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Bill

Middle Island, NY, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2594)
    Performance
    (1428)
    Story
    (1421)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "Narration was confusing"
    Overall

    Keith Richards has led a very interesting life to say the least and it is reflected here. My only issue with the book is the narration. Johnny Depp, I assume starts the narration and commands attention reading the narritive with an american accent while doing a great job doing other accents when people are quoted.
    Then about 1/3 of the way through, he either changed his style completely or it was read the other narrator mentioned. This person had an English accent and did a great Keith Richards. With just the book on my ipod, I thought it was still Johnny Depp for a while. There were quite a few letters and quotes from other people but with this narrator it was hard to tell when they began and ended.
    Then the last 1/3 of the book was back to Johnny Depp with an american accent. Keith Richards read a few sections himself at the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Reversal: Harry Bosch, Book 16 (Mickey Haller, Book 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3855)
    Performance
    (1979)
    Story
    (1990)

    Longtime defense attorney Mickey Haller is recruited to change stripes and prosecute the high-profile retrial of a brutal child murder. After 24 years in prison, convicted killer Jason Jessup has been exonerated by new DNA evidence. Haller is convinced Jessup is guilty, and he takes the case on the condition that he gets to choose his investigator, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch.

    Andrew Pollack says: "Brilliantly executed"
    "Not really a Harry Bosch Book"
    Overall

    As with just about all Micheal Connelly books, I really enjoyed it. But it is really more of a Mickey Haller book then a Harry Bosch book.
    The plot really moves along, switching from 1st person Mickey Haller to 3rd person for other sections. As with many Micheal Connelly books, characters from his other novels make appearances.
    Peter Giles did a good job with the narration but for the Bosch, I prefer Len Cariou.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1938)
    Performance
    (785)
    Story
    (791)

    Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

    Sara says: "Out Dated Even When It Was Current"
    "Political book that reads like novel"
    Overall

    The book is very well written, and I have to assume pretty much true. I didn't think 14 hours of this subject matter in an audio book would keep my attention.....well it did and then some.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Going Rogue: An American Life

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sarah Palin
    • Narrated By Sarah Palin
    Overall
    (765)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (168)

    In this eagerly anticipated memoir, Palin paints an intimate portrait of growing up in the wilds of Alaska; meeting her lifelong love; her decision to enter politics; the importance of faith and family; and the unique joys and trials of life as a high-profile working mother. She also opens up for the first time about the 2008 presidential race, providing a rare, mom's-eye view of high-stakes national politics - from patriots dedicated to "Country First" to slick politicos bent on winning at any cost.

    Mike & Jan Geihsler says: "Needed unabridged"
    "I'm glad I got the Audio version"
    Overall

    I give the book 3 stars for content and 5 stars for naration.

    The book covers quite a bit as an autobiography and the last section is sort of her political platform. I'm glad to hear it from her point of view. During the campaign it was difficult to separate what was really Sara Palin and what was Tina Fay. She addresses in detail why she wasn't really allowed to go "off script" during the camppaign.

    If nothing else she is a very good narator! Most authors tend not to keep my interest when they read their own books. She sells her point of view well.

    6 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Associate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1818)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (407)

    Kyle McAvoy grew up in his father's small-town law office in York, Pennsylvania. He excelled in college, was elected editor-in-chief of The Yale Law Journal, and his future has limitless potential. But Kyle has a secret, a dark one, an episode from college that he has tried to forget. The secret, though, falls into the hands of the wrong people, and Kyle is forced to take a job he doesn't want, even if it's a job most law students can only dream about....

    JoAnn says: "Good, but not nearly as good as The Firm""
    "Good until it ended"
    Overall

    I usually enjoy John Grisham books quite a bit. I had read the reviews on this site but decided to buy the book anyway.
    It really kept my interest....until it ended. I knew from the reviews there wasn't going to be much of an ending but I was still disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Concrete Blonde: Harry Bosch Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3125)
    Performance
    (1813)
    Story
    (1818)

    The Dollmaker was the name of the serial killer who had stalked Los Angeles ruthlessly, leaving grisly calling cards on the faces of his victims. Now, with a single faultless shot, Harry Bosch thinks he has ended the city's nightmare.

    Barry says: "Wow! Excellent Bosch thriller!"
    "One of the best Harry Bosch"
    Overall

    Very good story and well performed. I've read quite a few of the others in the series, both before and after, and this also fills in a lot of holes in the story line.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    Overall
    (4377)
    Performance
    (1918)
    Story
    (1910)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "Lincoln Lawyer rides again"
    Overall

    I've always enjoyed Micheal Connelly's books whether they be Harry Bosch or Mickey Haller. In this book you get both. The book keeps moving and kept my interest.
    The narrator was OK in the 1st person as the main character but was a bit confusing doing the voices of the minor characters. Several sounded alike.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Appeal

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2063)
    Performance
    (464)
    Story
    (474)

    In a crowded courtroom in Mississippi, a jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a small town's water supply, causing the worst "cancer cluster" in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court, whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it.

    RJT says: "And the ending?"
    "not his best"
    Overall

    I've listened to just about all of John Grisham's audio books and was looking foward to this one but was a bit disappointed. The story was OK but probably could have been half the length. What is usally great character development in Grisham's books, in this book I felt was just filler.

    The naration I felt was uninspired as well. If you have never listened to a John Grisham book start with The Pelican Brief or The Firm.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Overlook: Harry Bosch Series, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1781)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (485)

    A body has been found on the overlook near Mulholland Drive. The victim, identified as Dr. Stanley Kent, has two bullet holes in the back of his head, from what looks like an execution-style shooting. LAPD detective Harry Bosch is called out to investigate. As soon as Bosch begins retracing Dr. Kent's steps, contradictions emerge. While Kent doesn't seem to have had ties to organized crime, he did have access to dangerous radioactive substances from just about every hospital in Los Angeles County.

    JoAnn Marcon says: "Good thriller"
    "pretty good"
    Overall

    Not Micheal Connelly's best but a good quick listen. The story moves along very quickly at the expense of and lot of background material. I have read at least 6 of the other books in the series and didn't miss it. It's perfect for a long car ride.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marian McPartland's Jazz World: All in Good Time

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Marian McPartland
    • Narrated By Marian McPartland
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    In this collection of musical portraits, jazz pianist and radio host Marian McPartland pays sparkling tribute to such beloved and legendary figures as Benny Goodman, Bill Evans, Joe Morello, Paul Desmond, Alec Wilder, Mary Lou Williams, and others.

    Bill says: "A Piece of Jazz history"
    "A Piece of Jazz history"
    Overall

    The book was mostly a collection of pieces Marian wrote for various publications during the 60's and 70's with updates written within the last couple of years.
    She has some interesting insights to a rather small subset of all the jazz that was going on at the time.
    A lot of the pieces were about players of the day such as Benny Goodman, Dave Brubek, Paul Desmond etc. Her naration was somewhat of a problem, because in many places it was unclear if what she was reading were her opinions or quotes from the people she was writting about.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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