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  • Almost Interesting

  • The Memoir
  • By: David Spade
  • Narrated by: David Spade
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,191

David Spade is best known for his harsh "Hollywood Minute" sketches on SNL, his starring roles in movies like Tommy Boy and Joe Dirt, and his seven-year stint as Dennis Finch on the series Just Shoot Me. Now, with a wit as dry as the weather in his home state of Arizona, the "comic brat extraordinaire" delivers a memoir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than expected

  • By Infullbloom on 10-29-15

One of the best books this year.

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

Reviewed: 11-04-15

I usually do not buy books that are less than 9 hours. Just don't feel I get my money's worth however, I have always been a David Spade fan so I bought this one. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone. The fact that he narrated himself made this even better. He is a funny guy and I laughed out loud several times.

  • The Wahls Protocol

  • How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine
  • By: Terry Wahls, Eve Adamson
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

Like many physicians, Dr. Terry Wahls focused on treating her patients' ailments with drugs or surgical procedures - until she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2000. Within three years, her back and stomach muscles had weakened to the point where she needed a tilt-recline wheelchair. Conventional medical treatments were failing her, and she feared that she would be bedridden for the rest of her life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needs a PDF file with it

  • By Book Lover on 05-23-15

I really liked this book

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

Reviewed: 05-08-14

Would you listen to The Wahls Protocol again? Why?

I have listened to it several times already. There is so much information, you really should listen more than once.

Any additional comments?

I am very impressed with anyone who takes their life in their own hands and does not just resign themselves to their fate. Dr. Wahls miraculous journey from wheelchair to riding bikes is inspiring. I do not have MS but, I do have thyroid disease and it never occurred to me that I could improve my condition. Always thought it was just something I had to live with. I have been doing paleo diet with good results however weight loss has been slow. I will be doing wahls paleo plus starting tomorrow and cannot wait to see how much better I will feel.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • There Goes Gravity

  • A Life in Rock and Roll
  • By: Lisa Robinson
  • Narrated by: Lisa Robinson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Lisa Robinson has interviewed the biggest names in music--including Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Patti Smith, U2, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Jay Z and Kanye West. She visited the teenage Michael Jackson many times at his Encino home. She spent hours talking to John Lennon at his Dakota apartment - and in recording studios just weeks before his murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun with great insights

  • By Maya A. on 08-05-14

Pass on this book.

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

Reviewed: 04-28-14

What disappointed you about There Goes Gravity?

I dislike the author and her views so much that I could barely make it through the book. If you can get past her longtime smoker's voice, then you have to suffer through her NYC elitist views on the rest of the nation. Everyone outside of New York is ignorant and especially in the case of southern folks, of whom she displays her prejudice by calling everyone from the south a bunch of ignorant, racist toothless hicks. I have seen this behavior so many times from so called enlightened people who show their prejudice views of others that she does not have knowledge of herself. This is the very same behavior she accuses them of having towards civil rights, gay rights, etc. She should get out of NYC and find out that there are good people and not so good people everywhere.

She comes off as and aging groupie to whom she is still enamored with the music world but, only she and the artist's "get it". I learned nothing new about any of the artists she wrote about. In fact, her favorite line is "nobody remembers the incident quite the same way". She says this so many times, it is laughable. I guess she risks damaging her status with them if she would actually tell the truth rather than put this disclaimer on it.

What was most disappointing about Lisa Robinson’s story?

I was also so very tired of her Bush bashing. I thought I was purchasing a book about music and what I got was way too much of her political views, her narrow mindedness and irrational explanations as to why we should overlook the bad behavior of some of the muscians. Most blatant was her reasoning as to why it was ok for Kanye to rush the stage during Taylor Swift's award. It was acceptable and even admirable as long as he felt someone else deserved the award and who cares how it affected the person receiving the award.

Would you be willing to try another one of Lisa Robinson’s performances?

I will never purchase any other book by this "author".

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Waiting to Be Heard

  • A Memoir
  • By: Amanda Knox
  • Narrated by: Amanda Knox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749

Amanda Knox spent four years in a foreign prison for a crime she did not commit. In the fall of 2007, the 20-year-old college coed left Seattle to study abroad in Italy, but her life was shattered when her roommate was murdered in their apartment. After a controversial trial, Amanda was convicted and imprisoned. But in 2011, an appeals court overturned the decision and vacated the murder charge. Free at last, she returned home to the U.S., where she has remained silent, until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fascinating Story- Buy it now!

  • By Brock on 05-03-13

She changed my mind.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-13

Any additional comments?

I went into this book not really knowing much about the story. I had heard bits and pieces in the press while it was going on. I finished the first half of the story feeling she may be guilty. Somewhere along the rest of the book, I think I understood what happened to her and felt she was telling the truth.

I am pretty cynical and for her to change my mind was quite a feat. Parents, take a lesson and do not send your immature young adults over to a foreign country..

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • In Search of Bill Clinton

  • A Psychological Biography
  • By: John D. Gartner
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

In Search of Bill Clinton unravels the mystery at the heart of Clinton's complex nature and explains why so many people fall under his spell. Gartner tells the story we all thought we knew, from the fresh viewpoint of a psychologist, as he questions the well-crafted Clinton life story. Gartner, a therapist with expertise in treating individuals with hypomanic temperaments, saw in Clinton the energy, creativity, and charisma that leads a hypomanic individual to success as well as the problems with impulse control and judgment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bill is Back

  • By Roy on 02-28-09

Clinton groupie!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-13

Would you try another book from John D. Gartner and/or Stephen Hoye?

no.

Any additional comments?

I thought this book would offer some psychological insights into Clinton. It is so clearly written from a liberal who is mesmerized by Clinton and he is not objective at all. Take for example, he thought Clinton has a halo around his head when he first met him!!!

All during the book he refers to any republicans as evil and he offers armchair diagnoses for Ken Star and the rest of the "evil" republicans.

I don't even think I can finish this book. I bet Hillary herself could have been more objective than this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Infidel

  • By: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Narrated by: Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,701
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,925

This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tough, Candid Assessment

  • By Paul Mullen on 02-18-08

Eye opening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-11

I truly enjoyed this book. It was a fascinating look into a world I know nothing of. It is also very sad to see how human rights are trampled upon in muslim countries. The author states what most people are afraid to say aloud against the religion of islam. Bravo

  • Late, Late at Night

  • By: Rick Springfield
  • Narrated by: Rick Springfield
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

In a searingly candid memoir that he authored himself, Grammy Award-winning pop icon Rick Springfield pulls back the curtain on his image as a bright, shiny, happy performer to share the startling story of his rise and fall and rise in music, film, and television, and his lifelong battle with depression.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Confessional, honest, bitter and yet a bit creepy

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-18-14

Very honest

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-11

I have been a fan for a long time however, have watched his recent troubles in the press and wondered what was really happening with him. This book is candid and makes Rick Springfield seem more human with the same problems we all have. The fact that he narrated it himself is a plus and by being truthful despite of any fall out from fans made this a worthwhile read. Highly recommend.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Rob Lowe
  • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,873
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,833

A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book and Great Story

  • By Natalie J. Belle MD on 04-30-11

A good one

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-11

I have always been a Rob Lowe fan but, this book has made me like him even more. It kept my attention and I found his life story very interesting. He has a pleasant delivery and who knew he could do so many impressions.

  • Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?

  • A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir
  • By: Steven Tyler
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Davidson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 691
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 546
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 550

The son of a classical pianist straight out of the Bronx of old Archie comics, Steven Tyler was born to be a rock star. Weaned on Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, Mick and his beloved Janis Joplin, Tyler began tearing up the streets and the stage as a teenager before finally meeting his "mutant twin" and legendary partner, Joe Perry. In this addictively listenable memoir, Tyler unabashedly recounts the meteoric rise, fall, and rise of Aerosmith over the last three decades and riffs on the music that gives it all meaning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? A Rock 'n' R

  • By kevin on 07-22-11

Do not waste your money or time

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-11

I truly disliked this book and I am a Steven Tyler fan. It was disjointed and jumped all over the place. It was difficult to see what he is really like behind all the bravado. Obviously, he is still the oldest living teenager in his mind kind of like Tommy Lee. That and the constant rhyming he does in the book seems childish. I couldn't finish it to the end.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful