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  • Set the Boy Free

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Johnny Marr
  • Narrated by: Johnny Marr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 250

An artist who helped define a period in popular culture, Johnny Marr tells his story in a memoir as vivid and arresting as his music. The Smiths, the band with the signature sound he cofounded, remains one of the most beloved bands ever and have had a profound influence on a number of acts that followed - from the Stone Roses, Suede, Blur, and Radiohead to Oasis, The Libertines, and Arctic Monkeys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best autobiography I've ever read!

  • By Lulu P. on 01-24-17

Amazing story

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

I love this book. I have always loved Johnny Marr but this book took it to a whole new level. His perspective on life is so unique for a musician. Fascinating stories about the Smiths, Electronic, Modest Mouse, The The and so many more. Having Marr tell the story himself is just a bonus.

  • Good Vibrations

  • My Life as a Beach Boy
  • By: Mike Love, James S. Hirsch
  • Narrated by: Mike Love
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

As a founding member of The Beach Boys, Mike Love has spent an extraordinary 55 years, and counting, as the group's lead singer and one of its principal lyricists. The Beach Boys, from their California roots to their international fame, are a unique American story - one of overnight success and age-defying longevity; of musical genius and reckless self-destruction; of spirituality, betrayal, and forgiveness - and Love is the only band member to be part of it each and every step.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worthwhile for Beach Boy fans...narration awful

  • By jeffrey on 10-13-16

Awesome story of American legends

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

Reviewed: 10-25-16

I loved this book. This is one where the audibook is so great as you get to hear the man who lived through all of these experiences. Mike Love comes across as honest, self-deprecating and relatable. I especially enjoyed during a funny story when Mike would chuckle. This book did not disappoint. I could have listened for hours more.

  • Free Refills

  • A Doctor Confronts His Addiction
  • By: Peter Grinspoon
  • Narrated by: Kiff VandenHeuvel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299

Dr. Peter Grinspoon seemed to be a total success: a Harvard-educated MD with a thriving practice; married with two great kids and a gorgeous wife; a pillar of his community. But lurking beneath the thin veneer of having it all was an addict fueled on a daily boatload of prescription meds. When the police finally came calling - after a tip from a sharp-eyed pharmacist - Grinspoon's house of cards came tumbling down fast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • couldn't put it down

  • By Andrew E. Budson, MD on 02-20-16

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 08-06-16

I generally enjoyed the book and narration. The only downside for me was that the author seemed to keep blaming others for his situation. There is a lack of humility I usually see in recovering addicts. That said, it was a good listen.

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  • No, They Can't

  • Why Government Fails - But Individuals Succeed
  • By: John Stossel
  • Narrated by: John Stossel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466

The government is not a neutral arbiter of truth. It never has been. It never will be. Doubt everything. John Stossel does. A self-described skeptic, he has dismantled society's sacred cows with unerring common sense. Now he debunks the most sacred of them all: our intuition and belief that government can solve our problems. In No, They Can't, the New York Times best-selling author and Fox News commentator insists that we discard that idea of the "perfect" government - left or right - and retrain our brain to look only at the facts, to rethink our lives as independent individuals - and fast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, Must Listen

  • By Daniel Cogan on 04-27-12

Timely

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

Reviewed: 08-06-16

In a time of people arguing over which party will save you, this is a refreshing and empowering book.

  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25,017
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,499
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,495

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen to book- It's the perfect biz memoir

  • By Brock on 06-02-16

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 08-06-16

What an inspiring story! I was fascinated from go. One of my favorites this year. Great narration too.

  • Seinfeldia

  • How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything
  • By: Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456

Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn't think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This bad narration is making me thirsty...

  • By Audio Gra Gra on 10-06-16

Great story. Terrible narration.

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

Reviewed: 08-06-16

I am a huge Seinfeld fan. This book is full of great back stories. A lot of fascinating stuff here. Unfortunately, the narrator is terrible. It is like she is poorly "acting" the story. She over annunciates every word. Her voice sounds like it should be reminding me to keep my hands inside the ride at all times at a theme park. It was so distracting.

  • The Disaster Artist

  • My Life inside 'The Room', the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
  • By: Greg Sestero, Tom Bissell
  • Narrated by: Greg Sestero
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,418

Nineteen-year-old Greg Sestero met Tommy Wiseau at an acting school in San Francisco. Wiseau's scenes were rivetingly wrong, yet Sestero, hypnotized by such uninhibited acting, thought, "I have to do a scene with this guy." That impulse changed both of their lives. The Disaster Artist is Greg Sestero's laugh-out-loud funny account of how Tommy Wiseau defied every law of artistry, business, and friendship to make "the Citizen Kane of bad movies" ( Entertainment Weekly), which is now an international phenomenon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You Have to Listen to This Book!

  • By Henry Strickler on 08-28-14

Unlistenable

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

Reviewed: 01-27-15

The narrator is really hard to listen to in this mildly interesting book. It is a bummer. I have not been this excited about a book in a long time.

  • Pandora's Lunchbox

  • How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal
  • By: Melanie Warner
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

If a piece of individually wrapped cheese retains its shape, color, and texture for years, what does it say about the food we eat and feed our children? Former New York Times reporter and mother Melanie Warner decided to explore that question when she observed the phenomenon of the indestructible cheese. She began an investigative journey that takes her to research labs, food science departments, and factories around the country. What she discovered provides a rare, eye-opening - and sometimes disturbing - account of what we're really eating.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting.

  • By Jeff on 10-01-13

Bland. Boring.

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

Reviewed: 03-31-14

This book was not remotely interesting. The author seems to to just read ingredients to everything in the supermarket. After five minutes, I got it. Eat fresh organic food. I am a big fan of Michael Pollan. This was nothing like him.

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  • DisneyWar

  • By: James B. Stewart
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 25 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761

Once upon a time, one man ruled America's greatest entertainment company. This is the untold story of his triumphs and failures, and of the revolt that cost him his kingdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Bottom Line

  • By Rob on 08-19-06

Incredible

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

Reviewed: 03-31-14

I LOVE this book. Fascinating look behind the scenes of Eisner's reign at Disney. You really feel like an insider. Great book.

  • Double Down

  • Game Change 2012
  • By: Mark Halperin, John Heilemann
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807

Drawing on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Heilemann and Halperin deliver another reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, Double Down offers a panoramic account of a campaign at once intensely hard fought and lastingly consequential. For Obama, the victory he achieved meant even more to him than the one he had pulled off four years earlier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • About HALF as good as Game Change

  • By Jacqueline on 11-10-13

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 03-31-14

This is an excellent view in to the world of elections. Game change was very good but I actually thought this was better. If you like politics, you will LOVE this book!