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Kathy

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  • The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Dan Charnas
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    An original journalist for The Source, Dan Charnas built a celebrated career in the rap industry. In The Big Payback, he chronicles the rise of the hip-hop culture and shows how it became so powerful in a matter of decades. Charnas also profiles many of the movers and shakers in this burgeoning cultural movement, offering unprecedented access to an industry that continues to shake the globe.

    Chief Break Everything says: "So much love"
    "Everything an audiobook should be"
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    Great writing, great narration, engrossing story. This book is a great model of what audiobooks should be. Kevin R. Free's narration is fantastic - it's great to hear younger voices as narrators, who bring a freshness and vitality to the audiobook genre. And Dan Charnas's story is both comprehensive and fascinating. Bravo on all fronts!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Fall: Fashion, Genius, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Alicia Drake
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    In the 1970s, Paris fashion exploded like a champagne bottle left out in the sun. Amid sequins and longing, celebrities and aspirants flocked to the heart of chic, and Paris became a hothouse of revelry, intrigue, and searing ambition. At the center of it all were fashion’s most beloved luminaries - Yves Saint Laurent, the reclusive enfant terrible, and Karl Lagerfeld, the flamboyant freelancer with a talent for reinvention - and they divided Paris into two fabulous halves.

    Kathy says: "Very good except wrong French pronounciations"
    "Very good except wrong French pronounciations"
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    Performance
    Story

    It's coo-ture, not coe-ture. She gets it right with "boutique," so not sure how "couture" got off the rails. Otherwise, an entertaining story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Smiths' Meat is Murder (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Joe Pernice
    • Narrated By Neal Huff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    A Catholic high school near Boston in 1985. A time of suicides, gymnasium humiliations, smoking for beginners, asthma attacks, and incendiary teenage infatuations. Infatuations with a girl (Allison), with a band (The Smiths) and with an album, Meat is Murder, that was so raw, so vivid and so melodic that you could cling to it life a lifeboat in a storm.

    Kat says: "Accurate Fiction about Meat is Murder"
    "Not really about the album"
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    Story

    As opposed to other "33 1/3" books, this one is not primarily about "Meat Is Murder," but instead is the author's tale of high school angst, with the LP playing only a supporting / inspirational role. There is no background information on the making of the LP, just a sprinkling of the author's thoughts on the songs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Michael Eric Dyson
    • Narrated By Cary Hite
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Tupac Amaru Shakur (1971–1996) was an American rap artist, actor, and social activist. More than seventy-five million of his albums have sold worldwide, making him one of the bestselling music artists in the world. Rolling Stone magazine named him the 86th Greatest Artist of All Time.

    Shakur also gained notoriety for his conflicts with the law and time spent in prison.

    Kathy says: "Narration makes this unlistenable"
    "Narration makes this unlistenable"
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    The narrator's voice is fine, but stating "quote" and "unquote" at the beginning and end of EVERY quote, no matter how minor, disrupts any flow and is extremely distracting, especially in a book that is extremely reliant on quotes. I wanted to finish this, but after 2 hours, gave up because of this peculiar and irritating style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Peniel E. Joseph
    • Narrated By Beresford Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    An acclaimed chronicler of the Civil Rights Movement, Peniel Joseph presents this sweeping overview of a key component of the struggle for racial equality: the Black Power movement. This is the story of the men and women who sacrificed so much to begin a more vocal and radical push for social change in the 1960s and 1970s.

    Grover says: "Decent Introduction, not thorough at all"
    "Excellent overview of under addressed era"
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    There are far too few audiobooks addressing African-American history, especially those not focused on Dr. King and the mid 60s era. For me, who is coming to this genre with only general knowledge, it really whets my appetite for more. I was afraid that by calling it a "narrative history," that the author would more or less just link quotes together, but it is presented as a chronological history that is more helpful to novices such as myself. The author presents the material in a relatively objective manner, which adds to the book's accessibility. A very valuable work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1968: The Year That Rocked the World

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (37)

    In this monumental new book, award-winning author Mark Kurlansky has written his most ambitious work to date: a singular and ultimately definitive look at a pivotal moment in history.

    Eugene says: "Don't let this reader near a foreign word"
    "still very good, even despite narration"
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    What made the experience of listening to 1968 the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the interweaving of the more familiar events in the US with the events in both Western and Eastern Europe - it gave a fresh summary and perspective to a year that's been oft-covered.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christopher Cazenove?

    Rob Shapiro would have been great. The narrator was quite irritating with his mispronunciations.


    Any additional comments?

    I hesitated to download this one because of the comments about the narrator, but did anyway because the author/story seemed promising. Glad I did - the narrator is rather awful, but the book was still worth it. And if you've listed to

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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