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Casey Keller

Valencia, CA USA
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My Italian Bulldozer audiobook cover art

Charming

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-24-19

A confession. I'm a sucker for anything Italian. I go to Italy every year to learn the language and ride my bicycle. So naturally, I was drawn to a title like "My Italian Bulldozer." ("La mia Scavatrice Italiana" if I may show off my Italian)
This is a story about a Scottish author of travel/food books who is down in the dumps when his girlfriend dumps him for her personal trainer.
At the urging of his editor, he goes to Italy to work on his next book. I won't tell you where the bulldozer comes in, but I will say that he meets many charming people, Italian and otherwise.
What can I tell you? It's a visit to Italy, a visit with charming characters and a happy ending. A perfect summer read.

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What A Treat!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-19

Once again, something I pick up on an Audible sale turns out to be wonderful. "Andrea Vernon And The Corporation For Ultrahuman Protection" is a science fiction book about super heroes. I don't like science fiction and I HATE super heroes, but this book is so delightfully quirky and genuinely funny that my prejudices melted away and I just loved it.

The time is now and the world's super heroes are no longer under government control. In this era of privatizing, they are now run by corporations competing for territory. To further complicate things, most of the super heroes are prima donnas.

Into this world comes Andrea Vernon, daughter of Haitian immigrants. She needs a job desperately and ends up working for the Corporation For Ultrahuman Protection. An alien planet has begun an invasion by placing an immense egg-like structure over home plate in Yankee Stadium. Andrea and her team of super prima donnas must fight to save life on our planet while optimizing the Corporation's profits.

A word must be said about the narrator, Bahni Turpin. What a job she does reading this hilarious book! She never tries to "act funny" (always the death of comedy). Instead she brings each character - and there are plenty - to life with a unique voice and accent. I'm going to scan Audible.com for more books read by her.

If you have a sense of humor, you'll definitely enjoy this.

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This was great fun

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-19

Ever since I saw "Run Silent Run Deep" (Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Don Rickles) as a child, I've been drawn to stories about submarines. I've listened to most of the submarine fiction and non-fiction on Audible.
Sadly, most submarine fiction is kinda pulpy, especially the WWII books which are predictable with standard characters and seem to always end with the submarine out of options, up on the surface using its deck gun to shoot it out with some Japanese ship.
But "Cold Choices" was quality work. It seems like Larry Bond knows a whole lot about modern subs. When I was learning to be a writer, the axiom was, "It doesn't have to be realistic, just believable." This book was extremely believable. and filled with fascinating details.
Best of all, it was a good yarn and kept me entertained for nearly 20 hours.
Is this great literature? Of course not. But it's a genuinely entertaining read and there's a lot to be said for that.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo audiobook cover art

Lovely Story

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

I know Marlon Bundo is meant to be a middle finger aimed at our severely homophobic Vice President, Mike Pence. But it's more than that. It's a lovely story for young children as they find their way in this confusing and complicated world.
And whether the young reader (or listener) grows up to be gay, straight or something in between, the lessons of love and acceptance they'll take from this book will make their lives and the lives of those around them a little better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I was offended

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-18

Please understand. I have nothing but respect for the men and women who serve in our armed forces and especially the submariners.
But in his otherwise entertaining novel, Mr. Tucker shows a lack of respect for those of us who oppose military adventurism and use our freedom of assembly and freedom of speech to voice those opinions.
In Mr. Tucker's novel, the protesters at the submarine base were portrayed in the most cliched, hackneyed and offensive terms. They were described as scruffy, aged hippies in sandals who wore peace emblems around their necks.
Perhaps someone could tell Mr. Tucker that many of us who demonstrate are ourselves veterans.
Even if I weren't offended by the stereotyping, I would be offended by the sheer laziness of these trite descriptions.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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I thought the reader was excellent

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

I'm a big Michael Connelly fan, but for months I've resisted this title because all the reviews said the reader was awful. Well, she wasn't awful. In fact, I thought she was very good.

I'm not certain I fell in love with the Renée Ballard character. I liked her intelligence, athleticism, her compassion and her willingness to stand up to the misogyny of her brother officers. But she took a lot of stupid chances and was very lucky to be alive at the end of the story.

She's not Harry Bosch, but then I bet even Harry Bosch wasn't the Harry Bosch we know and love in his first book.

So let's give Renée Ballard a chance. And while we're at it, let's give Katherine Moennig a chance, too. She did a terrific job.

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? audiobook cover art

I'm giving this book to my daughter.

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

Reviewed: 05-26-17

Alyssa Mastromonaco went from a middle class childhood in the Hudson River Valley to an important position in the Obama White House using only intelligence, ambition and hard work.
I bought the book for her anecdotes about working for President Obama..But even if you're not an admirer of our former President, this is a book you'll want your daughter to read because it is empowering.
Ms Mastromonaco shares her tips on how to succeed in such a personal, human way that you have to love this woman. (For the record, I've never met her or even heard of her before I read this book.)
She never stops being a real person. She talks about the times she cried at work, the problem of not having a tampon dispenser in the West Wing, even her IBS, and she does it so honestly and naturally that it's charming rather than TMI.
I have a daughter in her twenties whose career is going wonderfully. but I'd still like her to read this book to show her that other young women face the same situations and problems at work that she does and to let her know that she's not alone. .

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

So, Anyway... audiobook cover art

Make this your next listen

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

If you like John Cleese, Monty Python and British humor, this is a treasure.
First of all, Cleese has had a fascinating life. He didn't seek a career in show business, he just sort of stepped into it and made an incredible success. Along the way he worked with many of the very best comic minds of his generation... Peter Sellers, David Frost, Marty Feldman... and has wonderful stories about each of them.
Best of all, Cleese is the narrator and he seems to be having a wonderful time reminiscing as he reads.
This is one of the rare books that you'll enjoy listening to much more than you would reading.
Don't miss it. I'm already listening to it a second time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A Waste Of Disc Space

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

Let me begin by confessing that I did not finish listening to this book. In fact, I did not finish listening to the first chapter.
Perhaps when I was 15 or 16 this man's tales of anonymous, drunken sexual encounters would have titillated me, but as an adult, I find it repugnant.
I get enough of this sh*t just following the Presidential campaign.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Two Flaps Down

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

Reviewed: 07-29-15

I love almost anything having to do with aviation. I once got a private pilot's license, though I stopped flying when I realized it was the best way for me get killed or, at best, go broke. So when I read the glowing, no make that soaring reviews of Mr. Vanhoenacker's book, I couldn't wait to give it a listen.
Yes, Mr. Vanhoenacker turns a good phrase and his love of his profession is admirable, but the book was extremely boring. While they may have seemed like revelations to him, his observations were rather obvious and mundane.
Then there is the problem of John Moraitis' narration. In his mouth, the word altimeter, pronounced nearly universally as al-TIM-eh-ter, became AL-ta meter. This word is used many times in chapter after chapter and grated more and more as the book slowly wore on. Doesn't anybody listen to these books before they go up on Audible?
Can't recommend this one except as a sleep aid.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful