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st louis, MO, United States
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  • Back from the Dead

  • By: Bill Walton
  • Narrated by: Bill Walton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

This inspiring memoir from sports and cultural icon Bill Walton recounts his devastating injuries and amazing recoveries, set in the context of his UCLA triumphs under John Wooden, his storied NBA career, and his affinity for music and the Grateful Dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but unrevealing

  • By David on 04-21-16

My favorite

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

This is one of my all-time favorite audiobooks. I love hyperbole and enthusiasm and this book qualifies as both. I found myself delighted through the whole book. I happened to be at many of the games referenced so the memories were great.

  • The Son

  • By: Philipp Meyer
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,611
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,620

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching examination of the bloody price of power, The Son is a gripping and utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American west with rare emotional acuity, even as it presents an intimate portrait of one family across two centuries. Eli McCullough is just twelve-years-old when a marauding band of Comanche storm his Texas homestead and brutally murder his mother and sister, taking him as a captive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer

  • By Mel on 06-04-13

fabulous

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

Reviewed: 06-23-13

Cannot be as eloquent as the first reviewer,but agree with the conclusion. One of the best ever.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Trading Bases

  • A Story About Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball (Not Necessarily in That Order)
  • By: Joe Peta
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

An ex-Wall Street trader improved on Moneyball’s famed sabermetrics to place bets that would beat the Vegas odds on Major League Baseball games - with a 41 percent return in his first year. Trading Bases explains how he did it. After the fall of Lehman Brothers, Joe Peta was out of a job. He found a new one but lost that, too, when an ambulance mowed him down. In search of a way to cheer himself up while he recuperated, Peta started watching baseball again. That’s when inspiration hit: Why not apply his outstanding risk-analysis skills to improve on sabermetrics, the method made famous by Moneyball?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating book, but buy the print version.

  • By Cameron on 04-18-16

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 03-28-13

Captured from the first chapter. Great baseball insights. I do not gamble but the complexity of the analysis had many applications.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 175,238
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 163,790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163,452

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Don't get it

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

Reviewed: 09-05-11

I have never played a video game and am over 60. I really wanted to like this,but could not get past two hours. I have never been less engaged by a book. Must be me.

5 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Kennedy Detail

  • JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence
  • By: Gerald Blaine, Lisa McCubbin
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 17 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 562
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 395

Even today, almost five decades after John F. Kennedy was slain, the public continues to be captivated by the "Kennedy Curse" and new theories about what really happened on that fateful day in 1963. For nearly 50 years former Secret Service agent Clint Hill has lived with the unimaginable guilt of losing a president on his watch and has obeyed an honor code of silence, refusing to contribute to any books about the assassination. Until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-14-10

surprisingly uninteresting

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-11

A bland repetitive look at what would seem to be an interesting story. Could not finish.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • 7

  • The Mickey Mantle Novel
  • By: Peter Golenbock
  • Narrated by: Alan Smithee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

In Peter Golenbock's shocking and revealing first novel, Mickey Mantle tells the hidden story of his life as a baseball hero, and asks for forgiveness from his friends and family. If the revelations in Jim Bouton's Ball Four were the first crack in the Mantle legend, then 7 smashes the myth to reveal the human being within.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ugh...

  • By Me & My Girls on 07-07-15

Rude, crude,unattractive

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-10

Worse than terrible. The first book I have erased from my library. By the way, I love baseball.

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,513
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,486
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30,556

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.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

Mesmerizing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-10

Along with "Tears of Darkness,"a nuanced yet straight forward look at great American heroes. Not to be missed.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Lion

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,365

Detective John Corey now faces his toughest assignment yet: the pursuit and capture of the world's most dangerous terrorist -- a young Arab known as "The Lion" who has baffled a federal task force and shows no sign of stopping in his quest for revenge against the American pilots who bombed Libya and killed his family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What happened to Scott Brick?!!

  • By JSR on 07-03-10

Bad beyond belief

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-10

Mr. DeMille wrote one third of a book and rambled to an extremely boring conclusion.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Gate House

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 22 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859

When John Sutter's aristocratic wife killed her mafia don lover, John left America and set out in his sailboat on a three-year journey around the world, eventually settling in London. Now, 10 years later, he has come home to the Gold Coast, that stretch of land on the North Shore of Long Island that once held the greatest concentration of wealth and power in America, to attend the imminent funeral of an old family servant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DeMille writes another excellent book!

  • By Andrew Stone on 11-11-08

Disappointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-08

I have delighted in the previous works of this author but.... this book is a snooze. I literally forwarded through half the book or more and missed nothing. Much of the book is a rehash of the narrative of The Gold Coast[a book I thought I loved until I heard it retold]. Having listened to all of Demille's previous books, I was stunned at how bad this was.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Duma Key

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: John Slattery
  • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,016

A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Play the Book and Let the Book Play You

  • By OldDog on 11-09-09

Must be missing something

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-08

I rely on the point of view of others,but in this case, I am in the minority. I found the first half of the book at least interesting,the rest incomprehensible.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful