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Catherine

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  • Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Manning Marable
    • Narrated By G. Valmont Thomas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (152)

    Of the great figure in 20th-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins' bullets at age 39. Through his tireless work and countless speeches he empowered hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger communities while establishing the template for the self-actualized, independent African American man.

    connie says: "invites further reading on Malcolm X"
    "A GIFTED STORY TELLER! YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK!"
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    This is probably the biggest bang I ever got from a book purchase. The story is enormous! I finished the first read and had to go back and start all over again for the second read.

    The book was so lifting for me on so many levels. The story of how Malcolm X protested against slavery while only switching masters to serve, and becoming a slave to a cult. Which lifted him up but would not set him free, and eventually ended his life with the idea that they owned it because they had effected it.

    Slavery is insidious and colorblind. It is not about color, race, sex or culture. It is about a mind set.

    Right now Americans can not own land! The Government has seized it all and rents it back to us under the banner of "property taxes", which keeps every American in economic slavery until the day they die for a roof over their head.

    Malcolm was a hacker of the mind , who was able to hack into the mind set of slave / master and stand up and admit inconvenient truths. This is an ability anyone can bring under his command if he is destined to be a part of CHANGE.

    He was also able to make the impossible, possible. To rise above conditions and become bigger than the agreed upon "think". And take others with him.

    The brutality and para military cult of the Nation of Islam with it's brutality and enforcement as it was back then, (I understand it has improved conditions and reformed , with the exclusion of Louis Farrakhan's cult) is illustrated with the para military soldier copy of the mafia.

    The self denial, self abnegation, self inflicted punishments, shunning, expulsions and other intolerance, that marks the cults that arose in this period are revealed. The stunning similarities to today's Church of Scientology, with the Nation of Islam Malcolm lived through several decades ago, are disturbing.

    It is encouraging to note that the Nation of Islam has reformed and evolved with new leaders and new policies which prohibit abuse, and bank on self improvement and enlightenment, even though the Church of Scientology and Louis Farrakhan seem to be merging and encouraging one another to remain of a mind set that is as outdated as the Taliban we seek to bring forward with modern tolerance.

    It is an amazing success story. One thing for sure, no matter your race sex or culture, no matter your identity, you will not be able to read this book and not come out the end of it without the deepest respect and admiration for Malcolm X.

    A proud man is a lovely man. He did not doubt himself against every invitation to do just that from the entire world. That takes a hell of a lot of Integrity.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bound by Honor: A Mafioso's Story

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bill Bonanno
    • Narrated By Bill Bonanno
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Bill Bonanno, son of legendary mafioso Joe Bonanno, takes you inside the mob at its peak, when New York's Five Families - the Bonanno, Gambino, Colombo, Lucchese, and Genovese - not only dominated local businesses but also controlled national politics. In this true crime story, Bonanno provides a remarkable glimpse into the underworld of yesterday and today, from Bugsy Seigal to John Gotti.
    Also check out Underboss.

    John says: "Boring"
    "Master story teller!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bound by Honor to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The father.


    Which character – as performed by Bill Bonanno – was your favorite?

    I have listened to several hundred audio books in the last few years. I think this is the best narration I ever heard. Great voice, really delivers a beautiful story. Describes characters by their actions, which is a rare talent but makes the characters more real and understandable. After I was finished listening the first time, I listened again a second time. I just didn't want to put the book down!


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

    Don't think it would need a tag line.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this is only volume one of twenty five.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mafia Prince: Inside America's Most Violent Crime Family and the Bloody Fall of La Cosa Nostra

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Phillip Leonetti, Scott Burnstein, Christopher Graziano
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Mafia Prince is the first-person account of one of the most violent eras in Mafia history - "Little" Nicky Scarfo’s reign as boss of the Philly family in the 1980s - written by Scarfo’s underboss and nephew, "Crazy" Phil Leonetti. The youngest-ever underboss at the age of 31, Leonetti was at the crux of the violent downfall of the traditional American Mafia in the 1980s when he infiltrated Atlantic City after gambling was legalized, and later turned state’s evidence against his own.

    Catherine says: "Guilty pleasure."
    "Guilty pleasure."
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    What did you love best about Mafia Prince?

    An honest read. The best kind. Not one dull minute.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The narrator was the best!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Philip decided to become a whistle blower and think of himself and his family. Sometimes it is very difficult to make the intelligent choice. Everybody loves a winner.


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

    Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future.


    Any additional comments?

    I really couldn't put this book down. It is very well written and well read. I felt like someone was sitting across the table from me talking just to me. I love honesty in a story, and this book takes the academy award for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Scotty Bowers, Lionel Friedberg
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    Newly discharged from the Marines after World War II, Scotty Bowers arrived in Hollywood in 1946. Young, charismatic, and strikingly handsome, he quickly caught the eye of many of the town's stars and starlets. He began sleeping with some himself, and connecting others with his coterie of young, attractive, and sexually free-spirited friends.

    karyn says: "Absolutely Horrible"
    "An education in sociopathy"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    For anyone interested in sociopathy. I read several books on it, "The sociopath next next door" "snakes in suits" "The psycopath test" before purchasing this book. It was recommended as an up front education into the mind of a sociopath. It was. The first red flag popped when he wrote of the wonderful experiences of being molested by child molesters, as a child.

    Frankly, I was a little surprised that Audible.com and Amazon.com would sponsor publications condoning, endorsing and promoting child molestation as a wonderful thing. But this is how sociopaths operate in the world, through careful manipulation.

    One by one of the characteristics of a sociopath unfolded in this book, particularly as the author stated over and over that he felt no shame or remorse.

    Some of the common features of descriptions of the behavior of sociopaths.

    Glibness and Superficial Charm. Manipulative and Conning They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.

    Grandiose Sense of Self. Feels entitled to certain things as "their right."

    Pathological Lying. Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.

    Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt. A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.

    Shallow Emotions. When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises. Incapacity for Love

    Need for Stimulation. Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.

    Callousness/Lack of Empathy. Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others' feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.

    Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature. Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.

    Early Behavior Problems/Juvenile Delinquency. Usually has a history of behavioral and academic difficulties, yet "gets by" by conning others. Problems in making and keeping friends; aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc.

    Irresponsibility/Unreliability. Not concerned about wrecking others' lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.

    Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity. Promiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts.

    Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle. Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.

    Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility. Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.

    Other Related Qualities:Contemptuous of those who seek to understand them. Does not perceive that anything is wrong with them.

    Authoritarian. Secretive. Paranoid. Only rarely in difficulty with the law, but seeks out situations where their tyrannical behavior will be tolerated, condoned, or admired.

    Conventional appearance.

    Goal of enslavement of their victim(s).

    Exercises despotic control over every aspect of the victim's life.

    Has an emotional need to justify their crimes and therefore needs their victim's affirmation (respect, gratitude and love).

    Ultimate goal is the creation of a willing victim.

    Incapable of real human attachment to another.

    Unable to feel remorse or guilt.

    Extreme narcissism and grandiose.

    (The above traits are based on the psychopathy checklists of H. Cleckley and R. Hare.)


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    One of the characteristics of a sociopath, is that they are habitual liars. So, I did not believe the stories. However, I was able to focus on the PURPOSE of the book. Which was to degrade clergy, teachers, police, artists, and other people that contribute in valuable ways to society, and to reduce the reader's affinity for the world. To promote and endorse child molestation as a valuable art. This was the PURPOSE of the author. It is an exploration of evil intent, and a walk through the mind of a sociopath. And how he manipulated Audible.com and Amazon.Com into endorsing child molestation. A rare education.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The reader was able to translate the lack of empathy from the author to the listener. That was highly commendable performance.


    What else would you have wanted to know about Scotty Bowers and Lionel Friedberg ’s life?

    Nothing.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend the follow up books available on audible.com: The Sociopath Next Door. Snakes In Suits. The Psychopath Test.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Craig Marks, Rob Tannenbaum
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    It was a pretty radical idea - a channel for teenagers, showing nothing but music videos. It was such a radical idea that almost no one thought it would actually succeed, much less become a force in the worlds of music, television, film, fashion, sports, and even politics. But it did work. MTV became more than anyone had ever imagined. I Want My MTV tells the story of the first decade of MTV, the golden era when MTV's programming was all videos, all the time, and kids watched religiously to see their favorite bands, learn about new music, and have something to talk about at parties.

    David says: "The Most Entertaining Book of the Year"
    "Wow! Unexpected Great Read!"
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    If you could sum up I Want My MTV in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, fascinating,educational.


    What other book might you compare I Want My MTV to and why?

    Not sure there is anything comparable. Perhaps the "making of the President" series?


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

    His voice is far more interesting than the voice in my head.


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

    The rock star sitting on the elephant for a video, and the elephant bolts off to go mate with the rock star still attached. I laughed for HOURS!


    Any additional comments?

    This is just a FASCINATING book with SOOOO many interesting stories about people from this time!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Who I Am

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Pete Townshend
    • Narrated By Pete Townshend
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (267)

    From the voice of a generation: the most highly anticipated autobiography of the year, and the story of a man who wanted The Who to be called The Hair; wanted to be a sculptor, a journalist, a dancer and a graphic designer; became a musician, composer, librettist, fiction writer, literary editor, sailor; drank too much and nearly died; detached from his body in an airplane, on LSD, and nearly died; planned to write his memoir when he was 21; and published this book at 67.

    Melinda says: "Glad To Meet You"
    "A master story teller. A master word smith."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    He can make you forget about yourself, and think about him. Which can be a blessing if you need that kind of escape. I listen to several audio books every week and less than fifteen minutes into this one, I thought, "this is the best damn audio performance I ever heard." Never before have I logged on to find out who the reader was, this time I had to shut off the book to go see. Very surprised and not at the same time, to find it was himself reading his own book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Who I Am?

    I remember all of it.


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

    No. I did not even know who he was when I bought the book.


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

    The sailor who fell into grace from the Sea.


    Any additional comments?

    By the end of the book he had won my respect and admiration, as a person. Then at the very end, he took it all away. He mentioned all his regards and gratitude in the epilogue, focusing on his children, and never mentioned their mother. A woman who was clearly forgiving against the backdrop of his attempts to waste her through two decades through recklessness. He mentions his girlfriend is wonderful but they do not have children, still it does not matter because she gave him dogs. This bought him back to ordinary people, willing to dabble in injustice as a convenience. He won my heart and then gave it back. I was able to withdraw from the magic of his magnificence, although he drew me in. He provides an entrance to the theater, and then an exit door. Which is more than I can say for most supernaturals.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Miles Davis
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles Davis was one of the most important and influential musicians in the world. Here, Miles speaks out about his extraordinary life. Miles: The Autobiography, like Miles himself, holds nothing back. For the first time Miles talks about his five-year silence. He speaks frankly and openly about his drug problem and how he overcame it. He condemns the racism he encountered in the music business and in American society generally. And he discusses the women in his life.

    Diane Havens says: "Dion Graham IS Miles Davis"
    "Fabulous translation"
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    What made the experience of listening to Miles the most enjoyable?

    That Miles was not edited. That the author translated Miles' voice. His words have a rhythmic value just like his music. The author translated this in it's native value. That in itself, a work of art.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miles' father. He never went into doubt about his son's potential.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Miles realizing a new environment (France) altered his own beingness. And he rose above fixed conditions.


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

    The love and devotion of Miles' father to his son. The father admitting he could not help Miles' conquer the drug addiction.


    Any additional comments?

    I do not think anyone could outdo this autobiography. The author has met with his obligations to introduce the spirit of Miles Davis to others. This is a work of art and a labor of love. Thank you for you labor of love.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miles to Go

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Chris Murphy
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Miles to Go is a frank and intimate exploration of Miles Davis' eccentric working life, drug habits, paranoia, depression, and subsequent recovery. Murphy explores Davis' troubled relationship with his children and the controversial role Cicely Tyson played in his life. The book also delves into the dynamics that made Davis' band work so well together, placing Davis' work in a historic, literary, and musical framework.

    Matthew says: "Miles to Go (Unabridged)"
    "Thanks for this view"
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    Would you listen to Miles to Go again? Why?

    Sure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A labor of love. A personal tribute.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Miles testing him as the caretaker of the cocaine. Telling him to keep it and help himself, yet glad to discover he would not violate the trust.


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

    Yes, and I did.


    Any additional comments?

    There were many sides to Miles. Just like there are many sides to everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jennifer Worth
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (526)
    Performance
    (470)
    Story
    (477)

    At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

    Kathy says: "This is one I didn't want to put down!"
    "More! I NEED to read the other books she wrote!"
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    Culture shock! I had no idea! What an eye opener! No other book like it. You will forget where you are!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Philip Carlo
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (78)

    Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso, the boss of New York's Lucchese crime family, was a Mafia superstar, responsible for more than 50 murders. Currently serving 13 life sentences at a federal prison in Colorado, Casso has given journalist and New York Times best-selling author Philip Carlo the most intimate, personal look into the world of La Cosa Nostra ever seen.

    William says: "The author fails the objectivity test"
    "A COMEDY"
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    This is a story about a group / culture that got the idea they would live happily every after, running all over dead bodies, stealing, lying, killing, torturing and setting others up for loss pain and misery. Then they all turned on one another and gobbled each other up. That includes the U.S. Government.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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