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St. Louis Park, MN United States
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  • Heavy Duty

  • Days and Nights in Judas Priest
  • By: K.K. Downing, Mark Eglinton
  • Narrated by: Maxwell Caulfield
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

As Judas Priest approaches its golden anniversary, fans will at last be able to delve backstage into the decades of shocking, hilarious, and haunting stories that surround the heavy metal institution. In Heavy Duty, guitarist K.K. Downing discusses the complex personality conflicts, the business screw-ups, the acrimonious relationship with fellow heavy metal band Iron Maiden, as well as how Judas Priest found itself at the epicenter of a storm of parental outrage that targeted heavy metal in the '80s. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Edward Koban on 10-18-18

CONGRATS KK Good story, Good narration

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

Definitely better than Steve lukather book, biography. Some biographies tend to go ut of order and skip around when it comes to a chronological storyline. This book is great. It stays with the storyline without jumping around too much. A very easy read. Congrats to KK Downing for writing a book that most people can appreciate. Ranks up there with Paul Stanley's book Face the Music.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Homicide by the Rich and Famous

  • By: Gini Graham Scott
  • Narrated by: Tracy Tupman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Gini Graham Scott reexamines some of the most high-profile cases of the century, those involving America's most prominent public figures, including: Texas oil tycoon T. Cullen Davis, Kennedy kin Michael Skakel, the Menendez brothers of Beverly Hills, blonde Miami bombshell Candy Mossler, and more. As seductive as the accused killers themselves, this book will shock, engage, and enrage true crime fans.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator couldve been better.

  • By R. Dack on 07-26-18

Narrator couldve been better.

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

The readers halting vocal style was distracting. Surprised author can go into the Lindbergh kidnapping case, the murder of Mary phagan, lawrencia bembenek, Gary Gilmore another more famous cases. He Blended little known cases with well-known ones

  • Revenge of the Nerd

  • By: Curtis Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Curtis Armstrong
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

A legendary comedic second banana to a litany of major stars, Curtis is forever cemented in the public imagination as Booger from Revenge of the Nerds. A classically trained actor, Curtis began his incredible 40-year career onstage but progressed rapidly to film and television. He was typecast early, and it proved to be the best thing that could have happened. But there's more to Curtis' story than that.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Dennie on 07-16-17

Booger, pro-abortion yet adores his daughter

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Struggled with his leftist ideology in story. Met 2nd wife at Abortion rally. Funny book but over-shadowed by hypocrisy. Proud of drug use on Rev of Nerds shoot and other ventures. Took swipe a Director who was pro-Reagan on "Better off Dead"

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Another Nice Mess

  • The Laurel & Hardy Story
  • By: Raymond Valinoti
  • Narrated by: Jack de Golia
  • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Arguably the greatest comedy duo in show business history, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy delighted filmgoers and theatregoers for over 30 years. The public not only found Laurel's serene simpleton and Hardy's pompous buffoon hilarious, but they also thought of them as friends. Laurel and Hardy may have been nitwits, but they were loveable nitwits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two Hours + of Biography

  • By Jim on 05-13-15

This book is better than I expected.

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

This book is better than I expected. It is only 3 hours but it is full of information. I waited a long time to read a book about Laurel and Hardy.

  • Runnin' with the Devil

  • A Backstage Pass to the Wild Times, Loud Rock, and the Down and Dirty Truth Behind the Making of Van Halen
  • By: Noel Monk, Joe Layden
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815

Van Halen's rise in the 1980s was one of the most thrilling the music world had ever seen - their mythos an epic party, a sweaty, sexy, never-ending rock extravaganza. During this unparalleled run of success, debauchery, and drama, no one was closer to the band than Noel Monk. Throughout Van Halen's meteoric rise and abrupt halt, this confidant, fixer, friend, and promoter saw it all and lived to tell. Now, for the first time, he shares the most outrageous escapades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Read!

  • By Scootrbee on 07-11-17

Great reader. Great book about VH's Roth years.

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

Reviewed: 06-30-17

Sex, drugs addiction, ego's, immaturity, power grabs, rock and roll from their managers perspective. Was in a rock band from 86-94. it was a pain in the butt except for being onstage. Endless hours of getting on each others nerves. Work a real job.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Paul Lynde: A Biography

  • His Life, His Love(s) and His Laughter
  • By: Cathy Rudolph
  • Narrated by: Susan Scher
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

This book will let you into the heart and soul of Paul Lynde. Best remembered for outrageous jokes on Hollywood Squares, as Uncle Arthur from Bewitched, and as the frantic father in Bye Bye Birdie, Paul was never satisfied with his career - or his personal life. But even as he suffered through some of the cruelest of times, Paul continued to make us forget our troubles and was forever gracious to his fans. This is the book those fans have been waiting for.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The recording/editing was pretty choppy and weird

  • By Jeremy on 01-30-17

Okay Bio, needs facts checking

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

Reviewed: 01-19-17

Paul was not in Nutty Professor but in Son of Flubber sequel to Abs Minded Professor. Montgomery died in 1995 not 1955.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fawlty Towers, Volume 1

  • Basil the Rat
  • By: John Cleese, Connie Booth
  • Narrated by: John Cleese, Prunella Scales, Andrew Sachs, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Four classic BBC TV episodes featuring a newly-added interview with John Cleese.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Greatest !

  • By Donald on 01-24-05

Buy this book. Original recording from BBC

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

classic television British sitcom. one of the best they've ever produced. this audiobook is partly narrated by Andrew Sachs who played Manuel

  • 18 and Life on Skid Row

  • By: Sebastian Bach
  • Narrated by: Sebastian Bach
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631

18 and Life on Skid Row tells the story of a boy who spent his childhood moving from Freeport, Bahamas, to California and finally to Canada and who, at the age of eight, discovered the gift that would change his life. Throughout his career, Sebastian Bach has sold over 20 million records both as the lead singer of Skid Row and as a solo artist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything I hoped it would be!

  • By Joshua on 12-13-16

Tries too hard to come off as partying Rocker.

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

Reviewed: 12-23-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Tries too hard to come off as partying Rocker. Comes off as a bit too self important. He seems to entertain himself in his narration. It got old quickly. He drank to excess and didnt seem to have a clue about how to grow up and handle music as a business.

Would you recommend 18 and Life on Skid Row to your friends? Why or why not?

If you like smug this is it.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sebastian Bach?

Bach was okay - it came off as kind of a joke that only Bach knew the punchline.

What else would you have wanted to know about Sebastian Bach’s life?

Nothing

Any additional comments?

Pass on this.

  • Dirty Rocker Boys

  • By: Bobbie Brown
  • Narrated by: Bobbie Brown
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743

Who could forget the sexy "Cherry Pie" girl from hair metal band Warrant's infamous music video? Bobbie Brown became a bona fide vixen for her playful role as the object of lead singer Jani Lane's desires. With her windblown peroxide mane, seductive scarlet lips, and flirtatious curves, she epitomized every man's fantasy. But the wide-eyed Louisiana beauty queen's own dreams of making it big in Los Angeles were about to be derailed by her rock-and-roll lifestyle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasant surprise

  • By Gitanilla on 03-03-15

Probably ghost-written.

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

Its difficult to believe that Bobbie Brown actually wrote this book. When the author narrating the book cannot pronounce words correctly like Chutzpah or Mores its obvious.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The War for Late Night

  • When Leno Went Early and Television Went Crazy
  • By: Bill Carter
  • Narrated by: Sean Kenin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464

When NBC decided to move Jay Leno into prime time to make room for Conan O'Brien to host the Tonight show - a job he had been promised five years earlier - skeptics anticipated a train wreck for the ages. It took, in fact, only a few months for the dire predictions to come true. Leno's show, panned by critics, dragged down the ratings - and the profits - of NBC's affiliates, while ratings for Conan's new Tonight show plummeted to the lowest levels in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Roy on 11-24-10

who would want these jobs?

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

Reviewed: 08-31-16

A little long. Would like 3 chapters on the Leno-Letterman feud as filler at the beginning instead of occasional referrals.