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  • The Worst Class Trip Ever

  • By: Dave Barry
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,190

In this hilarious novel, written in the voice of eighth-grader Wyatt Palmer, Dave Barry takes us on a class trip to Washington, DC. Wyatt, his best friend, Matt, and a few kids from Culver Middle School find themselves in a heap of trouble - not just with their teachers, who have long lost patience with them - but from several mysterious men they first meet on their flight to the nation's capital.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The whole family loved it!

  • By Wilhelmina Burden on 06-21-16

May be targeted more for elementary school kids

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

Just wasn't for me. May be elementary school kids. I've read the Wimpy Kids books with my kids and enjoyed those but this one was just a tough follow.

  • Lamb

  • The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Fisher Stevens
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,347

Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more (except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdalan) and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blasphemus or righteous?

  • By Timothy on 08-19-08

Maybe I didn't get it.

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

Reviewed: 09-15-12

Just seemed to ramble and not flow. I gave up on it after a few hours.

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  • Sh-t My Dad Says

  • By: Justin Halpern
  • Narrated by: Sean Schemmel
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,443

After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award

  • By Michael on 05-08-10

Hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 09-15-12

Man can I relate to some of this (as I'm sure many of us can).

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,955

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning read

  • By Cliff on 03-04-09

Good Read! For kids try "Racing In The Rain".

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

Reviewed: 09-15-12

Not normally the type of book I read. A friend recommended it to me. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have recommended it and bought it for other friends and family. I was glad to see that another version titled just "Racing in the Rain" was offered that cleaned up some of the only adult related situations so I could pass it on to my kids to read.

  • An American Life

  • By: Ronald Reagan
  • Narrated by: Ronald Reagan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 405

Ronald Reagan is an American success story. From modest beginnings in a small midwestern town to a distinguished career in films and television, he lived the American dream; as governor of California and as the centurys most popular president, he embodied and revitalized the American spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Freedom is Worth the Struggle

  • By C. Suriano on 08-03-10

We need more leaders like Reagan.

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

Reviewed: 09-15-12

What other book might you compare An American Life to and why?

In terms of Ronald Reagan, Peggy Noonan's book "When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan" is a must read.

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

Win one for the Gipper!

Any additional comments?

If you read this and Peggy Noonan's book "When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan" objectively, I don't know how you can come away with anything short of a great admiration for the man.

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  • Game Change

  • Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
  • By: John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294

Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audiobook of 2010!

  • By Joe on 02-24-10

Great book. Not the movie.

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

Reviewed: 09-15-12

What made the experience of listening to Game Change the most enjoyable?

Getting some additional details on the going on's during the election.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Some of the interaction between the candidates was interesting and informative.

Any additional comments?

I read this book before seeing the movie (as most usually do). The movie suggests that Palin is the Game Change, focuses on her and, I thought, toward the end, takes some Hollywood liberties with her. In the book, she's actually a small percentage. I would argue that Obama and Palin are both identified as Game Changers. I also thought the author handled all parties fairly and objectively.

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  • Columbine

  • By: Dave Cullen
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,285

Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I feel like I've been hit by a freight train

  • By Dave on 06-23-09

Eye opening!

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

Reviewed: 09-15-12

Where does Columbine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've read a lot of good audiobooks. This ranks with among the better ones.

What other book might you compare Columbine to and why?

I like non fiction, events driven books. Looking for the details in what happened. That said, I think it's comparable to books like Blackhawk Down or Game Change.

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  • 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 1,824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,646

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • In 50 Years... 2.0

  • By BargainSeeker646 on 03-15-13

It was OK.

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

Reviewed: 09-15-12

What did you like best about Not Taco Bell Material? What did you like least?

I like Carolla's "to the point" bluntness, but it seemed like some of the material was either covered in his previous book or was material that might have been left on the editing floor from the previous book.

Was Not Taco Bell Material worth the listening time?

It was worth listening. Just didn't measure up to his previous book.

Any additional comments?

My expectations might have been high based on his "50 years we'll all be chicks" book. It was OK.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gump & Co.

  • By: Winston Groom
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 98

The lovable man for all ages, who captured America's heart in the #1 best-selling novel Forrest Gump and in the blockbuster film, returns in the long-awaited sequel to the book hailed by Larry King as "the funniest novel I have ever read." A little older, and wiser in his own unique way, he is still running through the kaleidoscopic events of our times -- and straight into the age of greed and instant gratification known as the 1980s.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Smedley on 07-30-12

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-30-12

Would you try another book from Winston Groom and/or Will Patton?

Don't think so.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Screwtape Letters

What three words best describe Will Patton’s performance?

It was OK.

What character would you cut from Gump & Co.?

The New Coke inventor.

Any additional comments?

If you've read the original book you know it is considerably different than the movie. It almost seemed as if this follow up was written to capitalize on the success of the movie.It was just tossed together with little flow to any kind of story line. Gump is almost a cross between the original book character (really a bit of a jerk) and the movie character (an unassuming good guy). Seemed like the author couldn't decide if he wanted him to continue as the book character or the movie character. Disappointing.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful