Living On Air is a coming of age tale about a small town boy who makes it to the top of his profession in the world of radio and voice-over. It's a heart-warming, funny story filled with the ups and downs that people face on the rollercoaster ride to success, including some laughable encounters with major celebrities.
Living On Air is narrated by author Joe Cipriano, considered one of the top voice-over talents in America. Instantly recognizable as the voice of TV networks, award shows, games shows and more.
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Great story and great narration, obviously...
This was a cool insight to the life and progression of a "voice" I have listened to since I was child. Most of the time without even knowing it was him!
My favorite character is the only character really, but my favorite part of his life/book would be when he was a kid learning to be a DJ. It's the time when he was still young and innocent to the ways of adult life and it amazed me how sure Dave was about what he wanted to do. As he said, with some determination and a TON of luck, you can make you dreams come true. What a great way to achieve it!
Usually, I only listen to unabridged, straightforward narrations. A little change in voice for different characters is good, but once all the sound effects and drama re-enactments come in to play, I tend to lose interest. However, in this book, the sound effects were used so well, it really took you back in time to the moments that Dave was talking about. I truly felt the "era" of each sound. In a chronological piece like this, it worked perfectly. It also really helped the comedy stand out and brought you into the stories.
I laughed a ton, a few times out loud. Which isn't something books can often do for me. I think the fact that this was read by one of the world's best voice artist just drew me into the book and helped make it so real. Sometimes narrators can lose and audiences interest. That didn't happen once for me the whole time!
I'd say this is a definite great listen! Not like any other biography I've read or listened to, this feels almost like a novel. I would highly recommend it!
Living On Air was a fun listen. Joe Cipriano's absolute JOY with his chosen profession was obvious in every syllable. I truly enjoy biographies, and this was no exception. Not only did Joe bring his story to life, it was as if he was telling ME the story, not just reading the book. I'm hoping (are you listening, Joe??) that there will be a sequel! Or, at the very least, that Joe will decide to do another audiobook.
I loved the honesty and the obvious happiness of the author/storyteller. I felt like I've know him forever, as if we were family. I also liked the periodic "hybrid" quality of the old microphone sound effect, some well-placed (not overdone) use of other voices.
Everything. Again, the "hybrid" quality of using different microphones, a few sound effects, and the honesty of his delivery.
It would have to be Joe and his wife Anne. What a team! I bet they have some fabulous stories to tell.
- J. Gooden "Magical Wanda"