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  • I Am Brian Wilson

  • By: Brian Wilson, Ben Greenman - contributor
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

As a cofounding member of the Beach Boys in the 1960s, Wilson created some of the most groundbreaking and timeless popular music ever recorded. With intricate harmonies, symphonic structures, and wide-eyed lyrics that explored life's most transcendent joys and deepest sorrows, songs like "In My Room", "God Only Knows", and "Good Vibrations" forever expanded the possibilities of pop songwriting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surviving the Minor Keys in Life - Love Overcomes

  • By Russell on 12-01-16

Wouldn't It Be Nice

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Brian is a great American story. His rise and fall. His improbably comeback. All the struggles along the way. Just like in his songs, he knows how to tell a story. He covers his time with Dr. Landy but he doesn't get bogged down. My favorite parts are when he talks about his songs - which, by themselves are worth the price of admission. This was a great listen. My only wish is that Brian had read it. The narrator wasn't bad, but he wasn't Brian. I am - and have always been - a huge Brian Wilson fan.

  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,305
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,788

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

Holy crap! This is a freakin great book!

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

After the first hour of listening, it became evident that I needed to savor this book. I tried to limit my listening to 20-30 minutes at a time. It was like having Bruce riding shotgun with me, telling me his life story. Damn! I would drive down I-70 with my eyes closed and just soak it in. Ok, my eyes were open, but still - what a great book! I wish there were more insights into song origins, but hearing stories about Bruce's inspirations, learning to play guitar, his early bands, the E Street Band, his solo career, and his personal struggles, more than made up for it. Get this book. You won't be sorry!

  • The Gray Man

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,437
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,415

Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real life superhero

  • By Terri on 03-09-12

Awesome!

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

Reviewed: 02-19-16

Great story loved the intrigue. Read it. Hope there are more books about this character

  • Inferno: A Novel

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22,520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,257
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,333

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings. Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Formulaic and Hard to Finish....

  • By Livia on 06-15-13

Time I will never get back...

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

Reviewed: 06-18-13

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

Dan Brown fans will love this book because they love Dan Brown. Too many convenient coincidences and ridiculous plot twists to be believable.

What could Dan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Characters flip-flopped constantly. They were good, then they were evil. This seemingly private army runs amok through the streets of Florence without ever bumping into actual policemen. Some sense of reality would have been hugely appreciated.

What didn’t you like about Paul Michael’s performance?

Paul Michael was ok. Not great. The story was so bad that no narrator could have pleased me.

What character would you cut from Inferno?

Oh, where to start! The doctor with the open sores on his face seems to be the one most expendable, although there were several others who were more annoying.

Any additional comments?

I was really hoping Robert Langdon would be killed off. Dan Brown caught lightning in a bottle with the DaVinci Code. The Lost Symbol was good, but the others have such unbelievable elements to them that they frustrate me. Robert Langdon survived a helicopter explosion by surfing back to earth on a piece of the fuselage. I think I'm done with Dan.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • America's Prophet

  • Moses and the American Story
  • By: Bruce Feiler
  • Narrated by: Bruce Feiler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

The exodus story is America's story. Moses is our real founding father. In this groundbreaking book, New York Times best-selling author Bruce Feiler travels through touchstones in American history and traces the biblical prophet's influence from the Mayflower through today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book

  • By TR on 11-06-09

Another great book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-09

Probably the most amazing thing about this book is that it illustrates how Moses has been a central character in the history of our country and nobody knew it. But it's all there and Bruce does a great job of moving through US history - from the Pilgrims on the Mayflower to George W. and Obama. Scholarly and entertaining. I am fascinated about American history and have read and listened to just about anything I can get my hands on and yet, I was constantly educated with this book. I've already started it over again. Well worth the money!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Collectors

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: LJ Ganser, Aimee Jolson, Richard Mover
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,964

The US Speaker of the House is assassinated in a terrifyingly precise execution in the heart of Washington, DC. In a quieter corner of the nation's capital, the rare book room of the Library of Congress, a reclusive, wealthy scholar drops dead under mysterious circumstances that leave no clues. Following on the heels of the natural death of the Speaker of the House, the city and the nation begin to tremble.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great plot twist....

  • By Nicole on 10-30-06

Awful narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-09

The story was probably pretty good, but the narration...UGH! Buy the paperback.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Friendship

  • 70 Simple Rules for Making Meaningful Connections
  • By: Roger Horchow, Sally Horchow
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham, Roger Horchow, Sally Horchow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 45

Real friendships, that rarity in our modern life of casual attitudes and frantic schedules, are on the brink of extinction. This stylish and elegant primer on making and maintaining authentic friendships throughout one's life is the antidote. Thoughtfully composed by Roger Horchow, legendary retail magnate, and Sally Horchow, Roger's daughter, this audiobook explains how making true connections greatly enhances one's experience of life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unlistenable

  • By TR on 04-18-09

Unlistenable

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-09

Make sure you don't make the same mistake I did and buy this without listening to the entire sample. The authors narrate parts of this book and they are not very good. Actually, that's an understatement. This might be a fantastic book in print - or might be a great book with different narrators - but I wasn't able to get past the first hour before I threw in the towel.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • That's Not in My American History Book

  • By: Thomas Ayres
  • Narrated by: Jeff Riggenbach
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

Most people don't know that Benjamin Franklin almost killed himself trying to electrocute a turkey; the Wright brothers were not the first to fly an airplane; there was a 14th state that the original 13 wouldn't let join the Union; and that Benedict Arnold helped save the American Revolution. All this and more is revealed in That's Not in My American History Book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Book!

  • By TR on 05-06-07

A Great Book!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-07

If only you could remember half of what's in this book... Depending on your personality, you could be the next Cliff Clavin or teach American history. I listen to a lot of history books and find myself going back to listen to something covered in this book. The trouble is - I end up listening to the rest of the book in it's entirely because it's so interesting. I've probably listened to this book about 10 times - I could never delete from my iPod. I wish there was a sequel.

Do yourself a favor and put it in your shopping cart!

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Killer Instinct

  • By: Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 839
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 267

Jason Steadman is a 30-year-old sales executive living in Boston and working for an electronics giant, a competitor to Sony and Panasonic. He's a witty, charismatic guy who's well liked at the office, but he lacks the "killer instinct" necessary to move up the corporate ladder. To the chagrin of his ambitious wife, it looks as if his career has hit a ceiling. Jason's been sidelined.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Mediocre at best

  • By Emma on 06-08-06

predictable

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-06

I think the story is pretty predictable. Read the publisher's summary and you've got the book. And I'm sorry, but I don't get the whole Scott Brick-thing. To me, he is overly dramatic and certainly can't pull off a regular guy, much less a tough guy like Kurt Semko. He reminds me of Thurston Howell III. I know I'm in the minority. I think this may be my last Finder book and my last Scott Brick listen.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful