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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

    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"
    "Old School Tennis"
    Where does The Outsider rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a solid book if you are a tennis fan and remember Connors, McEnroe, et al. from the 70s and 80s.

    What did you like best about this story?

    It is interesting to contrast Andre Agassi's childhood (as told by him in his book) with Jimmy Connor's. Andre hated tennis, Jimmy loved it. It is clear from Jimmy's story that he truly loved the game, loved to play it any chance he got, and that is ultimately what drove him to success.

    Which character – as performed by Rich Orlow – was your favorite?

    Orlow is convincing as Connors.

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

    I thought the first half of the book was great; surprisingly, things slowed down and gets a little boring as Jimmy gets more and more famous. Probably because he didn't want to do a "tell all" and reveal too many stories about other players and his own exploits off the court. But the stories he does tell are revealing.

    Any additional comments?

    It's an easy read, and although Jimmy doesn't put his life out there 100%, he puts enough to keep it interesting and insightful. Recommend.

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  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Marriage gone bad"
    Would you listen to Gone Girl again? Why?

    I never read, much less listen to, the same book twice. Why? there's a million I haven't read.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amy was fantastic. Especially on the audio version.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    Wouldn't want to give anything away.

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

    See above.

    Any additional comments?

    Great narration by both the male and female voices.

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  • 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff, Annex Security Team
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff

    13 Hours presents, for the first time ever, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Those men went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale.

    Curtis says: "Like you were there !"
    "A blow by blow account of Benghazi"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    An interesting read if you didn't know much about the actual details of the raid on the embassy in Benghazi. But it's a bit drawn out, with literally step by step details of the main characters' movements during the attack. Would have been a great "long piece" magazine article.

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

    Knowing we will hear "Benghazi" ten thousand times in the 2016 election year, it's interesting to know exactly what happened on the ground, without any political spin. But, the story gets weighted down by stilted writing and too many minute details that add nothing to the story.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mitchell Zuckoff?

    Zuckoff is not the greatest narrator. He speaks too fast.

    Could you see 13 Hours being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I don't see any happy ending, so I doubt it.

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  • Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jeff Pearlman
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Best-selling sportswriter Jeff Pearlman draws from almost 300 interviews to take the first full measure of the Lakers’ epic Showtime era. A dazzling account of one of America’s greatest sports sagas, Showtime is packed with indelible characters, vicious rivalries, and jaw-dropping, behind-the-scenes stories of the players’ decadent Hollywood lifestyles. From the Showtime era’s remarkable rise to its tragic end - marked by Magic Johnson’s 1991 announcement that he had contracted HIV - Showtime is a gripping narrative of sports, celebrity, and 1980s-style excess.

    David says: "Behind the Scenes!"
    "Behind the Scenes!"
    What made the experience of listening to Showtime the most enjoyable?

    Great behind the scenes stories about all the players, a no-holds bar tale of Showtime.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jerry Buss comes out smelling like a rose, and deservedly so. He was a maverick and he took the NBA to new heights. He made mostly great moves with the Lakers. He was wise enough to delegate to basketball insiders like Jerry West on certain issues and player personnel.

    What does Malcolm Hillgartner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Hillgartner did a good job with the narration.

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

    "Showtime" ranks up their with "Ball Four" and "North Dallas Forty" for the behind-the-scenes exploits of the most entertaining NBA team ever - the Lakers of the 1980s.

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