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  • Helmet for My Pillow

  • From Parris Island to the Pacific: A Young Marine's Stirring Account of Combat in World War II
  • By: Robert Leckie
  • Narrated by: James Badge Dale, Tom Hanks (introduction)
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,550

The celebrated 2010 HBO miniseries The Pacific, winner of eight Emmy Awards, was based on two classic books about the War in the Pacific, Helmet for My Pillow and With The Old Breed. Audible Studios, in partnership with Playtone, the production company co-owned by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and creator of the award-winning HBO series Band of Brothers, John Adams, and The Pacific, as well as the HBO movie Game Change, has created new recordings of these memoirs, narrated by the stars of the miniseries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging Account of the War in “The Pacific”

  • By Aaron on 08-13-14

Unbelievable, a must read!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

this is the best account that I have ever read of a soldier's experience at War. it's almost poetry, it's that well written.

  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Rob Lowe
  • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,788

A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book and Great Story

  • By Natalie J. Belle MD on 04-30-11

Great read for Gen Xers - needed some more depth

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

Reviewed: 07-31-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Stories I Only Tell My Friends to be better than the print version?

I really enjoyed the book. It was great to hear some backstory about films that made an impact during our formative years, like About Last Night, St. Elmo's Fire and the Outsiders. Overall I would recommend this book - I wish it didn't end and looked forward to my commute when I could listen to it without interruption.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stories I Only Tell My Friends?

Hearing about the interactions with the other movies stars of that time period and more about how Hollywood really works.

Have you listened to any of Rob Lowe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

N/A

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

No extreme reaction to anything. As I stated, I really enjoyed this book. The one thing that would have made it even better is if the author went deeper into his experiences with the other movie stars (other than Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen, as there was plenty of depth there). I understand the author probably didn't go too in depth in order to protect the privacy of his celebrity friends but the stories and experiences were too superficial to be really satisfying for the reader. In addition, I would have like to hear more about his thoughts and feelings at the time and now he has had time to reflect on the sex tape scandal (which is so laughably tame compared to today's standard celebrity behavior)

Any additional comments?

A really good read overall. I have recommended to my wife and several friends.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jar City

  • By: Arnaldur Indridason
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 964

Gold Dagger Award winner Arnaldur Indridason’s novels featuring Inspector Erlendur Sveinsson became international sensations on their way to selling millions of copies worldwide. The debut of morose detective Sveinsson finds the inspector and his team delving into the murder of a retiree with horrifying secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cerebral Police Procedural

  • By Aaron on 09-14-13

really good mystery story

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

Reviewed: 06-27-15

happened upon this book by accident but really liked it. George Guidell is always good. the characters were drawn well and it was fun to learn some things about a country I know little about.

  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

  • By: Hunter S. Thompson
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,924

In Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race, Raoul Duke (Thompson) and his attorney Dr. Gonzo (inspired by a friend of Thompson) are quickly diverted to search for the American dream. Their quest is fueled by nearly every drug imaginable and quickly becomes a surreal experience that blurs the line between reality and fantasy. But there is more to this hilarious tale than reckless behavior, for underneath the hallucinogenic facade is a stinging criticism of American greed and consumerism.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too Much Fear and Loathing

  • By Hugh on 05-21-11

Funny story, not sure if it's as relevant today

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

Reviewed: 04-13-15

Great reflection on a time and place in American history. Informative, funny, scary, quick and worth the read. I am not sure it is an American classic but short enough that it's worth the investment.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Traction

  • Get a Grip on Your Business
  • By: Gino Wickman
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,856

Do you have a grip on your business, or does your business have a grip on you? All entrepreneurs and business leaders face similar frustrations: personnel conflict, profit woes, and inadequate growth. Decisions never seem to get made, or once made, fail to be properly implemented. But there is a solution. It’s not complicated or theoretical.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awesome system for running a business

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-29-17

Good nuts and bolts system for management.

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

Reviewed: 01-15-15

I think the system is really good and well laid out. Somewhat repetitive and would probably be more useful with me hard copy of the book. But otherwise enjoyable and useful.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Fitness Confidential

  • By: Vinnie Tortorich
  • Narrated by: Vinnie Tortorich
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,575

America's Angriest Trainer, Vinnie Tortorich, exposes the nasty underbelly of the fitness industry while getting you into the best shape of your life. For over 20 years, Vinnie has been Hollywood's go-to guy for celebrities and athletes looking to get fit fast. Now, in this hilarious and often R-rated memoir, he holds nothing back. What's the best piece of fitness equipment money can buy? What's the fastest way to lose weight: diet or exercise? Why are health clubs worse than used car lots? In Fitness Confidential, Vinnie tells all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best voice in audible with the lungs to match

  • By Chris on 11-13-13

Nothing real groundbreaking

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

Reviewed: 10-15-14

What did you like best about Fitness Confidential? What did you like least?

There were a few tidbits that were interesting. For example, if you just cut out the majority of sugars and grains, you will lose a lot of weight (assuming you have it to lose) - it is really that simple. Also, the way gyms sell memberships and the games they play, that part was interesting.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

His personal story was really interesting - from cancer to competitive extreme bike riding - was interesting. The rest of it was not very groundbreaking. So calling it Fitness Confidential promises more than this book delivers.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Vinnie Tortorich?

Probably not. I don't love his voice.

Was Fitness Confidential worth the listening time?

I didn't think it was worth the hours I spent listening to it. It wasn't horrible or a complete waste of time, though. And the author seems like a really nice guy.

  • The Willoughbys

  • By: Lois Lowry
  • Narrated by: Arte Johnson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Abandoned by their ill-humored parents to the care of an odious nanny, Tim, the twins, Barnaby A and Barnaby B, and their sister, Jane, attempt to fulfill their roles as good old-fashioned children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpectedly delightful! A treasured keeper!

  • By Fay on 09-03-12

Started a little slow but eventually got going

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

Reviewed: 07-30-12

Would you listen to The Willoughbys again? Why?

Our kids might listen again, but I am not sure if it was one of their favorites.

Any additional comments?

My wife and I enjoyed the book. Some of the humor was for adults so it was good for an all-family listen. The kids were ready to turn it off after the first hour or so but eventually they really liked it by the end.