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  • Broadway

  • A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles
  • By: Fran Leadon
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Broadway takes us on a mile-by-mile journey that traces the gradual evolution of the 17th century's Brede Wegh, a muddy cow path in a backwater Dutch settlement, to the 20th century's Great White Way. We learn why one side of the street was once considered more fashionable than the other; witness construction of the Ansonia Apartments, Trinity Church, and the Flatiron Building and the burning of P. T. Barnum's American Museum; and discover that Columbia University was built on the site of an insane asylum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative, Entertaining, Fascinating

  • By Chris Piner on 10-26-18

Give My Regards To Broadway!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Wow! I grew up in NYC and learned a bit about the history of NYC but this is the mother lode as far as Broadway is concerned. There is so much history that relates to the main street of NYC. The book divides Broadway into approximate miles and each section is chock full of fascinating history and a wealth of anecdotes about the famous and "near" famous. The history of each mile comes right up to the present day. Kevin Pariseau is excellent as narrator. The book will leave you wondering how Fran Leadon found so much information and put it together in such an entertaining way.

  • Mother American Night

  • My Life in Crazy Times
  • By: John Perry Barlow, Robert Greenfield
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Mother American Night is the wild, funny, heartbreaking, and often unbelievable (yet completely true) story of an American icon. Born into a powerful Wyoming political family, John Perry Barlow wrote the lyrics for thirty Grateful Dead songs while also running his family’s cattle ranch. He hung out in Andy Warhol’s Factory, went on a date with the Dalai Lama’s sister, and accidentally shot Bob Weir in the face on the eve of his own wedding. Despite being a freely self-confessed acidhead, he served as Dick Cheney’s campaign manager during Cheney’s first run for Congress.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • inpecibly read

  • By Ron Pagliaro on 10-11-18

21st Century Renaissance Man

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

John Perry Barlow has had the opportunity to do what we wished we could have done as baby boomers. He was involved in so many aspects of things going on in our lifetime that it is mind boggling. If he had just worked with the Dead we would have been impressed but he was involved in so much more. Kudos to Bob Greenfield for writing the stories that he spoke to Barlow about. His other works have distinguished him as a talent for bringing out what is amazing about his subjects.

  • The Force

  • A Novel
  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,401

All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop. He is the "King of Manhattan North", a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of "Da Force". Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest - an elite special unit given carte blanche to fight gangs, drugs, and guns. Every day and every night for the 18 years he's spent on the job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Winslow continus to amaze

  • By Steve L on 07-13-17

The Fire This Time!

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

How does Don Winslow do it? He opened up the drug cartels in The Power Of The Dog and The Cartel and we listened to amazing readers as we learned how drugs became a force to be reckoned with in today's world. Now he opens up the seamy side of the NYPD. The chapter with the title I gave to this review had me listening with my mouth open. Dion Graham is a most talented reader. He perfectly captures the language of NYC from the Upper West Side all the way to Staten Island and we gain insight that newspapers only allude to. An eye opener that I loved.

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  • The Sellout

  • A Novel
  • By: Paul Beatty
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,559
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,551

A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality: the black Chinese restaurant.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just OK - a few funny sections

  • By kurdis teed on 10-19-17

Race In America

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

This is a cutting and laugh out loud critique of the racial situation in America. The reader is off the charts. One of the best readers of ANY book.

  • The Cartel

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 23 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,500

From the internationally best-selling author of the acclaimed novel The Power of the Dog comes The Cartel, a gripping, ripped-from-the-headlines story of power, corruption, revenge, and justice spanning the past decade of the Mexican-American drug wars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best ever…

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-24-16

Ripped From The Headlines!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-15-15

This week a Mexican drug kingpin escaped from a maximum security prison in Mexico. This is life imitating art. This scenario takes place near the beginning of Don Winslow's novel and the excitement level remains incredibly high throughout the book. It is eye opening when we learn what has taken place in Mexico throughout the War On Drugs from 2004-2012. I loved The Power Of The Dog but you do not have to read it to enjoy The Cartel. I guarantee you will become a Don Winslow fan and you will be delighted with his other books . The narration by Ray Porter is incredible with a variety of voices and accents. Well done!!

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  • The Kill List

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 342

In Virginia, there is an agency bearing the bland name of Technical Operations Support Activity, or TOSA. Its one mission is to track, find, and kill those so dangerous to the United States that they are on a short document known as the Kill List. TOSA actually exists. So does the Kill List. Added to it is a new name: a terrorist of frightening effectiveness called the Preacher, who radicalizes young Muslims abroad to carry out assassinations. Unfortunately for him, one of the kills is a retired Marine general, whose son is TOSA's top hunter of men....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, But Not Forsyth's Best

  • By Tim on 09-13-13

Frederick Forsyth Still Has It

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

Reviewed: 04-18-15

Any additional comments?

I read The Day Of The Jackal in the early 1970s and The Odessa File a couple of years later and I was amazed. I have not read Forsyth since then and last week a friend spoke about this book. Frederick Forsyth can still create a timely story and keep you sitting in your car to find out what will happen next. He is deserving of a "Driveway Moments" award for keeping you so riveted that you are reluctant to get out of the car. This is a great book for George Guidall because he gets to use his talents for voices of many nationalities.

  • Compulsion

  • By: Meyer Levin
  • Narrated by: Chris O'Brien
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

The basis of the award-winning film starring Orson Welles, Compulsion gives a shocking fictionalized account of the Leopold-Loeb murder case - in which two young graduates of the University of Chicago kidnapped and killed a child for the intellectual challenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Amazing

  • By Steven on 10-03-13

More Than Amazing

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

Reviewed: 10-03-13

I have known about this book for decades but just got to it. I have been intrigued with the Leopold and Loeb case since my school days and I am so glad I listened. Not only is this incredibly well written but the narration is as good as it gets. The summation of the lawyers at the trial could be the most emotional piece of writing and narrating I have experienced in a novel.

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  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

  • By: Jon Meacham
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann, Jon Meacham
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,493

In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Man and Biography Relevant to Our Day

  • By Darwin8u on 11-14-12

You Know Him But You Don't Know him

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

Reviewed: 03-12-13

What we learned about Thomas Jefferson when we were younger is cursory at best. Here, in detail, and clearly written is the story of one of our most important Americans. Whatever political party you favor you can support Jefferson because he touched on all aspects of American life in a way that made this country stronger. Meacham makes clear that Jefferson always had the country in mind in all decisions and that puts him above "politicians" of today.
Edward Hermann's narration adds a great deal to a well researched and well written book.

  • The End of Your Life Book Club

  • By: Will Schwalbe
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 672
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 590

>"What are you reading?" That's the question Will Schwalbe asks his mother, Mary Anne, as they sit in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. In 2007, Mary Anne returned from a humanitarian trip to Pakistan and Afghanistan suffering from what her doctors believed was a rare type of hepatitis. Months later she was diagnosed with a form of advanced pancreatic cancer, which is almost always fatal, often in six months or less. This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book

  • By fred on 10-30-12

Not The End But A Beginning

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

Reviewed: 12-12-12

Here is a heart warming story of a wonderful relationship of a mother and her son. The relationship is strengthened during the time of the mom's treatments. Not only do we get an inside look at a very personal time but we are led into a world of literature that we can share with others. The message is clear: Share books with loved ones NOW and reap the benefits for a long time to come.

  • Cloud Atlas

  • A Novel
  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,400
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,419

A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I laughed often with the kindly Mr. Cavendish

  • By Aaron on 08-23-12

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-12

This novel had received so much attention and seemed so interesting that I decided to listen. I thought the beginning of the first story was okay but soon began to sense that there was going to be much more here...and there was. David Mitchell's story and a wonderful group of readers bring you deeper and deeper into stories that are very much related. I don't want to give anything away but you will be delighted with where you are taken.

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