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Jerold

Seattle, WA | Member Since 2009

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  • Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank Langella
    • Narrated By Frank Langella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (173)

    Captured forever in a unique memoir, Frank Langella's myriad encounters with some of the past century's most famous human beings are profoundly affecting, funny, wicked, sometimes shocking, and utterly irresistible. With sharp wit and a perceptive eye, Mr. Langella takes us with him into the private worlds and privileged lives of movie stars, presidents, royalty, literary lions, the social elite, and the greats of the Broadway stage.

    Kathy says: "Delightful"
    "Highly Entertaining Fun Gossip"
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    Where does Dropped Names rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Langella has written a good entertaining book. Mr Langella does a good job presenting a positive presentation of the many celebrities he has met in his life. A really good celebrity memoir more interested in the people Mr Langella has met in his life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed Frank's celebrity chapters as opposed to chapter and boring chapter on the writer's point of view as an actor and celebrity.


    What does Frank Langella bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr Langella brings his personal interest and confident voice in reading his own book.


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

    Yes, this is a book I wanted to listen entirely in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Frank Langella's personal stories and commentaries regarding Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Charlton Heston, Jackie Kennedy, and Raul Julia were particularly fascinating. Very nice of Mr Langella's admission of Raul Julia as his boyfriend. His commentaries were so honest and enjoyable. I feel as if Mr Langella has been a life long friend.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Alan Paul
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    One Way Out is the powerful biography of the Allman Brothers Band, an oral history written with the band's participation and filled with original, never-before-published interviews as well as personal letters and correspondence. This is the most in-depth look at a legendary American rock band that has meant so much to so many for so long. For 25 years, Alan Paul has covered the Allman Brothers Band, conducting hundreds of interviews, riding the buses with them, attending rehearsals and countless shows.

    Jerold says: "What a Long Battle of the Band"
    "What a Long Battle of the Band"
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    Would you listen to One Way Out again? Why?

    Probably not. This account was not especially insightful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Anything and everything about Duane Allman. Having always heard what a great musician he was I enjoyed learning some of his history


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

    What with my love of music: YES.


    Any additional comments?

    I was astounded by the band's continuous battles.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Johnny Carson

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Henry Bushkin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (438)

    From 1962 until 1992, Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show and permeated the American consciousness. In the ’70s and ’80s he was the country’s highest-paid entertainer and its most enigmatic. He was notoriously inscrutable, as mercurial (and sometimes cruel) off-camera as he was charming and hilarious onstage. During the apex of his reign, Carson’s longtime lawyer and best friend was Henry Bushkin, who now shows us Johnny Carson with a breathtaking clarity and depth that nobody else could.

    JW717 says: "Nails on a chalkboard"
    "He Died Alone"
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    If you could sum up Johnny Carson in three words, what would they be?

    Talented, intelligent, and psycho.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writer seemed to be honest with his story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Several really. Possibly a scene with Carson, some criminal types, and a few cops breaking into his wife's secret apartment. Breaking into her apartment Johnny learned a number of facts about his wife he did not like.


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

    I would have if time permitted.


    Any additional comments?

    Very interesting man. I am thankful I did not know him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, A Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Paul C. Nagel
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    A United States minister, senator, president, and congressman in turn, John Quincy Adams was one of the most prevalent and dedicated Americans in history. Drawing from Adams' 70-year diary, author Paul Nagel probes deeply into the psyche of this cantankerous, misanthropic, erudite, hardworking son of a former president whose remarkable career spanned so many offices.

    James says: "Good Book, Narrow Focus"
    "JQA"
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    What did you love best about John Quincy Adams?

    Interesting man in an interesting time from an interesting family.


    What other book might you compare John Quincy Adams to and why?

    Henry Clay by Robert Remini


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

    If I had the time to devote entirely to listening to this book I would have enjoyed the experience.


    Any additional comments?

    I found JQA a man devoted to learning.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Arik: The Life of Ariel Sharon

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Landau
    • Narrated By Waler Dixon
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    From the former editor in chief of Haaretz, the first in-depth, comprehensive biography of Ariel Sharon, the most dramatic and imposing Israeli political and military leader of the last forty years. The life of Ariel Sharon spans much of modern Israel’s history. A commander in the Israeli Army from its inception in 1948, Sharon participated in the 1948 War of Independence, played decisive roles in the 1956 Suez War and the Six-Day War of 1967, and is credited here with the shift in the outcome of the Yom Kippur War of 1973.

    Grant Wentworth says: "Interesting life story"
    "Arik the Great"
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    If you could sum up Arik in three words, what would they be?

    The Last Giant


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Arik?

    Several. One of the most memorable had to be the description of the young general Arik running across the desert firing his pistol during the Sinai tank battle.


    Which character – as performed by Waler Dixon – was your favorite?

    Arik obviously. With so many honorable mentions: Moshe Dayan and Menachem Begin to name two.


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

    Arik the Conqueror.


    Any additional comments?

    The last of the bigger than life figures in Israel. Sharon is a highly interesting man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Battle

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Cornelius Ryan
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (267)

    The Battle for Berlin was the culminating struggle of World War II in the European theater. The last offensive against Hitler’s Third Reich, it devastated one of Europe’s historic capitals and marked the final defeat of Nazi Germany. It was also one of the war’s bloodiest and most pivotal battles, whose outcome would shape international politics for decades to come.

    GB says: "Thanks to Dan Carlin of Hardcore History podcasts."
    "Germany Surrenders"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Battle to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is very good, but the written word is always better.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Battle?

    The very sad scenes of trying to save the Berlin Zoo animals. Attempting to feed Nile Stork with horse meat and his pathetic refusals.


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

    The Thousand Year Reich ENDS.


    Any additional comments?

    Cornelius Ryan is a good writer. I highly praise his bookS.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alex Thorleifson, Scott Thorson
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (167)

    In this unusually frank book Scott Thorson, Liberace's longtime lover, tells all: the good, the bad, and the ugly truths about the legendary entertainer who went to outrageous extremes to prevent public knowledge of his homosexuality. Liberace's unhappy childhood, dominated by a mother determined to force him into a concert career, serves as the prologue for a story that goes on to detail Liberace's early appearances in honky-tonks, his move to New York to seek fame, and, finally, his first booking in Las Vegas, where he was courted by the Mafia.

    Jeffrey says: "Viciously honest, candid, sad, fascintating!"
    "Psycho Daddy"
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    What made the experience of listening to Behind the Candelabra the most enjoyable?

    Scott's brutal honesty.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Liberace because he was so damn bizarre.


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

    HBO and Michael Douglas did a great job as it is. Michael Douglas taking Matt Damon is plenty hysterical considering Michael's history.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Outsider: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jimmy Connors
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (73)

    In The Outsider, Connors tells the complete, uncensored story of his life and career, setting the record straight about his formidable mother, Gloria; his very public romance with America's sweetheart Chris Evert; his famous opponents, including Björn Borg, John McEnroe, Arthur Ashe, Ivan Lendl, and Rod Laver; his irrepressible co-conspirators Ilie Nastase and Vitas Gerulaitis; and his young nemesis Andre Agassi.

    Nolan Kjar says: "Good"
    "THE Competitor"
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    Would you listen to The Outsider again? Why?

    Yes, I would. Jimmy is an interesting person and for me as a sports fan his love of tennis shows.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Outsider?

    His harsh childhood !


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

    If possible I would have enjoyed doing so.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed his lack of commentary regarding Andre Agassi since he made a big point in his book we all understand he believes Connors is a big jerk.

    I was moved by his frankness regarding his close friendships with Vitas Gerulaitis and Ilie Nastase.

    He does love tennis.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Phillip F. Nelson
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    The case against Lyndon B. Johnson and his role in Kennedy's assassination has never been sounder. LBJ aims to prove that Vice President Johnson played an active role in the assassination of President Kennedy and that he began planning his takeover of the U.S. presidency even before being named the vice presidential nominee in 1960. Nelson's careful and meticulous research has led him to uncover secrets from one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in our country's history.

    Karen says: "LBJ plotted to kill JFK? Makes you think..."
    "Pretend History"
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    What did you like best about LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination? What did you like least?

    The story. Without a doubt this is a superb story. For all of our sakes I hope this is a completely impossible reality.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how several figures involved in LBJ's life were seriously involved with the presidential plot.


    Do you think LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Sure why not? It was an enjoyable read and would be interested in reading more about the subject and from the author. I'm highly surprised the Johnson family has not taken this guy to court.


    Any additional comments?

    Billy Sol Estes was a crooked person. Did he help with the presidential assassination? Or did Bobby Kennedy push Johnson over the edge? Or was LBJ so conniving and so crooked he is personally responsible for several murders in Texas -----including the murder of President Kennedy?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll's Best-Kept Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kent Hartman
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (176)

    If you were a fan of popular music in the 1960s and early '70s, you were a fan of the Wrecking Crew - whether you knew it or not. On hit record after hit record by everyone from the Byrds, the Beach Boys, and the Monkees to the Grass Roots, the 5th Dimension, Sonny & Cher, and Simon & Garfunkel, this collection of West Coast studio musicians from diverse backgrounds established themselves as the driving sound of pop music - sometimes over the objection of actual band members....

    Lee says: "Familiar names to any 70's rock fan"
    "The Music Biz"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this to my music lover friends.


    What other book might you compare The Wrecking Crew to and why?

    Possibly Don Felder's Heaven and Hell. Both are eye opening regarding the music business and insight into bands.


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

    While intending to be flattering a good voice should not add or subtract from the story.


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

    Open Your Eyes Wide


    Any additional comments?

    Very impressed with Glen Campbell as a musician and with his ambition for success.

    I must say Brian Wilson is every bit the nut I would have expected. Pet Sounds did him in. Or did his father?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mick Brown
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (91)

    Phil Spector, born in the Bronx in 1940, grew up an outsider despised by his peers. But he formed a band, and had a number-one hit with "To Know Him Is to Love Him". He quickly became the top producer of early rock and roll and the originator of such girl groups as the Ronettes. Hit followed hit, and for all of them he used a new recording style called the "wall of sound". But the reign of the boy-man who owned pop music was doomed, and Spector spiraled into paranoid isolation and peculiar behavior.

    Chris says: "Descent Into Madness"
    "A Total Nutcase"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Tearing Down the Wall of Sound to be better than the print version?

    This audio is good, but print is always superior.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tearing Down the Wall of Sound?

    Several. Possibly threatening George Harrison with a gun?


    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job.


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

    Several.


    Any additional comments?

    Thankful that Phil Spector is NOT involved in my life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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