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  • Outrage

  • The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away with Murder
  • By: Vincent Bugliosi
  • Narrated by: Joseph Campanella
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 169

What went wrong in the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial? Former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi dares to lay bare the bungling he perceived in the case. Incriminating evidence was never presented and lapses in strategy left prosecutors Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden at a disadvantage. These are just a few of the fatal errors that led to a victory for the defense.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narration is awful.

  • By Leanne McClure on 12-31-15

one angry man..

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Or alternative title of how everyone involved was a bungling idtio and within 10 minutes i was smarter than all of them.


OK, he admits right off the bat that (1) he is very angry about the Simpson case and (2) he did not want to write this book. Boy are these two points obvious in this book.
His palpable anger and bias is one thing, but the narrative feels like it took him about 1 hour of preparation. This is not a book, this is a rambling diatribe. I did not even ever figure out what the 5 reasons OJ got away with murder were, other than everyone associated with the trial was incompetent, and that Vincent figured everything out after only 10 minutes of listening to the lawyers involved in the case.
I mean it is one thing to say the prosecution should have done this, but the constant self-aggrandizement that within 10 minutes i figured out that this is what they should have been doing is just nauseating.

  • Just Mercy

  • A Story of Justice and Redemption
  • By: Bryan Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Bryan Stevenson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,969
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,946

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Made me question justice, peers and myself.

  • By Kristy VL on 04-17-15

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

If you could sum up Just Mercy in three words, what would they be?

amazing, astounding must-read

Any additional comments?

This is just an amazing book, and all should read it these days. Extremely well written and narrated. I cannot say enough about how moving the story is and the questions it raises about justice in this country, which is probably still better than most. Really opened my eyes.

  • The Sleep Revolution

  • Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time
  • By: Arianna Huffington
  • Narrated by: Agapi Stassinopoulos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 382
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 379

In today's 24/7, fast-paced, always-connected, perpetually harried, and sleep-deprived world, the hunger for sleep is only getting stronger. The Sleep Revolution both sounds the alarm on the worldwide sleep crisis and offers a road map for how we can take back our sleep and transform our lives and our world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Common sense with data to back it up

  • By Drew on 05-11-16

don't buy if...

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

Any additional comments?

don't buy this if you have any scientific background or understanding at all. This has not an ounce of realistic science in it, its all just hearsay. yes, sleep is great, and if Edison had slept more he would have done even better things and not taken so many tries to invent that light bulb thing. What kind of logic is that. And the performance is shameful.

  • The Wright Brothers

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,962

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story behind the story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright's Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but narration is a little boring

  • By Vince on 08-20-15

outstanding

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Wright Brothers to be better than the print version?

really read well

Any additional comments?

Have listened to many many books. This was memorable. Very to the point, moving tale, fast paced, and brings to life the people and their times. gives you a whole new perspective on flight and what the wright brothers did, as well as of this time in history, of which little is wrttned. Mr. McCullough is a masterful author and a very good story teller.

  • Moneyball

  • The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,775

Moneyball reveals a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the giant offices of major league teams and the dugouts. But the real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers, and physics professors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No need to be a baseball fan

  • By Sarah Dumoulin on 02-07-12

boring, poorly read

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

Reviewed: 03-20-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

yea, yea, everything the As did was perfect. they found all these players that no one else wanted and drafted them in the first round....well guess what, most did not make it to the majors (look it up) and why would you draft someone in the first round that no one else wanted?? draft them in the 15th round.
and the reading is awful. he sounds so droll...i had to turn the speed up to give the reading any pep.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

read it better

What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

too slow, depressing.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Still Foolin' 'Em

  • Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys
  • By: Billy Crystal
  • Narrated by: Billy Crystal
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,413

Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disarmingly Honest

  • By David Shear on 09-12-13

Do NOT listen to this book...

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

Reviewed: 12-10-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

in public.
you will gets lots of people staring at you for your inappropriate goofy grinning and laughing out loud out of the blue.
There are parts that are so absolutely hilarious its embarrassing.
There are some parts where I find he is a little full of himself, but overall, this was just hilarious, and as he says early in the book, he always leaves you with a little lesson. Really quick listen.

What does Billy Crystal bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

why would you read a book when you can have Billy Crystal speak it to you? Comedy is so much about presentation...i have to think this is 2x as funny because he is the reader.
Plus its so great to have an author read his own books.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Team of Rivals

  • The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 41 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,882
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,908

On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative

  • By JJ on 09-10-12

long, great ending

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

Reviewed: 10-04-14

What didn’t you like about Suzanne Toren’s performance?

awful. had to listen on 2x speed. there are like 6 second pauses between sentences.

Any additional comments?

This is a great book with a great ending. I gave it 4 because i found it a little boring at some parts. Its a lot of the same story...lincoln magnanimity to his "rivals" and how he uses everyone effectively. It is good and gives you a better appreciation for Lincoln than i had.

  • Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 1

  • By: James M. McPherson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936

James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of U.S. history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict. Abraham Lincoln wondered whether "in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government". And Jefferson Davis felt "forced to take up arms" to guarantee states' rights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • volume1

  • By chris on 08-26-10

Unbelievable

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

Reviewed: 08-25-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is by far the best book in the entire oxford history series, and i have listened to them all. Very fast paced, fluid, it reads like you are listening to a novel/story about the war. The writing is incredible, meticulously drawing attention to the ironies of circumstance and decisions that drove our history. An incredible quick read. The first 1/3 of the book is a great summary of the 1950s and the decisions that lead up to the war. The author paints a great picture of each of the actors on this stage. The battles are extremely well described in succinct enough fashion to keep the story moving without sacrificing detail. All I can say is this is sort of a book form of Ken Burns in that the individual stories are so moving and the story so fast moving that it reads like a novel, not like so many history books.

Any additional comments?

The bad news...the narration is awful. I listened to this on 2x speed on my iPod or this would have been unbearable. Even then there are like 3 second pauses sometimes between sentences. Fortunately, the reader is so slow that on 2x speed, it actually sounds pretty decent.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What Hath God Wrought

  • The Transformation of America, 1815 - 1848
  • By: Daniel Walker Howe
  • Narrated by: Patrick Cullen
  • Length: 32 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594

In this addition to the esteemed Oxford History of the United States series, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the period from the Battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era of revolutionary improvements in transportation and communications that accelerated America's expansion and prompted the rise of mass political parties.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic content, faulty narration

  • By Ary Shalizi on 04-12-11

overall outstanding

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

Reviewed: 08-12-14

Where does What Hath God Wrought rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

well up there.

Any additional comments?

This was on my list to read for a long time given the excellent review, but thought I was not that interested in this period, however, this was an outstanding read. There were just a few sections that were a little slow, mostly to do with religious revivalism, however, overall this filled in so many knowledge gaps in a very interesting way. We think our world is changing to quickly, it is interesting to think that other generations felt very similarly about their own times. In addition, this really sets the stage for an understanding of the Civil war period and American history in general. One of the stronger sections of the Oxford Hisotry series. Well worth the read.

  • The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution: 1763-1789

  • By: Robert Middlekauff
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 27 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535

The first book to appear in the illustrious Oxford History of the United States, this critically-acclaimed volume - a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize - offers an unsurpassed history of the Revolutionary War and the birth of the American republic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strong History Rich With Behind The Scenes Details

  • By John on 10-06-11

overall good, not one of the truly best

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

Reviewed: 08-12-14

Any additional comments?

Good addition to the oxford series, but one of the lesser components in my opinion. Parts were slow, and hard to follow many of the battles or descriptions.