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  • And So It Goes

  • Kurt Vonnegut: A Life
  • By: Charles J. Shields
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

New York Times best-selling author and biographer Charles J. Shields crafts this fascinating portrait of literary icon Kurt Vonnegut. The first authorized biography of the influential American writer, And So It Goes examines Vonnegut’s life, from his childhood to his death in 2007, and explores how the author changed the conversation of American literature.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Probably only for die hard Vonnegut fans

  • By Watery M on 12-22-12

great for obsessive vonnegut fans

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

Reviewed: 12-11-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

only if someone wanted every detail of this writer's life

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

the latter years because I knew some of the people involved

Have you listened to any of Fred Berman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

don't know

Did And So It Goes inspire you to do anything?

order shorter books, especially biographies

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pack of Two

  • The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs
  • By: Caroline Knapp
  • Narrated by: Hilary Swank
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

In Pack of Two, the author of the acclaimed best seller Drinking: A Love Story tackles a different sort of relationship. Two-time Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank ( Boys Don’t Cry, Million Dollar Baby) guides us into the life of Caroline Knapp who, after losing both parents to cancer and breaking off a two-decade long relationship with alcohol in the span of one year, struggles - and succeeds - to redefine her world. The unlikely solution to Knapp’s task was found in the form of a dog named Lucille.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration, moving memoir

  • By Doggy Bird on 01-20-13

Intelligent, self-absorbed file a deux

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

Reviewed: 11-30-12

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

Interesting and charming when she gets out of her own head and focuses on Lucille, the rescue dog who became the center of this very bright writer's hapless universe.

Would you be willing to try another book from Caroline Knapp? Why or why not?

No, too much carolyn...though she can write up a storm, she is blindingly articulate.

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

She is a quirky and brilliant actor.

Do you think Pack of Two needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful