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  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

  • A Novel
  • By: Robin Sloan
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,680
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,660

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A light, fun, easy listen

  • By january on 11-04-12

Light as a feather

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Good performance. Story too easy, too light, not exciting. Fails to deliver an interesting mystery.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Just the Funny Parts

  • ...And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking into the Hollywood Boys' Club
  • By: Nell Scovell
  • Narrated by: Amy Hohn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

Just the Funny Parts is a juicy and scathingly funny insider look at how pop culture gets made. For more than 30 years, writer, producer, and director Nell Scovell worked behind the scenes of iconic TV shows, including The Simpsons, Late Night with David Letterman, Murphy Brown, NCIS, The Muppets, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, which she created and executive produced. In 2009, Scovell gave up her behind-the-scenes status when the David Letterman sex scandal broke.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • First return

  • By Sara Kershaw on 08-06-18

Funny, important and insightful

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

5 stars on all counts: feminism, writing, business of writing for entertainment, and more.
Fresh perspective.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • John Badham on Directing

  • Notes from the Sets of Saturday Night Fever, WarGames, and More
  • By: John Badham
  • Narrated by: John Badham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

Veteran director John Badham explains the elements of action and suspense and dissects the essentials of any good scene from any genre. Continuing the work begun in his best-selling book I'll Be in My Trailer, Badham shares more insights into working with difficult actors, rehearsal techniques, and getting the best performance from your cast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Kristofer Bryant on 03-02-15

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 10-08-16

A great guide and refresher for directors and wannabees. Got something for screenwriters, actors and editors too.