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Member Since 2014

  • 4 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 19 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Remember the Time: Protecting Michael Jackson in His Final Days

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Bill Whitfield, Javon Beard, Tanner Colby (contributor)
    • Narrated By Neal Ghant, Brad Raymond, Brian Troxell

    Hounded by the tabloid media, driven from his self-made sanctuary at Neverland, Michael Jackson spent his final years moving from city to city, living with his three children in virtual seclusion - a futile attempt to escape a world that wouldn’t leave him alone. During that time, two men served as the singer’s personal security team: Bill Whitfield, a former cop and veteran of the security profession, and Javon Beard, a brash, untested rookie, both single fathers themselves. Stationed at his side nearly 24/7, their job was to see and hear everything that transpired.

    MObetta says: "Amazing Book! I didn't feel dirty listening to it"
    "Amazing Book! I didn't feel dirty listening to it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! I almost didn't buy this book because I have NO interest in reading a sordid "MJ tell-all" and I was so pleasantly surprised that this book is the exact opposite.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it literally restores his humanity and the authors really truly and genuinely cared about him, his kids and his well-being. To me, that makes a WORLD of difference. The only thing that was a little offputting was the man who read for Javon. SInce Javon was supposed to be younger than Bill, it was weird that the man reading for him sounded like he was all of 60+ years old. But it did give a great contrast so it was clear whose account you were listening to so I guess it served its purpose.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are so many awesome scenes in this book I definitely can't pick just one. But one of the funniest was when Bill told people in the store that the man behind the mask was Prince and they left them alone and the fact that MJ got a kick out of that. So cute! OH, and also the scene where MJ had no problems with his fans sitting outside of his house all day. That really shocked me. I always heard that he loved his fans but all celebs say that, right? He really and truly LOVED his fans.

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

    Michael Jackson, the human.

    Any additional comments?

    Anyone on the fence about purchasing this book, by all means do it! If you ever wanted to know the human side of MJ and how much his kids really loved him and how much he truly loved his fans. Just an awesome book that I'm so glad I took a chance on. This is my first and last MJ "tell-all" book. I am convinced no other book could do his legacy this much justice.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Andy Cohen
    • Narrated By Andy Cohen

    From a young age, Andy Cohen knew two things: He was gay, and he loved television. Now presiding over Bravo's reality-TV empire, he started out as an overly talkative pop-culture obsessive, devoted to Charlie's Angels and All My Children - and to his mother, who received daily letters from him while he was at summer camp, usually reminding her to tape the soaps. In retrospect, it's hard to believe that everyone didn't know that Andy was gay; still, he remained in the closet until college. Finally out, he embarked on making a career out of his passion for television.

    sparkerart says: "Download it now. Seriously, right now."
    "Exactly what I was looking for it to be!"

    I really enjoyed the book in its entirety and especially the personal stories. Andy doesn't take himself too seriously and that's a quality I love about him. Unafraid to take a chance. It's something I'd like to cultivate in myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Sarai: A Novel (In the Company of Killers)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By J. A. Redmerski
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies, Kate Reinders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years. Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape.

    laura says: "I LOVED being in their company"
    "It's a good mindless listen"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Perhaphs I'm just not into the subject matter of the book but I wasn't made to look forward to listening to the rest of the I didn't. I absolutely loved the female narration of the book. Her tone and inflection was spot on. I'm positive she is the only reason I listened to the whole book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unlabel: Selling You Without Selling Out

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Marc Ecko
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn, Marc Ecko

    Instructive as it is innovative, Unlabel will empower you to channel your creativity, find the courage to defy convention, and summon the confidence to act and compete in any environment. This blueprint will teach you how to grow both creatively and commercially by testing your personal brand against the principles of the Authenticity Formula. Marc Eckō shares the bruising mistakes and remarkable triumphs that reveal the truth behind his success, growing from a misfit kid airbrushing T-shirts in his parents' garage to the bold creator of two hugely successful branded platforms.

    Wesley Clark - Byzantium Wealth Management says: "Authentic, gritty, thought provoking......"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Unlabel to be better than the print version?

    I don't own the print version so I can't say but I certainly plan on buying it because I do want the visuals to go with the story.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unlabel?

    There are SO many memorable moments from the book. But the main point that stands out to me is that he leaves so much open for interpretation. I believe business owners from any field can listen to this and learn from the mistakes that Marc made.

    What does Todd Haberkorn and Marc Ecko bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I absolutely LOVE that Marc is a narrator of this book. But being that it's theme is authenticity, it makes perfect sense. The way he reenacts the conversations brings so much clarity and emotion to the story...that would be missing if it were narrated by anyone other than him.

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

    A Cautionary Tale

    Any additional comments?

    LOVE this book. I highly recommend it to any and all business owners, regardless of the success (or failure) they've achieved. Everyone can learn something from this book. Marc is so open and honest about the pitfalls of starting a business from the ground up. I've read a lot of "self help" books and this is THE most honest I've ever heard a business owner be about their journey. This is not a "feel good...if I can do it you can, too" book. This book will force you to evaluate if you really have what it takes to make it as an entrepreneur.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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