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  • My Life with Deth

  • Discovering Meaning in a Life of Rock and Roll
  • By: David Ellefson, Joel McIver
  • Narrated by: David Ellefson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

In My Life with Deth, cofounder and bassist of Megadeth David Ellefson reveals the behind-the-scenes details of life in one of the world's most popular heavy metal bands. If you're looking for revelations, they're here, including the drug habits that brought the band members to their knees. You'll learn of David's unsuccessful attempts at rehab and the period when he was strung out on methadone, cocaine, and heroin - all at the same time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative and inspiring

  • By Norman Pleisch on 01-25-15

Fast, but informative

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

Where does My Life with Deth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In terms of all the autobiography books I've listened to, I'd give this one 3.5 stars. It is informative, deep, and honest. On the other hand, it is read by David at 1.2x speed. I thought for a moment I had my speed setting too high. However, it is very enjoyable, and would listen to it again.

What did you like best about this story?

His honesty, depth, and as always - David just being David.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I can only assume the fast reading was a bit due to his inexperience. Otherwise, he read his book very well, and I enjoyed it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I finished it in two days. Loved it.

  • Kiss Me Like a Stranger

  • My Search for Love and Art
  • By: Gene Wilder
  • Narrated by: Gene Wilder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821

Gene Wilder is one of the great comic actors who defined the 1970s and 1980s in movies. From his work with Woody Allen, to the rich group of movies he made with Mel Brooks, to his partnership on screen with Richard Pryor, Wilder's performances are still discussed and celebrated today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting for a number of factors.

  • By A reader from Philadelphia. on 04-17-05

Short, but great

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

Reviewed: 08-25-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Kiss Me Like a Stranger to be better than the print version?

Yes, because it's Gene after all

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

When you look at the running time, this is a short book. Because it is so good I would have loved for it to be longe, as again, it's Gene Wilder.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

His relationships with his wives. His experiences really influenced me in a what to do and what not to do way.

  • I'm the Man

  • The Story of That Guy from Anthrax
  • By: Scott Ian, Jon Wiederhorn, Kirk Hammett - foreword
  • Narrated by: Scott Ian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

I'm the Man is the fast-paced, humorous, and revealing memoir from the man who cofounded Anthrax, the band that proved to the masses that brutality and fun didn't have to be mutually exclusive. Through various lineup shifts, label snafus, rock 'n' roll mayhem, and unforeseen circumstances galore, Scott Ian has approached life and music with a smile, viewing the band with deadly seriousness while recognizing the ridiculousness of the entertainment industry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • YES!!!

  • By Brandon C. Wescoe on 11-10-17

In depth

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

Reviewed: 08-25-17

Where does I'm the Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Comparing this to other Metal bios this is one of the best. Mustaine's book, for example, was all war stories I've heard over the last 30 years. This book gets into the real meat of his history and would put it up there with some of the best history books I've read.

What about Scott Ian’s performance did you like?

The Fifty-Year Mission, which is a long Star Trek biography. The detail, depth, and perspective is second to none in those two books. Scott Ian covering his own history is equally as deep.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Scott's performance overall. I'd put his narration up there with Michael Caine's autobiography.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 198,971
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 185,781
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185,384

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

A very special book

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

Reviewed: 07-31-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Ready Player One to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, but I'm very impressed with Wil Wheaton's interpretation and narration of the book. His performance in Red Shirts was a little bit rushed, but is this performance is up there with the greats. It is very clear he worked his ass off to give us a wonderful experience.

What other book might you compare Ready Player One to and why?

I would compare this book to "The Martian" in that it has gripped me for a moment one, and due to its sheer addiction factor of being so well written, I finished this just as quickly.

What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It is a very well rounded performance with each character coming alive, and retaining their unique traits. As I mentioned above, it is very clear he worked very hard, and it shows. I will say the one thing that makes him reading it feel very special is that he is kind of an "ambassador" of the 80s. He was there, boots on the ground, contributing to the very thing he is reading about. The only thing that feels even more surreal is Spielberg directing the movie, which has the same affect of bringing a book to life that references a very specific period of history that you yourself are largely contributed to

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. This book had me from moment one. But like Johnny Five in the second Short Circuit movie, I wish I could read this book slowly like he did with those two books he got from the bookstore to better understand his humanity.

Any additional comments?

This book, if anything, managed to perfectly identify for me the unresolved issue of whether Ladyhawke was a good movie or not. Specifically me trying to understand why I like certain aspects of it, and hated other aspects of it. Equally, this book makes me want to wear my love for Highlander 2 proudly on my sleeve. In all seriousness though, as a child of the 80s, I spent thousands upon thousands of hours dedicating my life to so many of the topics addressed in this book. The movies, comic books, video games, and of course my falling in love with engineering at a very young age. It's not that I feel this book was written for me, but it makes the child in me who had to go at it all alone feel like I was surrounded by like-minded people back then, with this book bringing us all together in the here and now (old and new generation alike).

  • Rendezvous with Rama

  • By: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,949
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,825

At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons. And it is hurtling through the solar system at inconceivable speed. Then a space probe confirms the unthinkable: Rama is no natural object. It is, incredibly, an interstellar spacecraft. Space explorers and planet-bound scientists alike prepare for mankind's first encounter with alien intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed in the narrator

  • By Brent on 06-01-12

Good old school Clark

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

Reviewed: 07-30-17

Would you listen to Rendezvous with Rama again? Why?

Possibly. The performances were good, and because this is some old school Clark, there is a lot of science I'd like to hear again.

If you’ve listened to books by Arthur C. Clarke before, how does this one compare?

There are two categories of Clark books. Old Clark and New Clark. His older books are more science driven, with the story wrapped around it. Then there are the newer books with the science wrapped around a strong story.

If I were comparing this to older style books, I'd say this is one of his best.

  • Star Wars: Ahsoka

  • By: E. K. Johnston
  • Narrated by: Ashley Eckstein
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,464

Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars and before she reappeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa - and the Rebel Alliance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The highs were high! But the lows, very low.

  • By K Michael on 11-03-16

How a Star Wars book should be

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Star Wars: Ahsoka to be better than the print version?

I would. The narrator gives an A+ performance, and the production put in behind her voice is very good quality.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Star Wars: Ahsoka?

The fact that stayed on point, and didn't do the usual Star Wars book formula:

-The A Plot, Ahsoka, was always in the forefront.
-The B plot was connected to the A plot, and was used sparingly.
-We didn't have to have the usual fate worse then death ending that other books, games, etc.. like to use.

What about Ashley Eckstein’s performance did you like?

Just about everything. This is the Ahsoka we all know and enjoy.

  • Lords of the Sith: Star Wars

  • By: Paul S. Kemp
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,293

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.... When the Emperor and his notorious apprentice Darth Vader find themselves stranded in the middle of insurgent action on an inhospitable planet, they must rely on each other, the Force, and their own ruthlessness to prevail.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not enough Sith

  • By Will Jadick on 07-30-15

Vader goes camping

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was entertaining, but nothing ground breaking. As I've come to get used to in a lot of the contemporary Star Wars books, but the main plot often gets pushed aside for the side story B plot.

Would you recommend Lords of the Sith: Star Wars to your friends? Why or why not?

It's a good read, and worth a listen.

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have, and I feel this is spot on. The emperor's cadence is menacing, Vader done very well, and the other characters come to life as they should.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

It would make a good Clone Wars/Rebels two-part episode.

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  • Captain to Captain

  • Star Trek Legacies, Book 1
  • By: Greg Cox
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 763

Hidden aboard the USS Enterprise is a secret that has been passed from captain to captain, from Robert April to Christopher Pike to James T. Kirk. Now the return of the enigmatic woman once known as Number One has brought that secret to light, and Kirk and his crew must risk everything to finish a mission that began with April so many years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Welcome back to audio Star Trek

  • By EasyReader on 08-18-16

Well balanced

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

Reviewed: 10-22-16

Would you listen to Captain to Captain again? Why?

I would. It's a well written story that captures the original series crew, while peppering in the last fifty years over Trek canon very tastefully. It does a great job of focusing on what makes the original series so much fun, but also rewarding the reader for all the shows/movies we've seen since.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It would be very easy to. It plays out like a long original series episode, with very well done exposition.

  • The Count of Monte Cristo

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Bill Homewood
  • Length: 52 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,425
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,030
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,032

On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Mercedes, having that very day been made captain of his ship, the young sailor Edmond Dantès is arrested on a charge of treason, trumped up by jealous rivals. Incarcerated for many lonely years in the isolated and terrifying Chateau d'If near Marseille, he meticulously plans his brilliant escape and extraordinary revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is the one to spend 50 hours listening to!

  • By james on 03-05-13

Thanks Reddit

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

Reviewed: 10-22-16

If you could sum up The Count of Monte Cristo in three words, what would they be?

Well Timed Revenge

What about Bill Homewood’s performance did you like?

I big shoutout to reddit /r/audiobooks for this recommendation. To settle in for a 52 hour book, that was my summer 2016, I wasn't sure version to get from Audible. Thankfully the folks on reddit presented both narrators, and why I would like/dislike one of the other.

To my ears, it was a great performance that really brought the human experience up close.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This was my first time reading/listening to it, and it is undeniably timeless.

Any additional comments?

Thanks again /r/audiobooks.

  • 2061: Odyssey Three

  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467

Arthur C. Clark, creator of one of the world's best-loved science-fiction tales, revisits the most famous future ever imagined in this New York Times best seller, as two expeditions into space become inextricably tangled. Heywood Floyd, survivor of two previous encounters with the mysterious monloiths, must again confront Dave Bowman, HAL, and an alien race that has decided that Mankind is to play a part in the evolution of the galaxy - whether it wishes to or not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This guy is just phenomenal!

  • By Gary on 09-12-12

My favorite Odyssey

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

Reviewed: 06-23-16

If you could sum up 2061: Odyssey Three in three words, what would they be?

I really enjoyed Odyssey three, with Heywood Floyd being one of my favorite characters from 2010. Having a chance to follow him on another adventure was a real pleasure.

Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Scott Brick is a hard narrator for me to follow. His reading style, in all the books he has read, always have this beaten-down-give-up-on-life tone to them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Hmm. It is such a good story that even Scott Brick's depressive, sigh infused tone, can't bring it down.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful