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  • Replay

  • The History of Video Games
  • By: Tristan Donovan, Richard Garriott
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414

A riveting account of the birth and remarkable evolution of the most important development in entertainment since television, Replay is the ultimate history of video games. From its origins in the research labs of the 1940s to the groundbreaking success of the Wii, Replay sheds new light on gaming's past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book

  • By Devin on 01-17-18

More a comprehensive look at Video Games

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

I’ve listened to a couple other boos about video games (primarily dealing with Sega and Nintendo). This one looks at the genre with more of a world view and discusses other countries contributions to the history and evolution of gaming. Most of the foreign contributions having to deal with PC gaming development. Narrator was pretty decent. And Scottish. There are no conclusions made at the end regarding the future of gaming or certain countries’ inclusion or exclusion within it. No epilogue; ends abruptly.

  • World in My Eyes: The Autobiography

  • By: Richard Blade
  • Narrated by: Richard Blade, full cast
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 114

Richard Blade’s autobiography is much more than a spotlight on any one decade. Instead, he gives you a jaw-dropping, uncensored insider’s look into the world of music, movies, and television and its biggest stars, starting in the '60s and continuing through to the new century. Richard takes you on a journey that few have experienced, from his early days as a student at Oxford to the wild, lascivious nights of being a disco DJ touring the clubs of Europe to coming to America and breaking through into the LA radio scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Trip Down Memory Lane 80s Style

  • By D. Torres on 12-04-18

Really fun!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Loved the book though I’m surprised that he didn’t go up to now and include his experience at Sirius XM radio. I’m very impressed by Richard Blade as a narrator. The guy is multi talented and always a joy to listen to. The book had me misty eyed a few times. Love the fact that he loves animals so much. Bravo!

  • 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 18,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,330

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

Underwhelming

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

Bob Woodward is a fantastic writer and reporter. It’s just that I was a little bit disappointed in this. There wasn’t anything incredibly revelatory that popped out to me while listening to the book. My reaction to everything I heard was like “yeah, pretty much”. It’s almost as if this would make a great start to a book series on 45; a trilogy of Trump.

  • Bright Lights, Dark Shadows

  • The Real Story of Abba
  • By: Carl Magnus Palm
  • Narrated by: Adrian Mulraney
  • Length: 26 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

An exploration of all aspects of the Abba member’s lives and careers. Amazingly detailed, it examines the group member’s family backgrounds, the pre-Abba days, the legendary 70s, the marriages, the divorces, the business ups and downs, and the post-Abba solo careers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome! -- All the Swedish words pronounced!

  • By Howard_a on 06-18-12

ABBA: The Story

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

This looks like the definitive book on ABBA. The interesting aspect of the book is it seems to be fairly balanced with its critical look at ABBA; not being too hyperbolic about anything. It’s amazing how the four members seems to behave like real people. Treasuring their privacy and family life. Not getting too caught up in the “Rock Star” lifestyle. Shy, contemplative, funny people.

  • Live from New York

  • The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests
  • By: James Andrew Miller, Tom Shales
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine, Paul Woodson
  • Length: 28 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

When first published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, Live from New York was immediately proclaimed the best book ever produced on the landmark and legendary late-night show. In their own words, unfiltered and uncensored, a dazzling galaxy of trail-blazing talents recalled three turbulent decades of on-camera antics and off-camera escapades.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining but repetitive

  • By Michelle on 05-05-18

A nice trip through SNL’s Memory Lane

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

Loved the hearing about the first ten years or so (especially the first five years with the Not Ready For Prime Time Players). After about 1995 or so is when the book loses its steam for me. And a lot of that has to do with the fact I’m not much of an SNL viewer anymore. The new millennium years don’t hold much interest for me and beyond the talk about the election year SNLs, that part of the book is vanilla and a bit tedious. Great performances by the voice talent though not much range between Dana Carvey or Damon Wayans. That’s okay though. Save the impressions for the show.

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  • From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars)

  • By: Renée Ahdieh, Meg Cabot, Pierce Brown, and others
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Ashley Eckstein, Janina Gavankar, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,952
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,939

Experience Star Wars: A New Hope from a whole new point of view. On May 25, 1977, the world was introduced to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and a galaxy full of possibilities. In honor of the 40h anniversary, more than 40 contributors lend their vision to this retelling of Star Wars. Each of the 40 short stories reimagines a moment from the original film, but through the eyes of a supporting character.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No One has Raved About this yet?

  • By Michael J. Stewart on 10-05-17

At times this is a great book

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

When I first started listening to the first few stories I genuinely thought that this could be the greatest Star Wars book ever. Then things got to be a little derivative with some stories about characters who were extremely fringe or otherwise unknown to me (a Star Wars zealot). Overall this is a fun nostalgia trip from the perspectives of some of our favorite characters from the past.

  • Thrawn (Star Wars)

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,452
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,258

In this definitive novel, listeners will follow Thrawn's rise to power - uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice To Have Thrawn Back, But...

  • By Michael Hicks on 09-06-17

Different Star Wars perspective

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

Reviewed: 07-22-17

A rare take where the reader gets a Star Wars story almost entirely told from the "other side" (the bad guys' side). It's enjoyable. I'll need to listen to it again as I missed some of the minutiae from the first go round. From what I've extrapolated about Thrawn's character from this and Zahn's prior novels, he is the Sherlock Holmes of the SW universe. It's hard not to like his character. Zahn has hedged a bit with Thrawn's loyalties as he's made him quite ambiguous after all is said and done.

  • The Death of WCW

  • By: R.D. Reynolds, Bryan Alvarez
  • Narrated by: Bryan Alvarez
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001

In 1997, World Championship Wrestling was on top. It was the number-one pro wrestling company in the world, and the highest-rated show on cable television. Each week, fans tuned in to Monday Nitro, flocked to sold-out arenas, and carried home truckloads of WCW merchandise. Sting, Bill Goldberg, and the New World Order were household names. Superstars like Dennis Rodman and KISS jumped on the WCW bandwagon. It seemed the company could do no wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Wrestling Book I've Ever Listened To

  • By Anonymous User on 10-06-17

Fun narration by Alvarez

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

This is a fun book but you've gotta know your subject matter to really appreciate it. I stopped really watching wrestling pretty much when the nWo was going down the tubes so I got a little lost with some of the wrestlers afterwards.

  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

  • By: Shelby Foote
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 42 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,284

The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume 1 begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days Battles, and Antietam, but so are the smaller ones: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, and Monitor versus Merrimac.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Storytelling brilliance

  • By Tad Davis on 07-17-08

Even for Civil War buffs, it's a bit exhausting

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

This is the kind of book that in retrospect I should have read organically instead of listening to. I imagine there are a lot appendices to sift through giving some reference to some of the lesser known battle sites in the Civil War. If you don't keep your nose to the grindstone, you can get lost in this very impressive piece of work. There won't be a more comprehensive effort on the US Civil War than what Mr Foote put together with this.

  • The Face of the Unknown

  • Star Trek: The Original Series
  • By: Christopher L. Bennett
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

Investigating a series of violent raids by a mysterious predatory species, Captain James T. Kirk discovers that these events share a startling connection with the First Federation, a friendly but secretive civilization contacted early in the USS Enterprise's five-year mission. Traveling to the First Federation in search of answers, the Enterprise suddenly comes under attack from these strange marauders. Seeking refuge, the starship finds its way to the true home of the First Federation, an astonishing collection of worlds hidden from the galaxy beyond.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Boldly go with a fun Star Trek story

  • By cbspock on 12-29-16

It's okay.

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

Reviewed: 03-31-17

Great voice characterization by Robert Petkoff. Really captures the essence and the idiosyncrasies of the crew. The story is fine, but fairly run of the mill Trek fare. Nothing groundbreaking for me here. Nothing terribly captivating, but I will probably listen to it again.

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