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WATERFORD, MI, United States
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  • As You Wish

  • Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
  • By: Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,313
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,603

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warm-hearted retelling

  • By Thomas Allen on 10-19-14

A gift for fans

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I very much enjoyed the audio presentation here mainly narrated by Cary Elwes himself. Robin Wright, Rob Reiner, Billy Crystal, and other members of the cast do their portions which really makes it feel like an onstage panel with surviving members of the cast. (Some members are voiced by other narrators which keeps the presentation diverse.)

I always felt here was a Monty Python feel to the movie, different from the book as I pointed out in my review of The Princess Bride. This makes sense since I learned that Production Design by Norman Garwood (Brazil, Time Bandits) tied key creative direction to the Python troupe. The casting that brought in Garwood and the actors reveals how this was constructed from such a desire to produce a witty, smart, satirical screenplay with the participation of author William Goldman. Other things of note include the gigantic generosity and appetites of Andre The Giant, the completely unnecessary insecurity of Wallace Shawn ("Inconceivable!"), the intense amount of swordplay practice put in by Elwes and Mandy Patinkin to stage the "greatest duel" as well as the two serious injuries that befell Elwes.

Certainly 4 stars for any committed fan of the movie as it is like a warm and witty audio commentary to the film.

  • The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,659
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,395
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,395

[Contains explicit content] Hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure. Follow writer and narrator Jon Ronson as he uncovers our web of desire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I will never forget it...

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-31-17

Promising original content

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Is this an audiobook or a podcast? I think more the latter, but I applaud Audible's content-generation scheme here. I have seen many reviews chiding this series (enjoyable as a single package) for not coming to a clear, neat conclusion, but I find it typical Ronson gold. His discursive, exploratory assaying of the topic - here the modern Internet age of porn - is thought-provoking, feeling, enlightening, and investigative.

“AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

  • Bell Labs

  • Life in the Crown Jewel
  • By: Narain Gehani
  • Narrated by: Stow Lovejoy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Narain Gehani tells the fascinating story of the transition Bell Labs is undergoing as it adapts to new business conditions. Bell Labs researchers, who once were free to focus on innovation, research excellence, and prizes, now have to worry about business relevance. The culture of lifetime employment is gone and the pendulum has swung from basic to applied research.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring  couldnt finish listening

  • By Greg on 09-26-03

Missed opportunity

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

Reviewed: 04-05-12

Narrated by Stow Lovejoy, this is a poor delivery of a weak story about what should be a thrilling telling one of the most potent R&D think tanks American industry has produced. Gehani brushes over personally creating the C programming language and working alongside mighty brains that pushed aside pigeono poo to discover cosmic background radiation left over from The Big Bang. Instead, Gehani feels compelled to talk about managerial details like the lack of power of the Bell Labs president and intricacies of an employee's expense report.

Finally, at the very end, with the story of birthing a business to provide in-car navigation aids (Magellan) does Gehani get it together for the tone of story he should have told, but buy then it is tool late...

  • Kitchen Confidential

  • Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
  • By: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,977

Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kitchen Confidential

  • By Holly on 02-20-03

Insights from the Insider

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

Reviewed: 12-31-11

I think Julia Childs and Henry Miller have a secret lovechild and his name is Anthony Bourdain. Bourdain's delight in exposing the gutter in tha galleyand pirate crews in the kitchen is effusive and vivid in this tell-all of life from dishwasher to chef in New York kitchens. Sometimes it is a bit too Manhattan-centric, but Bourdain makes no apologies for that or any of his ribald ways, drug-taking or the sending back out of reclaimed bread. Yes, you may never look at the bread basket, buffets, or fish special again after this revelatory book.

Hearing it read by the author is a real treat. His use of New York and culinary slang in long, multi-adjective rants sounds like a hip Beat's rhythmic patter.

  • The Rape of Nanking

  • By: Iris Chang
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611

In December 1937, in the capital of China, one of the most brutal massacres in the long annals of wartime barbarity occurred. The Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking and within weeks not only looted and burned the defenseless city but systematically raped, tortured and murdered more than 300,000 Chinese civilians. Amazingly, the story of this atrocity- one of the worst in world history- continues to be denied by the Japanese government.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful

  • By Douglas on 09-05-09

Best narrator!

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

Reviewed: 12-30-11

Iris Chang's crisp and economic delivery makes this one of the best nonfiction audiobooks I have ever enjoyed.

The evil perpetrated upon the conquered Chinese by the Japanese is appalling. To think, even the local Nazi contingent felt things had gone too far and set up a safe zone for the persecuted to find succor behind the swastika...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Book 4
  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Douglas Adams
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Not content with merely hitchhiking across the galaxy, confused Earthling Arthur Dent goes in search of God's Final Message to His Creation. What will he find along the way - against all odds, at the eleventh hour, and in the unlikeliest place of all? Find out in volume 4 of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 5-part "trilogy."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for a road trip!

  • By Patrick Y. on 04-24-05

Adams' Narration makes it!

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

Reviewed: 11-29-11

Always a bit of a muddle compared to the previous three, the greatest charm to this book in my mind is the biscuit-eating story, although I prefer the elaborated version from "The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time".

However, narration by Adams himself makes this all worthwhile and enjoyable.

  • FDR's Folly

  • How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression
  • By: Jim Powell
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

In the minds of historians and the American public alike, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was one of our greatest presidents, not least because he supposedly saved America from the Great Depression. But as historian Jim Powell reveals in this groundbreaking book, Roosevelt's New Deal policies actually prolonged and exacerbated the economic disaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The truth is finally coming out

  • By Dan Duncavage on 09-01-17

An enlightening closer look

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

Reviewed: 11-28-11

This is a fascinating and detail account taking apart FDR's New Deal and exposing it weaknesses. Some things I learned here new to me were that unit banking laws in American versus the branch banking laws in Canada (more like current laws) may have been one reason why the Depression was longer and worse in the U.S. than right across the border in Canada. Also, the Depression was much longer than I knew: 17% average unemployment for most of a decaded with no year below 14% during that time. The book makes a compelling case that the U.S. emerged from the Great Depression in spite of FDR's policies, not because of them.

Good narration.

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  • Horatio's Drive

  • America's First Road Trip
  • By: Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
  • Narrated by: Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

In 1903 there were only 150 miles of paved roads in the entire nation and most people had never seen a "horseless buggy" - but that did not stop Horatio Nelson Jackson, a 31-year-old Vermont doctor, who impulsively bet $50 that he could drive his 20-horsepower automobile from San Francisco to New York City. Here - in Jackson's own words - is a glorious account of that months-long, problem-beset, thrilling-to-the-rattled-bones trip with his mechanic, Sewall Crocker, and a bulldog named Bud.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good sandwich, but too much bread

  • By Tom on 11-28-11

A good sandwich, but too much bread

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

Reviewed: 11-28-11

This is my second time taking in the Dayton Duncan-Ken Burns audiobook about plucky doctor-turned-adventurer Horatio Jackson's historic first crossing of the U.S. continent by automobile. The challenges, the individual triumph, the unplanned three-way race make for a compelling, exciting American tale. Cameo narration by Tom Hanks and, at the NYC end, George Plimpton, and others make for a great, exciting, entertaining telling. However, Ken Burns' lengthy, self-indulgent introduction borders on narcissism and takes away from the initial energy, while Duncan's panoramic road trip paean and excessive Walt Whitman quotes take away from the already perfect conclusion: Horation finally making it home.

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  • Tales of the Fish Patrol

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: Jim Roberts
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

In the 1900s the San Francisco Bay was inhabited by a motley floating population of oyster pirates. One of these bandits was young Jack London, who, at the age of 16, had the good sense to switch sides and join the Fish Patrol. Dedicated to enforcing the many laws that were passed to protect the fish, the Fish Patrol had many death-defying encounters with the pirates. These seven short stories, based on both Jack's experiences and those of his fellow deputies, describe these incredible encounters.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needs updated narration

  • By Tom on 11-28-11

Needs updated narration

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

Reviewed: 11-28-11

London's chronoligical, tightly coupled tales of Fish Patrol fights with oyster pirates, Greek scofflaw salmon poachers and more is marred by this 1982 audio production with low audio quality and a narrator that is just phoning it in.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Company We Keep

  • A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story
  • By: Dayna Baer, Robert Baer
  • Narrated by: Robert Baer, Dayna Baer, Richard McGonagle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

Robert Baer was known inside the CIA as perhaps the best operative working the Middle East. Dana was originally tasked for Agency background checks, but always wanted more. When Bob and Dayna met on a mission in Sarajevo, it wasn’t love at first sight. But there was something there, a spark. And as the danger escalated and their affection for each other grew, they realized it was time to leave “the Company,” to somehow rediscover the people they’d once been. As worldly as they both were, the couple didn’t realize at first that turning in their Agency ID cards would not be enough to put their covert past behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Secret Agent Man and Woman

  • By Lynn on 05-10-11

Excellent husband & wife memoir

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

Reviewed: 11-20-11

I generally read spy memoirs as they are an interestiong between two of my favorite non-fiction genres: true crime and military history. This one I was partly also intersted in due to Baer's fairly frequent appearance as a guest commentator on TV and his inspiration to the film "Syriana". This book did not disappoint from lacking in intrigue and action since it is a very human, compelling husband-wife autobiography about being in the CIA and trying to outlive. Like "Honor Thy Father", the book is a tale of the banality of the underworld, but most of it is the two trying to outlive their spy past, despite the world intruding on their remote home and overcoming the obstacles of their independent effort to international adoption through Pakistan. The book is told in a relfective, philosophical almost wistful telling as if their lives are rather unreal and dreamlike, which is how they seem to me.

I really appreciate the trade-off narration between both the Baers in this excellent husband & wife memoir. It highlighted the different points of view both had of their shared experience.