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  • Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash's Greatest Album

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Danny Robins
  • Narrated by: Danny Robins
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,379
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,605
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,590

This is the story of one of the greatest records ever made - Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison - and its shocking and tragic aftermath. Join award-winning journalist Danny Robins on the 50th anniversary of the album as he takes you on a road trip back to 1968, a pivotal year in US history, to investigate the dramatic and unlikely friendship between Johnny Cash, American icon, and Glen Sherley, armed robber and Folsom inmate, and how that friendship was violently torn apart. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing.

  • By Margaret on 02-04-19

Deep dive research and a story well told

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

This would have been five stars all around if not for the voice actors as Johnny Cash and others. For me that diminished the impact of the words being spoken. With that said, overall Folsom Untold is well done and another fascinating glimpse into the life and times of Johnny Cash.

  • Black Sheep

  • This Can't Be Happening Collection
  • By: Rory Scholl
  • Narrated by: Rory Scholl
  • Length: 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 202

An irresponsible twentysomething comic and his equally shameless grandmother join forces as proud pariahs in this dark and rowdy story of dicey family ties, kindred spirits, bad behavior, and bribery. When Rory’s judgmental mother told him that he took after his grandma Evelyn, he took it as a compliment. The ninety-two-year-old cocktail-toting, offtrack-betting party girl was every bit the troublemaker he was. When she landed at a dead-end nursing home, Rory jumped at the chance to liven things up for bored Evelyn - with vodka, scratch-offs, bingo, and gaming.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh.

  • By Julie WI on 02-22-19

Almost incomprehensibly bad

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

A poorly written and presumably autobiographical story about a pitiful loser who lazily careens through life making unfunny jokes while pounding himself on the back. I have no clue how this fits into a This Can't Be Happening theme.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Accomplished Guest

  • Stories
  • By: Ann Beattie
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Jacques Roy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Surprising and revealing, set along the East Coast from Maine to Key West, Ann Beattie's astutely observed new collection explores unconventional friendships, frustrated loves, mortality, and aging.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Ann Beattie, of course it is great

  • By Nathan Duin on 12-26-18

It's Ann Beattie, of course it is great

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

I truly enjoyed everything about this. The writing, the narration, the many and varied themes, and the fact that the quality of Beattie's work never dips.

  • Clock Dance

  • A Novel
  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 617

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother's sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother but isn't sure she ever will be. Then, one day, Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger. Without fully understanding why, she flies across the country to Baltimore....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal Story Telling

  • By Mr. Johnny White on 08-02-18

Love

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

Not surprisingly, this Anne Tyler novel is as splendid as all of her other books. Wonderful. Kimberly Farr is equally excellent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Neverworld Wake

  • By: Marisha Pessl
  • Narrated by: Phoebe Strole
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 231

Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her five best friends were the cool kids, the beautiful ones. Then the shocking death of Jim - their creative genius and Beatrice's boyfriend - changed everything. One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft - the seaside estate where they spent so many nights sharing secrets, crushes, plans to change the world - hoping she'll get to the bottom of the dark questions gnawing at her about Jim's death. But as the night plays out, Beatrice senses she's never going to know what really happened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, engaging, and thought provoking

  • By Keri Owen on 06-23-18

A rare talent

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

The third novel from Marisha Pessl is as transcendent as her first two. Wonderful. Thankfully the narration is as excellent as the text. Well done to all involved.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow Killer

  • By: Arnaldur Indridason
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

Reykjavik, August 1941. When a travelling sales rep is found murdered in a Reykjavik flat, killed by a bullet from a Colt 45, the police initially suspect a member of the Allied occupation force. The British are in the process of handing over to the Americans, and the streets of Reykjavik are crawling with servicemen whose relations with the local women are a major cause for concern. Flovent, Reykjavik's sole detective, is joined by the young military policeman Thorson, the son of Icelandic emigrants to Canada. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as previous in this series

  • By Super Sue on 07-04-18

Splendid

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Every bit as successful as all of the other Indridason books narrated by Guidall. Engrossing.

  • The Mars Room

  • A Novel
  • By: Rachel Kushner
  • Narrated by: Rachel Kushner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 664
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 607

Featuring original music by Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon! It's 2003 and Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women's Correctional Facility, deep in California's Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: the San Francisco of her youth and her young son, Jackson. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the absurdities of institutional living, which Kushner evokes with great humor and precision.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing novel !

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-08-18

I can't think of any way this book could have been

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

As a great admirer of Kushner's previous novels I was expecting to love this and I did. Unflinching, unvarnished - like being inside the characters heads. A superb achievement. She did a wonderful job with the narration as well.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • You Think It, I'll Say It

  • Stories
  • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 545
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 547

Throughout the 10 stories in You Think It, I'll Say It, Sittenfeld upends assumptions about class, relationships, and gender roles in a nation that feels both adrift and viscerally divided. With moving insight and uncanny precision, Curtis Sittenfeld pinpoints the questionable decisions, missed connections, and sometimes extraordinary coincidences that make up a life. Indeed, she writes what we're all thinking - if only we could express it with the wit of a master satirist, the storytelling gifts of an old-fashioned raconteur, and the vision of an American original.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like Potato Chips, You Can’t Read Just One

  • By Gretchen SLP on 08-04-18

Sittenfeld at her best, the narration not my favor

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

The stories are as good as short fiction gets but I actually enjoyed her narration of two of these stories at the New Yorker Fiction podcast much more than the versions here. Regardless, it is a great book.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Lonely Boy

  • Tales from a Sex Pistol
  • By: Steve Jones
  • Narrated by: Steve Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

Ask anyone who knows about music, and they'll tell you: Without Steve Jones punk rock would not exist. This is not hyperbole. No Steve Jones, no punk rock. Period. The prototypical street urchin turned Sex Pistols guitarist was the sole inspiration and creator of the punk movement that began shaking the culture in late 1970s London and is just as strong today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Steve Jones Even More Now!

  • By Ewenanne on 01-30-17

Nicely done

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

Reviewed: 04-17-18

I found it hugely entertaining to have a counterpoint to John Lydon's view of the same events. With that said, I struggled to get past the fact that Jones has never once come close to matching the impact he made with the Pistols, while Lydon has in PiL.

  • 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

Nearly ideal

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

This particular Motorhead book is quite well done and it is always interesting hearing the divergent opinions of the main characters. I personally would have liked to hear more from Lemmy, but that's a small problem.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful