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Eric

My 63 years of activities have been varied: Professional musician, USAF (and Private) pilot, radio personality, Steinway piano salesman, writer, and--above all--fanatical researcher of many subjects. Aviation and the Civil War are only two of them. I fulfilled an ambition to live in and visit all 50 states before I was thirty, and I've traveled many parts of the world. I began reading when I was 3.

DECATUR, AL, United States

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  • Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Don Felder, Wendy Holden
    • Narrated By Dennis Holland
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    The Eagles are the bestselling, and arguably the tightest-lipped, American group ever. Now band member and guitarist Don Felder finally breaks the Eagles years of public silence to take fans behind the scenes. He shares every part of the bands wild ride, from the pressure-packed recording studios and trashed hotel rooms to the tension-filled courtrooms, and from the joy of writing powerful new songs to the magic of performing in huge arenas packed with roaring fans.

    Paul Schmitz says: "Don Felder is an interesting dude"
    "Pretty good read from ONE of the Eagles"
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    What did you love best about Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001)?

    Besides Felder's account of the band's career, the inside look at how the music business worked during its heyday.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001)?

    The description of how the members of arguably the most popular rock band in the world were unable to stand each other offstage, let alone socialize.


    Have you listened to any of Dennis Holland’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to Dennis Holland before, and frankly had never heard of him before listening to this book. I don't make as big a deal about narrators as does Audible. As long as they're intelligible and modulate their voices pleasantly, I couldn't care less about this aspect of my purchases.


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

    No extreme reaction. I've read a great many rock biographies, and there are always similarities among them. At least this one didn't sound like a fan-zine.


    Any additional comments?

    A very good listening experience, highly informative (if also highly subjective), and written with warmth and humor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jason Vuic
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (283)

    Six months after its American introduction in 1985, the Yugo was a punch line; within a year, it was a staple of late-night comedy. By 2000, NPR's Car Talk declared it "the worst car of the millennium." And for most Americans that's where the story begins and ends. Hardly. The short, unhappy life of the car, the men who built it, the men who imported it, and the decade that embraced and discarded it is rollicking and astounding, and it is one of the greatest untold business-cum-morality tales of the 1980s.

    Roy says: "Flim Flam at its Best"
    "Not for those interested in automobiles!"
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    Would you try another book from Jason Vuic and/or Erik Synnestvedt?

    While these authors chose a book title that attracted me to it, they failed to inform me much about what their title implied it would.


    What could Jason Vuic have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Write about the rise and fall of the Yugo, not tedious and barely relevant details of world politics of its time.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Erik Synnestvedt?

    Ben Stein


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    A few descriptions of the Yugo's manufacture, much more easily searchable elsewhere.


    Any additional comments?

    I saw this book on a Dollar General store's cut-out shelf for $1.00. And there were several crisp copies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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