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  • Robert Altman: The Oral Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Narrated By Robert Altman, Warren Beatty, Cher, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Robert Altman - visionary director, hard-partying hedonist, eccentric family man, Hollywood legend - comes roaring to life in this rollicking cinematic biography, told in a chorus of voices that can only be called Altmanesque.

    J. Clarke says: "Better Than The Book, With An All-Star Altman Cast"

    I bought this book at full price, and as the read began, felt certain I had made a huge mistake. Contrary to the very misleading description given for this item, 98% of the voices of the celebrity narrators listed-- including Robert Altman, himself --are fudged by 3-4 professional audiobook readers, NOT contributed by the actors, directors and producers themselves. The listing of narrators certainly should be changed to protect buyers.

    Nevertheless, this is a great audiobook, fully captivating, throughout every one of its 18+ hours. In fact, I liked it so much, that the minute it ended, I played it again, start to finish. It is that insightful, informative and entertaining. The actual voices of Altman's wife, Kathryn, and those of his daughters and sons, along with the stunningly good portrayal of Robert Altman's voice by actor, Michael Murphy, are well worth the price of admission. If you weren't an Altman fan before, this will make you want to rent each of his movies in turn, to experience what you've missed of his extraordinary talent on screen. There will never be another like him and he is missed!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: The Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping - Now Revised and Updated

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Robert M. Sapolsky
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot

    Now in a third edition, Robert M. Sapolsky's acclaimed and successful Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers features new chapters on how stress affects sleep and addiction, as well as new insights into anxiety and personality disorder and the impact of spirituality on managing stress. As Sapolsky explains, most of us do not lie awake at night worrying about whether we have leprosy or malaria. Instead, the diseases we fear-and the ones that plague us now-are illnesses brought on by the slow accumulation of damage, such as heart disease and cancer.

    bracken says: "Excellent and informative"
    "Fabulous Book / LOUSY Reader"
    What didn’t you like about Peter Berkrot’s performance?

    Exaggerated emphasis, stagey inflection. Berkot's rollar coaster reading is highly distracting, injects ambiguity as to the meaning of some sentences and ruins the enjoyment of the text. Half David Biencouli, half 1950's William Shatner-- NOT an appropriate voice for scientific material.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not if Peter Berkot were narrating it. I've already purchased a documentary, based on Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers, and Sapolsky is a far better better, more engaging interpreter of his work than Berkot.

    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately, this is a prime example of a wonderful book ruined by a bad reading.I had read this book years ago, love the author, had heard Sapolsk lecture in person, and was really looking forward to what I thought would be a fun review of great material. But Peter Berkot's reading of Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers wrecked my happy anticipation. Many scientific and historical authors make the rounds on TV talk shows or radio interview programs, giving their audience the opportunity to hear them read and/or discuss their manuscript in their own voice. Not all are scintillating lecturers, but they have an engaging enthusiasm for the material which sustains the audience, and which no grade C actor or professional reader ever manages to capture. Whether or not the author is "professional" in reading their material aloud, matters less than hearing the author's own intended inflection, emphasis and enthusiasm. A stagey reading by a professional reader, destroys the mood and introduces ambiguity, causing uncertainty as to the author's meaning in some cases.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Speedbumps: Flooring It Through Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Teri Garr, Henriette Mantel
    • Narrated By Teri Garr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the directors she's worked with and admired to the men she's loved; from sipping Cokes with Elvis Presley on Good Friday to hangin' with the Beatles; from her secrets to succeeding in Hollywood without losing her sanity to dealing with the fear and anxiety of being plagued by mysterious physical problems that eluded diagnosis for more than 20 years, the insights in Speedbumps are honest, heartfelt, and often profound.

    Wise & Careful Shopper says: "Best of all, it's NARRATED by Teri Garr, herself!"
    "Best of all, it's NARRATED by Teri Garr, herself!"

    Just listening to dancer/actress/mother/ambassador/chair, Teri Garr, chronicle her childhood and career in her own words, unabridged and punctuated by her own sense of humor, would have been a great way to spend a few hours. And it was! But you get so much more out of this audiobook. This woman has an admirable disposition toward life-- an appreciation of family, hard work, humor, and close friendship that could only lead her to succeed at anything she focuses her attention on. The audiobook is so upbeat, candid, and entertaining that it was as therapeutic as 6 hours out with your best girlfriends. You hear a lot of good stories, you learn some lessons vicariously, and you get inspired to go out and bite the world in the butt. I had so much fun, the minuted it ended, I listened to it all over again. And it was just as much fun the second time! Do yourself a favor: get this audiobook. Then join me in writing Teri Garr a fan letter.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Trainspotting

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Irvine Welsh
    • Narrated By Irvine Welsh, Tam Dean Burn

    Mark Renton is a very sick young man. He's sick of heroin and sick of trying to get off it but, above all, Renton is thoroughly sick of himself. What with vampire ghost babies, exploding siblings and disatorous sexual encounters, it's pain to see why Renton gloomily contends that 'life does not get any easier'.

    Wise & Careful Shopper says: "Why No UNabridged Version?"
    "Why No UNabridged Version?"

    This book is as great a listen as the hardcover was to read. And that's saying a LOT for an abridged version of ANYthing. All the credit for that goes to Irvine Welsh.

    Why is there no UNabridged version of this book offered through Audible? What kind of reader needs an abridgment of a book? If you care enough to bother to buy a book, then you should care enough to experience the work as it was created by the author, not as some punked-down, arbitrary edit.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By James McBride
    • Narrated By Andre Braugher, Lainie Kazan

    James McBride recalls his confusion as a black child of a white mother, the hardships of his childhood, and his own flirtation with drugs and violence, in the struggle to make peace with his own identity. Performed by Andre Braugher and Lainie Kazan, this extraordinary and best selling memoir offers a special reflection on race and identity, a beautiful tribute to a mother from her son.

    Tanisha says: "Worth the audible yearlong subscription"
    "Captivating Listening"

    An amazing memoir read by two prominent actors with beautifully expressive voices--what more could you ask for? A wonderful book becomes a wonderful performance you'll listen to again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • With Ossie and Ruby: In This Life Together

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
    • Narrated By Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee

    Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee are legendary stars of the American stage, television, and film, cherished not merely for their gifts as actors but also for their lifelong commitment to human rights, family values, and community. Now, in a joint memoir that celebrates half a century of successful marriage, they look back on the extraordinary careers that earned each a Presidential Medal for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.

    A. Ware says: "Fascinating Historical Context"
    "Thoroughly Captivating And Engrossing"

    This candidly written autobiography, read by two of the most dynamic and politically engaged theatre talents of our time, is so interesting, so entertainingly read, that you can't put it down. The chapters are alternately read by each actor, first describing their individual childhoods, family circumstances, education, and early work in the theatre, and later, providing alternate perspectives on events throughout the course of their married life and groundbreaking careers. And what remarkable lives they had! What talents! Each volume of "With Ossie And Ruby" invites you into a captivating, insightful conversation between these incomparable long-time, intimate friends, leaving you amazed and eager to hear more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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