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Michael

Michael Ruhlman, writer, cook

Cleveland, OH, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Being Flynn: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nick Flynn
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    With a raw authenticity stripped of self-pity and a powerful narrative voice unlike any other, Being Flynn illuminates the hidden story of fathers and sons in America. Nick Flynn has written a remarkable testament to the enduring strength of one boy’s struggle for survival.

    Michael says: "Didn't finish."
    "Didn't finish."
    Overall

    This is a nicely written memoir that I think is hampered by the overly emotive reading. Should have read book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jacob Tomsky
    • Narrated By Jacob Tomsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (329)

    Jacob Tomsky has worked in hotels for more than a decade, doing everything from valet parking to manning the front desk. He's checked you in, checked you out, separated your white panties from the white bed sheets, parked your car, tasted your room service, cleaned your toilet, denied you a late check out, given you a wake-up call, eaten M&Ms out of your mini-bar, laughed at your jokes, and taken your money. And in Heads in Beds, he pulls back the curtain on the hospitality business.

    colleen says: "credit worthy"
    "Not only hugely entertaining, but useful!"
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    This was an unexpectedly delightful listen. Great great stories told with humor and laced valuable hotel info I will be sure to use. The author's reading is flawless, his accents and impressions perfect. Jacob Tomsky is one talented (and very funny) motherfucker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph Anton: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Salman Rushdie
    • Narrated By Sam Dastor, Salman Rushdie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (161)

    On February 14, 1989, Valentine's Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been "sentenced to death" by the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the first time he heard the word fatwa. His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being "against Islam, the Prophet and the Quran". So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of a police protection team.

    Lynn says: "Informative, Timely"
    "Excellent, mortifying story"
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    I loved this whole book and, as a non-fiction author not nearly as gifted or smart as Rushdie, I highly recommend. Rushdie went through what no human should have to for speaking his mind. Besides being a brilliant engaging memoir, this story and Rushdie's enormously articulate rendering of it, stand as a reminder of the importance of freedom of speech to our humanity.

    Rushdie reads prologue, a professional reader, the rest. The reader does a terrible American accent and an especially bad American female accent/falsetto, but is otherwise quite good.

    A good thing because this is long! But I was sorry when it was over.

    I'd like to add my thanks along with the author's to everyone who helped this writer through the nightmare and I'm hoping he can have a more normal life and keep writing great books and be the fullest artist that he can be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waging Heavy Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Neil Young
    • Narrated By Keith Carradine
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (164)

    An iconic figure in the history of rock and pop culture (inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Neil Young has written his eagerly awaited memoir. Young offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical career, spanning his time in bands like Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crazy Horse; moving from the snows of Ontario through the LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today.

    John says: "Great book for Neil Young Fans"
    "If you're a Neil Young fan, this is excellent"
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    And excellent maybe if you're not. While there's a lot of stuff that is meaningful to the artist/musician alone (his obsession with cars, with creating bringing back better sound in our music devices), there are enough moments of genuine passion, cool rock history, behind-the-scenes stories of his fellow musicians, to make this a book to recommend to anyone who loves audible memoir.

    I almost wish I'd bought hard copy because many of the things he writes are better than his songs and I wanted to underline them for further reflection, which I don't normally do. Young is a good prose writer, so good in fact, that I, who have written more than a dozen of my own books, including a memoir, have to work not to imitate his unique cadences. Some of the prose is pedestrian stoner rock icon grooviness. But the guy can really write, and not just songs.

    If you want to know what it's like to be in Neil Young's head, this takes you there. It was a real pleasure to be inside the head of such a thoughtful, kind, and grateful man and a true artist. What an inspiration for doing what you care about and f--k it if people like it.

    I wish he'd read it, but as he shows, he has better things to do with his time and I'm glad he does. Keith Carradine does an excellent job filling in. Young could have at least recorded the preface, it's one of the main things the guy does, record, after all.

    Hey, Neil Young, if you read this, here's a vote that you keep on writing books. Your dad would be proud.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (10545)
    Performance
    (9095)
    Story
    (9057)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "one of the best bios i've read"
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    absolutely fascinating, start to finish. riveting. had no idea. a must for all entrepreneurs, designers, social media peeps. hats off to isaacson for a phenomenal job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2928)
    Performance
    (2254)
    Story
    (2246)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    Chris - Audible says: "Believe the hype"
    "Surprisingly Elegant Wise Memoir"
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    Performance
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    Rob Lowe has been in the biz, both lauded and hammered for his talent and behavior, so long that he seems to have developed actual wisdom. Great behind the scenes look at acting with Hollywood greats in a well structured fairly candid story. Beautifully read by author (great to hear his impersonations famous directors and agents). Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twin: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Allen Shawn
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    When Allen Shawn and his twin sister, Mary, were two years old, Mary began exhibiting signs of what would be diagnosed years later as autism. Understanding Mary and making her life a happy one appeared to be impossible for the Shawns. With almost no warning, her parents sent Mary to a residential treatment center when she was eight years old. She never lived at home again.

    glamazon says: "Should have been longer"
    "Excellent, elegant"
    Overall

    A family memoir by the son of nyer editor william shawn, his second, focused on his autistic twin sister. Shawn is a lovely writer. Wish his previous memoir were available on audible. I'd buy it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Nora Ephron
    • Narrated By Nora Ephron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (161)

    Nora Ephron returns with her first book since the astounding success of I Feel Bad About My Neck, taking a cold, hard, hilarious look at the past, the present, and the future, bemoaning the vicissitudes of modern life, and recalling with her signature clarity and wisdom everything she hasn’t (yet) forgotten. Filled with insights and observations that instantly ring true - and could have come only from Nora Ephron - I Remember Nothing is a pure delight.

    Caro says: "Ha ha"
    "Good Ephron"
    Overall

    Good if brief collection of essays by the writer. Very funny. Wanted more! Also recommend her previous volume.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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