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  • gilwilson 11:03 AM on April 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Black River by Dean Koontz 

    2937837Black River
    by Dean Koontz
    Read by Scott Brick
    Listening Length: 2 hours and 10 minutes
    Published October 1st 2007 by Audio Book Cafe

    Remember the Microsoft Zune?  The audio player plus produced to rival the iPod?  Well I’ve got one and when they became a bit popular again (thanks to “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”) I was tempted to sell mine on Ebay, but just couldn’t.  So I started looking at what I had on my Zune.  Lo and behold there was this audiobook that Audible and Zune gave away as a cross promotion.  Being a fan of Koontz, I first wondered how did I let this slip by, then decided to listen.  It was fun powering up the ol’ Zune.

    What amazed me even more about my not having listened to this audiobook was that it was narrated by my absolute favorite audiobook voice, Scott Brick.  Scott Brick has a great way of bringing any book to life, whether it is any of the books in the Frank Herbert’s (or his son’s) Dune series, to “In Cold Blood,” Scott Brick is the best.

    This book follows a screenwriter wanting to get away from the Hollywood scene and settle in a nice little town.  He finds himself in Black River and decides it would be the perfect place to settle down.  But when a local exclaims loudly in a crowded diner how this town doesn’t want his Hollywood type and then the waitress spills water on his lap, Bo, the screenwriter, wants nothing to do with this town and that maybe the next town down the road will be “the One.”

    The problems start when Bo tries to get out of town. First he is taken to jail as a suspected car thief,  his brand new SUV is impounded and later crushed.  With no way out of town, he is forced to stay in a local motel.  Things only get worse for Bo, he soon finds that something is keeping him in town.

    If you are a Dean Koontz fan you know that the story will soon take a dark, mysterious twist.  What is it that won’t let Bo leave?  I cannot tell you that because that would totally spoil the story.  In fact I’ve said too much.

    If you can still find this audiobook it is worth the listen, especially if you are a Dean Koontz or Twilight Zone fan.

    Publisher’s Summary
    Master of suspense Dean Koontz creates an undercurrent of terror in this story set deep in the dark and troubled town of Black River.
    Burned-out Hollywood screenwriter Bo Aikens is fed up with life in Los Angeles. He heads out of the hustle and bustle of the big city and arrives in picturesque Black River in Northern California, seeking relaxation and artistic inspiration. In small, idyllic Black River, nearly everyone is happy, contented, and welcoming of strangers. But despite the beautiful setting, Bo begins to feel unsettled after several disturbing incidents. He discovers that all of his money has been transferred to a bank account in Black River, and a house has been purchased for him by someone on “his” instructions.

    Troubled by various, peculiar twists of fate, Bo decides to leave Black River. As he becomes entangled in a nightmarish plot, preventing his return home, it suddenly seems clear to Bo that his perfect little hideaway captures more than just the imagination of its visitors.

    “Black River” appeared in print in Mystery Scene Magazine #63 in 2000.
    ©1999 Dean Koontz (P)2007 Audible Inc.

     
  • gilwilson 4:37 AM on April 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    “Good Vibrations – My Life as a Beach Boy” By Mike Love, James S. Hirsch 

    29496532Good Vibrations – My Life as a Beach Boy
    By: Mike Love, James S. Hirsch
    Narrated by: Mike Love
    Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
    Published September 13th 2016 by Penguin Audio

    I love to read biographies and autobiographies of musicians, mainly because I like to hear of the process of how they created their music.  Mike Love not only walks you through the Beach Boys’ process but also of all the turmoil the band went through as the years went by.

    The troubles with the Beach Boys were fairly unknown to me.  I had heard that Brian Wilson had some problems with drugs, as did most rock stars of that era, but I had forgotten about some of the other problems or just flat out hadn’t known about the stuff the band went through.

    The bulk of the problems were family in-fighting.  Such as Mike Love not getting writing credits for 35 – 70 songs, because his Uncle Murray (Wilson), Brian, Carl & Dennis’ father, was trying to get rich off the band and he didn’t have faith in the staying power of the band.  Lawsuits and court appearances plagued the band through their careers.

    For me the section on Charles Manson was the the creepiest.  Knowing what developed and hearing how the relationship between the Beach Boys and Manson just was like a horror movie unfolding.  The even creepier part was learning some insight as to why the Tate family was targeted.  Super dark moment for the Beach Boys.

    One of the things that took some getting used to was in this audiobook it was read by Mike Love, himself.  Now keep in mind Mike is not a young man anymore and that may have something to do with it, but his reading skills were not the greatest.  He was made for singing not  oration.  This created major editing flaws in the recording.  Many sentences were read as if there were more to the sentence but in actuality should have been read as if the sentence ended.  Mike Love’s tone of voice would leave you hanging, and there were parts where the producer had to make some strange edits thus making the reading sound as if it were spliced from numerous different sources creating a disjointed listening experience.

    There is one positive side to Mike Love reading his own story and that is you got to experience the real emotion behind the stories as they unfolded.  Mike would laugh or rather chuckle at the humor in some of his actions and there were many times where you could hear the tears well up and the voice crack when talking about the sad times.  Bad reading mixed with bad or rather awkward editing were forgotten during these portions.  In fact looking back, I don’t think I would have it any other way.

    Publisher’s Summary
    The New York Times best seller.

    Mike Love tells the story of his legendary, raucous, and ultimately triumphant five-decade career as the front man of The Beach Boys, the most popular American band in history – timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of “Good Vibrations”.

    As a founding member of The Beach Boys, Mike Love has spent an extraordinary 55 years, and counting, as the group’s lead singer and one of its principal lyricists. The Beach Boys, from their California roots to their international fame, are a unique American story – one of overnight success and age-defying longevity; of musical genius and reckless self-destruction; of spirituality, betrayal, and forgiveness – and Love is the only band member to be part of it each and every step. His own story has never been fully told, of how a sheet-metal apprentice became the quintessential front man for America’s most successful rock band, singing in more than 5,600 concerts in 26 countries.

    Love describes the stories behind his lyrics for pop classics such as “Good Vibrations”, “California Girls”, “Surfin’ USA”, and “Kokomo”, while providing vivid portraits of the turbulent lives of his three gifted cousins, Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson. His partnership with Brian has few equals in American pop music, though Mike has carved out a legacy of his own – he co-wrote the lyrics to 11 of the 12 original Beach Boy songs that were top 10 hits while providing the lead vocals on 10 of them. The band’s unprecedented durability also provides a glimpse into America’s changing cultural mores over the past half century, while Love himself has experienced both the diabolical and the divine – from Charles Manson’s “family” threatening his life to Maharishi instilling it with peace. A husband, a father, and an avid environmentalist, Love has written a book that is as rich and layered as the Beach Boy harmonies themselves.

    ©2016 Mike Love (P)2016 Penguin Audio

     
  • gilwilson 2:17 PM on April 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    Near Enemy (A Spademan Novel) By: Adam Sternbergh 

    40036700Near Enemy (A Spademan Novel)
    By: Adam Sternbergh
    Narrated by: Arthur Morey
    Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
    Published 2015 Random House Audio

    Okay first off, I wish I would have know this was the second book in a series before jumping in.  Only because it would have been nice to have a little background on the characters before running into this story.  However, that was not necessary, this book can be read as a standalone book because all the backstories are developed as the book moves along and all previous events are mentioned enough to get that background.  Saying that, I still intend on going back to read the previous Spademan novel just because this story was so good.

    The near future and New York City is a toxic wasteland due to terrorists dirty bombs.  The residents that remain have an escape in the limnosphere, a sort of virtual reality world where all your wildest fantasies can come true without any consequences in the real world.  Well that was what everyone believed.  You see, when you are living out this virtual fantasy you can’t die in the limnosphere, or rather you can die there but your body in the real world is fine.  Until now.

    Rumors are jumping around that some terrorist group has found a way to kill you in the limnosphere which is permanent in the real world as well.  That’s where the Spademan comes in, armed with his boxcutter he finds the “bed hoppers” (persons that spy on other people in the limnosphere from the shadows.)  When one dies in the limnosphere and his body is also found dead the hunt begins.

    A sci-fi romp through virtual reality, religion, terrorism and just plain New Yorkers doing what they do, “Near Enemy” is a nice piece of work that technologically doesn’t seem too far off in the future.  Arthur Morey does great as the lead character’s voice and delivers the story that just sucks you in as a listener.

    Publisher’s Summary
    The Taut, Unflinching New Thriller from Adam Sternbergh, Author of the Critically-Acclaimed Shovel Ready

    New York is toxic – decimated by a dirty bomb years ago. The limnosphere is a virtual safe haven – if you’re rich enough to buy in. Spademan is a hit man – box-cutter at the ready.

    His latest job is to snuff out Lesser, a lowlife lurking around other people’s fantasies. As Spademan is about to close the deal, Lesser comes back from the limn with a wild claim: terrorists are planning to attack New York. Again. This time from the inside out.

    The warning sends Spademan down a dark path full of unsavory characters and startling revelations. A shadowy political fixer tells him of a long-running power struggle that goes all the way to City Hall. A brilliant Egyptian radical brings Spademan to the mysterious far-reaches of the limn. And a beautiful nurse holds the secret to what, and who, is behind these attacks – and she seems to want to help Spademan stop them. But he works best alone. Or so he thinks.

    Spademan has always had his share of enemies, but now they’re coming at him from all sides and it’s impossible to know whom to trust. To stay sharp, his only option might be the one thing he swore he’d never do again.

    ©2015 Adam Sternbergh (P)2015 Random House Audio

     
  • gilwilson 12:59 PM on April 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    “Agnes of God” By John Pielmeier 

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    By John Pielmeier
    Narrated by: Barbara Bain, Emily Bergl, Harriet Harris
    Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
    Published June 1st 2000 by L.A. Theatre Works

    I just can’t seem to get away from these L.A. Theatre Works productions.  This time around I gave a listen to “Agnes of God.”  Having only heard of the play and nothing about the plot, I don’t think I would have picked it up normally, but, being a production by LA Theatre works and that Barbara Bain (from Space 1999 & Mission Impossible) was the lead, I just had to give it a try.  What could it hurt?  I could only get that much more theatre culture and maybe get lost in another brilliant production.

    A murdered newborn is found in a wastebasket of a nun, Agnes, who denies any knowledge of how the baby got there, let alone any sexual experience creating the baby in the first place.  The courts have ordered a psychiatrist to analyze Agnes and solve the mystery of how the baby came to be.  Getting resistance from the Mother Superior (Bain),  The psychiatrist treats Agnes through hypnotherapy.  Agnes soon reveals the events leading to the murder and the story becomes a faith vs. science, nature vs. nurture conflict over right and wrong.

    As always this production from LA Theatre Works puts you aurally in the middle of the audience.  Great acting, great production as usual.

    Publisher’s Summary
    In this contemporary murder mystery, set within the confines of a convent, Agnes is a devout, innocent young nun accused of infanticide. As a psychiatrist – herself a lapsed Catholic – and the Mother Superior struggle over Agnes’ fate, the play plunges deeply into the mystery of faith and the consequence of truth.
    2000 L.A. Theatre Works

     
  • gilwilson 10:32 AM on March 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    “End of Watch” (Book 3 of the Bill Hodges Trilogy) By Stephen King 

    27221987“End of Watch”
    (Book 3 of the Bill Hodges Trilogy)
    By Stephen King
    Narrated by: Will Patton
    Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
    Published 2016 by Simon & Schuster

    Finally, I got around to the final book in the Bill Hodges Trilogy by Stephen King.  I loved this series in that the first 2 books were a little different from a normal Stephen King book.  (Normal Stephen King Book?) The series follows retired detective Bill Hodges as he tries to solve the mystery of who murdered innocent job seekers by running a Mercedes through the crowd lined up for a job fair.   The second book continues with Hodges forming somewhat of a private investigator service, and helps a young man evade a murderer looking for the stash he buried before going to prison.  This third book wraps it all up and revisits the villain from the first book.

    Brady Hartsfield the man behind the wheel of the Mercedes and whose brain injury kept him from serving his prison sentence.  Instead Brady is given some experimental medication which may have given him psychic powers.  This is where the real Stephen King shines.  The previous books were great detective driven mysteries and thrillers.  This third book ties them all together with that Stephen King twist.

    Detective Kermit William Hodges has been diagnosed with aggressive pancreatic cancer.  But before his time is up he has to wrap up the one big case that keeps haunting him.  After a string of suicides linked to the city center Mercedes killer case sparks up.  Bill and his “Finders Keepers” detective agency is on full alert.

    In what becomes a supernatural thriller, “End of Watch” ties all loose ends by creating a psychic powered brain injured evil computer genius, who uses the internet and portable gaming devices to encourage suicide and to be able to take over the bodies of other people.  Taking over the neurological specialist and the hospital volunteer gets Brady Hartsfield out of the hospital to wreak havoc.

    While the end of the book is bittersweet it does wrap up the trilogy with a perfect little bow.  Will Patton delivers the voice of the book tapping all of his excellent acting talents, his vocal embodiment of Bill Hodges alone is worth the listen.

    Publisher’s Summary

    The spectacular finale to the New York Times best-selling trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes (winner of the Edgar Award) and Finders Keepers

    In End of Watch, the diabolical “Mercedes Killer” drives his enemies to suicide, and if Bill Hodges and Holly Gibney don’t figure out a way to stop him, they’ll be victims themselves.

    In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.

    Retired police detective Bill Hodges, the unlikely hero of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney – the woman who delivered the blow to Hartsfield’s head that put him in the brain injury ward. When Bill and Holly are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk as well as those of Bill’s heroic young friend, Jerome Robinson, and his teenage sister, Barbara. Brady Hartsfield is back and planning revenge not just on Hodges and his friends but on an entire city.

    In End of Watch, Stephen King brings the Hodges trilogy to a sublimely terrifying conclusion, combining the detective fiction of Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers with the heart-pounding supernatural suspense that has been his best-selling trademark. The result is an unnerving look at human vulnerability and chilling suspense. No one does it better than King.

    ©2016 Stephen King (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
     
  • gilwilson 3:00 PM on March 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    “How to Fight Presidents: Defending Yourself Against the Badasses Who Ran This Country” By Daniel O’Brien 

    21558602“How to Fight Presidents:
    Defending Yourself Against the Badasses Who Ran This Country”
    By Daniel O’Brien
    Narrated by: Richard McGonagle
    Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    Published 2014 Random House Audio

    If you were to ever find yourself going up against any of our former presidents in a bout of fisticuffs, this book will give you all the reasons why you shouldn’t.  But again, if you should find yourself in that situation make damn sure that of all the ex-presidents it’s not Teddy Roosevelt.  That guy was way more badass than you’d expect any president to be.

    In this book by Daniel O’Brien you’re going to find yourself having a blast and laughing out loud while learning history.  Keep in mind that this book tends to be a bit crude, but if your skin is thick enough to take in a few foul words and phrases you’re going to love this book.  I hope every history teacher in America reads this book and once in a while throws in some of the material while molding the young minds about history.

    Had I been armed with this information back when I was forced to learn history, I might have paid more attention.  There are even some great pop-culture references that make this book even more enjoyable.  Ronald Reagan is Wolverine and Washington is the love child of Professor X and Mr. Fantastic.   Sure there’s tough language, but bad words be damned, this book is awesome.

    The narrator, Richard McGonagle, does a superb job of keep the pace of this book tolerable.  You may have to pause a few times to stop for laughter, but it’s worth it.

     

    Publisher’s Summary
    Make no mistake: Our founding fathers were more bandanas-and-muscles than powdered-wigs-and-tea.

    As a prisoner of war, Andrew Jackson walked several miles barefoot across state lines while suffering from smallpox and a serious head wound received when he refused to polish the boots of the soldiers who had taken him captive. He was thirteen years old. A few decades later, he became the first popularly elected president and served the nation, pausing briefly only to beat a would-be assassin with a cane to within an inch of his life. Theodore Roosevelt had asthma, was blind in one eye, survived multiple gunshot wounds, had only one regret (that there were no wars to fight under his presidency), and was the first U.S. president to win the Medal of Honor, which he did after he died. Faced with the choice, George Washington actually preferred the sound of bullets whizzing by his head in battle over the sound of silence.

    And now these men – these hallowed leaders of the free world – want to kick your ass.

    Plenty of historians can tell you which president had the most effective economic strategies, and which president helped shape our current political parties, but can any of them tell you what to do if you encounter Chester A. Arthur in a bare-knuckled boxing fight? This book will teach you how to be better, stronger, faster, and more deadly than the most powerful (and craziest) men in history. You’re welcome.

    ©2014 Daniel O’Brien (P)2014 Random House Audio

     
  • gilwilson 5:12 PM on March 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    “The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee” By Marja Mills 

    61NyC5h-puL._SL500_“The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee”
    By Marja Mills
    Narrated by: Amy Lynn Stewart
    Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
    Published 2014 by Penguin Audio

    Published under a bit of controversy and then reviewers not liking the writer’s style, made me hesitate on putting this on my reading list.  But I was curious, besides, who doesn’t like “To Kill a Mockingbird”?

    Some of the controversy is that Harper Lee claims she did not approve of this book.  Harper Lee has lived her quiet life pretty much avoiding reporters and the public spotlight for quite a while.  Living with her older sister, Alice, she spent her last days of her life between New York and her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama,  the setting for Mockingbird.

    In this book Marja Mills writes of her time spent with the Lee sisters over a few years as the only journalist the Lee’s have befriended.  Mills’ book is basically the memoirs of her time spent in Monroeville.  Many reviewers complaints were that there is no new information on Harper Lee or the famous novel.  After listening to this audiobook, I would argue that point because maybe you don’t get the new information, you do get the ambiance and feeling of what that area of the country is like and what the Lee family did that led to the writing of the book.  Now keep in mind that this is written from a newspaper writer’s point of view, so it’s not the nice clean story a novel would produce.  Instead you get bits and pieces of the life of the Lee sisters.

    Amy Lynn Stewart does a great job narrating the book and makes it more fun throwing in the accents where needed.

    If you are a huge fan of “To Kill a Mockingbird” you will find some interest in this.

     

    Publisher’s Summary
    To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is one of the best-loved novels of the 20th century. But for the last 50 years, the novel’s celebrated author, Harper Lee, has said almost nothing on the record. Journalists have trekked to her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, where Harper Lee, known to her friends as Nelle, has lived with her sister, Alice, for decades, trying and failing to get an interview with the author. But in 2001, the Lee sisters opened their door to Chicago Tribune journalist Marja Mills. It was the beginning of a long conversation – and a great friendship.

    In 2004, with the Lees’ blessing, Mills moved into the house next door to the sisters. She spent the next 18 months there, sharing coffee at McDonalds and trips to the Laundromat with Nelle, feeding the ducks and going out for catfish supper with the sisters, and exploring all over lower Alabama with the Lees’ inner circle of friends.

    Nelle shared her love of history, literature, and the Southern way of life with Mills, as well as her keen sense of how journalism should be practiced. As the sisters decided to let Mills tell their story, Nelle helped make sure she was getting the story – and the South – right. Alice, the keeper of the Lee family history, shared the stories of their family.

    The Mockingbird Next Door is the story of Mills’s friendship with the Lee sisters. It is a testament to the great intelligence, sharp wit, and tremendous storytelling power of these two women, especially that of Nelle.

    Mills was given a rare opportunity to know Nelle Harper Lee, to be part of the Lees’ life in Alabama, and to hear them reflect on their upbringing, their corner of the Deep South, how To Kill a Mockingbird affected their lives, and why Nelle Harper Lee chose to never write another novel.

    ©2014 Marja Mills (P)2014 Penguin Audio

     
  • gilwilson 4:33 PM on March 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    “The Seagull” By Anton Chekhov 

    Seagull-The-Digital-Cover-325x325-R1V1“The Seagull”
    By Anton Chekhov
    Published April 2013 by L.A. Theatre Works
    1:49:47
    Classic Drama
    Directed by Rosalind Ayres
    Calista Flockhart as Irina Nikolayevna Arkadina
    T.R. Knight as Konstantin Treplev
    Stephen Collins as Yevgeny Dorn
    Gordon Clapp as Ilya Shamrayev
    Logan Fahey as Semyon Medvedenko
    Cindy Katz as Polina Andreyevna
    Dakin Matthews as Pyotr Sorin
    Bess Rous as Masha
    Josh Stamberg as Boris Alexeyevich Trigorin
    Kira Sternbach as Nina

    This play is a great representation of art for the sake of art itself.  When first performed the play received jeers and heckles from the audience.  I can actually understand that.  For the most part this play is just a bunch of actors that talk about how they love what they do.  Sure there is more to it, but the whole play is pretty much full of itself to the point that the average reader/listener/play goer would not quite get it or really care enough to try.

    I can easily say that this performance is outstanding performance wise, the cast did make me want to try to look for a deeper meaning.  But the material as a whole left me wishing I would have listened to another LATW performance.

    Don’t let this keep you from looking for other performances from L.A. Theatre Works.  They do an outstanding job of putting you directly in the audience in these audio productions.

    Publisher’s Summary

    Here translated by Christopher Hampton, Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull is considered one of his most haunting and atmospheric character studies. A would-be playwright is at war with his egoistic mother while the town has become intoxicated by a sensational author. And as the alluring newcomer steals away Kosta’s only love, their new romance could have devastating consequences.

    Recorded in Los Angeles before a live audience at The James Bridges Theater, UCLA in September of 2012.

     
  • gilwilson 1:53 PM on March 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    “Major Barbara” By George Bernard Shaw 

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    By: George Bernard Shaw
    Narrated by: Kate Burton, Roger Rees, J. B. Blanc, Matt Gaydos, Brian George, Hamish Linklater, Henri Lubatti
    Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
    Produced 2008 L.A. Theatre Works

    It’s time once again, for me anyhow, to revisit some of the outstanding productions by L.A. Theatre Works.  If you’ve never heard any of these productions, do yourself a favor and check them out at:  LATW.org.  L.A. Theatre Works records the audio of their performances to release as audiobook forms of great plays.  Their library online seems endless, and every performance features major celebrities performing live on stage.

    This time around I was looking for some of the plays I was supposed to read in college, but found my way around not doing so.  Hey, I had limited time.

    George Bernard Shaw’s “Major Barbara” was one that was assigned for my Theatre History class and also for the directing class.  So I had to work extra hard to avoid reading the whole play.  Thanks to Cliff’s Notes I got around reading the whole play and got by with just reading certain scenes.  Now, for the whole play.  To sum up and make brief, the final decision is that sometimes you have to make a deal with the devil to save the souls of the masses.

    This play is one of what is called Shaw’s “Discussion” plays.  In which the conversation of the characters is a running conversation of good vs. evil.   While some plays are just pure entertainment, many have some sort of lesson to be learned.  That in itself is the beauty of theatre, especially when visiting the “classics.”

    Morality, religion, and social engineering are the main ideas of this play.  In the case of Barbara, a Major in the Salvation army, she is in a conundrum of whether to accept charity donations for the salvation of the souls she’s tending to from her father, Andrew Undershaft, who profits on war.  She also learns the Salvation Army is accepting money from a whiskey distiller.  So should a charity trying to convert people to Christianity, thus saving their souls, accept money from immoral sources?

    All the performances in this production are the usual top-notch performances that can be expected from all of L.A. Theatre Works’ productions.

    Publisher’s Summary
    Barbara is a major in the Salvation Army – but she’s also the daughter of Andrew Undershaft, a man who’s made millions from the sale of weapons of war. The real battle, however, rages between between the devilish father and his idealistic daughter as they answer the question: does salvation come through faith or finance? This sparkling comedy traverses family relations, religion, ethics and politics – as only Shaw, the master dramatist, can!
    ©2008 L.A. Theatre Works

     
  • gilwilson 2:29 PM on March 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply  

    “Trump Is F*cking Crazy (This Is Not a Joke)” By Keith Olbermann 

    38596068“Trump Is F*cking Crazy
    (This Is Not a Joke)”
    By Keith Olbermann
    Narrated by: Keith Olbermann
    Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
    Published October 17th 2017 by Penguin Audio

    Sad but true.

    I don’t really know what I was expecting when picking out this audiobook.  I knew it was anti-Trump.  But I thought it would just be like a talk radio rant, in the same vein as a Rush Limbaugh rant or Sean Hannity rant, or any other career political broadcaster.  But what made me sad was that Olbermann simply took Donald Trump’s tweets and repeated them.

    Starting from 45’s campaign in 2016 all the way through the summer of his first year as president, Olbermann would take the tweets and relate them to news stories at the time.  The most interesting were the tweets related to Russia and the buildup of the investigation.  The tweets were nothing but denials at first, but then built up to many saying the equivalent of 45 saying, “I never said that.”  I guess technically he didn’t, he tweeted it.

    This collection combined with the Olbermann “Op-Ed” sections creates a unique view of the first two years of 45’s assault on America.  This is something that could only be done in this information age.  Gone are the days when a President could deny saying something, and hoping the world forgot.  The problem today is that with the internet fact checking is easier when you can go back at your leisure and actually watch the video of the quote or situation in question.

    Yeah, Olberman does deliver his book in a bit of a rant state of mind, but I think that made the book much more fun and a lot less depressing.  Keep in mind this book has its humorous moments, but it is not a joke.

    Lots of yelling, lots of questions, lots of facts.

     

    Publisher’s Summary
    Witty, acerbic, hard-hitting, and timely, Keith Olbermann’s Donald Trump commentaries come adapted from his hit GQ series The Resistance.

    Since Donald Trump’s presidential nomination, Keith Olbermann has emerged as one of the web’s most popular anti-Trump screedists – each installment of his GQ web series The Resistance receives nearly four million views, and his fiercely progressive monologues have garnered a new generation of fans and followers. In Trump Is F*cking Crazy, Olbermann takes our commander in chief and his politics apart with journalistic acuity and his classic in-your-face humor. With more than 50 individual essays adapted from his GQ commentaries, including new up-to-the-minute material, Trump Is F*cking Crazy is an essential listen for concerned citizens who – like Olbermann – refuse to normalize or accept our new political reality.

    ©2017 Keith Olbermann (P)2017 Penguin Audio

     
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