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JOHN H. RUSSELL III

Member Since 2008

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  • 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
    (175)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (107)

    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"
    "In depth"
    Overall

    Detailed, well thought and appreciated. The legend continues.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China, and What It Means for All of Us

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robyn Meredith
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Exotic India is as near as the voice answering an 800 number for one dollar an hour. Communist China is as close as the nearest Wal-Mart, its shelves full of goods made in Chinese factories. But India and China are vastly different nations, with opposing economic and political strategies - strategies we must understand to survive in the new global economy. The Elephant and the Dragon explains how these nations have spurred a new "gold rush", and what this will mean for the rest of the world.

    R. Reed says: "Confused and not scholarly"
    "Wake up World"
    Overall

    While we were sleeping with our material world these people were preparing. Like it or not the author brings it home in many fashions. I didn't regret this one bit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miles: The Autobiography

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Miles Davis, Quincy Troupe
    • Narrated By LeVar Burton
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    JOHN H. RUSSELL III says: "All the miles of Miles"
    "All the miles of Miles"
    Overall

    Miles and more of the Great artist that made fine music. Real Talk from the Legend. A must listen for any Miles Davis fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stephen Kinzer
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    "Regime change" did not begin with the administration of George W. Bush, but has been an integral part of U.S. foreign policy for more than one hundred years. Starting with the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 and continuing through the Spanish-American War and the Cold War and into our own time, the United States has not hesitated to overthrow governments that stood in the way of its political and economic goals.

    Nelson Alexander says: "What Every President Should Know"
    "True American History"
    Overall

    This is how we do things in America. Detailed and Defined. Good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Giants Walked the Earth: A Biography of Led Zeppelin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mick Wall
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    They were the last great band of the '60s and the first great band of the '70s. They rose, somewhat unpromisingly, from the ashes of the Yardbirds to become one of the biggest-selling rock bands of all time - and eventually paid the price for it, with disaster, drug addiction, and death.

    David says: "Must read for Led Zeppelin Fans"
    "Great listen"
    Overall

    I'm listening for the second time. I liked it that much. Informative rock and roll stuff. Zeppelin fans can really appreciate this one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4061)
    Performance
    (2608)
    Story
    (2635)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "WOW!"
    Overall

    Narrated very well. Every African American needs to know the examples of violation. This is just one of many that was well researched and brought to the public through barriers. Skloot is dedicated.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • WAR

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sebastian Junger
    • Narrated By Sebastian Junger
    Overall
    (898)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (396)

    Junger turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat - the fear, the honor, and the trust among men in an extreme situation whose survival depends on their absolute commitment to one another. His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley.

    Jeffrey Dame says: "Why we fight re-visited"
    "Front line as it gets"
    Overall

    Hats off to the whole damn crew. Junger delivered this in a way that has to be recognized as exceptional. You don't have to agree with war but you will damn sure have a better understanding and appreciation for what the men and women of this country have to go through that step up to the plate for freedom. This is also a great listen for anyone thinking about joining the forces. Thank you

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unnatural History of the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Callum M. Roberts
    • Narrated By Callum M. Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Humanity can make short work of the oceans' creatures. In 1741, hungry explorers discovered herds of Steller's sea cow in the Bering Strait, and in less than thirty years, the amiable beast had been harpooned into extinction. It's a classic story, but a key fact is often omitted. Bering Island was the last redoubt of a species that had been decimated by hunting and habitat loss years before the explorers set sail.

    JOHN H. RUSSELL III says: "Fish for You"
    "Fish for You"
    Overall

    If you are a fish lover it delivers. This Cat has all the details about the sea through time. It could have been read with a little more tempo than it was. Educational but slow for me. I think someone else should have read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Humbling

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Philip Roth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Everything is over for Simon Axler. One of the leading American stage actors of his generation, now in his 60s, he has lost his magic, his talent, and his assurance. His Falstaff and Peer Gynt and Vanya, all his great roles, "are melted into air, into thin air". When he goes on stage he feels like a lunatic and looks like an idiot. His confidence in his powers has drained away; he imagines people laughing at him; he can no longer pretend to be someone else.

    marnie says: "Dick Hill destroys The Humbling"
    "slow"
    Overall

    A good bedtime story for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bandana Republic: Free 15-Minute Excerpt

    • UNABRIDGED (20 mins)
    • By Bruce Reyes Louis
    • Narrated By Chuck D, Louis Reyes Rivera, Nishat Kurwa, and others
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Urban youth gangs are typically viewed as no more than training grounds for thugs and felons. This breakthrough anthology presents a far different picture, revealing present and former gang members' and street activists' artistic impulses, emotional sensitivities, political beliefs, and capacities to assess the social conditions that created them.

    JOHN H. RUSSELL III says: "KEEPING IT REAL"
    "KEEPING IT REAL"
    Overall

    I just listened to the 15 minute exerpt. The readers that are listed are very in tune with the stories. This would be a great book for anyone dealing with youth headed in gang, jail, and ultimately death. A lot of remorse is given when the time is on the table.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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