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  • Undisputed Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Mike Tyson, Larry Sloman
    • Narrated By Joshua Henry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (276)

    Philosopher, Broadway headliner, fighter, felon - Mike Tyson has defied stereotypes, expectations, and a lot of conventional wisdom during his three decades in the public eye. Bullied as a boy in the toughest, poorest neighborhood in Brooklyn, Tyson grew up to become one of the most thrilling and ferocious boxers of all time - and the youngest heavyweight champion ever. But his brilliance in the ring was often compromised by reckless behavior.

    Brock says: "Fascinating story about a train wreck of a life"
    "Most entertaining book this year!"
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    If you could sum up Undisputed Truth in three words, what would they be?

    I need more than 3 words. This book was depressing, inspirational, hilarious, insightful, and tragic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Undisputed Truth?

    The stories of his upbringing and his relationship with his mother were hard to read, but also makes his journey more understandable.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. J Unabridged: The Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Julius Erving, Karl Taro Greenfeld
    • Narrated By Julius Erving
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    With his flights of improvisation around the basket and his towering afro, Julius Erving became one of the most charismatic (and revolutionary) players basketball has ever known. But while the public has long revered this cultural icon, few have ever known of the double life of Julius Erving. Dr. J traces the inner lives of the nearly perfect player and the imperfect man - and how he has come to terms with both.

    Amazon Customer says: "I may overrate it, but I’m a hoops junkie!"
    "I may overrate it, but I’m a hoops junkie!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dr. J Unabridged the most enjoyable?

    When talking hoops with people these days, it’s sad because the legends of the past are often forgotten. And that’s the case when talking professional ball or street-ball. You watch TV and you would think that the game was played by only Magic & Bird in the 80’s, followed by Jordan in the 90’s. Growing up in Philadelphia I know better. One of the most popular figures of my childhood was Julius “Dr. J” Erving. He was larger than life in the city. He was also a legend in street-ball. Most of the older men in my neighborhood wanted to be him and all of the older ladies would have given him their love canal if they had the chance. Not only was he considered a great ball player but he has always been considered someone who carried himself with class.

    The great thing about biographies is the chance to hear stories and learn details about someone’s life you had no knowledge of. The Doc was an amazing ball player and he did carry himself with class but he was far from perfect. This book is not only filled with amazing stories of legendary games and players but it also talks about his shortcomings and his personal struggles. If you are a hoops fan and love the history of the game, this is a must-read.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Scoble, Shel Israel
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (275)

    Social media is but one of five converging forces that promise to change virtually every aspect of our lives. You know these other forces already: mobile, data, sensors and location-based technology. Combined with social media they form a new generation of personalized technology that knows us better than our closest friends. Armed with that knowledge our personal devices can anticipate what we'll need next and serve us better than a butler or an executive assistant. The resulting convergent superforce is so powerful that it is ushering in an era the authors call the Age of Context.

    James says: "Great content by a great narrator!"
    "Hopefully this technology is "3 Laws Safe""
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    What did you love best about Age of Context?

    As a lover of technology and a fan of the Jetsons I enjoyed this book. This book is about the future as well as the present. The technology discussed in this book is both exciting as well as scary.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Phil Jackson, Hugh Delehanty
    • Narrated By Matt Walton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (220)

    During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. This is the story of a preacher's kid from North Dakota who grew up to be one of the most innovative leaders of our time. Eleven times, Jackson led his teams to the ultimate goal: the NBA championship - six times with the Chicago Bulls and five times with the Los Angeles Lakers. This book is full of revelations.

    Sam Motes says: "Zen of coaching"
    "Part Basketball, Part Management & Part Leadership"
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    Where does Eleven Rings rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best audiobooks I have listened to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eleven Rings?

    His ability to find different ways to motivate each player on his team.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3468)
    Performance
    (3140)
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    (3163)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Piper Kerman isn't Piper Chapman and that's okay."
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    What made the experience of listening to Orange is the New Black the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed this book. It deals with relationships, it touches on topics such as white privilege as well as the prison industrial complex. I know many will expect what they see on Netflix and they won't get that, but what they will get is an interesting narrative that will make you think.


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

    My one complaint with the book is where the story ended. During the book you get an idea of how one can buy into a culture and change their habits, and behavior when becoming somewhat "institutionalized".  I would have liked if she would have described the issues she did or did not face when making the transition back into society.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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