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  • Long Shot

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mike Piazza, Lonnie Wheeler
    • Narrated By Holter Graham, Mike Piazza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Mike Piazza was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 62nd round of the 1988 baseball draft as a "courtesy pick". The Dodgers never expected him to play for them - or anyone else. Mike had other ideas. Overcoming his detractors, he became the National League Rookie of the Year in 1993, broke the record for season batting average by a catcher, holds the record for career home runs at his position, and was selected as an All Star 12 times. Mike was groomed for baseball success by his ambitious, self-made father in Pennsylvania, a classic father-son American-dream story.

    Amazon Customer says: "I only thought i knew the Mike Piazza story"
    "Enjoyable Listen For Any Baseball Fan"
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    What did you love best about Long Shot?

    Getting to learn a little more about one of my favorite Baseball players. Reminiscing about the days the Mets were winning.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The recap of the grand slam single. Also the review of the 9/11 game brought back memories and gave me goose bumps.


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

    A long shot with a big bat.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a Piazza fan. I enjoyed the heck out of the book. I think Mike did a great job of explaining a lot of his thought process, as well as having some of my questions concerning the Mets and Piazza answered.Lets face it if the hall does not call... "There's something wrong with us, something very, very wrong with us."Last but not least... LETS GO METS!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1568)
    Performance
    (1427)
    Story
    (1423)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "Fantastic!"
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    Where does Still Foolin' 'Em rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top. I listen to many different types of books. This one ranks right at the top.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Billy....


    Which character – as performed by Billy Crystal – was your favorite?

    Mickey Mantel


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were definitely some sad moments. I think Billy was looking for the ....I laughed, I cried book. I am not easily moved to tears and I was not here however I could see where some might be.


    Any additional comments?

    When I finish a good book a part of me gets sad its over, wishing for maybe one more chapter! This book was no different.
    Thanks for sharing your life Billy!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tales from the New York Mets Dugout: A Collection of the Greatest Mets Stories Ever Told

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Bruce Markusen
    • Narrated By Tom Parks
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
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    (1)

    In over 50 years of existence, the New York Mets have experienced almost every phase of success and failure that can be encountered by a major league team. Written by veteran baseball author Bruce Markusen, Tales from the New York Mets Dugout relives some of the favorite moments in Mets history while also telling an array of little-known stories about the players. Stand on the mound with Tom Seaver, watch from the dugout with Davey Johnson, and kneel in front of the umpire with Gary Carter.

    Amazon Customer says: "dis·ap·point·ing"
    "dis·ap·point·ing"
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    Would you try another book from Bruce Markusen and/or Tom Parks?

    No...Probably not... maybe for free... will not pay for one that's for sure.


    What was most disappointing about Bruce Markusen’s story?

    In the whole book, there was maybe two or three things that a normal Mets fan would not know. It seemed that the whole book was a history of transactions the Mets made. And not even up to date.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tom Parks’s performances?

    Maybe! The man constantly mispronounced players names. It was so annoying. So bad that at one point I didn't even know who the heck he was talking about. His reading wasn't bad, but as a Mets fan I would like the reader to know how to pronounce the players names.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Tales from the New York Mets Dugout?

    To many to mention... There would be no book left. It would end up a pamphlet.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time.

    If you are a Mets fan and want to read something good try the new Mike Piazza book, or the Keith Hernandez book "If at First" Keith Hernandez also wrote a book called "Pure Baseball" This is a fantastic pitch by pitch account of 2 ballgames where he goes into every little nuance of what is happening at one time or another.

    Finally, I am very disappointed in "Tales from the New York Mets Dugout" It is definitely not A Collection of the Greatest Mets Stories Ever Told

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Philip Carlo
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1053)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (474)

    Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski led a double life beyond anything ever seen on The Sopranos, becoming one of the most notorious professional assassins in American history while hosting neighborhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey. Now, after 240 hours of face-to-face interviews with Kuklinski and his wife and daughters, author Philip Carlo tells his extraordinary story.

    Eileen C says: "You must buy this audio only if..."
    "Fantasticly Chilling"
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    What did you love best about The Ice Man?

    Everything... The writing made me feel as if I were there... The narrator was fantastic. I loved the feeling that I was the only one who was allowed in on the secrets of the author and subject.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The character for whom the book is named: Richard Kuklinski


    Have you listened to any of Michael Prichard’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is awesome. I love listening to his reading.


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

    The Ice Man: Confessions of a Killer


    Any additional comments?

    I would rate this book a R rating. Some violent scenes are depicted in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Anthony Bruno
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    At home, Richard Kuklinski was a dedicated suburban family man; on the street, he was the Iceman, a professional hit man and lethal scam artist, a man so heartless he kept one of his victims frozen for over two years to disguise the time of death. His personal body count was over 100, but the police couldn’t touch him. Then undercover agent Dominick Polifrone posed as a mobster and began a deadly game of cat and mouse. The Iceman chronicles Kuklinski’s grisly career and exposes his murderous double life.

    reviewer says: "Bronson Pinchot. A Masterful Narrator."
    "Disapointing... but not bad."
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    What did you like best about The Iceman? What did you like least?

    I thought this book would be more from the perspective of subject of the book. More of a bio. It was almost all from the perspective of the police. Maybe 70 /30 split.


    Could you see The Iceman being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    James Gandolfini


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (4008)
    Performance
    (1642)
    Story
    (1691)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "A softening experience."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES! This book has put me on the path to letting go and forgiveness. It softened my heart.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it didn't try to force anything on the listener. It just was what it was. A great story.


    What does Roger Mueller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The reader was terrific. Not putting me to sleep and yet not overwhelming the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen mostly on my commute to and from work. Sometimes I have a cigar and listen. This book was intriguing enough to have me impatient for my next chance to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No, They Can't: Why Government Fails - But Individuals Succeed

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Stossel
    • Narrated By John Stossel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (315)

    The government is not a neutral arbiter of truth. It never has been. It never will be. Doubt everything. John Stossel does. A self-described skeptic, he has dismantled society's sacred cows with unerring common sense. Now he debunks the most sacred of them all: our intuition and belief that government can solve our problems. In No, They Can't, the New York Times best-selling author and Fox News commentator insists that we discard that idea of the "perfect" government - left or right - and retrain our brain to look only at the facts, to rethink our lives as independent individuals - and fast.

    Daniel Cogan says: "Great Book, Must Listen"
    "Common Sense"
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    What did you love best about No, They Can't?

    This book is full of common sense! If you like Stossel you will know what I mean, If you have never heard him before, open your mind for a few hours and you will see that most of what he says is common sense.


    Have you listened to any of John Stossel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listen to another one of his books called: "Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity". These books compare well to each other.


    Any additional comments?

    Have an open mind while listening to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2051)
    Performance
    (1820)
    Story
    (1825)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "Great listen, Informative!"
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    What did you love best about Killing Kennedy?

    The inside dope daddy-o! Learned a lot about Kennedy the man.


    Any additional comments?

    Way to go Bill, who's next?

    2 of 10 people found this review helpful

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