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Jerold

Seattle, WA | Member Since 2009

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  • The Outsider: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jimmy Connors
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (60)

    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.

    jeffrey says: "Worthwhile--but shoulda had Conners reading it"
    "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
  • Arik: The Life of Ariel Sharon

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Landau
    • Narrated By Waler Dixon
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    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.

    Jerold says: "Arik the Great"
    "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
    (196)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (184)

    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.

    A User 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
    (147)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (137)

    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
  • LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Phillip F. Nelson
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    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?

    2 of 3 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
    (143)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (133)

    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....

    Diana Haynes says: "Fascinating Story Well Told"
    "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
    (154)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    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
  • The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (614)
    Story
    (608)

    The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

    Abdur Abdul-Malik says: "From Powerful to Powerless"
    "LBJ vs Bobby Kennedy"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Passage of Power the most enjoyable?

    LBJ is a charismatic character whether he is liked or not.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The deep hatred between Lyndon Johnson and Bobby Kennedy was shocking in its depth, intensity, and bitterness.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Several scenes at the Los Angeles Democratic convention in 1960 between then Presidential nominee John Kennedy and Johnson. Kennedy wanted Johnson whether to help carry Texas or simply to have Johnson removed as senate majority leader. Was the choice Kennedy's dad? Bobby Kennedy was appalled by the choice trying his best to removed Colonel Cornpone from the ticket.


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

    Yes, if it were at all possible I would have.


    Any additional comments?

    Robert Caro has me anxiously awaiting the future LBJ vollume(s).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Frank
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Richard Nixon was a young Navy officer when he first saw Dwight D. Eisenhower through a storm of tickertape as Manhattan celebrated the end of the war in Europe. Seven years later, Nixon was Eisenhower's running mate on the Republican presidential ticket-the beginning of a political and personal relationship that lasted for nearly twenty years. Despite a gulf that separated them by age and temperament, their association evolved into a collaboration that helped to shape the nation's political ideology.

    Amazon Customer says: "He's against NIxon"
    "Ike is the commander"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ike and Dick the most enjoyable?

    I appreciate the writer's well researched efforts of this highly important relationship between two giants of the twentieth century.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unexpected behavior of Nixon coming across as a seemingly poor junior office while the commander-in-chief was always "The General". Not exactly a good working relationship nor did they really develop a close friendship.


    Which character – as performed by Arthur Morey – was your favorite?

    Nixon. That guy is so Shakespearean in depth of character along with the success he attained while feeling so inferior to Eisenhower.


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

    Yes, this book was highly interesting. Frank's efforts are clearly apparent while reading this superlative volume.


    Any additional comments?

    Poor Pat must have lived a miserable life. Disliking political campaigns as she did and living a fairly isolated life from her husband.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Here's Johnny!: My Memories of Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show, and 40 Years of Friendship

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ed McMahon
    • Narrated By Ed McMahon
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    Brilliant in front of the camera but shy in person, Johnny Carson seldom gave interviews. But no one knew him better than Ed McMahon, Carson's personal friend and showbiz sidekick for almost 40 years. Now, with Johnny's blessings before he died, McMahon can finally share all the stories that only he knows.

    Christopher says: "What was Johnny Carson like? Let Ed tell you..."
    "Great Fun"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Here's Johnny! to be better than the print version?

    Ed did make this all the more entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Without a doubt Johnny Carson. Carson the shy comic star from a perspective fans would never know.


    Which character – as performed by Ed McMahon – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed Ed being Ed offering the insight only he could regarding Johnny.


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

    Yessssssssssssssssssssssss


    Any additional comments?

    Any Tonight Show fan will enjoy McMahon's memories.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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