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  • Apollo 8

  • The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon
  • By: Jeffrey Kluger
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 976

In August 1968 NASA made a bold decision: In just 16 weeks, the United States would launch humankind's first flight to the moon. Only the year before, three astronauts had burned to death in their spacecraft, and since then the Apollo program had suffered one setback after another. Meanwhile, the Russians were winning the space race, the Cold War was getting hotter by the month, and President Kennedy's promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade seemed sure to be broken.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous Book

  • By Jack Mueller on 06-24-17

A good reminder of what humans can accomplish

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

I absolutely loved the book. There are many insights in this book that I didn't know about the mission.

The book did a great job explaining how Apollo 8 ia the space geeks' best Apollo mission - there were so many firsts.

The narrator didn't excellent job of getting out of the way of the story.

  • The "Down Goes Brown" History of the NHL

  • The World's Most Beautiful Sport, the World's Most Ridiculous League
  • By: Sean McIndoe
  • Narrated by: Sean McIndoe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 34

Sean McIndoe of Down Goes Brown, one of hockey's favorite and funniest writers, takes aim at the game's most memorable moments - especially if they're memorable for the wrong reasons - in this warts-and-all history of the NHL. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great and funny book on the NHL

  • By LSmith on 01-11-19

An honest view of the NHL's history

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

Reviewed: 12-25-18

I really liked the way the author mixed in historical facts with the"strange but true" that added a lot of fun to the book.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101,717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88,717

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

Wish I would have read this sooner in my life

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

This is what a self-help book should be - it doesn't puff you up to believe you are something that isn't true.

Put simply, it makes a great case that we care about the wrong things in life.

  • The Last Good Year

  • By: Damien Cox
  • Narrated by: Damien Cox
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Taking us back to that feverish spring, The Last Good Year gives an intimate account not just of an era-defining seven games, but of what the series meant to the men who were changed by it: Marty McSorley, the tough guy who took his whole team on his shoulders; Doug Gilmour, the emerging superstar; celebrity owner Bruce McNall; Bill Berg, who went from unknown to famous when the Leafs claimed him on waivers; Kelly Hrudey, the Kings' goalie who would go on to become a Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster; Kerry Fraser, who would become the game's most infamous referee.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A behind the scenes way to relive a great memory

  • By TG on 11-04-18

A behind the scenes way to relive a great memory

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I really like the way Damien folded in the stories of players and coaches as he told the story of the games themselves. This added a human element that was unexpected and is very much appreciated.

  • A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

  • By: Andrew Chaikin
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 23 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,518

Audie Award, History/Biography, 2016. On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based on in-depth interviews with 23 of the 24 moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, A Man on the Moon conveys every aspect of the Apollo missions with breathtaking immediacy and stunning detail.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Long, comforting book on moon exploration

  • By Mark on 06-17-16

An inspirational story well told.

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

The author does a good job telling the story of each astronaut on each mission. I learned quite a bit.

  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,174
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,437
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,430

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen to book- It's the perfect biz memoir

  • By Brock on 06-02-16

Business and life lessons wrapped in a great story

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

I had returned a book recently sue to the narrator. Here, the narrator enhances the book.

  • Highest Duty

  • My Search for What Really Mattered
  • By: Chesley B. Sullenberger, Jeffrey Zaslow
  • Narrated by: Michael McConnohie, Chesley B. Sullenberger
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

In this inspirational autobiography, Captain "Sully" Sullenberger, the airline pilot whose emergency landing on the Hudson River earned the world's admiration, tells his life story and talks about the essential qualities that he believes have been so vital to his success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A life time of preperation

  • By Robert on 11-21-09

A lesson on life wrapped around Flight 1459

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

This is a story about the circumstances that lead to the successful flight 1549. It goes back all the way to Sully's first solo, and documents all of the things that equipped him to deal with those critical 200 seconds.

Sully reads the final two chapters. It makes listening to the book worthwhile if it were not as excellent as it was.

The book also provides insights into what happened after flight 1548 - and how his family has dealt with it. I had no idea of these things.

Read it - you will learn to appreciate life itself a little more.

  • Fatal Flight

  • The True Story of Britain's Last Great Airship
  • By: Bill Hammack
  • Narrated by: Bill Hammack
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Fatal Flight brings vividly to life the year of operation of R.101, the last great British airship - a luxury liner three and a half times the length of a 747 jet, with a spacious lounge, a dining room that seated 50, glass-walled promenade decks, and a smoking room.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Probably better in a visual media

  • By Aner on 08-22-17

A great story of the people more than the airship

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

I really appreciate the time spent developing the characters behind the story. thus was much more interesting than talking about just the ship itself. and oh, what characters!

I would have liked to hear a little more about the fatal flight itself - it seemed to come rather quickly in the book.

The ending explains a few things, and contains one very ironic item I did not know.

  • The Garner Files

  • A Memoir
  • By: James Garner, Jon Winokur
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

After suffering physical abuse at the hands of his stepmother, James Garner left home at fourteen. He became Oklahoma's first draftee of the Korean War and was awarded with two Purple Hearts before returning to the United States and settling in Los Angeles to become an actor. Working alongside some of the most renowned celebrities, including Julie Andrews, Marlon Brando, and Clint Eastwood, Garner became a star in his own right, despite struggles with stage fright and depression.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book moves smoothly

  • By Gary on 08-05-13

A cooler guy than I thought!

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

I'm sure that there was some stretching of the facts - he's telling his own story after all. That said, I learned that James was an even cover guy than I thought - I liked the insights into his acting rivalry with Steve McQueen.

James didn't pull any punches, and he tells you what he thought of some actors, and the movie industry.

I had no issues with the narrator, as some reviews pointed to.

  • On Duct Tape and a Prayer

  • The High-Flying Adventures of Jack Alexander
  • By: Jack Alexander
  • Narrated by: Dave Wright
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

A cocky, green pilot flies an old Cessna 150 across the United States in 1994. The "Kid" and his gonzo passenger Doc take to the skies in an unforgettable misadventure. From Scottsdale Airport, the "Canary" takes off and attempts to cross the "hump" on its passage eastward.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun easy book

  • By saviour monee on 07-18-15

A great whimsy book for pilots and non-pilots

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

Reviewed: 03-19-17

Although it was a quite a short book, I really enjoyed it - it is a good story.

Pilots of Cessna 150s will get an extra bit of laughs out of it - I guess all the front wheels of early 150s shimmy.