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George S. Pichon Jr.

Indianapolis, IN USA
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  • This Is Not Fame

  • A "From What I Re-Memoir"
  • By: Doug Stanhope
  • Narrated by: Doug Stanhope, Chad Shank, full cast
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 858
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853

Doug Stanhope has been drunkenly stumbling down the back roads and dark alleys of stand-up comedy for over a quarter of a century, roads laden with dank bars, prostitutes, cheap drugs, farm animals, evil dwarfs, public nudity, menacing third-world police, psychotic breaks, sex offenders, and some understandable suicides. You know, just for levity. While other comedians were seeking fame, Stanhope was seeking immediate gratification, dark spectacle, or sometimes just his pants.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The extras are whats worth it.

  • By Patrick H. on 05-18-18

Depravity at its finest!

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

Packed full of great stories with the occasional nugget of deeper wisdom and polished off with a healthy dose of dick jokes. Stanhope is Stanhope, you'll love it or hate it.

  • The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

  • By: Michael Chabon
  • Narrated by: Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Michael Chabon masterfully renders the funny, tender, and captivating first-person narrative of Art Bechstein, whose confusion and heartache echo the tones of literary forebears like The Catcher in the Rye's Holden Caulfield and The Great Gatsby's Nick Carraway. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh incontrovertibly established Chabon as a powerful force in contemporary fiction, even before his Pulitzer Prize-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. An unforgettable story of coming of age in America, it is also an essential milestone in American fiction.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By George S. Pichon Jr. on 04-13-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

I normally love books from Chabon, and I tried to enjoy this one but I just couldn't. I couldn't help feeling repulsed by the main characters constant retreat into whiny attempts to avoid the reality around him. To the point where he would destroy his own prospects through compulsive lying as a base reaction without considering the situations. I have read books that have flawed characters I have been able to understand and sometimes sympathize with. Art however, I kept finding myself annoyed and wanting to slap across the back of the head and yell wake up you idiot! Not an enjoyable experience, and the ending didn't feel believable given the protagonist's track record up to that point in the novel. I'm sad to say, this is my first Chabon read that I have felt let down by. One positive I can give it, however, is that the narrator gave an excellent performance of the material.

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  • The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction

  • By: David Schmid, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David Schmid
  • Length: 18 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

Great mystery and suspense writers have created some of the most unforgettable stories in all of literature. Even those who don't consider themselves fans of this intriguing genre are familiar with names such as Hercule Poirot, Sam Spade, Hannibal Lecter, and Robert Langdon, and understand the deep and lasting impact this writing has had on literature as a whole.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye Opening and Enjoyable

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-21-17

Some good info, but it gets very repetitive

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

Some good info, but it gets very repetitive. Not on the same level as many of the other literature lectures from the great courses.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 206,488
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 192,779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192,373

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Fun and creative story

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

Reviewed: 02-13-15

Great story with a satisfying ending. The only thing I didn't enjoy was the author's tendency to get heavy handed when going into environmental and anti religion rants. Luckily there were only a couple of those. Overall, very enjoyable.