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Justin York

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  • Cockpit Confidential

  • Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel: Questions, Answers, and Reflections
  • By: Patrick Smith
  • Narrated by: Charlie Thurston
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 128

For millions of people, travel by air is a confounding, uncomfortable, and even fearful experience. Patrick Smith, airline pilot and author of the web's popular "Ask the Pilot" feature, separates fact from fallacy and tells you everything you need to know....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good premise

  • By Andrew R Clay on 04-09-16

Very Interesting

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

Reviewed: 10-22-16

What made the experience of listening to Cockpit Confidential the most enjoyable?

Great insight from a seasoned pro

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

It gets a little tedious at times, like when he lists historic events. But many readers will appreciate this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Based on a True Story

  • A Memoir
  • By: Norm Macdonald
  • Narrated by: Norm Macdonald, Tim O'Halloran
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,274

As this book's title suggests, Norm Macdonald tells the story of his life - more or less - from his origins on a farm in the-back-of-beyond Canada and an epically disastrous appearance on Star Search to his account of auditioning for Lorne Michaels and his memorable run as the anchor of Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live - until he was fired because a corporate executive didn't think he was funny. But Based on a True Story is much more than a memoir; it's the hilarious, inspired epic of Norm's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bizarre, funny ride

  • By Michael Chauvin on 09-25-16

Mindblowing. No, seriously. Mindblowing.

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

Reviewed: 10-22-16

If you could sum up Based on a True Story in three words, what would they be?

Norm Times Ten

Who was your favorite character and why?

Um.... Norm.

What does Norm Macdonald and Tim O'Halloran bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Only Norm can do Norm justice. But this went beyond. I would listen to any book narrated by him. I didn't think I would come to that conclusion before listening to this. But he seriously nailed it. T.O. did a great job, too.

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

I honestly did not think I would have such strong emotional reactions. I won't say more because I think it best for each listener to experience it with as fresh a mind as possible.

Any additional comments?

Wow.

  • Spectacular Wickedness

  • Sex, Race, and Memory in Storyville, New Orleans
  • By: Emily Epstein Landau
  • Narrated by: Lee Ann Howlett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

From 1897 to 1917 the red-light district of Storyville commercialized and even thrived on New Orleans' longstanding reputation for sin and sexual excess. This notorious neighborhood, located just outside of the French Quarter, hosted a diverse cast of characters who reflected the cultural milieu and complex social structure of turn-of-the-century New Orleans, a city infamous for both prostitution and interracial intimacy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating [academic] read

  • By A. C. Skinner on 08-22-16

Buried in Minutiae

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

Reviewed: 12-14-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

A researcher.

Has Spectacular Wickedness turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. I'm very interested in New Orleans/Louisiana history, culture, etc. I would even consider another book by this author. This book just wasn't for me.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It is thorough and very well researched.

Any additional comments?

The middle 70% of this book is essentially a data dump of the racial make up of New Orleans starting way before Storyville existed. The author makes the same points over and over. Much of the book is an indictment of white males, which is fine I suppose. But she just keeps hammering that point over and over. I wish there had been something in the title or description that explained how so much of the book was backstory compared to actually being about Storyville.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Simpsons

  • An Uncensored, Unauthorized History
  • By: John Ortved
  • Narrated by: John Allen Nelson, Justine Eyre
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

John Ortved's oral history is the first-ever look behind the scenes at the creation and day-to-day running of the television phenomenon known as The Simpsons, as told by many of the people who produce it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great Content, Awful Reading

  • By JH Easton on 03-13-11

Worst. Narration. Ever.

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

What did you love best about The Simpsons?

The author did a great job of selecting quotes and linking them together to form his narrative.

Would you be willing to try another one of John Allen Nelson and Justine Eyre ’s performances?

Absolutely not. Justine was fine, but Mr. Nelson really needs to find another line of work. He's a fine actor on screen, but he seems like a different person here. I just went through my wish list to make sure that I did not have any other selections narrated by Mr. Allen.

Any additional comments?

How did they find the one American who has never seen The Simpsons and has little clue about pop culture to narrate this book? Who doesn't know how to pronounce "D'oh," Homer Simpsons exclamation that's so famous it made the dictionary? He mispronounced South Park's Cartman as CartMAN, like he was a superhero. U2's Bono sounded like Sonny Bono's last name. On top of that, his cadence was very off-putting and the whole performance was dry. Sorry, Mr. Nelson. This just ain't your bag.

  • Huey Long

  • By: T. Harry Williams
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 31 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

He was one of the most extraordinary figures in American political history, a great natural politician who looked, and often seemed to behave, like a caricature of the red-neck Southern politico - and yet he had become, at the time of his assassination, a serious rival to Franklin D. Roosevelt for the presidency. In this "masterpiece of American biography" ( New York Times), Huey Long stands wholly revealed, analyzed, and understood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning, Compelling and Relevent

  • By Paul on 11-28-11

Well Written & Well Read

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

Reviewed: 04-15-14

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

Aside from an overall excellent reading, Weiner hits some fairly specific accents very well. I'll excuse him for a few mispronunciations of difficult Louisiana towns and other names. I would actually consider listening to another audiobook just because Tom Weiner recorded it.

Any additional comments?

This is the book if you want to really delve into the life of Huey Long. If you're looking to learn the basic story without as much detail, though still a well written book, try "Kingfish" by Richard D. White, Jr.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • God, No!

  • Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales
  • By: Penn Jillette
  • Narrated by: Penn Jillette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,703
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,700

From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More memoir than theology

  • By Paul on 12-29-11

Very worthwhile read

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

Reviewed: 06-20-12

Would you try another book from Penn Jillette and/or Penn Jillette?

Absolutely.

Any additional comments?

If anything, this book kind of hurt his cause for Atheism to me. But it's still a great read and he's a fascinating person.

  • I Know I Am, But What Are You?

  • By: Samantha Bee
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,296

Critics have called her “sweet, adorable, and vicious.” But there is so much more to be said about Samantha Bee. For one, she’s Canadian - whatever that means. And now, she opens up for the very first time about her checkered Canadian past. With charming candor, she admits to her Lennie from Of Mice and Men-style love of baby animals, her teenage crime spree as one-half of a car-thieving couple, and the fact that strangers seem compelled to show her their genitals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I gotta ramble.

  • By Megan on 01-08-11

Should have been a series of short stories

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

Reviewed: 06-20-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes. I really like Samantha Bee and I'm always curious about people's paths.

Would you recommend I Know I Am, But What Are You? to your friends? Why or why not?

I think this book appeals more to us comedy nerds.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss

  • The Early Days of SNL from Someone Who Was There
  • By: Tom Davis
  • Narrated by: Tom Davis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

i>39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss is a seriously funny, offbeat, and irreverent memoir that chronicles the early days of Saturday Night Live and features some of its greatest personalities---Al Franken, Lorne Michaels, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Michael O'Donoghue, and Chris Farley.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT MEMORIES!!!

  • By Ruth R-Evans on 08-21-12

A truly brilliant comedic mind

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

Reviewed: 06-20-12

What did you like best about this story?

I'm a big comedy fan and a big SNL fan and I think Tom Davis has never gotten the exposure he should. I was very happy to finally get to know him a bit.

Any additional comments?

Tom, if you ever read this, please keep writing and performing. If anyone in the industry reads this, please hire Tom Davis and give him a platform to write and perform. The world needs more Tom Davis.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • SuperFreakonomics

  • By: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,126

SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Can eating kangaroo save the planet? Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth Your Time

  • By Rich on 01-04-10

MORE MORE MORE!

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

Reviewed: 06-20-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this to anyone. It's fascinating and it really makes you want to start looking at causes and effects of big issues in a different way.

  • When You Ride Alone You Ride with bin Laden

  • What the Government Should Be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism
  • By: Bill Maher
  • Narrated by: Bill Maher
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

Political provocateur Bill Maher tells it like it is in a useful and hilarious guide for the many Americans who want to do more here at home to help in the war effort, but are at a loss as to how. Says Maher, "Traveling the country, I find that people want to do more here at home, but are at a loss as to what. Even when the government issues a Terrorism Advisory, it's maddeningly vague - 'Terrorist alert today! Code Burnt Orange!' 'And what?' I always want to ask, "Bring a sweater?'"

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Witty and accurate, mostly, but outdated

  • By chris on 01-11-07

Great, but mostly outdated

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

Reviewed: 06-20-12

Would you consider the audio edition of When You Ride Alone You Ride with bin Laden to be better than the print version?

When an author reads his or her own words, it just works way better... at least with non-fiction.

Would you recommend When You Ride Alone You Ride with bin Laden to your friends? Why or why not?

I would recommend this only to hard-core Maher fans. For other friends, I'd recommend more recent works.

Which character – as performed by Bill Maher – was your favorite?

There weren't any characters.

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

Yes. It wasn't very long.