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  • I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Craig Marks, Rob Tannenbaum
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (145)

    It was a pretty radical idea - a channel for teenagers, showing nothing but music videos. It was such a radical idea that almost no one thought it would actually succeed, much less become a force in the worlds of music, television, film, fashion, sports, and even politics. But it did work. MTV became more than anyone had ever imagined. I Want My MTV tells the story of the first decade of MTV, the golden era when MTV's programming was all videos, all the time, and kids watched religiously to see their favorite bands, learn about new music, and have something to talk about at parties.

    David says: "The Most Entertaining Book of the Year"
    "I didn't want it to end!"
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    This book is told in snippets of quotes from people who were there in the beginning years of MTV. It shouldn't work. But it does. I honestly was bummed when it ended. I am of the MTV generation, and it was enlightening learning about how the networked started and how it helped -- and sometimes hurt -- music. Fascinating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Angels: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Denis Johnson
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Driven by restless souls, bad booze, and desperate needs, Jamie and Bill bounce from bus stations to cheap hotels as they ply the strange, fascinating, and dangerous fringe of American life. Their tickets may say Phoenix, but their inescapable destination is a last stop marked by stunning violence and mind-shattering surprise.

    uriel Miron says: "Great book - Awful reading!"
    "One of my fave books from one of my fave authors"
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    I loved this book when I read it in college years ago and never forgot some of the integral scenes. Denis Johnson is one of my favorite writers, and this is one of my favorite books of his. His writing style has changed over the years, but this, his first novel, is still one of his best. It can be hard to read for some people because of the subject matter, but it's a piece of literature, not pulp fiction. Give this book a chance if you love great writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Vicki Myron, Bret Witter
    • Narrated By Susan McInerny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Dewey's story starts in the worst possible way. Only a few weeks old, on the coldest night of the year, he was stuffed into the returned book slot at the Spencer Public Library. He was found the next morning by library director, Vicki Myron, a single mother who had survived the loss of her family farm, a breast cancer scare, and an alcoholic husband. Dewey won her heart, and the hearts of the staff, by pulling himself up and hobbling on frostbitten feet to nudge each of them in a gesture of thanks and love. For the next 19 years, he never stopped charming the people of Spencer....

    Nancy says: "Heart touching story"
    "I'm not even a cat person!"
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    I LOVED this book. I laughed, I cried, and I liked a CAT. I'm not a cat person, but Dewey is more than a cat . . . he's a person in cat fur. The story is about an entire town and I fell in love with not only the town, but its inhabitants. A beautiful, simple story of how an animal can galvanize people and make a difference in the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Society's Child: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janis Ian
    • Narrated By Janis Ian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (456)

    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    Pamela J says: "I know why this won the grammy"
    "Not my generation, but MY kind of book!"
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    I adored every second of this book. I didn't know who Janis Ian was when I started it. Audible recommended it to me based on my past purchases. I'm so glad I took Audible's advice! I believe that this book won a Grammy, and I can see (and hear) why. The narration is great, the story is heart wrenching and told beautifully, and it's interesting to learn about a slice of life and a time in this country that you might not have known about before. A MUST listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1209)
    Performance
    (930)
    Story
    (938)

    Jeannette Walls grew up with parents whose ideals and stubborn nonconformity were both their curse and their salvation. Rex and Rose Mary Walls had four children. In the beginning, they lived like nomads, moving among Southwest desert towns, camping in the mountains. Rex was a charismatic, brilliant man who, when sober, captured his children's imagination. Rose Mary painted and wrote and couldn't stand the responsibility of providing for her family; she called herself an "excitement addict."

    Elisabeth says: "Like peeping through your fingers at a car wreck"
    "Beautiful and enchanting!"
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    LOVED IT! The combination of a heart-wrenching story with miraculous writing makes this a winner. Did I mention that I LOVED IT?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Stroke of Insight

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jill Bolte Taylor
    • Narrated By Jill Bolte Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (680)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (359)

    In My Stroke of Insight, Taylor shares her unique perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery, and the sense of omniscient understanding she gained from this unusual and inspiring voyage out of the abyss of a wounded brain. It would take eight years for Taylor to heal completely. Because of her knowledge of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and most of all an amazing mother, Taylor completely repaired her mind and recalibrated her understanding of the world.

    Lisa says: "very, very illuminating!"
    "A Unique Story"
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    The unique insight into a horrible brain event from an author who is an expert on brain function. As horrible as her illness was, she turns it into a charming story that will help anyone dealing with understanding stroke or another brain event. Even if you're not interested in brain function, this author's story is interesting enough to carry the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucky: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alice Sebold
    • Narrated By Alice Sebold
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (114)

    In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones) reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an 18-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. "A rueful, razor-sharp memoir," raves Vogue, "funnier than you'd think was possible. Sebold tells what it's like to go through a particular kind of nightmare in order to tell what it's like - slowly, boldly, triumphantly - to heal."

    Samantha says: "Very raw"
    "A knock out from beginning to end"
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    From the very first sentence I knew that this was going to be a difficult book to listen to, and also a book that I would not be able to tear myself away from -- and I was right. It's the account of the author's horribly violent rape, and what happened in the aftermath. A memoir like this could be very self indulgent, but the author pulls it off beautifully. I literally stopped everything I was doing to listen to this book, rapt by the events, the emotion, by the author's honesty and impeccable writing. It's a heavy topic, but if you can handle it, go for it. This is a winner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3654)
    Performance
    (2929)
    Story
    (2920)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Reluctant to give it a shot, glad I did!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I am often reluctant to read celebrity memoirs because of the potential for whining or the special remove that celebrities often have from real life, which can be annoying. However, this book did not operate that way. Rob Lowe accounts his life, both his personal life and his encounters with other celebrities, in a matter-of-fact way that keeps the narrative fresh. He is at the same time aware of his celebrity, but not in awe of it -- or himself. His grasp of story-telling is great, and there's not a dull moment in this book. I was slightly disappointed that he didn't go into more detail about his very public scandal, but I understand why he didn't -- he wants to be known as an actor and a good guy (which he seems to be), not someone who's going to be forever tainted by a bad decision. Take a chance on this book -- at the very least you'll be entertained, and at the most, you'll be moved by the struggles of this public person's challenging life.


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

    Rob Lowe's performance lends an extra layer of oomph to this book that someone reading it would not get. He mimics the voices of the other people in the book, mainly celebrities, very well, giving the narrative a lot of character.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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