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  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,157

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Waste of Money

  • By Cynthia on 05-21-12

Bossypants made me a Tina Fey fan.

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

Reviewed: 03-30-14

Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

I've always found Tina Fey peripherally funny, the same way I do most recent SNL alums. However, Bossypants clearly divides comedians like Fey from those who rely more on comedic timing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bossypants?

What's most interesting about Bossypants is that I felt it revealed Fey as an observational comedian - and someone you believe you could be friends with IF ONLY SHE MET ME IN REAL LIFE.

Which scene was your favorite?

I love that Fey is clearly so intelligent and funny, but it's tempered by a believable humbleness and awkwardness.

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

I don't laugh out loud. Ever. My co-workers had to ask me what I was listening to on more than one occasion.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Salt Sugar Fat

  • How the Food Giants Hooked Us
  • By: Michael Moss
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,215

Every year, the average American eats 33 pounds of cheese (triple what we ate in 1970) and 70 pounds of sugar (about 22 teaspoons a day). We ingest 8,500 milligrams of salt a day, double the recommended amount, and almost none of that comes from the shakers on our table. It comes from processed food. It’s no wonder, then, that one in three adults, and one in five kids, is clinically obese.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is all too real, and YOU are the victim.

  • By Michael on 03-03-13

A call to action.

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

Reviewed: 03-30-14

Would you listen to Salt Sugar Fat again? Why?

Yes. I would listen again much for the same reason one would listen to anything again - go absorb more the second time. The text was so laden with facts and events that it would be worth a second listen.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Salt Sugar Fat?

I think that the looks into executive meetings between multiple food companies were most enticing and informative.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

This is a nonfiction text.

If you could give Salt Sugar Fat a new subtitle, what would it be?

The Illusion of Choice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Catching Fire

  • Hunger Games, Book 2
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,025

Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - wrong reader!

  • By Erika Shaffer on 06-06-13

Don't expect it to compare to The Hunger Games.

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

Reviewed: 03-30-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I think that this was time well-spent simply because, as a reader, you develop an emotional attachment to the characters in The Hunger Games. You want to know what happens to those you labored over with worry while they were in the arena.

Would you recommend Catching Fire to your friends? Why or why not?

Current Fans: Of Course!
Those Who Felt Indifferent About The Hunger Games: Nope,

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

The ability to enjoy the story hands-free. Otherwise, I honestly by enjoyed my own in-head narration more.

Was Catching Fire worth the listening time?

Yes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Go the F--k to Sleep

  • By: Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
  • Narrated by: Samuel L. Jackson
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,079

Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson ( Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious

  • By FanB14 on 07-06-12

No, seriously.

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

Reviewed: 03-30-14

What did you love best about Go the F--k to Sleep?

Samuel. L. Jackson.

What did you like best about this story?

What parent doesn't have the thoughts?

Which scene was your favorite?

"...you're lying!"

If you could take any character from Go the F--k to Sleep out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Is this a real question? The narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Amy and Isabelle

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Roberts
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 250

With compassion, humor, and striking insight, Amy and Isabelle explores the secrets of sexuality that jeopardize the love between a mother and her daughter. Amy Goodrow, a shy high school student in a small mill town, falls in love with her math teacher, and together they cross the line between understandable fantasy and disturbing reality. When discovered, this emotional and physical trespass brings disgrace to Amy's mother, Isabelle, and intensifies the shame she feels about her own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Honest, tough and absorbing

  • By Catherine on 11-03-14

Elizabeth Strout is always a unique read.

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

Reviewed: 03-30-14

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

I would recommend this title to any current Elizabeth Strout fans. I feel one must either have a) an open mind, or b) an existing appreciation for Strout's heavy exposition.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the painful believability of the characters.

What three words best describe Stephanie Roberts’s performance?

Patient. Impassioned. Believable.

If you could rename Amy and Isabelle, what would you call it?

The Sins of the Mother

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Brain on Fire

  • My Month of Madness
  • By: Susannah Cahalan
  • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,537

In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For those interested in neurology & psychology

  • By Brian Quaranta on 01-07-14

The story is intriguing, but the performer isn't.

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

Reviewed: 03-30-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Story: Yes.
Performance: I was irritated almost the entire time spent listening.

Would you recommend Brain on Fire to your friends? Why or why not?

Paper Copy: Yes.
Audible Performance: No.

How could the performance have been better?

The "dramatic" scenes were disingenuous thanks to the performer's daytime soap opera acting skills. I was horrified at what felt so much like a mockery. Any talent behind the text was robbed.

Could you see Brain on Fire being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

A movie? Sure. But more of a Lifetime movie than a blockbuster hit. Candice Cameron-Bure would be an interesting choice, but I may think that simply because I can't recall the names of other Lifetime movie actresses.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful