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  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,058
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,899
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,758

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was reading this when the allegations against Franken came out

  • By Fruitsalad200 on 12-10-17

Welcomed the hilarity

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

Just finished this book. Long after his resignation. It was hilarious. My favorite part was every word about Ted Cruz. I was actually breathless. So sorry he left the Senate.

  • Fire and Fury

  • Inside the Trump White House
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,005
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,906

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as credible as one would like.

  • By Jerry R. Nokes Jr. on 01-29-18

The tip of the iceberg.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

To think that Michael was able to get such incredible access to the story of the century is astounding. We will be studying this saga forever so we hopefully never end up here again.

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,752

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Tough love mattered

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

Wonderful book. His ability to rely on his Mamaw and Papaw saved this young man. Without their examples and structure he would have likely succumbed to the same afflictions so many of his culture have. The mention of ACE's on children brought to my own mind those events in my own life. Without the structures and normalcy elsewhere it an drown a young person who has not yet gained the skills to survive with their own internal resilience. He also made choices at critical times to avoid chaos and instability that swallows so many young people. Excellent.

  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,781
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,230

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story.

  • By Tim on 12-21-16

Copper Beech Trees

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

Reviewed: 12-29-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to anyone. My own family has suffered through generations of serious mental illness and the self medicating addictions that often result. The course of Bruce's life exposed the contrasts of both his God given talent and his genetically inherited affliction. Fortunately for him, he was able to pour his experiences into his work and create something that was timely for many reasons. He was wise to develop relationships that were constructive to his limitations. His choices for bandmates and Patti helped to create the trust and brought him the self confidence to push him through his rough spots. Revealing such a challenging mental illness is a difficult thing. Choosing to seek professional help, and being vulnerable enough to share that with his fans, I hope will teach others to do the same. Love on top of all of this can keep the beech tree soul alive.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Born to Run?

His descriptions of growing up in an Irish/Catholic family surrounded by the church and its influences. The fact that he had a good mother in his life was especially fortunate for him. Too many have 2 parents that are unavailable and they slip away unguided and unable to survive on their own.

Have you listened to any of Bruce Springsteen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not yet. I certainly plan on doing so. I am also very glad that he did this audiobook himself. It takes on a different life when done by the author that a narrator could never grasp. I appreciate that effort very much.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Of course, when his father came to see him before the birth of his first child. That was an incredible gift he gave to Bruce. So incredible that he could find it within himself to give that to Bruce. So many are not capable to give that to themselves much less to those they love.
The second moment that I laughed until I snorted was the fishing trip he went on with his father. His description of his fathers outfit was so hilarious I could picture my own dad in the same thing. Thank you for that.

Any additional comments?

I know it took Bruce 7 years to write this book. Every single day was worth it. It is not easy to expose yourself down to bedrock as he did. Brian Wilson said that music saved him and it is clear that music and the love of people close to him is saving Bruce. Every day is a gift. I hope he enjoys each one.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams

  • My Life in Stories and Pictures
  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 683
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 622

A beloved actor and famous man-on-the-scene, Alan Cumming takes the reader on a wild journey of pithy and cheeky fun, presenting his real-life stories of debauchery during late night Hollywood parties, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and hilarious yet poignant memories of his life, family, and friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Stained Glass Window

  • By Dr. Louie on 12-14-16

We would be friends

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

Reviewed: 11-28-16

Would you consider the audio edition of You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams to be better than the print version?

Audio versions work better for me because I am so active. I have also found that listening to the subject of the book tell their own stories brings a different tone & style than you could ever get from print. Also, print tends to put me to sleep once I stop moving.

What other book might you compare You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams to and why?

I think I would compare it to Yes, Please; Bossypants, most of Nora Ephron's books. Very light hearted and really funny while telling real life events.

What does Alan Cumming bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Audio brings tone and emotion in ways print cannot.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

When he told the story of driving cross-country with his dog I almost wet myself. I have done this many times with my 110# dog and could relate to all of it. Hilarious. The story about Elizabeth Taylor was another special cry/laugh. You can't make up real life.

Any additional comments?

This is my 2nd Alan Cumming book. I hope he writes many, many more.

21 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Not Dead Yet

  • The Memoir
  • By: Phil Collins
  • Narrated by: Phil Collins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944

The long-awaited autobiography from Phil Collins, one of the best-selling music artists of all time. This is the roller-coaster journey from his beginnings as a child actor to his domination of the charts as both a solo artist and part of Genesis. His success is astounding, his music has global reach, and his story is legendary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, moving and honest

  • By Brian Haworth on 11-03-16

Tapping into God given talent

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

Reviewed: 11-28-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely would. He tells his story in such matter of fact terms as if having a cup of tea with a friend.

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that he got his first drum at 3 and had 10,000 hours by age 10. Phenomenal. Also, the fact that so many famous musicians seem to have hearing loss in common.

Which scene was your favorite?

When his friends boy died and he sang a new song to Phil to get his opinion.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The above scene.

Any additional comments?

Amazing how much just seemed to spill out of him and was remarkably successful. He just kept going and going. Not taking care of yourself in the process can come back and bite you.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Someday, Someday, Maybe

  • A Novel
  • By: Lauren Graham
  • Narrated by: Lauren Graham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,097

From Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, comes a witty, charming, and hilariously relatable debut novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead - and keep it together - in New York City. It’s January 1995, and Franny Banks has just six months left of the three-year deadline she set for herself when she came to New York, dreaming of Broadway and doing "important" work. But all she has to show for her efforts so far is a part in an ad for ugly Christmas sweaters, and a gig waiting tables at a comedy club....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • If you love Lauren Graham get this

  • By Mia on 05-01-13

Brooklyn dreamer

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

Reviewed: 05-15-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only those who are faithful readers. I used it as a break between some deeper titles I've been reading lately.

If you’ve listened to books by Lauren Graham before, how does this one compare?

No.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes. When the writer narrates only they can give the proper impact to the story.

Do you think Someday, Someday, Maybe needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Maybe. Didn't feel gripped to keep the story going.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Steve Jobs

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,228

Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting man

  • By Jeanne on 11-13-11

Change the World

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

Reviewed: 05-15-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Steve Jobs to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version. Therefore, unable to give my comparison honestly.

What did you like best about this story?

The clear descriptions of his immense strengths as well as his most human weaknesses.

Have you listened to any of Dylan Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

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

No. The early parts of it were important of course, but the detailed descriptions resulted in my attention drifting.

Any additional comments?

Absolutely wonderful book. An enormous character to take on. Makes you wonder what else could have been changed had he lived longer. Terribly sad.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Between the World and Me

  • By: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Narrated by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,812
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,028
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,945

"This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it." In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race", a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Heartfelt Self-aware Literary Masterpiece

  • By T Spencer on 07-30-15

Should be required reading in high schools.

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

Reviewed: 05-15-16

If you could sum up Between the World and Me in three words, what would they be?

Pure, honest, clear.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Between the World and Me?

Prince.....

Have you listened to any of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

1st of his books.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Color blind

Any additional comments?

Felt like he was having a conversation with me. Such a personal story about lessons for the next generations.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Chris Farley Show

  • A Biography in Three Acts
  • By: Tom Farley, Tanner Colby
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, L. J. Ganser, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007

The New York Times best-selling biography of an American comedy legend. After three years of sobriety, Chris Farley's life was at its creative peak until a string of professional disappointments chased him back to drugs and alcohol. He fought hard against them, but it was a fight he would lose in December 1997. Farley's fans immediately drew parallels between his death and that of his idol, John Belushi. Without looking deeper, however, many failed to see that Farley was much more than just another Hollywood drug overdose. In this officially authorized oral history, Farley's friends and family remember his work and life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly sad....

  • By Marie B on 04-12-15

Gentle Soul

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

Reviewed: 02-15-16

What made the experience of listening to The Chris Farley Show the most enjoyable?

Remembering his talent. The way he could just take over a scene in SNL and make Spade go nuts.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Chris Farley Show?

The quote early in the book, "The greatest fear of an addict is to be abandoned". It could not be more accurate.

Which scene was your favorite?

The precious stories of his family moments with his brothers. I also connect with an Irish Catholic family. Brought back memories. I also found the importance he placed on church and giving back was admirable. He could have meant so much to so many.

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

Of course, but it was not possible.

Any additional comments?

Such a massive talent, and such a tragic end. In a way I think he could have been very happy if he stayed in Madison with all that was familiar to him. The rapid assent to celebrity just threw him off balance and he could not course correct.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful