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Brad Crisler

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  • Inside the Star Wars Empire

  • A Memoir
  • By: Bill Kimberlin
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Bill Kimberlin may refer to himself as "one of those names on the endless list of credits at the close of blockbuster movies." In reality though, he's a true insider on some of the most celebrated and popular movies and franchises of the past century. Jurassic Park. Jumanji. Even Forrest Gump. And perhaps most notably, Star Wars. Inside the Star Wars Empire is the very funny and insightful tell-all about the two decades Kimberlin spent as a department director at LucasFilm Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), the special effects studio founded by the legendary filmmaker George Lucas.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 1 part interesting, 1 part self indulgent, 1 part insufferable.

  • By Brad Crisler on 01-08-19

1 part interesting, 1 part self indulgent, 1 part insufferable.

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

I appreciate the details of what is was like to work for Lucas during the heyday of Lucasfilm and am respectful of the personal narrative of Mr. Kimberlin within the context of the business but the interwoven stories about family history are out of character with the rest of the book and come off as filler.

  • Something Wonderful

  • Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolution
  • By: Todd S. Purdum
  • Narrated by: Todd S. Purdum
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

They stand at the apex of the great age of songwriting, the creators of the classic Broadway musicals Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music, whose songs have never lost their popularity or emotional power. Even before they joined forces, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had written dozens of Broadway shows, but together they pioneered a new art form: the serious musical play.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rediscovery of an innovative team of artists

  • By Brian T. Cahill on 04-14-18

An intimate take on this amazing duo

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This fantastic biography not only traces the history of the work of these two musical icons, it also weaves the human element into the narrative, warts and all. They were flawed humans who used their artistry as an honest outlet changing American theatre forever. As a lifelong professional commercial songwriter, I was stunned at the astounding level of wealth created by R&H catalog. It makes todays' songwriter royalties pale by comparison in the age of free digital distribution and exploitation. By carefully controlling both the means and terms of distribution of their work, R&H were able to maximize their well deserved compensation for their work; a scenario that unfortunately no longer exists for most songwriters. This bio also is a fantastic parallel history of musical theatre itself along with a healthy dose of NYC history to boot. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was sad when it ended.

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  • DisneyWar

  • By: James B. Stewart
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 25 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

DisneyWar is an enthralling tale of one of America's most powerful media and entertainment companies, the people who control it, and those trying to overthrow them. It tells a story that - in its sudden twists, vivid, larger-than-life characters, and thrilling climax - might itself have been the subject of a Disney classic - except that it's all true.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really interesting story... No ending.

  • By rotinaj on 12-18-17

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

I listened to the entire book over 3 days. It was absolutely fantastic. About as exciting as corporate intrigue gets.

  • 1983

  • The World at the Brink
  • By: Taylor Downing
  • Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

1983 was a supremely dangerous year - even more dangerous than 1962, the year of the Cuban Missile Crisis. In the US, President Reagan massively increased defence spending, described the Soviet Union as an 'evil empire' and announced his 'Star Wars' programme, calling for a shield in space to defend the US from incoming missiles. Yuri Andropov, the paranoid Soviet leader, saw all this as signs of American aggression and convinced himself that the US really meant to attack the Soviet Union. He put the KGB on alert to look for signs of an imminent nuclear attack.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Complaints About Narrator's Accents are dead-on

  • By Douglas on 06-12-18

Dead Hand is better...

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

And more detailed. This narrator should stick to his native English accent. He truly has the most annoying, embarrassing and insulting American accent. Ever. Please. Stop.

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  • Making Rumours

  • The Inside Story of the Classic Fleetwood Mac Album
  • By: Ken Caillat, Steve Stiefel
  • Narrated by: Ken Caillat, Fred Berman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Fleetwood Mac's classic 1977 Rumours album topped the Billboard 200 for 31 weeks and won the Album of the Year Grammy. More recently, Rolling Stone named it the 25th greatest album of all time and the hit TV series Glee devoted an entire episode to songs from Rumours, introducing it to a new generation. Now, for the first time, Ken Caillat, the album's co-producer, tells the full story of what really went into making Rumours.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • So so

  • By Michael Burke on 01-15-15

Great story. Terrible writing.

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

Reviewed: 07-31-17

Fascinating story about an iconic record. Some of filling is hard to stomach and embarrassing . "I smell a Grammy". Really??