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Ricky Giovanetto

Tremont, Illinois United States
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  • Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash's Greatest Album

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Danny Robins
  • Narrated by: Danny Robins
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,459
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,677
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,661

This is the story of one of the greatest records ever made - Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison - and its shocking and tragic aftermath. Join award-winning journalist Danny Robins on the 50th anniversary of the album as he takes you on a road trip back to 1968, a pivotal year in US history, to investigate the dramatic and unlikely friendship between Johnny Cash, American icon, and Glen Sherley, armed robber and Folsom inmate, and how that friendship was violently torn apart. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing.

  • By Margaret on 02-04-19

If you love Cash

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

Quite simply an amazing story! Loved every minute of it. An Amazon original? Thank you Amazon!

  • Rise of the Locusts

  • A Post-Apocalyptic Techno-Thriller (Cyber Armageddon, Book 1)
  • By: Mark Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 212

Cyber-security analyst Kate McCarthy knows something ominous is about to happen in the US banking system. She has a place to go if things get hectic, but it’s far from the perfect retreat. When a new breed of computer virus takes down America’s financial network, chaos and violence erupt. Access to cash disappears and credit cards become worthless. Desperate consumers are left with no means to purchase food, fuel, and basic necessities. Society melts down instantly and the threat of starvation brings out the absolute worst humanity has to offer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great book by Mark Goodwin

  • By Patrick J. Faricy on 01-16-19

The Tragic Flaw of Christian Fiction

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

Reviewed: 02-27-19

Positive: I truly enjoyed the story. Revelatory, mostly believable, provides thoughtful advice for planning strategies. The story did not hesitate to have key characters face real and tragic consequences - somewhat rare in most saccharin Christian media. Well written and reasoned.
Negative: A major flaw of most Christian fiction is what I call the “sinner’s prayer” caveat. Not sure if it’s a written requirement of the publisher, demand of a narrow minded buyers, Christian pride and arrogance, or something else. In a great set-up for an unplanned church service in the midst of chaos and confusion, the “preacher” offers a sermon that sounds like a designed checklist from Chick Tract: Halloween-bad, Eater eggs-bad: Christmas trees-bad, Christian radio-bad - all in a sermon during the greatest crisis these people have likely faced in their lives. Really? I doubt any of them would be concerned about Christian challenges to Easter Eggs, Christmas trees and Halloween. Very disappointing and makes me not want to continue in the series.
Opinion: I long for the day when Christian fiction will challenge the growing secular deception with stories for those with ears to hear, and eyes to see. Stories that allow the Holy Spirit to speak to someone’s heart, rather than a hammer to beat the reader into submission. Just my humble thoughts.

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  • Dave Barry's Book of Bad Songs

  • By: Dave Barry
  • Narrated by: Mike Dodge
  • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Listen to the results of Dave Barry's Bad Song Survey, a compilation of some of the worst songs ever written. From "MacArthur Park" to "Feelings," from "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife" to "Leader of the Pack," this is the audio the record industry didn't want you to hear! Download more Dave Barry.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narration weak

  • By Fiona on 10-11-04

Subjectively Hilarious

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

The truth is, choosing bad songs is quite obviously a subject enterprise. I could easily add 50 titles to those mentioned. Then again, I must say many of the songs that made the list I did not find all that objectionable. Sure a dorky line or two is easily criticized, but there’s more to a song than a bad phrasing in a single lyrical phrase.
That said, many songs that made the lists are quite universally hate worthy “I want a BRAVE man. I want a CAVEMAN” Seriously?!?!?!
Still, no matter where you land on a love/hate continuum for any mentioned song, Dave Barry will make you laugh out loud!!!!
Only one criticism: I wasn’t wild about the reader - perhaps because listening to Dave Barry is far more enjoyable.

  • Lunatics

  • A Novel
  • By: Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel
  • Narrated by: Dave Barry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 194

Philip Horkman is a happy man - the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays a referee for kids' soccer. Jeffrey Peckerman is the sole sane person in a world filled with goddamned jerks and morons, and he's having a really bad day. The two of them are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives, pursued by the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears, and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is funny -- like a train wreck

  • By Vox Locus on 03-18-12

LOL Funny

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

Language is a bit rough for some listeners, but omigosh this book made me laugh OUT LOUD consistently! Great fun and at a time where the news gets hammered for over zealous less-than-factual reporting, truly current! Loved it!

  • Killing the SS

  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard - contributor
  • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,067
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,762

As the true horrors of the Third Reich began to be exposed immediately after World War II, the Nazi war criminals who committed genocide went on the run. A few were soon caught, including the notorious SS leader Heinrich Himmler. Others, however, evaded capture through a sophisticated Nazi organization designed to hide them. Among them were Josef Mengele, the “Angel of Death” who performed hideous medical experiments at Auschwitz; Martin Bormann, Hitler’s brutal personal secretary; Klaus Barbie, the cruel "Butcher of Lyon"; and perhaps the most awful Nazi of all: Adolf Eichmann.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart wrenching at times

  • By Richard Hay on 10-21-18

Kind of tragic

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

I had mixed feelings reading this book. Great information and details, but the tragedy is these events even occurred. Perhaps one of the greatest blots on human history and these demonic driven killers lived out their lives in freedom? Disgusting! Fortunately, for those of us who believe in divine judgement, their freedom will be short lived.
Great read!

  • Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster)

  • Life Lessons from Dave Barry
  • By: Dave Barry
  • Narrated by: Dave Barry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

An uproariously funny examination of what one generation can teach to another - or not - from the Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times - best-selling author of You Can Date Boys When You're Forty and Insane City. During the course of living (mumble, mumble) years, Dave Barry has gained much wisdom* (*actual wisdom not guaranteed), and he is eager to pass it on - to the next generation, the generation after that, and those idiots who make driving to the grocery store in Florida a death-defying experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Happiness (at least temporary) found without beer

  • By green ice cream garden on 06-08-15

Been awhile Dave

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

At various times over the last 35 years, I have been blessed to read Dave Barry - newspapers, books etc. I have never been disappointed, and I have always, at minimum, smiled in amusement. His humorous take on poignant subjects gives me hope in a chaotic, confused world. “Live Right” exemplifies his wit, humor and poignancy. Laugh out loud humor intertwined with poignant observations on life make for an enjoyable listen or read. Thanks Dave.

  • Ship of Fools

  • By: Tucker Carlson
  • Narrated by: Tucker Carlson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,615
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,145
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,102

The host of Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight offers a blistering critique of the new American ruling class, the elites of both parties, who have taken over the ship of state, leaving the rest of us, the citizen-passengers, to wonder: How do we put the country back on course?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beyond Expectations

  • By Joseph D. Chavez on 11-14-18

What thinking people know to be true

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

I am old enough to remember everything Carlson comments on - from pollution commercials to recent wild fires in the West. As the elite claim white privilege is the enemy, they are merely projecting who is the real enemy - I the Elite ruling class in America (and the world). I believe a revolution is inevitable, Carlson articulates why.

  • Rebel for God: Faith, Business, and Rock 'n' Roll

  • By: Eddie DeGarmo
  • Narrated by: Steve Stansell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Unlikely tales are the most fun to tell. The long, strange trip Eddie DeGarmo has experienced over a half century in the music business is full of such stories. From playing keyboards at 10 years old in his first 1960s Memphis rock and roll band in the shadow of Graceland and Johnny Cash, to his own massive tours filling auditoriums and stadiums around the world with DeGarmo and Key, one of the first Christian rock bands. He successfully transitioned from his pioneering artist career to accomplish music executive cofounding trendsetting Forefront Records.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The History of CCM by a Pioneer

  • By Ricky Giovanetto on 12-17-18

The History of CCM by a Pioneer

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

Reviewed: 12-17-18

I came to know CCM first through “Gentle Moments” by Evie, but “with Footnotes” by 2nd Chapter of Acts changed the game completely. When “This Time Thru” landed in my local store, I bought it immediately! Great rock & roll was hard to come by in those days, but DeGarmo & Key helped fill a great void. “Straight On”, “This Ain’t Hollywood” and especially “No Turning Back Live” continued that tour de force. Reading this book was like reading about the sound track of my life over the last 40 years, including my stint working in the industry for PMG. Encouraging, touching, informative and humorous, “Rebel for God” offers an incredible history of CCM, and thoughtful insights into the various struggles and obstacles faced by countless artists trying to make music with an eternal message. Thank you Eddie DeGarmo - a great read, though I wish it was your voice on the Audible version.

  • How to Be a Perfect Christian

  • By: The Babylon Bee
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

With a biting, satirical style reminiscent of The Onion, How to Be a Perfect Christian takes a humorous look at the quirks of cultural Christianity while subtly challenging the listener to search for more than a cultural faith. Written in the trademark style of The Babylon Bee, this book humorously satirizes cultural Christianity while peppering in subtle challenges to the listener. Through humor and sarcasm (and a meter to rank your "holiness" as you progress through the audiobook), listeners will be called to find a more biblical understanding of the Christian faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mercilessly entertaining

  • By Christine K. on 05-14-18

Wear Steel-towed Shoes

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

Be sure to wear steel-towed shoes when you read this offering from the Babylon Bee! Funny? Yes! I often found myself laughing out loud as i journeyed to work in the morning. Anyone who has been deeply steeped in the America's Christian culture will find many opportunities to reflect on their own "church" experience. Only the self-righteous will truly be offended biting satire. Sadly, they occasionally stepped on my toes which says something my own self-righteous attitudes. Don't get me wrong, sin is destructive and displays rebellion against God, but while we (in the church) are relatively good at avoiding and condemning the "big sins," the Babylon Bee tends to go after the more subtle sins we all hide behind (gossip, pride, judging etc). Much too funny. As an young believer I witnessed much of this concerning music. Back then the "church" soundly condemned Christian music with drums and guitars (DEVIL MUSIC was the common name). The music in most churches today makes those early Jesus Music LP's sound like choir music or hymns. If you've been around the block and have a sense of humor - this is quite fun and worth the listen.

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,542

It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I took a chance.

  • By Robert on 08-20-11

The Book Thief will steal your heart

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

Simply one of the best books I’ve ever read. This touches so many emotions you cannot escape its impact