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  • Paul Simon

  • The Life
  • By: Robert Hilburn
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

Through such hits as "The Sound of Silence", "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Still Crazy After All These Years", and "Graceland", Paul Simon has spoken to us in songs for a half-century about alienation, doubt, resilience, and empathy in ways that have established him as one of the most honored and beloved songwriters in American pop music history. His music has gone beyond the sales charts into our cultural consciousness. He was the first songwriter awarded the Gershwin Prize by the Library of Congress and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Paul Simon the music

  • By Swallowtail on 05-28-18

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 06-19-19

Terrific biography of Simon, focuses heavily on the music. Boutsikaris is one of the best narrators in the business and does a great job here.

  • Panzer Commander

  • The Memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck
  • By: Hans von Luck, Stephen E. Ambrose (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,871

A stunning look at World War II from the other side.... From the turret of a German tank, Colonel Hans von Luck commanded Rommel's 7th and then 21st Panzer Division. El Alamein, Kasserine Pass, Poland, Belgium, Normandy on D-Day, the disastrous Russian front - von Luck fought there with some of the best soldiers in the world. German soldiers. Awarded the German Cross in Gold and the Knight's Cross, von Luck writes as an officer and a gentleman.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like Forrest Gump ( a fiction )

  • By Randall on 11-08-16

Decent

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

Reviewed: 05-28-19

Decent memoir. I usually love Pinchot as a narrator but I found his German accent very hard to listen to.

  • Petty: The Biography

  • By: Warren Zanes
  • Narrated by: Warren Zanes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106

No one other than Warren Zanes, rocker and writer and friend, could author a book about Tom Petty that is as honest and evocative of Petty's music and the remarkable rock and roll history he and his band helped to write. Born in Gainesville, Florida, with more than a little hillbilly in his blood, Tom Petty was a Southern shit kicker, a kid without a whole lot of promise. Rock and roll made it otherwise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tom Petty gets some bio love

  • By tru britty on 12-15-15

Terrific

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

Reviewed: 04-29-19

Great book and the author does a great job on the narration. If you are even a passing fan of Tom Petty, I highly recommend this.

  • Bunny Mellon

  • The Life of an American Style Legend
  • By: Meryl Gordon
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Cortland
  • Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

A new biography of Bunny Mellon, the style icon and American aristocrat who designed the White House Rose Garden for her friend JFK and served as a living witness to 20th century American history, operating in the high-level arenas of politics, diplomacy, art, and fashion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story. Amazing life.

  • By AskSeekKnock on 11-06-17

A dull book about a dull person

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

Reviewed: 01-29-19

I regret listening to this. Mellon was a boring, vapid person and her life does not support a book of this length. I didn't care for the narrator either.

  • New York

  • The Novel
  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 37 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,170

New York is the book that millions of Rutherfurd's American fans have been waiting for. A brilliant mix of romance, war, family drama, and personal triumphs, it gloriously captures the search for freedom and prosperity at the heart of our nation's history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Rachel on 12-17-09

terrific

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Terrific book. I enjoyed the story with the intertwining paths of the families over time and thought this was very well done historical fiction. Mark Bramhall is one of the best narrators on Audible and does a great job as usual.

  • Skeletons on the Zahara

  • A True Story of Survival
  • By: Dean King
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641

Everywhere hailed as a masterpiece of historical adventure, this enthralling narrative recounts the experiences of 12 American sailors who were shipwrecked off the coast of Africa in 1815, captured by desert nomads, sold into slavery, and subjected to a hellish two-month journey through the bone-dry heart of the Sahara. The ordeal of these men - who found themselves tested by barbarism, murder, starvation, death, dehydration, and hostile tribes that roamed the desert on camelback - is made indelibly vivid in this gripping account of courage, brotherhood, and survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting

  • By thawstone on 06-05-16

interesting story, narrator a bit dull

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

A solid but not great book. I enjoyed the story, but found Prichard to be a bit monotone and dull.

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  • The Overstory

  • By: Richard Powers
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 22 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,787
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,789

The Overstory unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fable that range from antebellum New York to the late 20th-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. An air force loadmaster in the Vietnam War is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan. An artist inherits 100 years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light. A hearing- and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • eye opening

  • By Michael Stansberry on 05-23-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

I thought this was an interesting premise but I find Powers' writing to be overly flowery/intellectual and the general tone to be overly preachy. I also did not care for the narrator at all.

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,638
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,645

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

there is a good book in here

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

There is a good book in here. If the author had worked with a good editor and chopped the book in half, there could have been a well-told story. However, the author made the artistic decision, unfortunately in my opinion, to turn the book into a kind of symbol. The whole point of the book is to pummel the reader/listener with the story of the lead character's suffering. I got the point about halfway through and after that it was just a slog to the end. I advise passing on this book.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • In the Kingdom of Ice

  • The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
  • By: Hampton Sides
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,301

In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: The North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans. On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of "Arctic Fever." The ship sailed into uncharted seas, but soon was trapped in pack ice. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was breached. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew abandoned the ship.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Took a long time to develop

  • By Brandon on 02-20-15

enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

I agree with one of the other reviewers that the story takes a long time to develop, but the second half describing the struggles of the men after they are trapped in the ice is riveting. Morey is a great narrator.

  • American Caesar

  • Douglas MacArthur 1880-1964
  • By: William Manchester
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 31 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662

Virtually all Americans above a certain age hold strong opinions about Douglas MacArthur. They either worship him or despise him. Now, in this superb book, one of our most outstanding writers, after a meticulous three-year examination of the record, presents his startling insights about the man. The narrative is gripping, because the general's life was fascinating. It is moving, because he was a man of vision. It ends, finally, in tragedy, because his character, though majestic, was tragically flawed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Honest Portrayal of a Flawed Hero

  • By Wolfpacker on 05-27-12

Solid

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

This was a solid biography of MacArthur. One note, Grover Gardner is one of my all-time favorite narrators but this was a sub-par performance by him. The reading is stilted and choppy.