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  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps

  • The Music of George Harrison
  • By: Simon Leng
  • Narrated by: Simon Leng
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Far from being "the quiet one," George Harrison was a writer and arranger of terrific power and beauty, and his guitar playing was fundamental to the Beatles' sound and success. Now fully revised and expanded, this new edition of While My Guitar Gently Weeps: The Music of George Harrison is the most comprehensive evaluation of George Harrison's musical career ever published.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Essential Harrison

  • By Conrad on 10-07-14

Horrible narration!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-31-14

What disappointed you about While My Guitar Gently Weeps?

The narration was so amateurish as to be distracting from the story.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Catch A Wave

How did the narrator detract from the book?

By speaking.

But seriously, by mispronouncing then immediately repronouncing words, then moving on to the next incomprehensible, inverted inflection narrative. I found myself putting more effort into understanding the sloppy narration than I did following the points he was trying to make. Did anyone listen to this audiobook before it was published? Ever hear of editing and/or retakes?

What character would you cut from While My Guitar Gently Weeps?

The narrator

Any additional comments?

As Bill O'Reilly has demonstrated over and over again with his inexplicably inept narration in his "Killing Narration" series of audiobooks, authors don't necessarily make the best narrators.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • President Me

  • The America That's in My Head
  • By: Adam Carolla
  • Narrated by: Adam Carolla
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935

In President Me, Carolla shares his vision for a different, better America free from big issues like big government down to small problems like hotel alarm clock placement. Running on an anti-narcissism platform, President Carolla calls for a return to the values of an earlier time when stew and casserole were on every dinner table and there were no “service dogs” on airplanes. President Me hits right at the heart of what makes our country really annoying, and offers a plan to make all of our lives, but mostly Adam’s, much better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and Painfully True

  • By Tommy on 07-09-14

Ace comes through again!

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

Reviewed: 05-16-14

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed Adam's first two books, so I figured that this one would be a safe bet. It is. I usually listen to my audiobooks at work in a factory. I found myself laughing so hard (not just out loud, but gasping for air, tears in my eyes laughing) during some sections of this book (particularly his United Nations address) that some of my coworkers were starting to look at me as though they were sizing me up for a straightjacket. It's a good, light listen, and he actually makes a lot of excellent points about our culture these days to boot.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Miracles and Massacres

  • True and Untold Stories of the Making of America
  • By: Glenn Beck
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Glenn Beck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087

History is about so much more than memorizing facts. It is, as more than half of the word suggests, about the story. And, told in the right way, it is the greatest one ever written: Good and evil, triumph and tragedy, despicable acts of barbarism and courageous acts of heroism.The things you've never learned about our past will shock you. For example, the reason why gun control is so important to government elites can be found in a story about Athens. Not the city in ancient Greece, but the one in 1946 Tennessee.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye Opening

  • By Donaldo on 02-23-14

Eye Opening

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

Reviewed: 02-23-14

Where does Miracles and Massacres rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the more engaging books I've listened to in awhile. If you're a listener that enjoys historical trivia in bite sized bits, then this book's for you.

What about Ron McLarty and Glenn Beck ’s performance did you like?

Overall, the character voices, the accents and, the general narration makes for pleasurable listening. I, however, found myself cringing every time McLarty read cavalry as Calvary (as so many other narrators do). Huge difference in the meaning of these two words, and the misuse is highly distracting.

Glenn Beck is..., well Glenn Beck.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. But being able to listen to several complete stories any single sitting scratched that itch.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,605

A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!!!

  • By Alia on 12-11-09

Terrific!

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

Reviewed: 12-18-13

Any additional comments?

I rarely, if ever, use the word terrific. That said, there is really no better word to describe Tim Curry's reading of this classic. The vocal inflections between the different characters, even in conversation with one another, is truly remarkable. If you love this story, I'm certain that you'll love this audiobook. I listened to it twice in two days. It's that good.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shell Shocked

  • My Life with the Turtles, Flo and Eddie, and Frank Zappa, etc.
  • By: Jeff Tamarkin, Howard Kaylan
  • Narrated by: Howard Kaylan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

If Howard Kaylan had sung only one song, the Turtles' 1967 No. 1 smash hit "Happy Together," his place in rock-and-roll history would still be secure. But that recording, named in 1999 by BMI as one of the top 50 songs of the 20th century, with over five million radio plays, is only the tip of a rather eye-opening iceberg. For nearly five decades, Howard Kaylan has been a player in the rock-and-roll revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Turtles DO Rock...Really!

  • By Karen on 07-23-13

A delightful listen!

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

Reviewed: 10-31-13

Any additional comments?

I loved The Turtles music growing up in the late 60’s, so I jumped on this audiobook as soon as I saw it and wasn’t disappointed. Howard’s narration is like hanging out with an old friend and swapping rock and roll war stories. The stories of his interactions with rock and roll royalty are worth the price of admission alone. The stories of his personal misbehavior and of the show biz sharks that bit them are riveting. Then there are the Mothers of Invention stories, most notably his firsthand account of the concert in Montreux that was the inspiration for Deep Purple’s immortal Smoke On The Water. All in all a pleasant listen…, that I’ll probably do again in the near future. So if you’re a former child of the sixties, or just love that music, this book is for you.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Understanding Your Maine Coon Cat's Behavior

  • By: Lori Cattleberg
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Meadows
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 2

Have fun training and understanding your Maine Coon kitten and cat. You will learn: How to potty train your cat; About health concerns; The best type of cat food to feed your cat; How to take care of your cat's teeth, claws, ears, and more; How to have a lot of fun with your cat; How to make toys that will drive your cat wild; And more....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worst narration I've ever experienced!!!

  • By Andrea Fulton on 03-26-17

Trying to understand why it's not about Coon Cats!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-13

What would have made Understanding Your Maine Coon Cat's Behavior better?

Some information about Maine Coon Cat's behavior. You know, like the title says. In an hour and fifteen minute audiobook, less than three minutes were spent talking about anything specific about Maine Coon Cats. The rest was filled with general grooming tips, training tips, and such.

I own a Maine Coon Cat. They are certainly a unique breed with many fascinating and endearing personality traits..., at least mine is. I wanted to learn more about why she behaves more like a puppy than a cat. Scoops her food out of her dish onto the floor when she thinks the food level is too low. Why she craves attention, yet hates to be held. Stuff like that that other Coon Cat owners and I wonder about.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The recording was disappointingly comparable to a girl reading a book into a cassette recorder in her kitchen.

  • Our Dumb World

  • The Onion's Atlas of the Planet Earth, 73rd Edition
  • By: The Onion
  • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

To understand the news, the context of world geography and history is essential. That is why The Onion is publishing an audio world atlas: to help us. News that now makes no sense will now make sense; thus a new age of enlightenment. Our Dumb World contains news and historic facts from other nations, and the earth broken down and described (from its molten core to the outermost sphere), as well as demographic, economic, and other data about each country's people, industries, and habits.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nuggets of humor

  • By Fletch on 12-25-07

Totally Unfunny

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

Reviewed: 06-29-13

What disappointed you about Our Dumb World?

I was expecting at least a couple of laughs. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich was funnier. Apparently a dry delivery of moronic/sophomoric "jokes" is supposed to be funny. For example, when we got to the letter "L" , the narrator repeated the word "lonely" what seemed like forty times. Check, please! I'm outta here!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A People's History of the United States

  • 1492 to Present
  • By: Howard Zinn
  • Narrated by: Jeff Zinn
  • Length: 34 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,022
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,363

A classic since its original landmark publication in 1980, Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States is the first scholarly work to tell America's story from the bottom up - from the point of view of, and in the words of, America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Amateur hour in the production booth

  • By Thomas on 11-09-10

Should have been titled "I Hate The United States"

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

Reviewed: 04-12-13

What disappointed you about A People's History of the United States?

There was absolutely, positively nothing positive about the United States in this book. I'm a generally cynical person, and certainly not a fan of society as a whole or people and their agendas for that matter, but this guy makes me feel like Dale Carnegie by comparison. It couldn't have been more biased.

Would you ever listen to anything by Howard Zinn again?

Nope. I feel the same way about his work as he does the United States.

What didn’t you like about Jeff Zinn’s performance?

Perhaps it was the material that influenced my opinion of the performance, but I thought that he came across as snarkey and condescending.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger, definitely anger. Yeah, disappointment. Did I mention anger?

5 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Who I Am

  • By: Pete Townshend
  • Narrated by: Pete Townshend
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636

From the voice of a generation: the most highly anticipated autobiography of the year, and the story of a man who wanted The Who to be called The Hair; wanted to be a sculptor, a journalist, a dancer and a graphic designer; became a musician, composer, librettist, fiction writer, literary editor, sailor; drank too much and nearly died; detached from his body in an airplane, on LSD, and nearly died; planned to write his memoir when he was 21; and published this book at 67.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal

  • By Cow Poke McGhee on 10-11-12

Pretentious Get

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

Reviewed: 03-10-13

Any additional comments?

I'm a pretty big Who fan. It was my hope that there'd be some sort of inside stories of how some of my favorite songs came to be which, to fair there are, but not anywhere near enough. I was also hoping to hear some inside stories about the recording process and their legendery screaming matches but alas, only a scant few. The narrative pretty much goes on about his neurosis’ and accompanying substance abuse problems, which is fine. But personally I would have preferred more of the former and less of the latter.

Beyond that, the sniggering smarminess that dominate spots of his narration tend to wear thin after a while and have left me having to listen to this in installments. I havn't even finished listening to the book, but intend to. In conclusion, it's just a difficult listen where I fully expected to devour it.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Joy of Hate

  • How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage
  • By: Greg Gutfeld
  • Narrated by: Steve Kramer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363

Greg Gutfeld hates artificial tolerance. At the root of every single major political conflict is the annoying coddling Americans must endure of these harebrained liberal hypocrisies. In fact, most of the time liberals use the mantle of tolerance as a guise for their pathetic intolerance. And what we really need is smart intolerance, or as Gutfeld reminds us, what we used to call common sense. The Joy of Hate tackles this conundrum head on- - replacing the idiocy of open-mindness with a shrewd judgmentalism that rejects stupid ideas, notions, and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indisputable.

  • By StreetDoc on 12-09-12

Should be required reading!

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

Reviewed: 02-13-13

Any additional comments?

Gutfeld succinctly and humorously puts into words what I've been thinking about the antics of the entitled lefties for a long time. There were actually passages that had me laughing so hard at the ironic truths put forth in this book that I actually had to rewind it to hear the parts that I missed while I was laughing..., much to the amusement of some of my coworkers. I highly recomend this book to anyone who's looking for a few laughs at the expense of the heavily biased media and the liberal elites.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful