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Chris

Madison Heights, VA, United States

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  • Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Josh Hamilton, Tim Keown (Contributor)
    • Narrated By Ethan Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Josh Hamilton was the first player chosen in the first round of the 1999 baseball draft. He was destined to be one of those rare "high-character" superstars. But in 2001, working his way from the minors to the majors, all of the plans for Josh went off the rails in a moment of weakness. What followed was a four-year nightmare of drugs and alcohol, estrangement from friends and family, and his eventual suspension from baseball.

    Linda Harrell says: "A Texas who "still" loves Josh Hamilton"
    "second chance"
    Overall
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    Where does Beyond Belief rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    it is one of my favorite


    What did you like best about this story?

    when it took his grand mother to turn him around and his love for his family


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

    no


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

    the part when he made his MLB debut


    Any additional comments?

    Just a overall great read! I would recommend this book to any person who is not where he/she wants to be right now in life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bill Veeck: Baseball's Greatest Maverick

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Paul Dickson
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    William Louis 'Bill' Veeck, Jr. (1914-1986) is legendary in many ways - baseball impresario and innovator, independent spirit, champion of civil rights in a time of great change. Paul Dickson has written the first full biography of this towering figure, in the process rewriting many aspects of his life and bringing alive the history of America's pastime.

    Chris says: "Baseball at it's best!"
    "Baseball at it's best!"
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    Would you listen to Bill Veeck again? Why?

    Yes. This was very interesting and informative


    What other book might you compare Bill Veeck to and why?

    None


    What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is pleasant to listen too. Smooth and flows well.


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

    Yes and I found myself constantly coming back to hear more!


    Any additional comments?

    Great book about a great baseball man! Truly a maverick!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Phil Robertson
    • Narrated By Al Robertson, Phil Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (358)

    This no-holds-barred autobiography chronicles the remarkable life of Phil Robertson, the original Duck Commander and Duck Dynasty star, from early childhood through the founding of a family business. Life was always getting in the way of Phil Robertson’s passion for duck hunting. An NFL-bound quarterback, Phil made his mark on Louisiana Tech University in the 1960s by playing football and completing his college career with a master’s degree in English. But Phil’s eyes were not always on the books or the ball; they were usually looking to the sky....

    calluna13 says: ""Redneck" does not necessarily mean unintelligent"
    "Good things happen to good people"
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    Would you listen to Happy, Happy, Happy again? Why?

    Yes. It is a true american success story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the way he goes after everything he wants. I really liked the part about Walmart and how he got his product in their store's


    What does Al Robertson and Phil Robertson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like the way they show emotion. Well done


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

    Good things happen to good people


    Any additional comments?

    Great book I just wish it would have covered more of the growth of the business. This is truly a great book to listen to with your kids.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ball Four: The Final Pitch

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jim Bouton
    • Narrated By Jim Bouton
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (261)

    When Ball Four was published in 1970, it created a firestorm. Bouton was called a Judas, a Benedict Arnold and a “social leper” for having violated the “sanctity of the clubhouse.” Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force Bouton to sign a statement saying the book wasn’t true. Ballplayers, most of whom hadn’t read it, denounced the book. It was even banned by a few libraries. Almost everyone else, however, loved Ball Four.

    Dennis Anderson says: "Author's reading provides new insight into classic"
    "Ball Four is a Walk"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have had the book read by someone else. During the read he sometimes cracks himself up and it becomes a bit annoying.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have had the book read by someone else. During the read he sometimes cracks himself up and it becomes a bit annoying.


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

    no. I do not thank his career as a ball player was that impressive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cobb

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Al Stump
    • Narrated By Ian Esmo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    As a boy in the 1890s he went looking for thrills in a rural Georgia that still burned with humiliation from the Civil War. As an old man in the 1960s he dared death, picked fights, refused to take his medicine, and drove off all his friends and admirers. He went to his deathbed alone, clutching a loaded pistol and a bag containing millions of dollars worth of cash and securities. During the years in between, he became, according to Al Stump, "the most shrewd, inventive, lurid, detested, mysterious, and superb of all baseball players." He was Ty Cobb. In Cobb, Stump tells how he was given a fascinating window into the Georgia Peach's life and times when the dying Cobb hired him in 1960 to ghostwrite his autobiography.

    John says: "What a man -- what a book!"
    "Cobb great, but evil"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cobb?

    how he handled his business deals


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when he talked about hitting homeruns and then went out and hit 3! unreal!


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

    Cobb great ball player, troubled man!


    Any additional comments?

    It was just a great book. I have actually read the book and then I listen to the audible book version and both are great! Unreal how great of a player this man actually was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jane Leavy
    • Narrated By Charley Steiner
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    No immortal in the history of baseball retired so young, so well, or so completely as Sandy Koufax. After compiling a remarkable record from 1962 to 1966 that saw him lead the National League in ERA all five years, win three Cy Young awards, and pitch four no-hitters including a perfect game, Koufax essentially disappeared. Save for his induction into the Hall of Fame and occasional appearances at the Dodgers training camp, Koufax has remained unavailable, unassailable, and unsullied.

    steve finkelstein says: "Wow"
    "Koufax the great!"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Sandy Koufax? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed Charlie Steiner as the Narrator


    Would you recommend Sandy Koufax to your friends? Why or why not?

    sure


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing I thought it was well done


    Do you think Sandy Koufax needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the book but only gave it a 3 out of five because I was hoping to find out more about Koufax and his off the field life. You what did he actually do after the finished playing, etc.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wins, Losses, and Lessons: An Autobiography

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lou Holtz
    • Narrated By Lou Holtz
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (53)

    Few people in the history of college sports have been more influential or had a bigger impact than Lou Holtz. Winner of the three national Coach of the Year honors, the only coach ever to lead six different schools to season-ending bowl games, and the ninth-winningest coach in college football history, Holtz is still teaching and coaching, although he is no longer on the gridiron.

    Edward C. Charbonnet says: "An inspiring book - not a football book"
    "Lou Holtz is a winner!"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Wins, Losses, and Lessons in three words, what would they be?

    Great book with many life lessons. Holtz is a true leader and one of the greatest coaches to ever join the game of football!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Holtz- I love the way he looks at life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of his conversations with Woody Hayes (former Ohio State Head Coach)


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

    I enjoyed it all.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read this book twice myself and this was the first time I listened to it. I am glad I did. It was good to hear it read by Holtz himself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paterno

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Joe Posnanski
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    Joe Posnanski's biography of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno follows in the tradition of works by Richard Ben Cramer on Joe DiMaggio and David Maraniss on Vince Lombardi. Having gained unprecedented access to Paterno, as well as the coach's personal notes and files, Posnanski spent the last two years of Paterno's life covering the coach, on (and off) the field and through the scandal that ended Paterno's legendary career.

    John says: "Sobering"
    "Paterno a must for any football fan!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Paterno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this book. Well done all the way around!!! One of the best I have listened to!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Paterno?

    I guess the end and his firing. I feel that Penn State officals were basically looking for a fall guy and Paterno was the logical choice.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the part where he turned down the New England Job! I feel this really show the type of man Paterno was and should be remembered for!


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

    all of the stories from former players i enjoyed.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book!

    0 of 1 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
    (218)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (196)

    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"
    "Tiger Miss"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes I thought it to be interesting


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Big Miss?

    I listen to a few tips he gave Tiger and it seemed to help my own game!


    What about Hank Haney’s performance did you like?

    His voice was smooth and had a nice flow


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

    Why Tiger is who he is


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11365)
    Performance
    (9838)
    Story
    (9810)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Jobs review"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! This was the best book I have listen to on audible so far!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Steve Jobs?

    Everything I enjoyed, but the most memorable was the early years. How apple was started .


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    I felt he was very smooth and direct. Very good narrator!


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

    Jobs- How the master works!


    Any additional comments?

    GREAT BOOK AND A MUST READ FOR ANY BUSINESS OWNER!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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