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Brad Zerkel

Tempe, Az USA
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  • American Legends: The Life of Jerry Garcia

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Violet Meadow
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6

Despite the enormous esteem he has garnered from virtually every corner of the music world, Jerry Garcia has continued to elude both fans and music historians as they attempt to determine his origins and categorize his art and influence on American music. Part of their difficulty lies in the fact that his work as the frontman for the Grateful Dead, "one of the most prolific and iconic guitarists of the twentieth century", tended toward a blending of the traditional with the experimental.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator terrible

  • By Brad Zerkel on 02-04-19

Narrator terrible

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

Mispronouncing names is one thing but misinformation about song writers is another! Phil Lesh was NOT Friend of the Devil...
Have to get a refund on this .
I had much higher expectations for this ... just plain bad!

  • Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon

  • Laurel Canyon, Covert Ops, and the Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream
  • By: David McGowan
  • Narrated by: Bill Fike
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

The very strange but nevertheless true story of the dark underbelly of a 1960s hippie utopia. Laurel Canyon in the 1960s and early 1970s was a magical place where a dizzying array of musical artists congregated to create much of the music that provided the soundtrack to those turbulent times. But there was a dark side to that scene as well. Many didn't make it out alive, and many of those deaths remain shrouded in mystery to this day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a blast!!!

  • By John M. ONeal on 12-26-17

Possibly the WORST book ever

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

Good grief no wonder we have a world in the position it is in politically when you have idiots writing books like this.
He has possibly stretched reality to it's furthest boundaries in an effort to make coincidence become a conspiracy over music/musicians and Laurel Canyon.
What's worse is I was dumb enough to buy this rubbish!
This writer has wasted years of his life putting this together....
I couldn't get through the first couple hours...... Some of the narration was almost Monty Pythonesque......"Wink Wink Nudge Nudge Know what I mean" but not trying to be Monty Python funny...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Stop Believin'

  • By: Jonathan Cain
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

In this long-awaited memoir, songwriter and keyboardist Jonathan Cain takes us on an odyssey from center stage with Journey when all America was listening to songs like "Don't Stop Believin'", "Faithfully", and "Open Arms", to his hope and faith today. He tells of the thrilling moments when the music came together and offers an inside look at why Steve Perry left and the extraordinary story of their gifted new vocalist, Arnel Pineda. Cain's journey wasn't always easy - and his true arrival in life had more to do with faith than fame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written. A full image of the Journey.

  • By Gwen Roberts on 05-31-18

Too much Religion...a tad sappy

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

Give me that old time religion......in a song but not in a bio...I felt like I was in Church and the whole thing felt a little "False" to me. Not your typical rags to riches to rags, addiction sex drugs and rock n roll story.....I did appreciate his depiction of his childhood and the trauma of a horrendous fire..... I guess he should be grateful his story wasn't more "rock n roll".As long as he's happy.....probably not good material for book though, and the songs made the whole thing sappy.....It was so "regular guy" I felt like my life was more exciting...LOL

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,912

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

Not sensationalism

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

I’ve read several books now and this one seems to be more grounded in fact than the others.
I know people will say it’s partisan but I don’t believe it really is.
The bottom line is the people wanted a business person in the White House they got it and now they will pay for it.
I was willing to give him a chance as well but the man clearly can’t tell the truth from a lie,and everything he does is motivated by money ,which In and of itself isn’t a problem .....unless you don’t understand geopolitical issues which Trump-clearly does not.
If he would listen to his advisors he could be a decent leader despite having no compassion or soul

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • How Music Works

  • By: David Byrne
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 782

Best known as a founding member and principal songwriter of the iconic band Talking Heads, David Byrne has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the insightful How Music Works, Byrne offers his unique perspective on music - including how music is shaped by time, how recording technologies transform the listening experience, the evolution of the industry, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Art Eats Itself

  • By Audio Gra Gra on 05-04-16

More than I expected!!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I loved this book it was interesting for multiple reasons , and it’s written for anyone who listens to or has ever been fascinated by the mystery of music.
Although I am a musician and my approach to this book was as such he, i felt this was written in a way that makes it accessible for anyone and everyone ,Scientist, casual listener, or musician ...
It does get into physics, biology, mathematics and the history of music etc but it does it in a very intelligent yet easy to understand way . David Byrne and Talking Heads fans wont be disappointed either ... Great read , well researched and written !!

  • The Story of World War II

  • By: Donald L. Miller, Henry Steele Commager
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,093

Drawing on previously unpublished eyewitness accounts, prizewinning historian Donald L. Miller has written what critics are calling one of the most powerful accounts of warfare ever published. Here are the horror and heroism of World War II in the words of the men who fought it, the journalists who covered it, and the civilians who were caught in its fury. Miller gives us an up-close, deeply personal view of a war that was more savagely fought - and whose outcome was in greater doubt - than one might imagine. This is the war that Americans on the home front would have read about had they had access to previously censored testimony.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Inspiring Thought Provoking

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 06-01-14

The best and broadest book on WWII I’ve ever read

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

A well rounded look at wwii from various aspects and important turning points in this horrific event.
I’m always amazed and the “untold stories” I find in books like this
Well with the time ... I had to re-listen to several chapters to make sure I didn’t miss anything , something I normally don’t do !

The Home Front: Life in America During World War II
    
    
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    Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
    4,068 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • The Home Front: Life in America During World War II

  • By: Audible Original
  • Narrated by: Martin Sheen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,669

[Contains some explicit content] Narrated by award-winning actor Martin Sheen, The Home Front: Life in America During World War II takes listeners into the lives of Americans at home who supported the war effort and sustained the country during wartime. The war brought immediate, life-changing shifts; from the rationing of butter, to an explosion of war-related jobs, to mixed-signals about the role of women in society. Feel what living in the United States was like for everyday people during this disruptive and uncertain period of American history in the newest Audible Original series. Martha Little is the Executive Producer. Dan Gediman is the Series Producer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! But incessant breaks with credits along the way.

  • By Bradley Justice on 09-11-17

Wow I felt like I was there!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-17

I loved Martin Sheen's narration and I love the way this story took us deep into what it was like to be part of the "greatest generation" and the realization that there were some not so "Great" things about the Greatest Generation that are oft overlooked because of the greater story of the victory ! I always wanted my grandfather to tell me about what it was like because he has been on a ship that was torpedoed in the Pacidic but he wouldn't ever open up . My grandmother eventually wrote me a beautiful letter about their love story and life during war time that i shall always cherish.
She told me my grandfather lost a lot of friends and that's why he held it in and never talked about it .....
This book took me back to love with my grandfolks as if I were there with them and I feel blessed to have listened to this.... makes me happy I've had my audible membership for so long .

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

The Long and Faraway Gone
    
    
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    Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
    1,242 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • The Long and Faraway Gone

  • By: Lou Berney
  • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison, Amy McFadden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,139

Lou Berney's The Long and Faraway Gone is a smart, fiercely compassionate crime story that explores the mysteries of memory and the impact of violence on survivors - and the lengths they will go to find the painful truth of the events that scarred their lives. In the summer of 1986, two tragedies rocked Oklahoma City. Six movie theater employees were killed in an armed robbery while one inexplicably survived. Then a teenage girl vanished from the annual state fair. Neither crime was ever solved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's all together here

  • By Ted on 08-25-16

Loved this Book

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

It jumped back and forth quite a bit so you have to pay attention I probably started and replayed a couple of chapters a few times
But the narration and story were excellent as were the characters
I would have listened to the book straight through except for replaying a couple of chapters!

  • Sarum

  • The Novel of England
  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 45 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,281
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,141

In Sarum, Edward Rutherfurd weaves a compelling saga of five English families whose fates become intertwined over the course of centuries. While each family has its own distinct characteristics, the successive generations reflect the changing character of Britain. We become drawn not only into the fortunes of the individual family members, but also the larger destinies of each family line.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One big fat sweet historical epic

  • By David on 11-28-13

I think

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-16

This may actually read better than it is listened to..
Or I may need to re-listen
It's a great idea for a story and overall a good book but easy to lose attention to due to the length
Will come back to it and listen a second time

  • The Nazi and the Psychiatrist

  • Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII
  • By: Jack El-Hai
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 499
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 456

>In 1945, after his capture at the end of the Second World War, Hermann Göring arrived at an American-run detention center in war-torn Luxembourg, accompanied by 16 suitcases and a red hatbox. The suitcases contained all manner of paraphernalia: medals, gems, two cigar cutters, silk underwear, a hot water bottle, and the equivalent of $100,000,000 in cash. Hidden in a coffee can, a set of brass vials housed glass capsules containing a clear liquid and a white precipitate: potassium cyanide. Joining Göring in the detention center were the elite of the captured Nazi regime....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Read

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 11-07-14

Very interesting

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-16

This turned out to be one of the best WWII related books I've ever read because it was so different. Completely different angle and highly fascinating

2 of 3 people found this review helpful