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  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,978
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,062

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book for those new to astrophysics.

  • By TMort on 06-07-17

Great read for the car.

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

Nothing earthshaking, but a nice little survey of current astrophysics knowledge for ordinary folks. Recommended.

  • Art Buchwald with Joy Behar at the 92nd Street Y

  • By: Art Buchwald
  • Narrated by: Joy Behar
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

The late Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Art Buchwald wrote over 30 books, including his two-part memoir, the best-selling Leaving Home, and I'll Always Have Paris. In 1986, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasant

  • By Readin' and Rockin' on 10-04-15

Pleasant

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

Well presented. Well recorded. Fans should enjoy this very much It's not his funniest material but it's pleasing.

Manchild in the Promised Land
    
    
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        Claude Brown
    
    


    
    
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        Cary Hite
    
    


    
    Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
    102 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Manchild in the Promised Land

  • By: Claude Brown
  • Narrated by: Cary Hite
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

One of the most remarkable autobiographies of our time, Manchild in the Promised Land is a seminal work of modern literature published during a literary era marked by the ascendance of black writers like Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Alex Haley. This thinly fictionalized account of Claude Brown’s childhood as a hardened, streetwise criminal trying to survive the toughest streets of Harlem has been heralded as the definitive account of everyday life for African Americans raised in the northern ghettos of the 1940s and ’50s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Growing up bad really?

  • By lerone on 12-23-16

Superb performance of an urban classic

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

Reviewed: 10-01-15

I read this book many times since I was a teenager in the 1970s. It was one of my favorite and formative books.

Hite's performance was stunning. This is not an easy book to convey. He succeeded in virtually every area.

I highly recommend this audio version.

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  • Lewis Black with Connie Chung

  • By: Lewis Black
  • Narrated by: Connie Chung
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Lewis Black may not be the last angry man, but he is certainly the funniest. The celebrated political comedian, master of comedic angst, New York Times best-selling author and Daily Show regular is back to discuss life, politics and his new book about his least favorite holiday, Christmas. In I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas. Connie Chung is an Emmy Award-winning network television anchor and reporter whose career has spanned NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN and MSNBC.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well read comedian

  • By p on 06-26-17

Absolutely Delightful!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-15

Wonderful evening and one of the best in the 92nd St Y series. Black heckles the audience! You will enjoy.

  • Frank McCourt at the 92nd Street Y

  • By: Frank McCourt
  • Narrated by: Alphie McCourt, Malachy McCourt
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

The recently passed award-winning author of the memoirs Angela'a Ashes and 'Tis discusses his writing, his life, and teaching as a profession. He reads from Teacher Man: A Memoir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • God Bless Frank McCourt!

  • By Amy Franklin on 05-07-15

McCourt Discusses Teaching in NY

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

A pleasant diversion but not a talk about his books or his life. You may enjoy but it's not a shattering performance.

  • Society's Child

  • My Autobiography
  • By: Janis Ian
  • Narrated by: Janis Ian
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075

Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I know why this won the grammy

  • By Pamela J on 02-24-13

Great Performance of a Wonderful Autobiography

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

Reviewed: 08-18-15

Impeccable performance of a moving story of an unusual life.

There's more to Janis Ian Tyan just your memories of "At Seventeen."" Highly recommended.

  • George Carlin with Judy Gold at the 92nd Street Y

  • By: George Carlin
  • Narrated by: Judy Gold
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Recently passed, George Carlin was a comedian famous for his "Seven Dirty Words" routine. To his credit are nearly 20 albums, five Grammy awards, and two Cable Ace Awards, and more HBO specials than anyone. He authored several books, including The New York Times best seller Brain Droppings and Napalm & Silly Putty. In this interview, he speaks with Judy Gold about his life and his comedy, and answers questions from the audience.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A nice interview with George Carlin

  • By zenabuff on 01-16-16

Insightful Interview - No big laughs

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

Reviewed: 08-07-15

He's always great. You'll learn a ,lot .Fine sound quality. These sometimes don't sound clear, but this does.

  • William Shatner at the 92nd Street Y

  • By: William Shatner
  • Narrated by: Leonard Lopate
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Do you know him best as Capt. James T. Kirk of the Starship Enterprise? As the over-the-top pitchman for Priceline.com? As Denny Crane on Boston Legal, or perhaps T.J. Hooker in the eponymous '80s TV show? However you know him, you haven't really gotten to know William Shatner, one of the most recognizable and durable television actors of the last 50 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible Audio Quality

  • By Allen on 05-25-17

Delightful Interview - Uneven Audio

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

Reviewed: 07-06-15

A fun and pugnacious interview with William Shatner in 2008.

Unfortunately, it was poorly mic'ed and Shatner is often difficult to hear. The interviewer is easy to hear.

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  • Neil Simon's Eugene Trilogy

  • Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues, Broadway Bound
  • By: Neil Simon
  • Narrated by: Dan Castellaneta, Jonathan Silverman, Justine Bateman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

Here is Neil Simon’s acclaimed semi-autobiographical Eugene Trilogy, including Brighton Beach Memoirs. In the first installment of the trilogy, 14-year-old Eugene is preoccupied by his passion for the Yankees and his lust for his beautiful cousin. Biloxi Blues, The second hilarious installment of the Eugene Trilogy follows our naïve hero and his sadistic drill sergeant through boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Two Excellent Performances of a Great Trilogy

  • By Readin' and Rockin' on 07-03-15

Two Excellent Performances of a Great Trilogy

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

Reviewed: 07-03-15

I enjoyed Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound was superb. But Biloxi Blues just didn't get the performance it deserved. It lacked both sufficient humor and also depth. The story is excellent but unrealized in this performance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish at the 92nd Street Y

  • By: Jason Alexander, Leonard Nimoy, Kyra Sedgwick
  • Narrated by: Abigail Pogrebin
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Some of America's most prominent Jewish entertainers talk about their Jewish identity (or lack of one) in a panel discussion at New York's 92nd Street Y. Speakers include Jason Alexander, Leonard Nimoy, and Kyra Sedgwick. These are just some of the personalities featured in the new book Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish by Abigail Pogrebin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was blown away

  • By Brianna Brown on 07-01-15

Provoking Discussion

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

Reviewed: 06-21-15

I enjoyed the subject matter, the participants and the setting. The sound quality was superb.