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Star Wars: Darth Plagueis audiobook cover art

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 08-16-19

Star Wars fan my entire life, but this was my first jump into the novels - and I regret not jumping in sooner.

This was AMAZING, in my opinion!

My focus was always the original trilogy. I actually liked some of what went on in the prequels, and the various animated series. But it was the most recent trilogy that lost me.

So, wanting to see if I could get my SW fix elsewhere, the expanded universe seemed like the place. A friend who is an infinitely bigger fan than I, who reads it all, recommended this.

No spoilers, but I felt this book tied into some of what I knew, but really delivered new information and characters that I'd always hoped for after walking out of ROTJ.

I got the feeling that the author must be an incredibly huge fan of SW himself, and it really shines through.

Highest possible recommendation!

White audiobook cover art

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 08-08-19

I'm happy to see such positive reviews on Audible for "White," after reading the reviews of many critics who struggled with it upon its print release.

I am a big fan of the author - of both his books, and his podcast - and maybe it's because I feel like this book seems like a perfect blend of the two that I enjoyed it so much.

It's interesting, thought-provoking, and honest. And B.E.E. also does a fantastic job reading it.

Highly recommended.

Our Band Could Be Your Life audiobook cover art

Loved it

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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: 08-05-19

I loved this book when it came out, and found that love hasn't faded over the years.

If you grew up with, are a fan of, or have any interest in the American underground/indie music scene of the 70's/80's/90's, definitely check this out.

One chapter per band, stopping when the bands broke up, or signed to a major - which as a fan of nerd-level details, I initially thought wouldn't be enough. However, I feel these abbreviated bios really capture the spirit of these bands that I'd gotten from their music over the decades, which many of the bloated bios don't do.

On the Trail of the Assassins audiobook cover art
  • On the Trail of the Assassins
  • One Man's Quest to Solve the Murder of President Kennedy
  • By: Jim Garrison
  • Narrated by: Mark Kincaid

Critical reading/listening for this topic.

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

Reviewed: 07-30-19

I'd read this book when it came out, and a few more times over the years.

I honestly believe that as opposed to becoming outdated (like some other books on the subject), it only gets better as more and more evidence about the JFK assassination surfaces, and other books are written.

Jim Garrison may not have gotten everything correct, but what he did uncover is phenomenal, given the fact that the government was actively trying to stop, confuse, and discredit he and his team (whom they had infiltrated).

He admittedly was looking at the tip of the iceberg that is this conspiracy, but it's his efforts to kick it all off that gave us the first and clearest picture of just how massive, and disturbing the plot to kill JFK was.

As other reviews call out, the reading/editing leaves something to be desired. But, don't let that ruin this for you.

Overall it is well-written and engaging all the way through.

LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination audiobook cover art

Worth listening to IMO

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

Reviewed: 07-30-19

As someone who has been researching this topic for most of my life, I think this book is worth checking out.

I'll admit up front that I'm not someone who feels there will ever be an easy villain to point a single finger at in this case - in my opinion, this is an incredibly complex situation that required the efforts of a lot of people who had reason to hate JFK. And to be fair, to some extent the author says as much later in the book.

But while I didn't come away convinced that LBJ was the "mastermind," the author does what I feel is a credible job of illustrating why he most likely had a significant part in the assassination and cover up.

The pace throughout the first half or so is somewhat slow, and at times a little tough to get through. I get it though - taking the time to show that LBJ was a terrifying person is a big part of the argument made here.

For me, this book hit its stride when it gets wider in scope, and the author began to tie all of the threads (not just those directly related to LBJ) together into a well-written, plausible account of what could have happened. I thought he keyed in on all of the critical details that I myself had also picked up over the decades from other sources, and his attempt to put them all together was by far, my favorite in any book I've read on the topic.

So, as mentioned, definitely a recommended listen. If nothing else, I think you'll come away with a few more pieces of information or perspectives to help add to the bigger picture.