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Brian Michael Fielding

New York, New York
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  • Wiretap, Episode 3

  • Love Hurts - Sex Heals
  • By: Mark Leyner, Brian Fielding
  • Narrated by: various
  • Length: 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

The Kid's parents are apparently captives of the fearsome Filipino Islamic terrorist group, Abu Sayyaf - Bearers of the Sword. Their demands? Produce a million dollars or heads will roll. The Kid beseeches Kim for advice on placating these terrorists - but where's Kim? He turns to Dr. Darwin for more meds. Holly and her friends wonder where her dance mix is. Coach Franks peddles athletic prowess. The Concierge explains the mysteries of love. The Kid and Kate may mate. Amelia sings a sexy song.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Groundbreaking Internet Theatre

  • By Brian Michael Fielding on 12-02-15

Groundbreaking Internet Theatre

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

Reviewed: 12-02-15

Where does Wiretap, Episode 3 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Disclosure: Mark Leyner and I created the story in 2001. We recorded it on the phone line, just as a real wiretap would be. We'd write out the rough plot line, talk the actors through it briefly, including what was then happening in the real world, then the actors improvised all the dialogue. We wanted these fictional characters to react to not only the fictional storyline but to include commentary on what was actually happening in the world at that time. Alas, we could only do 3 episodes, on less than a shoe-string, before the Internet winter set in and I had to get back to spending 100% of my time on doing content and biz dev deals for Audible...where I toiled from 1997 to 2012. -BMF

  • Wiretap, Episode 2

  • Patriotic Duty
  • By: Mark Leyner, Brian Fielding
  • Narrated by: various
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

The events of 9/11 have done little to diminish The Kid's growing paranoia. Kim Jong Il is on the coalition's enemies list, but he's wondering how the fall TV and movie schedules are shaping up, and what is Larry David's management style like? Coach Franks is undaunted, the Concierge searches for fatty meat and orange juice with Cipro, and the relationship with Kate deepens. Amelia demonstrates her patriotism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Groundbreaking Internet Theatre

  • By Brian Michael Fielding on 12-02-15

Groundbreaking Internet Theatre

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

Reviewed: 12-02-15

What made the experience of listening to Wiretap, Episode 2 the most enjoyable?

Disclosure: Mark Leyner and I created the story in 2001. We recorded it on the phone line, just as a real wiretap would be. We'd write out the rough plot line, talk the actors through it briefly, including what was then happening in the real world, then the actors improvised all the dialogue. We wanted these fictional characters to react to not only the fictional storyline but to include commentary on what was actually happening in the world at that time. Alas, we could only do 3 episodes, on less than a shoe-string, before the Internet winter set in and I had to get back to spending 100% of my time on doing content and biz dev deals for Audible...where I toiled from 1997 to 2012. -BMF

  • Wiretap, Episode 1

  • Army of One
  • By: Mark Leyner, Brian Fielding
  • Narrated by: various
  • Length: 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Apparently recorded soon after The Kid entered his penthouse retreat. The Kid mixes conversations and beats deep into his drug-induced bliss, Kim Jong Il opines on pop culture while worrying about The Kid, the concierge weighs in on the Hague tribunals, Coach Franks threatens, and The Kid begins a budding friendship with Kate. Amelia supplies "turn down service."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • my favourite audio!

  • By Colin on 03-24-03

Groundbreaking Internet Theatre

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

Reviewed: 12-02-15

If you could sum up Wiretap, Episode 1 in three words, what would they be?

Disclosure: Mark Leyner and I created the story in 2001. We recorded it on the phone line, just as a real wiretap would be. We'd write out the rough plot line, talk the actors through it briefly, including what was then happening in the real world, then the actors improvised all the dialogue. We wanted these fictional characters to react to not only the fictional storyline but to include commentary on what was actually happening in the world at that time. Alas, we could only do 3 episodes, on less than a shoe-string, before the Internet winter set in and I had to get back to spending 100% of my time on doing content and biz dev deals for Audible...where I toiled from 1997 to 2012. -BMF

  • The Complete Tiger Man Diaries

  • By: Alan Rabinowitz
  • Narrated by: Alan Rabinowitz
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

For the past decade, world-renowned wildlife conservationist Alan Rabinowitz has been leading the fight to save tigers in one of their greatest natural habitats, the remote Hukaung Valley in northernmost Mynmar (formerly Burma). In January 2006, Alan traveled to Myanmar to push forward this massive and, at times, dangerous project. Now, you can listen to all of the details of Alan's fascinating journey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A true story with an untold after story

  • By Peggy on 12-29-13

Compelling live audio

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-09

Alan Rabinowitz has dedicated his life to protecting big cats around the world. He is uncompromising in his devotion to trying to prevent the further diminution of habitat essential to the survival of big cats. He is a precious global resource, a genius. This audio is deeply moving and well-worth listening to.

  • Beyond Belief

  • The Secret Gospel of Thomas
  • By: Elaine Pagels
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

Spurred by personal tragedy, Elaine Pagels turns to a consideration of the Gnostic Gospels, in particular, the Gospel of Thomas. As opposed to the Gospel of John, which asserted that Jesus was an eternally existing aspect of God who came to earth to save humankind, the "secret" Gospel of Thomas agrees that Jesus was in some sense divine, but says that a streak of divinity can be found in all of us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gospel of Thomas is somewhat a misnomer

  • By Buford on 06-08-04

Get Over "Belief"

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-09

This is an excellent book to help understand that the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith, those that must be blindly "believed" in order to be "saved" and get into "heaven", are the product of a few delusional and power-hungry white men and have very little to do with the actual teachings of Jesus. They are simply interpretations by mere mortals - fallible, flawed and weak like everyone else - ,that through the ages have calcified into rigid dogma that "must be believed" in order to be "saved". This book sheds much needed light on the development of early Christianity. Thank you, Elaine Pagels

7 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Guilty

  • Liberal 'Victims' and Their Assault on America
  • By: Ann Coulter
  • Narrated by: Margy Moore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Not one to shy away from controversy, Ann Coulter once again brings her no-holds-barred approach to the current state of politics and culture, and in this highly charged election year, her take on issues is certain to attract major attention from across the political spectrum. Always entertaining, Coulter is one of the most talked about figures in America today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Winner for Ann

  • By John on 12-27-09

ignorant and shrill - awful - NO STARS

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-09

Coulter once again spews her far right wing freakish amalgam of utterly stupid fundamentalist republican tripe. She has nothing of value to say and what she does say is actually dumber than Palin's worst, which is saying alot. Is she supposed to be sexy in that cover pose? Frightening, is more like it. Maybe she wouldn't exhibit so much anger and bile toward her county and her fellow citizens (on the Left) if she dropped the skinny shrunken look and ate some carbs. She should stop writing books and stop speaking in public.

74 of 230 people found this review helpful

  • The Bush Tragedy

  • By: Jacob Weisberg
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

In this first important consideration of the George W. Bush presidency and its profound impact on the state of the world, Jacob Weisberg crafts a wide-ranging portrait that is both balanced and insightful. Weisberg traces the evolution of Bush's political philosophy from its roots in his early life and his years as governor of Texas through the events of 9/11 and his turbulent two terms in office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ahead of the Crowd

  • By Nikoli Gogol on 02-14-08

...is our tragedy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-08

Not for the feint of heart, this book is an extremely well-written (and performed) analysis of why Bush is who he is, why as President he's acted the way he has and made the choices he has -- virtually all of which have had negative consequences for the United States, many of them horrifically negative. Jacob Weisberg explores the historical and present day Bush/Walker family dynamics and makes credible comparative analysis with great works of dramatic literature, including Shakespeare's Henry plays. This is a highly entertaining and intellectually challenging character study. Highly recommended.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Going on Being

  • Buddhism and the Way of Change
  • By: Mark Epstein M.D.
  • Narrated by: Mark Epstein M.D.
  • Length: 3 hrs and 24 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Going on Being is Mark Epstein's memoir of his early years as a student of Buddhism and of how Buddhism shaped his approach to therapy, as well as a practical guide to how a Buddhist understanding of psychological problems makes change for the better possible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Blissfull commuting

  • By Joseph on 02-25-03

Lucid Teaching for Living In the Moment

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-08

Mark Epstein is a brilliant psychiatrist (Harvard undergrad and Harvard Medical) and a practicing Buddhist. He first began to practice buddhism during his undergraduate days at Harvard, spending time at Naropa in Boulder, CO, and with various Buddhist teachers in the Boston area. His world view of what it means to live an enlightened life, to be present, is deeply informed by the intersection of the best of Buddhist and Western psychology. This intersection is a very fertile place for us. Mark reads his work in a delightful and engaging style. This, and all his books, are highly recommended.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Returning to Earth

  • By: Jim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Traci Svendsgaard, Tom Weiner, Ray Porter, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

In this sequel to Harrison's True North, Donald Burkett, a middle-aged Chippewa-Finnish man, is dying of Lou Gehrig's disease. While his wife, Cynthia, transcribes, Donald begins dictating his family history for the benefit of their children, stories that he never before has shared. As old crimes, dreams, wounds, and sacred moments are revived for the members of Donald's family, each is affected in different and profound ways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful Genuine Realistic

  • By Brian Michael Fielding on 12-03-08

Powerful Genuine Realistic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-08

Jim Harrison's novels are great American stories filled with richly drawn characters. His writing is deeply literate and honest. He writes about fundamental truths. "Returning to Earth" is a beautiful story set at the end of one man's life. It focus's with Harrison's usual poetic brilliance on how he and his extended family choose to deal with that ending. It has profound life lessons for all. Highly recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • His Excellency

  • George Washington
  • By: Joseph J. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344

Acclaimed author Joseph J. Ellis penned the National Book Award-winning American Sphinx and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Founding Brothers, a fixture on The New York Times best seller list for an entire year, and one of the most popular history books of all time. Now this master historian turns his attention to the most exalted American hero, Founding Father and first President George Washington.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Distracted By Narrator

  • By Gerard on 01-15-05

Brilliant & Fascinating Portrait

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-08

Ellis' book is spectacular in its breadth and depth of analysis of George Washington's life and times. It's a true must-listen for anyone interested in American History, important military and political leaders, and in-depth character studies. Ellis paints a full and vibrant portrait of Washington the man - not the myth. The listener comes to a deeper understanding of Washington as a real flesh and blood man of his time. It makes Washington's achievements all the more remarkable to know about all the missteps and less-than-stellar choices he made along the way. Superbly written and performed.