LISTENER

Jesse

  • 14
  • reviews
  • 32
  • helpful votes
  • 63
  • ratings
  • It Ended Badly

  • Thirteen of the Worst Breakups in History
  • By: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 445

Spanning eras and cultures from ancient Rome to medieval England to 1950s Hollywood, Jennifer Wright's It Ended Badly guides you through the worst of the worst in historically bad breakups. In the throes of heartbreak, Emperor Nero had just about everyone he ever loved - from his old tutor to most of his friends - put to death. Oscar Wilde's lover, whom he went to jail for, abandoned him when faced with being cut off financially from his wealthy family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Depends on what you're looking for

  • By newyorkaise on 09-04-17

Great book by my favorite historical author

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Im completely in love with Jennifer Wright and Hilary Hubers voice. It’s so totally not a rebound crush either. Yeah I’m on a rebound and I’ll be happy to use examples from this book to explain to the judge the end of my relationship was not as bad as it appears.
Ok so I’m not a great humorous writer like jenn jenn wrizzy is but If you was able to see that was an amazing attempted joke then you will laugh during this book a lot and maybe find it more useful than you thought going into it and if your not currently dealing with adjusting to a future consumed by crushing loneliness you’ll still find it funny. I didn’t need a brain tumor or contract a dancing plaque to love her other book on audible. So just get it and be happy to escape for a bit

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Get Well Soon

  • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • By: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,186

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know syphilis could be so fascinating.

  • By Carrie Arnold on 02-09-17

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

If you've made it this far in trying to figure out if you'll like this book and don't get it your just a fool

  • Live from New York

  • An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live
  • By: Tom Shales, James Andrew Miller
  • Narrated by: Christopher Burns, Eric Conger
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 893
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 563

A history of Saturday Night Live that finally reveals what really went on backstage, on the set, in the writers' offices, and on the town. Dozens of stars, writers, and guest hosts recall the backstage gossip, feuds, foibles, drugs, sex, struggles, and calamities of the show that changed television.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting inside look, so-so presentation

  • By Tim on 12-22-02

Nothing new

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

Reviewed: 11-05-15

I excepted backstage gossip. What the worst hosts had done and funny stories. What I got was the same things I've heard a a couple snl documentaries and old cast members complaining that they didn't get on more because or racism or they were female. But of course those people go on the talk about how fair and great Lorne Michaels is. Outside of 3 small stories of Chevy chase acting up while hosting and telling you someone was an ass without telling you want happened. The voices were horrible. They tried doing impressions of cast members. David spade from Arizona doesn't have a faint New Jersey accent. If you've never heard or seen anything on how snl got started then this is ok. If you have it probably either came from this book or was put in this book. The autobiographies of former cast members give more insight. Bossy pants. Almost interesting etc

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Almost Interesting

  • The Memoir
  • By: David Spade
  • Narrated by: David Spade
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,073

David Spade is best known for his harsh "Hollywood Minute" sketches on SNL, his starring roles in movies like Tommy Boy and Joe Dirt, and his seven-year stint as Dennis Finch on the series Just Shoot Me. Now, with a wit as dry as the weather in his home state of Arizona, the "comic brat extraordinaire" delivers a memoir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than expected

  • By Infullbloom on 10-29-15

As good or better than bossy pants

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

Reviewed: 10-31-15

Best book (or tied with bossy pants)by a comedian I've read. Always thought spade was annoying and at best he got a slight chuckle out of me. I let my work wife pick this book out to listen too while we drive to lunch. Maybe because I didn't expect anything from it it it turned out really funny and interesting. I'll listen to this again

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Soon I Will Be Invincible

  • A Novel
  • By: Austin Grossman
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo, Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,138

Doctor Impossible, evil genius and diabolical scientist, has tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, but this time is going to be different. He'll have to contend with Fatale, however, a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built for the next generation of warfare.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Now that I have you at my mercy. . .

  • By Brad W. on 07-02-07

Not on the level of a d-list super villain

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

Reviewed: 10-23-15

I was expecting something like the d-list super villain books but got a book I didn't want to finish instead. The story is told from the pov of the main super villain and a hero new to the hero team. The heros story never played out and the villains never went anywhere. The story just dragged on and on. The more I listened the more I wanted to stop. The main villain beats up every hero without a problem and then is brought down by an unexpected hero. But your only told in passing that he lost. The story goes : "the worlds about to end but I'll save the details on how I lost and just say I'm sitting here in handcuffs now". Wtf

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Of Dice and Men

  • The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It
  • By: David M. Ewalt
  • Narrated by: David M. Ewalt, Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583

In Of Dice and Men, David Ewalt recounts the development of Dungeons & Dragons from the game’s roots on the battlefields of ancient Europe, through the hysteria that linked it to satanic rituals and teen suicides, to its apotheosis as father of the modern video-game industry. As he chronicles the surprising history of the game’s origins (a history largely unknown even to hardcore players) and examines D&D’s profound impact, Ewalt weaves laser-sharp subculture analysis with his own present-day gaming experiences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nerrrrrrrrrrd!

  • By E. A Dunn on 12-28-15

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 03-28-15

I've never had more than a passing interest in dungeons and dragons and got this book on a whim. I'm glad I did as it was informative and interesting. I've never played d&d and probably never will but if I do it will only be because of this book and the way the author shows why people have passion for the game. I probably won't re read this book but I would definitely recommend it to anyone with an interest in games in general not just tabletop games.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,944
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,797
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,873

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

Above average biography

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

Reviewed: 03-25-15

Good story. Well written. The narrator was a perfect fit. I would recommend this book but I doubt I'll re listen to it again

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Zombie Rules: Zombie Rules, Book 1

  • By: David Achord
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079

Rick, an aging Vietnam veteran, alcoholic, and prepper, convinces Zach Gunderson that the apocalypse is on the horizon. The two of them take refuge at a remote farm. As the zombie plague rages, they face a terrifying fight for survival. They soon learn, however, that the walking dead are not the only monsters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • JUST BECAUSE I'M CRAZY, DON'T MEAN

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 08-01-16

Little above average zombie book

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

Reviewed: 03-18-15

Liked most of it but there are several cringe inducing parts where it's like a bad horror movie and you start screaming to not go down that road. But other than those times and the extremely cheap (if you write a good book you doing need to end like that because you'll get to write another) cliffhanger at the end it was worth my time and I will listen to the next book in the series

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Taking of Getty Oil

  • The Full Story of the Most Spectacular - and Catastrophic - Takeover of All
  • By: Steve Coll
  • Narrated by: Steven Cooper
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

A true story of family, ambition, and greed in the most bitter and controversial takeover struggle in business history. The high-stakes fight between Texaco and Pennzoil to take over Getty Oil is a startling and intriguing case involving family infighting, courtroom drama, and corporate intrigue that ends in bankruptcy and the largest damages award in American history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible research

  • By Jesse on 01-24-15

Incredible research

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

Reviewed: 01-24-15

Extremely well researched. I could see where someone would say it's somewhat dry. The complete story of the biggest merger up till that time in the 80s and the lawsuits that followed and almost destroyed both companies involved in the lawsuit. The speaker has an awesome voice for movie previews or a murder mystery TV show but it's hard to follow the story through his voice. There are a couple times where the story and the speakers voice match tempo but it's not till late in the book and it's only long enough for you to realize how distracting it has been.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The President's Pilot

  • By: Robert Gandt
  • Narrated by: Thomas Block
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 772
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 702
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 691

A year and a half into her first term as President of the United States, Libby Paulsen is in a world of trouble. Her controversial agenda has placed her in a doomsday clash with a right wing cabal led by an enigmatic Air Force general. The conspirators will stop at nothing - including assassination - to remove Libby Paulsen from office. When the cabal targets Air Force One, Libby's Presidency - and her life - rest in the hands of a maverick pilot named Pete Brand, a man with whom the President shares a long-smoldering secret.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Is everyone drunk?

  • By Mike on 02-06-15

ZZZZZZ…

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

Reviewed: 01-15-15

The speaker is so monotone and jowely that i couldn't follow the story for more than 5 mins at a time. I finished the last 3 hours in 1 drive and couldn't tell you what happens. I learned more from reading the book preview than I do from listening to the book. A good story can overcome a bad narrator but combine a lackluster story and a guy that sounds like he recently had a stroke and it become a danger to listen while driving.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful