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Guy

Benson, NC, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Steely Dan's Aja (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Don Breithaupt
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Aja was the album that made Steely Dan a commercial force on the order of contemporaries like Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles and Chicago. A double-platinum, Grammy-winning best seller, it lingered on the Billboard charts for more than a year and spawned three hit singles. Odd, then, that its creators saw it as an "ambitious, extended" work, the apotheosis of their anti-rock, anti-band, anti-glamour aesthetic. Populated by 35 mostly jazz session players, Aja served up prewar song forms, mixed meters and extended solos to a generation whose idea of pop daring was Paul letting Linda sing lead once in a while.

    Guy says: "You Better Know Music Theory"
    "You Better Know Music Theory"
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    I have 3 degrees in music and all I can say is that this book has taken a great album and made it boring through the overuse of music theory terms that most users will not understand. I was hoping that it would approach the story from a point of how the songs came about rather than saying "This song is based upon a chord progression of the IV-I chords essentially using a plagal cadence." Better save the money and just buy the CD.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall—from America’s Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Frank Brady
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (274)

    From Frank Brady, who wrote one of the best-selling books on Bobby Fischer of all time and who was himself a friend of Fischer’s, comes an impressively researched biography that for the first time completely captures the remarkable arc of Bobby Fischer’s life. When Bobby Fischer passed away in January 2008, he left behind a confounding legacy. Everyone knew the basics of his life—he began as a brilliant youngster, then became the pride of American chess, then took a sharp turn, struggling with paranoia and mental illness. But nobody truly understood him.

    Roy says: "A Trajedy"
    "Excellent book!!!"
    Overall

    For somebody who only plays chess once in a blue moon I found this book very intriguing. Bobby really comes across as seriously tormented from a young age until his death. There is not too much technical language, but the author does jump time quite a bit which can make it difficult to follow.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Scar Tissue

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anthony Kiedis, Larry Sloman
    • Narrated By Rider Strong
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (166)

    As lead singer and songwriter for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis has lived life on the razor's edge. Much has been written about him, but until now we've only had his songs as clues to his experience from the inside. In Scar Tissue, Kiedis proves himself to be as compelling a memoirist as he is a lyricist, giving us a searingly honest account of the life from which his music has evolved.

    Nicole says: "Up Close and Personal with Anthony Kiedis"
    "Awesome!"
    Overall

    A great book!!! The constant returns to drug use can grate on the nerves, but Kiedis gives great insight into his life from childhood all the way to the time the book was released. Very insightful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Teaching Music

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Estelle R. Jorgensen
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The Art of Teaching Music takes up important aspects of the art of music teaching ranging from organization to serving as conductor to dealing with the disconnect between the ideal of university teaching and the reality in the classroom. Writing for both established teachers and instructors on the rise, Estelle R. Jorgensen opens a conversation about the life and work of the music teacher.

    denisedesouza123 says: "Estelle R. Jorgensen is fantastic!"
    "ZZZZZZZZ!!!!!"
    Overall

    As a music educator I bought this book hoping to be inspired or gain some new insight. This book is very clinical. The author enjoys stringing together long words and hearing them read back. There is little here that will be useful if you are able to listen past the the first hour. It may be good to try using this book if you are an insomniac who is not responding to therapy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Robert Foxworth, Afterword by Vincent Bugliosi
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    They were allegedly under the influence of Charles Manson, a scruffy, would-be pop singer with questionable talent. They were young women from comfortable middle-class families committing murder. This authoritative, thoroughly researched chronicle of the Manson murders remains the most chilling "true crime" story ever.

    Sarah says: "Lacking"
    "Sorry,Charlie. Not that great."
    Overall

    The paper version of the book has the inscription "This book will scare the hell out of you." That's exactly what happened when I read the book in my mid 20's. The exact opposite is true with the audio book version. The fact that it is abridged should've been my first clue. So much of the drama and details are taken out. Save your credit for another book and buy the real version of this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Talk Show

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Dick Cavett
    • Narrated By Dick Cavett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (101)

    For years, Dick Cavett played host to the nation’s most famous personalities on his late-night talk show. In this humorous and evocative book, we get to hear Cavett's best tales, as he recounts great moments with the legendary entertainers who crossed his path and offers his own trenchant commentary on contemporary American culture and politics.

    Martha Humphreys says: "Witty, wry and wonderfully entertaining..."
    "Dick is too smart for you!!!!!"
    Overall

    This book is basically a compilation of all of Dick's columns for the NY Times. Cavett spends so much time complaining about George W. Bush's mispronounciation of the word NUCLEAR that one wonders how he ever had a career before Bush was president. He spends so much time bashing Bush(Probably helped get the gig at the NYT) that it makes you wonder how he has survived the last president's 2 terms without killing himself. Here is a good breakdown of the book: 10% Dick Cavett TV show memories 15% Dick telling you how stupid you are(He loves to use quotes in foreign languages and references to Shakespeare to get this point across) 15%Dick telling you about who he knows/knew and his great adventures with them 60% conservative bashing. Yes, Dick does show some kindness to John McCain, but McCain is not very popular with the conservative base. The book has some interesting moments such as when Dick describes the death of a guest on his show and his adventures as a child, but most of this is a series of trashy, condescending columns compiled into a "book." Read at your own risk, but remember you will always be a small person and too stupid to hang with Dick.

    5 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • All of Me

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Anne Murray, Michael Posner
    • Narrated By Anne Murray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In this revealing autobiography, Canada’s first lady of song, for the first time, tells the whole story of her astonishing 40-year career in show biz. It is a candid retrospective of the extraordinary success achieved, and the prices that had to be paid.

    Carolyn says: "Great Job Good Book"
    "Great book....but"
    Overall

    I grew up listening to Anne Murray and others of her ilk. I found this book a great "read", but Anne drops names at every opportunity. In addition, she keeps speaking of her struggle with "low self esteem", but many of the passages come across as bragging. Anne seems somewhat out of touch with the fact that she has ALWAYS been an adult contemporary/country artist. She often refers to her forays into rock music. This is akin to David Cassidy referring to his years playing in punk bands. She is very candid and portrays her love of her family very well. This isn't a book with a bunch of hateful mud-slinging that you often find in musician bios. All in all the book gives great insight into the very private life of one of Canada's best exports. Murray fans(AKA Snowbirds) need to hold their flames and take this post as one person's OPINION.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wishful Drinking

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Carrie Fisher
    • Narrated By Carrie Fisher
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (197)

    In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star Wars when only 19 years old. "But it isn't all sweetness and light sabers."

    Nick says: "An entertaining, yet unfortunate story."
    "Terrible!!!!"
    Overall

    After the first 15 minutes I just wanted to tell Carrie to stick a light sabre in it. She is a BITTER woman about EVERYTHING in her life. On top of it all her delivery is very unfunny. Her jabs at George Bush and Sarah Palin are very hackneyed and behind the times. Her voice will put hair on your back. Save your money, time and ears.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • They Made a Monkee Out of Me: The Only Authorized Story

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Davy Jones
    • Narrated By Davy Jones
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Davy Jones was a young aspiring actor when he was cast in a new television series called The Monkees. In this upbeat, entertaining autobiography, he recounts his career from its beginnings through the 1980s Monkees reunion and revival.

    Judith McKenzie says: "the depths of his heart"
    "Good listen!!!!"
    Overall

    This is a great book! Even though it's short, Davy gets straight to the point and tells his story. No real shocking details, but a fun "read."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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