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Marc A.

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  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,606

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

It's Bob dang Newhart!

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

It's Bob Newhart, people! One of the great comedy innovators! Just do it, you'll love his dry, classic wit.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Indignities of Being a Woman

  • By: Merrill Markoe, Megan Koester
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

The Indignities of Being a Woman candidly traces the history of womanhood and investigates how much things have really changed for womankind. By carefully x-raying areas such as body image, marriage, mental illness, fashion, and politics, this audiobook examines what it was like to be a woman in the past versus what it’s like now, when women are constantly told equality between the sexes exists but reality proves otherwise. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • snarky, cynical, snide and too damn true...

  • By sierra on 09-30-18

Astounding, Funny & Sobering History Essay Series

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

A very important title to learn about the history of the disenfranchisement and sexism inherent in our system that has been working against women. Megan Koester and Merrill Markoe are great presenters as well who have insightful and well written essays on the topics at hand. They are also excellent comedians providing some much appreciated humor, banter and levity to break up the subject matter. They offer up two different perspectives at times that come together to really help develop the whole picture.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Story Party: The Complete Collection

  • By: Joel ben Izzy, Diane Ferlatte, Bill Gordh, and others
  • Narrated by: Samantha Land
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Welcome to Story Party: The Complete Collection, a curated collection of some of the very best storytelling for kids. With live performances from the most imaginative storytellers around the country, children will feel like they’re a part of the audience as they listen, sing and clap along. This Complete Collection is filled with hours of great stories, tons of wonderful performers, and enough twists and turns for a long drive with the whole family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good fun and great morals

  • By Nikki on 04-26-18

A really fun, delightful series for the family!

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

It's been a joy for roadtrips and entertainment with the kids and has been requested a few times over.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Sklars and Stripes

  • By: Randy Sklar, Jason Sklar, Scott Rogowsky
  • Narrated by: The Sklar Brothers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 419
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 392

Randy and Jason Sklar have a knack for exploring what makes America’s cities unique and wonderful, whether it’s finding out who in San Diego serves the best burritos, why basketball is so popular among those in Bloomington, or why the people of Portland can't let go of their old airport carpeting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sklars, Stripes, and Laughs

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-21-18

Hope we get a season 2!

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Sklars and Stripes to be better than the print version?

There isn't a print version but it doesn't need it! The sklars dynamic is something to be experienced! Their banter-y nature and constantly building on what one brother said at an astounding pace is some of the reason I find them to be such amazing and dynamic performers unlike anything else in the comedy field.

What other book might you compare Sklars and Stripes to and why?

Why compare? Just love it all!

What about The Sklar Brothers’s performance did you like?

I think their dynamic and their earnest desire to learn more about each community they visit really shines through in this documentary. It takes a great amount of love and respect to get people to laugh with you at the local fixtures.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment that sticks out to me is when they went to Houston shortly after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and also the World Series win for the Houston Astros and being genuinely curious about the recovery, visiting places that were hit hard, and able to craft very loving and uplifting jokes for the crowd to escape with. It was a very nice episode.

Any additional comments?

#SklarsAndSeason2

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • VIP Pass: SF Sketchfest

  • By: Ricky Gervais, Maria Bamford, Jon Hamm, and others
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Welcome to San Francisco Sketchfest 2018! Here's your front row seat, your backstage pass, and your all-access badge to one of the biggest comedy festivals in the country!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun way to experience a comedy festival!

  • By golfinglama on 03-13-18

A really fun slice of a Fest and interviews!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

Would you listen to VIP Pass: SF Sketchfest again? Why?

Yeah, there are some great jokes peppered through and I think will definitely be fun repeated listening or background content while I'm doing chores, etc.

Who was your favorite character and why?

MARIA BAMFORD and JANEANE GAROFALO! I'm very happy they got those two on there, they're comedians I really love listening to on and off stage for their unique perspectives and you don't get to hear them talk off stage all that often.

Also, the SKLAR BROTHERS! What a tour de force of comedy and they had a great scene.

What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

There's so many different narrators I don't think you can really comment on this too much.

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

Yeah, an hour piece is such a great consumable thing.

Any additional comments?

Please make more! I'd love one from Just For Laughs, Moontower, Limestone, etc. Maybe also different types of festivals as well!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Stinker Lets Loose!

  • By: Mike Sacks, James Taylor Johnston
  • Narrated by: Jon Hamm, Eric Martin, Andy Richter, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 916

Mike has teamed up with director Eric Martin to adapt the novelization into a fully immersive cinematic audio experience, and an epic all-star cast has come together to introduce Stinker to a whole new generation of fans! It's Smokey and the Bandit meets Every Which Way But Loose meets Smokey and the Bandit Parts 2 and 3. Feel the thrill as Stinker teams up with old pals Boner and Jumbo, plus new friends Buck and Rascal the Chimp, for a crazy ride across the highways and byways of Bicentennial America.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Live performance at end is worth it!

  • By Frank on 02-23-18

Took me a while but I remember this movie too now!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

What did you like about this audiobook?

This book is such a wildy fun and fully produced soundscape of what it was like to be in a dusty trailer park in the 70s.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

I'm very glad I'm not the only one that remembers this movie. I thought I was crazy for years!

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

I feel like I have a deeper understanding of the mustache craze of the 70s now and I'm looking forward to it's hipster revival.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Wrong? Wrong! Nothing is wrong, minus the few occasions I wasn't completely convinced there was genuine hair in Hamm's upper lip.

Do you have any additional comments?

This is such a wonderfully funny and peculiar story I'm glad it was really fully realized by Audible. I had to stop listening at work because I was laughing too much and was starting to get stares.

25 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,649

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

Couldn't wait on the Hulu show so I listened to the book.

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

Reviewed: 05-18-17

These two versions could not be anymore different. The show is adrenaline-filled but I found the book to leave me with literary blueballs. The plot is crazy but it has a very "Remains of the Day" style flow.

  • Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story

  • A Life of David Foster Wallace
  • By: D. T. Max
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

David Foster Wallace was the leading literary light of his generation, a man who not only captivated readers with his prose but also mesmerized them with his brilliant mind. In this, the first biography of the writer, D. T. Max sets out to chart Wallace’s tormented, anguished, and often triumphant battle to succeed as a novelist as he fights off depression and addiction to emerge with his masterpiece, Infinite Jest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For those who really love DFW

  • By Watery M on 03-29-13

Spectacular and complex

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

Reviewed: 06-25-15

A deep and telling look into the life of a complex writer struggling with his own limitations and hubris. Fantastically done!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Yes Please

  • By: Amy Poehler
  • Narrated by: Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,591
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,536

Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good enough to speed through, not enough to rave

  • By JD on 12-02-14

Hilariously insightful!

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

Reviewed: 06-18-15

Amy truly is one of the great talents of my generation and her love for comedy and work shines in this memoir. Went by too fast!