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  • Blowing the Bloody Doors Off

  • And Other Lessons in Life
  • By: Michael Caine
  • Narrated by: Michael Caine
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

One of our best-loved actors, Michael Caine has starred in a huge range of films and has excelled in every kind of role - with a skill that's made it look easy. He knows what success takes - he's made it to the pinnacle of his profession from humble origins. But as he says, "Small parts can lead to big things. And if you keep doing things right, the stars will align when you least expect it." Now in his 85th year - and more beloved than ever - he wants to share everything he's learned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasant Surprise. Pleasure experience.

  • By Nurture Learners and Able Observers on 10-25-18

Promises kept ...

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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: 10-30-18

Funny, in the opening “Michael” says there are life lessons here and then tells wonderful stories. When it’s done and after being totally entertained I realized, to my surprise, that there WERE life lessons here. Very wonderful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,044

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

Of course it’s 5 stars ...

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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: 10-08-18

Bob Newhart sharing his life, and story, and perspective. It couldn’t possibly be fewer than 5 stars; of course, it could have been better if it were twice as long!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

  • A Sortabiography
  • By: Eric Idle
  • Narrated by: Eric Idle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

 

We know him best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python - from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life. Now, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this entertaining memoir that takes us on an unforgettable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theater, and film. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Famous...and You're Not...

  • By Constant Reader on 10-15-18

It was bloody well time ...

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

... Idle wrote this book but I will say -quite begrudgingly - that it was entirely worth the wait.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Leadership

  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Beau Bridges, David Morse, Jay O. Sanders, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 407

Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the man make the times or do the times make the man? In Leadership, Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely - Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights) - to show how they first recognized leadership qualities within themselves, and were recognized by others as leaders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What makes a president great?

  • By tru britty on 09-25-18

Magnificent

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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: 10-01-18

Timely (quite likely always timely), fascinating, and loaded with often surprising details, a tremendous and accomplished book, made even stronger with perfect casting and performances.

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,660

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

A must must must listen

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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: 09-12-18

Brief, super interesting, and amazingly informative. I finished it wanting more and knowing that I’d be interested in anything Michael Lewis has to share.

  • Tragedy Plus Time

  • By: Adam Cayton-Holland
  • Narrated by: Adam Cayton-Holland
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Adam Cayton-Holland went from a painfully sensitive kid growing up in Denver, Colorado, to a writer and performer with a burgeoning career in comedy. His father, a civil rights lawyer, and his mother, an investigative journalist, taught Adam and his two sisters to feel the pain of the world deeply and to combat it through any means necessary. Adam chose to meet life’s tough breaks and cruel realities with stand-up comedy; his older sister chose law; their youngest sister, Lydia, struggled with mental illness and ultimately took her own life. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful.... Just WOW!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-22-18

A fabulous book

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

Exactly as described. It is touching, funny, somber, and brilliantly written and delivered. Do not miss this.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret

  • By: Craig Brown
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

Princess Margaret aroused passion and indignation in equal measures. To her friends, she was witty and regal. To her enemies, she was rude and demanding. In her 1950s heyday, she was seen as one of the most glamorous and desirable women in the world. By the time of her death in 2002, she had come to personify disappointment. One friend said he had never known an unhappier woman. The tale of Princess Margaret is Cinderella in reverse: hope dashed, happiness mislaid, life mishandled.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kind of A Glorious Waste of Time

  • By Carole T. on 08-10-18

Fascinating

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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: 08-11-18

A wonderful way of capturing a woman both infuriating and sympathetic. I wish it was longer!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Famous Father Girl

  • A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein
  • By: Jamie Bernstein
  • Narrated by: Jamie Bernstein
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

The oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir. The composer of On the Town and West Side Story, chief conductor of the New York Philharmonic, television star, humanitarian, friend of the powerful and influential, and the life of every party, Leonard Bernstein was an enormous celebrity during one of the headiest periods of American cultural life, as well as the most protean musician in 20th-century America.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit too much gee-whizzing

  • By Ron L. Caldwell on 07-16-18

Lovely!

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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: 06-18-18

Very alive and personal and real and surprising, Jamie adds new perspectives about her father and her also amazing family.

  • Make Trouble

  • Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead - My Life Story
  • By: Cecile Richards
  • Narrated by: Cecile Richards
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 377

From Cecile Richards - the president of Planned Parenthood, daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, featured speaker at the Women's March on Washington, and "the heroine of the resistance" (Vogue) - comes a story about learning to lead and make change, based on a lifetime of fighting for women's rights and social justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST READ FOR EVERY WOMAN!!!!!

  • By Judith M. McLean on 05-02-18

To the troublemakers ...

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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: 04-16-18

... who are, should be, used to be or wanna be - do not miss this book. It’s inspiring, provocative, and a glorious reminder that each of us can make change happen. Thanks Cecile!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

  • By: Daniel H. Pink
  • Narrated by: Daniel H. Pink
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,917

Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don't know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of "when" decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork. Timing, it's often assumed, is an art. In When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Pink shows that timing is really a science.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun. Enlightening. Fast Paced.

  • By W. Brooks on 01-11-18

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

Much of it a surprise, all based in science, tremendously helpful and useable. Do not miss this.