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Tony L. Whitaker

Lizard King

High Point, NC | Member Since 2014

  • 2 reviews
  • 37 ratings
  • 325 titles in library
  • 39 purchased in 2015

  • The Life of Greece: The Story of Civilization, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki

    Here Durant tells the whole story of Greece from the days of Crete's vast Aegean empire to the final extirpation of the last remnants of Greek liberty, crushed under the heel of an implacably forward-marching Rome. The dry minutiae of battles and sieges, of tortuous statecraft of tyrant and king, get minor emphasis in what is preeminently a vivid recreation of Greek culture, brought to the listener through the medium of supple, vigorous prose.

    Michael says: "Great Series Don’t be Intimidated by 500 hours"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Life of Greece to be better than the print version?

    That's hard to say. Having listened and read both each have their own posistives. With reading, you may want to pause while you look up locations on the map to know exactly where the topic is taking place. For comprehension though, and this is according to your ability to listen, the audiobooks are superior to the written word. I will say I own both when I feel the book is that important, i.e., everything by David McCullough, James Lee Burke (brilliant prose), Cormac McCarthy (again, brilliant prose).

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wow, that is a tough question. But Pythagoras started the ball rolling from a polytheistic culture to one more based on closer examination of everyday occurences.

    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    His vocal presence and topic intelligence! Brilliant!

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

    Yes, but too long to do so!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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 J says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "A Crystal Fan since he first Ali!"
    What made the experience of listening to Still Foolin' 'Em the most enjoyable?

    It was a real joy listening to this comic genius, Being only 5 years older than me, his walk on the path to fame and the paralleled real life made me feel like he is a friend! I still remember him doing Ali and Cosell on a show I never missed, Dean Martin's Celebrity Roast. Of course there was Soap, which was brilliant and his stint on SNL. He will always be remembered for his role opposite Meg Ryan in "When Harry Met Sally", However, hands down, my favorite Crystal film role was his "Mitch" (also my best friend and Army buddy's name) opposite Jack Palance's "Curly". I am an old movie buff and I was thrilled to see Jack get the oscar, finally, for his body of work shows his real talent, even when the script were "B" rate material. There is so much this man has accomplished in his 65 years, I could write for hours. His delivery alone, made this a 5 star performance on audiobooks and I think he never fooled anyone. Billy, you are a genius!!

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    His character "Mitch Robbins" from "City Slickers". It was playing opposite "Curly" (Jack Palance) that gave this movie teeth. There was a chemistry which was palpable.

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

    This is one of his best! But it is like asking a classic rock fan, like myself, what was Led Zeppelin's greatest song!

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    His moments, both comical and otherwise, with his friend of one of my own boyhood idols, Mickey Mantle. I too was devastated, which Billy handled so well, which hit us all so hard, the demise of an American legend.

    Any additional comments?

    BUY IT!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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