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JH Easton

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  • Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted

  • And All the Brilliant Minds Who Made the Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic
  • By: Jennifer Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

Mary Tyler Moore made her name as Dick Van Dyke's wife on the eponymous show; she was a cute, unassuming housewife that audiences loved. But when screenwriters James Brooks and Allan Burnes dreamed up an edgy show about a divorced woman with a career, network executives replied: "Americans won't watch television about New York City, divorcées, men with mustaches, or Jews." But Moore and her team were committed, and when the show finally aired, in spite of tepid reviews, fans loved it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator Came from the Ted Baxter School ...

  • By Eileen on 06-22-13

Unfortunate Reader, Story on for Die-Hard MTM Fans

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

Reviewed: 05-28-13

One of the worst readings ever. The narrator's intonation is meant for an audience of 6 year olds. She sounds like someone who never actually listens to audiobooks.

I slugged through it anyway. The story behind the show is interesting, but be warned this book is as much about the writers and producers as it is the actors. I happen to like that, but I could understand if some folks felt gyped that it meandered so much.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Guts

  • The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster
  • By: Kristen Johnston
  • Narrated by: Kristen Johnston
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085

The two-time Emmy Award-winning actress has written her first book, a surprisingly raw and triumphant memoir that is outrageous, moving, sweet, tragic, and heartbreakingly honest. Guts is a true triumph - a memoir that manages to be as frank and revealing as Augusten Burroughs, yet as hilarious and witty as David Sedaris.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should win awards for best audiobook performance

  • By Ohjohnny on 03-19-12

Insightful and Engaging

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

Reviewed: 04-18-12

The audiobook is the story of her addiction, not her life. And frankly is a fascinating because she spares not a detail.

  • My Korean Deli

  • Risking It All for a Convenience Store
  • By: Ben Ryder Howe
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 251

This sweet and funny tale of a preppy editor buying a Brooklyn deli with his Korean in-laws is about family, culture clash, and the quest for authentic experiences. It starts with a gift. When Ben Ryder Howe’s wife, the daughter of Korean immigrants, decides to repay her parents’ self-sacrifice by buying them a store, Howe, an editor at the rarefied Paris Review, agrees to go along.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely delightful!

  • By lesley on 03-19-11

Listened to it 4 Times...for the Narration

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

Reviewed: 09-07-11

While the writing is excellent -- there's a reason the author was an editor at the prestigious Paris Review -- it's the narration that is breath-taking. How does Bronson Pinchot nail those voices so PERFECTLY. I never thought I'd re-listen to a book just for the narration but with this one I have. Each person I've recommended this book to has also had a 5-star experience.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • 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 7,869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,796

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

One of the Best "Celeb" Bio Ever, Fantastic Listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-11

Who knew Rob Lowe could write? Who knew he could mimic just about any accent? Who knew he genuinely has a lot to say? This is one of those rare audiobooks thats grabs you at the first sentence and just keeps delivering.

What this book has that most celeb bios do not is heart and context. He shares the parts of his life that have meaning and weaves them into a cohesive whole. This makes for a much more engaging tale that a string of career highlights.

He clearly thought this book through before he wrote a word. It's a delight.

Lastly, while Rob Lowe is an actor of my generation, I would never consider myself a fan...so this review is not influenced by a previous crush.

11 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Simpsons

  • An Uncensored, Unauthorized History
  • By: John Ortved
  • Narrated by: John Allen Nelson, Justine Eyre
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

John Ortved's oral history is the first-ever look behind the scenes at the creation and day-to-day running of the television phenomenon known as The Simpsons, as told by many of the people who produce it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great Content, Awful Reading

  • By JH Easton on 03-13-11

Great Content, Awful Reading

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-11

I stopped listening at the 30 minute mark because the reader is so monotone and monotonous I couldn't take it anymore. Be sure to listen to the sound sample several times in a row to see if you can handle it.

That said, the content is great. I just couldn't get past the narration.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful