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  • gilwilson 6:05 PM on December 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    “Mandela: An Audio History” By Nelson Mandela 

    51ky8SyAOCL._SL500_Mandela: An Audio History
    By: Nelson Mandela
    Narrated by: Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Joe Richman
    Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
    Release date: 02-05-14
    ©2004 Original Material © 2004-2014 Radio Diaries, Inc. Packaging © 2014 HighBridge Company. (P)2014 2014 Radio Diaries, Inc

    History told through the use of recorded media.  This unique audiobook gives the listener the feel of the times when Mandela was on trial by giving them the actual recording of the trial.  Not only the trial but recordings of speeches from pirate radio broadcasts and secret tapings.

    Overall I would recommend the listener be a little familiar with Nelson Mandela and what he stood for before listening.  The recordings just jump right in and without apologies punch you in the gut with cold hard facts.  In retrospect it’s hard to believe such times could have existed, but looking at some of today’s headlines, it becomes easier to understand how they did and still do.  Hopefully humanity will get over this ignorance, and maybe these recordings can help.

    I found myself completely drawn in to the story unfolding through these recordings.  The emotions are there but not written, rather the emotions come out as the story unfolds and the injustice becomes apparent.  What I appreciated most was that it was just pure facts left for the listener to comprehend and interpret.

    This should be on every high school listening list.

    Publisher’s Summary
    Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2015

    Recognized as one of the most comprehensive oral histories of apartheid ever broadcast (NPR, BBC, CBC, SABC), Mandela: An Audio History tells the story of the struggle against apartheid through rare sound recordings. The series weaves together more than 50 first-person interviews with an unprecedented collection of archival sound: a rare recording of the 1964 trial that resulted in Mandela’s life sentence; a visit between Mandela and his family secretly taped by a prison guard; marching songs of guerilla soldiers; government propaganda films; and pirate radio broadcasts from the African National Congress (ANC).

    Once thought lost forever, Radio Diaries producer Joe Richman unearthed a treasure trove of these historic recordings in the basement archive of the South African Broadcasting Corporation. Ultimately, over 50 hours of archival recordings and many more hours of contemporary interviews with the living witnesses to South Africa’s turbulent history have gone into the creation of one of the most moving audio documentaries ever produced.

    Includes a commemorative 32-page booklet featuring historic photos and a complete transcript of the audio program.

    Download the accompanying reference guide.
    ©2004 Original Material © 2004-2014 Radio Diaries, Inc. Packaging © 2014 HighBridge Company. (P)2014 2014 Radio Diaries, Inc.

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  • gilwilson 5:17 PM on December 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    “Finders Keepers” Book 2 of the Bill Hodges Trilogy By Stephen King 

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    Book 2 of the Bill Hodges Trilogy
    By: Stephen King
    Narrated by: Will Patton
    Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
    Published by Simon & Schuster 2015

    Once again Stephen King proves he can write more than just horror.  Retired Detective Bill Hodges, gets another case related to the Mercedes Killer.  It’s funny though, you don’t even hear from Bill Hodges until well into the book, maybe halfway through you finally find what he’s up to.   But that’s what makes this story so good, it stands alone and yet when you, as the reader/listener, hear Hodges make his entry it’s no surprise but a relief that finally someone will help this boy.

    The book is sort of like 3 separate stories that merge into one and become a thriller by the end.   To start out we open with 3 burglars having tied up a famous author, trying to get from him the info on where he stashes his money.  One of the burglars, Morris Bellamy is after more than the money.  The Author, John Rothstein, has written a trilogy which is revered by all (sort of a mix of Salinger and Updike here).  The problem is that Morris Bellamy believes Rothstein ruined the main character in the trilogy.  Bellamy knows Rothstein has written more and is after those stories not just the money.  He murders Rothstein so he can have those stories to himself.

    When Bellamy returns to his hometown (after murdering his partners) he has to hide the cash and notebooks with Rothsteins writings, until things cool down.  Someone who claims to be able to help him move the writings, gets second thoughts and disassociates himself with Bellamy.  This leads Bellamy to go on a drunken blackout bender.  During the blackout he rapes a woman and is thrown into prison for life.

    Jump ahead about 30 years later and Pete Saubers’ father, who was severely injured in the Mr. Mercedes incident (see the book “Mr. Mercedes”) and mother are constantly arguing because due to being injured is not able to work, thus putting the family into financial dire straits.  Pete finds a buried trunk with over Twenty thousand dollars and some Moleskine notebooks with writings from what will soon be his favorite author.

    Pete anonymously sends the money on a monthly basis to his family, and this helps them pull through the tough times with less squabbles.  Everything is going good until his younger sister wants to go to a private school with her friends.  The cash is gone and the family can’t afford to send her to the school.  Pete decides he’s going to sell the books.

    Then the troubles begin.

    One of the most outstanding parts of this audiobook is that the narrator, Will Patton, delivers the story from all points of view flawlessly.  I’ve been a huge Will Patton fan since his role of Colonel Weaver from the sci-fi series “Falling Skies.”  His voice and acting ability make this audiobook a must listen.

     

    Publisher’s Summary
    A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far – a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes.

    “Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.

    Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after 35 years.

    Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life – for good, for bad, forever.

    ©2015 Stephen King (P)2015 Simon & Schuster

     
  • gilwilson 10:54 PM on December 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    “Wonder Women 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History” By Sam Maggs 

    61ZhFC956AL._SL500_Wonder Women
    25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History
    By: Sam Maggs
    Narrated by: Jodelle Ferland
    Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
    Published by Random House Audio 2016

    I have an idle curiosity when it comes to history, but I have an eagerness to know what is being passed on to the YA reading world.  So this book was another selection from the SYNC YA summer audiobook program and I gave it a shot.

    The look at women’s history was fascinating, many I had already known and read about through my various journeys through history.   This book not only featured brief biographies of innovators and trailblazers but included interviews with current innovators and trailblazers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  I’m not sure where spies & espionage fit in to STEM but that section of the book was intriguing.

    I’ll have to say that this book was not written for me in mind.  It is definitely a YA book.  I would say that the perfect target audience for this would be girls aged 10 – 16.  It does provide encouragement for girls interested in the fields discussed.  The hard part was the language.  The book was written in the vernacular of the stated age range and is rather annoying.  Even more annoying was to hear the reader try to vocalize that vernacular, and almost sound like a California Valley Girl from the 80s.

     

     

    Publisher’s Summary
    A fun and feminist look at forgotten women in science, technology, and beyond, from the best-selling author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy

    You may think you know women’s history pretty well. But have you ever heard of:

    Alice Ball, the chemist who developed an effective treatment for leprosy – only to have the credit taken by a man?
    Mary Sherman Morgan, the rocket scientist whose liquid fuel compounds blasted the first US satellite into orbit?
    Huang Daopo, the inventor whose weaving technology revolutionized textile production in China centuries before the cotton gin?
    Smart women have always been able to achieve amazing things, even when the odds were stacked against them. In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs tells the stories of the brilliant, brainy, and totally rad women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors. Also features interviews with real-life women in STEM careers, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to women-centric science and technology organizations – all to show the many ways the geeky girls of today can help to build the future.

    ©2016 Sam Maggs (P)2016 Random House Audio

     
  • gilwilson 6:18 PM on November 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: darth maul,   

    Star Wars: Maul Lockdown By: Joe Schreiber 

    51TNoNHfUSL._SL500_Star Wars: Maul
    Lockdown
    By: Joe Schreiber
    Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
    Published by Random House Audio (2014)

    I’ve been on a Star Wars audiobook kick for a couple of years now.  It’s funny I’m not a huge fan of Star Wars but I’m having lots of fun with these audiobooks.

    This book takes place shortly before The Phantom Menace, this book is NOT the sequel you might expect. This is a standalone story that has but one objective: to let Maul loose to wreak havoc. Ironically, unleashing Maul means putting restraints on him, and that only seems to make him even more dangerous.

    When those horrid prequels came out there were a few characters I was intrigued by and one was Darth Maul.  Maul just looks cool and with that double sided light saber.  This book gives us a background story to go by and to really get the meat of the matter when it comes to why Darth Maul is Darth Maul.

    Jonathan Davis brings the characters to life with his extraordinary vocal workout.  The book then mixes in sound effects and a handful of classic John Williams musical cues, and you are immersed in the prison trying to escape with Maul.

    Publisher’s Summary
    Set before the events of Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, this new novel is a thrilling follow-up to Star Wars: Darth Plagueis.

    It’s kill or be killed in the space penitentiary that houses the galaxy’s worst criminals, where convicts face off in gladiatorial combat while an underworld gambling empire reaps the profits of the illicit blood sport. But the newest contender in this savage arena, as demonic to behold as he is deadly to challenge, is fighting for more than just survival. His do-or-die mission, for the dark masters he serves, is to capture the ultimate weapon: an object that will enable the Sith to conquer the galaxy.

    Sith lords Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious are determined to possess the prize. And one of the power-hungry duo has his own treacherous plans for it. But first, their fearsome apprentice must take on a bloodthirsty prison warden, a cannibal gang, cutthroat crime lord Jabba the Hutt, and an unspeakable alien horror. No one else could brave such a gauntlet of death and live. But no one else is the dreaded dark-side disciple known as Darth Maul.

    ©2014 Joe Schreiber (P)2014 Random House Audio

     
  • gilwilson 5:33 PM on November 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    You Are the Universe Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters By: Deepak Chopra MD, Menas C. Kafatos PhD 

    30211502You Are the Universe
    Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters
    By: Deepak Chopra MD, Menas C. Kafatos PhD
    Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
    Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
    Release date: 02-07-17
    Publisher: Random House Audio

    If you have never read a book by Deepak Chopra you owe it to yourself and your state of mind to do so.  He has a way of reducing life’s most difficult hurtles into a super simplistic and manageable view, which in turn allows you to solve nearly every problem that will ever come up.  I’ll never forget the time I was reading one of his books (not sure which one) but Dr. Chopra was talking about the concept of time and how your body deals with it.  As an exercise he had the reader perform a breathing exercise and think about slowing down time.  I thought what the heck, so I tried it and as my breathing became more controlled I could watch the second hand on a clock slow down.  After doing this for a few seconds and watching the second hand get slower and slower I stopped and almost immediately snapped back into real time.  That was the moment I was sold on the teachings of Deepak Chopra.

    The thing is, with all of Chopra’s books he has a way of not only explaining in terms anyone can understand and work with, but he also provides scientific proof of everything.  This time around he teams up with physicist Menas Kafatos and they explore all of the questions of the universe.  The questions become answered and our place in the universe is pin-pointed.  No matter what religious beliefs you come from even god is in the picture of sorts.

    On top of enjoying Chopra’s works, I have also been a fan of physics. Not so much that I chose to make it my career, but enough to study in college as much as I could while still entertaining my other 3 majors.  I’ve always felt that physics will provide the answers to all.  In this book Chopra and Kafatos set out to prove that and as they do explain why humanity is not only a part of the universe but that each individual human is the universe.

    Yeah it can be argued that there is some philosophy in all this, but any good physicist has some basis in philosophy and any good philosopher is on the verge of understanding physics.

    Gain control of your own personal reality and give this book a listen/read.

    Publisher’s Summary

    New York Times best-selling author Deepak Chopra joins forces with leading physicist Menas Kafatos to explore some of the most important and baffling questions about our place in the world.

    What happens when modern science reaches a crucial turning point that challenges everything we know about reality? In this brilliant, timely, and practical work, Chopra and Kafatos tell us that we’ve reached just such a point. In the coming era, the universe will be completely redefined as a “human universe” radically unlike the cold, empty void where human life is barely a speck in the cosmos.

    You Are the Universe literally means what it says: Each of us is a co-creator of reality extending to the vastest reaches of time and space. This seemingly impossible proposition follows from the current state of science, where outside the public eye, some key mysteries cannot be solved, even though they are the very issues that define reality itself:

    • What came before the big bang?
    • Why does the universe fit together so perfectly?
    • Where did time come from?
    • What is the universe made of?
    • Is the quantum world linked to everyday life?
    • Do we live in a conscious universe?
    • How did life first begin?

    “The shift into a new paradigm is happening,” the authors write. “The answers offered in this book are not our invention or eccentric flights of fancy. All of us live in a participatory universe. Once you decide that you want to participate fully with mind, body, and soul, the paradigm shift becomes personal. The reality you inhabit will be yours either to embrace or to change.” What these two great minds offer is a bold new understanding of who we are and how we can transform the world for the better while reaching our greatest potential.

    ©2017 Deepak Chopra (P)2017 Random House Audio
     
  • gilwilson 6:49 PM on November 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    How Not to Be Wrong The Power of Mathematical Thinking By: Jordan Ellenberg 

    18693884How Not to Be Wrong
    The Power of Mathematical Thinking
    By: Jordan Ellenberg
    Narrated by: Jordan Ellenberg
    Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
    Release date: 05-30-14
    Publisher: Penguin Audio

    Throughout life folks who don’t enjoy math will ask the question, “When will I ever use this?” Once the basics are down people don’t realize how much their thoughts and problem solving rely on math. In fact, most of the time we use algebra and advanced math without realizing we’ve done so. That’s because it is learned and part of everyday life. Jordan Ellenberg takes that one step further and shows how we can become more adept at solving problems by training your brain to think mathematically.

    First off I have to point out that the energy and enthusiasm the author delivers this audiobook makes it so that no other person could have even halfway given this book it’s due as narrator. It was the only way this could have been an audiobook. That being said, it would have been nice to have some of the material actually written down so I could refer back to some of the examples, but I got what I wanted out of the audiobook.

    Now I also have to admit I was a bit deceived by the title. I expected to be able to be right all the time, trust me I’m not, just ask my wife. But the way of training the brain, so to speak, allows you to be on the right path the right way.

    If you love math you’ll love how this provides you with many answers to, “When will I ever use this?” Plus, the book is a great way to fine tune some of those skills we’ve learned along the way. If you are not a fan of math you should give this book a chance, it will open your eyes to the world around you and how everything is basically one big math problem.

    This book also shows how you can mathematically win the lottery. I’m not lying, a group of MIT students did just that, it took some work, but they did it. No matter what your math ability, you will find some satisfaction in this book.

    Publisher’s Summary
    The Freakonomics of math – a math-world superstar unveils the hidden beauty and logic of the world and puts its power in our hands.

    The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In How Not to Be Wrong, Jordan Ellenberg shows us how terribly limiting this view is: Math isn’t confined to abstract incidents that never occur in real life, but rather touches everything we do—the whole world is shot through with it.

    Math allows us to see the hidden structures underneath the messy and chaotic surface of our world. It’s a science of not being wrong, hammered out by centuries of hard work and argument. Armed with the tools of mathematics, we can see through to the true meaning of information we take for granted: How early should you get to the airport? What does “public opinion” really represent? Why do tall parents have shorter children? Who really won Florida in 2000? And how likely are you, really, to develop cancer?

    How Not to Be Wrong presents the surprising revelations behind all of these questions and many more, using the mathematician’s method of analyzing life and exposing the hard-won insights of the academic community to the layman—minus the jargon. Ellenberg chases mathematical threads through a vast range of time and space, from the everyday to the cosmic, encountering, among other things, baseball, Reaganomics, daring lottery schemes, Voltaire, the replicability crisis in psychology, Italian Renaissance painting, artificial languages, the development of non-Euclidean geometry, the coming obesity apocalypse, Antonin Scalia’s views on crime and punishment, the psychology of slime molds, what Facebook can and can’t figure out about you, and the existence of God.

    Ellenberg pulls from history as well as from the latest theoretical developments to provide those not trained in math with the knowledge they need. Math, as Ellenberg says, is “an atomic-powered prosthesis that you attach to your common sense, vastly multiplying its reach and strength.” With the tools of mathematics in hand, you can understand the world in a deeper, more meaningful way. How Not to Be Wrong will show you how.

    ©2014 Jordan Ellenberg (P)2014 Penguin Audio

     
  • gilwilson 6:14 PM on November 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    The Bones of Jack by Bill Lindsay 

    14565234The Bones of Jack
    by Bill Lindsay
    92 pages
    Published September 17th 2010 by Xlibris Corporation

    I met the author of this book at a comic convention of sorts, and took the time to let him talk me into reading this book. This independent author discovered a story about Springheel Jack, a man who could actually be referred to as the original Batman. The English folklore that covers Jack talks about how he invented different apparatus to fight crime. That’s one of the stories anyhow. Most of the stories play him as a villain who attacked women.

    Bill Lindsay takes the story a little further where to young Englishmen find the remains of Jack along with his inventions and decide to become heroes. Their adventures are fun and action-packed. Sometimes they don’t go as planned. But they try.

    Support the independent artists and writers. This independent is a nice short read that can be enjoyed by anyone ages 10 – 100.

    Publisher’s Summary
    Spring heeled Jack! Here is a twist on the Victorian era villain, who terrorized London in the 1800s. With burning red eyes, clawed hands, blue flame breath, and able to leap to impossible heights, Jack became a household fright for those who traveled by night and children who wouldn’t get to bed. In this action-packed book, two Englishmen find the infamous villain’s remains stuck in a chimney and begin to perpetuate his legend. This short, but sweet story will keep you enthralled as our two heroes bumble their way through an imitation of one of England’s most interesting legends. A good book to read on a cold, dark night or during the Halloween season. This book is also illustrated by the author with detailed and humorous sketches to help visualize the whole story(almost like watching a video). So pick up a copy and be amused by this tale of Victorian terror and humor, while enjoying the visual story.

     
  • gilwilson 6:37 PM on November 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    “Trust” by David Moody 

    15756297Trust
    by David Moody
    301 pages
    Published by Infected Books (July 23,2012)

    I’ll start this out by saying first, I’m a huge fan of David Moody’s work. His “Autumn” series of a zombie apocalypse was a nailbiter, his “Hater” series about an ultraviolent virus taking over society, was very eye opening. Naturally when I saw this book, I thought, oh, another series? Not yet, but maybe if we let him know how awesome it is and how much we like it, he’ll think about making “Trust” a series. A bit of a spoiler here, but it will be very hard to make a series out of this, but man, I would love to see more stories in this sci-fi apocalyptic tale.

    The story here is that aliens have landed on Earth. Everyone is enamored by their arrival and what they could do for humanity. The aliens claim the ship is a mining ship that had engine problems and was forced to land on Earth. Once the governments buy the rhetoric the aliens deliver, they begin to accept them into our society, with the promise of medical, technical and social advances that will save humanity. At least until the alien rescue ship arrives several years later. Then the possibilities are limitless.

    Nearly everyone on the planet are buying this and trusting the aliens. Tom Winter is constantly suspicious and is always looking for their ulterior motives. Tom is one of the very few that are buying into the rhetoric.

    (there may be spoilers from here on in this review)

    This book covers some issues that are affecting today’s society, such as racism, and fear of the unknown. This is not one of those nice books with a happy ending. In fact if you have read any of David Moody’s other books you will know that survival is a key motivator in his books, and this one is no different. Be prepared for an ending you will be expecting but not in the way you are expecting.

    I am still and even more so after reading this book, a huge David Moody fan. I have found since reading this book that there are some books I’ve not read yet. So I’ve got to get back to my reading. Do yourself a favor and pick this and all of his other books up and enjoy.

    Publisher’s Summary
    The most important event in human history takes place in the middle of nowhere. Perspectives are altered. Perceptions are changed. Nothing will ever be the same again. Is this a moment of deliverance for the human race, or the beginning of its end? Tom Winter thinks he knows, but if he’s right, then seven billion other people are wrong.

     
  • gilwilson 5:20 PM on November 5, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City By: Jason Blum 

    30729698The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City
    By: Jason Blum
    Narrated by: full cast
    Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
    Release date: 07-07-15
    Publisher: Random House Audio

    Blumhouse movies have created a system where the low budget films give the directors complete creative freedom on their films. This collection of stories follows similar guidelines in which the writers have complete ownership of their work. In the movies this has created some interesting horror movies which have been very successful and have given the audience a fresh view at horror. Such films as; “Insidious,” “Paranormal Activity,” and “The Purge” have been turned into successful box office franchises.

    The only draw back is that some of the movies hit and some miss. Then you have the ones that hit and the sequels/prequels miss. The same goes with this book. Some of the stories will send chills down your spine, while others just are there. I will not point out which ones hit and which ones miss because horror can be subjective. While some may have disturbed or scared me, they may not even phase someone else and on that same line of thought, some may scare others and not affected me.

    This collection provides a wide array of many type of horror stories. From folks trying to find the ultimate sexual experience to a portal to hell opening in a family’s new home. The stories are so diverse that even the pickiest of horror fan will find something to send chills in this collection.

    The various authors and various narrators create an ambiance of horror that will leave you wanting the next story just to see what can happen next. There was one story, “Dreamland” which was written from a male characters point of view but read by a female narrator that didn’t sit well with me, I found the point of view a bit confusing. But other than that it was a very nice collection of horror.

    Publisher’s Summary
    Original and terrifying fiction presented by Jason Blum, the award-winning producer behind the groundbreaking Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Insidious, and Sinister franchises.

    Jason Blum invited 16 cutting-edge collaborators, filmmakers, and writers to envision a city of their choosing and let their demons run wild. The Blumhouse Book of Nightmares: The Haunted City brings together all-new, boundary-breaking stories from such artists as Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), Eli Roth (Hostel), Scott Derrickson (Sinister), C. Robert Cargill (Sinister), James DeMonaco (The Purge), and many others.

    “Geist” by Les Bohem… “Procedure” by James DeMonaco…” Hellhole” by Christopher Denham… “A Clean White Room” by Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill… “Novel Fifteen” by Steve Faber… “Eyes” by George Gallo… “1987” by Ethan Hawke…” Donations” by William Joselyn… “The Old Jail” by Sarah Langan… “The Darkish Man” by Nissar Modi… “Meat Maker” by Mark Neveldine… “Dreamland” by Michael Olson…” Valdivia” by Eli Roth… “Golden Hour” by Jeremy Slater… “The Leap” by Dana Stevens… “The Words” by Scott Stewart… “Gentholme” by Simon Kurt Unsworth

    ©2015 Jason Blum (P)2015 Random House Audio

     
  • gilwilson 6:36 PM on October 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 45, alec baldwin, parody, , saturday night live, ,   

    You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody) By: Alec Baldwin, Kurt Andersen 

    39802005You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody)
    By: Alec Baldwin, Kurt Andersen
    Narrated by: Alec Baldwin, Kurt Andersen, Oliver Wyman
    Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
    Release date: 11-07-17
    Publisher: Penguin Audio

    So what has started out as a Saturday Night Live skit has become a regular job for Alec Baldwin.  This book is a parody of the 1st year in office for #45.  Baldwin should at least get another 2 years out of this.  But only if he can freshen it up a bit.

    I’ve heard a lot of people complain that I don’t write bad reviews.  Well I don’t write bad reviews because I don’t read bad books.  I will put a book down when it starts being bad.  This one may be the slight exception to that rule.  It started out pretty funny and then kinda wavered from there.  Much like watching Saturday Night Live they put their best skits first then just before the end of the show, you get a bunch skits that probably should not have aired.  Sure they may be mildly funny, but never enough to end the show with a bang.  This book is much like an episode of SNL.  It starts out pretty funny but as it ends you are ready to turn off the TV set and go to bed.

    A good chunk of the first half of the book is Baldwin doing his impression of Trump.  That’s what makes it funnier, but as the book progresses he stops the Trump impression and reads as himself.  He (as Trump) even says he’s turning it over to Baldwin.  Then Baldwin turns it over to his co-author, Kurt Anderson who in turn turns the narration over to Oliver Wyman and finally back to Trump.  Listening it sounds as if the authors lost interest in the material and just threw in some bits based on the events in Trump’s first year.  I was ready to turn off the set and go to bed.

    I stuck with it and while there were a few funny moments sprinkled through the latter halfm this followed the guidelines of SNL and got pretty boring after the first appearance of the musical guest.  Maybe they should have had a musical guest in the audiobook to liven up that last half.

    If you are a fan of Baldwin, SNL and parodies of Trump you’ll enjoy this book, especially the first half.  I cannot really recommend the book but I did enjoy parts of it.

    Publisher’s Summary
    Political satire as deeper truth: Donald Trump’s presidential memoir, as recorded by two world-renowned Trump scholars and experts on greatness generally.

    “I have the best words, beautiful words, as everybody has been talking and talking about for a long time. Also? The best sentences and, what do you call them, paragraphs. My previous books were great and sold extremely, unbelievably well – even the ones by dishonest, disgusting so-called journalists. But those writers didn’t understand Trump, because, quite frankly, they were major losers. People say if you want it done right you have to do it yourself, even when ‘it’ is a ‘memoir’. So every word of this book was written by me, using a special advanced word processing system during the many, many nights I’ve been forced to stay alone in the White House – only me, just me, trust me, nobody helped. And it’s all 100 percent true, so true – people are already saying it may be the truest book ever published. Enjoy.”

    Until Donald Trump publishes the ultimate account of his entire four or eight or one and a half years in the White House, the definitive chronicle will be You Can’t Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump. Trump was elected because he was the most frank presidential candidate in history, a man eager to tell the unvarnished truth about others’ flaws and tout his own amazing excellence. Now he levels his refreshingly compulsive, un-PC candor at his landslide election victory as well as his role as commander in chief and leader of the free world.

    There are intimate, powerful, mind-boggling revelations throughout. You are there with him during his private encounters with world leaders, a few of whom he does not insult. You are there at the genius Oval Office strategy sessions with his advisers. You are there in his White House bedroom as he crafts the predawn Twitter pronouncements that rock the world. And, of course, you are there on the golf course as Trump attempts to manage the burdens of his office.

    President Trump explains each of the historic decisions that have already made America great again and how he always triumphs over the fake news media. You’ll learn what he really thinks of his cabinet members and top aides not related to him, of the first lady and the first daughter and the additional three or four Trump children.

    You Can’t Spell America Without Me is presented by America’s foremost Trump scholar, Kurt Andersen, as well as America’s foremost mediocre Trump impersonator, Alec Baldwin.

    ©2017 Alec Baldwin (P)2017 Penguin Audio

     
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