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Bill

MC CORDSVILLE, IN, United States

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  • Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jeff Pearlman
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Best-selling sportswriter Jeff Pearlman draws from almost 300 interviews to take the first full measure of the Lakers’ epic Showtime era. A dazzling account of one of America’s greatest sports sagas, Showtime is packed with indelible characters, vicious rivalries, and jaw-dropping, behind-the-scenes stories of the players’ decadent Hollywood lifestyles. From the Showtime era’s remarkable rise to its tragic end - marked by Magic Johnson’s 1991 announcement that he had contracted HIV - Showtime is a gripping narrative of sports, celebrity, and 1980s-style excess.

    Bill says: "MAGIC-al!"
    "MAGIC-al!"
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    Where does Showtime rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Clearly the best sports book I have read and in the top 10 of all the books I've listened to


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Magic Johnson


    Which character – as performed by Malcolm Hillgartner – was your favorite?

    Kurt Rambis


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Flying High


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pete Rose: An American Dilemma

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kostya Kennedy
    • Narrated By Ben Bartolone
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Pete Rose played baseball with a singular and headfirst abandon that endeared him to fans and peers, even as it riled others--a figure at once magnetic, beloved and polarizing. Rose has more base hits than anyone in history, yet he is not in the Hall of Fame. Twenty-five years ago he was banished from baseball for gambling, then ruled ineligible for Cooperstown; today, the question "Does Pete Rose belong in the Hall of Fame?" has evolved into perhaps the most provocative in sports, a layered, slippery and ever-relevant moral conundrum.

    Bill says: "Worth the Gamble (Pun Intended)"
    "Worth the Gamble (Pun Intended)"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A great athlete with a great flaw


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was a great back story and a great current story of Pete Rose


    What didn’t you like about Ben Bartolone’s performance?

    It is really grating in books about sports when the narrator mispronounces pretty famous names. For instance, the narrator calls Leo Durocher (correctly pronounced Doo-ro-sher) Doo-Rosh-Shay. It is not french. I don't blame the narrator, I blame the producer. There are numerous mispronunciations of names. Not the first time in a sports book, and certainly won't be the last.


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

    Yes- It is a quick read.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Brendan I. Koerner
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (149)

    A shattered Army veteran and a mischievous party girl, Roger Holder and Cathy Kerkow commandeered Western Airlines Flight 701 as a vague protest against the war. Through a combination of savvy and dumb luck, the couple managed to flee across an ocean with a half-million dollars in ransom, a feat that made them notorious around the globe. Koerner spent four years chronicling this madcap tale, which involves a cast of characters ranging from exiled Black Panthers, to African despots, to French movie stars.

    Scott says: "A very entertaining and engaging audiobook"
    "This Story Was Great"
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    Would you listen to The Skies Belong to Us again? Why?

    Yes - very engaging


    What other book might you compare The Skies Belong to Us to and why?

    none


    What three words best describe Rob Shapiro’s voice?

    Great Engaging Melodic


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I don't blame the reader on this, but there were 5-6 mispronunciations of words or Countries - wouldn't the producer catch this?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Separation of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Ken Kilban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1489)
    Performance
    (1244)
    Story
    (1239)

    Newly appointed CIA director Dr. Irene Kennedy is the target of an inside plot to destroy her and prematurely end the American President's term. To make matters worse, Saddam Hussein is close to entering the nuclear arms race - something Israel has vowed to stop. With the haunting specter of World War III looming, the president calls on his secret weapon: top counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp. But with only two weeks to take out the nukes, Rapp is up against a ticking clock - and impossible odds.

    Renda says: "Horrible Narration"
    "What an awful narration"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, poor narration


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ken Kilban?

    Nick or George


    Was Separation of Power worth the listening time?

    Somewhat


    Any additional comments?

    Shouldn't the narrator have read the other books? It's pronounced Anna Really not Riley

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Phil Jackson, Hugh Delehanty
    • Narrated By Matt Walton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (133)

    During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. This is the story of a preacher's kid from North Dakota who grew up to be one of the most innovative leaders of our time. Eleven times, Jackson led his teams to the ultimate goal: the NBA championship - six times with the Chicago Bulls and five times with the Los Angeles Lakers. This book is full of revelations.

    Robert S. Wegener says: "Listener Beware"
    "A-W-F-U-L Narration"
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    What did you love best about Eleven Rings?

    The history was great and the stories were fabulous. I really enjoyed the leadership tips from the book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None


    How could the performance have been better?

    Learn how to pronounce the names. When John Salley was said to be on the Pistons, his name was pronounced "Sa-lee" but was pronounced correctly when he was with the Lakers. Also, in Robert Horry's name, the 'H' is silent. There were other things as well. I fault the producers in this, because it has happened in sports books before.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hank Haney
    • Narrated By Hank Haney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (176)

    The Big Miss is Hank Haney's candid and surprisingly insightful account of his tumultuous six-year journey with Tiger Woods, during which the supremely gifted golfer collected six major championships and rewrote golf history. Hank was one of the very few people allowed behind the curtain. He was with Tiger 110 days a year, spoke to him over 200 days a year, and stayed at his home up to 30 days a year, observing him in nearly every circumstance....

    E. L. Robertson says: "Very Mixed Feelings"
    "Haney Wrote a Great Read, but can't Read Great"
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    If you could sum up The Big Miss in three words, what would they be?

    Good not great


    What other book might you compare The Big Miss to and why?

    A Good Walk Spoiled


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Hank Haney?

    Anyone - Edward Hermann, Scott Brick, Dan Hicks, David Feherty


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

    No, it was best broken up into sections


    Any additional comments?

    Writers should write, Narrators should narrate

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9985)
    Performance
    (6063)
    Story
    (6092)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Spectacular"
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    If you could sum up Unbroken in three words, what would they be?

    Uplifting. Inspiring. Breathtaking.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unbroken?

    Through harrowing and heartbreaking experiences, the story takes you in and welcomes you.


    What about Edward Herrmann’s performance did you like?

    Edward Hermann's personal touch is the highest art of storytelling.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Heroes are made...not born.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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