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Rick Gmail

Santa Monica, CA, US | Member Since 2001

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  • My Cross to Bear

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Allman, Alan Light
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (162)

    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"
    "Terrific on all counts"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of My Cross to Bear to be better than the print version?

    What a great read. While it's not at all necessary to have Iived through the eras, the music and the sidebars as an observer, it made it even more of a ride. Recommended to all and especially aspiring musicians as there is solid insight into Gregory's creative process.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No one could compare to Gregg.


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

    Will Patton is Gregg Allman...can't imagine a better interpretation nor would I invite one.


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

    While he's no angel, it's great to hear his side


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (348)

    Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Rob Lowe's life, told with humor, warmth, and brutal honesty. After writing his acclaimed debut effort, Lowe felt he had more stories to share and many more friends to introduce. The result is a touching memoir about the business and craft of acting, the pitfalls of success, family, love, and much more.

    LESLIE DOHENY-HANKS says: "Insightful, interesting and uplifting"
    "Rob Lowe is a "proven" author"
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    Where does Love Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my second experience with a Rob Lowe authored and read selection and I'm pleased to say "Love Life" was on par with his autobiography - a personal, reflective, often humorous, and in this case, family-focused read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rob, of course. Yet, not in the way many of us can fully define depending on the era we became familiar with him. I was taken into his characters as well as the public and private person keeping me engaged as the stories are told.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The missteps that failed to lead to roles and opportunities he would have easily entertained had he had the chance.


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

    Keeping it in Perspective


    Any additional comments?

    Read it!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Missing You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    Overall
    (1376)
    Performance
    (1214)
    Story
    (1216)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben set huge sales records with last year’s Six Years - and he’s poised to do it again in his next breathtaking stand-alone thriller. Harlan Coben, author of six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers and a total of 24 award-winning, best-selling, and internationally acclaimed novels, returns with another ripped-from-real-life thriller full of impossibly high emotional stakes and the real-to-life characters for which he has become famous.

    Susan says: "I Ain't Missing You"
    "Wow! Refreshing Surprise!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Missing You the most enjoyable?

    This was a total discovery - from the writing, the author and the narrator. It's been a long time since I wasn't able to stop...


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The pacing was terrific - the narration equally - many moments when I was unable to stop as I needed to know more about the next twist.


    What about January LaVoy’s performance did you like?

    Everything - I probably gravitated to Scott Brick more often than not in the past but January will now be another top favorite.


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

    A nice mix of emotion, mystery and twisted behavior. Compelling combinations


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Graham Nash
    • Narrated By Graham Nash
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (154)

    From Graham Nash - the legendary musician and founding member of the iconic bands Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Hollies - comes a candid and riveting autobiography that belongs on the reading list of every classic rock fan.

    James says: "A Great Story for fans of the Hollies and CSN!"
    "Exceptional read/write - Enjoyable!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Wild Tales the most enjoyable?

    Read by the author, and there's no one who could improve on how Nash brings his work to life through lyrics and life experiences of the global and LA rock scenes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nash as well as the cast of musicians that surround the story arc from Hollies to CSN to CSNY to CN and solo.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Many favorites including becoming a US citizen and the Joni Mitchell relationship


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

    A life behind the music you love


    Any additional comments?

    This is a rich, enjoyable and accessible read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9539)
    Performance
    (8655)
    Story
    (8727)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "Sadly - I can't get through it"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I had high expectations, but, no, it wasn't time well spent as the performance was not up to the anticipated caliber of the story


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    kept trying, but never was able to finish it


    What didn’t you like about Paul Michael’s performance?

    It just didn't grab me or hold my attention It was more distracting from the story than an enhancement to it.


    Was Inferno worth the listening time?

    No, not in my opinion


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1051)
    Performance
    (948)
    Story
    (951)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Melinda says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "Good Story, Monotone Performance"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    When I wasn't drifting due to the even keel and lack of emphasis from the reader, I found the story intriguing. The challenge was keeping attention on the presentation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Sparrow?

    The prep detail that book described to prepare agencts.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeremy Bobb?

    Scott Brick


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Likely


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (536)

    From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, there have been more than two dozen assassination attempts on the President of the United States. Four have been successful. But now, Beecher White - the hero of the number one New York Times best seller The Inner Circle - discovers a killer in Washington, D.C. who's meticulously re-creating the crimes of these four men. Historians have branded them as four lone wolves. But what if they were wrong?

    Janice says: "I had to stop listening a little bit into the book"
    "Truly a new favorite!"
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    If you could sum up The Fifth Assassin in three words, what would they be?

    What a ride - a terrific continuation of Meltzer's previous release. It was great getting back in touch immediately with the characters. As one who is also interested in presidential history, I found the integrated realism of events that surrounded key presidents, Lincoln most prominently, but others as well, very intriguing. It inspired many search and Wiki inquiries to determine any reality in Brad's basis for some of the plot twists. Truly couldn't put it down - made my commute longer by design. Highly recommended.


    What did you like best about this story?

    plot twists, deep basis for story lines, plenty of surprises


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

    Scott's a favorite - as many have said, he could read the phone book and it would be a must-listen


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

    I was pleasantly surprised and inspired to learn more all along the read


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • When I Left Home: My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Buddy Guy, David Ritz
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    According to Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and the late Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy is the greatest blues guitarist of all time. An enormous influence on these musicians as well as on Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck, he is the living embodiment of Chicago blues.

    Rick Gmail says: "Excellent History and Respect for The Blues"
    "Excellent History and Respect for The Blues"
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    Would you listen to When I Left Home again? Why?

    There's a lot of history here. It is told in a very personal way, fully accessible and very listenable. Great to get such perspective from Buddy Guy and those who were there during this era of Blues awareness.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No question, Buddy Guy although those he comes in contact with each have their own appeal.


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

    I might. It took a bit to adjust to Willis's performance but once I got into his rhythm it was a joy ride


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

    It makes me want to venture to the areas of the country central to the book and walk the steps Buddy Guy walked alongside so many legends


    Any additional comments?

    It's a terrific compliment to Gregg Allman's book - great background on what was happening in the music industry told through the eyes of a couple of central figures.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Inquisitor

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mark Allen Smith
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Geiger has a gift: he knows a lie the instant he hears it. And in his business - called "information retrieval" by its practitioners - that gift is invaluable, because truth is the hottest thing on the market. Geiger's clients count on him to extract the truth from even the most reluctant subjects. Unlike most of his competitors, Geiger rarely sheds blood, but he does use a variety of techniques - some physical, many psychological - to push his subjects to a point where pain takes a backseat to fear. Because only then will they finally stop lying.

    Rick Gmail says: "Engaging story wrapped in narrative that hooks you"
    "Engaging story wrapped in narrative that hooks you"
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    Where does The Inquisitor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a surprisingly strong top tier read - story and narrator. Wasn't sure I'd like it but couldn't wait to jump back in on my commute each day to see how it all turned out.


    What other book might you compare The Inquisitor to and why?

    It falls into the Mitch Rapp/Vince Flynn camp - shorter, not as in depth in detail but certainly a fast read with the elements of suspense, revenge and the depths the inquisitor goes to for the truth.


    What about Ari Fliakos’s performance did you like?

    I liked it - took a bit to get used to as the narrator was a new voice for me - but it worked well as it adopted the persona of the key players in the story arc.


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

    Parts made me squirm but not to the point of distraction from the overall story. Just enough to bring you into the inquisitor's mind and persona in full support of the story.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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