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Shedrick Brown

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  • Original Gangstas

  • The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap
  • By: Ben Westhoff
  • Narrated by: JD Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 278

Amid rising gang violence, the crack epidemic, and police brutality, a group of unlikely voices cut through the chaos of late 1980s Los Angeles: N.W.A. Led by a drug dealer, a glammed-up producer, and a high school kid, N.W.A. gave voice to disenfranchised African Americans across the country. And they quickly redefined pop culture across the world. Their names remain as popular as ever: Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube. Dre soon joined forces with Suge Knight to create the combustible Death Row Records.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, rap needs more of these!

  • By Maxine on 11-28-16

A must listen for fans of hip hop and rap

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

Reviewed: 02-15-17

Thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish!! It will make you go back and listen to the classic west coast rap sings you've enjoyed for decades now, but with a better understanding of the lyrics music and production behind them. Great job by the author

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Eye

  • A Gray Man Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,601

Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fits well into the series

  • By Julius Butcher on 12-16-13

What a audiobook should be like

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-17

Thrilling, funny and kept you on the edge of your seat from almost start to finish!! The author had just gained a new fan!!

  • Freeway Rick Ross

  • The Untold Autobiography
  • By: Rick Ross, Cathy Scott
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

Freeway Rick Ross: The Untold Autobiography is an intimate look at the day-to-day dealings of a drug kingpin in the heart of the ghetto. It's also the story of a boy born in poverty in Texas who grew up in a single-parent household in the heart of South Central, who was pushed through the school system each year and came out illiterate. His options were few, and he turned to drug dealing. This untold autobiography is not only personal, but also historical in its implications.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life as a Drug Kingpin.

  • By pixledust on 12-09-15

Great book..flowed nicely

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-16

The writer and narrator takes you on a journey that keeps you listening. You enter in a world that most of us can never imagine

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nemesis

  • One Man and the Battle for Rio
  • By: Misha Glenny
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Nemesis is the story of an ordinary man who became the king of the largest slum in Rio, the head of a drug cartel, and perhaps Brazil's most wanted criminal. It's a gripping tale of gold hunters and evangelical pastors, bent police and rich-kid addicts, quixotic politicians and drug lords with math degrees. Traversing through rain forests and high-security prisons, filthy slums and glittering shopping malls, this is also the story of how change came to Brazil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing sobriety

  • By Fabio Azeredo on 04-29-16

Seriously lacking..

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-16

Unless you are from Brazil and know the area and the situation being described in this book this not for you. To me it is the only way you will enjoy this book for the subject matter it covered. There was no excitement or no plot twists, or anything that made me want to continue to finish this. A waste of a credit!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Infamous Life

  • The Autobiography of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy
  • By: Albert “Prodigy” Johnson, Laura Checkoway
  • Narrated by: Albert “Prodigy” Johnson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

In this often violent but always introspective memoir, Mobb Deep’s Prodigy tells his much-anticipated story of struggle, survival, and hope on the mean streets of New York City. For the first time, he gives an intimate look at his family background, his battles with drugs, his life of crime, his suffering with sickle-cell anemia, and more. Recently released after serving three and a half years in state prison for what many consider an unlawful arrest, Prodigy is ready to talk about his life as one of rap’s greatest legends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptionally well crafted memoir

  • By Dominic on 08-21-11

Enlightening view into hip hop and the lifestyle

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

The book flowed very smoothly and I felt like I was on his journey with from the Diana Ross influence to the world tours..you get to literally ride shotgun with Prodigy on every step

  • The Switch

  • By: Elmore Leonard
  • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

Ordell Robbie and Louis Gara hit it off in prison, where they were both doing time for grand theft auto. Now that they're out, they're joining forces for one big score. The plan is to kidnap the wife of a wealthy Detroit developer and hold her for ransom. But they didn't figure the lowlife husband wouldn't want his lady back. So it's time for Plan B and the opportunity to make a real killing - with the unlikely help of a beautiful, ticked-off housewife who's hungry for a large helping of sweet revenge.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying reader

  • By Randall on 12-15-11

Expected more..

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

Reviewed: 01-25-16

Story was too slow, with way too much add on material, and the narrator read it way to calmly. It about put me to sleep a few times. I love Elmore Leonard's work, but the narrator made this super boring and hard to get thru unfortunately

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • American Sniper

  • The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
  • By: Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,704

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's been censored by the publisher

  • By K9NSP on 10-21-17

Very interesting..

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-15

Learned a lot about the lives of our military personnel and their families from the authors perspective

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Banks Sisters

  • By: Nikki Turner
  • Narrated by: Diana Luke
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

Meet the Banks sisters - Simone, Bunny, Tallhya, and Ginger. The four beauties are living under the same roof by force, but they can't stand each other. Their only common denominator is their loving grandmother, Me-Ma. When she's not at work trying to make ends meet, she's home with her girls, trying to keep them from killing each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Man talk about bad luck

  • By Almond KD on 05-01-15

Nicely done

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-15

A nice story about the sisters live and mom and grandma..had you envisioning what their lives were like with great detail