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  • Sutton

  • By: J. R. Moehringer
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 205

Born in the slums of Brooklyn, in the first year of the 20th century, Willie Sutton came of age at a time when banks were out of control. If they weren’t taking brazen risks, they were shamelessly seeking bailouts. Trapped in a cycle of bank panics, depressions and soaring unemployment, Sutton saw only one way out. So began the career of America’s most successful bank robber. Sutton became so good at breaking into banks, and such a master at breaking out of prisons, police called him one of the most dangerous men.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting piece of American History

  • By Greg on 04-29-13

Great book! Awesome story!! Narration a bit much.

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

Reviewed: 11-21-12

Any additional comments?

I am a huge JR Moehringer fan and will read/listen to anything he writes. There is something so honest and soulful about any story he tells, and I'm captivated by him these days.

I admire narrator Dylan Baker as an actor, but I think he missed the mark in his narration performance. It felt like he was talking to every potential listener all at the same time instead of reading the story intimately to one listener--the tone felt forced, strident, a bit overdone. I think his performance caused the story to lose some of its soulfulness and lovely melancholy that Moehringer seems drawn to in the stories he tells.

But hey, overall fairly enjoyable. A great story with great writing makes up for a lot of things. Definitely worth the listen.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Beware of Math Tutors Who Ride Motorcycles

  • An Essay from Things I've Learned From Women Who've Dumped Me
  • By: Will Forte
  • Narrated by: Will Forte
  • Length: 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

An essay from Things I've Learned From the Women Who've Dumped Me.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This was not bad.

  • By Britton R on 09-10-15

Will Forte Is The Man

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

Reviewed: 04-11-12

Any additional comments?

Why is Will Forte not more famous? This story is hilarious and Forte kills it in the performance. I wish he'd write a book.

  • Born Standing Up

  • A Comic's Life
  • By: Steve Martin
  • Narrated by: Steve Martin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,963

In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Andrew on 11-30-07

Steve Martin Is Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 04-11-12

What did you love best about Born Standing Up?

Steve Martin's narration makes this.

What about Steve Martin’s performance did you like?

No one could possibly do this other than him since it's about him.

Any additional comments?

Great story, intimate, well-written, and suuuuper funny and insightful. Best audiobook I've listened to in a long while.

  • Live from New York

  • An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live
  • By: Tom Shales, James Andrew Miller
  • Narrated by: Christopher Burns, Eric Conger
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 877
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 550

A history of Saturday Night Live that finally reveals what really went on backstage, on the set, in the writers' offices, and on the town. Dozens of stars, writers, and guest hosts recall the backstage gossip, feuds, foibles, drugs, sex, struggles, and calamities of the show that changed television.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting inside look, so-so presentation

  • By Tim on 12-22-02

Honestly, Not Great - Only For The BIGGEST Fans

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

Reviewed: 04-11-12

Would you try another book from Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller and/or Christopher Burns and Eric Conger ?

Doubtful

Would you ever listen to anything by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller again?

Doubtful

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christopher Burns and Eric Conger ?

I think if you're going to try to have lots of different voices for so many different people like that, you've got to have so many more narrators than they did for this audiobook. It was embarrassing to hear the same african-american guy doing all the african-american guy voices, and it was lame to hear the same "young sounding guy" do a couple of the voices back-to-back without even trying to sound different.Some of the voices have accents that the real-life people they're representing don't even have! Honestly, this was not good.If I hadn't been a lifelong, gigantic fan of SNL, I never would've even finished listening to this.

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

It actually reads like an interview-heavy documentary. I'd have MUCH rather seen the real people talking than hear these awful voice overs from other actors.

Any additional comments?

The fact that SNL and its history is enthralling all by itself is the only thing that makes this book even sort of worth listening to. There are some really interesting and worthwhile moments in this book, but the audiobook performance is abysmal.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful