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  • On Parents & Children, Exes & Excess, Death & Decay, & a Few of My Other Favorite Things
  • By: Loudon Wainwright III
  • Narrated by: Loudon Wainwright III
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

A memoir by the influential Grammy Award-winning singer and actor - son of journalist Loudon Wainwright, former husband of Kate McGarrigle and Suzzy Roche, and father of Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Lucy Wainwright Roche, and Lexie Kelly Wainwright - a captivating meditation on relationships and creativity from the patriarch of one of America's great musical families. With a career spanning more than four decades, Loudon Wainwright III has established himself as one of the most enduring singer-songwriters who emerged from the late '60s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best ever book for listening

  • By Jeff Bernhardt on 10-29-17

Too much ham and corn, not enough meat

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

I have never had an opinion of Loudon Wainwright's work--neither positive or negative. But I generally like memoirs, and heard him interviewed on Fresh Air, so I got the book. Several things bugged me about it: 1) the story wasn't told chronologically, each chapter was a discrete topic and so he ended up repeating himself frequently, and it was hard to perceive any progression in his career and/or character development; 2) he was constantly trying to be funny and he wasn't--to me it seemed pretty corny; and 3) his hammy style in reading detracted from the story. I also felt that his description of his teenage sex life and masturbation practices was gratuitous and cliché. Full disclosure--I stopped listening after about six hours. (I was a captive listener as I was driving across North Dakota.) He sprinkles in many of his own songs which could be a positive if one likes his music. Maybe the book got better--I'll never know. If you like celebrity memoirs I highly recommend Rob Lowe's Stories I only tell my Friends, Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run, and Eric Clapton's autobiography.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116,119
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107,491
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 106,974

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disjointed stories without an overall narrative

  • By Frost on 04-04-19

Funny, enlightening, and moving

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

Trevor Noah has a fascinating story to tell. As an American, I honestly had no clear idea of what apartheid, and post-apartheid was actually like. Racism, as a sanctioned societal institution, besides being cruel and inhuman, is insane. Noah, while he does not pull any punches, is able to point out the humor in the insanity, and to show how ultimately destructive the policies are, both to the oppressor and the oppressed. Through his own very personal and unique story told un-egotistically, he artfully shows us how one can surmount the daily craziness of living in a racially divided country and evolve into a caring and socially responsible individual. Bravo, Trevor Noah.

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  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,984
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,421

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story.

  • By Tim on 12-21-16

Springsteen is a gifted writer and storyteller

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

Reviewed: 04-29-17

Springsteen reads his memoir masterfully and he can really write. He certainly knows how to captivate an audience. I didn't give the work 5 stars because I thought it went on too long. His rise to success was quite absorbing, but once he became successful, the story was less interesting. It felt like he was just name dropping after a while. But up until the last three hours or so, it was an excellent read/listen. (As an aside, I don't even care for his music. I thought I would after the book, but no change.)

  • Dying to Be Me

  • My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing
  • By: Anita Moorjani
  • Narrated by: Anita Moorjani
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,646

In this truly inspirational audio book, Anita Moorjani relates how, after fighting cancer for almost four years, her body began shutting down - overwhelmed by the malignant cells spreading throughout her system. As her organs failed, she entered into an extraordinary near-death experience (NDE) where she realized her inherent worth... and the actual cause of her disease. Upon regaining consciousness, Anita found that her condition had improved so rapidly that she was released from the hospital within weeks - without a trace of cancer in her body!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SImply Amazing

  • By Jeffrey on 05-21-12

It's the good news

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

Reviewed: 04-29-17

Anita Moorjani writes honestly and eloquently of her near death experience. I cannot imagine why anyone would not be fascinated by that alone. It is uplifting to say the least.

  • A New Earth

  • Awakening Your Life's Purpose
  • By: Eckhart Tolle
  • Narrated by: Eckhart Tolle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,614
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,511

Humanity now, perhaps more than in any previous time, has an opportunity to create a new, saner, more loving world. This will involve a radical inner leap from the current egoic consciousness to an entirely new one. In illuminating the nature of this shift in consciousness, Tolle describes in detail how our current ego-based state of consciousness operates. Then gently, and in very practical terms, he leads us into this new consciousness. We will come to experience who we truly are and learn to live and breathe freely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A life-changing book

  • By John Fernandes on 01-30-16

Fantastic book; life changing

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

Reviewed: 10-24-16

If you like Tolle, check out the ten-part series he did with Oprah on this book. It's free on YouTube.

  • How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 36 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,284
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,087
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,045

Great music is a language unto its own, a means of communication of unmatched beauty and genius. And it has an undeniable power to move us in ways that enrich our lives-provided it is understood.If you have ever longed to appreciate great concert music, to learn its glorious language and share in its sublime pleasures, the way is now open to you, through this series of 48 wonderful lectures designed to make music accessible to everyone who yearns to know it, regardless of prior training or knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beginning to a Delinquent Education

  • By Ark1836 on 06-18-15

If you love music...enough said.

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

I got SO much out of this. Highly recommend. Have since listened to two more courses. Prof. Greenberg has a certain style that can be off-putting at first but you will ultimately love him for the wealth of information that he presents so artfully.

  • How to Listen to and Understand Opera

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520

To watch any opera lover listen to a favorite work, eyes clenched tight in concentration and passion, often betraying a tear, is to be almost envious. What must it be like, you might think, to love a piece of music so much?And now one of music's most gifted teachers is offering you the opportunity to answer that very question, in a spellbinding series of 32 lectures that will introduce you to the transcendentally beautiful performing art that has enthralled audiences for more than 400 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Professor Robert Greenberg does it again!

  • By Kristi R. on 09-18-15

If you love music but could never get into opera..

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

I had low expectations. I had listened to Prof. Greenberg's survey course and loved it. I wanted more. I took a leap on the opera course. I have no regrets at all. I bought a ticket for Le Nozze and have bought the recording and the libretto. I want to learn Italian so I can sing along!!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The 30 Greatest Orchestral Works

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 24 hrs and 53 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889

Over the centuries, orchestral music has given us a category of works that stand apart as transcendent expressions of the human spirit. What are these "greatest of the greats"? Find out in these 32 richly detailed lectures that take you on a sumptuous grand tour of the symphonic pieces that continue to live at the center of our musical culture.These 30 masterworks form an essential foundation for any music collection and a focal point for understanding the orchestral medium and deepening your insight into the communicative power of music.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If they cut off both hands, I will compose music..

  • By Kristi R. on 02-01-15

What could be a better way to learn about music?

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

This is the third of Professor Greenberg's courses that I've listened to. Some of the material overlaps but that's not a problem. Theses courses are so jam packed with information that I'm happy to get a bit of a "review" of what I've heard before. With these courses I feel like I stumbled on a gold mine. They have enriched my life. Thank you Professor Goldberg!

A word on his style. I couldn't stand the first few hours of listening to him but I powered through because the material was so good. A few more hours into the first 25-hour survey course not only did he not bother me but I truly loved the way he presented information. He was particularly good in the "How to listen to Opera" course. Sure, some of his jokes are "jejune" (as another reviewer put it), but that's more than offset by his enthusiasm and his extraordinary talent for explaining and analyzing music. And sometimes he is pretty funny. Highly recommend to anyone who loves music and wants to learn more about it.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • A Distant Mirror

  • The Calamitous 14th Century
  • By: Barbara Tuchman
  • Narrated by: Aviva Skell
  • Length: 25 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

The Bubonic Plague of the 14th century killed one third of all human beings in Europe and Western Asia; many who survived the plague killed each other in the Hundred Years War that followed. What was it like to live in this calamitous century, when knighthood (and much more) died a violent death? Find out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic history

  • By Joshua on 01-19-14

Great book, but read too fast

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

Reviewed: 10-15-13

Barbara Tuchman is an awesome historian and writer and I've never before read anything like this book. I bought the kindle version in order to re-read it in parts that were simply too quickly read for adequate comprehension. It is extremely dense with information--many, many names, places, and dates. In addition to going too fast (and barely, if at all pausing between paragraphs), I found the narrator's pronunciation of French names a little distracting. Sometimes it was perfect, sometimes half-right, and sometimes completely off, e.g. "Reims." But if you don't speak French you won't notice the mispronunciations. On the other hand, I would imagine that it would be very hard to keep the names straight without any knowledge of the language.

The content describing life in fourteenth century France was absolutely fascinating.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

  • By: Dale Carnegie
  • Narrated by: Andrew MacMillan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,505

You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is well worth listening too! Main points are.

  • By Ralph on 10-21-11

Fun, charming, a little humorous, and relevant

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

Reviewed: 01-01-13

While the tips seem pretty obvious today -- don't criticize, be pleasant, think about what the other guy's interests are, don't humiliate -- they were presented thoughtfully and with a sense of humor. It says a lot that this book, written in the 1930's, could still be relevant today. So many forget (or ignore) the basics of successful human relationships.