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Daniel R. Jensen

Shillington, PA USA
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  • Caddyshack

  • The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story
  • By: Chris Nashawaty
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

Caddyshack is one of the most beloved comedies of all time, a classic snobs vs. slobs story of working-class kids and the white-collar buffoons that make them haul their golf bags in the hot summer sun. It has sex, drugs, and one very memorable candy bar, but the movie we all know and love didn't start out that way, and everyone who made it certainly didn't have the word classic in mind as the cameras were rolling.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Really About Caddyshack Until Hour 5

  • By William M. on 07-01-18

fine

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

Some of the lines are fantastic, but 85% of this has been covered elsewhere. If one is looking for something short and a bit hair-raising vis-a-vis Doug Kenney, you could do worse.

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  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

  • By: Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss
  • Narrated by: Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, and others
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,382
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,320

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents the story of a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This story is cute, but let's be honest.

  • By João on 03-19-18

Short. Lovely.

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

It is less than 8 minutes long, but contains a hundred hugs worth of happiness.

  • The Devil's Chessboard

  • Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government
  • By: David Talbot
  • Narrated by: Peter Altschuler
  • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715

An explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerful - and secretive - colossus in Washington, from the founder of Salon.com and author of the New York Times best seller Brothers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing. Makes you question the company line.

  • By KTS on 02-06-16

interesting and thorough, but goes a bit far afiel

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

When this book is historically grounded in documents (about the first 2/3), it is an essential piece of history, particularly for those who believe the US is an unbridled source of good in the world. The last third involves a lot of speculation and more than a bit of conspiracy-minded-ness. This is not to say it isn't presented well. It is just not as helpful as the straight historical record featured earlier.

  • Delicious Foods

  • A Novel
  • By: James Hannaham
  • Narrated by: James Hannaham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 144

Darlene, once an exemplary wife and a loving mother to her young son, Eddie, finds herself devastated by the unforeseen death of her husband. Unable to cope with her grief, she turns to drugs and quickly forms an addiction. One day she disappears without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing! I love these characters and their story.

  • By Melissa on 10-21-15

Best book I've listened to.

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

Reviewed: 06-21-16

Just amazing. It works well as a story of these characters, but can easily also function as a diagnosis of the failure of the American dream, and the many places it (and people) can break down. Delicious Foods comes into the discussion with Infinite Jest about the title of greatest American novel of the last 25 years.

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  • A Crack in the Edge of the World

  • America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

The international best-selling author of The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa vividly brings to life the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake that leveled a city symbolic of America's relentless western expansion. Simon Winchester has also fashioned an enthralling and informative look at the tumultuous subterranean world that produces earthquakes, the planet's most sudden and destructive force.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Delivers

  • By Drayton on 10-31-05

Another great book from a premier pop historian

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

Reviewed: 11-18-13

What made the experience of listening to A Crack in the Edge of the World the most enjoyable?

Winchester's tendency to focus on the human element while avoiding getting bogged down in triviality is one of his most admirable traits as a writer.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Crack in the Edge of the World?

The tale of Enrico Caruso's variety of experiences on the day of the Earthquake is memorably funny

Which character – as performed by Simon Winchester – was your favorite?

Enrico Caruso stands out as the funniest of the bunch, though thankfully, there isn't a lot of "character" voicing.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Some Cities Live Dangerously!

Any additional comments?

A nice western companion to Winchester's Krakatoa, though I still slightly prefer that book.

  • The Hot Rock

  • The First Dortmunder Novel
  • By: Donald E. Westlake
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 271

John Dortmunder and company are hired by an U.N. African Ambassador to steal the famed Balabomo Emerald from the hands of a rival African country. But their daring and clever burglarly goes awry, and the emerald slips through their fingers. Undaunted, Dortmunder chases the gem by plane, train and automobile in hot pursuit of the hot rock.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dortmunder is on his game in this fun introduction

  • By William R. on 08-25-11

A Witty, Rollicking Caper

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

Reviewed: 10-13-12

Where does The Hot Rock rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As good an experience as any.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hot Rock?

From the scene on which the first chapter ends, with the protagonist raising his hands and screaming, I knew I was in good hands.

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

No, but this was excellent.

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

No, but there were several occasions at which I laughed aloud, which, considering I was next to my sleeping wife, is impressive.

Any additional comments?

Just delightful.