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  • Vincent & Theo

  • The Van Gogh Brothers
  • By: Deborah Heiligman
  • Narrated by: Phil Fox
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh defined both brothers' lives. As a confidant, champion, sympathizer, and friend, Theo financially and emotionally supported his older brother as the artistic but troubled Vincent struggled to find his path in life as both a painter and a man. Throughout that struggle, the brothers shared everything - swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I could hardly hit the pause button.

  • By Zachary on 08-12-17

Theo gets his due

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

I have been an admirer of Theo Van Gogh, through Vincent, all of my life. This book, in clear and vivid detail, tells the beautifully tragic story of these brothers who loved each other so dearly. It was performed beautifully.
Thank you.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beastie Boys Book

  • By: Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz
  • Narrated by: Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz, various
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,581
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,324
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,305

A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, an audiobook as unique as the band itself. Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam “ADROCK” Horovitz and Michael “Mike D” Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers. For more than 30 years, this band has had an inescapable and indelible influence on popular culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • License to Listen - The Illest Communication

  • By J. Combs on 12-12-18

Whaaaaaaaaaaat?!?l

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

This is fucking brilliant. From a massive fan, this was gold. But for anyone who loves music, the 1980s, New York City, hard work, inspiration, Bette Midler, 1990’s, hip hop, hardcore... you’ll love this book.
Not a single critique. Thank you.

  • Robin

  • By: Dave Itzkoff
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,588

From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations - all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speed. But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams’ comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oh Robin...

  • By Alana on 05-24-18

Truly one of the best Bios I’ve ever listened to.

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

I love biographies. And this is without a doubt one of the best I’ve read. It comprehensively tells the full life story of this interesting person while both paying reverence and being completely candid about all of the life events that made this person. I highly recommend this book.
The performance is fantastic. The reader does an excellent impression to really help you understand the emotions Robin Williams was conveying.

  • The Most Dangerous Animal of All

  • Searching for My Father…and Finding the Zodiac Killer
  • By: Gary L. Stewart, Susan Mustafa
  • Narrated by: Gary L. Stewart
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 432

Soon after his birthmother contacted him for the first time at the age of thirty-nine, adoptee Gary L. Stewart decided to search for his biological father. His quest would lead him to a horrifying truth and force him to reconsider everything he thought he knew about himself and his world. Written with award-winning author and journalist Susan Mustafa, The Most Dangerous Animal of All tells the story of Stewart’s decade-long hunt. While combing through government records and news reports and tracking down relatives and friends, Stewart turns up a host of clues—including forensic evidence—that conclusively identify his father as the Zodiac Killer, one of the most notorious and elusive serial murderers in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Lindsey C on 05-27-14

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

Whether you are interested in the Zodiac case in any way previously or not, this book is intriguing, gripping and exciting. A definite must read. I loved it.

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,647

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Important

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

A great introduction to an important sociological conversation that needs to happen sooner rather than later.

  • Ahead of the Curve

  • Inside the Baseball Revolution
  • By: Brian Kenny
  • Narrated by: Brian Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370

Most people who resist logical thought in baseball preach "tradition" and "respecting the game". But many of baseball's traditions go back to the 19th century, when the pitcher's job was to provide the batter with a ball he could hit and fielders played without gloves. Instead of fearing change, Brian Kenny wants fans to think critically, reject outmoded groupthink, and embrace the changes that have come with the "sabermetric era".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very well done, my favorite audiobook thus far

  • By IvoryOso on 06-05-17

Game Changing

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

I have been watching and following and playing baseball for my 40+ years. I consider myself a A true baseball person. This book absolutely changed the way I look at the game, but in a good way. I have always heard of these supposedly new alternate alternative hippie Nuwave baseball statistics etc. I never resisted them but I just never could fully understand them or appreciate them. I even tried to read Bill James in the past but I just wasn't ready for it. This book is the perfect explanation an argument for this new wave of baseball thinking. Much better even than Moneyball could explain. I absolutely love this book. I absolutely loved the way it was performed as well. The author reading his own book made it even more exciting because you could tell how important this is to him. I would highly recommend this book to anybody who really loves baseball.

  • Bear in the Back Seat

  • Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Volume 1
  • By: Kim DeLozier, Carolyn Jourdan
  • Narrated by: Carey Jones
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 565

A hilarious, heartwarming, and heartbreaking memoir by the chief wildlife ranger in the number one most popular family vacation destination in the USA, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For over 30 years, Kim DeLozier acted as a referee in the wild, trying to protect millions of park visitors from one of the densest populations of wild black bears in America - and the bears from tourists who get too close.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Funny stories - But not as funny as I expected.

  • By Kelly on 06-29-16

Fun read.

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

Nice, quick, easy to listen to book. I loved the authors passion and love for the Smokey Mountains. I learned a lot about bears and their behaviors.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,500

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Interesting with surprise action.

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

Reviewed: 06-13-16

First of all, this book was beautiful he performed. This is the first time that I went to see who the reader was so that I can find another book read by him. I really enjoyed the story it was elegantly written and even had an exciting action sequence that I wasn't expecting.
I almost wish this book was a bit longer, I was intrigued by the characters. It was a very easy read and I think you'll enjoy it

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  • My Year of Running Dangerously

  • By: Tom Foreman
  • Narrated by: Tom Foreman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,997
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,985

As a journalist whose career spans three decades, CNN correspondent Tom Foreman has reported from the heart of war zones, riots, and natural disasters. He has interviewed serial killers and been in the line of fire. But the most terrifying moment of his life didn't occur on the job - it occurred at home, when his 18-year-old daughter asked, "How would you feel about running a marathon with me?"

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ESPECIALLY Good for Those of Us Who Don't Run!

  • By Gillian on 04-12-16

Happy surprise

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

Reviewed: 04-26-16

I bought this book as an in between book while I waited for my next credit. But I absolutely LOVED it. Very inspiring and exciting. I ended up listening twice and it encouraged me to get out running again. (Much less distance)
I love that he read it himself, as he gave a great performance. I felt like I was running along with him. Highly recommended. It's funny and touching.

  • Petty: The Biography

  • By: Warren Zanes
  • Narrated by: Warren Zanes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,022

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

Very good even for non-Petty fans

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

Reviewed: 01-21-16

I've never been the biggest Tom Petty fan. I like his music and I am familiar with his hits. However, this book was so well written that it made me very interested in the story. I am always fascinated by how hard people like Tom Petty work. I was also impressed by how this book is as much a book about the Heartbreakers as it is about Tom Petty.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful