From one of the most admired and beloved couples in recent American history, an extraordinarily moving story of public service, risk-taking, romance - and the journey toward recovery. This book delivers hope and redemption in the face of the tragic shooting, and introduces two unforgettable heroes.
Mark Kelly began documenting Gabby's treatment almost immediately after she was injured as a way to show her progress and to help encourage her when she was down. This book takes us behind the scenes and into the hospital room and even into his own mind as to what they were thinking and doing and why. It's been a hard road, but in spite of that, Mark and Gabby are taking this tragedy and turning it into something good. This book is sad at times, but also insightful and inspiring. Of course, the added bonus is that the book is narrated by the author. I can only imagine how difficult that was for Mark. So I hope you will cut him some slack as you listen and remember he's an astronaut, not an actor! . A worthwhile listen!
Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared....
If you read just one book this year, this one has to be it. I've read some amazing stories in my life and this one ranks up there as one of the best.
As a young boy Louis Zamperini was a holy terror to say the least. At only 10 years old he began stealing, running away, smoking, drinking and fighting. His parents couldn't control him and were at their wits' ends. In high school, after getting in trouble and running away for what seemed like the millionth time his brother encouraged him to take up running as a hobby and he did, breaking record after record for the fastest mile, and earning himself a spot on the US Olympic team.
Next thing you know Louis ends up in World War II, and his survival is nothing short of a miracle.
Read the the New York Times review for a more complete synopsis, and then get this book.
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The son of a classical pianist straight out of the Bronx of old Archie comics, Steven Tyler was born to be a rock star. Weaned on Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, Mick and his beloved Janis Joplin, Tyler began tearing up the streets and the stage as a teenager before finally meeting his "mutant twin" and legendary partner, Joe Perry. In this addictively listenable memoir, Tyler unabashedly recounts the meteoric rise, fall, and rise of Aerosmith over the last three decades and riffs on the music that gives it all meaning.
If you're looking for an education in sex, drugs, and rock'n roll, then this book will not disappoint. Steven (please don't call him Steve) goes into all aspects of his over 40 years of "living the dream" and some of his recounts are very graphic.
This book isn't as much an autobiography as it is a response to all of the people who have written or shared info about him in the past. It's more of a "well yeah, but you were doing drugs too," kind of thing.
This book reads like a school boy's recount of the "good old days." The years of drug addiction, sex addiction and codependency (he says he's been treated for all of those) are recalled almost with a romantic fondness. And, unless I missed it, nowhere in the book is there a an expression of remorse over the lives that were affected or promises that were broken.
I do give Steven kudos for telling his side of the story. You get the sense of who this man is and this is what I see; enigmatic, funny, rebellious, egocentric, family-loving, contradicting, brilliant and more. I also give him kudos for voluntarily going to rehab as many times as he has. You can't help but love him though. I wish him all the best.
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.
At first I wasn't sure I would like this book. It started out with a melancholy tone as Rob told about his childhood; about feeling like he never fit in, and about the break up of his parent's marriage. But a few chapters later it switched to a more neutral tone. Rob brought up many of his antics and relationships as a young man, but this wasn't a tell all. If you're looking to get any juicy details you'll be sorely disappointed because he doesn't elaborate much on the controversies or relationships in his life other than to acknowledge them.
What he does elaborate on, however, is how he got into the acting, and what it was like for him behind the scenes on the Outsiders and a couple of other movies. I especially enjoyed his accounts of meeting Liza Minnelli, and of his relationship with John Kennedy. These "rest of the story" vignettes are packaged like little surprises throughout the book and they are such a delight. Also, Rob Lowe is the narrator and he does some amazing impressions of Tom Cruise and Patrick Swayze; an added bonus for listeners of the ebook. Overall I enjoyed this book and am proud of the man that Rob Lowe has become today.
In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.
I'm not usually a critic but I found this book shallow. Each chapter was from the point of view of a different character; either a maid or the protagonist, "Skeeter." I found it disconcerting that regardless of whose chapter it was, the white characters were portrayed for the most part as timid, shallow, and without a clue. Is that a true representation of the women on the south in the 60's? I hope not. In any case, while I felt the book was an entertaining and interesting listen, I felt that it was lacking in the depth necessary to cover a subject so important.
In this, his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh - the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer -explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of its employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success.
This book is part autobiography, part inspiration. As a business owner I enjoyed every minute of it. You'll be inspired by the determination of these guys. As they will tell you, they weren't an overnight success, and, if it weren't for a little luck, they may not have made it at all. Very inspiring.
Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....
Love this book about Ms. T. Fey's life to date. You get the "rest of the story" about her time on Saturday Night Live and how she came to play Ms. Palin. Tina narrates this book herself and it's almost like a conversation with a friend, although this friend is funnier than hell. Very enjoyable listen. My only complaint, it was over too soon!! Thanks for sharing a little bit about your life Tina. You rock!
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In Awakening the Entrepreneur Within you are invited into the Dreaming Room, where your own entrepreneurial dreams will come alive and become reality. Michael will help you shape your dream into a viable, economically successful company! If you see something missing in your world, it's time to start dreaming. Let Michael Gerber welcome you to the Dreaming Room.
No practical advice or tips here. This book was an infomercial for Michael's venture, "The Dreaming Room." Don't get me wrong, I love the E-Myth. This just wasn't what I was looking for.
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You have the ability, right now, to accomplish more than you ever have before. In this powerful, practical program, Brian Tracy shows you how to plot your course to greater success and achievement. Life, Tracy says, is a journey. And as with any other journey, you have to do more than just think happy thoughts about where you want to go. You need clear goals, plans, and schedules to get from wherever you are today to wherever you want to be in the future.
Same stuff, different package. He doesn't even sound like he's enthused.
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The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. And so one day, desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant referred to by his many devotees simply as the Chairman.
At first I was cynical because I'm not a huge fan of business books disguised as fairy tales. But after just about 5 seconds I was engulfed in the story and couldn't wait to get to the end. Of course, real life success doesn't come as quick or as easy as it did for Joe at the end, but you get the picture. Enjoyable, inspiring listen!
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