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Michelle

Just started listening to audiobooks and have found I really love them! I mostly listen when I run/walk but am now adding other activities.

Joliet, IL, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kevin Cullen, Shelley Murphy
    • Narrated By James Colby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (125)

    Raised in a South Boston housing project, James "Whitey" Bulger became the most wanted fugitive of his generation. In this riveting story, rich with family ties and intrigue, award-winning Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy follow Whitey’s extraordinary criminal career - from teenage thievery to bank robberies to the building of his underworld empire and a string of brutal murders.

    A. Garofalo says: "boring"
    "Bored and couldn't get into it."
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    What would have made Whitey Bulger better?

    I'm not sure what would have made this book better, but I consistently lost interest. I tried and tried to get through this book but just couldn't.


    Has Whitey Bulger turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This book has turned me off of other books in this genre, unfortunately.


    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Scar Tissue

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anthony Kiedis, Larry Sloman
    • Narrated By Rider Strong
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (186)

    As lead singer and songwriter for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis has lived life on the razor's edge. Much has been written about him, but until now we've only had his songs as clues to his experience from the inside. In Scar Tissue, Kiedis proves himself to be as compelling a memoirist as he is a lyricist, giving us a searingly honest account of the life from which his music has evolved.

    Nicole says: "Up Close and Personal with Anthony Kiedis"
    "The Sexcapades of Anthony Kedis"
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    What did you love best about Scar Tissue?

    I enjoyed hearing the musical biography of Anthony Kedis and Red Hot Chili Peppers.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wanted to hear more stories about the music, the band, the road to stardom, behind-the-scenes stories, etc. I would have cut out a lot of the sex stories, which seemed grandiose anyway. This seemed more like a sexual memoir more than anything. I caught myself rolling my eyes a lot. There were a couple other stories in there where I thought, "Really?! C'mon!" There are some egotistical parts that seem seriously embellished and unbelievable. I don't want to say which ones because I don't want to ruin the book for anyone.


    Any additional comments?

    From the book it sounds like success just fell into Anthony Kedis' lap. He just happened to know these guys who had a band, and because he danced and thrashed around (because he didn't have any musical talent) he became the lead singer. Also, sobriety seemed very casual to him, like that was easy and just fell into his lap too, despite repeated relapses. Although I listened through the whole book, I have less respect for Anthony Kedis now than I did before listening. I don't think that should happen, but it did.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Philip Carlo
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1064)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (484)

    Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski led a double life beyond anything ever seen on The Sopranos, becoming one of the most notorious professional assassins in American history while hosting neighborhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey. Now, after 240 hours of face-to-face interviews with Kuklinski and his wife and daughters, author Philip Carlo tells his extraordinary story.

    Eileen C says: "You must buy this audio only if..."
    "Totally captivating and intriguing book!"
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    If you could sum up The Ice Man in three words, what would they be?

    Gripping, disturbing, and jaw dropping.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Hearing the candid stories of how Richard Kuklinski executed (pun intended ) some of the killings, the pride he took in carrying out the contract, and how he'd be requested to "make 'em suffer" is captivating and at times shocking.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Prichard – was your favorite?

    Richard Kuklinski, obviously, was my favorite character. Despite all of the killings and how evil and angry he could be, the biography also paints a picture that draws me into Richard, finding him to be quite likeable, which was unexpected for me.


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

    No. I wanted to listen to it over time, absorbing the magnitude of all that the book entailed.


    Any additional comments?

    I really, really loved this book! I know it's graphic and sometimes hard to listen to, but it is the true story of one man's life and the circumstances that made him become the person he did. Richard's stories are very candid. I was intrigued throughout the entire book and couldn't get enough of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Cross to Bear

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Allman, Alan Light
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (168)

    As one of the greatest rock icons of all time, Gregg Allman has lived it all and then some. For almost 50 years, he's been creating some of the most recognizable songs in American rock, but never before has he paused to reflect on the long road he's traveled. Now, he tells the unflinching story of his life, laying bare the unvarnished truth about his wild ride that has spanned across the years.

    the dude says: "my cross to bear was awesome"
    "I savored every moment of the book"
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    What made the experience of listening to My Cross to Bear the most enjoyable?

    Both the reader/narrator and the content of "My Cross to Bear" made this book very enjoyable. The story seemed pretty down to earth and definitely entertaining.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Cross to Bear?

    I most enjoyed hearing stories of the band and their struggles to "make it," and then their struggle to keep it together after several life challenges.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole book was my favorite. I just couldn't get enough of this book!


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

    No. In fact, I wanted to take my time and get through it because I didn't want it to end so quickly for me. It was an indulgent treat for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have like to have heard more of Gregory's struggle with addiction. It seemed a little glossed over in a very general sense. Aside from knowing he had an addiction that took many tries to overcome, there wasn't much detail about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Years

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd.

    But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    Teresa says: "My new favorite author"
    "Lots of twists and turns kept me in suspense!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Six Years to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked being in suspense wondering what's coming next and why. It definitely was NOT predictable; I loved that too!


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

    I like the pace Scott Brick reads at.


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

    I did not have any extreme reactions.


    Any additional comments?

    Because I liked this book so much, I bought another book by Harlan Coben. I may have found a new author to follow.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Testament

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1542)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (618)

    Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His potential heirs, to no one's surprise - especially Troy's - are circling like vultures. But Troy shocks them all when he leaves his fortune to an estranged, illegitimate daughter.

    Richard says: "Best Grisham Ever"
    "Suffered through this one. Boring!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you like long, drawn-out visuals, this book is for you.


    Has The Testament turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I don't think it has.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Frank Muller’s performances?

    Reluctantly, yes, but not another Grisham book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom and disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    It felt like I was listening forever to get to the point. Once I reached the "point" or the end of the book, I was greatly disappointed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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