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Catherine

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  • 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
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    (139)
    Story
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    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Refugee Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Carlos Eire
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
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    (8)
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    Carlos Eire's story of a boyhood uprooted by the Cuban Revolution quickly lures us in, as eleven-year-old Carlos and his older brother Tony touch down in the sun-dappled Miami of 1962 - a place of daunting abundance where his old Cuban self must die to make way for a new, American self waiting to be born. In this enchanting new work, narrated in Eire's inimitable and lyrical voice, young Carlos adjusts to life in his new country.

    Terry says: "A MUST READ BY ALL PEDRO PAN KIDS"
    "Another Great Read From This Writer!"
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    Where does Learning to Die in Miami rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is not a book people will forget.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The mother. Her vision of her children's future, their promise. Doing whatever was necessary to ensure their promise had a chance to manifest itself.


    What about Robert Fass’s performance did you like?

    Very good performance, quick assuming the different parts very well.


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

    ?


    Any additional comments?

    Very unique stories, ones you will not forget. So sad when I look through my library at books I have read and can not recall what they were. Some, it all comes back to me. This is one of those. A story we would have never known without this labor of love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Carlos Eire
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (39)
    Story
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    A childhood in a privileged household in 1950s Havana was joyous and cruel, like any other - but with certain differences. The neighbor's monkey was liable to escape and run across your roof. Surfing was conducted by driving cars across the breakwater. Lizards and firecrackers made frequent contact. Carlos Eire's childhood was a little different from most. His father was convinced he had been Louis XVI in a past life. At school, classmates were attended by chauffeurs and bodyguards. Then, in January 1959, the world changed....

    Dataman says: "Like Watching a Stranger's Home Videos"
    "A Labor of Love"
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    What made the experience of listening to Waiting for Snow in Havana the most enjoyable?

    I have read so many books that include Cuba. Mostly political, some about the revolution and pre Castro. The only information made available is in regards to conflict, politics, assignations, communism. None about the people which are swept aside as insignificant. I was so happy to find to find a book someone wrote about their family and childhood there, to bring me to some understanding about the everyday people. I was vert gratfeul to find this book. A real treasure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The honesty and sincerity the author shares. That took a lot of courage in some parts. His writing in many parts is very poetic, almost like reading prose. The way he covers details that bring the images into clear focus. I too was orphaned, at a much younger age, but his situation was very real to me.


    Which character – as performed by David Drummond – was your favorite?

    His mother.


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

    The moments that bring our frail humanity into focus, the mystery of dust particles and notions such as these that he conveys. The poetic description of the supernatural and magic. Also the very witty humor he inserts into situations.


    Any additional comments?

    This writer is very unique and gifted. I see a lot of promise in his future. We live in a society that has slid into illiteracy on so many levels, it is a shame such rich and meaningful literature may not be showcased as it could be. This is a classic, and far superior to anything Scott Fitzgerald produced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Face the Music: A Life Exposed

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Paul Stanley
    • Narrated By Paul Stanley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (233)
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    In Face the Music, Paul Stanley - the co-founder and famous "Starchild" frontman of KISS - reveals for the first time the incredible highs and equally incredible lows in his life both inside and outside the band. Face the Music is the shocking, funny, smart, inspirational story of one of rock’s most enduring icons and the group he helped create, define, and immortalize. Stanley mixes compelling personal revelations and gripping, gritty war stories that will surprise even the most steadfast member of the KISS Army.

    Zachary K. Brown says: "A Book That Every KISS Fan Need Experience"
    "Unexpectedly a great book !"
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    If you could sum up Face the Music in three words, what would they be?

    A read you will not forget.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humor. I laughed a lot. Being from New York and very familiar with Jewish culture, I really "got it".


    What about Paul Stanley’s performance did you like?

    He came across as very curious and interested in other people, you "get it" with the read.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I have never gone to a Kiss concert and couldn't have told you what any of their songs were before I read this book. I just like to hear people's stories. I wasn't expecting to hear great stories told with this depth of honesty and sincerity. I had never heard of Paul Stanley. He is obviously hugely talented, creative and intelligent. Could probably be successful at anything. Really, I just didn't want to stop listening to him talk to me. It is well worth anybodies time and is actually a great book. He could write a lot more! He is a great communicator. Unique. Really glad for his contribution with this book to other artists and musicians. He had high standards and sets a good example for other artists. May the red carpet continue to roll out for him. I think I will listen to this book again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call Me Burroughs: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barry Miles
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    Overall
    (21)
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    (20)
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    In Call Me Burroughs, biographer and Beat historian Barry Miles presents the first full-length biography of Burroughs to be published in a quarter century - and the first one to chronicle the last decade of Burroughs's life and examine his long-term cultural legacy.

    Written with the full support of the Burroughs estate and drawing from countless interviews with figures like Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, and Burroughs himself, Call Me Burroughs is a rigorously researched biography that finally gets to the heart of its notoriously mercurial subject.

    CHESTER says: "ETERNAL ADOLESCENT"
    "A Masterpiece Crime Novel"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was a labor of love on the writer's part. Not sure it is just to give less than a five star review for the work that went into this book. My review, could easily be a book, about this book.

    The first two parts of the book was a fascinating history of the personal lives of the upper class, which Burroughs was a product of. His sense of entitlement through out his life. Was not aware he was subsidized by his family until the age of fifty against the backdrop of a Harvard education. For me the book is a perfect account of the downside of the "idle rich".

    Much of his published work was reworked heavily by others with laborious editing before it was published. He even managed to get others, more or less, to write his books. And he welcomed any one who was willing to "contribute to him".

    His aloof use and corruption of young beggar boys sexually, as toys, had a Caligula strip of force as a character reference. By the third part of the book, one was forced to confront the evil and I had to open a bottle of Jim Beam to be led into that dark place. It was not a pleasure ride but I plugged on. The depth of depravity and corruption, lack of remorse and empathy in his letters as he spoke of his crimes against children and the needy, the sadism, was not easy to confront.

    The way he worked his way through the upper class as a debutante with opinions to sell, using the P.R. machine Alan Ginsberg, while he perfectly managed to get away with murder, and corruption and sexual molestation of minors, and actually made enough profit to buy a factory kit Sears and Roebuck home to retire in, in Kansas, for his true confessions books, is an illustration of the perfect con man. Who did it all, with applause from his fellow man.

    Very spooky, very real.

    The book is a masterpiece crime novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Douglas Starr
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (152)

    A riveting true crime story that vividly recounts the birth of modern forensics. At the end of the nineteenth century, serial murderer Joseph Vacher, known and feared as “The Killer of Little Shepherds,” terrorized the French countryside. He eluded authorities for years - until he ran up against prosecutor Emile Fourquet and Dr. Alexandre Lacassagne, the era’s most renowned criminologist.

    Praetor says: "Masterly introduction to modern forensic science"
    "Master Story Teller"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Killer of Little Shepherds to be better than the print version?

    Did not read print


    What did you like best about this story?

    The valuable information he was able to convey.


    Which character – as performed by Erik Davies – was your favorite?

    My favorite character in the book was the man who defended his wife from the attack of the serial killer, and bought the criminal to justice.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book filled with valuable history and information.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prince Among Stones: That Business with The Rolling Stones and Other Adventures

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Prince Rupert Loewenstein
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1)
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    In 1968 Mick Jagger couldn't understand why the Rolling Stones were broke. The man he asked for help was a German prince, a merchant banker. They forged an unlikely alliance which re-invented the business of rock 'n' roll. As a youthquake shook the Establishment, Prince Rupert Loewenstein thrived in both worlds, never relinquishing his elegance or decorum. Coolly impartial and dryly humorous, this is a refreshingly different take on the rock 'n' roll world from within its inner sanctum.

    Catherine says: "Master Story Teller."
    "Master Story Teller."
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    What made the experience of listening to A Prince Among Stones the most enjoyable?

    Great book. Poetic voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Prince Among Stones?

    Discovering how brilliant in planning futures Mick Jagger was. Had no idea how sane he was.


    What about Ralph Lister’s performance did you like?

    Fabulous reading.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 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
    (57)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    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
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    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.

    4 of 4 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
    (70)
    Performance
    (58)
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    (59)

    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.

    Kimberly Brooks says: "My ears!"
    "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 3 people found this review helpful

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