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A fly on the wall

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

Reviewed: 04-22-17

Jon Allen and Amie Parnes put you in the room of someone on the verge of being president. Love her or hate her, you ride next to Hillary on the roll coaster ride known as 2016 whose rails lead to the White House.
Every event, misstep and change of fortune is explained. You learn with the staff that they are children who are "not allowed to have nice things." The headlines of the election left many questions, and this book explains the Why?

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Impressive

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

Reviewed: 02-14-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Afghan Whigs' 'Gentlemen' (33 1/3 Series) to be better than the print version?

Gendron's write up takes an under-rated album and turns it into a great listening experience. Duli comes alive in this story and his supporting crew all have their characters accurately conveyed in this well-researched narrative.

For those of you who like the 33 and 1/3 Series stories that actually are about the artists instead of the writer, this is your book.

I always thought that Black Love was the Whig's best album. I owned and listened to Gentlemen but was unconvinced of it being genius. Until this audiobook.

Now I see it differently. Through interviews and media reports, Gendron puts you in the mind's of Duli and the rest of the band.

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More Research and Less Pontification

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-13

What disappointed you about The Replacements' Let It Be (33 1/3 Series)?

Tell me how you turned this raw but artful album into an episode of the Wonder Years. Meloy keeps going through his thoughts about the Replacements during this changing time in sound. Meanwhile, we are lead down a road in painful detail about where he was when he heard the songs.There is nothing wrong with detail. There's nothing wrong with the prose, but we want to hear about the band. Not about you.Tell me something -- anything -- about Westerberg, Stinson, Stinson and Mars that was not cribbed out of corporate magazines. Something, anything new. Here's a thought -- pick up the phone and interview some of them.Why did they choose an over-the-top album title? What inspired "Androgynous"? I want to know what type of beer made the bandmates' sneakers stick to the studio floor. I want to know why they chose "Black Diamond" by Kiss as the album's cover song. I want to understand what the lyrics of Satisfied are about.Look, this was a chance to delve into the art and the artists. Instead, it came off as a pretentiously written 8th grade essay about what someone did over their summer vacation.

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Great Play by Play

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

Reviewed: 06-11-12

What made the experience of listening to Here, There, and Everywhere the most enjoyable?

This audiobook gives Beatles fans and technical recording musicians a great play by play behind how all of the major songs were created. After listening to it, you will find yourself re-listening to the songs you have heard 1,000 times and hear new things.

I did not realize how much this audiobook would make me appreciate the Beatles work even more. The personalities of the Fab Four are all in here.

But a side note: The narrator's pretensiousness can strain the ear occassionally, but once you get past this voice, the story of how the Beatles recorded comes alive.