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C. McMullen Designs

Yoakum, Texas United States | Listener Since 2009

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  • 5 reviews
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  • 413 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2014
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  • John Lennon: The Life

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Philip Norman
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Philip Norman turns his formidable talent to the Beatle for whom belonging to the world's most beloved pop group was never enough. Drawing on previously untapped sources, and with unprecedented access to all the major characters, here is the definitive portrait of John Lennon. This biography takes a fresh and penetrating look at Lennon's much-chronicled life, including the songs that have turned him, posthumously, into almost a secular saint.

    Let's Be Reasonable says: "Really Bad Abridgement Job (slash job)"
    "Poorly Abriged"
    Overall

    Unfortunately this book is very poorly abridged. At one point it is talking about the band trying to come up with a name and the next thing you know, the "Beatles" are filming 'Help'. and on, and on it goes.
    If you are interested in this title, definitely go for the book. The abridged audio is lacking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2347)
    Performance
    (2067)
    Story
    (2054)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Awesome performance by Elizabeth McGovern!"
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    Performance
    Story

    I hope this is up for an Audie Award - Elizabeth McGovern is fantastic in this historical fiction of one woman whose life spans from the Victorian era to the 60s.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mick Brown
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    Phil Spector, born in the Bronx in 1940, grew up an outsider despised by his peers. But he formed a band, and had a number-one hit with "To Know Him Is to Love Him". He quickly became the top producer of early rock and roll and the originator of such girl groups as the Ronettes. Hit followed hit, and for all of them he used a new recording style called the "wall of sound". But the reign of the boy-man who owned pop music was doomed, and Spector spiraled into paranoid isolation and peculiar behavior.

    Chris says: "Descent Into Madness"
    "Hmmm, I Didn't Know"
    Overall

    I didn't know a lot about Phil Spector, I knew the name and the music but not the stories behind. This is a very interesting bio on a music giant from the other side of the music industry. Well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Charles R. Cross
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    When Kurt Cobain died by his own hand in April 1994, it was an act of will that typified his short, angry, inspired life. Veteran music journalist Charles R. Cross fuses his intimate knowledge of the Seattle music scene with his deep compassion for his subject in this extraordinary story of artistic brilliance and the pain that extinguished it.

    Richard says: "Great story - missing chapter 12"
    "Well done!"
    Overall

    Great bio on Cobain. Well read and easy to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magnificent Ambersons

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Booth Tarkington
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Blaisdell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    The Magnificent Ambersons chronicles the changing fortunes of three generations of an American dynasty. The family serves as a metaphor for the old society that crumbled after the Industrial Revolution, as a Midwestern town spreads and darkens into a city.

    Darwin8u says: "Many of the great ones too are soon forgotten"
    "Great Narration to a Great Story"
    Overall

    Very well narrated. Great story and characters of a time past.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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