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  • Springsteen on Broadway

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 47

Springsteen on Broadway is the solo acoustic performance written and performed by Tony Award, Academy Award, and 20-time Grammy Award winner Bruce Springsteen. Based on his worldwide best-selling autobiography Born to Run, Springsteen on Broadway is a unique evening with Bruce, his guitar, a piano, and his very personal stories. In addition, the show features a special appearance by Patti Scialfa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Storytelling Magic of Springsteen on Broadway

  • By Donna Lucas on 12-16-18

The Storytelling Magic of Springsteen on Broadway

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

Springsteen on Broadway was one of the most personally touching shows I’ve ever seen. I’ve been a fan of The Boss since 1984 when I was a twelve-year-old girl. Going to twelve concerts prior to his show on broadway set me up for the glory I anticipated. Image may contain: Donna Snyder-Lucas, smiling

Honestly, I never thought I’d get to go, but it worked out for my 21st wedding anniversary: October 11, 2018. I scored one ticket and my beloved (who enjoyed The Boss with me several concerts prior) waited in a NYC pub while I sat still and laughed, sobbed, and super-fanned Bruce in the quietest way possible. My scarf caught six different waves of tears from this rockstar who disrobed his interior heart and soul in front of each of us. Anytime, I’ve seen him perform, I felt like there were times he was speaking directly to me. During this show, he spoke to me the entire time. That’s a transcendence power to touch the listener so intimately and personally.

Bruce pleaded with his audience to understand that he’s a fraud, and what he does is an act, like magic. The funny thing is, we, fans should already know that. We know he’s a man, a rockstar, a band leader, a dad, a husband, a mess up, a perfectly imperfect guy… We understand his roles and we still show up for his role call. He’s a storyteller who has embellished his lyrics with: fact and fiction, humor and drama, romance and heartache, misery and glory, devils and dust, ghosts and God.

Bruce is my storytelling hero. His words move me. His loyalty stuns me. His consistency keeps me. His depressions connects me. His healing energizes me. His love for others and himself includes me. Bruce is an almighty performer, actor, mentor, sinner, savior, singer…. He reveals great losses but shares how he overcomes and keeps going. That’s a universal magic trick from a genuine real deal guy, not a fraud.

He gets it… he knows his place in this world, currently. He has served many with his God given talents and stamina to keep reinventing his storytelling skills. Springsteen on Broadway was basically the musical dramatization of his 2016 autobiography Born to Run. I’ve read and listened to the book numerous times before and after seeing him perform the book, talking, singing, and reflecting on his life in this venue.

The show is now over and currently available on for your viewing and listening pleasure via Audible (best deal), DVD, CD, MP3, and Netflix. For the masses who weren’t able to see Springsteen on Broadway in person, I hope you can put yourself in that Walter Kerr Theater and imagine the power of song, saints, silence, and Springsteen that poured out of him during his confessional production in which he asks for acceptance, love, and forgiveness. He’s a man who reminds us and himself that , “It ain’t no sin to believe you’re alive.”

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  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,285

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

A Grumpy Widower Tries to Stay Grumpy

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

Reviewed: 03-22-17

Would you consider the audio edition of A Man Called Ove to be better than the print version?

Yes. I loved the voice inflection, especially the one given to Ove, the main character. Very realistic.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Man Called Ove?

One of the most memorable moments was when Ove tried to buy a computer. He doesn't want to be duped, but he really lacks technological knowledge. He's a handyman, not a techie.

What about George Newbern’s performance did you like?

Realism and good job with accents.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, because I rather savor and stretch out my listening experience. It has nothing to do with the story.

Any additional comments?

A Man Called Ove was my first literary experience with the author Frederik Backman. Since then, I have read two of his other novels. I wanted to see those in print to study the narrative technique he used. I am now a huge fan of the author, and it all started with the Audible version of A Man Called Ove.