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  • Godfather of Night

  • A Greek Mafia Father, a Drug Runner Son, and an Unexpected Shot at Redemption
  • By: Kevin Pappas, Stephan Talty
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

What if you belonged nowhere and to no one? What if you learned as a teenager that the father who had mistreated you for years wasn't your father at all - and that you were actually born to the mistress of a Greek gangster? And what if the only way to connect with your real father was to become his fiercest rival? Kevin Pappas's story is a true-crime epic for a new generation of wiseguys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Listen

  • By Aaron on 02-21-16

Good story, but is it true?

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

The title says it all - it’s an entertaining story, parts of it ring true, but other parts said made up. This is more a story of Dirk Diggler (Boogie Nights) than that of a traditional mob book, in that his character is comically immature most of the time, and If this was made into a movie certainly Marky Mark would be the perfect lead. But back to the book. As far as the story goes the book moves fairly quickly and never really slows down - being someone born and raised just south of Tarpon Springs I always find local stuff more interesting than others might, but with that said moat of the story takes place elsewhere. The constant battle to get approval from daddy is the reoccurring theme, and it’s really kind of pitiful. The stories of action in the book are very entertaining, even if I felt a bit embellished or overproduced.

However the big thing is.... is any of this true? Go look up Kevin Pappas or his real name and you find... nothing. Absolutely nothing but links to this book. Go look up the 5100 drug trafficker group and you find nothing. Go try and find newspaper articles about events he says took place, that he was directly involved with, and you find nothing. In fact all you find when you search for anything about Kevin Pappas are articles saying nothing the guy says can be verified. Now - with that said I also didn’t find anything that shows the guy is a fraud , either.

I’d have loved to see some documentation that anything the guy says happened, actually happened, that he was in any places he said he was, that people around him that he named are real people. For example they say they bought an apartment block to hide drugs in people’s ceilings - OK, what apartment block, where the history of ownership and let’s see it changing hands at the time in question, explain how you buy an apartment block - like literally how do you do it- do you pay cash, do you go through a 3rd party, etc.

That’s the issue with this book - it’s just not believable. If this story is real however, then it should be a lot better known.

Overall 3 stars for the book since again, I’m not sure I believe it. But 5 stars for the story which kept me entertained. The reader did a good professional job, not in the top tier of readers but still a good professional job.

  • Permanently Suspended: The Rise and Fall... and Rise Again of Radio's Most Notorious Shock Jock

  • By: Anthony Cumia, Johnny Russo - contributor, Brad Trackman - contributor, and others
  • Narrated by: Anthony Cumia
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 352

 Today, Anthony Cumia is the co-host of the wildly popular “Anthony Cumia Show,” which live-streams to a huge following of paid subscribers; however, Anthony is most well-known from the legendary, nationally syndicated “Opie and Anthony Show.” Permanently Suspended is an all-access pass to the controversial mayhem that ensued on-and-off the air. A must-listen for all diehard O&A fans, Permanently Suspended finally answers the questions that everyone has been waiting for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Anthony does not disappoint

  • By Trucker Chris on 12-04-18

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

I started listening to O&A the first day they started on XM having heard their name before but having never heard of them, but instantly became a huge fan and went many many years without missing a show. I've followed Anthony to Compound Media from day 1 as well. So with that said going into this book I was wonder if it would just be a rehash of the stories I've heard before and if I'd get bored or not. Well, many of the stories, except some details about the last few years, was stuff I've mostly heard before - but there are some new tidbits I haven't heard before. However Anthony is so incredibly entertaining I listen again knowing the outcome, and I'm completely enthralled. The book flew by, in fact my only wish about the book is that it was much much longer and had more detail, but I also understand the dullards out there can't listen to anything for more than 6-8 hours so you have to shorten these things up for them. But saying you wish something was longer because you enjoyed it so much, that's not a bad thing.

As for Anthony I was glad to see this really wasn't a total Opie bash. I know many of the keyboard warriors out there hate Opie, and I completely understand why Anthony and him had their falling out, but I'm also glad that Opie got what I thought was very fair treatment. Anthony doesn't go soft on Opie by any means, but it's just fair, in that he says what Opie did well and how he did have a really important job on the show, even if Opie never was comfortable with it and let the pests get to him.

Anthony himself reads the book and thankfully it's not a straight reading of the book, Anthony throws in some stuff here and there, does impressions (I swear you'd think they was the real people), they leave in some laughs when it makes sense, etc. I have nearly 1000 audiobooks at this point, and as far as an author reading his own book, I'd say this is probably at the top of the list. Production value was fine, sometimes they'd hard cut Anthony laughing or do a chapter pause in a way that you think the app crashed or something, but for the most part it was fine, but didn't really take away from the reading.

Overall I really enjoyed the book, easily a 5-star effort, and for a first book it's really well done.

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  • The Immortal Irishman

  • The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero
  • By: Timothy Egan
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,952
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,941

The Irish-American story, with all its twists and triumphs, is told through the improbable life of one man. A dashing young orator during the Great Famine of the 1840s, in which a million of his Irish countrymen died, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony. He escaped and six months later was heralded in the streets of New York - the revolutionary hero, back from the dead, at the dawn of the great Irish immigration to America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What A Life!

  • By Carrie Arnold on 03-29-16

A 14-hour Diatribe

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

First, I'm a quarter Irish - but I didn't buy this book for that reason or any reason related to that. I bought this book because based on the title and description it sounded interesting. Well, it's not interesting - and more importantly - it's not history, it's just a 14-hour diatribe about how the Irish were/are repressed. That's it, it's just a dull, boring, completely biased and boring, really boring rant by the author who tries to wrap his boring rant in a story.

Again, the description and subject matter sound interesting, but there's nothing of value to be learned here. Everything is pro-Irish and an attack on anyone and anything the author deems to be anti-Irish. It's a slog to get through, incredibly boring to just listen to someone rant and retell the fake news of his day as if it was true. There is absolutely ZERO objectivity at all and 90% of the material presented is just the authors opinion.

The positive reviews of this book are either extreme Irish nationalists or people who have never read a real history book in their life and think this garbage presented here is real.

The reader meanwhile does a good job, no issue there, I just pity the guy for being forced to read this garbage.

Skip this book at all cost. For me, I returned it, and I almost never do that. I have over 800 books I bought from Audible and probably have returned like 3 - this is number 4.

  • Black Thursday

  • The Story of the Schweinfurt Raid
  • By: Martin Caidin
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

On Thursday, October 14, 1943, 291 B-17 Flying Fortresses set out for a strategic bombing raid on the factories in Schweinfurt. Sixty of those planes never returned and 650 men were lost during the course of that mission. It was the greatest failure that the United States Air Force had ever suffered and became known as "Black Thursday". Martin Caidin's Black Thursday: The Story of the Schweinfurt Raid is a brilliant account of that day that should never be forgotten. This audiobook uncovers in thrilling detail the build-up to that fateful raid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Look at Bomb Groups of the 8th

  • By Nicholas Robinson on 09-19-18

Style

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

On the one hand books written back in the 50s and 60s are excellent in that they tell the story of what happened without the PC garbage we get today, there are no artificial race and gender quotas to hit, which is fantastic. On the other hand history books written in this era often are just kind of boring and filled and with tons of cliches - and this book fits both of those descriptions. I love history books, but this one, ugh, it's tough to get through mainly because of the writing style. It's not a text book style of book, so in that regard it's good, but it's so filled with cliches it seemingly pads out the book length by at least twice. Also I hate history books that make up dialog to tell the story - and this book does just that.

The content is interesting and a few times the story really comes together and moves well, but then it's back to cliche after cliche after cliche to paint, then repaint, then repaint the scene again and it comes to a halt.

I can not recommend this book at all - it's not terrible, I just wouldn't recommend it. The glowing reviews I don't get - it's either people that love cliches or only know history books from what they make you read in school, and this is certainly a step up from those.

Also the reader here is very very slow. If you speed it up to 1.25x it sounds normal - but this is one of the rare books where you can go to 1.5x speed and have it sound almost normal - that's how slowly the reader speaks. Not a huge issue since you can speed it up, and don't even bother listening at 1x speed - try it at 1.25x speed and give it at least 5 mins, if you do so you'll know exactly what I mean.

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  • Speer

  • Hitler's Architect
  • By: Martin Kitchen
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

In his best-selling autobiography, Albert Speer, Minister of Armaments and chief architect of Nazi Germany, repeatedly insisted he knew nothing of the genocidal crimes of Hitler's Third Reich. In this revealing new biography, author Martin Kitchen disputes Speer's lifelong assertions of ignorance and innocence, portraying a far darker figure who was deeply implicated in the appalling crimes committed by the regime he served so well. Kitchen reconstructs Speer's life with what we now know, including information from valuable new sources that have come to light only in recent years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • End of book missing

  • By Douglas A. Brown on 05-02-18

Interesting, but extremely biased

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

Ideally when you write a history book you do so without opinion and let the story speak for itself. However the author in this case sets out with an agenda, to destroy the legacy that Speer built in the post war years, which is a shame since had he just told the story without injecting his opinion I think this book would be a lot more useful. Instead it comes off as a 19 hour rant a lot of the time and brings the story to a halt. However there isn't anything else in depth about Speer on Audible, so this will have to do. From that perspective you do learn quite a bit and the story is often interesting when the author isn't ranting. While you learn a lot about Speer the author also leaves out a ton, it's like he's writing a counter history to some other unknown book, and without that other half the book is incomplete. So this is worth checking out so long as you realize you're reading about 50% propaganda (or as I'm sure the author would say it's counter propaganda). Also the authors version of the economy under the National Socialists is pretty laughable, I've read hundreds of books on WW2 and have a pretty good grip on how things run, and his version of events is again very much the propaganda of a modern socalist. The author also feels the need to constantly give his opinion on architecture, which is pure opinion, but presented as facts.

So to sum it up most of the above is negative, and that's the opinion I was eventually left with, but it was still interesting in spots and I still learned quite a bit, even if it's incomplete.

The reader does an OK job, he has kind of an annoying and pompous voice, but listening at 1.25x speed makes things a lot more bearable.

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  • Happy Endings

  • The Tales of a Meaty-Breasted Zilch
  • By: Jim Norton
  • Narrated by: Jim Norton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 284

Comedian Jim Norton is dirty...really dirty...the kind of dirty that makes The Aristocrats look like a knock-knock joke. Fortunately for him, his kind of dirty humor has earned him the distinction of being third microphone on the immensely popular Opie & Anthony syndicated radio show. In Happy Endings, Jim brings his raw, hilarious, and offensively honest comedy to Audible® listeners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jim Uncensored

  • By christina onorio on 07-17-07

Still great

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

I bought this book when it first came out and enjoyed, however I hadn't read it since then so I picked it up as an audiobook and it's great, a really fun read. I was worried that it would be the same stories I've heard and while that is true to some extent, it's not nearly as repetitive as I was thinking it would be. If you like Norton, or you're an old O&A fan, you can't go here, you get over 5 hours of entertainment from Jimmy.

  • Killing the SS

  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard - contributor
  • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,131

As the true horrors of the Third Reich began to be exposed immediately after World War II, the Nazi war criminals who committed genocide went on the run. A few were soon caught, including the notorious SS leader Heinrich Himmler. Others, however, evaded capture through a sophisticated Nazi organization designed to hide them. Among them were Josef Mengele, the “Angel of Death” who performed hideous medical experiments at Auschwitz; Martin Bormann, Hitler’s brutal personal secretary; Klaus Barbie, the cruel "Butcher of Lyon"; and perhaps the most awful Nazi of all: Adolf Eichmann.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Killing book by O'Reilly & Dugard

  • By G. Kinzer on 10-11-18

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

While I knew some of the stories in here, I didn't know them all in any detail, and this was a good way to read those stories that do provide some detail but on events that might not be worthy of an entire book. This book is clearly meant for mass market consumption, meaning it's very easy to read (listen to) and moves at a quick pace, but doesn't cover anything in any deep depth that might lose the causal reader.

O'Reilly does a good job in his reading of the book, it sounds just like O'Reilly reading a book to you. Also while I generally listen to books at 1.25x speed, I found that a bit too quick in this case, so that 7 hours 24 mins is a legit time, you won't need to speed it up to keep it moving.

  • The Hitler I Knew

  • Memoirs of the Third Reich's Press Chief
  • By: Otto Dietrich
  • Narrated by: Eric Brooks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

When Otto Dietrich was invited in 1933 to become Adolf Hitler's press chief, he accepted with the simple uncritical conviction that Adolf Hitler was a great man, dedicated to promoting peace and welfare for the German people. At the end of the war, imprisoned and disillusioned, Otto Dietrich sat down to write what he had seen and heard in 12 years of the closest association with Hitler, requesting that it be published after his death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A hard review to write

  • By Alan on 04-26-14

Dull

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

This book starts out very slow, going over events you almost certainly already know if you've read any WW2 history at all. Finally after more than half of the book is over it finally starts to get a bit interesting as Dietrich begins telling stories about his interactions with Hitler, that's really the only part of the book that has any value. Also Dietrich clearly was infatuated by Hitler, and while he plays lip service to Hitler turning bad, I don't think for a moment he actually believes it.

The book isn't a total waste because of the few hours of stories and interactions that were new to me, but the rest of the book is a waste.

The narration was pretty awful. I ended up listening at 1.5x speed which make it tolerable - and for every other reader that would be too fast, but for this guy, it wasn't. Really poor job but not the worst I've heard, and keep in mind that speed playback button, it can make terrible readers like this tolerable.

  • Hitler

  • The Memoir of a Nazi Insider Who Turned Against the Fuhrer
  • By: Ernst Hanfstaengl
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

An intimate friend of Adolf Hitler’s who turned against him during the Nazi rise to power delves into the character of one of history’s most evil dictators. Of American and German parentage, Ernst Hanfstaengl graduated from Harvard and ran the family business in New York for a dozen years before returning to Germany in 1921. By chance he heard a then little-known Adolf Hitler speaking in a Munich beer hall and, mesmerized by his extraordinary oratorical power, was convinced the man would some day come to power. As Hitler’s fanatical theories and ideas hardened, however, he surrounded himself with rabid extremists...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Once a Nazi, always a Nazi

  • By Alan on 04-10-13

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

This is a really interesting book that gives detail into Hitler from a different angle than what you usually get. Unlike other dopes who seem to think this is pro-Hitler, it's not and you have to be a real dullard who has never read history to think it is. However it's also not anti-Hitler read either, it's just the story of what he experienced and in that regard it's a useful piece of history. Hanfstaengl comes off like a trule upper class snob and you can tell his fellow NAZIs really never liked him since he was such a prompus suck up, but again, that is part of what makes the book interesting. Also the joke his fellow NAZIs play on him is pretty hilarious.

Overall I give this 5/5, it's a really interesting read involving lots of unlikeable people all vowing for Hitler's attention and approval, all told from a totally new point of view. The book is never boring and even if you've read hundreds of WW2 books, like myself, you're still going to learn something new.

Narration was fine. I always list at 1.25x or faster, and at that speed the narration was quite good.

  • Addicted to Outrage

  • By: Glenn Beck
  • Narrated by: Glenn Beck
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619

In Addicted to Outrage, New York Times best-selling author Glenn Beck addresses how America has become more and more divided - both politically and socially. Americans are now less accepting, less forgiving, and have lost faith in many of the country's signature ideals. They are quick to point a judgmental finger at the opposing party, are unwilling to doubt their own ideologies, and refuse to have any self-awareness whatsoever. Beck states that this current downward spiral will ultimately lead to the destruction of everything America has fought so hard to preserve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audible book ever!

  • By Cheryl on 09-21-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 09-29-18

This is Glenn's first book in years that I really enjoyed and would say is 5-stars. He addresses our biggest issue right now, and that is the fake outrage that sweeps through everything we do. Manufactured, meant to divide, meant to drive people into smaller and smaller subgroups so they need the protection of big government, it's a far left anti-western campaign to bring down our culture. Glenn deals with this in a very fair way, in fact I'd often say way too fair to the point of almost being passive in allowing lestist narratives to survive despite them having no grounds in reality. However I say ALMOST too far since the book isn't about surrendering or giving in, it's more about how to make points and how to get Democrats (not the far left nujobs, but your normal Dems) to realize what is happening. I'm not as sure as Glenn that these people exist in large numbers and will rebel and take their party back, but we shall see.

Anyways this book would be an excellent read for anyone that is trying to live and/or work with people on the left and want to know how to reach out to them in a way that they'll accept. This is not a red meat conservative book, it's as balanced as it can be for someone who is conservative, and it doesn't violate that belief system. Also it's an entertaining book, it's not boring or dry and doesn't lecture, it's Glenn doing what he does best, and that is telling stories.

Glenn also narrates the book and does a fantastic job, as you'd expect from someone that has done radio his entire life. This is not a straight boring read, it's done with emotion and humor, which is a very good thing. Also Glenn goes off script here and there, which is refreshing.

Overall this is a 5-star book and should be a must read for people that want to understand what is happening and how to read out to Democrats who haven't gone full alt-left yet. It should be must reading for anyone that considers themselves in the middle as well as Democrats who want to understand why there is such a rebellion against the SJW culture.

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