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  • It's So Hard to Type with a Gun in My Mouth

  • By: Steve Bluestein
  • Narrated by: Eric Fox
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

It's So Hard To Type With A Gun In My Mouth is a collection of essays and short stories from TV writer/playwright, and comedian, Steve Bluestein. If you love to laugh...you will love this book. Here is what one reader had to say: "I actually finished listening to your audiobook a couple of weeks ago and (naively) thought it would be easy to tell you what the experience was like for me."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WONDERFUL WONDERFUL LISTEN

  • By Adele Beeman on 12-11-16

WONDERFUL WONDERFUL LISTEN

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

Reviewed: 12-11-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a delightful listen. I know Steve personally and he is one of the nicest guys on the planet. His ability to find humor in his story is a great talent. An extra star to Eric Fox for his exceptional narration. He really enhances this book with his accents. The production is flawless.

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,579

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Painfully nostalgic

  • By Barry on 07-29-15

I am dying of boredom

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

Reviewed: 11-22-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Dang... ok... Irvine is a recognized great writer but this is death by boredom. I just can't take any more. Now I am in to 12 more hours of listening and I am listening while I do my work at my computer. This story just drones on and on. I like to finish what I start so I will continue to listen, but I just moved forward 5 chapters and still have 9 more hours to drone through.... I may give up. but this could have been half the writing and we would have been happy. Argggg... soooooo long... without events that keep me interested.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Irving again?

Not if it is this long.

Did A Prayer for Owen Meany inspire you to do anything?

No

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  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,112

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

PLEASE LET IT END!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Okay, so it's a well written book and a good story, but for goodness sake... it just goes on and on and on and on and on... I just did not feel that the pain and suffering described in this book needed to go on ad nauseam. Enough already. I will say that the love between the main characters was very touching. I like to finish whatever I start so for me the last 10 hours was quite a drudge.

  • Troublemaker

  • Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
  • By: Leah Remini
  • Narrated by: Leah Remini
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,747
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,558
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,505

The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching 30-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 07-10-18

Love love love this book.

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

Reviewed: 01-07-16

I have a big crush on Leah. She is wildly irreverent, brash, and the real deal. I love the way she speaks I love the way she thinks and I am a now a big fan. I think everything about this book is perfect. Her writing reveals intelligence and StreetSmarts. I wish I had five more bucks to listen to that she had written and had narrated. I'll wait for the next one very patiently. Thank you so much for sharing this most difficult period in your life.

  • The Good House

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Leary
  • Narrated by: Mary Beth Hurt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,207

The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great book, Hildy is a great character!

  • By Rhonda Morrison on 01-31-13

3 words ... Mary Beth Hurt

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

Reviewed: 10-19-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, the book was wonderful but I completely fell in love with the narrator Mary Beth Hurt. Her excellent interpretation of this crusty alcoholic lead character made the book come alive. I enjoyed her reading so much that I am going to find other books she has read. Ann Leary perfectly captured the mind set of an alcoholic and Mary Beth's inflections matched in concert. I agree with others.. .. we need a series.

  • My Planet

  • Finding Humor in the Oddest Places
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 425

Follow New York Times best-selling author Mary Roach - but be careful not to trip - as she weaves through personal anecdotes and everyday musings riddled with her uncanny wit and amazingly analytical eye. These essays, which found a well-deserved home within the pages of Reader's Digest as the column "My Planet," detail the inner workings of hypochondriacs, hoarders, and compulsive cheapskates. (Did we mention neurotic interior designers and professional list makers?) For Roach, humor is hidden in the most unlikely places, which means that nothing is off limits.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator drove me crazy

  • By Ann on 04-23-14

GLAD I IGNORED THE BAD REVIEW FOR THE NARRATOR.

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

Reviewed: 08-11-15

If you could sum up My Planet in three words, what would they be?

Loved this book Sooooooo much. The narrator was just fine as (IMHO) she captured the scrappy 'stand up comic' type of delivery that helped relate the story. This is one of my favorite books... I love irreverent first and foremost.

What about Angela Dawe’s performance did you like?

She gave it a wise cracking scrappy appeal. I loved it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

  • Hello Love

  • By: Karen McQuestion
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 966

A year after the death of his wife, Christine, Dan is barely holding on. But one thing gets him through the long, lonely nights and that is his cherished dog, Anni. When she is stolen from his front yard, Dan and his daughter, Lindsay, are devastated. Meanwhile in another part of town, Andrea Keller is recovering from the heartbreak of a messy divorce. After she rescues a defenseless dog from an abusive tenant, her life changes in ways she never could have anticipated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Animals Inspire Love

  • By Pamela Dale Foster on 11-10-14

Adorable simple story.

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

Reviewed: 08-11-15

It's hard not to like stories about dogs and cats. This was a simple predictable story but I just loved it. A nice light read. Very entertaining. And towards the end I wanted to keep listening.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,436

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

Absolutely wonderful

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

Reviewed: 07-15-15

I was so engaged in this book I had to stop and just sit and listen for the last half-hour of the book I just couldn't put it down. And oh my goodness the narration and performance was absolutely breathtaking. This is a real gem and extraordinarily entertaining.

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  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Rob Lowe
  • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,998
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,956

A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book and Great Story

  • By Natalie J. Belle MD on 04-30-11

Absolutely wonderful

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

Reviewed: 07-06-15

What a complete surprise. I never expected to like this book as much as I do. Rob Lowe is so skilled and talented in writing as well as acting. His impersonations and voices of some of the characters in the book were spot on. It was one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. And I want to way with the sense that this is a good man kind man and a fair man. Really really really like this book

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Anne Heche
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 874

Anne Heche reads The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, the story of nine-year-old Trisha McFarland who gets lost in the woods while on a walk with her family. Boston Red Sox closing pitcher Tom Gordon becomes Trisha's imaginary companion - and the key to her survival against an unidentified someone (or some thing) leaving death and destruction in its wake.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amber Alert

  • By Tango on 03-22-15

Not so much

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

Reviewed: 06-27-15

There is no Doubt that Stephen King is a brilliant writer. But this did not do it for me. It was to prosaic for my taste. And that is certainly just my opinion. The writing is excellent I can't criticize anything specific about it. It just didn't do it for me.