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David Brancolini

Lawrenceville, GA United States
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  • Fare Thee Well

  • The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead's Long, Strange Trip
  • By: Joel Selvin, Pamela Turley
  • Narrated by: John Glouchevitch
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

The Grateful Dead rose to greatness under the inspired leadership of guitarist Jerry Garcia, but the band very nearly died along with him. When Garcia passed away suddenly in 1995, the remaining band members experienced full crises of confidence and identity. So long defined by Garcia's vision for the group, the surviving "Core Four", as they came to be called, were reduced to strained relationships, and catastrophic business decisions. It would take 20 years before relationships were mended enough for the Grateful Dead as fans remembered them to once again take the stage.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A worthy, if imperfect, addition to the story

  • By Rick on 06-21-18

Good stuff

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-28-18

Fills in the gaps or provides another perspective. Gives me more reason to read more about the Grateful Dead.

  • Deal

  • My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead
  • By: Bill Kreutzmann, Benjy Eisen
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

On their 50th anniversary comes a groundbreaking rock-and-roll memoir by one of the founding members of the Grateful Dead. The Grateful Dead are perhaps the most legendary American rock band of all time. For 30 years, beginning in the hippie scene of San Francisco in 1965, they were a musical institution, the original jam band that broke new ground in so many ways.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent but not great

  • By Monty S on 03-02-16

A great read.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-18

A great read, the story flowed real well, enjoyed Bill's sense of humor and t HG e stories.

  • So Many Roads

  • The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead
  • By: David Browne
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

No longer dismissed as relics of the hippie era, a new generation has lionized the Dead for creating a culture that paved the way for social networking, free music swapping, and the uncompromising anticorporate attitude of indie rock. Now, fifty years after the band first began changing rock 'n' roll both sonically and psychically, So Many Roads paints the most vivid portrait yet of the Grateful Dead, one of the most enduring institutions in American music and culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great first book on the Dead

  • By robert on 10-30-15

A great story told

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Very well done. Another perspective of the story that is the Grateful Dead. Well done.

  • A Long Strange Trip

  • The Inside History of the Grateful Dead
  • By: Dennis McNally
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 29 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 38

From 1965 to 1995, the Grateful Dead flourished as one of the most beloved, unusual, and accomplished musical entities to ever grace American culture. The creative synchronicity among Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, and Ron "Pigpen" McKernan exploded out of the early 60s roots and folk scene, providing the soundtrack for the Dionysian revels of the counterculture. Dennis McNally, the band's historian and publicist for more than 20 years, takes listeners back through the Dead's history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • an incredible story, well told.

  • By CtotheD on 08-07-18

A Great Read

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Love the book, love the details and the stories behind the story. Very enjoyable. I ended up re-listening to certain chapters just to take it all in.

  • The Obesity Code

  • Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss
  • By: Dr. Jason Fung
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,549

In this highly listenable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps - a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels - Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight - for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We'll see, but .... why is this not common knowledge.

  • By PSBoyte on 04-30-17

Great book

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

Very insightful, the details can be a lot to comprehend at times but the info does sink in.

  • The Diabetes Code

  • Prevent and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Naturally
  • By: Dr. Jason Fung
  • Narrated by: Dr. Jason Fung
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 710

Today, most doctors, dietitians, and even diabetes specialists consider type 2 diabetes to be a chronic and progressive disease - a life sentence with no possibility of parole. But the truth, as Dr. Fung reveals in this paradigm-shifting book, is that type 2 diabetes is reversible. Writing with clear, persuasive language, he explains why conventional treatments that rely on insulin or other blood-glucose-lowering drugs can actually exacerbate the problem, leading to significant weight gain and even heart disease.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Revelations

  • By Ryan Magee on 04-12-18

Great information

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

I like how the main point of information was given up front with the detailed facts building up to the finish. I bought the book to read and also listened to the audio to enhance my learning. Well done.

  • Power Down

  • Dewey Andreas, Book 1
  • By: Ben Coes
  • Narrated by: Peter Hermann
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,942

There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW.COULD NOT PUT THIS ONE DOWN. MUST READ!

  • By Constance on 11-09-10

Great read

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

The story grew and got more interesting the further I read. The details given indicates the writer knows a lot of some of the subjects presented. I am looking forward to moving onto the next book in the series.

  • American Sniper

  • The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History
  • By: Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,910
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,920

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's been censored by the publisher

  • By K9NSP on 10-21-17

well done

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

it was a pleasure to listen to the book. It's sad how the story ends.

  • Mistrial

  • An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works...and Sometimes Doesn't
  • By: Mark Geragos, Pat Harris
  • Narrated by: Mike Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

The American legal system changed dramatically when the OJ Simpson trial became a television-ratings bonanza. Now it's all crime, all the time, from tabloid news to police procedurals. Americans now know more about the criminal justice system than ever before. Or do they?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye Opening and Entertaining

  • By C. Pardon on 02-22-18

good stuff

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

insightful look into the legal system and an honest opinion presented with some great stories provided. will re-read at a later time.

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  • A Dance with Dragons

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 48 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,907

Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A tale of two publishers:

  • By J. Cano on 07-31-11

Another great read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-17

Another enjoyable read, it leaves you hanging at the end for a continuation or conclusion tu the story. HBO has certainly changed some of the story line but it would be nice to see how the threads of each end up.