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Kazuhiko

Kazuhiko TUXEDO PARK, NY, United States
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  • "I wish you were still here"

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    As a teenager in the 1970's, I was never a Beatles fan (I was more into the Stones), but some of John Lennon's post-Beatles music, such as "Mother" and "Imagine", made such a strong impression on me because they sounded like they were coming right out of his very personal inner self. But I was a bit too young then to know exactly what was going on politically. This book filled me in with the information on the cultural and political background in America that Lennon walks into at the time and vividly depicts how he lived through the period and influenced many people (to the point that Nixon was afraid of him). Sure, as a former Beatle, it was probably easier than anyone to make a difference in the world, but he didn't have to do any of the things he did. His attempts to get involved and make a difference even in the local community levels appeared sincere and are consistent with his music. I am glad someone wrote a book about this period of Lennon's life.

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    The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon’s Years of Revolution

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    In late 1971 John Lennon left London behind and moved to New York, eager to join a youth movement rallying for social justice and an end to the Vietnam War. Lennon was quickly embraced by radicals and revolutionaries, the hippies and Yippies at odds with the establishment. Settling in Greenwich Village, the heart of Manhattan's counterculture, the former Beatle was soon on the frontlines of the antiwar movement and championing a range of causes and issues.

    Kazuhiko says: "I wish you were still here"
  • "This ain't no disco!"

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    Before listening to "How Music Works", based on what I knew about his music (his Talking Heads days anyway; my favorite album was "Remain in Light"), I thought to myself: does he mean "How Modern Pop Music Works"? But after listening to it, I now think that the title is appropriate, at least up to the current period.

    This book covers a wide range of topics, including: how the historical, social, and technological environment shaped the type of music; what he was feeling/thinking while going through the experience of making music with Talking Heads in the lower east side of New York City in the 70s and 80s; how different cultures and people influenced his music; the financial aspect of making music in the current music production environment, and more. I can tell that he is extremely well read, but his interpretation of cultural/social aspects of music is unique, I think. He is also a very good writer. I really enjoyed this book.

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    How Music Works

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    Best known as a founding member and principal songwriter of the iconic band Talking Heads, David Byrne has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the insightful How Music Works, Byrne offers his unique perspective on music - including how music is shaped by time, how recording technologies transform the listening experience, the evolution of the industry, and much more.

    Daniel says: ""David Byrne is a Human" by a Talking Heads fan"
  • "I would like to thank some of Tony'..."

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    I only knew Tony Danza from the 1980's TV show "Taxi", but, through this book, I found out what a great guy he is. But more importantly, in this book, Tony Danza lets me peek at some of the real lives of the kids who attend a public school in Philadelphia. I never watched the cable TV "reality show" that was part of this, but I know this actor went much deeper than a role in the TV show. He stayed with the class after the TV show production ended, and he still keeps in touch with some of the students. It's really heat-breaking what some of these kids have to go through in their personal lives AND go through the high school life that is so important in determining their future. We all know how important education is, but most of us, including myself, tend to think "education" in rather abstract way. This book brought me back to the time when I went to a public school but also reminded me how important this short period can be in shaping the kids' future. For this, I now feel that high school teachers probably play more important roles than college professors do. We often hear about negative things about teachers in public schools, but, considering what they are up against, we don't give (at least many of) them enough credit. Tony Danza honestly describes what went through his mind during his interactions with the students and other teachers and admits his flaws, mistakes, and vulnerability. I could tell that Tony Danza himself had some great passionate teachers. He is a great narrator by the way. Many of the scenes made me cry (and I almost never cry listening to audiobooks).

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    I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High

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    Long before he starred on some of television’s most beloved and long-running series such as Taxi and Who’s the Boss? and went on to distinguish himself in a variety of film and stage roles, Tony Danza was a walking contradiction: an indifferent student who dreamed of being a teacher. Inspiring a classroom of students was an aspiration he put aside for decades until one day it seemed that the most meaningful thing he could do was give his dream a shot. What followed was a year spent teaching 10th-grade English at Northeast High - Philadelphia’s largest high school with 3,600 students....

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  • Kris Jenner...and All Things Kardashian

    "Mixed feelings but mostly good"

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    Where does Kris Jenner...and All Things Kardashian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not at the top, but in the top levels


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kris Jenner...and All Things Kardashian?

    I appreciated getting an insiders look at the OJ - Nicole tragedy. And I was happy to know that even someone as close to them as the Kardashian's could see through all the BS and see the true psychopath OJ is.


    What about Marcia Strassman and Kris Jenner (introduction) ’s performance did you like?

    I like Kris' voice in the intro. I wish she would have narrated the whole book. With all due respect for Ms. Strassman, I don't think her voice fit well with Kris' words. I was distracted by her raspier voice with Kris' face in my mind. Seemed like a mismatch.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Robert Kardashian's letter to her after the OJ trial. This book made me really admire Robert Kardashian. What an amazing man he was. And also, learning about Bruce Jenner. He sounds like a great guy too. I don't watch their show, so I enjoyed learning about them through Kris' perspective.Also, her talking about the loss of her Dads and Robert. That stirred up my personal experiences of my own losses. So those parts had me in tears.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book, but I cringed every time Kris talks about a vehicle. "I drove up in my Range Rover"."I rented a Mercedes Bus." "We got in the BMW Limo." We get it Kris - you have money. My friends and I either do, or have driven high end cars also, but none of us refer to them by the brand. That's so annoying and pompous.

    On another topic, with so many personal things she reveals in the book about herself and her family and also friends, I'm surprised there was no mention of Kim's sextape - unless I missed that. Urban Legend is that is what got the Kardashian's on the map and their show and began their fame. As a Mom myself, I wouldn't want to discuss things like that about my daughters either, but with all that WAS revealed in the book, it surprised me that was not.

    Bottom line is, Kris has had some awesome opportunities which she very wisely acted on and ultimately became the person she is today. Yeah - a little hiccup with Ryan, but so what. She is a brilliant business woman with six gorgeous children and a great family. She's lucky and she's blessed.

  • Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption - from South Central to Hollywood

    "I have a whole new respect for this man!"

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    Would you listen to Ice again? Why?

    Absolutely. He is brutally honest and writes with style and swagger. Also, while my husband never got in to crime (thank God!) there are so many similarities with them. When Ice says "I shouldn't have lived past 21" it really struck a chord with me. I remember at my husband's 10 year class reunion (32 years ago) people were telling him, "I thought you'd be dead by now!" Like Ice, my husband has swagger, the most important thing to my husband is his family, and he has worked hard for everything he's gotten - just like Ice. He even sort of resembles Ice! Several times throughout the book, I felt like Ice and my husband could be friends. I am encouraging my husband to listen to it also.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how he tells it all, no holds barred. He goes in to every aspect of where he started and how he got where he is.


    Which character – as performed by Mirron Willis – was your favorite?

    Ice T of course


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Much of it moved me, I teared up several times. But I literally laughed out loud when he talks about confronting his son when the son came to Arizona for his visit on Spring Break. Without giving away WHAT they talked about, the way Ice tells it is hysterical.
    I also admire how he talks about Sharon Osborne. Who would have ever thought (not knowing any of them personally) that someone like Ice would see Sharon in the perspective he does AND be willing to say it publicly. I really respect him after hearing his book.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a total sidebar. If you have a chance to share it with Ice, please do. I looked up on line Darlene Ortiz. Yes, a beautiful woman. But I was disgusted by all the negative comments people said about Coco on that particular website. Ice describes Coco as a "Human Jessica Rabbit". He says it with love and pride. Coco certainly isn't shaped like the average girl, but so what! She is ADORABLE. Ice loves her just as she is, so all the mean people should keep their comments to themselves. If they like how Darlene looks - she is gorgeous too - then say that. But leave Coco out of it. Coco and Ice are wonderful together and I hope they continue their lives together forever.

  • Crash and Burn

    "CRASH & BURN & SAVED"

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    What made the experience of listening to Crash and Burn the most enjoyable?

    Artie's honesty intertwined with his signature humor


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    His Mom, sister, and Adrienne. Amazing women.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he and the young guy were pulled over by cops and left to spend the night in the car. The way Artie tells that scene, I could almost see it as if I were there. Hysterical.


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

    Yes, it was hard to put down because I could hardly wait to hear what happened next. I was rooting for him at every chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    These celebrity "train wreck to sobriety" stories never cease to amaze me. The depths of what people do for drugs is beyond my comprehension. I have two glasses of wine and I worry about dumb things I may have done. I cannot imagine what they live through, by their own admission, by their own choices. It's always great to learn they've beat the demons.

  • I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High

    "You'll Love Tony Danza Even More!"

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    What made the experience of listening to I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had the most enjoyable?

    Hearing Tony talk with that trademark accent. You can just picture him sitting across from you sharing his experience.


    What other book might you compare I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had to and why?

    None, this was unique because Tony's experience was unique.


    Which character – as performed by Tony Danza – was your favorite?

    Tony himself. I love the honesty he tells the story with. And I love how he refused to semi-script his reality show, even at the risks that were presented as a result.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laugh at his story telling, I cried with him many times. His soft heart is so admirable!


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who has been in the teaching profession or even knows someone in the teaching profession will love this book. It is so relatable. Plus, who DOESN'T love Tony Danza?!

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    I had this book in my wish list for two years and without a doubt, that was a huge mistake. This book was outstanding! Not a huge tennis fan but this is such a great story. I loved hearing about Andre when he was little. I loved hearing about his rise to the tennis ranks and I loved listening to how he remained on top. I even loved hearing about his personal relationships as well. Most impressively, the narrator did a tremendous job and the book is written in such a great way, it made me wonder if Agassi actuallly did write this. If so, he writing ability may be as good as his tennis talents! Two thumbs up and highly recommended!!!

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    Open: An Autobiography

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    From Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography. Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match and every relationship. Never before has the inner game of tennis and the outer game of fame been so precisely limned.

    Patrick says: "Just an Incredible Story!"

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    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Game of Thrones fans watch in delight as the epic battle of Lannister and Stark entangles the Seven Kingdoms. But only the sharpest notice how these houses echo Lancaster and York in the War of the Roses. Druids, Catholics, and even Zoroastrians wander through Westeros, reframing their religions for a new world of fantasy. But how medieval is Westeros? Did lady knights and pirates really battle across Europe? The audiobook Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones explores all this and more, from the echoes of history to the symbols and omens our beloved characters.

    andrew says: "Good short listen, about GOT"
  • The Guitar in America: Victorian Era to Jazz Age (






UNABRIDGED) by Jeffrey J. Noonan Narrated by Jack Chekijian

    The Guitar in America: Victorian Era to Jazz Age

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jeffrey J. Noonan
    • Narrated By Jack Chekijian
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    This volume opens a new chapter on the guitar in America, considering its cultivated past and documenting how banjoists and mandolinists aligned their instruments to it in an effort to raise social and cultural standing. At the same time, the audiobook considers the BMG community within America's larger musical scene, examining its efforts as manifestations of this country's uneasy coupling of musical art and commerce.

  • Breve historia de la música (






UNABRIDGED) by Javier María López Narrated by Juan Manuel Martínez

    Breve historia de la música

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Javier María López
    • Narrated By Juan Manuel Martínez
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    La música es una manifestación artística presente en la totalidad de la historia. Desde el nacimiento de las primeras sociedades tribales hasta la actualidad, ha acompañado al hombre no sólo en los acontecimientos históricos más relevantes, sino en la vida cotidiana de los seres humanos. Es por esto que un acercamiento a la historia de la música es necesario para cualquier hombre, pero muchas veces los conceptos musicales pueden ser complejos o nuevos para el oyente.

  • Maestro Mario: How Nintendo Transformed Videogame Music into an Art (






UNABRIDGED) by Andrew Schartmann Narrated by Kaleo Griffith

    Maestro Mario: How Nintendo Transformed Videogame Music into an Art

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Andrew Schartmann
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
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    "Pa-dum-pum-pa-dum-pum - PUM!" Super Mario Bros. for the NES contains some of the most recognizable tunes in popular culture, and yet it’s safe to say that only a handful of people have thought beyond the music’s entertaining surface. After all, what could possibly be art-worthy about an early Mario score? Or any early game sound for that matter? In search of answers to these questions, Andrew Schartmann takes us on a journey from the primitive "pongs" of arcade machines to the complex musical fabrics woven by composers of the NES era.

  • Journey to Nerdopolis: Or How I Did San Diego Comic Con 2013 (






UNABRIDGED) by Colby Elliott Narrated by Colby Elliott

    Journey to Nerdopolis: Or How I Did San Diego Comic Con 2013

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    • By Colby Elliott
    • Narrated By Colby Elliott
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    Did you ever want to attend the biggest popular arts festival in the United States? Come along on a 5-day odyssey of all things nerdy. Part travelogue, part love letter, Colby Elliott and his traveling companions give you a badge holder’s eye view of the amazing spectacle that is Comic Con. And find the answer to the question: Just how many miles do you actually walk when you’re at Nerdopolis?

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  • Vanity Fair: August 2014 Issue  by Vanity Fair Narrated by Graydon Carter, various narrators

    Vanity Fair: August 2014 Issue

    • HIGHLIGHTS (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Vanity Fair
    • Narrated By Graydon Carter, various narrators
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    Vanity Fair is a cultural filter, sparking the global conversation about the people and ideas that matter most. With a dedication to journalistic excellence and powerful storytelling, Vanity Fair is the first choice - often the only choice - for the world's most influential and important audience. From print to social media, the big screen to the smartphone and now on audio, Vanity Fair is the arbiter of our era.

  • Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (






UNABRIDGED) by Alan Eisenstock, Eric Zala, Chris Strompolos Narrated by Josh Goodman

    Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alan Eisenstock, Eric Zala, Chris Strompolos
    • Narrated By Josh Goodman
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    In 1982, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Chris Strompolos, eleven, asked Eric Zala, twelve, a question: "Would you like to help me do a remake Raiders of the Lost Ark? I'm playing Indiana Jones." Alan Eisenstock's Raiders! is the incredible true story of Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos, how they realized their impossible dream of remaking Raiders of the Lost Ark, and how their friendship survived all challenges, from the building of a six-foot round fiberglass boulder to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

  • Comment Installer un Studio de Photographie [How to Install a Photo Studio] (






UNABRIDGED) by Amber Richards Narrated by Anne-Sophie Marie

    Comment Installer un Studio de Photographie [How to Install a Photo Studio]

    • UNABRIDGED (45 mins)
    • By Amber Richards
    • Narrated By Anne-Sophie Marie
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    Comment installer un studio photographique est un e-Book qui décrit en détails des sujets liés à l'organisation d'un studio photo dans le confort de votre maison. Il renferme des informations sur la façon d'utiliser l'éclairage continu en studio, comment utiliser la lumière stroboscopique pour la photographie ou encore maîtriser des techniques qui permettent aux utilisateurs de contrôler la lumière comme ils l'entendent.

  • Social Media in the Classroom: A Discussion with Dr. Rick Sheridan  by Dr. Rick Sheridan Narrated by Dr. Rick Sheridan

    Social Media in the Classroom: A Discussion with Dr. Rick Sheridan

    • ORIGINAL (34 mins)
    • By Dr. Rick Sheridan
    • Narrated By Dr. Rick Sheridan
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    In this 30-minute interview, Dr. Rick Sheridan, a longtime university professor and author of the book Social Media in the Classroom, helps teachers understand why using social media in the classroom is so important, and the effective ways to use it. Topics include: Why is social media use in the classroom so valuable for both teachers and students. Ways to promote cultural understanding. Developing an online portfolio. What can students and teachers do to protect their privacy online.

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