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  • How I Slept My Way to the Middle: Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen, and Interwebs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kevin Pollak, Alan Goldsher
    • Narrated By Kevin Pollak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (177)

    Kevin Pollak rose through the comedy club ranks at the feet of Don Rickles and Bill Cosby, Johnny Carson, and George Carlin. Named one of Comedy Central’s Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time, he’s a killer impressionist — Falk, Shatner, Walken, Nicholson — a versatile actor with one of the most respected filmographies around, and an Internet pioneer. He’s done it all, and now he’s ready to spill the beans.

    S. Droski says: "Turns out I'm a fan...who knew?!"
    "Laughing Out Loud - Repeatedly"
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    I have enjoyed Kevin Pollack's work for a long time. Hearing his story in his own voice, is priceless.

    Kevin Pollack does such a great job at telling wonderful stories of working with Hollywood elite without sounding like he was name dropping. I think he is too humble to realize that he is now part of that Hollywood elite in my opinion.

    This is one of the funniest audiobooks I have every listened to. While listening in my car, I am sure that I look ridiculous laughing my head off. I am sure that Kevin would enjoy that he was able to get one more person to humiliate himself at his expense.

    I only recommend this if you want to laugh like you have not laughed in a long time.

    WARNING - Do not get this book if you do not want to laugh out loud!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven Changes Everything: Living Every Day With Eternity in Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sonja Burpo, Todd Burpo
    • Narrated By Stu Gray, Brook Bryant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A shattered leg, kidney stones, and a lump diagnosed as hyperplasia. Times were tough, money was scarce, and the bills and frustrations were piling up. It was into this kind of stressed out life that God sent Todd and Sonja Burpo the interruption of a life-threatening illness and emergency surgery for their almost four-year-old son Colton - an interruption that included his unforgettable journey to heaven. How did they cope?

    Russell says: "Good, but not as good as the first book"
    "Good, but not as good as the first book"
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    I have been looking forward to this book since learning it was going to be released. It was good, but not as good as the first book. They ended up retelling a great deal from the first book. I expected the Burpo family to go into further depth than they did.

    I would still recommend it if you enjoyed "Heaven Changes Everything." Just do not expect any new revelations from this book. The part that I did enjoy was hearing the spontaneous prayer by their son.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paradise Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Milton
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (21)

    John Milton's Paradise Lost is one of the greatest epic poems in the English language. It tells the story of the Fall of Man, a tale of immense drama and excitement, of rebellion and treachery, of innocence pitted against corruption, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of mankind's destiny.

    Anthony says: "The most accessible reading of Paradise Lost"
    "Required reading for a literature major."
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    I must start by saying I only listened to a few chapters. I am a smart guy with a doctorate degree, but this was way over my head. I am sure this is required reading for a literature major in graduate school. As for reading for enjoyment or to broaden my mind, this was not something I enjoyed. I am sure if I could have toughed it out, it would have broaden my mind, but I enjoy Audible books to relax. This was not relaxing. Good luck to the literature majors, but this was not for me.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Listening Is an Act of Love

    • ABRIDGED (55 mins)
    • By Dave Isay
    • Narrated By Dave Isay
    Overall
    (1549)
    Performance
    (1293)
    Story
    (1304)

    Drawn from the work of StoryCorps, the largest and most ambitious private oral history project in American history, comes this tapestry of the stories Americans have been sharing from their lives to leave behind to their loved ones.

    Debra says: "Touching"
    "Cute Idea"
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    This seems like a cute idea. I have seen something similar with the World War 2 Holocaust Project by Steven Spielberg. This one is for having good memories of our past.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Escape from Alcatraz

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By J. Campbell Bruce
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (35)

    Mobster Al "Scarface" Capone, "Machine Gun" Kelly, Robert Stroud, aka the Birdman: only the most violent, desperate criminals went to Alcatraz Island, called "The Rock" and known for its harsh conditions. This gripping true crime classic, originally written in 1963 and newly reissued, tells the story of life on The Rock and of 14 ingenious escape attempts by the prisoners.

    Memyselfhjb says: "Four star history"
    "Interesting book"
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    The writing does a good job at what the daily life at Alcatraz was like. Great piece of non-fiction.

    Recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    Overall
    (3749)
    Performance
    (3341)
    Story
    (3353)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Amazing"
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    This was an amazing book. One of the best Audible books in my collection. I have recommended it personally to a number of friends of mine. I live near Lincoln's birthplace so there is "Lincoln" everything in this area; roads, banks, parks, festivals, etc., so there is a regional interest in Lincoln.

    I like Bill O'Reilly but I was hesitant to listen to a book narrated by him. I thought I would get annoyed listening to him for an entire book, but I was wrong. He does a fantastic job as a narrator. Such a good job that I downloaded his book "Killing Kennedy."

    This book is such a great narrative of the last days of the Civil War and what the emotion of the country was at that contentious time. He did a great job of putting you in the mindset of Booth and his true hate of Lincoln and Booth's deep to the core narcissism.

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Sid Fleischman
    • Narrated By Taylor Mali, Sid Fleischman
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Nothing could hold him! He was the Escape King! He was The Great Houdini! His was a life life where fact and fiction blend into one amazing tale.This witty and insightful biography by Newbery Award Winner Sid Fleischman tells as much as it dares!

    Russell says: "Interesting book"
    "Interesting book"
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    I am not a big magic fan, but I really enjoyed this book. I like listening to biographies and I did not know much about Houdini.

    Good writing and narration. Definitely kept my interest the entire book.

    Recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3411)
    Performance
    (3054)
    Story
    (3083)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "This is a must read."
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    Great narrator.

    I recommend this to my best friend. He was reading it while waiting in an airport. Two servicemen saw him reading it and gave him a "thumbs up".

    We have all hear the basic story, but this gives the real story.

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tuesdays with Morrie: 10th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mitch Albom
    • Narrated By Mitch Albom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (271)

    Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly 20 years ago.

    J says: "Really meaninful stuff."
    "This should be required reading for everybody."
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    What did you love best about Tuesdays with Morrie?

    It makes you think about your mortality and how your life affects others.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tuesdays with Morrie?

    I enjoyed listening about Morrie dancing.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes the books being read by the author is not always a good thing, but in this case Mitch Albom did a great job. The impact the story had on his life is translated well in his narration.

    I listen to almost everything at 1 1/2 to 3 times the normal speed with the iPhone app. I cannot do this with all narrators, but I could easily do this with this audio book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Man and the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Donald Sutherland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1360)
    Performance
    (771)
    Story
    (771)

    The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

    Dave says: "Truly a Classic"
    "Donald Sutherland is Amazing!"
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    Donald Sutherland proves how great of a performer he is with this narration of "The Old Man and the Sea". I felt as if Hemingway himself was reading this to me.

    As I listened, I could feel the rope across my back and the torn flesh of my hands holding the line as I patiently waited for the big fish.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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