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C.S.Kelly

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  • Dreaming the Beatles

  • A Love Story of One Band and the Whole World
  • By: Rob Sheffield
  • Narrated by: Rob Sheffield
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

Dreaming the Beatles is not another biography of the Beatles or a song-by-song analysis of the best of John and Paul. It isn't another exposé about how they broke up. It isn't a history of their gigs or their gear. It is a collection of essays telling the story of what this ubiquitous band means to a generation who grew up with the Beatles' music on their parents' stereos and their faces on T-shirts. What do the Beatles mean today? Why are they more famous and beloved now than ever? Find out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed it so much I bought it again

  • By Neil Shurley on 08-06-18

Utter waste of time

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

This book is so poorly written and performed it was insulting. Again utterly a throw away and a waste of time. He writes a great deal of it using song lyrics.
I cannot say enough negative comments to do justice to how bad this book is.

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  • The Guy Under the Sheets

  • The Unauthorized Autobiography
  • By: Chris Elliott
  • Narrated by: Chris Elliott
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Because no one will write an unauthorized biography about Emmy-winning actor and comedian Chris Elliott, he has done it himself. Listener, you’re hereby warned that much of this book will be disturbing. The Guy Under the Sheets is a behind-the-scenes memoir so personal, so provocative, that Elliott nearly sued himself to halt publication: The most shocking revelation, corroborated by numerous unnamed sources, is that Elliott is not the absurdist comedian that Rolling Stone once called "a genius". In fact, he’s a slightly dim-witted no-talent from a celebrity family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • truly startling

  • By Dennis Hyland on 08-01-16

Chris Elliott shines.

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

Leave it to one of my generations funniest comics....son of one of my father's generations funniest comics. Father and son see the world through through amazing eyes. Often readers try in some way to sound like the author...not so in this case....sounds more like Ethel Merman doing Othello. This book is so funny if you are not laughing out loud at least three times per paragraph then sadly you don't get Chris Elliott. Have been fan since the first time I saw him perform.

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  • Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin

  • The Early Years, 1926-1966
  • By: Kenneth Womack
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Maximum Volume offers a glimpse into the mind, the music, and the man behind the sound of the Beatles. George Martin's working-class childhood and musical influences profoundly shaped his early career in the BBC's Classical Music department and as head of the EMI Group's Parlophone Records. Out of them flowed the genius behind his seven years producing the Beatles' incredible body of work, including such albums as Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Abbey Road.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely informative but tiresome accents

  • By John R. Blackburn Jr. on 10-12-17

A must for a true Beatles Fan

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

My only complaint is where the book ended.....up until that point the story was fascinating and well read. My only complaint he could have gone further...even after the breakup of the band each of the band members had interactions with Martin and he worked with them in their solo work and that is also a important part of the story. The author made you think he had a word limit and he got to the end of his allotted words and abruptly stopped writing. That being said to that point it was in depth and interesting. The performance was very good.

  • Billy Joel

  • The Definitive Biography
  • By: Fred Schruers
  • Narrated by: Kirk Thornton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

In Billy Joel, acclaimed music journalist Fred Schruers draws upon more than 100 hours of exclusive interviews with Joel to present an unprecedented look at the life, career, and legacy of the pint-sized kid from Long Island who became a rock icon.Exhibiting unparalleled intimate knowledge, Schruers chronicles Joel’s rise to the top of the charts, from his working-class origins in Levittown and early days spent in boxing rings and sweaty clubs to his monumental success in the '70s and '80s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for any Joel fan

  • By Brian Corbin on 11-21-14

Interesting.

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

The reader did a pretty good job except for his Billy Joel interpretation ....it made Billy Joel sound like an fool or a poor impersonation of a New York accent...it was not meant to be like that I am sure but it was annoying. The book was indeed in depth and covered his entire life thus far and that was interesting. The readers performance otherwise was good. If you are a fan of Billy Joel's it covered all the bases good, bad and indifferent.

  • Vincent Price

  • A Daughter's Biography
  • By: Victoria Price
  • Narrated by: Linda Henning
  • Length: 22 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Since his death in 1993, Vincent Price's legacy as a Hollywood legend has only grown in stature. His lengthy and distinguished career - as the voice of The Saint on the radio; as an actor in such unforgettable horror films as House of Wax and The Fly, in classic movies such as Laura and The Song of Bernadette, and on popular TV shows such as Batman and The Brady Bunch; and as a star on the Broadway stage - spanned 65 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good Price

  • By C.S.Kelly on 06-11-15

Very good Price

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

Reviewed: 06-11-15

Written by his daughter I was pleased and a bit surprised on the depth of her research and the very candid and insightful story she relayed. A fine biographer
What a interesting man her father was.

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  • I Must Say

  • My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend
  • By: Martin Short
  • Narrated by: Martin Short
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,375
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,043

Martin Short takes you on a rich, hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking ride through his life and times, from his early years in Toronto as a member of the fabled improvisational troupe Second City to the all-American comic big time of Saturday Night Live and memorable roles in movies such as ¡Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is what audio books were made for!

  • By Ty Brady on 11-06-14

I must say...read this book

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

Reviewed: 04-17-15

I thought I knew something about Martin Short and his career....within the first five minutes I realized I knew I knew nothing of the sort. He is so generous with sharing what made Martin Short the entertainer and the man we came to know. Highs and lows, victories and defeats...he dealt with it all...more then most have to deal with...and did it with style and humor. I used to think Martin Short was a funny and vastly talented individual...but he is much more and this story made me feel a great deal of respect and admiration for this funny and vastly talented man and devouted husband and father.

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  • Food: A Love Story

  • By: Jim Gaffigan
  • Narrated by: Jim Gaffigan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,810
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,795

Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet ("choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover") and decrying the worst offenders ("kale is the early morning of foods"). Fans flocked to his New York Times best-selling book Dad Is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave - his thoughts on all things culinary(ish).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, but read more like a series of jokes

  • By Adam Shields on 10-24-14

OMG

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

Reviewed: 04-17-15

Stellar....enjoyed every minute...just his take on Disneyland makes the time spent enjoying this work time well spent. I have become a Gaffigan fan.

  • Brief Encounters

  • Conversations, Magic Moments, and Assorted Hijinks
  • By: Dick Cavett
  • Narrated by: Dick Cavett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 173

Dick Cavett is back, sharing his reflections and reminiscences about Hollywood legends, American cultural icons, and the absurdities of everyday life. In Brief Encounters, the legendary talk show host Dick Cavett introduces us to the fascinating characters who have crossed his path, from James Gandolfini and John Lennon to Mel Brooks and Nora Ephron, enhancing our appreciation of their talent, their personalities, and their places in the pantheon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly Enjoyable

  • By Gretchen SLP on 09-12-18

Cavett..once again brilliant

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

Reviewed: 04-17-15

Dick Cavett seems to be one of the brightest, self effacing and interesting people on this earth. His stories are chock full of funny and interesting stories from his funny and interesting life. His wit and brilliance shine through in his performance and content in every spoken word (true about all his books). If he hadn't led the life he has he would have been an incredible professor...he has a way of capturing ones attention and imagination and you find yourself hanging on every word. To spend an evening in his company must be a very memorable and pleasent experience. Thank you for sharing.

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  • Hope

  • Entertainer of the Century
  • By: Richard Zoglin
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Born in 1903, and until his death in 2003, Bob Hope was the only entertainer to achieve top-rated success in every major mass-entertainment medium, from vaudeville to television and everything in between. He virtually invented modern stand-up comedy. His tours to entertain US troops and patriotic radio broadcasts, along with his all-American, brash-but-cowardly movie character, helped to ease the nation's jitters during the stressful days of World War II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thoroughly engaging biography

  • By John on 12-29-14

In depth study

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

Reviewed: 04-17-15

I have always been a fan of Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Hope & Crosby.
This account of his life is not a scathing rumor mill driven book. But it does tell the story...worts and all of a legandary performer who entertained generations and seemed to find how to make it all work. I enjoyed the story and the performance...and if you thought you had a sense of who Bob Hope was this account of his life seems the most in depth and fair I have read to date...he had his demons and imperfections...as we all do to some extent...but I have the feeling if the author was able to be with Hope as he read the authors work...when he got to the end I think Hope would shut the book...look at the author and say "Yep...that about sums it up"

  • Roadshow

  • Landscape with Drums: A Concert Tour by Motorcycle
  • By: Neil Peart
  • Narrated by: Brian Sutherland
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

For 30 years, drummer, author, and songwriter Neil Peart had wanted to write a book about "the biggest journey of all in my restless existence: the life of a touring musician." Finally, the right time, and the right tour. In the summer of 2004, after three decades, 20 gold albums, and thousands of performances spanning four continents, the band Rush embarked on a celebratory 30th Anniversary World Tour. The "R30" tour traveled to nine countries, where the band performed 57 shows in front of more than half a million fans. Uniquely, Peart chose to do his between-show traveling by motorcycle, riding 21,000 miles of back roads.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, even for a non-fan of Rush

  • By Jim In Texas! on 10-04-14

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 04-17-15

Reading any of Neil Peart's books is rather like eating potato chips...you just want more.
What an interesting man and what a fascinating life. His adventures unfold like a map..he not only shares what he has accomplished but shares his thoughts , feelings, humor and observations. He does not seem to filter anything and has a sense of when he has used enough words. He certainly has not rested on his laurels nor has he allowed himself to think he breathes only the rarified air of one as famous and accomplished as himself. He has a wonderful way of sharing with the readers his views and beliefs without trying to be preachy or trying to convert the reader to any of them. Here is a man who is always on a quest for knowledge and experience...his life has not been without tragedy...he has suffered some of the worst experiences that can befall any human...parent or spouse.
Getting to the end of any of his books is (just have to say it)...is a Rush. Thank you Neil for sharing your life's experience and inviting us in.

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