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  • Mercury

  • An Intimate Biography of Freddie Mercury
  • By: Lesley-Ann Jones
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

As lead vocalist for the iconic rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury's unmatched skills as a songwriter and his flamboyant showmanship made him a superstar and Queen a household name. But despite his worldwide fame, few people ever really glimpsed the man behind the glittering facade. Now, more than 20 years after his death, those closest to Mercury are finally opening up about this pivotal figure in rock 'n' roll. Based on more than a hundred interviews with key figures in his life, Mercury offers the definitive account of one man's legendary life in the spotlight and behind the scenes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A tattler, not well-written, yet a guilty pleasure

  • By Paul Sas on 10-05-12

The Legend Lives On - All hail the "Queen" of Rock

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-18

Freddie was a genius who was so far ahead of his time and I absolutely loved this book. Such a great listen, very well produced. Feels just like a bunch of great interviews mixed in by a narrator. So good! Not just about Freddie too though, this book takes the listener down Rock and Roll history Lane.... Loved hearing about so many other artists I like, and their connetion with the band, such as: Elton John, Boontown Rats, David Bowe, Michael Jackson, The Darkness, Spandau Ballet, Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Hendrix and so many others! Absolutely brilliant. A must have for all who love Freddie and Queen.

  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

  • By: Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss
  • Narrated by: Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, and others
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,945
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,258
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,203

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents the story of a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This story is cute, but let's be honest.

  • By João on 03-19-18

For a great cause....

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-18

Silly fun book that pokes fun at certain stereotypes, which could make certain politicians upset but even still - this a must for all who love John Oliver!

  • Two Million Reasons for Murder

  • By: Kenneth Miller
  • Narrated by: Steven Cooper
  • Length: 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Justin Barber said that he and his wife, April, were tipsy and amorous, having celebrated their third wedding anniversary with dinner and cocktails, as they strolled along the water's edge in Jacksonville, Florida, on August 17, 2002. That's when a strange man approached the couple in an attempted robbery that left April dead, according to Justin's testimony. But when police looked deeper into the case, the details didn't add up.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Was a fun listen, especially with my wife....

  • By steve on 02-20-18

Was a fun listen, especially with my wife....

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-18

Too good to be true and yet it was... If it wasn't true, it'd be comical. Crazy to think someone thought they could actually get away with this. Book is also well produced and has a great narrator too.

  • Kidnapped - and Buried Alive!

  • By: Andrew Jones
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

His abductors forced him to a lying position in the box, placed a lid on top, jammed in four lengths of 3/4-inch plastic pipe for breathing tubes, and started shoveling in dirt to fill the hole. To cover their handiwork, they scattered some worn-out tires over the burial site. Then they drove away.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad

  • By steve on 02-20-18

Not bad

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-18

Channels is great for its short content. I mean how bad could something be if it's just a few minutes? In this case, it's the exact opposite, and I wish it was a little longer. The narration is excellent and the overall story line is a solid one, especially considering it's based on a true story!

  • Brush Your Teeth Rex

  • Rhymosaurs, Book 1
  • By: Orlando Molina
  • Narrated by: Orlando Molina, Rebecca Fenton
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Rhymosaurs is a series of hip-hop rhyming books for children of all ages. Our first story follows Tommy Rex as he finds a way to brush his teeth properly with small arms. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very clever!!

  • By steve on 12-14-17

Very clever!!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-14-17

Super creative and just an overall, fun listen that's great for the kids! Can't wait to hear more like this!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dr. Katz's Therapy Sessions

  • By: Jonathan Katz
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Katz
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Based on Comedy Central's hit phenomenon "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist," Dr. Katz's Therapy Sessions lets us listen in on the hilarious sessions between the wry, downtrodden Dr. Katz (comedian/actor Jonathan Katz) and his roster of patients, whose voices are provided by such popular comedians as Gary Shandling, Steven Wright, Rita Rudner, Anthony Clark, Janeane Garofalo, Carol Leifer, and more. Therapy has never been this funny!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-18-18

Too funny!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-17

I absolutely loved the cartoon and this listen is just as great, minus the "squiggle vision"

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,787
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,782

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging, but overrated

  • By Scott T. Hards on 12-13-08

My new excuse for not making it to the NHL!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-16

I found this book to be super interesting. Some of the facts and data are outstanding and really hit home for me.

Right from the start, the first chapter on hockey is excellent. Makes so much sense too. Amazes me how we could have such a broken process and yet not even think about it or talk about fixing it so that it's fair and equal to all regardless of when they were born.

The chapter pertaining to "culture" was also extremely intriguing.

Well written and the author does a great job using facts and research to prove his points. Even better, the narrator is terrific and does a fine job keeping the material interesting to the very end.




  • Attitude: Discover the True Power of a Positive Attitude

  • By: Ace McCloud
  • Narrated by: Joshua Mackey
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

It is no secret that some of the greatest people of all time have had the ability to maintain good attitudes even during the most difficult of circumstances. Having a good attitude can help you to attain success more quickly, make you feel happy and accomplished, draw good things to you, and help you to develop great relationships with other people. Wouldn't it be great to know exactly what you should be doing every day in order to maintain a positive and uplifting attitude?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Attitude is everything

  • By Desiree LaBombard on 05-28-15

Insightful

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-15

Overall, I thought this was a very insightful title as it showed me new and different ways to look at things, especially when the chips are down. Also I found the length of the book perfect as I was able to listen to it several times to really drive home some of the key points. The narrator was really good too. A must listen for all.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Gung Ho!

  • Turn On the People in Any Organization
  • By: Sheldon Bowles, Ken Blanchard
  • Narrated by: Agnes Hermann
  • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles, co-authors of the New York Times business best seller Raving Fans, are back with Gung Ho! Here is an invaluable management tool that outlines foolproof ways to increase productivity by fostering excellent morale in the workplace. It is a must-read for everyone who wants to stay on top in today's ultra-competitive business world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait to put into practice

  • By steve on 04-17-15

Can't wait to put into practice

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-15

Learned soooo much from this title and I can't wait to begin to put this into practice to see if it really works. Great book on "working together" and it should be fun coming up with creative ways to show my workers about the importance of their work, autonomy and cheering others on!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life

  • By: Spencer Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tony Roberts
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596

If you're a bit too comfortable with routine, it's time to listen to the bestseller everyone's squeaking about, Who Moved My Cheese?. You'll hear how to cope with change before the competition turns your business into runny Brie.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cheesy, but relevant

  • By Cathy Dopp on 06-04-06

A Cheesy Tale

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-15

Who Moved My Cheese is a cute tale about change itself and how those who resist change can get left behind while those who embrace change can blossom and in fact, those who embrace change may even become better for it. In a specific example covered in the book, they were so worried about change that they didn’t even realize that the change could lead more cheese and in some cases, better cheese altogether. To put this in our own terms – while change is fearsome because of the unknown, one also needs to realize that the “unknown” doesn’t necessarily mean bad or worse and in the book we see that in this case - change happens and it’s a good thing for all.

While this is just a fun tale, the analogy is one we can all learn from and relate to. In all walks of life and in whatever we do in life, humans will face change and how they deal with that change will affect them for better and/or for worse depending on the person. That said – move with the cheese and if you are able to embrace change you can become a better person from it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful