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Brett Barker

Gilbert, AZ USA
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  • The House of Broken Angels

  • By: Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Narrated by: Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564

In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz, affectionately called Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly 100, dies herself, leading to a farewell doubleheader in a single weekend. Among the guests is Big Angel's half-brother, known as Little Angel, who must reckon with the truth that although he shares a father with his siblings, he has not, as a half gringo, shared a life. Across two bittersweet days in their San Diego neighborhood, the revelers mingle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not death, and Not borders

  • By Clodhopper on 05-01-18

Wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

I struggled a little during the first hour, as I tried to follow the characters, but once I was drawn in, the story grabbed hold and wouldn't let go. It's a truly life affirming tale that moves you through a wide emotional range. The others narration is perfect - it added so much to the story.

  • The One Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Andrew Gross
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,434

It's 1944. Physics professor Alfred Mendel and his family are trying to flee Paris when they are caught and forced onto a train along with thousands of other Jewish families. At the other end of the long, torturous train ride, Alfred is separated from his family and sent to the men's camp, where all of his belongings are tossed on a roaring fire. His books, his papers, his life's work. The Nazis have no idea what they have just destroyed. And without that physical record, Alfred is one of only two people in the world with his particular knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You gotta have a STRONG stomach.

  • By Richard Delman on 09-22-16

Great story, with one flaw

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

I was very much drawn into this story. The writing was good, and I found the characters believable. The only thing I struggled with was that at a couple of points, I felt like the author was piling on too many plot elements designed solely to build tension and suspense. I won't provide any spoilers, but I found myself thinking, "Oh, come on! Really?" at a couple of points. Other than that, I enjoyed the book.

  • Alexander Hamilton

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 35 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,014
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,147
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,082

Historians have long told the story of America’s birth as the triumph of Jefferson’s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Outstanding & Riveting Book!

  • By Kevin on 03-04-05

Impressive work

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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: 04-09-17

I must confess, I was woefully ignorant about Hamilton's life. This book was a fascinating portrait of the period and the man. Though I had been worried about the length, it was never an issue. I had previously read Chernow's book about Washington, and enjoyed how this one presented a different point of view of many of the same incidents. A great read.

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,120

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Great story

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

Reviewed: 01-03-17

I picked up this audiobook on a whim. I had no idea what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised. It's a very interesting little story, and well narrated.

  • Tranny

  • Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout
  • By: Laura Jane Grace, Dan Ozzi
  • Narrated by: Laura Jane Grace
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 774

A searing account of her search for identity and true self, Tranny reveals the struggles and victories that Laura Jane Grace, the lead singer of the cult punk rock band Against Me!, experienced in her quest for gender transition. Illuminated by Laura Jane's never-before-published journal entries reaching back to childhood, Tranny is an intensely personal and revelatory look inside her struggles with identity and addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful story and performance.

  • By Cody on 02-11-17

A real triumph

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

Reviewed: 11-21-16

I have long been a fan of Against Me! but was relatively unfamiliar with Laura's journey. This book was not only a window into Laura's tortured soul, but my first real understanding of the complex nature of gender dysphoria. Although the book is often heartbreaking, in the end, I felt uplifted and filled with a new compassion. I also bought the print edition of the book, but wanted to hear it read by Laura. I'm not sorry that I did.

  • The Emerald Mile

  • The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History through the Heart of the Grand Canyon
  • By: Kevin Fedarko
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,358

From one of Outside magazine's "Literary All-Stars" comes the thrilling true tale of the fastest boat ride ever, down the entire length of the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, during the legendary flood of 1983. In the spring of 1983, massive flooding along the length of the Colorado River confronted a team of engineers at the Glen Canyon Dam with an unprecedented emergency that may have resulted in the most catastrophic dam failure in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome story and history of the Grand Canyon!

  • By Mike on 04-11-15

Great Story

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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: 10-27-16

I've lived in Arizona my whole life and visited the Canyon several times, but knew nothing about this. I really enjoyed the deep background and history of the people, the geography, and the politics. The author breathes life into what has the potential to be a technical and dry topic.

  • Miles

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Miles Davis
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719

Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles Davis was one of the most important and influential musicians in the world. Here, Miles speaks out about his extraordinary life. Miles: The Autobiography, like Miles himself, holds nothing back. For the first time Miles talks about his five-year silence. He speaks frankly and openly about his drug problem and how he overcame it. He condemns the racism he encountered in the music business and in American society generally. And he discusses the women in his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A man untroubled by his own contradictions

  • By Barry on 12-07-12

Interesting view into the Jazz world

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

I really loved the early stories from the late 40s period since it involved so many jazz legends. I also enjoyed the descriptions of the recording sessions throughout his career. I wasn't as interested in the numerous stories of women and drugs, but that's not really a knock on the book - I just had little personal interest in that part of the story.

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  • Born Standing Up

  • A Comic's Life
  • By: Steve Martin
  • Narrated by: Steve Martin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,685

In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Andrew on 11-30-07

Entertaining walk down memory lane.

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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: 09-26-16

I watched this story while it was happening. It was fun to relive it, but with the benefit of the behind the scenes story. I love Steve Martin, and really enjoyed the book.

  • American Pain

  • How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America's Deadliest Drug Epidemic
  • By: John Temple
  • Narrated by: Charlie Thurston
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995

American Pain chronicles the rise and fall of this game-changing pill mill and how it helped tip the nation into its current opioid crisis. The narrative, which swings back and forth between Florida and Kentucky, is populated by a diverse cast of characters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tragically fascinating

  • By Tiphanie on 03-09-16

I had no idea this happened.

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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: 09-24-16

I must have lived in a cave during this time period, because this was a topic I knew nothing about. What a fascinating story. The author does a great job presenting the information. It reads like a novel - I was so engrossed in the story I had trouble putting it down. I thought the narrator did a great job with the voices.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Finding Ultra

  • Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself
  • By: Rich Roll
  • Narrated by: Rich Roll
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,801

An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Two Different Books

  • By Roger on 02-11-14

Amazing story!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

What a great read! Mr. Roll has a good style that kept me engaged throughout. I found myself getting swept up in the events, and getting nervous, even though I knew how they turned out! A great success story.