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  • Here Comes Everybody

  • The Story of the Pogues
  • By: James Fearnley
  • Narrated by: James Fearnley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

October 1982: ABC, Culture Club, Shalamar and Survivor dominate the top twenty when the Pogues barrel out from the backstreets of King's Cross, a furious, pioneering mix of punk energy, traditional melodies and the powerfully poetic songwriting of Shane MacGowan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, Funny, But definitely sad

  • By Luke Wilhite on 05-10-17

Great stories about the Pogues - told boorishly

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

I've been wanting to know more about the Pogues and Shane MacGowan for a while now. The websites and wiki just didnt cover the detail that I wanted to know. To start, I didn't realize they weren't a fully Irish band... Anyhoo, I never expected to read a good story about the band that didn't focus 90% on Shane... To my happiness, James Fearnley's book is exactly what I wanted to read - it covered everyone equally. It also included a musicians perspective from someone who was there... It got 4 stars from me for telling a story I wanted to hear.

Now for the bad part. I couldn't wait to be finished.. I had the misfortune of listening to this as an audiobook narrated by James Fearnley himself. His Manchester accent was REALLY hard to get used to. I honestly thought he was faking it and pretending to read the book in the style of the over-the-top tour manager in Waynes World 2...But thats the way he speaks... What made it worse is his overuse of a thesaurus and paragraph long descriptions of EVERYTHING - It made the book borderline unbearable to listen at times... I've yelled at my audible player numerous times for him to just say "pick" instead of "plectrum", or using "capitulate" instead of "surrender". The only saving grace is that I picture when his bandmates Shane, Spider or Kait read this, they would rail into him about his boorishness...

Before you decide to not read this book based on my review, just remember that I gave it 4 stars even tho I absolutely hated the pretentious way it was written and narrated. That is saying a lot... I am grateful to have read the book and heard the stories and history of the Pogues as a whole.

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  • Street Gang

  • The Complete History of Sesame Street
  • By: Michael Davis
  • Narrated by: Caroll Spinney
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

When the first episode aired on Nov. 10, 1969, Sesame Street revolutionized the way education was presented to children on television. It has since become the longest-running children's show in history, and today reaches 8 million pre-schoolers on 350 PBS stations and airs in 120 countries. Street Gang is the compelling and often comical story of the creation and history of this media masterpiece and pop culture landmark.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Overall a great story, but ome dull parts

  • By jamesh-lantern-media on 11-05-15

Overall a great story, but ome dull parts

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

Reviewed: 11-05-15

I really enjoyed this audio book. The story was something I was interested in, and it delivered.. I found out the behind the scenes stuff that I didnt know about and having it narrated by the voice of Big Bird was definitely a plus..

The only problem was that there were a couple of large sections of the story where they were just rattling off names and their jobs.. And it was just so dry that I caught myself tuning out for a while... Happily it wasn't that large of a section, and the actual stories made up for it...

LIke millions of other kids, I grew up on Sesame Street, and hearing the stories about the people who made it was wonderful... Reliving the episodes when Mr Hooper died was a sad moment, but it made me realize how these characters touched my life... I was honestly surprised that the characters were actors with different names and completely different lives... (I shouldnt have been, but it took me off guard)

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  • The Thirteenth Tale

  • A Novel
  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,101

All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Amazing Story--2 missing chapters

  • By J. Elliott on 01-28-10

Wonderful book/performance I didnt expect to love

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

Reviewed: 06-10-15

I was recommended the Thirteenth Tale by someone whose opinion I respect. Not a book I would have picked up on my own as I prefer non-fiction over fiction... But the recommender made such an impression on me about this book and its associated performance that I had to pick it up...

And he wasn't wrong... The performance of this book was one of the best I've heard. There were two narrators (Bianca Amato andJill Tanner) for the two main characters, and they shared the supporting characters.. And they did such a great job, that they should receive awards if they havent already...

As for the story, it kept me guessing throughout the entire story... When I predicted the story would go one way, it would go in a different direction... And a direction that was much better than my predicted one. I have to admit, I was expecting a standard gothic story, but Diane Setterfield did not take the easy route. I don't want to say too much and spoil anything for you, but with the story and performance, I might consider this one of the best fiction audiobooks I have ever heard. I know there is a movie version of this book that is hard to find, but I have no interest in seeing it as it might take away from a perfect performance..

All I will say is pay attention throughout the story... There are clues given out from the get-go that will make sense as they are revealed...

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  • The Beastie Boys' Paul's Boutique (33 1/3 Series)

  • By: Dan LeRoy
  • Narrated by: Joshua Swanson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Derided as one-hit wonders, estranged from their original producer and record label, and in self-imposed exile in Los Angeles, the Beastie Boys were written off by most observers before even beginning to record their second album – an embarrassing commercial flop that should have ruined the group's career. But not only did Paul's Boutique eventually transform the Beasties from a fratboy novelty to hip-hop giants, its sample-happy, retro aesthetic changed popular culture forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story/album but narrator butchers names

  • By jamesh-lantern-media on 06-10-15

Great story/album but narrator butchers names

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

Reviewed: 06-10-15

Really enjoying the story of how one of the greatest albums got made. The background of the times and personalities at the time, and specific details of the individual tracks are great to hear... Really enjoy the story..

And the narrator is decent enough reading the facts, but he has been butchering the names of people involved... And it's been driving me crazy...

He's butchered a lead character: Adam Yauch (calling him Yuke), supporting characters Ione Skye (calling her I-on), song names (Cookie Puss is called Kook-e), and famous icon Alfred E Neuman (calling him Noyman)...

I wouldn't mind so much if it weren't for butchering one of the three main guys... I've been listening to the Beastie Boys since 89, and at first the narrator had me thinking I was pronouncing MCA's name wrong all these years... Until I heard his weird pronunciations for other names that I was sure of... It really takes you out of the flow of the story..

I drive a lot, so audiobooks are a great way to catch up on books I've wanted to read but didn't have the time... But in this case, I think I would have rather just found the paper version and read that...

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  • The Everything Store

  • Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
  • By: Brad Stone
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,694

Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the honesty!

  • By Paul on 01-29-14

One of my favorite books - you should read it...

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

Reviewed: 03-17-15

I loved The Everything Store... I learned so much about Amazon and Jeff Bezos that was interesting... I loved the research that Mr Stone put in talking to the people around Jeff Bezos, yet it wasn't an autobiography so you got the "warts and all" version... It was just a well-told story on all fronts...

Going in, I had no idea of the warrior mentality at Amazon caused by Mr. Bezos. Jeff Bezos was one of the jerkiest people around, but damned if he weren't one of the smartest and ambitious people ever to walk the planet. I still don't know if I love or hate the guy, but I have complete respect for him... He is up there with Steve Jobs as a person who changed the world...

While I was doing the audiobook version on my commute into work, I would be telling people around me what cool or arrogant thing Jeff did during my commute time reading... And more than one person picked up the book afterwards.

Great book - you should read it

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  • Just Kids From the Bronx

  • Telling It the Way It Was: An Oral History
  • By: Arlene Alda
  • Narrated by: Alan Alda, Christina Delaine, Regis Philbin, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Arlene Alda's own Bronx memories were a jumping-off point from which to reminisce with a nun, a police officer, an urban planner, and with Carl Reiner, Colin Powell, Maira Kalman, and many other leading artists, athletes, scientists and entrepreneurs - experiences spanning six decades. Alda then arranged these pieces of the past, the mornings on the Grand Concourse and afternoons in the halls of Bronx Science, into one great collective story, a film-like portrait of the Bronx - and of America.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, little homogeneous and audio confusing

  • By jamesh-lantern-media on 03-17-15

Great book, little homogeneous and audio confusing

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

Reviewed: 03-17-15

Just Kids from the Bronx is a pretty good book filled with a lot of stories of kids growing up in the borough I'm from... Some great storytellers in there who had some interesting insight of growing up in the Bronx..

I also appreciated the variety of career paths that Bronx kids followed... From astronomers and doctors to teachers, business people and celebrities, Bronx kids were everywhere...

That being I heard a lot of similar age/area/educational level stories.. There were some outliers, but the book really focused on the Italian-Jewish experience of people born in the 40s and 50s who went to Bronx High School of Science and who lived in Riverdale or the south Bronx... It wasn't my book to write, but I would have preferred a more expansive starting point across the borough... There were some outside of that start, but I would have preferred more...

The audio version of the book was a bit confusing in the early chapters. The voices were great, but there was no introduction to who was reading the chapters... Alan Alda was great and very distinctive and familiar, but other than Regis and Robert Klein, I never knew "who" was talking... I eventually figured out that if it were a male story, and not Alan Alda, it was the actual person from the pages of the book.. Female wise, I couldn't really tell, and just learned to accept I wouldn't know who was speaking.

Bottom line, its definitely a book worth picking up, but I think I would prefer the paper/Kindle version over the audible version...

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  • The Tipping Point

  • How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,749

In The Tipping Point, New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell looks at why major changes in society happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a few fare-beaters and graffiti artists fuel a subway crime wave, or a satisfied customer fill the empty tables of a new restaurant. These are social epidemics, and the moment when they take off, when they reach their critical mass, is the Tipping Point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sociology for the masses.

  • By Dean on 10-28-10

A little dated in 2014, but interesting anecdotes

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

Reviewed: 10-01-14

If you could sum up The Tipping Point in three words, what would they be?

Makes You Think

Who was your favorite character and why?

William Daws - because he did everything the same like Paul Revere, but wasn't as connected to the communities, and wasn't paid attention to...

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

First book

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

I did... It really made me think of how basic it is to make something go viral... While the book was written in 2001 and audiobooked in 2007, it could've written the textbook for Youtube,etc videos...

Any additional comments?

the first 75% of the book was great... then the author kinda ran out of steam... Still recommend the book highly tho... Also, there was random music over the narration sometimes... It sounded like he was coming to the end of a chapter, and then the music faded out and he kept talking... Very weird...

  • Jeannie Out of the Bottle

  • By: Barbara Eden, Wendy Leigh
  • Narrated by: Barbara Eden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

Over the past four decades, the landmark NBC hit television series I Dream of Jeannie has delighted generations of audiences and inspired untold numbers of teenage crushes on its beautiful blond star, Barbara Eden. Part pristine Hollywood princess and part classic bombshell, with innocence, strength, and comedic talent to spare, Barbara finally lets Jeannie out of her bottle to tell her whole story. Jeannie Out of the Bottle takes us behind the scenes of I Dream of Jeannie as well as Barbara’s dozens of other stage, movie, television, and live concert performances.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Polite,funny and honest.

  • By Jan on 05-30-11

Perfect book by a classy lady

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

Reviewed: 09-05-14

Where does Jeannie Out of the Bottle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Jeannie Out of the Bottle is one of my favorite audiobooks... I owned the hardcover, but never got around to reading it, but the audio book was a pleasure to listen to on my commute

What was one of the most memorable moments of Jeannie Out of the Bottle?

Lot of great moments in the book, but when Ms Eden started talking bad about Husband #2 Chuck, I was surprised... Normally these books avoid controversy like that and it surprised me (in a good way)

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scenes are when talked about her meetings with Elvis and Marilyn and how lonely they were. And when Ms Eden played Vegas she realized exactly that feeling. But then she had soup with George Burns - which was a great turnaround.

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

When Ms Eden - who doesn't like people to see her cry, started to break down when telling the story of her son's passing. Got a little misty myself..

Any additional comments?

Ms Eden has such a sweet voice and personality, and whenever she was telling a pleasant story, she would chuckle to herself. I loved hearing it because she is a wonderful and classy lady

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  • The Signal and the Noise

  • Why So Many Predictions Fail - but Some Don't
  • By: Nate Silver
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,068
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,050

Nate Silver built an innovative system for predicting baseball performance, predicted the 2008 election within a hair’s breadth, and became a national sensation as a blogger - all by the time he was 30. The New York Times now publishes FiveThirtyEight.com, where Silver is one of the nation’s most influential political forecasters. Drawing on his own groundbreaking work, Silver examines the world of prediction, investigating how we can distinguish a true signal from a universe of noisy data.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Learn About Statistics Without All The Math

  • By Scott Fabel on 03-09-13

I agree, but please stop repeating!

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

Reviewed: 06-28-14

What did you like best about The Signal and the Noise? What did you like least?

I did like the book, but I am probably going to stop reading it after Chapter 3. The author makes a good point many times, and then rams it down our throat to the point where you get sick of hearing it. I get the point, xxxx screwed up - move on...

Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

They were easy to follow - I was a little worried having an audiobook on this topic..

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

Mike Chamberlain was an amazing narrator - I just realized that he wasn't the author now... He read it witha good believability that he was speaking from experience

Could you see The Signal and the Noise being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Not at all, Its not really a story book

Any additional comments?

The book was good, but the repetitiveness just got grating... And when he started mentioning his website every couple of minutes, that was the final straw for me...

  • The Transcriptionist

  • By: Amy Rowland
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25

Lena, the transcriptionist, sits alone in a room far away from the hum of the newsroom that is the heart of the Record, the big city newspaper for which she works. For years, she has been the ever-present link for reporters calling in stories from around the world. Hooked up to a machine that turns spoken words to print, Lena is the vein that connects the organs of the paper. She is loyal, she is unquestioning, yet technology is dictating that her days there are numbered.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Like a New Yorker short story

  • By Sand on 08-04-14

Pretty good story - "inside your head"

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

Reviewed: 06-28-14

What made the experience of listening to The Transcriptionist the most enjoyable?

This is not a book I normally would read, but I passed by it in the bookstore at the right time. The title called out to me as I did a LOT of transcribing for my documentary and my first book, and the transcribing process, while brutal was memorable. So I picked up the audiobook and listened to it on my commute during the week.

I could relate to some of the thoughts that fill your head while you are listening to other people talk over and over...

Who was your favorite character and why?

I guess Lena since we were in her head the most

Which character – as performed by Xe Sands – was your favorite?

I got a kick out of Xe's portrayal of Russell... Just kinda a dopey character LOL

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

No extreme reactions other than getting mad over a too simple solution - a door in NYC just happened to be unlocked?

I did have a "wow thats me" moment when Lena mentioned she was worried the tape was spooling out of her mouth...

Any additional comments?

Xe Sands was a great performance, but she has a nuance of going soft on the last word of a sentence in Lena's character that was hard to understand

Also, I didnt understand the Mountain Lion sub-plot... Did it get resolved? Why was it in there?

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