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  • Inside Studio 54

  • By: Mark Fleischman, Denise Chatman, Mimi Fleischman
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

In the early 80s, Mark Fleischman reopened Studio 54, the world's most glamorous and notorious nightclub, after it was closed down by the State of New York. Ten thousand people showed up that night, ready to restart the party that abruptly ended after the raid in 1978 landed its former owners in jail. Inside Studio 54 invites you to revisit the happening scenes of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, the post-Pill, pre-AIDS era of free love, consequence-free sex, and seemingly endless partying. Following Fleischman as he built connections that lead him to Studio 54.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful

  • By Greb on 04-19-19

Awful

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

Reviewed: 04-19-19

Stupid stories from an old man recounting the “good old times” and living in the past.

  • NeuroTribes

  • The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
  • By: Steve Silberman
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,377

What is autism: a lifelong disability or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is both of these things and more - and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. Wired reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Contrast to "In a Different Key"

  • By Gadget on 06-01-16

Infuriating

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

Reviewed: 04-12-19

I love this book. From the start, it delves into current Autism cases and then it delves into the history of Autism research and diagnosis.

The most infuriating part has to do with Leo Kanner aka "The Father of Child Psychiatry." Kanner was a snake oil salesman. A man with no discernable talents who peddled theories that impacted the research and diagnosis of Autism for four decades, by blaming the parents, more directly the mothers for being too driven to succeed in education and careers outside homemaking.

Leo Kanner is a fraud who took credit for others' research especially from colleagues of Hans Asperger whom he recruited here in the USA after fleeing Nazi Germany.



  • Killer Clown

  • The John Wayne Gacy Murders
  • By: Terry Sullivan, Peter T. Maiken
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771

He was a model citizen. A hospital volunteer. And one of the most sadistic serial killers of all time. But few people could see the cruel monster beneath the colorful clown makeup that John Gacy wore to entertain children in his Chicago suburb. Few could imagine what lay buried beneath his house of horrors - until a teenage boy disappeared before Christmas in 1978, leading prosecutor Terry Sullivan on the greatest manhunt of his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SCARRIEST BOOK I HAVE EVER LISTENED TO!

  • By Steve Horwitz on 12-21-17

Disturbing and scary

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

Reviewed: 04-11-19

The book is A+; it goes into a lot of details of the criminal case against JWG. At times the story becomes repetitive; it has to be. Otherwise, it would seem that parts of the story were being left out.

  • Game Over

  • Jerry Sandusky, Penn State, and the Culture of Silence
  • By: Bill Moushey, Robert Dvorchak
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

It's a scandal that began in a place called Happy Valley. But it's not as happy as it once was, as the child-sex-abuse charges against a longtime coach and the conspiracy of silence surrounding the allegations have rocked America and Division 1 college sports. In Game Over, journalists Bill Moushey and Bob Dvorchak investigate claims of a startling cover-up within the Penn State hierarchy that attempted to protect its football legacy, quite possibly at the expense of disenfranchised children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking

  • By Claire on 04-24-12

Great book, a must-read.

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

Reviewed: 04-11-19

Great book written, performed, and non-biased. The detailed sexual abuse done to children is hair-raising, and the cover-up of these monstrous act is infuriating.

  • Commander in Cheat

  • How Golf Explains Trump
  • By: Rick Reilly
  • Narrated by: Rick Reilly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump is an on-the-ground and behind-the-scenes look at Trump's ethics deficit on and off the course. Reilly will transport listeners onto the golf course with President Trump, revealing the absurd ways in which he lies about his feats and what they can tell us about the way he leads off the course in the most important job in the world.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like catnip for actual golfers

  • By David on 04-13-19

Good book on a disgusting subject

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

This book will make you want to bathe in bleach followed by a Purell lather.

Politics aside Donald Trump is an animal that belongs in a pigsty. No money or wealth will ever buy him class, only access to rich folks who seem him for the joke he is.

His entire brood is classless, mediocre, and profiting from the Presidency.

Disgusting.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Ladies Who Punch

  • The Explosive Inside Story of "The View"
  • By: Ramin Setoodeh
  • Narrated by: Ramin Setoodeh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

When Barbara Walters launched The View, network executives told her that hosting it would tarnish her reputation. Instead, within 10 years, she’d revolutionized morning TV and made household names of her cohosts: Joy Behar, Star Jones, Meredith Vieira, and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. But the daily chat fest didn’t just comment on the news. It became the news. And the headlines barely scratched the surface. Based on unprecedented access, award-winning journalist Ramin Setoodeh takes you backstage where the stars really spoke their minds.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please never let this author narrate again! Ever!

  • By Sean McCormack on 04-05-19

Fluffy gossip but...

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

The performance is riddled with poor pronunciation and careless errors that amount enough to affect the content negatively.

Example: the narrator quips about Bush 43 mispronouncing the word ”nuclear” as ”nucular” and the narrator at all times pronounces the word nucular as well.

The breaking point for me is when the narrator, speaking about Julie Chen states that she left her show ”The Talk” in Sept. 2008 instead of 2018. THAT’S A 10 YEARS GAP.

Don't wate my time and $$.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Dreyer's English

  • An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style
  • By: Benjamin Dreyer
  • Narrated by: Benjamin Dreyer, Alison Fraser
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54

As Random House’s copy chief, Benjamin Dreyer has upheld the standards of the legendary publisher for more than two decades. He is beloved by authors and editors alike - not to mention his followers on social media - for deconstructing the English language with playful erudition. Now, he distills everything he has learned from the myriad books he has copyedited and overseen into a useful guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best prose foot forward. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, Informative, and Well Performed

  • By Anonymous User on 01-30-19

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 03-27-19

I love proper grammar, and I fancy myself not an expert, but well-informed in the subject. This book is an excellent way to geek-out in the skills that fade away more each day with text messages, and social media.

I am that judgmental person who derides and rolls my eyes at the daily barrage of typos, weak sentence structure, and improper punctuation that I encounter.

And I despise the Oxford Comma.


  • Beautiful Boy

  • A Father's Journey through His Son's Meth Addiction
  • By: David Sheff
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,438

David Sheff's story is a first: a teenager's addiction from the parent's point of view, a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope.

Before meth, Sheff's son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. With haunting candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs, the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict's fate, the rest of the family must care for one another, too, lest they become addicted to addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Been There

  • By S. Scarborough on 11-26-12

Tedious and sad

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

Reviewed: 03-27-19

A parent's love for his child is proven to be unconditional in this memoir. From a reader's perspective, the codependent relationships are tedious, but from a son's perfective, I know my parents would have endured this and more in order to save me.

  • The Music of What Happens

  • By: Bill Konigsberg
  • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin, Anthony Ray Perez
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

This is a story about two teens falling in love over a summer that throws everything possible to keep them apart. Max: Chill. Sports. Gay and not a big deal. And a secret: An encounter with an older kid that makes it hard to breathe, one that he doesn't want to think about, ever. Jordan: The opposite of chill. Poetry. His "wives" and the Chandler Mall. Never been kissed and searching for Mr. Right, who probably won't like him anyway. And a secret: A spiraling out of control mother, and the knowledge that he's the only one who can keep the family from falling apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By L. Cothren on 03-14-19

Skip!

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

Who edited this book? He said, I said, she said over and over in the dialog. I won't suffer this subpar writing anymore.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Something Like Hail

  • Something Like, Volume 8
  • By: Jay Bell
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Noah Westwood is tired of life on the streets, so he turns to Marcello Maltese, a man who owns a small media empire...and a few covert businesses, such as an escort service. Noah volunteers for this, but he's playing a dangerous game. A secret from his past could turn his new friends into enemies, and he isn't sure he can perform the duties he signed up for, especially when he's more interested in falling in love than hopping into the beds of his clients. This is complicated further when his hunky coworker, Harold Franklin, seems to be interested. Or is he? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Keaton Khristopher Wade on 01-01-19

Skip

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

Great start but a disappointing ending. Definitely wishing I could recover time spent.

I'm a fan of the series, but not this volume.