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  • The Beatles: All These Years
  • By: Mark Lewisohn
  • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
  • Length: 43 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 962
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 901

Tune In is the first volume of All These Years - a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insanely great

  • By Tad Davis on 12-17-13

All Those Years Ago.... in extreme detail.

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

I read that Mark Lewisohn took over ten years to research and write this book and it it shows on every page. This book is a close up and, in some cases, a day by day account of the very early days of the Beatles, including their parents and even early family lineage... right up to the release of their first hit single.... it's that detailed. Yet with all its' microscopic detail the story remains both very approachable and enjoyable, the narrator does a very good job and mimics the voices of the principals in a way that adds to the story.

I can't say this enough, this book is extremely detail rich, the author comments on the newspaper ads for bookings, early show dates, along with the developing rock and roll scene in Liverpool. Seemingly trivial details are illuminated here, such as the first time John and Paul sign autographs as part of "The Silver Beatles" down to the microscopic details like Paul's Pico amplifier and the fact the at it had only two inputs which might seem like a trivial and over the top until you realize the effect this had on the band and their early sound. You might think that so much detail would bog the story down, and there are times where it does move slowly, but the details add up and all add to a vivid picture of a rough group of extraordinarily driven young men who are determined to become... well, the Beatles. If you are a fan, just get it, enjoy it and relive early Beatlemania, a splendid time is guaranteed for all.

  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,993
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,429

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story.

  • By Tim on 12-21-16

There's a reason he's called "The Boss"

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

Reviewed: 01-14-17

This is a fantastic story of Bruce Springsteen's amazing life and talent, read by the man himself. From humble beginnings in an obscure New Jersey town to virtually living on the streets in his late teens Bruce had but one overarching goal and one great talent... to ROCK, and rock he did. Here is his entire story, from dive bar gigs, the lucky breaks, the early albums, the struggles of life on the road, his inner demons. Bruce tells the story of his highest heights to his most inner fears and struggles, written (and here spoken) in the most eloquent and thoughtful language. If you have even a passing interest in Springsteen's music you will be enthralled by his story.

  • Saturn Run

  • By: John Sandford Ctein
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,743

The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope - something is approaching Saturn and decelerating. Space objects don't decelerate. Spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: Whatever built that ship is at least one hundred years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Sci-Fi Book in a While!

  • By Ted on 05-29-17

A Very Good Sci-Fi Tale

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

Reviewed: 10-24-15

Set approximately 60 years in the future this is the story of mankind's first contact with aliens, although indirectly. It is really a story of a renewed space race between the US and the Chinese to reach a spot in Saturn's rings that was the site of a recent alien visit.

Yes, there is ALOT of technical and scientific detail, possibly too much for some, however the goal of this novel was to create a very plausible future that projects current cutting edge scientific principles into a near future where they have become common, every day technology, and that future's cutting edge technology is stuff that exists only in theory today. The writer(s) manage this in extreme detail that I found interesting and well handled, I freely admit that some may this find boring and even tedious. This book comes off a lot like Author C. Clark's 2010 (which I also enjoyed very much).

Some nice plot twists and turns keep the human side of the story interesting and engaging right up to the very end, if you like good, well thought out science fiction you should enjoy this.

  • The American Civil War

  • By: Gary W. Gallagher, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Gary W. Gallagher
  • Length: 24 hrs and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,955
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,943

Between 1861 and 1865, the clash of the greatest armies the Western hemisphere had ever seen turned small towns, little-known streams, and obscure meadows in the American countryside into names we will always remember. In those great battles, those streams ran red with blood-and the United States was truly born.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Series

  • By Rodney on 07-09-13

Excellent for newcomers

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

Reviewed: 03-25-15

Excellent overview of the US Civil War for someone looking to gain more insight into the subject. If you have already read and studied the war extensively this may be a bit redundant. Gallagher does an excellent job of examining and explaining; the root causes, the early problems that led up to and the war itself. Gallagher also takes a few side trips into the mindset of the South, the North, their respective economies, what motivated the soldiers, along with the battles themselves. Finally he wraps up with a look at the "lost cause" revisionists, how the North emerged after the war and the feelings in the South after the war. A very good all around look at the Civil war, that, out of necessity, does not plunge the depths of each battle or the mindsets of the commanding Generals, but does a very good job of providing the listener with a good top down look at the war.

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,231
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,727

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't Take My Buds Out

  • By Judith on 11-08-07

Long but worth it

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

Reviewed: 03-01-15

First, Ken Follett's Pillars of The Earth is a LONG tale, sometimes dark and depressing definitely medieval. It chronicles the building of a cathedral by telling the story of the lives of the craftsman and clergy that commission and struggle to build the church. This is all set against the political undercurrents of an English civil war while using the squalor and human suffering that is the middle ages as the story's backdrop.

Follett gives his reader (or listener in this case) a highly detailed view of these dark times along with the political machinachions and manouverings of 12th century church and royal politics. Follett can then bring these lofty ideals down to a very human level as he tells the story of how these manouverings then effect the lives everyday people struggling to survive as well as do God's work in their communities.

While a long tome, Follett's work is a highly satisfying one, if you are a fan of English history (this story is fiction the winds it's way around historical facts) or of art and archeticture you will find this an excellent read (or listen as the case is here!) if not you may find it a bit tedious and boring.

  • A Stillness at Appomattox

  • The Army of the Potomac, Volume 3
  • By: Bruce Catton
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 233

the most spectacular conflicts between Grant and Lee and details the end of hope for the Confederacy. Utilizing various collections of unpublished letters written by soldiers, personal diaries of spouses and relatives, memoirs of soldiers and their families, and official war records, Catton follows Grant's campaigns from early 1864 to the end of the war, detailing many crucial battles along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-23-17

History comes alive

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

Reviewed: 10-09-14

This is a classic, the story of Grant's command of the Union Army from the battle of the Wilderness to Lee's surrender at Appomattox. Catton's command of the language combined with his knowledge of history combine for a very enjoyable book, wonderfully narrated by Michael Kramer the book takes on even greater dimensions. If you enjoy history you will enjoy this book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Of Dice and Men

  • The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and the People Who Play It
  • By: David M. Ewalt
  • Narrated by: David M. Ewalt, Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637

In Of Dice and Men, David Ewalt recounts the development of Dungeons & Dragons from the game’s roots on the battlefields of ancient Europe, through the hysteria that linked it to satanic rituals and teen suicides, to its apotheosis as father of the modern video-game industry. As he chronicles the surprising history of the game’s origins (a history largely unknown even to hardcore players) and examines D&D’s profound impact, Ewalt weaves laser-sharp subculture analysis with his own present-day gaming experiences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nerrrrrrrrrrd!

  • By E. A Dunn on 12-28-15

Good story until.....

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

Reviewed: 09-28-14

During the mid 1970's I played D and D and enjoyed the game very much, so the first 75% or so of this book was a trip down memory lane for me. I never understood why TSR, a company that from the outside looked to be growing like crazy and very profitable, suddenly went bust. This book explains that, albeit not in a lot of detail.

I was enjoying the book right up until the author choose to spend a very large chapter describing his LARPing (live action role playing) experience in detail, that is where it went off the rails for me. Very tedious and boring, then... as he exited the tales of his LARPing he choose to spend the last portion of the book shilling and gushing over D&D Next (version 5 of the game), it all came off as a lame sales pitch, an attempt to convince the D&D community (most of whom are still angry about the AWFUL 4th version of the game) that 5 was great.

If you enjoy D&D or are just curious about the game and the people who play it, this is a decent introduction, it's not a bad read (or listen as is the case here). The narrative device of bouncing the reader between a history lesson of the game and his own D&D adventures becomes tedious at about the same time as the the live action role play chapter making that part bog down all the more, but all in all not bad.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Einstein

  • His Life and Universe
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 21 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,176

Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise: Two books in one!

  • By Henrik on 04-20-07

A Great Read (listen)

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

Reviewed: 04-30-14

A great story, well written, Isaacson describes Einstein's human side along with his scientific theories. Definitely worth the credit and the time to listen. Outstanding narration as well.

  • The Elephant to Hollywood

  • By: Michael Caine
  • Narrated by: Michael Caine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641

Charming, engaging, and surprisingly forthright, Michael Caine gives us his insider's view of Hollywood and the story of his brilliant second act. When he was in his late 50s, Michael Caine believed his Hollywood career had come to an end. The scripts being sent his way were worse and worse. Salvation came in the unlikely form of his old friend Jack Nicholson, who convinced him to give acting one more shot. What followed was one of the most radical comebacks in film history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sir Michael is awesome

  • By Robert on 12-21-12

Michael Caine tells his life story

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

Reviewed: 11-29-13

Michael Caine gives his most personal and heartwarming performance yet as he tells his life story, and what a story it is. Rising out of poverty to become a beloved movie star who's life's work has touched millions. If you have enjoyed Mr. Caine's films and characters you will love his story and no one is more qualified to tell it than Michael himself.

  • I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had

  • My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High
  • By: Tony Danza
  • Narrated by: Tony Danza
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 913

Long before he starred on some of television’s most beloved and long-running series such as Taxi and Who’s the Boss? and went on to distinguish himself in a variety of film and stage roles, Tony Danza was a walking contradiction: an indifferent student who dreamed of being a teacher. Inspiring a classroom of students was an aspiration he put aside for decades until one day it seemed that the most meaningful thing he could do was give his dream a shot. What followed was a year spent teaching 10th-grade English at Northeast High - Philadelphia’s largest high school with 3,600 students....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I may be a little biased, but ....

  • By Sibine on 04-13-13

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 09-24-12

Tony Danza tells it like it is, I have spent 17 years in the classroom and Mr. Danza experiences and writes about almost every issue that teachers face in the classroom today and hits the nail on the head every time. Great read.

22 of 22 people found this review helpful