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  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,628
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,054

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Experience

  • By Stephen R. Grant on 11-05-18

Just Perfect

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

Beautiful story...unbelievably talented cast. Extraordinary sound. A perfect mixture of comedy, drama and meaning. Perfect!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,659

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Will Patton great - story so so

  • By Randall on 06-19-18

Wow (bad)...Wow (great)...Wow (the nerve)

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I typically don't write reviews and I am NOT a friend or family member of the narrator so...

Wow #1 - Having read most of Stephen King's popular works, I'm familiar with his pacing, character development and style of plot twists. This book seemed to be a patchwork of ideas that left me wondering...why? A crossover character who is given WAY too much aplomb, an unnecessary sexual component, character personas who stretched and snapped my suspension of disbelief, way too many literary references and on and on. It did not feel like a S.K. masterpiece. Low star rating for the story and I'm sorry to feel the need to write that.

Wow #2 and Wow #3 (combined) - In a review I read, someone actually stated that Will Patton's performance was dialed in and that anyone who said otherwise was a relative or paid. Um, WOW (the nerve)! Well, I've never met Mr Patton and I am not receiving compensation for this review. His performance, in my humble opinion, was very good. I've been to many spoken word events in my life and when a narrator can create distinction between each of several characters, he/she is good. When that narrator can then create distinct emotion in each character - when you feel like you're listening to someone you know, or have known - then that narrator has given more and I felt that in this book especially with two of the characters - Holly and Lovie.

Overall, the story sinks this one for me but I'll be there for the next S.K. release as most of his other fans will too.



16 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • 21 Ways to Find Off Market Real Estate

  • Proven Marketing Strategies to Finding Lucrative Deals
  • By: Jeff Leighton
  • Narrated by: Dave Wright
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 185

If you have ever tried to buy "off market" real estate before, then you know that deciding on a marketing strategy to use is only half the battle. If you can't implement the marketing to get in front of the right types of motivated sellers then your marketing will be wasted. You must be able to systematically market your services in order to find these off market real estate opportunities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good ideas for us noobs

  • By Nino Brown on 04-18-18

It smells like a burger but there is little meat

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

Tips are short and some with very little direction as relates to implementation.

There were several "I know a guy who..." "I know a company that..." Would have appreciated 21 strategies that author actually has/had used personally.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • One of Us Is Lying

  • By: Karen M. McManus
  • Narrated by: Kim Mai Guest, MacLeod Andrews, Shannon McManus, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,212

Pay close attention, and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High's notorious gossip app. Only Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon's dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It kept me guessing!!

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 06-03-17

Big Car No Gas

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

Would you ever listen to anything by Karen M. McManus again?

Probably not

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

At first, I wasn't in love with the voice acting. It took listening to a chapter or two before I realized what grated on me most. It has less to do with the voice actors and more to do with the director/producer of the audio book. The voice actors were fine, in fact, probably perfectly cast for the roles of the characters they played. What was unfair to them was that they were given the task of not only narrating their own character's voice but the other characters as well during their narratives. This meant that 4 different voice actors had to provide the voice of Nate. Four different actors had to cover Addy and so on. This would have been MUCH better had the producer/director allowed the actor who voiced his/her character to do so EACH TIME no matter which of the four characters were narrating. Continuity guys...

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

SLIGHT SPOILER ALERTJust disappointed...This is a classic example of an author who has a promising idea but not the ability to carry it out. Entrepreneur with the big idea but no engineering to bring it to life.

THE GOOD
The premise of the book was exciting. I found it during it's pre release phase and, based on the brief description given, I was hooked and found myself thinking about it every few days up to its release. Obviously a nod to John Hughes with a twist, the idea was a strong. Five kids go into detention and only four leave - a modern setting for the age-old "who dunnit".

The storyline between characters was good. There were enough surprises and unique pieces added to each characters backstory to make them interesting and modern. There were plenty of details dropped to follow. These, however, were more like lines and less like red herrings. No idea challenged you to mentally chase it. You just added it to inventory of things to keep up with.

THE BAD
The killer was pretty easy to guess - no real shock.

The killer's accomplice, however, was horribly written (the biggest disappointment for me) and COULD have been so much better. NOTHING in the story provided any background that would have led me to believe this character would have gone to the extremes written. Ridiculous. This character was so wrapped up in himself...he would NOT have done this.

In fact, it was so far fetched, that I initially thought it was an incredibly clever deception by the author. It was, however, a flat delivery and felt like a rushed exit. I had no feelings for the accomplice but no belief in his actions either.

The other thing that bugged me were the narratives. These are high school kids providing a narrative that vacillated between a believable "high school kid" and an omniscient narrative that just felt out of place. The kids provided too detailed and at times too mature/dramatic descriptions for the age of their characters.

Final things. SPOILER ALERT FROM HERE ON

There were stereotypes and cliche points to the letter for some characters. Lot's of "girl power" written in the story too without the need. Guy's humbly submitting themselves to the girls who are in control (Ashtyn and Bronwyn) when they've done nothing to deserve the power they've been given.

Addy gets a dismissive "pass" on sleeping around but Bronwyn makes Nate "pay" for not speaking to her/breaking up with her after he is released from jail? Um...yeah...

So, what COULD have made this spectacular?

Just a few simple things:

1) The voice actors should have been allowed to voice their characters when called to speak in each person's narrative.

2) A little more realistic narrative from the high school kids. They are high school kids narrating their feelings not romance novelists trying to poetically describe the world around them.

3) Had Jenea (sp? I purchased the audible book and not the actual book to check the spelling) been the killer (or at least the accomplice) she could have been lying to Addy about Jake to frame him. During the time she was confronted by Addy and was confirming Jake's role, I really believed the author had created an INCREDIBLE twist and that Addy would have believed Jake was the accomplice when it was really Jenea. THAT would have been an awesome twist showing that Jenea had been jilted by Simon and she had masterminded everything while throwing suspicion on everyone (including Jake). When I learned that was NOT the case, the rating when from 5+ to 2 at best.

The big car was entertaining but just ran out of gas...

25 of 30 people found this review helpful