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Engaging & Entertaining

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Terrific performances in an entertaining story about the President's last day on Earth after having met the angel of death. Who better to play that angel but the incomparable Billy Crystal! The First couple played (once again) by Kevin Kline (Dave) and Annette Bening (The American President) are believable and engaging. The tale is clever and funny and listening to it in my car did not take anything away from the fact that it sounded like I was watching a Broadway play. I highly recommend!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

A frank and amusing memoir

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-18

Gabrielle Union is honest and straight-forward in this book -- Amusing anecdotes about being a black woman in Hollywood and also her reality as a minority in a white world. This book is both entertaining as well as enlightening and enjoyable.

Helpful for anyone

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I am happily married and this book gave me great insight into how to be a better me and how to understand my husband better. I’m going to make my single children read it in preparation for finding the perfect mate. It was entertaining and extremely helpful.

An extremely important book for our time

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-17

This book is more important than ever! It covers how expertise is dying at the hands of too much information and the laziness of the average American to get the real facts. The author covers the domains of higher education, journalism, politics, and our democracy as a whole and discusses how people's need for quick snippets rather than delving deeper is costing us a great deal. A scary tome for our future, but understanding the problem is the first step to fixing it. READ THIS BOOK!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

An important voice

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-17

What a smart woman!! I enjoyed hearing Lindy speak her words. It gave me a sense that we were having a glass of wine together and sharing the crazy quirks and injustices of humanity -- laughing most of the way. She is insightful, perceptive, and very very real. I'm going to continue to think about and see a lot of her observations about fat people and women and the perceptions and treatment of both. I really enjoyed this book a lot.

Narrator didn't do her homework

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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-17

Narrator mispronounced numerous famous people's names, such as Warren "Beety" etc. It's insulting to a listener. Annoying!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Compelling and Impactful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-17

I'm not an ultra-runner, just a middle-aged mother of 4 who has run a few marathons (awhile ago). But I found great inspiration from the author's story of growing up bullied without self-confidence who then found a passion and a self-worth through swimming. Soon he was introduced to alcohol which turned his life upside down and he almost lost everything. I loved how Rich found his way back to building his life to conquer impossible goals and now through helping others. I loved the appendix with his diet and how a vegan could triumph through the epic challenge of 5 Ironmans in one week. I read this book over a few days because I couldn't put it down.

Very technical and thorough

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-18-17

Author makes an unarguable case for what makes us fat using both historic and current research. It's a very technical book if that's what you want, very scientific. His next book WHAT MAKES US FAT is more for the layman.

So many surprises to be found in this life.

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 04-07-17

I found Burt's life to be fascinating and far different than I expected. He is so much more than the smart alec sex symbol he played for so many decades. I love his discussion of old Hollywood and all the contacts he had with some of the biggest movie stars. He doesn't pull punches but he plays fair. If you are a big movie fan you will love this book.

Story itself is a good one

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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-17

What made the experience of listening to Powerhouse the most enjoyable?

Seeing how the business changed over time --- Mavericks like Mike Ovitz changed the paradigm of talent representation and impacted how entertainment business is run.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

No... This author should never have narrated his own work. The book itself is terrific and interesting, but he does NOT have a clear and commanding voice. In addition, I was highly annoyed to hear certain names mispronounced! If you are going to mention an actual person's name -- make sure you know the correct pronunciation!