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A wild portrait of Babe Ruth

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-21-19

Pitching laughs rather than strikes, this naive Babe Ruth legend clears the bases! Great fun.

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A Crackling Drama about Love and Social Media

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

Highly recommended. The wonderful narration by Ms. Etter keeps the action moving.

The premise is droll - two women entertainers accept their scheming managers plan to have them stage a wild public relations campaign: the two will live together VERY publicly while attracting as much media attention as possible. The (straight) cynical pop music star is creating her latest album; the (lesbian) actress wants to crash her teen ingenue image to fight for a dramatic role she feels only she can bring to life.

The opening sequence with the managers is high-level farce, but the story opens up as the two women examine how this live-action drama fits self-interest and self-awareness. Two women who barely know each other discover even a penthouse can provide insufficient personal space. And both carry baggage from previous, less public, relationships.

Along the way there are warm moments and huge arguments, a lot of female-empowerment and a few side trips regarding celebrity and its coverage in new media, ageism, heterosexism, the horror of conversion therapy and one ringing soliloquy about the value of books. Hear hear!

A very good story. It would make a terrific movie, but I won't hold my breath. DR. .

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Nothing "Grey" about "The Red"

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

It's hot, it's funny, it's a wild adventure, it is captivating. "The Red" is the aging, small, failing art gallery Mona swore to her dying mother she would keep alive. Surrounded with fear and debt, Mona meets an elderly patron who promises to save the enterprise on one condition - Mona must make herself available to him for a year. As the meetings become more elaborate and impossibly extravagant, Mona becomes more and more concerned about her sensual customer and how his fantastical visions are possible, while becoming more and more worried that her donor may be unable able to fulfill his promise.

With lubricious language, Ms. Reisz, whose main weakness is a tendency to use "orgasm" as a verb, and with the sultry narration of Ms. Hart, this adult wonderland is a ride you will enjoy taking again and again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Jane Austen - still devilishly funny

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

A cast of voices working through a gentle adaptation and Emma Thompson whispering in your year between scenes? What a delightful way to hear Jane Austen, especially the lesser-known "Emma."

Like the books themselves, one occasionally loses track of which gentleman caller is which, but "Crazy Rich Asians" have nothing on this neighborhood. Oh, to have a house large enough to invite visitors for a month at a time...sigh.

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Take it from the source

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

Straight, frank and unafraid, the film author, director and performer starts with her first horse and first table dance, then takes us to the golf course where she ran into a certain New York real estate investor, the dark street where her child was threatened, and even the office of her plastic surgeon. She has a story to tell and she has a very straightforward explanation of why you can believe her. Best moment for this reader was her giddy tale of her appearance on the show she'd watched since childhood, joining a huge grade A cast to yell, "Live from New York, IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT!"

Kudos also to Ms. Burton who makes it easy to forget we're not hearing from the author herself.

You've heard parts of the tale - why not go to the horse-lover herself and get the full story. Entertaining and memorable.

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DO NOT MISS THIS!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

Not familiar with Offerman, and not even fond of Twain? Don't worry! This 8-course banquet will fascinate even the toughest cynic.

Based on a whimsical, very long order of what Twain demanded as his first meal when he returns from the "awrul" food of Europe, the menu has been researched, investigated, and when possible, even recreated (no animals were successfully hunted in the development of this production).. You are invited to take a seat and eat, drink, enjoy, learn, and laugh with a very entertaining table of new friends. The only negative thing I can say is the party ends too quickly.

Possibly the best-constructed audible offering in my very long years of membership, this is truly a feast for the imagination and American literature history..

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Not QUITE what you might anticipate

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Fun from beginning to end, Spade does not throw his insecurities at the listener as much as mention them and move to the story about...and it seems like there is always another story. Neither the acid Hollywood Minute-man of "SNL" nor the flamboyant desk jockey from "Don't Shoot Me", Spade shares times good and bad pulling no punches, especially the ones he lands on himself. Adult content reaches into "how much can I get away with" territory but it's always a fun ride.

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Useful, clarifying information - a must-hear!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-18

Disturbing, unsettling and mesmerizing. Listen & make up your own mind about who's fooling who.

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Can you have too much of a good thing?

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

A better organization structure might have helped. In the last half of the book, the conceit is that all of the previous stories add up into a life guide, but few of us have the money to follow it.

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

A different reader, perhaps even taking some sequences as interviews or at least stories told by some of the witnesses. The stories are funny, but six hours worth becomes a very long time.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance is spotty, as the author has a deep voice that often is unclear. I give him a lot of credit at being able to read the entire thing with a serious tone (there should be notes of how many times they had to break and repeat when he did), but he is not especially energetic or animated.

Was The Tao of Bill Murray worth the listening time?

Murray is a very good actor and rich enough to be as eccentric as he wants. We know that and have known that for years. So this recitation of borderline-random events quickly becomes dry even though each event is "certified true" and usually very different. Can't wait to see his next film; don't want to listen to this again.

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  • Scores
  • How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History
  • By: Michael D. Blutrich
  • Narrated by: Michael D. Blutrich

Sex, Sports, Booze and Gangsters - a great story

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

Reviewed: 05-25-17

Would you listen to Scores again? Why?

Several of the stories are so outrageous, I'll want to hear them again. Mr. Blutrich does a great job narrating as well.

What did you like best about this story?

The narrative is crisp and honest, there are surprises galore along the way and the author's bewildered tone is quite evocative. "Adult language" is minimized and despite what many may find a sleazy topic, the presentation avoids exploitation. This is, as they say, a true story.

Which character – as performed by Michael D. Blutrich – was your favorite?

It all happened - however difficult that is to believe from time to time - to Mr. Blutrich and as narrator, he pulls no punches about things he regrets. He is the star, and the target.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A new sports bar in N.Y.C. - what could possibly go wrong?

Any additional comments?

Read this book and you will NEVER hear the word "opaque" again without laughing.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful