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  • Calypso

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,227
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,023

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And it's as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation - and dark humor - toward middle age and mortality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, as always

  • By Ruthie on 05-31-18

Once Funny...Another excuse to bash conservatives

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-18-18

Nothing new here. I feel so bad for his Dad. Nurturing hatred for his father and his deceased mentally ill and equally vicious sister, who killed herself (he had not, with good reason, spoken to her in 8 years) a few years ago and the people who weren't as culturally and racially evolved when he was growing up had turned what could have been a good book into something sour. I loved his other books, but since we disagree politically, he would probably not appreciate that I bought every one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Seoul Man

  • A Memoir of Cars, Culture, Crisis, and Unexpected Hilarity Inside a Korean Corporate Titan
  • By: Frank Ahrens
  • Narrated by: Frank Ahrens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

When Frank Ahrens, a middle-aged bachelor and 18-year veteran at the Washington Post, fell in love with a diplomat, his life changed dramatically. Following his new bride to her first appointment in Seoul, South Korea, Frank traded the newsroom for a corporate suite, becoming director of global communications at Hyundai Motors. In a land whose population is 97 percent Korean, he was one of fewer than 10 non-Koreans in a company of 5,000 employees.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read for anyone working Korea!

  • By Jim In Texas! on 10-03-16

Uneven

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-17

It was a struggle to finish this and I found his characterization of his wife being bored with staying home with her child, tone deaf and insulting to those of us who tried for years and could not have children and now cannot afford the insane price of adoption. She should thank God for the privileged life she has and her precious children. I wish there was more on Korean Culture.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Naked

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris, Amy Sedaris
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,417

Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the current mania for the memoir on its proverbial ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his family, and his unique worldview, a sensibility at once take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Sedaris

  • By Christine on 02-07-05

Wish it was unabridged.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-16

David and Amy Sedaris did a great job. It was too short. I wish it was unabridged.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Not Taco Bell Material

  • By: Adam Carolla
  • Narrated by: Adam Carolla
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,610
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,454

Funnyman Adam Carolla is known for two things: hilarious rants about things that drive him crazy and personal stories about everything from his hardscrabble childhood to his slacker friends to the hypocrisy of Hollywood. He tackled rants in his first book, and now he tells his best stories and debuts some never-before-heard tales as well. Adam Carolla started broke and blue collar and has now been on the Hollywood scene for over 15 years. Yet he never lost his underdog demeanor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Adam's finest, with an elevating sophistication

  • By HappyQuails on 05-06-13

Not much new.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-23-16

This was hard to get through. Unlike President Me, and In 50 Years We'll All Be Chicks, this had a lot of repetitive material. Save a credit and listen to his podcast.

  • Why Me?

  • By: Sarah Burleton
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Imagine never being able to close your eyes and remember the feel of your mother’s arms wrapped around you. Now imagine closing your eyes and remembering your mother’s tears splashing down on your face as she is on top of you, crying as she is trying to choke you to death. My mother left me these memories and many more during my traumatic childhood. After many years of struggling with trying to understand "Why me?" I took back control of my life and started saying, "It was me, now what am I going to do?" The answer is my book, "Why Me?"

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unsatisfactory Ending

  • By Michelle Smith on 11-10-16

Too short

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-16

I really think this book could have been a lot longer. Too many unanswered questions. That mother should have been arrested.

  • Still Foolin' 'Em

  • Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys
  • By: Billy Crystal
  • Narrated by: Billy Crystal
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,438

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disarmingly Honest

  • By David Shear on 09-12-13

I wish he had left the politics at home

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-15

I adore Billy Crystal. This was wonderful, overall. I wish he didn't assume we are all Democrats. Other than that, it was lovely and charming. I would recommended it to any fan of his.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Father, My President

  • A Personal Account of the Life of George H. W. Bush
  • By: Doro Bush Koch
  • Narrated by: Marianne Fraulo
  • Length: 25 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

When George H. W. Bush asked Doro to write this memoir, she contacted hundreds of his friends and associates; conducted scores of interviews with dignitaries including Bill Clinton, Mikhail Gorbachev, and General Colin Powell; tapped the memories of family members, including her mother, her four brothers, and of course, her father himself; and collected information from the former president's never-before-released files.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - a must listen

  • By David on 05-12-15

Much more detailed than the abridged version.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-15

I read the abridged version and had wanted more information so I got this version instead. It is the most thorough biography by a family member so far. This must be a second edition because it covers his life to age 88. I loved it. It shows that our 41st president is no "wimp" and is a Godly man without being pious. The stories are all very entertaining and it demonstrates a family built on love.

  • We'll Be Here For the Rest of Our Lives

  • A Swingin' Showbiz Saga
  • By: Paul Shaffer
  • Narrated by: Paul Shaffer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

In this hilarious, entertaining, and candid memoir - in which he dishes on everyone from John Belushi and Jerry Lewis to Mel Gibson and Britney Spears - Paul Schaffer gives us the full behind-the-scenes story of his life, from banging out pop tunes on the piano at the age of 12 to leading the band every night at the Sullivan Theater.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mandatory Listening!

  • By Steven H. Hurowitz on 10-15-09

Unsung Showbiz Hero

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-13

What did you love best about We'll Be Here For the Rest of Our Lives?

The story, Mr. Shaffer's wealth of stories and asides about his road to becoming a musical and comedy legend.
The premise and title of the book are explained immediately and hilariously.
He is a gifted writer, he was good hearted about his choice of stories (I am sure he could have written a scathing tell-all but he chose the higher road) and was not politically correct nor ashamed of describing his faith and his love for people.

What other book might you compare We'll Be Here For the Rest of Our Lives to and why?

1000 percent better than Bossypants. It is more detailed, less irreverent and didn't try to be funny. It was much more respectful in tone to the reader.

What does Paul Shaffer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is an amazing narrator. He should do more books. His years in entertainment, his sense of timing (both musical and comical) can be heard in every minute. As he describes in his book, he has a keen ear, and I really think that helped him do a great job instinctively.

It isn't a laugh a minute, because life isn't a laugh a minute. You just may cry at times.

Of course, since he is hilarious, he did many of his own old comedy bits and uncanny impressions of well known celebrities.


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

His memories of John Belushi, his memorial service and his memories of his parents.

Any additional comments?

I wish I could stand David Letterman anymore or I would have found out about this book a few years ago. I used to love him before he became political.

Paul's book is not political AT ALL.

  • Killing Kennedy

  • The End of Camelot
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,394

More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing of Substance New

  • By Patti on 09-21-14

Honest, Respectful, Riveting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-12

Would you listen to Killing Kennedy again? Why?

The story is based on real history, of course, so I would listen again to hear about some of the characters I didn't know about. I have even done some research on some of them. For those of us who weren't born yet or into politics when this was happening, the authors really make it all accessible and very interesting. Bill O'Reilly was a history teacher, and it shows.

What did you like best about this story?

Well, sadly, we all know the ending. What I liked best was the exploration of the main characters, Jack and Jackie, and how they showed the reader their complexities as well as the good parts of their personalities. They didn't write another hagiographic, glossed over version of the Kennedy administration. Fascinating details about "Camelot" are revealed.
The book doesn't vilify the Kennedys. It is a sober look at what really happened, from the fantastic to the mundane. It is all there.
They wrote about what was happening in the last three years of both JFK and his assassin. It is obvious that they had copious primary references, and instead of spitting out what they found, they turned it into a thriller. It was delivered in a fast paced, exciting style, yet they maintained respect for the subjects of the story.

What about Bill O'Reilly’s performance did you like?

He was fantastic. He was a history teacher and you can tell by his performance that he truly loves history.

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

I couldn't put it down. And I knew the ending!

Any additional comments?

For those of you who don't like Bill O'Reilly because he is an Independent with conservative leanings, get over it and get this book. You will love it and you will learn more than you expect to.

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

  • A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings—and Life
  • By: Laura Vanderkam
  • Narrated by: Laura Vanderkam
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,404
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,160

According to time management expert Laura Vanderkam, mornings hold the key to taking control of our schedules. If we use them wisely, we can build habits that will allow us to lead happier, more productive lives. Drawing on real-life anecdotes and scientific research that shows why the early hours of the day are so important, Vanderkam reveals how successful people use mornings to help them accomplish things that are often impossible to take care of later in the day.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A statement or two could summarize this book

  • By Teresa on 07-22-12

Great Tips for Wannabe Early Birds

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-27-12

What made the experience of listening to What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast the most enjoyable?

What the author said made sense and a lot of the book was common sense, but she provided practical tips to reach your goals. Examples of how her tips worked in the lives of very successful people were inspiring.

What other book might you compare What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast to and why?

I am hoping her book, 168 Hours, You Have More Time Than You Think, will just as helpful.

What three words best describe Laura Vanderkam’s voice?

Soft, tentative, shy. It didn't match the subject. Her approach was almost too laid back.

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

Yes, and it is only an hour so it is doable.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful