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Jonathan kalkin


Hollywood, CA | Member Since 2008

  • 3 reviews
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  • 24 purchased in 2015

  • Blood in the Cage: Mixed Martial Arts, Pat Miletich, and the Furious Rise of the UFC

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By L. Jon Wertheim
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante

    Based on unlimited access to the Ultimate Fighting Championship and its rival leagues, Blood in the Cage peers through the chain-link Octagon into the frighteningly seductive world of mixed martial arts, which is exploding in popularity despite resistance from every corner. Wertheim focuses on Pat Miletich, a mixed-martial-arts pioneer and six-time UFC champion, who currently runs the most famous MMA training school in the world.

    Bret says: "MMA Bible"
    "Wish there were more MMA books on Audibe"
    What made the experience of listening to Blood in the Cage the most enjoyable?

    I'm a fan of MMA and I've watched the sport evolve into what it is today. I knew of Pat Millitech as a smart fighter and world class trainer, but I didn't know much about his personal background. Very inspiring story. It's always nice to hear about someone who faces tragedy and adversity, and winds up living to see a happy ending.

    Who was your favorite character and why?


    The guy who tried to back Pat down in a bar fight by claiming to be Pat Milliech. Also, funny to hear a semi-official version of the Gene LeBell vs Steven Segal story. I've heard so many versions of that story over the years.

    Which character ??? as performed by Phil Gigante ??? was your favorite?

    Gigante is a very good all-around reader, but he doesn't seem to know much about MMA or the characters. For some reason he gives Pat a southern accent and he pronounces a lot of names wrong or weird. Like pronouncing Bas Rutten as though he's a fresh water fish. ;-)

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


    Any additional comments?

    There are a dozen books by and/or about MMA fighters that would be great additions Audible. I don't know how many of them have been recorded, but there are books by or about Jens Pulver, Randy Couture, John McCarthy that I would love to be able to listen to in the car or while I work out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Narco: Inside the Hunt for El Chapo, the World's Most-Wanted Drug Lord

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Malcolm Beith
    • Narrated By John Allen Nelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With El Chapo vulnerable as never before, Mexican and DEA authorities are closing in, and journalist Malcolm Beith, a Newsweek contributor who has spent years reporting on the drug wars, follows the chase with full access to senior officials and exclusive interviews with soldiers and drug traffickers in the region, including members of Guzman's cartel. The Last Narco combines fearless reporting with the story of El Chapo's legendary rise from a poor farming family to the "capo" of the world's largest drug empire.

    Jonathan kalkin says: "Informative yet unintentionally hilarious"
    "Informative yet unintentionally hilarious"

    If you're a fan of Killing Pablo type journalism, you will most likely find this informative, but the narrator's attempts at a Mexican dialect are just horrible and made me laugh out loud. He comes off sounding more Chinese than Mexican, and considering how many talented Latino and Latina actors there are -- or even Anglos who can execute a passable accent -- if I was Hispanic I think I might be slighlty offended. Sorry, John Alen Nelson, you have a fine voice and all, but a man's gotta know his limitations. Or as you might call them, "Lee-ma-tay-chuns."

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Birthday Party: A Memoir of Survival

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Stanley N. Alpert
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On January 21, 1998, the night before his 38th birthday, federal prosecutor Stanley Alpert was kidnapped by a car full of gun-toting thugs. Hoping to make a large withdrawal with his ATM card, they took him, blindfolded, to a Brooklyn apartment, and improvised. All night, his captors alternately held guns to his head, threatened his family, engaged him in discussions of "gangsta" philosophy, sought his legal advice, and even offered him sexual favors from their prostitute girlfriends as a "birthday present."

    Jonathan kalkin says: "Surprise!"

    The content isn't bad, but the reader is horrible. He sounds like he's reading a children's book. I had to bail out after about ten minutes. I tried to give it another shot and lasted another five.

    I may try the hard copy, because I would like to hear the story, but there's no way I can listen to this guy for another ten minutes, much less ten hours.

    I love my audiobooks, and there are some great readers out there. Then there are some okay ones, and some that are below par. And some just grate on you. This reader, I am sad to say, falls into the latter category.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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