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  • Blackout

  • Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget
  • By: Sarah Hepola
  • Narrated by: Sarah Hepola
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,046
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,849
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,849

For Sarah Hepola, alcohol was "the gasoline of all adventure." She spent her evenings at cocktail parties and dark bars where she proudly stayed till last call. Drinking felt like freedom, part of her birthright as a strong, enlightened 21st-century woman. But there was a price. She often blacked out, waking up with a blank space where four hours should be. Mornings became detective work on her own life. A memoir of unblinking honesty and poignant, laugh-out-loud humor, Blackout is the story of a woman stumbling into a new kind of adventure - the sober life she never wanted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blackout: A Knockout

  • By W Perry Hall on 07-17-15

A Pedestrian Telling of a Pedestrian Life

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

Reviewed: 07-27-15

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

A more interesting and challenging story.

What do you think your next listen will be?

"On Drink" By Kingley Amis, or anything I can find by Chris Hitchens or Dylan Thomas.

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

Well Narrated. I would like her to stick to narration instead of memoir.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Yawns. This is a re-telling of an agonizingly monotonous, predictable, and uninteresting life by a seemingly talented, yet wildly insecure person. I suppose this is why so many people appear to like the book. This is not a story by and about a real drunk finding real redemption, but instead a book by 1) someone who drinks more than is advised, 2) blacks out occasionally, 3) sleeps with occasional strangers, and 4) give up the bottle. WOW - EXCITEMENT! Ask yourself, if that doesn't describe 1/2 your college pals and suburban neighbors...Now, ask yourself if you would choose to listen to them describe all of their unremarkable experiences ad nauseum for several hours only to have them tell you that they figured out in middle age that drinking is probably not the best course for them.

This is a story by and for for whiny, self-obsessed people that drink a couple of glasses of chardonnay, listen to a Tom Waits song and suddenly pretend to be Bukowski, Burroughs, Dylan Thomas - even Elliot Smith, and all the rest. All of the latter would puke from this story even more than from a good bender.

2 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Everything Store

  • Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
  • By: Brad Stone
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,540

Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the honesty!

  • By Paul on 01-29-14

A Complex Story Expertly Written & Narrated

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

Reviewed: 12-22-13

Any additional comments?

The story of Amazon and its founder (Bezos) has so many moving parts, that I walked away highly impressed with the author's ability to paint the picture clearly - and in an entertaining fashion. The author also does a very good job at presenting Bezos objectively - neither lionizing, nor "trashing" him, but instead presenting him as he is: brilliant, complex, and difficult.

The narration here is excellent as well. Very clear, very straightforward, very professional.

All in all, a very interesting and highly entertaining work. A job well done!

  • How I Slept My Way to the Middle

  • Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen, and Interwebs
  • By: Kevin Pollak, Alan Goldsher
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pollak
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393

Kevin Pollak rose through the comedy club ranks at the feet of Don Rickles and Bill Cosby, Johnny Carson, and George Carlin. Named one of Comedy Central’s Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time, he’s a killer impressionist — Falk, Shatner, Walken, Nicholson — a versatile actor with one of the most respected filmographies around, and an Internet pioneer. He’s done it all, and now he’s ready to spill the beans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Turns out I'm a fan...who knew?!

  • By Austin gal on 03-19-13

Funny, Informative, & Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 12-22-13

Any additional comments?

Pollak is clearly a funny guy, but is also a very good story teller. Only occasionally does his shtick get a bit tiring, but most of the time his stories and anecdotes are a lot of fun. A light, enjoyable read told with pluck and verve.

  • The President of Vice

  • The Autobiography of Joe Biden
  • By: The Onion
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59

The Onion is proud to present The President of Vice: The Autobiography of Joe Biden. In this scandalous memoir, America's favorite politician discusses his early years, before he became ultimate wingman to the leader of the free world. For the first time ever “Diamond” Joe discusses the formative experiences of his life, including his childhood selling hooch in Scranton, his years cruising college campuses picking up co-eds in a Del Rio, the grade-A tang he plowed in the summer of '87, and his "sweet ass gig" as Senator of Delaware.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Less funny in 2018

  • By Ian Hardouin on 10-08-18

Hilarious, But Exhausting

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

Reviewed: 12-22-13

Any additional comments?

Really, really funny material here and excellent comedic narration. However, kinda like an SNL skit that gets morphed into a movie, the jokes tend to get a little tired. I listened to it in 15 or 20 minute intervals.

  • Francona

  • The Red Sox Years
  • By: Terry Francona, Dan Shaughnessy
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

From famed manager Terry Francona, a lively, unvarnished narrative of his tenure with the storied Boston Red Sox... From 2004 to 2011, Terry Francona managed the Boston Red Sox, the most talked-about, scrutinized team in all of sports. In Francona the legendary manager opens up for the first time about his eight years there, as they went from cursed franchise to one of the most successful and profitable in baseball history. He takes listeners inside the rarefied world of a 21st-century clubhouse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed it a lot,

  • By Sean on 03-25-13

A Fun, Incestuous, Listen

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

Reviewed: 04-23-13

Any additional comments?

Very well written and narrated. The audio book moves quickly and is gossipy and fun. But in the end, it's basically a love story between Franconer and Theo. The two of them essentially do no wrong, but we fans realize it's a little more complicated than that. They did have a great run together though, and this book is essentially a celebration of that. Obviously, it will be of most interest to Sox fans like myself, but I recommend it to other fans of the game as well.

  • Bitter Brew

  • The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer
  • By: William Knoedelseder
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413

The engrossing, often scandalous saga of one of the wealthiest, longest-lasting, and most colorful family dynasties in the history of American commerce—a cautionary tale about prosperity, profligacy, hubris, and the blessings and dark consequences of success. This engrossing, vivid narrative captures the Busch saga through five generations. At the same time, it weaves a broader story of American progress and decline over the past 150 years. It's a cautionary tale of prosperity, hubris, and loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening...

  • By Jeremy McGough on 11-09-12

Fascinating Story Well Told

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

Reviewed: 04-23-13

Any additional comments?

I'm more of a wino than a beer drinker, but this is a really interesting story. It's extremely well written and well narrated. I would highly recommend this audio book to anyone interested in the history of American business. Informative and entertaining at the same time.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Steinbrenner

  • The Last Lion of Baseball
  • By: Bill Madden
  • Narrated by: Kerin McCue
  • Length: 18 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

No owner has changed the landscape of sports more than New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. From the moment he bought the team in 1973 for $10 million, Steinbrenner's monomaniacal pursuit was to restore the most fabled franchise in baseball history to its former glory. Today the New York Yankees are worth more than $1 billion and are once again world champions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great insight into how The Boss kept hiring Billy!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-10-18

Very Entertaining Book For ALL Fans of Baseball

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

Reviewed: 04-23-13

Any additional comments?

Extremely well-written and narrated, I was especially impressed with its objectivity. Steinbrenner was a complicated person, and this book treats him as such. Well done Madden and McCue!

  • How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

  • By: Toby Young
  • Narrated by: Toby Young
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

In 1995 high-flying British journalist Toby Young left London for New York to become a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Other Brits had taken Manhattan - Alistair Cooke then, Anna Wintour now - so why couldn't he? But things didn't go quite according to plan. Within the space of two years he was fired from Vanity Fair, banned from the most fashionable bar in the city, and couldn't get a date for love or money.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Author really should have had someone else read

  • By Sunny Webb on 07-09-15

How to Be Unfunny and Bore the Hell Out of People

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

Reviewed: 04-23-13

Any additional comments?

I thought I liked this book at first, but then it started to bore me, and then it started to annoy the hell out of me. There's nothing new here, and the attempts at satirical insights become tiresome.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • One Click

  • Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com
  • By: Richard L. Brandt
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 336

Amazon’s business model is deceptively simple: make online shopping so easy and convenient that customers won’t think twice. It can almost be summed up by the button on every page: Buy now with one click. Why has Amazon been so successful? Much of it has to do with Jeff Bezos, the CEO and founder, whose business strategy and unique combination of character traits have driven Amazon to the top of the online retail world. Originally a computer nerd rather than a businessman, he had the vision to capitalize on the untapped online marketplace for bookselling....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Being successful doesn't make you interesting.

  • By Troy on 08-17-13

Mediocre at Best

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

Reviewed: 04-23-13

Any additional comments?

A very cursory telling of the otherwise fascinating story of Amazon and its founder (Bezos). It just doesn't reveal much and seems weak.

  • Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger

  • By: Ken Perenyi
  • Narrated by: Dan Butler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 331

Ten years ago, an FBI investigation was about to expose a scandal in the art world that would have been front-page news in New York and London. After a trail of fake paintings of astonishing quality led federal agents to art dealers, experts, and major auction houses, the investigation inexplicably ended, despite an abundance of evidence. The case was closed and the FBI file was marked “exempt from public disclosure”. Now that the statute of limitations on these crimes has expired and the case appears hermetically sealed shut by the FBI, this audiobook, Caveat Emptor, is that artist, Ken Perenyi’s, confession.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Forgery to Story Telling

  • By Tina M. on 08-16-12

Should Have Been Interesting...But Wasn't

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

Reviewed: 11-23-12

Any additional comments?

This book was plodding and unremarkable. It's full of mostly dull personal recollections and much of the story seems dubious at best. Very well narrated, but not recommended.