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Michael Dillon

Milwaukee, WI United States
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  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,518
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,014
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,982

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story.

  • By Tim on 12-21-16

He needs an editor

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

What did you like best about Born to Run? What did you like least?

He has a great story to tell but he tells it poorly. His voice, great for his music, becomes grating.

Any additional comments?

I'm not a huge fan of his music but I respect and admire him immensely. The story is fantastic but very poorly told. He tries too hard to make it seem literary. It would have been so much better if he'd told it simply. For instance, referring to businessmen as "polyester laden" is just a poor choice of words. He really needed a good editor. I was constantly saying, "Oh come on Bruce."

  • The Rainbow Comes and Goes: by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt | Includes Analysis

  • By: Instaread
  • Narrated by: Sam Scholl
  • Length: 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 4

The Rainbow Comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt is the result of a year of email exchanges between a son and his mother. They explore themes of life, love, and loss. When Vanderbilt was nearing her 91st birthday, she was hospitalized with a respiratory infection. This led Cooper to consider her mortality and to wonder if he and his mother knew one another as well as they could.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Waste of an Audible credit

  • By Michael Dillon on 03-15-17

Waste of an Audible credit

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Listen to the book. I have no idea who thought this scam up. There's nothing worth listening to.

  • The Wars of the Roses

  • The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors
  • By: Dan Jones
  • Narrated by: John Curless
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367

The 15th century saw the longest and bloodiest series of civil wars in British history. The crown of England changed hands five times as two branches of the Plantagenet dynasty fought to the death for the right to rule. Now, celebrated historian Dan Jones describes how the longest reigning British royal family tore itself apart until it was finally replaced by the Tudors. Some of the greatest heroes and villains in history were thrown together in these turbulent times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous story; but need a scorecard.

  • By R. on 06-01-15

If you like reading textbooks

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

Reviewed: 02-18-17

Any additional comments?

While I admire Mr Jones and found this book well written and interesting enough, this is, as history tends to be, a litany of same or similarly named and titled people (mostly men, of course) doing horrible things to each other. Well read, though.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Excellent Women

  • By: Barbara Pym
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,003

Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman's daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in 1950s England. She is one of those excellent women - the smart, supportive, repressed women whom men take for granted. As Mildred gets embroiled in the lives of her new neighbors - anthropologist Helena Napier; Helen's handsome, dashing husband, Rocky; and Julian Malory, the vicar next door - the novel presents a series of snapshots of human life as actually, and pluckily, lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At long last...Barbara Pym!

  • By Holly on 05-07-16

As much a pleasure as reading the book

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

Reviewed: 09-20-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Excellent Women to be better than the print version?

Reading is always a pleasure but I have read it at least 4 times. Listening (twice) was glorious as well.

What does Jayne Entwistle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She does voices quite nicely. Perhaps not how I'd imagined but nice enough.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"The Dominion of the Birds, I very much fear it's come to that!"

Any additional comments?

I wish all her books were available to be listened to.

  • The Andy Cohen Diaries

  • A Deep Look at a Shallow Year
  • By: Andy Cohen
  • Narrated by: Andy Cohen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,382

In this dishy, detailed diary of one year in his life, Andy goes out on the town, drops names, hosts a ton of shows, becomes codependent with Real Housewives, makes trouble, calls his mom, drops some more names, and, while searching for love, finds it with a dog. We learn everything from which celebrity peed in her WWHL dressing room to which Housewives are causing trouble and how. Nothing is off limits - including dating.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to like this... But I just can't

  • By cyndi on 12-10-15

Likeable guy, passable book

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

Reviewed: 03-18-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If you like Hollywoodish gossip it's good. It's more interesting than his TV show.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

He's altogether too sweet about everyone.

Do you think The Andy Cohen Diaries needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

His life is interesting enough, sure.

  • I'm with the Band

  • Confessions of a Groupie
  • By: Pamela Des Barres, Dave Navarro
  • Narrated by: Pamela Des Barres
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 268

As soon as she graduated from high school, Pamela Des Barres headed for the Sunset Strip, where she knocked on rock stars' backstage doors and immersed herself in the drugs, danger, and ecstasy of the freewheeling 1960s. Over the next 10 years she had affairs with Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, Waylon Jennings, Chris Hillman, Noel Redding, and Jim Morrison, among others. She traveled with Led Zeppelin; lived in sin with Don Johnson; turned down a date with Elvis Presley; and was close friends with Robert Plant, Gram Parsons, Ray Davies, and Frank Zappa.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Un-listenable....

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-12

High school diary

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

Reviewed: 03-18-16

What disappointed you about I'm with the Band?

Childish writing and silly narrating. There is almost nothing in the least bit sensational for the best known groupie of all time. Her use of childish slang for body parts is totally annoying.

What could Pamela Des Barres and Dave Navarro have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Dave Navarro has almost nothing to do with this book. Not that I cared.

What character would you cut from I'm with the Band?

Pamela Des Barres

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Coloring Book

  • A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America
  • By: Colin Quinn
  • Narrated by: Colin Quinn
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676

Colin Quinn has noticed a trend during his decades on the road - that Americans' increasing political correctness and sensitivity have forced us to tiptoe around the subjects of race and ethnicity altogether. Colin wants to know: What are we all so afraid of? Every ethnic group has differences, everyone brings something different to the table, and this diversity should be celebrated, not denied. So why has acknowledging these cultural differences become so taboo?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart,Funny,Provocative

  • By gary gulman on 06-18-15

Hours of being yelled at

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

Reviewed: 06-19-15

Any additional comments?

While I may or may not agree with what he is saying, the relentless yelling is too hard to tolerate for more then 4 minutes at a time. It was just awful.

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Yes Please

  • By: Amy Poehler
  • Narrated by: Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,866
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,784

Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good enough to speed through, not enough to rave

  • By JD on 12-02-14

I love Amy Poehler

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

Reviewed: 04-24-15

What did you like best about Yes Please? What did you like least?

She's a wonderful person and it starts out with a bang. There are good parts but in the end it just felt like someone told her to write a book. NOW before this memoir craze cools!!!

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Between You and Me

  • Confessions of Comma Queen
  • By: Mary Norris
  • Narrated by: Mary Norris
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 430

Between You & Me features Norris' laugh-out-loud descriptions of some of the most common and vexing problems in spelling, punctuation, and usage - comma faults, danglers, "who" vs. "whom", "that" vs. "which", compound words, gender-neutral language - and her clear explanations of how to handle them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun book for those who love language

  • By Kate M. on 08-21-15

I smiled through the whole thing

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

Reviewed: 04-21-15

What did you love best about Between You and Me?

She is absolutely engaging. She understands the issues completely, and writes well about them without making anything into life or death. Almost tongue in cheek. I can't imagine that many people would find this all that fascinating. But I did. I'm nervous about my punctuation.

30 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

  • By: Neil Patrick Harris
  • Narrated by: Neil Patrick Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,313
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,033

This hilarious book has been adapted especially for the audiobook edition so you’ll hear all of the same fun and humor from the printed version but you don’t have to make any decisions or jump around - just kick back, relax and listen. Plus, it features exclusive bonus audio of young Neil delivering an adorable speech! That’s audio you won’t hear in any version of this book other than the audiobook!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No Magic...just great delivery

  • By Mel on 12-03-14

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 02-10-15

Any additional comments?

He's a good narrator, has a great story but the fictitious stuff, sorta cute, if confusing at first, rapidly became annoying. He needed a better editor. And he's a little to thrilled about his own fabulousness.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful