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  • Willie Mays

  • The Life, The Legend
  • By: James S. Hirsch
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 27 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Willie Mays is arguably the greatest player in baseball history, still revered for the passion he brought to the game. He began as a teenager in the Negro Leagues, became a cult hero in New York, and was the headliner in Major League Baseball's bold expansion to California. He was a blend of power, speed, and stylistic bravado that enraptured fans for more than two decades. Now, James Hirsch reveals the man behind the player.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mays Still Hits The Ball Out of the Park

  • By Peter on 05-12-13

Baseball at its best

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

Well done you can almost relive the great days of baseball.
A little too much on the race subject but that is the way it was.
A great tribute to a great baseball player and a great person.

  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,516
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,539
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,522

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes' worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extreme retaliation against former employees

  • By Jaccred on 05-29-18

Well Done

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

Well done story of a very evil company - John Carreyrou did an excellent job in his research and standing up and surviving this very sensitive investigation.

  • Beautiful Boy

  • A Father's Journey through His Son's Meth Addiction
  • By: David Sheff
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,127

David Sheff's story is a first: a teenager's addiction from the parent's point of view, a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope.

Before meth, Sheff's son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. With haunting candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs, the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict's fate, the rest of the family must care for one another, too, lest they become addicted to addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gripping Story

  • By Bev K. on 05-06-10

Truthful and gut wrenching

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

Excellent job by author and reader. Perfect description of the sorrow and worry of a parent of an addict.

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  • By: Mark Haddon
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,664
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,687

Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has Asperger's Syndrome, a condition similar to autism. He doesn't like to be touched or meet new people, he cannot make small talk, and he hates the colors brown and yellow. He is a math whiz with a very logical brain who loves solving puzzles that have definite answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Unexpected Gift.

  • By Amanda on 12-07-11

Very different

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

First person story about a boy wish issues and his perspective on happenings - very different story - everyone should listen to this one

  • The Drug Hunters

  • The Improbable Quest to Discover New Medicines
  • By: Donald R. Kirsch PhD, Ogi Ogas PhD
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910

The search to find medicines is as old as disease, which is to say as old as the human race. Through serendipity - by chewing, brewing, and snorting - some Neolithic souls discovered opium, alcohol, snakeroot, juniper, frankincense, and other helpful substances. Ötzi the Iceman, the 5,000-year-old hunter frozen in the Italian Alps, was found to have whipworms in his intestines and Bronze Age medicine, a worm-killing birch fungus, knotted to his leggings.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Aargh!

  • By Curmud the prof on 05-20-17

Honest

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

You find out it's all about the money - how some medicines to help mankind are available but there is not enough profit potential - so the drug companies don't sell them

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  • Michael Jordan

  • The Life
  • By: Roland Lazenby
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261

When most people think of Michael Jordan, they think of the beautiful shots, his body totally in sync with the ball, hitting nothing but net. He is responsible for incredible moments so ingrained in basketball history that they have their own names: The Shrug, The Shot, The Flu Game. But for all his greatness, there's also a dark side to Jordan: A ruthless competitor, a gambler. There's never been a biography that balanced these personas-until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye Opener

  • By eduardo on 03-02-15

Very interesting

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

Reviewed: 07-22-17

Well done. I learned many things I didn't know about Michael Jordan. Well written and read.

  • Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie

  • By: Jordan Sonnenblick
  • Narrated by: Joel Johnstone
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771

Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life (well, almost): he drums in the All-Star Jazz Band, has a crush on the hottest girl in school (who doesn’t know he’s alive), frequently finds himself sitting across from his school counselor (who bribes him with candy), and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey (who is cuter than cute). But when Jeffrey gets sick, Steven’s world is turned upside down as he is forced to deal with his brother’s illness, his parents’ attempts to keep the family in one piece, the band, overdue homework, girls, and of course, Dangerous Pie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Wonderful

  • By Madeline E. George on 07-15-15

Well Done

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

Reviewed: 05-14-17

A very funny and touching story . Joel Johnstone is a fabulous reader. This is a very entertaining book

  • The Secrets of My Life

  • A History
  • By: Caitlyn Jenner
  • Narrated by: Caitlyn Jenner - exclusive introduction, Erin Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 719
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 648

The book will cover Caitlyn Jenner's childhood as Bruce Jenner and rise to fame as a gold-medal-winning Olympic decathlete; her marriages and her relationships with her children; her transition; and her experience as the world's most famous transgender woman.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Let down

  • By prettyinparadise on 06-10-17

Very Interesting

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

Reviewed: 05-14-17

I think this was an honest reveal of her true life - Very interesting well done

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Up Till Now

  • The Autobiography
  • By: William Shatner, David Fisher
  • Narrated by: William Shatner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620

This is the story of William Shatner’s half-century career and private life. It will take listeners from the streets of Montreal to regional theater and describe his early TV work and movies. It also includes stories from four series he's starred in, including T.J. Hooker, Rescue 911, Boston Legal, and, of course, Star Trek.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding narration

  • By Rob on 02-11-12

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 01-21-17

Good content and very interesting
Shatner is a pretty good reader but he tends to whisper at times making him difficult to hear

  • Her Again

  • Becoming Meryl Streep
  • By: Michael Schulman
  • Narrated by: Eliza Foss
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 170

A portrait of a woman, an era, and a profession: the first thoroughly researched biography of Meryl Streep - the "Iron Lady" of acting, nominated for 19 Oscars and winner of three - that explores her beginnings as a young woman of the 1970s grappling with love, feminism, and her astonishing talent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Curiously Devoid Of Any Personal Details

  • By Gretchen SLP on 05-06-16

I love Merrill

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

Reviewed: 07-15-16

Book was basically a resume high school through Kramer and Kramer.
1/ 3 of book was about Kramer and Kramer
Didn't touch on all of her success since then.
Very little of her personnel experience more like a resume read from a show business newspaper


1 of 3 people found this review helpful