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Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

I'm late to the party when it comes to the Sopranos. I remember when it came out, but I had no interest in it because from the outside all I saw was the harsh side. Twenty years later, here I am binge watching all six seasons and becoming obsessed with the show, albeit because of the character of Tony. So of course now I am devouring all things related to James Gandolfini and I had high hopes for this book.

At best, it was a timeline of his life and career. It's obvious that he was a very private person, because the book doesn't reveal anything that hasn't already been published in every paper and magazine known to man.

The especially disappointing part was how the content REPEATED more than several times while stories or paragraphs word for word, like I wasn't listening the first time. There was no content. No revelations. No inside information. Just a re-telling of the same stuff we already know. Over and over.

I love James Gandolfini. But this was a waste of an Audible credit.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Good, but not it comparison to...

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

Reviewed: 04-08-16

No One Would Listen by Harry Markapolis

But back to this title. The narration was good.

And I like how this complicated story was made relevant to the non-financial listener. It's unbelievable to think that this is a real life event that happened to the American economy. It was very informative to have this situation (that I lived through, not knowing that it was going on), explained after the fact.

I NEVER like the movie more than the book, (and since I haven't seen it, cant really say), but I plan to, because I feel like SEEING the characters may make the story easier to follow. I got the jist of it, but it was hard to keep the people and transactions straight. Overall it was a great telling of real life events.

But I kept comparing it to the above referenced book and it just fell short. And since it hasn't yet been made into a movie, PLEASE go read it also or instead of. You won't be sorry.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Women Professionals Need to Listen

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

Reviewed: 04-08-16

Great book. Wonderful advice. Listen and learn. I gained so much from this book, I hope others will receive the same.

Just OK

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

Reviewed: 04-08-16

I liked the book, because I love the genre. But in the end I was just wishing it to be over. The story has been told. It is the job of historical fiction to make the reader desire to listen to the very end, because of the untold emotions and (fictional) dialogue that really make the characters come alive. I feel like this book was just a telling of facts that I already knew.

Compared to other books like The Aviator's Wife, Circling The Sun, etc.. it was a little disappointing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Listen with caution...

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

Reviewed: 04-08-16

Ok, first of all, it is misleading to compare this book to Gone Girl or The Girl On The Train.

Second, being slow in parts and annoying because of the children's voices, I only finished it so that I could give a proper review, having survived to the end. And I’m glad I did, because it only redeemed itself in the VERY end.

Now, the review:

The narrators were VERY talented. All of the voices and dialects were so complicated and they did a great job of doing their job, which was to read the story with meaning and gravity. But OH SO ANNOYING were the children’s voices, like nails on a chalkboard. So bad that it made me wish I had read the story instead of listened to it.

FRUSTRATED was how I felt the whole time I was listening to this book (save the last 20 mins). Maybe it was the inflection of the voices, always anxious and hysterical or breathless and whispery. But I digress.

The story is hard to relate to the whole time, be it the choices of the adults or the thoughts/words of the kids. They are just not believable. That is my main problem with the whole book. At the end I am left thinking: Angus could have made this whole story go differently, and wondering why the author didn’t explore the more complicated version that acknowledged some of the things only revealed in the end, and the story could have been much better. I just found it irritating to go on this whole journey with the characters, only to sit here thinking about how the writing could have been better.

It’s not something I normally do, as I am usually content to take story at face value.

But I liked how it ended, so all I can say is listen with caution. Don’t expect the same satisfaction as the other two books referenced previously. But in my opinion the book redeemed itself in the last 20 mins.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

WOW what a ride!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-14

If you could sum up The Wolf of Wall Street (Movie Tie-in Edition) in three words, what would they be?

RIVETINGEXCITING INSANE

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The fact that it was a true story, told SO HONESTLY by Jordan Belfort in the most hilarious tone- it was so great.

Which character – as performed by Eric Meyers – was your favorite?

Jordan! Because he nailed it. I watched some real life interviews with Jordan after this book and realized how well the narrator did with this character.

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

YES! but it was 20 hours so I had to break it up a little.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

A Prequel done RIGHT!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The book, yes. The audio version, mmm, not so much. The narrator was the only drawback to an otherwise AMAZING book.

What did you like best about this story?

It takes the time to cover 4 generations and develops the characters so that you get a very clear understanding of the story. Loved how it touched on everything from slavery to the civil war to Texas history, and wove in tangled up stories of love and loss and life. VERY well written.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator made the characters speak S-L-O-W-L-Y, as in made the southern "drawl" into something painful. All female voices were (annoyingly) high-pitched and whiny, and all the men gruff and raspy. I would have enjoyed it much more if it was read conversationally and each character was given their own "voice". And I think the southern accent could have been achieved without making them sound, well, slow.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I REALLY wish someone would make this into a movie!!! I thought that the whole time I was listening. I don't know how to summarize it into one line. Except that if it was done right, it would be long. As in Lonesome Dove long!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Janis Ian was a triumph!

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

Reviewed: 05-15-13

(Because of my age) I had never even heard of Janis Ian. I dont even remember what made me get this book, but I am glad I did.

Her story was interesting and funny and triumphant and heartbreaking. Janis narrarated it herself, and even sang some of her songs. It made the book very heartfelt- you can even heaer her smile when she reads the happy parts.

She was a true pioneer during the days when people were not encouraged to be different or be themselves. She overcame so much during a time when it seems people were discriminated against for EVERYTHING! Race, age, sexual orientation, looks, opinions, and all the rest. She never gave in or conformed in order to fit in. She is a role model for us all.

This book made me realize that we have come so far in the battle for equality, and it is a credit to the brave souls like Janis Ian.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Colin Firth saved this otherwise dull book

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

Reviewed: 05-15-13

Would you try another book from Graham Greene and/or Colin Firth?

Colin YES. Graham Green, probablly not.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Maybe it's just the genre. I haven't listened to many classics. But I just kept thinking, "What is the point here?"

Any additional comments?

Unremarkable.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Can't say enough GREAT THINGS about this book!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-15-13

Would you listen to No One Would Listen again? Why?

YES! It was fascinating, mainly because IT'S TRUE!!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

YES! I suppose because I knew all along that Bernie Madoff was going to get caught, it was suspense from the first page wondering how and when it would happen. It was absolutely astonishing how much evidence was against him as much as 10 years prior to his arrest. It was unbelievable how smart and persistent the author was to uncover what he did. It was devastating how many people were brought to utter ruin because of this scandal.

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

The narrator was superb. But this book also had audio testimonies of the author and several victims that told their stories. It was interesting to hear their voices and their perspectives.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, my mouth was hanging open half of the time. Not really laughing or crying, just amazed at this remarkable true story.

Any additional comments?

YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful