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  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,249
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,185
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26,088

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

A Change in Perspective in Social Injustice

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

If you wonder why many athletes in the NFL take a knee, then read this book.

  • From the Outside

  • My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love
  • By: Ray Allen, Michael Arkush
  • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

The record-holding two-time National Basketball Association champion reflects on his work ethic, his on-the-court friendships and rivalries, the great teams he's played for, and what it takes to have a long and successful career in this thoughtful, in-depth memoir. Playing in the NBA for 18 years, Ray Allen won championships with the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat and entered the record books as the original king of the three-point shot. Known as one of the hardest-working and highest-achieving players in NBA history, he was legendary for his sharp shooting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wish Ray was the narrator, but narration was good.

  • By Anonymous User on 04-27-18

I Did It Right, Everyone Was Wrong

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

The typical athlete that blames everyone for what went wrong and it wasn't their fault.

  • Furious George

  • My Forty Years Surviving NBA Divas, Clueless GMs, and Poor Shot Selection
  • By: George Karl, Curt Sampson
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

A man of deep passion and intensity, George Karl earned his bad boy reputation while playing at the University of North Carolina, a rap that continued through the five years he spent with the San Antonio Spurs - and long after he stopped playing. Karl's beery nights, fistfights, and barking followed him into a 35-year coaching career. In a game defined by big stakes and bigger egos, rabid fans and an unforgiving media, Karl was hired and fired a dozen times.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • macho jock story.....

  • By Joe Gargiul on 02-12-17

Egos is not the only battle in life!!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-18

As George battles with players, general managers and owners, his dangerous battle will be cancer. Good read for any basketball fan.

  • The Princess Diarist

  • By: Carrie Fisher
  • Narrated by: Carrie Fisher, Billie Lourd
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,375

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar, Harrison Ford.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fireworks at Midnight

  • By Gretchen SLP on 11-25-16

Confessions of a 19 Year Old Heroine

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

The enchanting and charming bio of one of our favorite girls in science fiction. The unknowing affection of her co-star through her confession and prose brings me flying through this book. Kudos for the late Carrie Fisher to bring charm to this book and Billie Lourd to bring solemn complexity to her thoughts on paper. One of the very few bios I have enjoyed hearing the author doing their own narrative.

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  • But Enough About Me

  • A Memoir
  • By: Burt Reynolds, Jon Winokur
  • Narrated by: Burt Reynolds
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751

Burt Reynolds has been a Hollywood leading man for six decades, known for his legendary performances, sex-symbol status, and storied Hollywood romances. In his long career of stardom, during which he was number one at the box office for five years in a row, Reynolds has seen it all. But Enough About Me will tell his story through the people he's encountered on his amazing journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible life!

  • By Zeppy on 11-24-15

The Arrogant Old Stuntman

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

Reviewed: 01-24-16

What did you like best about But Enough About Me? What did you like least?

While I like the emotion of talking about people he was with, I was discouraged that he "double-talked" about Donald Trump. Very peculiar at a time Trump decides to run for president.

What other book might you compare But Enough About Me to and why?

Don't think there is a book I have read or listen to that can compare.

What didn’t you like about Burt Reynolds’s performance?

Very obvious he is going through his script. (Constantly hear pages being turned in the audio.) There is a reason why guys like Arnold Schwarzenegger or Clive Owen had other people read for them. Talked way to slow and sometimes hard to listen to. Sometimes, a little arrogant about roles he passed on and really glad he did (if that were the case).

What else would you have wanted to know about Burt Reynolds and Jon Winokur ’s life?

Didn't hear about some of his lesser roles.

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  • Above the Line

  • Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Season
  • By: Urban Meyer, Wayne Coffey
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885

Pulling back the curtain on the high-profile, high-pressure world he operates in, Urban Meyer offers listeners a groundbreaking game plan for creating a culture of success that engages and inspires the people around them - the very game plan he followed every day in the Buckeyes' historic 2014 season.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for any coach at any level

  • By John Hirsch on 03-14-16

For the Buckeye Fan that needs motivated!

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

Reviewed: 01-01-16

What made the experience of listening to Above the Line the most enjoyable?

He reminds us that we need to take and accept responsibility in our failures and our successes.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would want to hear more concerning his previous coaching experiences and his life outside of coaching a little more.

Which scene was your favorite?

A reminder that success is not always in the stars: one of the recent Superbowl games, he informs us that there were not one five star recruit on either team.

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  • The Bassoon King

  • My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy
  • By: Rainn Wilson
  • Narrated by: Rainn Wilson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,897
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,764

For nine seasons Rainn Wilson played Dwight Schrute, everyone's favorite work nemesis and beet farmer. Viewers of The Office fell in love with the character and grew to love the actor who played him even more. Rainn founded a website and media company, SoulPancake, that eventually became a best-selling book of the same name. He also started a hilarious Twitter feed (sample tweet: "I'm not on Facebook" is the new "I don't even own a TV") that now has more than four million followers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exquisite narration!

  • By Johanna on 11-13-15

More than just stories from "The Office".

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

Reviewed: 01-01-16

What made the experience of listening to The Bassoon King the most enjoyable?

As I enjoyed "The Office", I also enjoyed the stories of the other opportunities he had as an actor. The book made you enjoy a mixture of "The Office" and all the other acting gigs.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Himself: He reminds us that he has a little "Dwight Schrute" in him. Otherwise, he wouldn't be where he is today.

What does Rainn Wilson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His character brings the book to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me laugh. His intention throughout the book wants to make you laugh.

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  • Almost Interesting

  • The Memoir
  • By: David Spade
  • Narrated by: David Spade
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,186

David Spade is best known for his harsh "Hollywood Minute" sketches on SNL, his starring roles in movies like Tommy Boy and Joe Dirt, and his seven-year stint as Dennis Finch on the series Just Shoot Me. Now, with a wit as dry as the weather in his home state of Arizona, the "comic brat extraordinaire" delivers a memoir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than expected

  • By Infullbloom on 10-29-15

Fun Read

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

Reviewed: 01-01-16

Where does Almost Interesting rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the more interesting autobiographies I have listen to. Where some writes about their motivation or other initiatives: David tells us about his imperfections to a point where he reminds us we are all human.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Almost Interesting?

Where he believed he was going to get a supporting part in TV's "In the Heat of the Night".

Which character – as performed by David Spade – was your favorite?

Himself: one of the few autobiographies where the author was great at reading their own. We might want to think that entertainers should be great readers but that is not always the case.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Maybe. Didn't leave me disappointed or bored.

  • Dream Team

  • How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Changed the Game of Basketball Forever
  • By: Jack McCallum
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

In Dream Team, acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum delivers the untold story of the greatest team ever assembled: the 1992 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team that captivated the world, kindled the hoop dreams of countless children around the planet, and remade the NBA into a global sensation. As a senior staff writer for Sports Illustrated, McCallum enjoyed a courtside seat for the most exciting basketball spectacle on earth, covering the Dream Team from its inception to the gold medal ceremony in Barcelona.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great insight into the great basketball team ever.

  • By James O'Brien on 09-04-12
  • Dream Team
  • How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Changed the Game of Basketball Forever
  • By: Jack McCallum
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill

The Greatest Basketball Game Ever!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-26-15

What did you love best about Dream Team?

The practice game between Michael Jordan's team and Magic Johnson's. It is a game of who's the best. While the sports fan will argue what is the greatest basketball game all time, the greatest I believe is probably the one that was watched by very few.

What did you like best about this story?

The story of the game and mini bio's of all the Dream Team players.

What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Dick Hill has to be one of the greatest narrator's I have ever listen to. Every book I have listened to by Dick Hill has brought a overpowering impression of intensity and wonderful play by play of the "Greatest Game". The whole time I am thinking, Jack McCallum is the luckiest man alive!!!!

  • Paddle Your Own Canoe

  • One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living
  • By: Nick Offerman
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,000

Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman - who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking - he runs his own woodshop - Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman's childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois, to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like bacon for your ears

  • By Kyle on 01-03-14

The Adult Ron Swanson...

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

Reviewed: 02-05-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Would not recommend. I don't think I need all the profanity to understand his life. I would suggest if someone would like to know Nick Offerman without the expletives, watch "Parks and Recreation".

Who was your favorite character and why?

Nick has been able to mold his character and his life basically into one over time.

What aspect of Nick Offerman’s performance would you have changed?

As I enjoyed the giggles while he read some of his more favorite times, his autobiography would have meant more if he had respect for the listener.

Was Paddle Your Own Canoe worth the listening time?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

This has been one of the lesser autos I have read. If one wants more of "Ron Swanson" than what you are getting from television, this would be the more adult version.

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