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  • An Object of Beauty

  • A Novel
  • By: Steve Martin
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 937
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 554

Lacey Yeager is young, captivating, and ambitious enough to take the New York art world by storm. Groomed at Sotheby's and hungry to keep climbing the social and career ladders put before her, Lacey charms men and women, old and young, rich and even richer with her magnetic charisma and liveliness. Her ascension to the highest tiers of the city parallel the soaring heights - and, at times, the dark lows - of the art world and the country from the late 1990s through today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gifted writer, characters and context feel true

  • By L on 12-07-10

Who would've thought?

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

Steve Martin is a talented writer, director, musician, comedian, etc. He demonstrates his intelligence and cultured view of the art world and personal relationships as they exist in that world. The story gives the reader an educated view from the eyes of a young woman on the rise as a buyer and collector of fine art. What you get is some fascinating fodder about auction houses, museums, galleries, openings, and closings. It reveals ways in which this market can be so covert and back-biting, All this, and even some romance in the buying and selling of famous paintings.

  • Recovery

  • Freedom from Our Addictions
  • By: Russell Brand
  • Narrated by: Russell Brand
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,334
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,103

With a rare mix of honesty, humor, and compassion, comedian and movie star Russell Brand mines his own wild story and shares the advice and wisdom he has gained through his 14 years of recovery. Brand speaks to those suffering along the full spectrum of addiction - from drugs, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar addictions to addictions to work, stress, bad relationships, digital media, and fame. Brand understands that addiction can take many shapes and sizes and how the process of staying clean, sane, and unhooked is a daily activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just for hardcore alcohol & drug addicts...

  • By Magen on 10-06-17

Does your Recovery involve slowing down?

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

Russell has no problem articulating the information that has proved to be valuable to people already in recovery, and those aspiring to a life of continuous sobriety. I'm glad that he chose to narrate the book himself. All that being said, I can only take Russell in small amounts. It has been said, "A word to the wise is sufficient". So, thank you for sharing, anyway.

  • Sacre Bleu

  • A Comedy d'Art
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,964
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,973

In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Is Nothing is Sacre'?

  • By Mel on 05-07-12

Tired spin on the impressionists

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The sexual content was a device the author used to carry a story that was supposed to create a backdrop of bawdy humor and mystery. Ultimately, it's use became unsubstantial.

Would you ever listen to anything by Christopher Moore again?

No

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

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

The historical content may have been educational for some

Any additional comments?

No, not really.

  • Indignation

  • By: Philip Roth
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 175

In 1951, the second year of the Korean War, a studious, law-abiding, and intense youngster from Newark, New Jersey, Marcus Messner, begins his sophomore year on the pastoral, conservative campus of Ohio's Winesburg College. And why is he there and not at a local college in Newark where he originally enrolled? Because his father, the sturdy, hardworking neighborhood butcher, seems to have gone mad - mad with fear and apprehension of the dangers of adult life, the dangers of the world, the dangers he sees on every corner for his beloved boy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tight, beautiful and also strange and sad.

  • By Darwin8u on 08-22-16

Wordy, succinct and ultimately forgettable

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

The title of the book brings to mind an insufferable dolt who snubs every disagreeable encounter one would face growing up Jewish and being sent off to a military academy. This book would be valuable to those who are challenged by the nuances of the English language, but not much more.

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  • Altamont

  • The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels, and the Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day
  • By: Joel Selvin
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

In this breathtaking cultural history filled with exclusive, never-before-revealed details, celebrated rock journalist Joel Selvin tells the definitive story of the Rolling Stones' infamous Altamont concert in San Francisco, the disastrous historic event that marked the end of the idealistic 1960s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was there...

  • By Marcheta on 08-29-16

The most undeniably, deniable account of a dark mass event

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

Reviewed: 10-25-16

Joel Selvin has always written pieces that can be best described as the quintessential information that aims for concise thoroughness and accuracy . This story is a clear window into the dramatic saga that was the pentacle of the final days and hours of the sixties.

  • People over Profit

  • Break the System, Live with Purpose, Be More Successful
  • By: Dale Partridge
  • Narrated by: Dale Partridge
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419

Every day major headlines tell the story of a new and better American marketplace. Established corporations have begun reevaluating the quality of their products, the ethics of their supply chains, and how they can give back by donating portions of their profits to meaningful causes. Meanwhile millions of entrepreneurs who want a more responsible and compassionate marketplace have launched a new breed of socially focused business models.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Echos Popular Sentiment

  • By Christopher on 08-27-15

Echos Popular Sentiment

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

Reviewed: 08-27-15

What did you love best about People over Profit?

This book reiterates many publicized facts and opinions about companies that have either snowed the consumer,or have apologized, reinvented and ultimately redeemed themselves.To participate in a transparent economy , ones's success is measured by a degree product quality and care for the customer. Dale Partridge has given us a synopsis of examples that have worked in this regard; In this respect, his treatise has succeeded. He champions honesty and integrity in the workplace, but in it's effort to provide the reader with a balanced outlook, he lacks the necessary ingredient that would make me want to recommend this book wholeheartedly. That ingredient is humility.

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

For starters, I would have someone else read the introduction.Since he has chosen to be the orator of the audible book; Reading to us the praises received from others about himself , and the company he founded sounds way to self-aggrandizing.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The shallow emphasis and haste with which the author/reader describes many of the guiding principles of this volume has left me uninspired. It is not good form to be making comparison references about the sterling values of one's own company, even if those values are shared by one's constituents .The effect sounds sanctimonious, which I sincerely doubt was the intention of the author.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The same as the title

Any additional comments?

Looks forward to an updated version in five or ten years.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Things Hidden

  • Scripture as Spirituality
  • By: Richard Rohr
  • Narrated by: John Quigley O.F.M.
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

In this exploration of the central themes of Scripture, Richard Rohr transforms the written word, discovering in these ancient texts a new and vital meaning, relevant and essential for modern Christians. Rohr offers his listeners a Christian vision of abundance, grace, and joy to counteract a world filled with scarcity, judgment, and fear - a vision that can revolutionize how we relate to ourselves, others, and the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Opening the scriptures to thought.

  • By anthony on 09-03-12

Unnerving Expose'

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

Reviewed: 02-12-14

If you could sum up Things Hidden in three words, what would they be?

Revealing, Intelligent and Disturbing

What was one of the most memorable moments of Things Hidden?

Revelations of how Jesus' last name was not Christ, but that Christ was the transformation of Jesus ( a man ) sacrificed not in the usual way one might understand human sacrifice (e.g. a suicide bomber) but as the inevitable outcome of love and mercy, akin to the Pascal Lamb, a symbolic and yet real offering of peaceful innocence. Obviously, this is an oversimplification of the many overly, yet carefully explained observations of the author

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of John Quigley?

Peter Coyote. John Quigley reads emphatically, with a disturbing dose of moralistic fervor that sounds unctuous and annoying.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Transforming carnality into Divinity

Any additional comments?

This book will either draw you further into the Pascal mystery or drive you from it.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Breathing Under Water

  • Spirituality and the Twelve Steps
  • By: Richard Rohr
  • Narrated by: John Quigley O.F.M.
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 452

We are all addicted in some way. When we learn to identify our addiction, embrace our brokenness, and surrender to God, we begin to bring healing to ourselves and our world. In Breathing Under Water, Franciscan Father Richard Rohr shows how the gospel principles in the Twelve Steps can free anyone from any addiction from an obvious dependence on alcohol or drugs to the more common but less visible addiction that we all have to sin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great content!

  • By Lynn on 06-20-15

Coming up for air

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

Reviewed: 05-16-13

What did you like best about Breathing Under Water? What did you like least?

The concepts put forth are insightful, relevant and thought provoking. Anyone who has worked the twelve steps may appreciate his viewpoint. Anyone who has not, might be a little mystified. The reader begins to sound a bit unctuous at times when over emphasizing a point.

What could Richard Rohr have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Share more of his personal experience.

What aspect of John Quigley’s performance would you have changed?

A slight tendency towards overdramatizing the content.

Could you see Breathing Under Water being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Matin Sheen, Ellen Burstyn and Toni Collette

Any additional comments?

Would like to hear more from this author

  • The Singularity Is Near

  • When Humans Transcend Biology
  • By: Ray Kurzweil
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,180

For over three decades, the great inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil has been one of the most respected and provocative advocates of the role of technology in our future. In his classic The Age of Spiritual Machines, he argued that computers would soon rival the full range of human intelligence at its best. Now he examines the next step in this inexorable evolutionary process: the union of human and machine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not for everyone, but was for me.

  • By Gary on 05-21-12

Are you a Scientist?

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

Reviewed: 05-16-13

What would have made The Singularity Is Near better?

If the author would depart for just a bit from speaking in the vernacular. Not everyone can follow him past the third sentence. If they can, they will probably find this book enlightening

What was most disappointing about Ray Kurzweil’s story?

Too long.

Would you be willing to try another one of George K. Wilson’s performances?

Perhaps, but not as Ray Kurzweil

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

Not that I can recall

Any additional comments?

Not a novices entry point.

  • The Soundtrack of My Life

  • By: Clive Davis
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris, Clive Davis
  • Length: 22 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

In this star-studded autobiography, Clive Davis shares a personal, candid look into his remarkable life and the last 50 years of popular music as only a true insider can. In the history of popular music, no one looms as large as Clive Davis. His career has spanned more than 40 years, and he has discovered, signed, or worked with a staggering array of artists: Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Dionne Warwick, Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, Alicia Keyes, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Aretha Franklin, to name a few.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Look into...nothing

  • By RBK on 06-17-13

Informative

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

Reviewed: 05-16-13

What did you like best about The Soundtrack of My Life? What did you like least?

It was enjoyable hearing about his relationship with the various artists over the years and his work at Columbia Records

What do you think your next listen will be?

Unsure

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dennis Boutsikaris and Clive Davis ?

Unsure

Do you think The Soundtrack of My Life needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, this one was too drawn out as it was.

Any additional comments?

Clive Davis was an individual who apparently has been in the right place at the right time most of his life. He is a quintessential businessman who followed his intuition and passion.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful