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  • Memphis Boys: The Story of American Studios

  • American Made Music Series
  • By: Roben Jones
  • Narrated by: David A. Nickerson
  • Length: 33 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Memphis Boys chronicles the story of the rhythm section at Chips Moman's American Studios from 1964, when the group began working together, until 1972, when Moman shut down the studio and moved the entire operation to Atlanta. Utilizing extensive interviews with Moman and the group, as well as additional comments from the songwriters, sound engineers, and office staff, author Roben Jones creates a collective biography combined with a business history and a critical analysis of important recordings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting but too long.

  • By Patriot on 12-02-18

Very interesting but too long.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

I grew up near Memphis and always loved the music that came out of there; but I never realized that so much of the music I loved in the sixties and early seventies came from the American studio in Memphis. These musicians were second to no one.
As far as the book is concerned, it is quite a bit too long. Too much time was spent on descriptions of the recordings; sounding too much like Rolling Stone record reviews. I often had to stop listening to the book, and go on YouTube or ITunes to find the recording being described. It was also hard to follow the cast of characters. As a visually impaired person, I am restricted to audiobooks, but I would imagine that the hard copy would have photos of all the people involved. The reader did a good job, but did mispronounce a few names. Overall, I enjoyed the audiobook.

  • Paul McCartney

  • The Life
  • By: Philip Norman
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 30 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

Since the age of 21, Paul McCartney has lived one of the ultimate rock 'n' roll lives, played out on the most public of stages. Now Paul's story is told by rock music's foremost biographer, with McCartney's consent and access to family members and close friends who have never spoken on the record before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than average McCartney bio

  • By tru britty on 05-14-16

Worth the time!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Would you listen to Paul McCartney again? Why?

I have read almost everything ever written about The Beatles including several McCartney bios. This is definitely the most detailed and most interesting. If you read only one, this is it.

  • Testimony

  • By: Robbie Robertson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 18 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494

On the 40th anniversary of The Band's legendary The Last Waltz concert, Robbie Robertson finally tells his own spellbinding story of the band that changed music history, his extraordinary personal journey, and his creative friendships with some of the greatest artists of the last half century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best autobiographies I've ever read!

  • By DMHVetSurveyor on 11-21-16

Excellent but incomplete

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

Any additional comments?

I loved this book; was a huge fan of The Band. I was disappointed that Robertson didn't discuss the aftermath of the breakup of the group.

  • Orange Crush

  • By: Tim Dorsey
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 321

Praising Tim Dorsey’s tongue-in-cheek humor, the Miami Herald wrote, “Nobody, but nobody, writes like this guy.” Here Florida politics take the main stage in a rollicking satire that proves Dorsey’s at the top of his game. When a traumatic experience forever changes Florida gubernatorial race candidate Marlon Conrad’s life, he hits the road in a Winnebago to find the “real” Florida. But his odyssey is plagued with would-be assassins and cutthroat journalists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Funny 'Cause It's Pretty Much True!

  • By DCinMI on 09-29-13

Very funny - for a while.

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

Reviewed: 07-28-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Great sense of humor, but the jokes got old after a while. I hope the author knows that rich and ruthless Democrats exist in this world, but evidently only Republicans exhibit those qualities in this book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Tim Dorsey again?

Not sure. I like his style but about half-way through I couldn't wait for the book to end so I could start something else. (Vision impaired, so it's only audiobooks for me) The reader was excellent.

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  • Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001)

  • By: Wendy Holden, Don Felder
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445

The Eagles are the bestselling, and arguably the tightest-lipped, American group ever. Now band member and guitarist Don Felder finally breaks the Eagles years of public silence to take fans behind the scenes. He shares every part of the bands wild ride, from the pressure-packed recording studios and trashed hotel rooms to the tension-filled courtrooms, and from the joy of writing powerful new songs to the magic of performing in huge arenas packed with roaring fans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don Felder is an interesting dude

  • By Paul Schmitz on 07-02-13

Excellent book by a very underrated guitarist.

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

Reviewed: 03-10-14

Where does Heaven and Hell: My Life in the Eagles (1974-2001) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'm not going to answer all these review questions. I just want to say that any fan of rock music in the seventies should read this book. Contrary to one reviewer, Felder is not a whiner. He describes the true life of a rock star; the good and the bad, and there was plenty of bad. Felder is one of the greatest guitarists of all time, and most people probably don't even know who he is. Very eye-opening; excellent narration; get this book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Look Homeward, Angel

  • By: Thomas Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Scott Sowers
  • Length: 26 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 226

The works of Thomas Wolfe cemented his legacy as one of the very best of the American Southern writers. Wolfe's largely autobiographical novel features Eugene Gant, who pines for a more expansive life after being born to a father whose bouts of maniacal raving are fueled by a prodigious appetite for drink.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Of The Gret Novels Of The 20th Century

  • By Eric on 02-22-09

Total Waste of Time.

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

Reviewed: 09-06-13

What would have made Look Homeward, Angel better?

A plot! A purpose! I just don't get the great American novel reputation. I thought this was a waste of over thirty hours, when I count the times I had to back up to see if I missed something.

Would you ever listen to anything by Thomas Wolfe again?

I had never read anything by Wolfe before, and I'm pretty sure I will not again.

What about Scott Sowers’s performance did you like?

The performance was fine. No complaints about that.

3 of 23 people found this review helpful