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (108)

    Hot on the heels of the New York Times best seller William Shakespeare's Star Wars comes the next two installments of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return. Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter. Something Wookiee this way comes!

    Amazon Customer says: "Tis a Worthy Conclusion"
    "The Premeire of the Original Falstaff"
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    In this final conclusion of the series I almost am sad that it has to end. It is the perfect ending of the series and the series as a whole had a not too short and not too long feel to it. When this part of the books end you feel pleasantly finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • William Shakespeare's Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ian Doescher
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, Ian Doescher, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (524)

    Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas's epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare's greatest plays. 'Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

    Amazon Customer says: "To Thine Ears, Brilliance This Doth Be!"
    "A long time ago.... or 1600"
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    If you like Shakespeare and Star Wars this is glorious, the first in a series of three to chronicle the Star Wars trilogy as told by the Bard himself! If you are not a fan of one this may give you interest in the other. If you aren't a fan of either, you will probably rip your ears off before finishing. Overall very sold and one of the better performances on audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage of Power Part 4: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    Robbie D says: "It's not a sprint but a marathon"
    "It's not a sprint but a marathon"
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    This is an amazing book in an amazing series I have grown to love these books but also have gotten to a point where reading/listening to all three back to back has exhausted me. It will be interesting to see when the final book comes out but overall I have enjoyed Karo's storytelling and Grover gardeners delivery. Highly recommended to anyone who loves books about presidents or history in general.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shrinkage: Manhood, Marriage, and the Tumor That Tried to Kill Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Bryan Bishop, Adam Carolla (foreword)
    • Narrated By Bryan Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (180)

    At 30 years old Bryan Bishop’s life was right on track: as the sidekick on The Adam Carolla Show, his career was taking off and, newly engaged, his personal life was soaring to new heights. Then he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Suddenly Bryan’s promising future was looking at a troubling schedule of radiation and chemotherapy. But having found refuge in comedy, "Bald Bryan" recounts his alternately heartbreaking and hysterical experience of cancer treatment and recovery.

    Jim Dean says: "Damn funny. Especially considering the subject."
    "Bryan's Song or Story actually"
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    Bryan Bishop, or Bald Bryan as we know him from the Adam Carolla podcast tells us a story of growing up and ultimately coming to terms with living with an inoperable Brain tumor. The story of Bishop and his wife struggling through their wedding during this tragic time gives a glimpse of the adversity that a couple can overcome. This definitely is a good read for anyone who knows the struggle of surviving a tumor, or any fan of the Adam Carolla show. This is a very emotional and touching reading by Bishop as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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