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.
this was a fantastic book and it was produced wonderfully. Having Billy narrate was like having him sitting in the passenger seat while I was driving. This man has led a fantastic life and the worldis much better for him. I would give this book an A Plus instead of an A, except I am a Chicago Cubs fan, and Billy cracked a joke on the Cubs! Just kidding Billy! if you read this review, I can guarantee that the Cubs are going to win the World Series this year just to make up for that joke! Maybe it will be against the Yankees! Hoy!
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America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.
I was really excited to listen to this book but I was very much disappointed. The story itself just seem to meander and go nowhere. I did not find the two main characters to be very likeable, although I did have some compassion for their predicament. Without giving away any spoilers, I will just say that this story simply went from one thing to the next disconnected and unrelated scene after another. They're called. They're hungry. They need food. They find food. Yawn. to make matters worse comma the narrator was not the greatest. to further my disdain , the boy was excessively whiny , and it wore on my nerves fairly quickly. I'm not familiar with this author and this was the first book by him that I've listened to. This is any indication to his other works, count me out
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As a sixteen-year-old, Tessa Cartwright was found in a Texas field, barely alive amid a scattering of bones, with only fragments of memory as to how she got there. Ever since, the press has pursued her as the lone surviving "Black-Eyed Susan," the nickname given to the murder victims because of the yellow carpet of wildflowers that flourished above their shared grave. Tessa's testimony about those tragic hours put a man on death row.
Would you listen to Black-Eyed Susans again? Why?
Yes, to fill in some minor details that I didn't pick up the first time
Would you recommend Black-Eyed Susans to your friends? Why or why not?
Any additional comments?
Suspenseful but a little predictable.
It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom - if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer.
Overall I thought that the sophomore effort by Cline was pretty good. do not expect another Ready Player One. it's going to be really hard to top that. this one for me was a mix of The Last Starfighter and Iron Eagle. it was a good story however I thought it was a bit rushed towards the end. also I would say that it was fairly predictable. without giving away any spoilers , I'd have to say that the epilogue was more interesting than the main story itself. Cline leaves his story open for a sequel. I think all things considered I would be interested in hearing more of this story. I think there is a lot of potential there. give this book a try, I really enjoyed it.
The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Hugh Glass is among the company's finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive. Two company men are dispatched to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies. When the men abandon him instead, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge.
I realize that the events of this book were based on true events so the end result cannot be bent just to please one person. I won't give any spoilers but the end result of the quest was unsatisfying in my humble opinion. other than that the story and the narration was very good.
When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort's darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny....
this story was very well done. My favorite in the series thus far. I can't imagine it getting any better but we will find out in the seventh installment. Happy listening
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Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors' attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord's return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the Dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldemort's savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time....
I was very pleased with this edition. I was hoping that being that it is the longest that it was not long winded and I was not disappointed. JK Rowling has thoughtfully laid out a very lavish and Rich story that sadly was lost in the movie edition. I'm listening to these stories sequentially for the first time. so far this is the best one in the series.
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At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Absolutely. I started recommending it before I ended it. Great story line. LOVE the 80s references.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Parzival. Who doesn't love a hero?
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Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.
This book is an extremely well written history funny origins of cancer research, it also provides great insight as to where it is going.
In Donald Miller's early years, he was vaguely familiar with a distant God. But when he came to know Jesus Christ, he pursued the Christian life with great zeal. Within a few years he had a successful ministry that ultimately left him feeling empty, burned out, and, once again, far away from God. In this intimate, soul-searching account, Miller describes his remarkable journey back to a culturally relevant, infinitely loving God.
Overall, this was not a bad look at all. Lots of good little nuggets to pull from.