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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 763
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706

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

Should have had a proper narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-15-15

As I'm sure others have mentioned, the story is entertaining and well put together but it's frustrating trying to understand Reynold's narration. It's almost like nobody wanted to tell him that a section needed some work and whatever he said had to be used.

  • Men in Green

  • By: Michael Bamberger
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

One night in a Chicago restaurant, Michael Bamberger draws up a list of golf heroes. Nine are living legends, like Arnold and Jack. Nine are secret legends, like Dolphus "Golf Ball" Hull: a windblown tour caddie from Jackson, Mississippi. What they all share is a game that courses through their collective veins like a drug. Accompanied by a sidekick and friend, a former tour player who is a secret legend himself, Bamberger seeks to locate and get to know these luminaries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great stories, hard to follow

  • By Drew Ross on 06-02-16

Interesting but cover misleading

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

Reviewed: 08-10-15

Enjoyed the book but I was expecting a story about golfers at the Masters, especially when you look at the "cover". Instead it was a bucket list of golfers that the author wanted to meet and talk with. As I said, still enjoyable but was fooled by the cover.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 3,236
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,911

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

Fun listen

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

Reviewed: 12-18-14

Really enjoyed this book...much more than I would have thought. Interesting story with lots of fun bits.

  • Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story

  • By: Rick Bragg
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

A monumental figure on the American landscape, Jerry Lee Lewis spent his childhood raising hell in Ferriday, Louisiana, and Natchez, Mississippi; galvanized the world with hit records like "Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On" and "Great Balls of Fire", that gave rock and roll its devil’s edge; caused riots and boycotts with his incendiary performances; nearly scuttled his career by marrying his 13-year-old second cousin - his third wife of seven - and ran a decades-long marathon of drugs, drinking, and women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Unsparing Portrait of a Southern Kinsman

  • By Patrick on 11-01-14

Can't listen anymore!

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

Reviewed: 12-18-14

Really looked forward to this book but had to stop after the first few hours. The narrative advances at a snail's pace as the author continually drifts off describing non-essential bits of social color. In other words, what you could describe in 2 or 3 lines instead goes on for paragraph after paragraph. Make your point and move on! Where was the editor on this one? Good narration, great story, just can't listen to 15 minutes of drivel waiting for the next tidbit of information. A "must miss" in my opinion.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Tune In

  • The Beatles: All These Years
  • By: Mark Lewisohn
  • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
  • Length: 43 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 891
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 835

Tune In is the first volume of All These Years - a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insanely great

  • By Tad Davis on 12-17-13

Like reliving Beatlemania

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

Reviewed: 03-28-14

Amazing detail with plenty of new insight into the Beatle story. Even though it's long, I can't wait for the next installation.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Natural Woman

  • A Memoir
  • By: Carole King
  • Narrated by: Carole King
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

Carole King takes us from her early beginnings in Brooklyn to her remarkable success as one of the world's most acclaimed songwriting and performing talents of all time. A Natural Woman chronicles King's extraordinary life, drawing listeners into her musical world, including her phenomenally successful number-one album Tapestry, and into her journey as a performer, mother, wife, and present-day activist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Baby Boom Generation's Big Sister

  • By Thomas A. Morgan on 04-17-12

Outstanding book

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

Reviewed: 03-28-14

Enjoyed this selection very much. King is an amazing talent and her narration was excellent. I've read the hardcover but still enjoyed going through it again on Audiobook.

  • Furious Cool

  • Richard Pryor and The World That Made Him
  • By: David Henry, Joe Henry
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 157

Richard Pryor was arguably the single most influential performer of the second half of the twentieth century, and certainly he was the most successful black actor/comedian ever. Controversial and somewhat enigmatic in his lifetime, Pryor's performances opened up a new world of possibilities, merging fantasy with angry reality in a way that wasn't just new - it was heretofore unthinkable. His childhood in Peoria, Illinois, was spent just trying to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By shopper on 01-05-15

Some insight but thin

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

Reviewed: 03-28-14

Interesting story with some insight into Pryor's life and times but thin in many places. Lots of repetition of Pryor's classic routines. I agree that he was a special talent but the genius term was thrown around ad nauseam throughout the book.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Kennedy's Last Days

  • The Assassination that Defined a Generation
  • By: Bill O'Reilly
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann, Bill O’Reilly (introduction)
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Kennedy's Last Days is a gripping account of the events leading up to the most notorious crime of the 20th century. Adapted from Bill O’Reilly’s best-selling historical thriller, Killing Kennedy, this audiobook will have young listeners - and grown-ups too - hooked on this fascinating and colorful period of history. In the first term of his presidency, as the Cold War escalates, John F. Kennedy struggles to contain the growth of Communism while dealing with the many other complexities facing him as president of the United States.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Absolute waste of a credit

  • By John on 06-13-13

Absolute waste of a credit

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

Reviewed: 06-13-13

I waited for this book expecting it would be like O'reilly's book on Lincoln. It's basically a recitation of facts on the Kennedy assassination that would be useful to a junior high student. No insight and absolutely nothing new. I don't know when I've been more disappointed in a selection. The only redeeming quality in this audiobook is the narration of Edward Herrmann, who I think is the best.

Never again Mr. O'reilly. What a rip-off!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • One on One

  • Behind the Scenes with the Greats in the Game
  • By: John Feinstein
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

After numerous beloved and best-selling sports books, John Feinstein returns to the subjects of his first 10 books, crafting a narrative of the most revealing encounters he's had. These are the coaches and athletes who know their games the best, and the legends and legendary moments that gave inherent shape to our favorite pastimes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Big Time Sports Stories and Bigger Egos

  • By fred on 03-12-12

Very misleading title

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

Reviewed: 02-25-13

I've read most of Feinstein's work and I'm a fan but very disappointed with the content of this book. It's more about the author's struggles to get his ideas accepted by bosses, colleagues, subjects, etc. I would not have purchased this title if I had known the content. I was expecting in-depth interviews with the "greats of the game" not discussions on how the author was granted "full access". On the plus side, the narration is first rate.

If you're looking for a book on John Feinstein, then this is your book. If you're looking for "One on One Behind The Scenes" I'd look somewhere else.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Passion for Life

  • The Biography of Elizabeth Taylor
  • By: Donald Spoto
  • Narrated by: C. M. Hébert
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Born in England to socially ambitious parents, Elizabeth Taylor was catapulted into child stardom and molded by MGM into the great violet-eyed beauty of postwar America. Along the way, without training or counsel, she became an award-winning actress, dazzling audiences everywhere with spectacular performances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Alison on 04-21-13

Dull and repetitive

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

Reviewed: 02-12-13

Not sure why but I found myself hitting fast forward a number of times through this audiobook. It just got a little tedious with the minute details of Taylor's diva life. I'm a fan of Elizabeth Taylor...but not this book.