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aurora, IL, USA | Member Since 2008

  • 7 reviews
  • 171 ratings
  • 460 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • Catch Me If You Can

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Frank W. Abagnale
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener

    Frank W. Abagnale was one of the most daring conmen, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. His story is now a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

    Steve says: "Really entertaining!"
    "Fun but a little dated"

    I enjoyed the stories of Abagnale's exploits and learned much about the formerly lax security in the airline, banking and medical industries. My only difficulty was the dated language. It was clear the book was written primarily in the '70s, with its references to "chicks" and "swinging parties". If you can get past that, it's a terrific story.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Decently interesting book, poorly narrated"
    If you could sum up Killing Lincoln in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, poor narration

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Lincoln?

    The actual assassination.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I'm sure Bill O'Reilly was permitted to narrate his own audiobook because he is a known television personality. Unfortunately, he did his own book a disservice. He frequently mispronounces words throughout the book, stumbles over words, and pauses at the end of a printed line, whether or not the sentence has concluded. His strong eastern accent distracts the reader from the story. I wish I'd read this one in print.

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

    No. I enjoyed the details of a known historical event, but nothing was particularly emotionally provoking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Over the past decade, Malcolm Gladwell has become the most gifted and influential journalist in America. In The New Yorker, his writings are such must-reads that the magazine charges advertisers significantly more money for ads that run within his articles. With his #1 best sellers, The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers, he has reached millions of readers. And now the very best and most famous of his New Yorker pieces are collected in a brilliant and provocative anthology.

    Rudi says: "Not Gladwell's best - and a recording problem"
    "Not Gladwell's best - and a recording problem"

    I really enjoy Malcolm Gladwell's writing, and I do like the stories in this collection. But while these are excellent stand-alone pieces, the collection lacks the punch of his other books (The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers).

    Anoher reviewer noted that the audiobook is not unabridged, but that was an error in the recording. I contacted Audible, and they credited my account so I can replace this book with a different one, as two stories are incomplete and another one is missing from the recording. Audible is working with the publisher to correct this issue. If the recording shows a total time of less than 12 hours, it hasn't been fixed yet.

    50 of 52 people found this review helpful
  • The Kid Stays in the Picture

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Evans
    • Narrated By Robert Evans

    Success. Scandal. Sex. Tragedy. Infamy. The Kid Stays in the Picture is the can't-make-this-stuff-up true story of Robert Evans, Hollywood giant and legendary bad boy. A new film version of Evan's story, based on this autobiography, hits theaters July 26. Fun fact: It's rumored that Evans' narration on this book was the inspiration for Dustin Hoffman's distinct speaking style in the film Wag the Dog.

    Kim Meseck says: "The Kid Stays in the Picture"
    "Great stories enhanced by the author's reading"

    So many of the stories in Kid were ones I had never heard before. Who could believe Evans had to fight to get Brando cast as the Godfather? Or that the sequel to Chinatown was never made because the director who owned the rights refused to allow Evans to appear in one of the lead roles (Jack Nicholson's condition for reprising his own role as Jake). Evans himself is the true star of the book. While he does mumble and is sometimes difficult to understand, his egotistical, dramatic phrasing brings him to life as a real person: "Was it worth it. You bet your ass it was!" I think Evans understands he is the caricature of a Hollywood produce that created the archetype, and he plays to that image to amuse and entertain the reader/listener. Even if you're not a movie buff, there is much to love in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In his newest collection of essays, David Sedaris lifts the corner of ordinary life, revealing the absurdity teeming below its surface. His world is alive with obscure desires and hidden motives, a world where forgiveness is automatic and an argument can be the highest form of love. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim is another unforgettable collection from one of the wittiest and most original writers at work today.

    FanB14 says: "Read on...Hilarity Ensues"
    "Not his best, but still good"

    If you've never heard David Sedaris read one of his essays on This American Life or listened to one of his other books, you should know he is one of the most hilarious storytellers in America today. Given that, this book does not come close to the brilliance of Me Talk Pretty One Day or some of the pieces in Holidays on Ice. Sedaris is most enjoyable when reading before a live audience, as he feeds off the excitement of the crowd. For that reason, the Live at Carnegie Hall performance is a great place to start. For a non-live performance, Me Talk Pretty is the best. There are some gems here, but this is not his best work. Many of the stories simply made me sad, although I could still see humor in the way they are told.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By George Carlin
    • Narrated By George Carlin

    Following his two New York Times best sellers, Brain Droppings and Napalm & Silly Putty, comes George Carlin's third audiobook, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?, a riotous journey through the mind of one of America's premiere comic observers.

    Dana Wolfe says: "Wonderful!"

    I have always enjoyed George Carlin's humor, and I'm not particularly concerned about his language. I did find myself wondering how Carlin has transformed from a very intelligent, very funny comedian to a grouchy old man whose complaints sometimes made me uncomfortable. There are still some pearls here; the part about UFO believers versus religious folks is first class, and I found myself (somewhat un-PC, I know) very entertained by his tirade about the handicapped. But much of the material was simply curmudgeonly without being particularly funny. I felt disappointed and almost embarrassed for the once-brilliant author.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Partly Cloudy Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Sarah Vowell, Conan O'Brien, Seth Green, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sarah Vowell travels through the American past and investigates the dusty, bumpy roads of her own life. Her essays confront a wide range of subjects, icons, and historical moments: Ike, Teddy Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton; Canadian Mounties and German Filmmakers; Tom Cruise and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; twins and nerds; the Gettysburg Address, the State of the Union, and George W. Bush's inauguration. The result is an engrossing audiobook, capturing Vowell's memorable wit and her keen social commentary.

    Erik says: "A great listen"
    "Entertaining regardless of your personal beliefs"

    I consider it the greatest compliment that I unequivocally enjoyed this book (including the author's unique voice) despite disagreeing completely with her political leanings. Vowell has a very intelligent and humorous way of making her points, and the stories she tells give a really interesting view of history and patriotism. If you enjoy This American Life, you'll like the Partly Cloudy Patriot.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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