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  • Caddyshack

  • The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story
  • By: Chris Nashawaty
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

Caddyshack is one of the most beloved comedies of all time, a classic snobs vs. slobs story of working-class kids and the white-collar buffoons that make them haul their golf bags in the hot summer sun. It has sex, drugs, and one very memorable candy bar, but the movie we all know and love didn't start out that way, and everyone who made it certainly didn't have the word classic in mind as the cameras were rolling.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Really About Caddyshack Until Hour 5

  • By William M. on 07-01-18

Only About Half The Book Is On Caddyshack

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

The first thing to know about this book, is that fully half the book really isn't about Caddyshack. The first half of the book is on Harvard Lampoon, National Lampoon, Saturday Night Live, and the movie "Animal House". They do this because some of the people associated with Caddyshack were doing those other things prior to Caddyshack, and some of that is interesting, but I think they went way over-the-top self-indulgent by adding it to a book that is allegedly about Caddyshack. I could have done with about 75% less of that other stuff.

The second half of the book is quite good. There's a lot of good behind-the-scenes stuff about Caddyshack, which I enjoyed. But when you consider that onlly half the book is about Caddyshack, it does feel a little thin relative to other books about the making of movies.

I can't say I like the reader. He has one of these deep, raspy voices, like a guy reading side effects of prescription drugs or reading sleaze about a political candidate or something. Not a guy you'd want reading an actual book imo.

  • Out of Spite, Out of Mind

  • Magic 2.0, Book 5
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,847
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,540
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,529

When you discover the world is a computer program, and you figure out that by altering the code you can time travel and perform acts that seem like magic, what can possibly go wrong? Pretty much everything. Just ask Brit, who has jumped around in time with such abandon that she has to coexist with multiple versions of herself. Now, Brit the Elder finds that her memories don't match Brit the Younger's.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A Philip to Remember / A Britt To Forget

  • By harbinger on 07-11-18

Disappointing, A Story About Nothing

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

This is one of my favorite series, and I eagerly await each new book. But to me, this one was a big disappointment. It kinda felt like the author had to get a book out, didn't really have any story ideas, so he just wrote... and wrote... wrote, without really having any story. He went a little nuts with the whole time-travel strangeness, threw in some inexplicable events, and ended it on a mostly sour note. Definitely not up to Scott Meyer's standards. Hope the next one is better or else this might be the end of the series for me.

  • Stepping into the Wizarding World

  • By: The Audible Editors
  • Length: 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 232

Listen in on a lively conversation between lifelong Harry Potter fan Katie O’Connor and newbie Courtney Reimer as Katie lays the groundwork for the fantastic listening journey that lies ahead. Topics include the series’ characters, the Hogwarts houses, the rules of magic, and the enduring relevance of J. K. Rowling’s stories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Spoiler Alert: HAS Spoilers.

  • By Cheryl on 08-23-18

Strange, Kinda Pointless, And Spoilers

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

This is a very odd book. It's basically two ladies (who I guess are audible employees) talking about the Harry Potter series. One, trying to drum up enthusiasm in the other one to take the plunge and read or listen to the series.

Here's the thing though... I'm not convinced that this book really has an audience. It's not interesting to Harry Potter fans, because there is very little analysis or anything new here. And I would actually not recommend people that haven't read any of the Harry Potter books to listen to this, because despite them constantly saying it's "safe" and "spoiler free", then they go and mention lots of plot points, all throughout the series. She even goes ahead and summarizes a shocking amount of the story from book 1. How is that not a really really big spoiler?

So I really don't know who would actually enjoy this book!

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,601
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,589

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Someone owes me a new keyboard

  • By Aimee M on 05-24-16

Fun, Silly, But Way Too Self Indulgent

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

The pace and subject matter make the book want to be something like "Futurama". A fast-paced barrage of silliness, with a thin but clever story around some zany, over-the-top characters.

Larry Correia didn't really pull it off though imo. The first problem is that he's way too self indulgent in this book. Making himself into a character, and then making too many jokes political. The other thing is that the big, recurring joke is that the main character is a super-hero, but he's an insurance guy, so his whole focus, to the exclusion of everything else is "customer service". Silly, but is that really THAT funny? Especially the 100th time?

I like what he was trying to do with this story, but to me this was mostly a whiff, unfortunately.

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  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,084
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,880
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58,732

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Great Premise, Terrible Story

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

I was really excited about this book, given the premise and the ratings that it's gotten. But now after finishing it, I'm actually baffled why so many people liked it.

The main character, while interesting, is kind of a sleazeball, who did some pretty dreadful and selfish things, making her difficult to care about, much less root for. Meanwhile, the villains aren't quite bad/evil enough to fear or hate, and the stakes also aren't really high enough to worry too much about. And the ending is an embarrasingly bad "Scooby Doo" type ending, complete with monologue and "I woulda gotten away with it too if it weren't for those darn kids" type of thing. So there you have it. A non-hero, a non-villain, low-ish stakes and a cliche ending.

Not to mention that a surprising amount of the book tells us, in excruciating detail, about welding of all things. Raise your hand if you want to read a sci-fi book about welding! I thought not.

There really isn't much to like about this book, it's probably one of the worst sci-fi books I've read, and I'm a big sci-fi fan.

  • Always Looking Up

  • The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist
  • By: Michael J. Fox
  • Narrated by: Michael J. Fox
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

Always Looking Up is a memoir of Michael's past decade, told through the critical themes of his life: work, politics, faith, and family. The book is a journey of self-discovery and reinvention, and a testament to the consolations that protect him from the ravages of Parkinson's. With the humor and wit that captivated fans in his first book, Lucky Man, Michael describes how he became a happier, more satisfied person by recognizing the gifts of everyday life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Getting to know a friend

  • By Talia on 10-25-10

Kind Of All Over The Place

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

I was a teenager when Fox was doing is teenage stuff in film, so he was someone that I very much respected, so I picked up this audiobook to learn more about his life.

The first thing to understand about this book is that it's mostly (but not entirely) focused on his life since his parkinson's disease diagnosis. So most of the book is about how he copes with PD and also his efforts in setting up a foundation to seek a cure. While I did find this interesting, I picked up this book to learn more about Fox and his life, and what I got was a lot about PD and the politics of stem cell research.

That said, there is a lot of good stuff in there too. Like I mentioned, we learn about how Fox copes with PD, we learn about his wife, and his kids and some of his acting gigs since he's had PD. The book is also odd because it's not even close to being presented chronologically. The narrative constantly ping-pongs back and forth in time which can be very disorienting for the listener.

Anyhow, I'm glad that I listened to the book, but I can't say it was entirely enjoyable or held my interest. I wish him well in his charity foundation, but after all the gruesome detail about tons of political races and their stem-cell implications, that whole thing seems to have come to nothing, leaving me wondering why it took up so much of his book.

  • Short Film Structure Secrets: Creating Film Festival Ready Short Films

  • By: Chike Camara
  • Narrated by: Yasmine Meaden
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Short Film Structure Secrets - Short Films - There's no secret that structuring a short film can be a difficult process because of how condensed short films can be in relation to a feature film. Author Chike Camara has done it again. This book demystifies the process and gives you a breakdown of some of the most common short film types, how their structures work, why their structures work and how to take your own short film idea to the next level. In a way, it teaches you how to create a short film as well. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Good!

  • By GameMaker on 12-29-18

Surprisingly Good!

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

I'm an indie screenwriter, and so I'm always on the lookout for new books to read/listen to about the craft. I'm always skeptical of the really short ones, but at this price, it was worth a try. I was surprised how good it was. It's short but packs in some surprisingly good tips and advise that I can actually use. Definitely recommended for screenwriters of short films!

  • Gather ‘Round the Sound

  • Holiday Stories from Beloved Authors and Great Performers Across the Globe
  • By: Paulo Coelho, Yvonne Morrison, Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters, Daniel Frances Berenson, Magda Szubanski, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5,868
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,158
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5,155

2017 has been a monumental year for Audible, having just celebrated our 20th anniversary, a milestone that would have never been possible without our wonderful and loyal listeners. One of our major commitments is bringing new and diverse audio experiences to our members, so this year, as our gift to you, we pulled together a collection that reflects a little bit of everything we’ve been up to recently.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • WHAT WAS THAT!

  • By Phillip on 12-12-17

A Tough Read/Listen

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

I go through a lot of audio books, so the idea of some of these great readers telling their own stories is an interesting idea. The problem though, is that they weren't nearly selective enough in assembling this collection. Too many of the "stories" were just the reader rambling about Christmas or Thanksgiving without having an actual story to tell. And many of them were way too self indulgent. I guess my takeaway from this audiobook is: editing matters, and just because someone is a great reader doesn't mean they are a great (or even good) storyteller. Two totally different skills.

  • Lethal White

  • A Cormoran Strike Novel
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,115
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,631

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott - once his assistant, now a partner in the agency - set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 22 hours of the last week

  • By Jennifer on 09-27-18

Complicated Story, Frustrating Ending, But Fun

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

The book was a fun ride, and I enjoyed it tremendously. I loved how Robin and Strike's lives and careers progressed, and the personal and professional challenges and all that. Great stuff. I'm really digging those two characters. And the story was intriguing, maybe moreso than any of the other books of this series. And of course the reader continues to be terrific.

On the downside though, was the ending. When the story reached the point where Strike and Robin apparently knew "whodunnit" and "why", I still had no clue, and honestly I didn't quite buy that they did either.

Second, the ending was pure cliche. Part "Austin Powers" and part "Scooby Doo", complete with a cringe-worth monologue, and then you're just waiting for the famous line: "...And I woulda gotten away with it too if it hadn't been for those pesky, uh, detectives".

The positives way outweigh the negatives, but it's still too bad that it was merely good when it would have been great.

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  • Red Sparrow

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,579

Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Spy Novel (with a few quirks)

  • By Aaron on 01-12-14

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

With all the great reviews and the movie out (which I haven't seen yet, wanted to do the book first), I'm pretty disappionted with that (audio)book. The story was ho-hum, it's not great as a romance novel, and certainly not great as a spy novel, to me it didn't really click in either aspect. I didn't find myself really "into" either character either. I guess we were supposed to identify the girl because we pitied her, and like the guy because he's kind of a rebellious goofball, but I found that I couldn't really identify with either. The reading was really good though, no problem there, so if you do like the story and the characters, this is your book.