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Robbie D

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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
    (762)
    Performance
    (722)
    Story
    (722)

    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
  • 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
    (125)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (124)

    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
  • Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Bob Saget
    • Narrated By Bob Saget
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    Millions of viewers know and love Bob Saget from his role as the sweetly neurotic father on the smash hit Full House, and as the charming wisecracking host of America's Funniest Home Videos. And then there are the legions of fans who can't get enough of his scatological, out-of-his-mind stand-up routines, comedy specials, and outrageously profane performances in such shows as HBO's Entourage and the hit documentary The Aristocrats.

    Hillary says: "Meh to the 2nd Power"
    "Dirty Daddy is pretty standard"
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    In Bob Saget's book, Dirty Daddy, Sagat tells the story of how he came up through the business. It is a pretty standard issue autobiography with a few funny anecdotes. Pretty bland with a few god stories and jokes sprinkled about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James Gandolfini: The Real Life of the Man Who Made Tony Soprano

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dan Bischoff
    • Narrated By John Ventimiglia
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    James Gandolfini: The Real Life of the Man Who Made Tony Soprano is the first biography of the actor, who died in June 2013 at age 51, widely recognized as one of the best - and most defining - actors of his generation. The audiobook, as performed by Gandolfini's Sopranos co-star John Ventimiglia (Artie Bucco), is informed by fresh interviews with Sopranos actors, HBO executives, the star’s acting teachers and coaches, his childhood friends, buddies from his days as a nightclub bouncer, and Hollywood figures including the directors of his posthumously released films.

    Susie says: "The Moving Story of a Man Who Touched Our Lives"
    "Superb storytelling with minimal substance"
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    Dan Bischoff does a great job painting a picture of a reserved man who kept to himself, and kept his entourage quiet. Very few people gave interviews for the work making it tough for Bischoff to find that certain story to capture Gandolfini.

    John Ventimiglia does an excellent delivery of the story and stays calm and even keeled without sounding dull.

    Overall both Bischoff and Ventimiglia both did the best with what they had but ultimately without insight from many close friends and family there is not a lot of substance here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Means of Ascent: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    Robert A. Caro's life of Lyndon Johnson continues - one of the richest, most intensive, and most revealing examinations ever undertaken of an American President. The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer/historian carries Johnson through his service in World War II and the foundation of his long-concealed fortune and the facts behind the myths he created about it. But the explosive heart of the book is Caro's revelation of the true story of the fiercely contested 1948 senatorial election.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: ""If You Do Everything, You'll Win""
    "Good not Great"
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    Robert Caro is a great author and this is a great addition to his series on Lyndon Johnson. The one issue I have with the Means of Ascent is that it is very repetitive from his first Johnson Book "The Path to Power", with there being many recaps of anecdotes from the first.

    Still, the research and depth is brilliant and Caro paints an accurate picture of the former President. If you are a fan of Johnson this series will still be the definitive work and there is a lack of bias that makes Johnson feel human. I would recommend this series to anyone with the understanding that it is tough to top the first book.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (159)

    This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy, and ambition that set LBJ apart. It follows him from the Hill Country to New Deal Washington, from his boyhood through the years of the Depression to his debut as Congressman, his heartbreaking defeat in his first race for the Senate, and his attainment, nonetheless, at age 31, of the national power for which he hungered.

    David C. Daggett says: "The Best of all Biographies"
    "Impressive work by an impressive author"
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    Would you listen to The Path to Power again? Why?

    I probably would't listen to The Path to Power again due to it's length and the fact that I never re-read or listen to anything. That being said this is an impressive story by any means and shows the impressive work that Caro put into this work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The attention to detail truly paints a picture of a man who want's to be the best but many times does't know how.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Solid consistent and enjoyable voice that goes unnoticed in the listen which is important.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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