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Sherry

Wichita, Kansas, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Dad Is Fat

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1918)
    Performance
    (1782)
    Story
    (1774)

    In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

    Sean says: "Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads"
    "Couldn't Finish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This starts out so hilarious. I like the short essay format. Unfortunately, it gets too deep into the tired stories of how much you love your mini me and can't believe it. Just boring. Should've edited more strongly and got to the point of how funny the kids are and say those funny things.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Couldn't force myself to get there.


    Was Dad Is Fat worth the listening time?

    no


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Carville, Mary Matalin
    • Narrated By James Carville, Mary Matalin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (70)

    For twenty years, James Carville and Mary Matalin have held the mantle of the nation's most politically opposed, ideologically mismatched, and intensely opinionated couple. In this follow-up to their groundbreaking All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for President, Carville and Matalin take a look at how they - and America - have changed in the last two decades. If nothing else, this new collaboration proves that after twenty years of marriage they can still manage to agree on a few things.

    Jean says: "A Look at a power couple"
    "Don't Bother"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Love & War?

    So they start out naming all the questions people have about how they can be in love and then categorically refuse the answer the most important one. The sex. It starts out really interesting about who they are, but never really answers how they love each other. They refuse to answer if they have the kind of intense, sweaty sex that we imagine is the only reason they could put up with each other's extreme differences. They don't tell us if that isn't it, what is. I forced myself to keep listening, hoping to get an inkling, and the voluminous detailed descriptions of their work was not easy to sit through with any interest. I only did it because I adore James and want to understand how he fell in love and loves Mary. But as soon as Mary uttered the words that Rush Limbaugh "saved the Republican party... is brilliant and hilarious..." I could go no further. I used to like to see them together and be entertained by their back and forth. This has only made her appear more shrill and caustic than ever. Good luck James, but I am not impressed.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Carville and Mary Matalin again?

    James, yes. Mary, no.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    How he planned a second wedding party for their 10th anniversary.
    How they settled in New Orleans.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Love & War?

    Too much about how much she loves her babies. (Really?, how odd for someone to love their mini-Me). Too much work-day politics: we see/hear that everyday, want to know the personal: what they have for dinner stories.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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