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  • Fire and Fury

  • Inside the Trump White House
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,791

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as credible as one would like.

  • By Jerry R. Nokes Jr. on 01-29-18

Not one boring chapter, rare for political stories

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

Would you listen to Fire and Fury again? Why?

This really was a book I could only read/listen to once because of the dark subject matter.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fire and Fury?

All of them, quite frankly.

Any additional comments?

Aside from Ted Rall's graphic illustrated books, this is one of the few in that genre that did not put me to sleep.

The writing style is very unique, bold and nothing is held back (well, almost nothing) in this dynamic story about some of the evilest politicians in the history of this nation, including a so-called "president" who evidently obtains more orgasms in bed with a cheeseburger than with his beautiful immigrant wife; go figure.

Lots of criticism about this book, even by credible journalists (probably due to jealousy that they didn't land the gig themselves). Attacks from the political left and right about the accuracy of the book, which surprises me, because how do we know all the thousands of other political books are accurate. Or biographies? Or autobiographies? Guess what, we don't!

Even if this book is only 50% "true," like the White House often says when they receive the same criticism, "the threat is real." Thus, since Donald Dumpster and his cronies are a threat to everything this nation stands and has stood for, Fire and Fury is an extremely important work of journalism at the moment and I am confident similar books will follow!

Even for those who don't like sensational salacious stories, the book is worth it for the excellent timeline about our Idiot-in-Chief. Because of the writing style, simpletons like me who flunked civics will learn a lot about how things work behind the scenes in politics. For example, I generally am bored with foreign affairs, however, the author writes in such a way that I become mesmerized about how the Dumpster White House has managed to make asses of themselves during official trips abroad.

Kudos to the author for having the cojones to gain wide access to the chaotic White House. I believe him when he does TV interviews and says he really had no clue what he was getting himself into. The White House, obviously, had no clue either, which is rather ironic! Guess the White House thought Michael Wolff was going to write a puff piece about the first 100 days. Little did they know they were dealing with the real deal!

Holter Graham's phenomenal narration of this audio edition is icing on the cake!

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  • George

  • By: Alex Gino
  • Narrated by: Jamie Clayton
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356

When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she's not a boy. She knows she's a girl. George thinks she'll have to keep this a secret forever. Then her teacher announces that their class play is going to be Charlotte's Web. George really, really, really wants to play Charlotte. But the teacher says she can't even try out for the part...because she's a boy. With the help of her best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous Story!

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-24-15

Should be required reading in middle schools!

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17

Any additional comments?

I wish there was a book like this one when I was 10 (in 1971). No matter one's orientation or gender, this is a very important book for young and old alike as it realistically & honestly deals with a young boy in a public school whom identifies as a girl.

  • The Kid Who Ran for President

  • By: Dan Gutman
  • Narrated by: Scott Shina
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Some kids want to be President when they grow up. Twelve-year-old Judson Moon wants to be President right now! "Grown-ups have had a thousand years to mess up the world," Judson explains. "Now it's our turn." But running for President is hard. You have to kiss a zillion babies and shake a zillion hands, and say a zillion 'hellos'."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • John Oliver brought me here

  • By Yair on 08-25-16

Fun book, for children of all ages!

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17

If you could sum up The Kid Who Ran for President in three words, what would they be?

Although I was 55 when I read it, I enjoyed it very much. With a very depressing presidential election, it was nice to listen to a book that put a lighter touch on politics.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character because he reminds of me at his age. I ran for office when I was 18, which was when I could first legally vote. I totally understand the characters in this story!

Have you listened to any of Scott Shina’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not that I know of.

  • 1984

  • New Classic Edition
  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,925

George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ROOM 101

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 11-14-15

Very dark but very timely book!

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17

Would you consider the audio edition of 1984 to be better than the print version?

Any audio edition of this book is better because it helps one to visualize the story, but it makes it tougher to look up words and phrases specific to the story, but I managed to find an online glossary, so that helped.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 1984?

Close to the end of the book when the main character is in "jail."

Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not that I know of.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Very depressing. Took weeks for me to get through it. Had to take many breaks because there is so much more relevancy to this book after the November 2016 election, that is for sure!

Any additional comments?

Most people I know read this book in school, but I did not read this 1950s novel for the first time until about 15 years ago when I was in my 40s. It scared the shit out of me then and it scares the shit out of me even more now.

  • Killing Floor

  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,449
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,438

All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Comic book tough guy

  • By Ed on 06-21-08

Good story, but very violent and too lengthy

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

Reviewed: 02-27-14

This is the first book in the Jack Reacher series.
Very violent, to be sure, but interesting characters and somewhat suspenseful.

Only read it because I wanted to learn about Jack Reacher before watching the Tom Cruise movie based another Reacher novel, "One Shot" (Book 9 in the series). Other than "One Shot," I don't plan on reading other books in this series because I have so many books on my wishlist as it stands.

  • Coreyography

  • By: Corey Feldman
  • Narrated by: Corey Feldman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203

In this brave and moving memoir, Corey Feldman is revealing the truth about what his life was like behind the scenes: His is a past that included physical, drug, and sexual abuse, a dysfunctional family from which he was emancipated at age fifteen, three high-profile arrests for drug possession, a nine-month stint in rehab, and a long, slow crawl back to the top of the box office.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't like the Two Coreys, but liked this.

  • By ricketsj on 04-29-14

Best celebrity autobiography ever written!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-14

This may very well be the best autobiography ever written by a celebrity, and believe you me I have read/listened to many in my 53 years!

Corey is brutally honest in his book about himself, other celebrities, the Hollywood industry, children in the acting profession, drug abuse, child abuse and molestation, as well as other topics.

Although Corey's descriptions of drug and child abuse brought tears to my eyes, there are other parts of the book that made me laugh; however be warned that this book is not for the timid or squeamish because Corey holds nothing back.

I can only imagine how therapeutic this book was for Corey to write and I highly recommend it not just to his fans, but more importantly to those who have suffered from drug or child abuse.

Definitely get the audio version that is narrated by the author as Corey does a flawless job with the narration and his emotions come through very well in his voice!

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  • Behind the Candelabra

  • My Life with Liberace
  • By: Alex Thorleifson, Scott Thorson
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 222

In this unusually frank book Scott Thorson, Liberace's longtime lover, tells all: the good, the bad, and the ugly truths about the legendary entertainer who went to outrageous extremes to prevent public knowledge of his homosexuality. Liberace's unhappy childhood, dominated by a mother determined to force him into a concert career, serves as the prologue for a story that goes on to detail Liberace's early appearances in honky-tonks, his move to New York to seek fame, and, finally, his first booking in Las Vegas, where he was courted by the Mafia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Viciously honest, candid, sad, fascintating!

  • By Jeffrey on 05-26-13

A very titillating book!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-14

Although this book is filled with numerous and obvious factual errors that I totally missed when I first read it in the 1980s, this book otherwise appears to give an inside honest look into the life of Liberace (which isn't always flattering).

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  • Nowhere but Up

  • By: Pattie Mallette
  • Narrated by: Pattie Mallette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Most people only know her as Justin Bieber's mom, but Pattie Mallette has had an incredible journey of her own. Many people have heard of her son's rags to riches triumph. A few know she was a teen mom who had to overcome a drug and alcohol addiction. Even fewer know the rest of her story. Now, for the first time in detail, Pattie shares with the world the story of a girl who felt abandoned and unloved. Of a teenager who made poor choices. One who messed up, got pregnant, and got a second chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST READ

  • By Jenai on 07-05-16

Awesome book!

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

Reviewed: 11-18-13

Prior to listening to this audio book (narrated by the author) I had no idea what to expect, and a prejudicial voice told me, "Don't get your hopes up, it probably won't be very good." So it wasn't until like a year after purchasing the book that I actually listened to it, even though I am a huge fan of Justin Bieber.

Pattie Mallete, who more often than not is simply referred to as "Justin Bieber's mom," pours her heart and soul into this book about her incredible journey in life and is brave andcourageousfor doing so. She literally reveals her deepest and darkest secrets, which also include some not very flattering events about Justin's father, Jeremy.

While listening to the book, like a little kid I kept thinking to myself, "Talk about Justin already, I want to hear about Justin, this book is so dark." However, the first portion of the book where she discusses her struggles and upbringing is really the crux of the book and people who aresurvivorsof sexual abuse (and perhaps those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction) will find solace in her words.

The book also spends a fair amount of time discussing her faith in God, something not really up my alley since I am agnostic; however, she doesn'tproselytizeor shove faith or religion down the reader's throat. She simply shares from her heart, which makes this book so incredible for people from all walks of life, beliebers and non-beliebers alike. She makes it clear that she didn't force faith/religion on Justin either, but simply gave him the tools he needed to make his own decision.

I was shocked at her candid descriptions of her struggles as a survivor of sexual abuse, growing up with hardly any money, and amazed that she just refused to give up on life. As a result, she seems to be the better for it and she and Jeremy have produced a child prodigy that does more good for the world than most folks realize because, sadly, peeing in a mop bucket is more newsworthy than befriending young children with cancer; go figure!

Since the book's focus is really about her surviving terrible and sometimes horrific things, it was an added treat for her to include tidbits about her son, many which were already known; however, these gems coming from Justin's mom are definitely more meaningful than hearing or reading about them third-hand, since she was there when they happened!

Also, by her writing about her son, it confirms many events that others have accurately described in their books (such asCathleen Falsani in her book"Belieber!: Fame, Faith, and the Heart of Justin Bieber").

Also, the reader may discover many things about Justin that I don't believe have been published before by a family member; however, I say that having not finished reading his second memoir ("Justin Bieber: Just Getting Started").

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  • Going Clear

  • Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
  • By: Lawrence Wright
  • Narrated by: Morton Sellers
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,147

A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scared the Hell Out of Me

  • By Chris Reich on 02-02-13

Awesome book regarding Scientology!

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

Reviewed: 11-18-13

Perhaps my favourite of three books on Scientology abuse that I have listened to back-to-back over the past few months.

The author does a good job of documenting the history of Scientology, its eccentric (and I am being kind) founder L. Ron Hubbard, its celebrity connections in Hollywood, and the repeated physical and mental abuse by the church on its own members!

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  • Beyond Belief

  • My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape
  • By: Jenna Miscavige Hill
  • Narrated by: Sandy Rustin
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,261

Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology

  • By Tim on 02-07-13

Very scary to learn the truth about Scientology!

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

Reviewed: 11-18-13

The author does such an excellent job sharing her personal experience with Scientology that I had chills up and down my spine while reading portions of the book.

Her accounts of the abuse by the so-called church are no secret and many accounts of abuse are also discussed in the books "Going Clear" (by Lawrence Wright" and "Inside Scientology" (by Janet Reitman).

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