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J Frances

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  • Life after Death: The Evidence

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dinesh D’Souza
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    Is there life beyond the grave? Is it reasonable to believe in the afterlife? If so, how should we act on those beliefs? Best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza undertakes an unprecedented voyage of intellectual discovery to reveal the truth about life, death and beyond.

    Darrell says: "My Favorite of the Year"
    "Intellectual Study"
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    I always enjoy reading life after death stories. This was not one of them. This is an intellectual study of religions, non believers and science on the subject at hand. My mind wandered often during the narration. I do not believe this book provided any evidence of life after death as it is left up to the listener what they believe after all of the so called evidence.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mark Lewisohn
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (166)
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    Tune In is the first volume of All These Years - a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

    Tad Davis says: "Insanely great"
    "I just loved this!"
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    Longtime Beatle fan here and Tune In is for fans like me. I have read just about every Beatle book there is. This is exceptional. This is a must have for the true fan. Takes you right in from the beginning to the days just before The Beatles came to the States. Loved the inside stories on the Beatles families, their personalities, where they came from. John the mad, sometimes evil genius, Paul the brilliant songwriter and businessman before his time, George - talented, perfected guitarist even before he bloomed and Ringo the likable kid who was talented and in the right place at the right time. Stu, Pete Best all intricate parts to building this phenomenon known as the Beatles. Of course Brian Epstein who believed in them and pushed them to the top.

    I cannot wait to read the next chapter of Tune In - The Beatles 1963 to 1969. I hope there will be one.

    This is number one in my book of reads.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and the Battle for Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Fainaru-Wada, Steve Fainaru
    • Narrated By David H. Lawrence XVII
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (64)
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    (63)

    So concluded the National Football League in a December 2005 scientific paper on concussions in America's most popular sport. That judgment, implausible even to a casual fan, also contradicted the opinion of a growing cadre of neuroscientists who worked in vain to convince the NFL that it was facing a deadly new scourge: A chronic brain disease that was driving an alarming number of players - including some of the all-time greats - to madness.

    Cynthia says: "How to Kill Friends and Influence People"
    "How sad this all is"
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    I have been a casual fan of football since 1972, high school and NFL. The story of Mike Webster drew me into this book, and although the written part of his story is short in this book, it is powerful and extremely sad. I though, how and why do networks and fans scream and carry on while the physical health and physical destruction of the players are at risk? (no need to ask really - money). I think that this story is best viewed because of all of the names involved, but it needs more than just a listen. When I tried to discuss this among friends before the Super Bowl, it was something no one cared to hear about or discuss.
    I have a relative who plays school football, I will no longer attend and cheer school football.
    It changed my opinion on the greedy individuals involved in these weekly productions.

    The worst part is that it has been talked about for decades, yet the tragedy goes on.
    In 1906 the NCAA started out as a group of greedy, collegiate executives who placed a veneer of safety on football so as to keep it from being banned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Godfather

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Mario Puzo
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (442)

    More than 40 years ago, Mario Puzo wrote his iconic portrait of the Mafia underworld as told through the fictional first family of American crime, the Corleones. The leader, Vito Corleone, is the Godfather. He is a benevolent despot who stops at nothing to gain and hold power. His command post is a fortress on Long Island from which he presides over a vast underground empire that includes the rackets, gambling, bookmaking, and unions. His influence runs through all levels of American society, from the cop on the beat to the nation's mighty.

    Dana says: "Huge fan of the movie, loved this audiobook!"
    "Everyone needs a Godfather"
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    The movie was great, but the book is even better. Characters become more detailed. Story is fuller. Joe Mantegna is a superb narrator. Don't pass this by just because you think you have seen it. One of my all time favorites from Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Train Tracks: Family Stories for the Holidays

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Savage
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
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    (9)
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    (10)

    A number-one New York Times best-selling author and superstar radio personality, Michael Savage is admired by millions for his tough talk and no-punches-pulled common sense about the state of our union and its leaders. In Train Tracks, a more personal side of Savage shines through in this marvelous collection of "American Stories for the Holidays". Like Glen Beck’s blockbuster, The Christmas Sweater, Michael Savage’s poignant, personal stories of home, family, and the holidays will resonate with listeners everywhere.

    Aaron says: "Great book but I think the recoding is flawed`"
    "Stories as only Savage can tell"
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    I am a long time fan of Michael Savage. This book is an excellent collection of stores from his life, where he came from and where he has gone and they are told with the wisdom and thoughts and ideas of his years life experience. There is only one thing I wish for this and other Michael Savage books and that is that Savage, himself, would himself be the narrator of his own books. The stories move quickly, many nostalgic, and I don't understand why the word Holidays is included in the book title. For Michael Savage fans like myself, it was a pleasure and great listen to know more about the man, Savage, and kept my attention throughout.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (316)

    Award-winning author William Kent Krueger has gained an immense fan base for his Cork O’Connor series. In Ordinary Grace, Krueger looks back to 1961 to tell the story of Frank Drum, a boy on the cusp of manhood. A typical 13-year-old with a strong, loving family, Frank is devastated when a tragedy forces him to face the unthinkable - and to take on a maturity beyond his years.

    Ronna says: "best book to come along this year!!"
    "Quite good!"
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    I don't usually choose books of fiction, but with all of the great reviews I had to pick this one. Ordinary Grace is a great listen, a good, although slow moving mystery story about life in a small, quiet town through the eyes of two young brothers which takes place in 1961. I found it a little slow at first, but something kept me listening till the end. It takes many turns and keeps you guessing the answer right to the end. I would definitely recommend and I will start to delve deeper into stories like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stolen Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Tricia O'Malley
    • Narrated By Sarah Chevalier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
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    (6)
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    (6)

    When Briggs, a Boston terrier, is stolen from his family's deck and shoved into a waiting car, a chain of events unfold that shakes the city. The Stolen Dog follows Tricia and Josh, Briggs' owners, as they fight a force unknown, enduring death threats, psychic interventions, false leads, fake set-ups, and the threat of dog fighting.

    J Frances says: "A must read for those who love dogs"
    "A must read for those who love dogs"
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    An absolute riveting, true story about the abduction of a beloved pet. I can only hope that this story will bring more focus to the lives of dogs and the horror and sadness of things that can happen when our backs are turned or when people are just uncaring and even criminal. Dogs and others in the animal kingdom are so much more than just animals. Don't go thinking that this will be too sad, because the story ends on a high note, but the journey is heart wrenching. Guard you pets like you do your children. I knew exactly what the author was feeling throughout. The narrator was excellent. Bless Tricia O'Malley for sharing her story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Anita Moorjani
    • Narrated By Anita Moorjani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (437)

    In this truly inspirational audio book, Anita Moorjani relates how, after fighting cancer for almost four years, her body began shutting down - overwhelmed by the malignant cells spreading throughout her system. As her organs failed, she entered into an extraordinary near-death experience (NDE) where she realized her inherent worth... and the actual cause of her disease. Upon regaining consciousness, Anita found that her condition had improved so rapidly that she was released from the hospital within weeks - without a trace of cancer in her body!

    Jeffrey says: "SImply Amazing"
    "A very inspiring read"
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    Anita Moorjani tells her incredible life and death story. Very inspirational, and if true, then we of us, who have not yet suffered and died (and returned), will never learn it's secrets. Nor am I positively sure that the Creator would want us to know or we would know already. This is my main problem with the book. Things that Ms Moorjani speaks about such as terrible criminal things that some humans do to one another - that we should think very differently of them and treat them differently. This seems an almost impossible human trait to do for most of us. I'm not sure if these are Ms Moorjani's own ideas or truths from a higher being's truths for us to even know. I did enjoy the book, however, and it did make me look at some things differently, if only for a few days..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undisputed Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mike Tyson, Larry Sloman
    • Narrated By Joshua Henry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (207)

    Philosopher, Broadway headliner, fighter, felon - Mike Tyson has defied stereotypes, expectations, and a lot of conventional wisdom during his three decades in the public eye. Bullied as a boy in the toughest, poorest neighborhood in Brooklyn, Tyson grew up to become one of the most thrilling and ferocious boxers of all time - and the youngest heavyweight champion ever. But his brilliance in the ring was often compromised by reckless behavior.

    Brock says: "Fascinating story about a train wreck of a life"
    "The whole truth and nothing but the truth"
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    As a long time watcher of Mike Tyson, I thought this would be interesting. Interesting how one man with so much talent could lose so much and come back a stronger and a better man. This is the book to read if you have any interest in Mike Tyson. It is at times tense, at times shocking, at times sad, but I believe in my heart an honest outpouring of Mike Tyson. I could not put it down. It is a long read/listen and will not disappoint. I first said that I was a watcher of Mike Tyson, now I am a fan of the man.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • True Horror Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Terry Deary
    • Narrated By Denica Fairman
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    A girl murders her own father and mother in cold blood. A whole village of people disappears without trace, and all anyone saw were strange lights in the sky. An Egyptian mummy, disturbed after thousands of years, leaves a trail of horrible disasters. Incredible? Impossible? Too awful to imagine? But someone, somewhere has sworn that each of these sinister stories is true...

    Anne says: "Chilling and Well Done"
    "Chilling!"
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    I am a huge fan of horror stories, especially the "true" ones. This did not disappoint! This is my second listen to this audio book, and it is without a doubt one of my favorite Audible purchases. This is not one of those bloody, murderous horror stories. It is about the ghostly, the unknown, the hauntings and this will send chills down your spine if you listen alone or at night. This is a group of "true" stories, one or two you may know, others you may not, but they are definitely still worth the listen with the excellent performance of Denica Fairman, and also some facts you never heard before. It also gives the listener/reader a chance to think about the facts as they relate to the stories. The narration is the icing on the cake and I look forward to hearing more from Terry Deary and Denica Fairman. Absolutely superb!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Randall Sullivan
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Beginning with his final departure from Neverland, Untouchable takes listeners through Jackson's final four years, as he shuttled from California to the Middle East, Ireland, Asia, the East Coast, and Las Vegas, planning to recapture his wealth and reputation with a comeback album and a series of 50 mega-concerts, for which he was rehearsing until the day before his death. Sullivan has never-before-reported information about Jackson's business dealings and the pedophilia allegations that irreparably marked his reputation, and he had exclusive access to inner-circle figures.

    Scott says: "Don't expect a definitive biography"
    "MJ and Untouchable - Star Performances"
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    Being a fan of MJ since his beginnings, I found this book answered all of the questions. MJ was a complex human being, a brilliant man and performer, and the sum of his past. This book was incredible and sad and I could not stop listening. If anyone has based their own opinion on MJ from news sources - push the biased, tabloid opinions aside and try this book first. His family let him down and so did people he considered friends. I hope MJ finds peace now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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