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I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.

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    Maybe I'm biased. Like so many others like me, Christopher Reeve has been a role model for me since Superman first hit the big screen. As I grew up, I got to learn about the man behind the Man of Steel, and his "can do" attitude continued to inspire. Between the accident that left him paralyzed and his death years later, Reeve's inner strength proved the title of this book to be true. Nothing is impossible.

    So many years later, it's still heart-wrenching to hear him speak about his experiences in his own words, so it's no surprise this book packs quite the punch. At the same time, this is one of those stories that only he could tell with all of the humanity and personal conviction he could bring to bear. There's nothing sugar-coated here; the tragedy and the optimism are both as genuine as the man himself. This audiobook is written and presented in such a way that he's speaking directly to you.

    Before the end of his life, Reeve was able to walk again, with assistance, and only a few steps at a time. But it did happen. The force of will to do that is unquestioningly great, and it's something few of us can fathom. This book helps to fill in the picture a bit, and to show that this level of commitment to an idea is not only human, it's within us all. Whatever the situation, whatever the misfortune, we are gifted with untold reserves that help us to adapt and to (as Reeve himself has said) "go forward." This is the legacy of Christopher Reeve. It's a message all of us deserve to hear.

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    Nothing Is Impossible: Reflections on a New Life

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    • By Christopher Reeve
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    Christopher Reeve has mastered the art of turning the impossible into the inevitable. In Nothing Is Impossible, Reeve shows that we are all capable of overcoming seemingly insurmountable hardships. Published on the eve of both his fiftieth birthday and the seventh anniversary of his spinal cord injury, Nothing Is Impossible reminds us that life is not to be taken for granted but to be lived fully with zeal, curiosity, and gratitude.

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    This might be the most heartbreaking review I ever write. I discovered the golden age of radio, The War of the Worlds, and The Shadow through Orson Welles. I discovered Welles at the end of his life when I was 12, when he performed the voice of the monster planet Unicron in Transformers: The Movie. It's not Citizen Kane, and it would never be anything remotely close. I get that, but that's how I came to appreciate one of the greatest geniuses the entertainment world has ever known. My love of radio happened because of this man. This man changed my life and expanded my world.

    This biography is truly something special because it has something that other biographies don't have: Welles himself. Author Barbara Learning was able to contact and collaborate with Welles on this biography through means that typifies Welles' life story, and he gave her free reign and resources because he understood that there is Welles the man, Welles the legend, and his own memory, none of which were in alignment. He was curious to learn about all three aspects. More insightful than the story of Welles' life are the inserted dialogues between Welles and Learning, which adds both gravitas and that personal flourish that makes all the difference. Welles was an extraordinary man by any measure, and his life was as equally bizarre.

    On a personal note... the epilogue shattered my childhood. After going through the highs and lows, after getting the personal reminiscences from greatness to virtual unemployment, the hardest part was hearing him refer to my first experience with him as "that horrible little project about Japanese robots that transform into vehicles and such" and how at least it'll help him to buy groceries or something. It was one of the last things he performed before he passed, and he didn't live long enough to see it released. I knew all along he wasn't pleased with it, and I get it, I really do. I can see how a man of Welles' star caliber might think that a string of voiceovers in commercials and cartoons would be something terrible, even after a long stretch of failure and unemployment. But to have his own commentary on it is rough. I like to think that it's little projects like this that will ultimately lead people of later generations to find his work through the back alleys when they might otherwise not seek out the likes of Citizen Kane. After all, that's how I discovered his work. And just like nobody could have predicted something like that, nobody could have predicted the kind of twists and turns Welles' life would take. I thought I knew about Welles before. This book expanded on so much I only thought I knew. As biographies go, this one's a treasure.

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    Orson Welles: A Biography

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    • By Barbara Leaming
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    Karen says: "Great book; average narration"
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    The author states up front that rather than be the kind of detailed biography you can find anywhere else, this is specifically a look at Elizabeth Taylor's rise to stardom. I think that's a bit disingenuous, as much like any other famous Elizabeth in history, it's impossible to separate the lofty career from the personal life of the woman herself. One defines the other.

    Everything that made Taylor who she was is put under the spotlight for this. Her parents and upbringing within the studio system are detailed, which helps to put her career as an independent actress into proper perspective. Her husbands, friends, colleagues, and even her detractors are all set into her orbit, their worlds revolving around her star. There are a great many quotes, anecdotes, and news clippings within that help round out the basic facts, but at the end of the day, Taylor's star power outshines everything, including the author's attempts to be unbiased. There are some private conversations that are seemingly quoted verbatim, which don't seem to have any supporting documentation, but they are believable and add to the already heightened personality of this story. How much is true? Where a Hollywood legend is concerned, who's to say? There's a great line in the Jimmy Stewart film "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence" that pretty much sums up the nature of this book:

    "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."

    That's not to say there aren't facts here. If anything, Taylor's life sometimes proves that fact is stranger than fiction, such is the nature of living at her level of prestige. Regardless, if you're interested in the glamour of Hollywood, bigger than life personalities, or just really fascinating stories from a world beyond the everyday 9 to 5, this one's a fun read.

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    How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood

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    Acclaimed biographer William Mann follows Elizabeth Taylor publicly as she makes her ascent at MGM, falls into (and out of) marriages, wins Oscars, fights studio feuds, and combats America's conservative values with her decidedly modern love affairs. But he also shines a light on Elizabeth's rich private life, revealing a love for her craft and a loyalty to the underdog that fueled her lifelong battle against the studio system.

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    Peter Ames Carlin's biography of Bruce Springsteen fails in its most basic obligation to the reader; explaining and analyzing how Springsteen become one of the most successful singer/songwriters in American History. The author reveals the Boss was not an especially talented student, did not grow up in a musical environment, and had limited opportunities for cultural enhancement, yet developed into a historic musical icon. Carlin skips over the development of the young Springsteen so quickly that it seems that he acquired his musical gifts through magic. Bruce's mother buys him a guitar and three pages later he his compared to Eric Clapton. The development of his song writer talents are equally ambiguous, where Bruce seems to reject reading books and relies solely on watching movies.

    The remainder of "Bruce" deals with very superficial and boring factual accounts of business contracts, touring locations, and terse interactions with band mates. The actual Springsteen comments quoted in the book are often only a few words, where he seems highly guarded. I honestly did not feel that I learned anything revealing about Springsteen. His genius and motivations remain as mysterious to me now as they were when I started "Bruce."

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  • "Insight Into a Legendary Star"

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    Listening to Lee Tannen read "I Loved Lucy" was like sitting over coffee with an old friend hearing a great, great story. Lee does such a great job of conjuring his friendship with Lucille Ball that it almost feels like Lucy is sitting next to him elbowing him to get the facts right ("dammit!"). "I Loved Lucy" truly shows the surprising human side of this legendary performer who feels like part of the family and Lee's performance is that of someone who clearly relishes recounting these wonderful tales.

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    Few people knew America's comic sweetheart Lucille Ball the way Lee Tannen did. Lee first met Lucy as a child but cemented their close and enduring friendship as an adult. During the last 10 years of Lucy's life - years mostly lived out of the spotlight and mainly around a backgammon table in New York; Beverly Hills; Snowmass, Colorado; and Palm Springs - Lee was fortunate enough to be sitting opposite Lucy.

    grace says: "Why We All Love Lucy"

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  • The Todd Glass Situation: A Bunch of Lies about My Personal Life and a Bunch of True Stories about My 30-Year Career in Standup Comedy (






UNABRIDGED) by Todd Glass, Jonathan Grotenstein Narrated by Oliver Wyman

    The Todd Glass Situation: A Bunch of Lies about My Personal Life and a Bunch of True Stories about My 30-Year Career in Standup Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Todd Glass, Jonathan Grotenstein
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Growing up in a Philadelphia suburb in the 1970s was an easy life. Well, easy as long as you didn't have dyslexia or ADD, or were a Jew. And once you added gay into the mix, life became more difficult. So Todd Glass decided to hide the gay part, no matter how comic, tragic, or comically tragic the results. Now, Todd has written an open, honest, and hilarious memoir in an effort to help everyone - young and old, gay and straight - breathe a little more freely.

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  • Vanity Fair: June 2014 Issue (






ABRIDGED) by Vanity Fair Narrated by Graydon Carter, various narrators

    Vanity Fair: June 2014 Issue

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 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 thefirst 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.

  • Vanity Fair: January - April 2014 Issue (






ABRIDGED) by Vanity Fair Narrated by Graydon Carter, various narrators

    Vanity Fair: January - April 2014 Issue

    • ABRIDGED (21 hrs and 35 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.

  • James Gandolfini: The Real Life of the Man Who Made Tony Soprano (






UNABRIDGED) by Dan Bischoff Narrated by John Ventimiglia

    James Gandolfini: The Real Life of the Man Who Made Tony Soprano

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dan Bischoff
    • Narrated By John Ventimiglia
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    James Gandolfini: The Real Life of the Man Who Made Tony Soprano is the first biography of the actor, who died in June 2013 at age 51, widely recognized as one of the best - and most defining - actors of his generation. The audiobook, as performed by Gandolfini's Sopranos co-star John Ventimiglia (Artie Bucco), is informed by fresh interviews with Sopranos actors, HBO executives, the star’s acting teachers and coaches, his childhood friends, buddies from his days as a nightclub bouncer, and Hollywood figures including the directors of his posthumously released films.

    Susie says: "The Moving Story of a Man Who Touched Our Lives"
  • I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star (






UNABRIDGED) by Judy Greer Narrated by Judy Greer

    I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Judy Greer
    • Narrated By Judy Greer
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    You know Judy Greer, right? Wait, what was she in again? The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, 27 Dresses, The Descendants. Yes, you totally recognize her. And, odds are, if you're like most women in America, you feel like she's already your friend. Thankfully, Greer has finally written a book of essays about all the moments, topics, observations, and confessions that you would hope to hear from your best friend.

    karyn says: "Yay!!! Another Audible Favorite!"