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Syracuse, NY | Member Since 2013

  • 5 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 62 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014

  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

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

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "Falling out of love with Crystal"
    What disappointed you about Still Foolin' 'Em?

    Chapters one and two are awesome standup. I laughed so hard I accidently woke my husband sleeping next to me, then pulled off my headphones so he could listen too. After a minute or two he was laughing with me--it was great! However, as the chapters went on it became less funny and turned ranty, you know, like grandpa does.

    By chapter 14 he was literally bellyaching about what he doesn't like e.g. "fat" people, airport searches, politics bla, bla, bla. I couldn't believe it and, for me, comedy that puts down people or is just angry (for the sake of it) it's funny. Some parts of the book were amazing. One part about a boxer (I wont say more) was incredible. However, for the most part--he sound old and just not as funny anymore.

    Also, he kept saying tits over, and over, and over. Even time I cringed. I know he's from an older generation (I just turned 30 and was reading it for fun) but tits? Tits! Tits! Tits! He sounded like he was 13 or something and it was endless. I just thought he'd be a little more polished. He curses throughout the whole thing which I don't mind but his obsession with tits did bother me, in a creepy way.

    What didn’t you like about Billy Crystal’s performance?

    Like others have said, he reads this book like he just can't wait to be done with it. I think he could have slowed down a little. Some parts of the book are recorded live and those are really exciting! No matter what anyone says, in these live parts where he is on stage preforming he's a total natural!

    Any additional comments?

    If you are a huge Crystal fan then you will probably enjoy this. If you are in your 60s and want to go back to the generation and culture of the 60s then you will most likely enjoy this book. He really did capture the "spirit" of the 60s and 70s in a way I have never heard before. Happy readings!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Six Wives of Henry VIII

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Alison Weir
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble

    This acclaimed best seller from popular historian Alison Weir is a fascinating look at the Tudor family dynasty and its most infamous ruler. The Six Wives of Henry VIII brings to life England’s oft-married monarch and the six wildly different but equally fascinating women who married him. Gripping from the first sentence to the last and loaded with fascinating details, Weir’s rich history is a perfect blend of scholarship and entertainment.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good Narration, Great Historical Account"
    "Easy Tudor History"
    If you could sum up The Six Wives of Henry VIII in three words, what would they be?

    Easy. Factual. Deep.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Six Wives of Henry VIII?

    It was very fascinating to learn so much about Henry's first queen. All of the queens are well researched. Weir leaves no stone unturned.

    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Prebble is a smart performer. He is very dry in a way that makes the book easy to follow. This book is written in a historical/academic way. His style doesn't subtract from its nature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

    Phillip says: "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"
    "Good for what it is..."

    This is a mans man's book. If your a chica that digs a lot action then it's for you too. I take issue only with the fact that the book is full of action but lacks good dialog and good character development. It was fun reading about the Vatican and all the places Brown takes you. It's a mindless fiction tho...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Susan Bordo
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Part biography, part cultural history, The Creation of Anne Boleyn is a fascinating reconstruction of Anne’s life and an illuminating look at her afterlife in the popular imagination. Why is Anne so compelling? Why has she inspired such extreme reactions? What did she really look like? Was she the flaxen-haired martyr of Romantic paintings or the raven-haired seductress of twenty-first-century portrayals? (Answer: Neither.) And perhaps the most provocative questions concern Anne’s death more than her life.

    Roswatheist says: "Most Enjoyable Biography--Win!"
    "Best Boleyn Book!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Creation of Anne Boleyn to be better than the print version?

    YES! Barbara Rosenblat added so much to the text. She read it with the wit and sarcasm the book is intended to be read with. I admit (and I don't do so lightly), I could have never have matched Rosenblat's mastery and enthusiasm in my own mind. Rosenblat's style is fun and simply delicious!

    What other book might you compare The Creation of Anne Boleyn to and why?

    Hmmm, I can't think of any. This book had so much going on. It's written in that contemporary way that women (especially feminist) are writing today (like in "American's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines" by Gail Collins to give an idea and that too is another great read). You know, it's sorta like talking with your girlfriends. That is one of the most charming things about this book. When you read this, it's as if Bordo is poring you a glass of wine saying "now, about that sixth finger..." She goes into the TV series, films and books on Henry and Anne and shakes out a lot of the BS. She does this in a scholarly academic way that allows the reader to trust her with her piles of research, references and historical documentation.

    Have you listened to any of Barbara Rosenblat’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't. I did look her up on Audible but nothing else she has done looks compelling to me. I will just keep re-reading this one, ha!

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

    You know, I really did. Bordo asks one question I never thought of before and that is simply why. Why in the hell did he do it. I mean he was a known cheat, (having already had at least one son out of wedlock by this point) so why would he kill her. Granted her allegations (all false of course) that she had slept with George and countless others is gripping but still, why didn't he just send her to a nunnery or lock her in the tower. The horror of it really gets you like being bitten--he chopped off her head. One day he was making love to her, and another legally ordering her beheading. It hits you as you pour over this text. She writes on why Henry might have done it in great I won't spoil it here on what she suggests!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Alice Forgot

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Tamara Lovatt-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

    Yvonne says: "Loved..."
    "Moriarty gives me another: WOW!"
    Where does What Alice Forgot rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For light reading, this book and others by Moriarty are great.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I really valued the marriage difficulties and successes in this book. It's so true, and if you're in a marriage that has had its fair share of shakes you're bound to really get into the storyline.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration is very "interesting." Narrator Lovatt-Smith is very distinctive. She can be slow and sultry or quick with the wit of a line. However, her voice is flat to me. She doesn’t do enough to represent each character, imo. I did like how she acted out each child’s voice in this novel. That was a bit of a thrill, but the rest of the characters were rather flat.

    If you could take any character from What Alice Forgot out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Mrs. Moriarty, the author, out! We could share a bottle of wine and she could tell me the plot of her next book because I can't wait for number four :)

    Any additional comments?

    This story is FANTASTIC! What Alice Forgot is my second novel by Moriarty and I listened to it in just four days! Like with the first, The Husband’s Secret, the setting is in Australia. I love the backdrop; it’s so much fun to hear the references made to American culture. For instance, you’ll see lines about Bill Clinton and Brad Pitt weaved into the plot. And, in the other hand, you get lines like “the child cradled her mother’s leg like a koala.” So much fun!! Also, Moriarty’s style is so fascinating. She has women pegged! And I don’t say that lightly. She bounces around from their words to their thoughts exploring all aspects of dialog. This is really hard to do and I have seen it get very sticky in other books but never with her. She is an expert at not only exploring all viewpoints of dialog but she also tells simultaneous stories that parallel the protagonist. Just genius! I was turned on to Moriarty by a reviewer and I hope I too can encourage a listen too. I doubt you’ll regret it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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