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  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,306
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,835

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Experience

  • By Stephen R. Grant on 11-05-18

Humorous look at death and life

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The main character was supposed to get ready for the end of his life. Of course, to complicate things, this man was the President if the United States. A lot of humor in this plot as it unfolds, but a very important lesson at the end. Enjoy!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,631
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,536

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

Very good book!

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

I enjoyed this book because I have always been a Bob Newhart fan. It was enjoyable to listen to Bob about his earlier times on the business. Also, I enjoyed the anecdotes about his experiences in his shows. This was a very good book to listen to!

  • The Best and the Brightest

  • By: David Halberstam
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 37 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437

Using portraits of America’s flawed policy makers and accounts of the forces that drove them, The Best and the Brightest reckons magnificently with the most important abiding question of our country’s recent history: Why did America become mired in Vietnam, and why did we lose? As the definitive single-volume answer to that question, this enthralling book has never been superseded. It is an American classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Preparation for Ken Burns

  • By Chiefkent on 06-12-17

Honest Portrayal of a very troubling situation

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

This was a very good book. The author truly tells us about all of the principal characters involved in the US part of the Vietnam conflict. It was somewhat painful at times to listen too, and also conjured up memories for me. But it was a good background of the people who were involved in this tragedy that became known as the Vietnam War.

  • Blood, Sweat, Tears and Prayers

  • Firefighting and EMS from Some of the Toughest Streets in America
  • By: Gary Ludwig
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kollins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

Gary Ludwig has been a firefighter/paramedic for 37 years and has worked in two of the most violent cities in the United States (St. Louis and Memphis) for 34 years of those years. He gathers his experiences in this field and presents an honest overview of his experiences with the emotions, feelings, sights, and gut-wrenching efforts men and women in this field experience to save a life or property. This is the insider look at a profession few of us fully appreciate: This book gains the profession the respect that is due.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST for anyone in emergency services!!!!

  • By Trent Longtin on 12-20-18

Enjoyable reading!

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

This book was well written but also interesting for me because I am a firefighter/Medical First Responder. Even though I do not live in a large city much less do this full time, I still appreciated he insights offered by Gary Ludwig and his stories contained in the book. The reader gets a rather first hand view of what a life of a paramedic/firefighter entails. I recommend this for everyone but particularly for those who are interested in obtaining employment in this field.

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  • The Agency: William Morris and the Hidden History of Show Business

  • By: Frank Rose
  • Narrated by: Marlin May
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

For decades, hidden from the public eye, William Morris agents made the deals that determined the fate of stars, studios, and networks alike. Mae West, Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, Danny Thomas, Steve McQueen--the Morris Agency sold talent to anyone in the market for it, from the Hollywood studios to the mobsters who ran Vegas to the Madison Avenue admen who controlled television.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Whew...finally finished it

  • By sylvia mason on 08-26-16

A seemingly honest and dramatic portrayal of the entertainment business

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

This was a very honest and forthright portrayal of the entertainment industry. Specifically, it focused on the William Morris talent agency. I was always fascinated with the agency and it was interesting to learn its history. This is a very good book to read.

  • Sinatra

  • The Chairman
  • By: James Kaplan
  • Narrated by: Donald Corren
  • Length: 40 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

Just in time for the Chairman's centennial, the endlessly absorbing sequel to James Kaplan's best-selling Frank: The Voice - finally the definitive biography that Frank Sinatra, justly termed "The Entertainer of the Century", deserves and requires. Like Peter Guralnick on Elvis, Kaplan goes behind the legend to give us the man in full, in his many guises and aspects: peerless singer, (sometimes) powerful actor, business mogul, tireless lover, and associate of the powerful and infamous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing, an excellent addition to Frank The Voice.

  • By Nick on 11-06-15

A very well written work!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

This was a very good book. It was an honest and open story about a singer who was loved and revered by many people.

I liked the stories about Frank that portrayed him not only as a wealthy man, but also a human. In other words, you can feel his suffering at difficult times in his life. These are things that the public only surmises but never knows.

This is a good book and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story of a most iconic singer who impacted the lives of many people.

  • The Music of Richard Wagner

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

In these 24 lectures filled with musical excerpts, enjoy a rich and multifaceted exploration of the trailblazing works and outsized life of this historically pivotal composer. The sheer outlandishness of Wagner's life makes for an endlessly intriguing story, from his desperate escapades outrunning creditors to his obsessive personal relationships to his utopian artistic schemes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Acteon on 10-14-13

A Well-Written book about Richard Wagner

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

Prof. Greenberg has outdone himself in this book about the operas of a Richard Wagner. Of course, I am biased because I am a Wagner aficionado and enjoy his music immensely. But Prof. Greenberg takes a unique approach to describing several of Wagner's opera. His use of contemporary idioms and examples truly helps one to ultimately grasp the meaning of what Prof. Greenberg is emphasizing.
I would highly recommend this book to those who are as excited about Wagner's operas as I am. Listen to this book and you will have a great understanding of the music, the operas, and the composer.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lucy and Desi

  • The Legendary Love Story of Television's Most Famous Couple
  • By: Warren G. Harris
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

After eight years on the air, Desi Arnaz did not love Lucy any more. On screen, they were dynamite, a comedy pairing more successful than any Hollywood had ever produced. But when the cameras stopped rolling, they fought, screamed and threatened each other more each season. Finally, an argument in Desi's production office turned violent. Lucy hurled a cocktail glass past his head, and Desi demanded a divorce. He moved out that night. After nearly 20 years, America's favorite couple was finished.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it!!!

  • By iris on 01-13-17

Well written and presented book!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

This book is a must read for fans of Lucille Ball and Desk Arnaz. I grew up watching "I Love Lucy" and the other "Lucy" shows. But I never had a true insight into their lives until this book. I highly recommend it to friends to read this book. You will be greatly enlightened and learn a lot about this famous couple.

  • The Making of the President 2016

  • How Donald Trump Orchestrated a Revolution
  • By: Roger Stone
  • Narrated by: BJ Pottsworth
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

In the early hours of November 9, 2016, one of the most contentious, polarizing, and vicious presidential races came to an abrupt and unexpected end when heavily favored presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton called Donald J. Trump to concede, shocking a nation that had, only hours before, given little credence to his chances. Donald Trump pulled the greatest upset in American political history despite a torrent of invective and dismissal of the mainstream media.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Summary of President Donald Trump and the election

  • By D on 06-22-17

A worthwhile book!

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

This was a very good book to listen to. I used to hear it when I walked every morning. It is an extremely honest story about the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States. What I like listening to are the facts behind the scenes--and they are presented to the listener in this book. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants an in depth-unbiased and honest view of the recent election.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Old School

  • Life in the Sane Lane
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Bruce Feirstein
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836

You have probably heard the term Old School, but what you might not know is that there is a concentrated effort to tear that school down. It's a values thing. The anti–Old School forces believe the traditional way of looking at life is oppressive. Not inclusive. The Old School way may harbor microaggressions. Therefore, Old School philosophy must be diminished. Those crusading against Old School now have a name: Snowflakes. You may have seen them on cable TV whining about social injustice and income inequality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous!!!

  • By Bruce on 04-11-17

Be true to your Old School values!

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17

I recently heard the song "Be True to your School" by The Beach Boys. It's full of Old School values. I believe that snowflakes would not like it today. But I do--and I love Bill O'Reillys book because he speaks about everything that I can relate to and cherish. The book was well written and Feurstein did a great job too (loved that Sean Connery story). Very good book for our OS generation. Maybe snowflake type people can learn something positive for a change if they read this!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful