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William Magoolaghan

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  • The Yankee Years

  • By: Tom Verducci, Joe Torre
  • Narrated by: Tom Verducci
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

When Joe Torre took over as manager of the New York Yankees in 1996, the most storied franchise in sports had not won a World Series title in 18 years. The famously tough and mercurial owner, George Steinbrenner, had fired 17 managers during that span. Torre's appointment was greeted with Bronx cheers from the notoriously brutal New York media, who cited his record as the player and manager who had been in the most Major League games without appearing in a World Series.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • How to Make the Best Yankee Years Boring

  • By William Magoolaghan on 02-11-19

How to Make the Best Yankee Years Boring

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

Love the Yankees. Love Joe Torre. The book seemed disjointed and made the most exciting baseball seem unexciting. Maybe because the book jumps around in time rather than telling the history of Torre's years chronologically. I think more emphasis was placed on losing than on the exciting pennant years. It just seemed ... dull. It also seemed like Torre was reluctant to do the book, and there are very few interesting stories about the ballplayers. You would think there must have been some amazing stories, but they weren't in the book.

  • The Switch

  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by: Steven Kearney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 551

Michael Tanner is on his way home from a business trip when he accidentally picks up the wrong MacBook in an airport security line. He doesn't notice the mix-up until he arrives home in Boston, but by then it's too late. Tanner's curiosity gets the better of him when he discovers that the owner is a US senator and that the laptop contains top secret files. When Senator Susan Robbins realizes she's come back with the wrong laptop, she calls her young chief of staff, Will Abbott, in a panic.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Stupid, Frustrated, Disapointed

  • By Scott on 06-28-17

Love Finder, Did Not Love This Novel

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

Reviewed: 06-23-17

Any additional comments?

I have listened to all of Finder's novels and have loved them. Except this one. I hate to say bad things, but ... I rarely ever want to not finish a book I have started, but if I had any credits left I would have abandoned this one mid-stream and rode another donkey. Read the Moscow Club or Paranoia instead, or really read any other Finder novel, they are all good ... just not this one. Sorry!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,946
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,921

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I've never read a book quite like this one

  • By Joey on 04-23-12

Slow. Redundant. Disappointing Ending.

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

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

At least one-quarter of this book could have been trimmed without losing an ounce of the meaning of this tale. Too long, too redundant, and too disappointing of an ending when it was all set up to come to a climactic conclusion. Despite the intriguing characters, I found myself bored and waiting for this one to end. It's not unlike Murakami not to tie up loose ends (I have read all but one of his novels), but this ending is just too dreadfully disappointing after spending an eternity getting to the point where the characters meet. Need to drop half of the swollen chapters before the two main characters meet and add at least 10 more svelte chapters post-meeting and have some fun conclusion for God's sake, is that really too much to ask after 46 bloody hours of listening?

Any additional comments?

The female narrator's voice penetrated my head sending reverberations through my car speakers and into my brain in the most awful way. I liked her voice, it was just so painful that I could only listen to her with the volume turned down low. Other than that, the performances were wonderful, and it was fun to hear both a male and female narrator perform that various characters.

  • Nutshell

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,531
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,522

From the best-selling author of Atonement, Nutshell is a classic story of murder and deceit, told by a narrator with a perspective and voice unlike any in recent literature. A bravura performance, it is the finest recent work from a true master. To be bound in a nutshell, see the world in two inches of ivory, in a grain of sand. Why not, when all of literature, all of art, of human endeavour is just a speck in the universe of possible things?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Long Version, and the Short.

  • By Ilana on 09-19-16

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 01-20-17

What did you love best about Nutshell?

Wonderful story, delightfully mischievous characters, thoughtful, clever, wonderful language.

What did you like best about this story?

The language. If you like authors who actually know how to write, this is a book for you.

What about Rory Kinnear’s performance did you like?

He was perfect, it was almost likely listening to a play, beautifully performed.

  • Norwegian Wood

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 911
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 822
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 825

This stunning and elegiac novel by the author of the internationally acclaimed Wind-Up Bird Chronicle has sold over four million copies in Japan and is now available to American audiences for the first time. It is sure to be a literary event.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beautiful, Wistful...

  • By Douglas on 02-18-16

Just Awful, and I'm a huge Murakami fan

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

What disappointed you about Norwegian Wood?

If this was the first Murakami novel I had ever read, I would never have read anything else he had written. This was clearly written before Murakami figured out his writing style, because this lacks both the amazing storytelling and wonderful prose in his later work.

What was most disappointing about Haruki Murakami’s story?

Whereas Kafka on the Shore & the Windup Bird Chronicle sucked you in and played with your soul, this novel was droll at best. I think I spent the entire novel waiting for a sparkling line of prose or one interesting thing done by any of the characters. Didn't happen.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Chancer?

Someone who was sounded 19. Having someone who sounds as old as ... me ... reading a book about teenage angst (is that was it was about?) ... is just ... inappropriate.

What character would you cut from Norwegian Wood?

All of them. Sorry. It was awful.

Any additional comments?

If anyone understands the ending, please write to explain it. Thanks.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Sharp Objects

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,512
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,962

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Performance

  • By theenglishmajor on 02-14-14

Just Awful

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

Reviewed: 01-08-16

What would have made Sharp Objects better?

Maybe if the main character hadn't been throwing up through so much of the book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Gillian Flynn again?

Yes, but not this one.

Would you be willing to try another one of Ann Marie Lee’s performances?

She wasn't the problem.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disgust mostly

Any additional comments?

If you like stories about throwing up, pig slaughter, murdered children and flesh carving, this is a book for you. Not me. This was just a waste of a precious book credit.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink

  • By: Elvis Costello
  • Narrated by: Elvis Costello
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538

The perfect gift for music lovers and Elvis Costello fans, telling the story behind Elvis Costello’s legendary career and his iconic, beloved songs.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elvis by Elvis -- Best of the Best!

  • By Robert on 10-13-15

Beyond Belief

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

Reviewed: 12-21-15

What did you love best about Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink?

If you are an Elvis fan, this is your gospel ... an incredible history of music from the days when his dad sang in clubs around Liverpool (about the time my Great Grandfather was working the ships there) to his most recent goings on. The best thing is this: Elvis is an amazing writer, and this book gives you the glimpse into his soul that you've always wanted, and he startles you with his frankness, makes you laugh with his uncontrollable wit, and brings you to tears more than once with his devastating lines. This book brings life to the lyrics he has spent a lifetime carving, telling of his loves and woes, and it lets you get to know him as more than a musician, but as a dutiful son, a crappy husband (ouch) and an amazing father.

What did you like best about this story?

The music. The people. I am walking away with my appreciation for music enhanced by over 1,000%. I listened to the audio book and then went out and bought the accompanying CD and then bought a paper copy of the book too so I could reread it and highlight songs and artists I want to go back and listen to. Elvis is a musical genius, and a bit of that rubs off on you when you read this. It has to, you have no choice, you will succumb, this book is infectious.

What about Elvis Costello’s performance did you like?

Why would you read this book if you can have Elvis Costello read it to you? He's hysterical and forlorn, he's clever and sedate, he's mixed up and clear. He's everything you ever thought he would be and much more, and if you think he writes incredible lyrics, wait until you hear his short fiction and poetry. It took me twice as long to listen to this book because I kept backing up to re-listen to different parts.

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

My brother bought us tickets to see Elvis at the Mesa Amphitheater in Arizona in 1982, and I was so tired at work the next day I nearly fell asleep in front of the microfiche machine. That concert was both exhaustion and eye-opening bliss. The music! Steve Nieve! OMG! I saw Elvis again a few months ago opening for Steely Dan at the Shoreline -- my reaction to this was: Elvis doesn't OPEN for anyone. WTF?! He was just as amazing. This book seems to bring it all home, as I've seemingly lived my life around a soundtrack of Elvis' songs from the confusion of youth, the heartache of relationships, the joys of being alive. It's like he's got a telescope into my bedroom window and has seen everything for the last 35 years. Everything. I am so ashamed, but at least I have someone to share this with.

Any additional comments?

There should be some secret way of giving a book an extra star to two. I try to be careful about giving 5 stars, but in this case, 5 stars is simply not enough. It's a bloody 10 star book in my opinion, and I am humbled.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Headhunters on My Doorstep

  • A True Treasure Island Ghost Story
  • By: J. Maarten Troost
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 206

Entertainment Weekly calls acclaimed author and essayist J. Maarten Troost a "funny, candid, and down-to-earth travel companion". Both witty and poignant, Headhunters on My Doorstep follows Troost as he retraces Robert Louis Stevenson’s path through the South Pacific. Somewhere between AA meetings in Tahiti and discovering how the Island of Merrymaking got its name, Troost reconnects with himself, his family, and the beauty of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great South Pacific Book from Mr. Troost

  • By Michael on 08-29-13

Troost Truthful and Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 09-18-15

Any additional comments?

Gotta love a book that makes you think, feel, laugh and cry. At the end of this one, I wanted to smile and weep uncontrollably at the same time, not really something you should do while driving, but I liked the feeling. Troost, well, I don't know what to say about him, I guess he surprised me with this one, maybe reminding me of myself at points. It's an honest appraisal of himself and his life, and that tale is neatly woven into the life & times of Robert Louis Stevenson. In the end I guess my review comes down to two words: Well done.

  • Into Thin Air

  • A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster
  • By: Jon Krakauer
  • Narrated by: Philip Franklin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,029

The definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Into the Wild. Read by the author. Also, hear a Fresh Air interview with Krakauer conducted shortly after his ordeal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio version RUINED with new narrator!

  • By Jeffrey E. on 02-06-16

Heart Wrenching Cliff Hanger. Literally.

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

Reviewed: 05-13-15

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

A book that grips you from the beginning even though you pretty much know how it ends from the start -- and it won't let go. I looked forward to listening to this every time I got into my car. Even without any interest in mountain climbing, this book grabs you, hooks you, mesmerizes you, makes you cry on the ascent & cry even more on the descent. It's one of the few books I would tell everyone to read. You need to read this book. Need to.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,308

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

An insightful romp back to kindergarten

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

Reviewed: 10-24-14

What did you love best about Big Little Lies?

If you have kids & have had to deal with schoolyard politics, this is a fun read. The story is both uncomfortable and catchy, and I didn't want to put this one down.

What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

Loved the Aussie accent & all the voice variations, extremely well read.

Any additional comments?

This novel is a playful, magical, fun ride that deals with some serious topics in a direct & often mesmerizing (and aggravating) way.