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  • Based on a True Story

  • A Memoir
  • By: Norm Macdonald
  • Narrated by: Norm Macdonald, Tim O'Halloran
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,064
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,054

As this book's title suggests, Norm Macdonald tells the story of his life - more or less - from his origins on a farm in the-back-of-beyond Canada and an epically disastrous appearance on Star Search to his account of auditioning for Lorne Michaels and his memorable run as the anchor of Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live - until he was fired because a corporate executive didn't think he was funny. But Based on a True Story is much more than a memoir; it's the hilarious, inspired epic of Norm's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" but with a killer answering machine joke.

  • By Samuel K Osborne on 05-19-17

Norm Misses On This One

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

I am a HUGE Norm fan. I will watch clips of him on youtube for hours. I have always found that about 90% of his materiel hits, and 10% is a painful miss. Unfortunately, this books falls into that 10%. Mixing reality and fantasy for comedic effect in a sort of autobiography is just frustrating rather than funny. Skip this one and watch his great stuff on youtube, or listen to his podcast for free.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Year of Running Dangerously

  • By: Tom Foreman
  • Narrated by: Tom Foreman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,971

As a journalist whose career spans three decades, CNN correspondent Tom Foreman has reported from the heart of war zones, riots, and natural disasters. He has interviewed serial killers and been in the line of fire. But the most terrifying moment of his life didn't occur on the job - it occurred at home, when his 18-year-old daughter asked, "How would you feel about running a marathon with me?"

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ESPECIALLY Good for Those of Us Who Don't Run!

  • By Gillian on 04-12-16

Great Running Book

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

Being an older runner, I loved this book. It is a the perfect read for someone who loves to run, but is probably not going to win any races. He perfectly captures the experience of someone who runs for the love of running.

  • The Immortal Irishman

  • The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero
  • By: Timothy Egan
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,005

The Irish-American story, with all its twists and triumphs, is told through the improbable life of one man. A dashing young orator during the Great Famine of the 1840s, in which a million of his Irish countrymen died, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony. He escaped and six months later was heralded in the streets of New York - the revolutionary hero, back from the dead, at the dawn of the great Irish immigration to America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What A Life!

  • By Carrie Arnold on 03-29-16

Wonderful Surprise

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

For whatever reason, I was not expecting much out of this book. In the past, I have been disappointed by biographies of people who I did not know much about. I loved this book. It is a great story about a great man. I highly recommend it. It has just the right pacing and does not lend itself to hyperbole. The first half hour or so was a little rough because the introduction was not as smooth as it could have been and it took awhile to get used to the narrator's accent. Trust me, stick it out and you will not be disappointed.

  • Unqualified

  • By: Anna Faris, Chris Pratt - foreword
  • Narrated by: Chris Pratt - foreword, Anna Faris, Fred Sanders
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,718

Anna Faris has advice for you. And it's great advice, because she's been through it all, and she wants to tell you what she's learned. Her comic memoir and first book, Unqualified, will share Anna's candid, sympathetic, and entertaining stories of love lost and won. Part memoir, part humorous, unflinching advice from her hit podcast Anna Faris Is Unqualified, the book will reveal Anna's unique take on how to navigate the bizarre, chaotic, and worthwhile adventure of finding love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good if you want someone's ramblings about their love life

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-06-17

Not What I Thought it Would Be

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

I have been a fan of Anna Faris for a long time. I believe her to be one of the top comedic actresses of the last 25 years. I purchased this book mistakenly thinking it was an autobiography. It is not.

This book is her take on all things love. I wanted to hear about making Scary Movie and Just Friends, and what it took to produce a movie like The House Bunny. Instead, I got her opinions to hypothetical dating scenarios. My advice is to listen to her podcast. It is the exact same thing and it is free.

19 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Thank You for Being Late

  • An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
  • By: Thomas L. Friedman
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,487

In his most ambitious work to date, Thomas L. Friedman shows that we have entered an age of dizzying acceleration - and explains how to live in it. Due to an exponential increase in computing power, climbers atop Mount Everest enjoy excellent cell phone service, and self-driving cars are taking to the roads. A parallel explosion of economic interdependency has created new riches as well as spiraling debt burdens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It really is an optimists guide to scary stuff

  • By Adam Shields on 12-12-16

Nothing New

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

Reviewed: 01-06-17

Any additional comments?

The first half of the book is a compelling analysis of various tensions facing the world in coming years, but then the book takes an unfortunate turn. The author transitions from research and analysis to opinion. At that point the book becomes a tough listen. I felt like I was on a plane sitting next to a very opinionated gentlemen who decided to share his opinions on everything with me. I found myself switching to podcasts or music to take a break from this book, which I almost never do. I always finish my books, but finishing this book was a chore. It felt like he was chasing a word count.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Yugo

  • The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History
  • By: Jason Vuic
  • Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 521
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 334

Six months after its American introduction in 1985, the Yugo was a punch line; within a year, it was a staple of late-night comedy. By 2000, NPR's Car Talk declared it "the worst car of the millennium." And for most Americans that's where the story begins and ends. Hardly. The short, unhappy life of the car, the men who built it, the men who imported it, and the decade that embraced and discarded it is rollicking and astounding, and it is one of the greatest untold business-cum-morality tales of the 1980s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Flim Flam at its Best

  • By Roy on 08-25-10

Solid

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

Any additional comments?

This book does a great job of telling the complete story of the Yugo. If that is what you are looking for, this book nails it.

  • Tied Up in Knots

  • How Getting What They Wanted Has Made Women Miserable
  • By: Andrea Tantaros
  • Narrated by: Andrea Tantaros
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

In this shocking, funny, and bluntly honest tour of today's gender discontents, Andrea Tantaros, one of Fox News' most popular and outspoken stars, exposes how the rightful feminist pursuit of equality went too far, and how the unintended pitfalls of that power trade have made women (and men!) miserable.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not What I Thought It Would Be

  • By Kevin on 05-06-16

Not What I Thought It Would Be

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

Any additional comments?

I thought that this book was going to be a meta-analysis of current research on the impact of feminism on modern women and society, and being a fan of Tantaros on television, I thought that this would be done with a fun twist. Unfortunately for me, the book is something completely different.

What the book is not:

Socially Conservative. Since Tantaros considers herself a conservative, and is on Foxnews, I thought that this would be a socially conservative book, and I think she might considerate it to be one. This is not a socially conservative book. If I did not know which television personality wrote this book while I read it, I would swear it came from an MSNBC liberal. It is definitely rated R and possibly NC17 for language and content. In the book she criticized modern women for their approach to dating and sex (a little to graphic for my taste). She then goes on to advocate for the dating practices of her day. She advocates for meeting guys in a bar, so at least he has to go to the trouble of picking you up before you sleep with him. This is as opposed to how Tinder is used for hookups now. She criticizes the promiscuity of modern women, while advocating for the level of promiscuity that she practiced before entering her current relationship. What about not being promiscuous at all? Do not listen to this book with your kids in the car. She made me blush repeatedly and I was not expecting that from this book.

Well researched. Nearly all of the research in the book is anecdotal from her own life, anecdotes from friends, tv and movie plot points, and pop culture references. There is no original research and very little legitimate secondary research. The book is made up of her opinions.

Well organized. The book feels like a bunch of stories and observations she wanted to share all thrown together without much rhyme or reason.

Original. I cannot think of any key points in this book that I have not heard or read previously.


What the book is:

A dating guide. Make no mistake about it, this is a dating "how to" book. The book is full of advice for women about in dating in today's world. She tells story after story about her own dating history, and takes the position that she used to make a lot of mistakes, but now she has it all figured out with her new guy. After doing 30 seconds of research, I found that her new guy is Dave Navarro, a stereotypical rocker bad boy. She believes she has it all figured out, and all of this wisdom on relationships has lead her to the perfect man in the perfect relationship. The reality is that she is with someone who has been married three times, has severe substance addiction issues, and a documented history of infidelity. Yep, this has happily ever after written all over it. She obviously has it all figured out.

Entertaining. While it was not at all what I expected, it was entertaining. I could not stop listening once I started but it was not because it was a great book. It was ear candy.

Simple. There is no high level thinking in this book. The most disappointing thing about the entire book was that this is a topic that has so much potential. There are questions that need to be answered. Has feminism hurt the family? What has been the impact of feminism on adults who were children when feminism began? What has been the impact of feminism on the workplace, on the economy, and on productivity? The question go on and on, but they are not addressed or answered in this book. However, if you want to know what she thinks about Tinder, don't worry, it seemed like she dedicated half the book to it.

Therapy. She is quite obviously working through some personal issues in her past through writing this book. She has a catchy title to pull in readers, but the bitterness that shines through as she talks about her dating past reveals that there is a lot of pain in her past and this was a vehicle to work through that pain.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The James Bond Bedside Companion

  • By: Raymond Benson
  • Narrated by: Dan Bernard
  • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Here is the new audio edition of the classic 007 reference book from the 1980s, complete with a new Foreword by the author. The James Bond Bedside Companion is an encyclopedic celebration of 007, who is still the world's most popular secret agent. The only book to cover all aspects of the James Bond phenomenon in a single volume, it includes: An intimate portrait of Ian Fleming as remembered by his friends and colleagues, a character study of James Bond, the by-products of Bondmania and the merchandising of 007, detailed analyses of every James Bond novel, and much more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Seminal (if dated) work on James Bond

  • By Rhindle The Red on 03-30-15

Why Write a Bond Book if You Do Not Like Bond

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

Reviewed: 12-27-15

What would have made The James Bond Bedside Companion better?

It would have been better if the author liked Bond. I am not being hypercritical. Considering the highly negative tone in the book, I have no idea why the author would write a Bond book if he has such a negative opinion of so much of the Bond content.

The author does a great job of summarizing the entire Bond world up to 1984. However, he offers far to much personal opinion on everything, and he offers his opinion as fact, which is exceptionally annoying if you do not happen to agree with him. I have read the books and seen the movies multiple times. I love all things Bond. I thought this book might fill in some blanks. While it does fill in a few blanks, the majority of the book is made up of the author criticizing the books and then criticizing the movies as not being up to the standard of the books.

What could Raymond Benson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The author should have offered far far less personal opinion. He liked to declare that a film, a scene, a character, an actor, etc... "was the worst of the series." He offered no points of view contrary to his own. He does not even consider others may see things differently.

The author could also have been more positive. I want to hear about the good and the bad rather than just the bad, which I did not usually agree was bad. He could have highlighted all that is great about Bond. This book is completely void of this type of praise. If someone were to go into this book without having read the books or having seen the movies, that person would probably wonder why anyone would do either considering how terrible the author makes everything sound.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He mispronounced names.

Any additional comments?

If you love Bond, steer clear of this book, it will just frustrate you. If you love to complain about Bond, this is the book for you!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fast Girl

  • A Life Spent Running from Madness
  • By: Suzy Favor Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Suzy Favor Hamilton, Nan McNamara
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503

The former middle-distance Olympic runner and high-end escort speaks out for the first time about her battle with mental illness and how mania controlled and compelled her in competition but also in life. This is a heartbreakingly honest yet hopeful memoir reminiscent of Manic, Electroboy, and An Unquiet Mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Accurate Explanation of Bi-Polar Disorder

  • By Julia on 08-03-17

Felt Like and Infomercial for Prostitution

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

Reviewed: 09-25-15

What did you like best about Fast Girl? What did you like least?

I bought the book to read about her running career, and I was curious about what happened afterward. She was a fantastic runner, and I enjoyed the little she wrote about running the most.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The reality is that this story is not over, so there was no ending. Her battle with mental illness is ongoing.

What else would you have wanted to know about Suzy Favor Hamilton’s life?

I would love to have read more about her running career.

Any additional comments?

The section of the book on her life as a prostitute was rather off-putting. Even with perspective she showed no regret. Let me rephrase that, she did have one regret...getting caught. If she was not famous, she would undoubtedly still be working as a prostitute. She repeatedly called her time as a prostitute as the greatest of her life. By blaming it on metal illness she has absolved herself of all responsibility for her actions and looks back them with such fondness, I would not be surprised if she returned to that life.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Zillow Talk

  • Rewriting the Rules of Real Estate
  • By: Spencer Rascoff, Stan Humphries
  • Narrated by: Spencer Rascoff, Stan Humphries
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 690
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 567

How do you spot an area poised for gentrification? Is spring or winter the best time to put your house on the market? Will a house on Swamp Road sell for less than one on Gingerbread Lane? The fact is that the rules of real estate have changed drastically over the past five years. To understand real estate in our fast-paced, technology-driven world, we need to toss out all of the outdated truisms and embrace today's brand new information. But how?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not very informative for real estate professionals

  • By Will on 02-09-15

Must Listed for any Homeowner

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

Reviewed: 05-16-15

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

This book has outstanding information for anyone who owns a home or wished to own a home. There were two problems that made this a tough listen.

First, it was presented like a textbook. It was dry. I had to listen is short increments to get through it.

Second, the authors should not have narrated. I wish authors would resist the temptation to narrate their own books. Have a pro do it. The authors are not gifted narrators, and their shortcomings hurt the book.

Despite the negatives, this is an important book. It will change the way you look at the home-ownership experience. It presents new paradigms that are supported by research. Quite simply, much of what we have thought about home valuation was not correct.