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  • Alexander Hamilton

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 35 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,784
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,930
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,867

Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades", now brings to startling life the man who was arguably the most important figure in American history, who never attained the presidency, but who had a far more lasting impact than many who did.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Outstanding & Riveting Book!

  • By Kevin on 03-04-05

Love this book! It makes history come alive.

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

Reviewed: 03-30-16

After seeing the Hamilton musical on Broadway, I wanted to find out how accurate it was. Turns out it was very accurate! I shy away for very long history books for fear they will be super boring, but this book make the fascinating history come alive, and it just zings with wonderful narrative. Ron Chernow is a master of making history that could be very boring in another authors hands come alive and be very exciting.
Scott Brick is one of my favorite readers. He reads the book clearly, and doesn't act it out. Great reader, right up there with Dick Hill and Richard Ferrone.
Read this book! Then see the Hamilton Broadway musical, if you can nab a ticket!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Petty: The Biography

  • By: Warren Zanes
  • Narrated by: Warren Zanes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909

No one other than Warren Zanes, rocker and writer and friend, could author a book about Tom Petty that is as honest and evocative of Petty's music and the remarkable rock and roll history he and his band helped to write. Born in Gainesville, Florida, with more than a little hillbilly in his blood, Tom Petty was a Southern shit kicker, a kid without a whole lot of promise. Rock and roll made it otherwise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best biographies ever

  • By James on 12-29-15

Great topic, but too much of the author

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

Reviewed: 03-30-16

This is a pretty decent bio of Tom Petty, but for some reason the author thinks we are all super interesting in his love of Tom Petty. Believe it or not, the first 50 pages or so is all about how Petty's music influenced the authors life. Seriously, I don't give a s**t how Petty influenced with your life--get on with the bio! The author keep popping up during the course of the book, adding his personal insights into Petty, and his feelings. If you wade through that, he actually does a good job of describing Petty and his struggles and triumphs. So less of the author, more of Tom Petty!
Then there is the reading. The author reads the book, and reads it like he is reading a newly discover Dashiell Hammett tome. I frankly like readers who just read the book, and don't insert their interpretation into it. My gold standard for Audible readers is Dick Hill, the best of the best. He READS the book, he doesn't act out the book. I'll bring the emotional interpretation to the book--I don't need the reader to do that job for me. The author kept making the book sound like the voice over for a grade C film noir.
It sounds like I am really down on this book, but I would actually recommend it. I just with the author was much more in the background, and Dick Hill or Richard Ferrone was the reader. But I guess I could say that about every book I listen too.
As for Tom Petty, I admire him more after reading this book. He is a complicated guy, and this book doesn't sugar coat him, but overall the work speaks for itself...

  • Stolen Prey

  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,952

.Lucas Davenport has seen many terrible murder scenes. This is one of the worst. In the small Minnesota town of Deephaven, an entire family has been killed - husband, wife, two daughters, dogs. There’s something about the scene that pokes at Lucas’s cop instincts - it looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he’s seen in drug killings sometimes. But this is a seriously upscale town, and the husband was an executive vice president at a big bank. It just doesn’t seem to fit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sanford writes another winner!

  • By bebe on 05-19-12

John Sandford ALWAYS kicks ass!

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

Reviewed: 01-08-15

Has John Sandford ever written a bad book? I don't think so. I love how he has individual, idiosyncratic character portraits sprinkled throughout his books. I don't think any author has done that as well since Charles Dickens. His characters come alive, and he takes time to develop even small characters, and that enriches his wonderful, twisting stories.
And Richard Ferrone is becoming one of my favorite readers. He may not be quite as good as Dick Hill, but he is in my pantheon of great readers.
Love this book!

  • American Rebel

  • The Life of Clint Eastwood
  • By: Marc Eliot
  • Narrated by: Marc Eliot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

From the New York Times best-selling author Marc Eliot comes the definitive biography of one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful actors, producers, and directors in the history of American motion pictures. Marc Eliot examines the ever-exciting, often tumultuous arc of Eastwood's life and career, from his days as a disaffected college dropout, to his rise to fame as the archetypal loner, to his acceptance into the pantheon of the Academy as a multiple Oscar Award winner.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I learned the hard way.

  • By Ty Pritchard on 07-23-10

O.K if you are a BIG Eastwood fan

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

Reviewed: 01-08-15

Kind of once over lightly for Eastwood. I know Clint didn't cooperate, so the author is struggling with secondary sources. But if you love Clint's work, this may be of interest.
Note the the narrator: your Eastwood imitation is terrible. Don't do imitations in your readings unless you can completely nail the imitation. I actually prefer readers who don't act, but just read the books. I'll bring my interpretation to the story, I don't need yours.My favorite readers are Richard Ferrone, superstar reader Dick Hill, and for a female reader, Kirsten Potter. All of them read clearly, and bring some emotion to the emotional bits. However, they do not act out the part, and they do not do imitations. Your imitation of Clint sounds like a bad imitation at an open mic night at a comedy club.

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  • The Passage of Power

  • The Years of Lyndon Johnson
  • By: Robert A. Caro
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 32 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,733

The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From Powerful to Powerless

  • By Abdur Abdul-Malik on 05-08-12

One of the best biographies ever written

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

Reviewed: 06-05-12

The length of this book may be off-putting to some readers, but once you start reading it, you will find it to be as compelling as anything you have ever read. So many biographies are dry affairs that feel like homework, but Caro has written a page turner! I lived though all of this history, but Robert Caro brings it the era alive like nothing I have ever read before. The previous books were great also, but this covers one of the most fascinating times in the history of the United States. A beloved president assassinated in Dallas, with a man who was reviled in the White House for the previous 3 years assuming the mantle of leadership. Caro's depth of analysis, and ability to provide new insight into the time is like nothing I have ever read before.

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,358

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Owe Stephen King An Apology

  • By Kelly on 04-16-12

Stephen King needs an editor!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-11

I love Stephen King, and this is another wonderful yarn, but why doesn't he put himself into the hands of a good editor? This book must be something like 1000 pages long, and there is probably a really great 500 page book hiding in here. All of his early books were much shorter, although never short, and they were better, more concisely plotted books. He is still a great natural story teller, but if he worked with a good editor, these books would be much better, and less larded with language.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • DisneyWar

  • By: James B. Stewart
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 25 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761

Once upon a time, one man ruled America's greatest entertainment company. This is the untold story of his triumphs and failures, and of the revolt that cost him his kingdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Bottom Line

  • By Rob on 08-19-06

Great book about the Disney Empire!

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

Reviewed: 09-19-11

I worked at Walt Disney Studios during the time that some of these events transpired, so I have an extra interest in the topic. But even if you just love the Disney product, this book will be a fantastic read. James Stewart has the ability to make even the most arcane boardroom dealings read like a thriller. Reading about Michael Eisner, and Jeffery Katzenburg's behavior makes you realize that the antics of Ari Gold, the over the top agent on "Entourage", wasn't that much of an exaggeration!
Wonderful read by Patrick Lawlor also.

  • Promise Me

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Harlan Coben
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 565
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414

The school year is almost over. Anxious families await word of college acceptances. In these last pressure-cooker months of high school, some kids will make the all-too-common and all-too-dangerous mistake of drinking and driving. But Myron is determined to help keep his friends' children safe, so he makes two neighborhood girls promise him: If they are ever in a bind but are afraid to call their parents, they must call him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • hysterically funny narration.....

  • By S on 06-02-09

Harlan Coben is not his best reader

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

Reviewed: 09-19-11

I love Harlan Coben, and when I saw he was reading his own book, I thought this might be an extra bonus. However, it turns out Harlan is not his own best reader. He isn't terrible, but after listening to his books read by the masterful Scott Brick, Harlan would be advised to leave the reading duties to others.
This is a terrific story, or course, like all of his books.

  • When Giants Walked the Earth

  • A Biography of Led Zeppelin
  • By: Mick Wall
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 542

They were the last great band of the '60s and the first great band of the '70s. They rose, somewhat unpromisingly, from the ashes of the Yardbirds to become one of the biggest-selling rock bands of all time - and eventually paid the price for it, with disaster, drug addiction, and death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read for Led Zeppelin Fans

  • By David on 09-14-11

Must read for Led Zeppelin Fans

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

Reviewed: 09-14-11

I love Led Zeppelin, so when I saw this book on Audible, I had to get it. The stories in this book at just delicious--these guys were the quintessential out of control British rock stars, and they relished their roles to the hilt. The stories of their sexual escapades, while not for the faint of heart, are really funny and crazy.
I wasn't wild about the fake first person flashback sequences, and I wish the author had just written the information in a more conventional fashion, but the book has so much interesting material that I would highly recommend it. Be sure to have you Led Zeppelin library available on iTunes so you can listen to the tracks as they are discussed.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Moneyball

  • The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,030
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,042

Moneyball reveals a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the giant offices of major league teams and the dugouts. But the real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers, and physics professors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book, Outstanding Narration, Sloppy Edit

  • By Dirk Turgid on 03-05-12

Great book, even if you don't like baseball

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

Reviewed: 09-14-11

I'm not really a baseball fan, but I totally enjoyed the book. I love Michael Lewis's ability to make even the most arcane topic, like the baseball draft process, sound spine tinglingly exciting. I think Brad Pitt will be fantastic in the role, but I am glad I read the book before the movie came out. Even if you hate baseball, you will enjoy the rich characters in this book.
Wonderful reading by Scott Brick--he is the best!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful