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auther

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  • Stealing the General: The Great Locomotive Chase and the First Medal of Honor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Russell S. Bonds
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (261)

    On April 12, 1862—one year to the day after Confederate guns opened on Fort Sumter and started the Civil War—a tall, mysterious smuggler and self-appointed Union spy named James J. Andrews and 19 infantry volunteers infiltrated Georgia and stole a steam engine called the General. Racing northward at speeds near 60 miles an hour, cutting telegraph lines, and destroying track along the way, Andrews planned to open East Tennessee to the Union army, cutting off men and materiel from the Confederate forces in Virginia.

    auther says: "Sometimes Facts can be more exciting then Fiction"
    "Sometimes Facts can be more exciting then Fiction"
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    Well researched account of James Andrews who led a group of 20 Union soldiers (or spies) into Georgia to steal a Locomotive, cut telegraph lines and generaly create havoc as they made their way north to Chatanooga Tennesee where they were to link up with the Union Army.
    If things had gone as planned, this would just be another forgotten chapter in Civil War history; they did not and what we were left with was one of the most action packed tales I've heard in a long time.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic Christian

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Terry Southern
    • Narrated By Terry Southern
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (5)

    He's a grand guy, that Guy Grand - billionaire by birth, entrepreneur by avocation, and thoroughly unpredictable. He "keeps his hand in", buying into and revolutionizing industries ranging from championship boxing to African safaris. Is he a crackpot, or an eccentric, or perhaps a visionary with a goal of social redemption? Grand's greatest project, his tour de force, the cruise ship Magic Christian, sets sail on Easter Sunday....

    auther says: "Poor narration killed it for me."
    "Poor narration killed it for me."
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    This is a great novel! I was really happy to find it on audible.
    Unfortunately the reading and recording are done so poorly I can't recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guy Under the Sheets: The Unauthorized Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Elliott
    • Narrated By Chris Elliott
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Because no one will write an unauthorized biography about Emmy-winning actor and comedian Chris Elliott, he has done it himself. Listener, you’re hereby warned that much of this book will be disturbing. The Guy Under the Sheets is a behind-the-scenes memoir so personal, so provocative, that Elliott nearly sued himself to halt publication: The most shocking revelation, corroborated by numerous unnamed sources, is that Elliott is not the absurdist comedian that Rolling Stone once called "a genius". In fact, he’s a slightly dim-witted no-talent from a celebrity family.

    auther says: "Brilliant!!!!...in a totally moronic kind of way"
    "Brilliant!!!!...in a totally moronic kind of way"
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    When Chris Elliott's lifeless body was found in his home show business lost one of those rare creative geniuses that only comes around once in a generation. Elliott was a gifted writer and actor whose television show "get a life" and film "cabin boy" as well as his ground breaking work on the david letterman show shattered the myth that comedy had to be funny to be good.
    Chris Elliott is the perfect choice for narrator for this one! And his Chris Elliott like delivery is flawless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shell Shocked: My Life with the Turtles, Flo and Eddie, and Frank Zappa, etc.

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Howard Kaylan, Jeff Tamarkin
    • Narrated By Howard Kaylan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    If Howard Kaylan had sung only one song, the Turtles' 1967 No. 1 smash hit "Happy Together," his place in rock-and-roll history would still be secure. But that recording, named in 1999 by BMI as one of the top 50 songs of the 20th century, with over five million radio plays, is only the tip of a rather eye-opening iceberg. For nearly five decades, Howard Kaylan has been a player in the rock-and-roll revolution.

    Karen says: "The Turtles DO Rock...Really!"
    "Hop on the bus and hold on tight!"
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    This is THE best thing I've heard on audible to date!
    Howard Kaylan (that's KaYlan, with a "y") narrates his quixotic journey through the music business which included being insulted by John Lennon, sharing a dinner with Jimi Hendrix, performing at the fateful Zappa show that spawned the song Smoke on the Water, and performing the Strawberry Shortcake theme just to name a few. It's all here.
    The book is great and worth buying and reading as well, but to hear Howard Kaylan say the words out loud is the icing on the cake!
    Buy Now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frank Zappa 6-6-71

    • ORIGINAL (57 mins)
    • By Frank Zappa
    • Narrated By Howard Smith, Josh Rattner
    Overall
    (7)
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    (7)
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    (7)

    By the time of this hotel room interview, Zappa had already released 11 albums in his prolific career. A few months prior, he formed a new version of his band The Mothers and made the film 200 Motels. The interview ranges over a variety of topics: the film, his band’s rehearsal regimen, and the nuts and bolts of managing The Mothers. The conversation turns to his dislike of the audiences at the Fillmore East. Near the end of the interview, we hear John Lennon and Yoko Ono chime in.

    auther says: "So nice to be able to spend an hour with Frank"
    "So nice to be able to spend an hour with Frank"
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    This is a must have for any Zappa fan!

    Recorded the day after the first of the Fillmore concerts with Flo & Eddie. Frank discusses how he conducts a band in some detail. John Lennon and Yoko Ono are on hand and offer comments near the end of the interview. Howard Kaylan also interrupts periodically to update Frank on the status of finding him an amp for the show as he had blown his marshal the night before

    It's kind of like getting to be a fly on the wall in Franks dressing room for an hour.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • KJV Audio Bible, Pure Voice

    • UNABRIDGED (86 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Zondervan
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois, Theodore Bikel, David Birney, and others
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    The complete King James Version Bible in a pure voice audio format: each book of the Bible is read to you one voice at a time. Clear and uncluttered, this Bible speaks plainly, and making it easier for you to enter into God’s Word. Acclaimed audiobook readers speak new life to the cherished and revered King James Version of the Bible, including Scott Brick, Edward Herrmann, John Rubinstein, LeVar Burton, Theodore Bikel, Samantha Eggar, Robert Forster, Kristoffer Tabori, Juliet Mills, and more.

    Michelle says: "Excellent"
    "Just the word"
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    I listened to a number of samples before settling on this audio bible. With the amount of options available it was hard to pick the right one. I picked this one because it had no background music which I found distracting. Also, it's not a dramatization, while it has a number of different narrators each one reads a different gospel. Which is a really nice touch; I didn't want the bible to sound like a radio play.
    It's fairly easy to find the the chapters you are looking for if you download the PDF. If you are useing the audible app on your phone carry the PFD with you to. I've read other reviews that complain about this. There's no problem if you are prepared for it.

    As to the story, I'm gonna have to say its the best one I've ever heard!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Hajdu
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
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    (97)
    Story
    (96)

    In the years between World War II and the emergence of television as a mass medium, American popular culture as we know it was first created in the bold, pulpy pages of comic books. The Ten-Cent Plague explores this cultural emergence and its fierce backlash while challenging common notions of the divide between "high" and "low" art.

    Paul Krasner says: "Very frightening"
    "Freedom of the Press? Not here you don't."
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    Well written and frightening account of the McCarthy-esc government crack down o the comic book industry during the 1950s. Less than ten years after WW2, American children were being encouraged to have mass comic book burnings by their teachers and religious leaders. Very scary stuff; I couldn't put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Indigo, Crystal, and Rainbow Children: A Guide to the New Generations of Highly Sensitive Young People

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 43 mins)
    • By Doreen Virtue
    • Narrated By Doreen Virtue
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (19)
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    (19)

    Since the 1970s, parents and schoolteachers have noticed that children are becoming increasingly more sensitive, aware, and psychic. The first generation of the new children are Indigos, followed in the 1990s by the Crystal Children. Now, the new Rainbow Children are starting to emerge. On this two-CD set, Doreen discusses the characteristics of the Indigos, Crystals, and Rainbows; gives parenting guidance about behavioral issues.

    Michaela says: "Great for those beginning research"
    "An interesting concept"
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    Well written and narrated. I found this to be a good introduction to the subject of indigo, crystal, and rainbow children. But it is rather short and you'll want to do some more investigation afterwards.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And the Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Alan Riding
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Alan Riding introduces a pageant of 20th-century artists who lived and worked under the Nazis and explores the decisions each made about whether to stay or flee, collaborate or resist. We see Maurice Chevalier and Edith Piaf singing before French and German audiences; Picasso painting and occasionally selling his work from his Left Bank apartment; and Marcel Carné and Henri-Georges Clouzot, among others, directing movies....

    auther says: "I couldn't finish it"
    "I couldn't finish it"
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    There is some good info here and I wanted to like it but it is so detailed that it even exhausted a history geek like me.
    Too bad there's not an abridged version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Charles R. Cross
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    For many, the name Jimi Hendrix conjures up a larger-than-life image of the man who set fire to guitars, women's hearts, and the status quo. In this groundbreaking account, music journalist Charles R. Cross takes a far deeper look. Beyond Hendrix's legendary onstage and offstage magnetism, and his excessive lifestyle, was a man who struggled to accept his role as an idol and privately craved the kind of normal family life he never had.

    J. Wood says: "Hendrix-Man and Myth"
    "Fantastic! The best Hendrix biography to date"
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    I've been a Hendrix fan for longer than I care to remember and I've read just about everything I can find on the man. Unfortunately most of what I out there is not very well written or contains a lot of misinformation. And none of it deals with his Seattle years. This is just the opposite. It is extensively well researched; the writing flows well (as does the narration); and the first half is centered around Jimi's early life and career.
    This book combind with Eddie Kramer's Setting The Record Straight is all the info you'll ever need on Hendrix.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Sultan: The Life and Times of Ahmet Ertegun

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Greenfield
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    The definitive biography of the king of the rock 'n' roll business, Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records.

    A User says: "A Man More Than Fascinating"
    "Could also be called The Real King of Rock"
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    Amazing chronicle of a man who's love for American roots music fueled the movement we now know as rock and roll. Ertegun began as a collector of jazz and blues records to become one of the most influencial people in the record industry. Discovering acts like Ray Charles, Buffalo Springfield, Sonny & Cher and Led Zeppelin to name a few. As well as producers Phil Spector, David Geffin Tom Dowd and list just keeps going. Ahmet Ertegun seemed to be in the vicinity of just about every important event in popular music for over 50 years.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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