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  • The Queen

  • Aretha Franklin
  • By: Mikal Gilmore
  • Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,788
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,403

You know her voice. Now hear her story.

Audible has teamed up with Rolling Stone to produce an uncompromisingly honest Audible Original that honors the life and legacy of the incomparable Aretha Franklin. Aretha’s universal appeal was evident from the release of her first album at age 14 through her nearly 50 Top 40 hits. Yet this intimate biography reminds us that Aretha knew pain as much as she knew glory. It was the blues, residing deep within her soul, that gave way to a voice able to lift millions with a profound sense of freedom, self-worth, and undeniable talent to rise above sorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I learned so much

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-15-18

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Reviewed: 10-21-18

Aretha lived an interesting life and was a force in both soul and pop music.

  • Wins, Losses, and Lessons

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Lou Holtz
  • Narrated by: Lou Holtz
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 266

Few people in the history of college sports have been more influential or had a bigger impact than Lou Holtz. Winner of the three national Coach of the Year honors, the only coach ever to lead six different schools to season-ending bowl games, and the ninth-winningest coach in college football history, Holtz is still teaching and coaching, although he is no longer on the gridiron.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great story about an incredibly successful coach

  • By James on 04-30-12

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Reviewed: 10-14-18

Lou Holtz is an American success story! He did more with the opportunities given than the average person.

  • Unscripted

  • The Unpredictable Moments That Make Life Extraordinary
  • By: Ernie Johnson Jr., John Smoltz
  • Narrated by: Ernie Johnson Jr.
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 273

Ernie Johnson, Jr., has been in the game a long time. With one of the most recognized voices in sports broadcasting, he is a tireless perfectionist when it comes to preparing and delivering his commentary. Yet he knows that some of sports' greatest triumphs - and life's greatest rewards - come from those unscripted moments you never anticipated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get to knw the man behind the scenes.

  • By Paul David Bunyan on 07-12-17

Lot's of Blackberry Moments!

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Reviewed: 08-14-18

Loved it! This book reminds me to slow down and enjoy the ride. Great read

  • Michael Jordan

  • The Life
  • By: Roland Lazenby
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,315

When most people think of Michael Jordan, they think of the beautiful shots, his body totally in sync with the ball, hitting nothing but net. He is responsible for incredible moments so ingrained in basketball history that they have their own names: The Shrug, The Shot, The Flu Game. But for all his greatness, there's also a dark side to Jordan: A ruthless competitor, a gambler. There's never been a biography that balanced these personas-until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye Opener

  • By eduardo on 03-02-15

Great listen!

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Reviewed: 07-20-18

A walk through the good and bad of Michael Jordan. He was flawed but iconic!

  • Steve Jobs

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,280

Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting man

  • By Jeanne on 11-13-11

Awesome Listen! Very well done.

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Reviewed: 04-28-18

Steve's story is complex but very interesting. He changed the computer, music and movie industries.

  • The Grand Design

  • By: Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009

The most fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and of life itself, once the province of philosophy, now occupy the territory where scientists, philosophers, and theologians meet—if only to disagree. In their new book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe, in nontechnical language marked by both brilliance and simplicity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hawking succeeds in mind-blowing physics, real

  • By Brandi on 10-14-10

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Reviewed: 03-26-18

The technical terms we're explained so a layman could understand them. Great job Mr Hawking.

  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 24 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,871

Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us - an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings. In best-selling author Walter Isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin turns to us from history's stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours. The most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, not crazy about the narrator

  • By Cathi on 07-20-13

Awesome Book!

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Reviewed: 03-05-18

Benjamin Franklin was one of the great leaders in developing America's Independence and diverse inginuety.

  • Leonardo da Vinci

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,483

Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish the sample was not from the preface!

  • By Kristopher S. on 11-13-17

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Reviewed: 02-04-18

Alfred Molina does a great job reading it and making it interesting. I recommend it.

  • A Life in Parts

  • By: Bryan Cranston
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,217
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,874

Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father, a struggling actor and director, cast him in a United Way commercial. Soon Bryan was haunting the local movie theater, memorizing and reenacting favorite scenes with his older brother. Acting was clearly the boy's destiny - until one day his father disappeared. Suddenly destiny took a backseat to survival. Seeking something more stable, perhaps subconsciously trying to distance himself from his absent father, Cranston decided on a career in law enforcement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They're all good parts.

  • By kelli mcgourty on 10-23-16

Awesome to Listen to!

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Reviewed: 11-02-17

Bryan Cranston Is very interesting and easy to listen to. I got a lot of good takeaways.

  • TED Talks

  • The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking
  • By: Chris Anderson
  • Narrated by: Chris Anderson, Tom Rielly, Kelly Stoetzel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,056

Since taking over TED in the early 2000s, Chris Anderson has shown how carefully crafted short talks can be the key to unlocking empathy, stirring excitement, spreading knowledge, and promoting a shared dream. Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience's worldview. Done right, a talk is more powerful than anything in written form.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the VERY Best!

  • By C. Freeman on 05-08-16

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Reviewed: 08-09-17

Great for anyone who has a presentation and wants to have the insight to make it impactful.