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  • The Return

  • Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between
  • By: Hisham Matar
  • Narrated by: Hisham Matar
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543

When Hisham Matar was a 19-year-old university student in England, his father was kidnapped. One of the Qaddafi regime's most prominent opponents in exile, he was held in a secret prison in Libya. Hisham would never see him again. But he never gave up hope that his father might still be alive. "Hope," as he writes, "is cunning and persistent." Twenty-two years later, after the fall of Qaddafi, the prison cells were empty, and there was no sign of Jaballa Matar. Hisham returned with his mother and wife to the homeland he never thought he'd go back to again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Touching memoir. Consider hard copy

  • By Joschka Philipps on 02-22-18

slow at the beginning, but so worth it.

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

Reviewed: 05-23-17

Slow at the beginning, but so worth it. No one was better to read it than the writer.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Mozart in the Jungle

  • Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music
  • By: Blair Tindall
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 201

In a book that inspired the Amazon original series starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Malcolm McDowell, oboist Blair Tindall recounts her decades-long professional career as a classical musician, from the recitals and Broadway orchestra performances to the secret life of musicians who survive hand to mouth in the backbiting New York classical music scene, trading sexual favors for plum jobs and assignments in orchestras across the city.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining, but with long pedantic sections

  • By M. S. Cohen on 01-17-16

Very interesting!

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

Reviewed: 10-19-16

Kept my attention while doing mundane tasks and working out. It was extremely informational, which was fun and nice at times, and kind of boring at others. All and all a very well rounded book, that I'll suggest to friends interested in music.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Moonlight Mile

  • By: Dennis Lehane
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 386

Amanda McCready was four years old when she vanished from a Boston neighborhood 12 years ago. Kenzie and Gennaro risked everything to find the young girl - only to orchestrate her return to a neglectful mother and a broken home. Now Amanda is sixteen - and gone again. Haunted by their consciences, Kenzie and Gennaro revisit the case that troubled them the most. Their search leads them into a world of identity thieves, methamphetamine dealers, and more....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Endurance

  • By Stephen on 02-24-15

Great ending to the series.

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

Not the best of the series, but one of the most thoughtful. Pretty short, but well put together. Great way to end the series.

  • Prayers for Rain

  • By: Dennis Lehane
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426

What if a total stranger was watching your every move? What if he read your mail, listened in on your phone calls, knew what you spoke of only to your most trusted confidants? What if he learned Your routines? Your weaknesses? And, most important, what if he discovered those things you love and cling to . . . and then he stripped you of them? And sat back to watch while you self-destructed?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than Burke B-4 He Preached!

  • By Ted on 09-05-15

I cant get enough of these books!

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

Reviewed: 04-30-16

If you love mystery stories then you'll love this book. You have to start with the first of the series though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • On Writing

  • A Memoir of the Craft
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,585
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,886

The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who needs a print edition when King reads King?

  • By Cather on 11-18-05

Really great!

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

Reviewed: 12-18-15

Everything was really great about it. It made it even better that Stephen read it

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162,048
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 149,561
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 149,395

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

One of the best books I've ever read!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

Nothing short of amazing. When you hear writers talk about telling "the truth" when writing, well this is the gospel for all I'm concerned. If I could rate this more stars I would.

  • Scar Tissue

  • By: Anthony Kiedis, Larry Sloman
  • Narrated by: Rider Strong
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,786

As lead singer and songwriter for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis has lived life on the razor's edge. Much has been written about him, but until now we've only had his songs as clues to his experience from the inside. In Scar Tissue, Kiedis proves himself to be as compelling a memoirist as he is a lyricist, giving us a searingly honest account of the life from which his music has evolved.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Up Close and Personal with Anthony Kiedis

  • By Nicole on 02-23-11

Great Book. Interesting man

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

It became almost monotonous in parts. However its an interesting read and well worth it for anyone that loves the band. Oh also the reader reads... like... this... no... wonder... its... 14... hours... long... I had it at 1.5x to make it sound normal.

  • Story

  • Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting
  • By: Robert McKee
  • Narrated by: Robert McKee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,501

Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress, and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese, and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development executives, and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required Listening

  • By Steve Taylor on 10-05-09

Really good, but...

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

Reviewed: 05-04-15

Remember that he is just a teacher, take and leave some of the things he says. Its a great read and will set you on the right path, but this is not the gospel and shouldn't be taken as such. You should listen to Scriptnotes podcast as well, they are actually in the business, not just write about being in it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful