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J. Piper

Ashby, MA United States
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  • Don't Stop Believin'

  • By: Jonathan Cain
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

In this long-awaited memoir, songwriter and keyboardist Jonathan Cain takes us on an odyssey from center stage with Journey when all America was listening to songs like "Don't Stop Believin'", "Faithfully", and "Open Arms", to his hope and faith today. He tells of the thrilling moments when the music came together and offers an inside look at why Steve Perry left and the extraordinary story of their gifted new vocalist, Arnel Pineda. Cain's journey wasn't always easy - and his true arrival in life had more to do with faith than fame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written. A full image of the Journey.

  • By Gwen Roberts on 05-31-18

His view of Journey history

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

Long time (as in pre-Cain) Journey fan. Fully admit that Journey's most sappy songs are my least favorite - ballad style songs are fine but many of Cain's lyrics are simply painful. Journey has been an incredible band and although they made the HOF, they still aren't fully appreciated. This book helps a little but...like many of these type of books, the ego of the writer hinders some of the stories. Yes, he helped pen some of the biggest hits but in the end, it was Schon and Perry that really made Journey. The Rolie / Dunbar years created an amazing foundation and imparted the soul into the band. Cain simply doesn't have 'soul'. Talented yes. Stand alone talent - no. I enjoyed this book but hard to overlook the many egotistical elements. Always interesting to hear those in the music industry explain their marital 'issues' - he seems to fess up but of course, we only hear his side of things.

  • The Call of the Wild

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: Pablo Schreiber
  • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894

Rediscover one of literature’s most beloved classics, richly reissued in a pivotal new audio recording. Emmy and Tony Award-nominated actor Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, Orange Is the New Black) delivers a stirring performance of Jack London’s fierce yet tender tale of loyalty between man and beast, told from the point of view of a dog.    

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Call of the Wild

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-18-18

Amazing, brutal, captivating

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

Just wow. This is another book from my youth that was a ‘joy’ to revisit after 40+ years. Thank goodness it’s relatively short as I could not put it down. An all time gem.

  • The Stranger in the Woods

  • The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
  • By: Michael Finkel
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,265

For readers and listeners of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z, a remarkable tale of survival and solitude - the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins for 27 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A one-sitting listen

  • By NMwritergal on 04-20-18

Really about how we each deal with life

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

I wasn't certain how a book like this could keep me interested all the way through and in the end, I couldn't put it down. I'm sympathetic towards the man with one exception - towards the end of the story when the author talks to the people affected by him. We all need to be responsible for our own actions and thoughts but we all have deep seated fears that are instilled in us at a young age. Highly recommended book with an outstanding reading performance.

  • Unbelievable

  • My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History
  • By: Katy Tur
  • Narrated by: Katy Tur
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,442

The NBC journalist who covered - and took fire from - Donald Trump on the campaign trail offers an inside look at the most shocking presidential election in American history. Intriguing, disturbing, and powerful, Unbelievable is an unprecedented eyewitness account of the 2016 election from an intelligent, dedicated journalist at the center of it - a thoughtful historical record that offers eye-opening insights and details on our political process, the media, and the mercurial 45th president of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENLIGHTENING WITH MUCH HUMOR -LIKE YOU WERE THERE

  • By v2o777 on 09-18-17

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

First I give props and thanks for Katy’s (and others) bravery. The election was sickening and very disconcerting. Although reliving it and listening to all the completely repulsive behavior by so many was a bit tough - I still couldn’t stop listening. Still waiting for this nightmare to end.

  • Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

  • And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House
  • By: Alyssa Mastromonaco, Lauren Oyler
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Mastromonaco
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,213

If your funny older sister were the former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, her behind-the-scenes political memoir would sound something like this. Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? is an intimate and admiring portrait of a president, a candid book of advice for young women, and a promising debut from a savvy political star.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging and funny

  • By Jean on 04-06-17

Honest and raw

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

Disclaimer: I’m a believer that President Obama was one of the most intelligent and important presidents in our country’s history. This past year has supported this. This book is ‘only’ a small insight into his story. Her story is also impressive though I had moments where it was hard to believe she held such important positions. That just reflects her honesty and willingness to be transparent- just like President Obama and his administration.
There was so much hope during his time as President and the country made so much progress. A year later and there is much despair. But we must move forward and find s way out of this mess. It won’t hurt to have Alyssa heading up the next drive towards hope - whomever may lead that charge.

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  • Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers

  • The Rise of Motörhead
  • By: Martin Popoff
  • Narrated by: A. T. Chandler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers is the first book to celebrate the classic-era Motörhead lineup of Lemmy Kilmister, "Fast" Eddie Clarke, and Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor. Through interviews with all of the principal troublemakers, Martin Popoff celebrates the formation of the band and the records that made them legends.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nearly ideal

  • By Nathan Duin on 01-31-18

Must listen for all fans of Rock & Roll

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

Great stuff that only Motörhead lived. I couldn’t put it down. Great narration. Nuff said.

  • Doc

  • A Memoir
  • By: Dwight Gooden, Ellis Henican
  • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 191

A brutally honest memoir of talent, addiction, and recovery from one of the greatest baseball pitchers of all time. As a shy 19-year-old, Dwight Gooden swept into New York, lifting a team of crazy characters to World Series greatness and giving a beleaguered city a reason to believe. Then he threw it all away. Now, with fresh and sober eyes, the Mets’ beloved Dr. K shares the intimate details of his life and career, revealing all the extraordinary highs and lows: The hidden traumas in his close-knit Tampa family. The thrill and pressure of being a young baseball phenom in New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very powerful story

  • By Howard_a on 04-18-14

At times this was hard to listen to

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

Reviewed: 03-25-17

I'm a big baseball fan with plenty of experience with addiction. At times I was disgusted with his reaction to things that went on with his life. In the end he had somehow gone 'back' to those times and gave his honest assessment of what he felt at that time. He is truly fortunate to still be alive and that he can still have a relationship with his children.

  • Melanoma

  • It Started with a Freckle
  • By: David L. Stanley
  • Narrated by: David L. Stanley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

With Melanoma: It Started with a Freckle, David L. Stanley invites you to join him on an inside tour of his cancer. You'll travel with Stanley from the dimly lit and elegantly decorated office of the dermatologist to the fluorescent glare of the operating room theater and back to the workplace as he faces up to melanoma, the only major cancer that has seen its incidence rise since 2000, with humor, humility, and a deep understanding of the disease borne of research and science.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of good information in humorous format

  • By J. Piper on 12-23-16

Lots of good information in humorous format

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

Reviewed: 12-23-16

Cancer isn't funny but those of us fighting that battle have to remain positive and in good humor. For anyone recently diagnosed or perhaps in denial regarding melanoma, this book spells it all out from a first person perspective. I hope to use information and this approach when I'm able to share my story. Like Mr Stanley I want to turn all 'this' into something positive.

  • Fast Girl

  • A Life Spent Running from Madness
  • By: Suzy Favor Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Suzy Favor Hamilton, Nan McNamara
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497

The former middle-distance Olympic runner and high-end escort speaks out for the first time about her battle with mental illness and how mania controlled and compelled her in competition but also in life. This is a heartbreakingly honest yet hopeful memoir reminiscent of Manic, Electroboy, and An Unquiet Mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Accurate Explanation of Bi-Polar Disorder

  • By Julia on 08-03-17

Difficult to totally process

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

Reviewed: 12-21-16

I'll be honest - it was hard to put down. That's the bottom line. I shook my head in disbelief many times. She stated several times that shame is a waste of time - sorry but it don't buy that. She blames her actions entirely on being bi polar - sorry but that doesn't matter. I'm conflicted. It remains incomprehensible that her husband stood by her. I think I would have 'enjoyed' it more if she had taken full responsibility. I get it. I don't get it.

  • Running Man

  • A Memoir
  • By: Charlie Engle
  • Narrated by: Charlie Engle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726

After a decade-long addiction to crack cocaine and alcohol, Charlie Engle hit bottom with a near-fatal six-day binge that ended in a hail of bullets. As Engle got sober, he turned to running, which became his lifeline, his pastime, and his salvation. He began with marathons, and when marathons weren't far enough he began to take on ultramarathons, races that went for 35, 50, and sometimes hundreds of miles, traveling to some of the most unforgiving places on earth to race.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • unexpectedly excellent book

  • By Ric Walton on 03-22-17

Wow. Even better than expected.

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

Been a fan of Charlie for years and own Running the Sahara & Running America. I could not stop listening to this book.

Love that Charlie read it!

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