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Jody R. Nathan

Tulsa, OK USA
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  • The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons

  • The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery
  • By: Sam Kean
  • Narrated by: Henry Leyva
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773

Early studies of the human brain used a simple method: Wait for misfortune to strike - strokes, seizures, infectious diseases, horrendous accidents - and see how victims coped. In many cases their survival was miraculous, if puzzling. Observers were amazed by the transformations that took place when different parts of the brain were destroyed, altering victims' personalities. With the lucid, masterful explanations and razor-sharp wit his fans have come to expect, Kean explores the brain's secret passageways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed but not overly Technical

  • By Michael on 05-06-15

entertaining and provocative

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

fun read. well written. some mispronounced words that granted a bit, but I enjoyed the book and listened to it again as soon as I finished it

  • Blowing the Bloody Doors Off

  • And Other Lessons in Life
  • By: Michael Caine
  • Narrated by: Michael Caine
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

One of our best-loved actors, Michael Caine has starred in a huge range of films and has excelled in every kind of role - with a skill that's made it look easy. He knows what success takes - he's made it to the pinnacle of his profession from humble origins. But as he says, "Small parts can lead to big things. And if you keep doing things right, the stars will align when you least expect it." Now in his 85th year - and more beloved than ever - he wants to share everything he's learned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasant Surprise. Pleasure experience.

  • By Nurture Learners and Able Observers on 10-25-18

Advice for those who want to be actors and more

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

This book is ostensibly advice from an old codger on how to get along as an actor -- show up on time, know your lines, don't lose your temper, etc. #celebrity #howto #tagsgiving and #sweepstakes

  • I Remember Me

  • By: Carl Reiner
  • Narrated by: Carl Reiner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 163

For over half a century, millions have appreciated Carl Reiner's work as comedian, actor, director, TV writer and author. Winner of numerous accolades, including 12 Emmy wins and one Grammy award, Carl Reiner once again brandishes his literary talents to tell the story of his life in I Remember Me. Reiner reminisces on 90 years of love and laughter, highs and lows, mistakes and triumphs. Told with a warm heart and an occasional touch of nostalgia, Reiner draws from decades of family, friends and fun to illuminate his life and career as one of America's most loved and memorable figures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'll have what he's having

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-23-15

Funny stories from a funny man

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

Carl goes beyond his memoir and tells us stories of his friends and acquaintances; a fun romp #celebrity #namedropping #comedy #tagsgiving and #sweepstakes

  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

  • A Sortabiography
  • By: Eric Idle
  • Narrated by: Eric Idle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356

 

We know him best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python - from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life. Now, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this entertaining memoir that takes us on an unforgettable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theater, and film. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eric Idle name-dropping, which can't be helped

  • By LJ on 10-09-18

what fun! I loved it irreverant and cheeky,

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

what more could you ask for? well maybe some might stories about him and his famous friends.

  • Harry Potter: A History of Magic

  • An Audio Documentary
  • By: Pottermore Publishing, Ben Davies
  • Narrated by: Natalie Dormer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,087

The history of magic is as long as time and as wide as the world. In every culture, in every age, in every place and, probably, in every heart, there is magic. Harry Potter: A History of Magic reveals some of the hidden stories behind real-world magic and explores some of J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their folkloric, cultural and historical forebears.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable making-of documentary of sorts

  • By Tasha on 10-04-18

basically this is an advertisement

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-10-18

basically thi is an ad for the Harry Potter museum exhibitions in NYC and London

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  • Lost Boy

  • The True Story of Captain Hook
  • By: Christina Henry
  • Narrated by: Samuel Roukin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,504
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,390

On an island lives a boy called Peter and his band of merry lost boys, young forever. That is unless they get sick or killed by pirates or eaten by crocodiles or unless - inexplicably - they grow old. For some of them do grow old, and nobody knows why. One of these boys is called Jamie, and he was the first boy that Peter ever brought to the island. Jamie's lived there for longer than he can remember, and it's not all fun and games.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome! A super retelling of Peter Pan.

  • By Mare Freeborn on 07-30-17

what an unexpected pleasure

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

Ah, how did Hook become Hook? He was once Peter's best friend. Here is the story. What a great escape. Narrator was perfect. Sorry to reach the end. Glad I took a chance on this one.

  • Feeding the Dragon

  • By: Sharon Washington
  • Narrated by: Sharon Washington
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,436

Sharon Washington’s autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, delighted audiences off-Broadway and is now available exclusively on Audible. The one-act play invites listeners into Sharon’s unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. A love of literature and boundless imagination helped the playwright as a young woman persevere over dragons of all forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story!

  • By Imara Walker on 09-07-18

loved this story. a gem. narration perfect. wow!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

a real gem! a wonderful story. great narration. a true find. spend a few hours in the library with this family

  • God, If You're Not up There, I'm F*cked

  • Tales of Stand-up, Saturday Night Live, and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem
  • By: Darrell Hammond
  • Narrated by: Darrell Hammond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

Tina Fey’s Bossypants meets David Carr’s The Night of the Gun in Darrell Hammond's groundbreaking memoir, God, If You’re Not up There, I’m F*cked - a raw look inside the troubled life and mind of an American comic genius.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A "must listen" for Hammond fans

  • By Karen on 08-12-18

overcoming a lot . one would have never guessed

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

one would have never guessed what he had to overcome to make his dreams come true

  • A Polaroid Guy in a Snapchat World

  • By: David Spade
  • Narrated by: David Spade
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,048

Written and performed for the Audible experience, Spade’s new comic memoir takes listeners along for the sometimes embarrassing and always hilarious ride of getting older in our fleeting “Snapchat World”. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than the first one!

  • By Ashley on 08-12-18

Meh, not for me

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Really not interested in what you have growing in your man garden; do not want to hear about that sort of thing. But if you like stuff really up close and personal, you might like this.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • White Fang

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,007

In the desolate, frozen northwest of Canada, a lone wolf fights a heroic daily fight for life in the wild. But after he is captured and cruelly abused by men, he becomes a force of pure rage. Only one man sees inside the killer to his intelligence and nobility. But can his kindness touch White Fang?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who's the animal: Man or Wolf?

  • By Erik on 08-14-15

great adventure story

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Read this many years ago; still a powerful tale! Great for stormy evenings! I like the narrator, too.