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  • Unbelievable

  • My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History
  • By: Katy Tur
  • Narrated by: Katy Tur
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,458

The NBC journalist who covered - and took fire from - Donald Trump on the campaign trail offers an inside look at the most shocking presidential election in American history. Intriguing, disturbing, and powerful, Unbelievable is an unprecedented eyewitness account of the 2016 election from an intelligent, dedicated journalist at the center of it - a thoughtful historical record that offers eye-opening insights and details on our political process, the media, and the mercurial 45th president of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENLIGHTENING WITH MUCH HUMOR -LIKE YOU WERE THERE

  • By v2o777 on 09-18-17

Different. Fascinating Memior.

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

It has all been said in other reviews. The story of her childhood was fascinating. The account of what she covered on the campaign trail is eye-opening. News, media, politics, and propaganda. Well told. Much of it was a severe reality adjustment. The bullying and sadism she had to cope with were surreal. I figure somewhere Donald Trump is writing all of this off by saying she profited off him and his name. Not so, she just beat him with his own stick.

  • Let Me Finish

  • Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics
  • By: Chris Christie, Ellis Henican
  • Narrated by: Chris Christie
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413

After dropping out of the 2016 presidential race, Chris Christie stunned the political world by becoming the first major official to endorse Donald Trump. In Let Me Finish, Christie sets the record straight about his tenure as a corruption-fighting prosecutor and a Republican running a Democratic state, as well as what really happened on the 2016 campaign trail. Christie takes listeners inside the ego-driven battles for Trump's attention and reveals how the literal trashing of Christie's transition plan put the new administration in the hands of self-serving amateurs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Anger and tears

  • By 🔧Eugene on 01-30-19

Let Me Justify The Treason And Backstabbing

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

I had the opportunity to be in a meeting once where Chris Christie was present. His mind was like lightning and he often answered questions before the asker was done asking them. He had a commanding yet warm and safe presence and he was definitely a world-class politician. He was more than in "the present". This man was somewhat parked in the future waiting for others to catch up. This book is very interesting in the way Theodore White's "The Making Of The President" books were. I do not believe, however, as the author asserts all through the book, Trump has simply been let down by others. His treason and backstabbing are very public. Yet this writer never seems dismayed by the continuous treason thrust upon himself by Trump himself. I do not believe he is deliberately blind either. This is very much a Republican loyalist throwing down his best for the sake of the party. The masters of industry get there because they have full regard for themselves and zero or sadistic disregard for others. And this does not describe Chris Christie. It does describe many politicians. I am interested in memoirs, not politics. Todays' political climate is an interactive theater with the masses. Chris Christie could have changed all that. He has always been a man with a purpose to serve others. The Republican party serves themselves. The Democratic party serves themselves. Our country's majority is always ruled by a minority. All of the social media now littered with political groupies. The worst has been brought out of people in this country. Not the best. And the last politician to take on Organized Crime (which is destroying our country) was Bobby Kennedy. Chris does his best to back his allies (and even some enemies) in his memoir. And if we as a country had the same moral standards as we had only two decades ago, this would have been a presidential memoir. Where Mr. Christie failed as a candidate, he won as a human being. His integrity is whole. Or at least, complete enough to remain a recognizable noble and honorable force. This memoir is a great book to read. Fascinating.

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  • Paid For

  • My Journey Through Prostitution
  • By: Rachel Moran
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Born to mentally unstable parents, Rachel Moran left home at the age of 14. Being homeless, she became a prostitute to survive. In Paid For, she describes, with intelligence and empathy, the fears that she and others had working on the streets and in brothels. She also speaks to the psychological damage that accompanies prostitution and the estrangement from one's body. At the age of 22, Moran escaped prostitution. She has since become a writer and an activist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brutally honest.

  • By Marina Kurban on 06-18-17

Genious Perception of Human Conditions

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-19

Brilliant perception of human conditions and potentials. This is her recounting of many paths she traveled, and people with her gifts of perception are capable of excelling everywhere they go. Keen insight is gifted sparingly. Master storytelling, almost prose. Certainly comparable to Victor Hugo. Inordinately literate. As a person with a very similar childhood, I marveled that the writer ever found her voice beneath such an experience. That "childhood identity" is still something I can not view or speak about. She does not deny it but gives it life and enormous meaning. She is kind to that child and holds it forth for you to see. Possibly because she had some good memories to keep in focus from that period. She overlooks the sadistic neglect and cruelty of others as "sickness". Her early exploitation for food (and probably other benefits) she viewed as a "trust". Such as being sent to the food bank. Sent to "care" for her hospitalized father. Her ability for mercy is supernatural. Her ability to trust you, with her truths is also supernatural. Be worthy of that trust. This is not a book you will forget you read.

  • The Last Days of August

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,410

In December 2017 the famous porn star August Ames committed suicide in a park in the Conejo Valley. It happened a day after she’d been the victim of a pile-on, via Twitter, by fellow porn professionals - punishment for her tweeting something deemed homophobic. A month later, August’s husband, Kevin, connected with Jon Ronson to tell the story of how Twitter bullying killed his wife. What neither Kevin nor Ronson realized was that Ronson would soon hear rumors and secrets hinting at a very different story - something mysterious and unexpected and terrible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a healing masterpiece

  • By A. M. on 01-04-19

Jon Ronson Serves Reality with Spoonfuls of Sugar

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-19

As Jon forays into the porn industry, the interviews slowly reveal the malicious and shocking sadistic disregard for others that fuel the industry. How the vulnerable are exploited and how shameless the ringmasters are. A man rapes a woman in front of an entire film crew physically abusing her during filming and the people about them are so numb and sadistic it does not register as anything but another day in Porn. How does the victim complain that she was raped and abused while filming porn? Complete overwhelm. Ruthless, no mercy. It is a telling of a porn star's suicide and every conversation is managed carefully avoiding the glaring reality her husband is a Pimp. Jon fearlessly places himself in conversations with people that are masters at gaslighting. Some of these conversations are so toxified I become concerned for Jon. Who seems to be capable of walking on fire. Fascinating. It is all so fascinating. That anyone survives at all in that industry. Master storytelling.

  • The Man Who Owns the News

  • Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

If Rupert Murdoch isn't making headlines, he's busy buying the media outlets that generate the headlines. His News Corp. holdings - from the New York Post, Fox News, and most recently The Wall Street Journal, to name just a few - are vast, and his power is unrivaled. So what makes a man like this tick? Michael Wolff gives us the definitive answer in The Man Who Owns the News.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Impossible to follow

  • By Donald on 02-13-09

Author Is Way Too Hallucinatory

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-17-19

I can count the books I was not able to finish on one hand. This is one of them. Every writer manages to enter their own attitudes, fantasies, guesses, and evaluations to some degree. But this writer goes so far as to describe what Murdoch is thinking, feeling, and guessing. It practically reads like a novel. The description of Hollywood culture and social intercourse was so blatantly incorrect I began to wonder if I should believe anything else I had read up to that point. A few hours later I just had to put it down. It became painful to listen to the slander, slurs, armchair psychiatric evaluations and hallucinatory guesses at Murdoch's feelings, motives, goals, purposes, desires, and attitudes. I can cautiously state the book was written from a position of deep resentment towards Murdoch, and a sadistic desire to degrade and humiliate him.

  • Hollywood Godfather

  • The Life and Crimes of Billy Wilkerson
  • By: W. R. Wilkerson III
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

This is the definitive biography of the most powerful man in Hollywood during the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, the man who founded The Hollywood Reporter and the most storied nightspots of the Sunset Strip. In the 30 years as Tinseltown’s premier behind-the-scenes power broker, Billy Wilkerson introduced Clark Gable and Lana Turner to the world, brought the Mafia to Hollywood, and engineered the shakedown of the Hollywood studios by Willie Bioff and his mob-run unions. He also helped to invent Las Vegas, tangled with Bugsy Siegel (and possibly was involved with his murder), and touched off the Hollywood blacklist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Westicop on 01-09-19

The Best Kept Secret In Hollywood

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-18

Anyone studying politics, journalism, social dynamics, organized crime, media or life, would definitely be grateful for this book. The history of the Hollywood Reporter and the Hollywood Black List is thoroughly translated here and in a time when Hollywood figures are creating Blacklists in the here and now in this decade and generating stigmatism against other cultures, religions and political parties. It is flagrant. The social science to be explored in this manifesto is priceless. The story itself and the people in it are extraordinary. An education that alludes us in any other walk of life or exploration. Do not deny yourself the insight offered in this labor of love or the pleasure in listening to this most fascinating tale of manipulation, domination, and survival in the jungle.

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  • Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret

  • By: Craig Brown
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 133

Princess Margaret aroused passion and indignation in equal measures. To her friends, she was witty and regal. To her enemies, she was rude and demanding. In her 1950s heyday, she was seen as one of the most glamorous and desirable women in the world. By the time of her death in 2002, she had come to personify disappointment. One friend said he had never known an unhappier woman. The tale of Princess Margaret is Cinderella in reverse: hope dashed, happiness mislaid, life mishandled.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kind of A Glorious Waste of Time

  • By Carole T. on 08-10-18

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

I expected a memoir or biographical account. Much of it is gossip and opinioning recorded by others. Still, the author was very skilled at capturing and illustrating the social sadism within the circles Margaret swam in and accounts for some of the misery the woman had to endure. You will gain something new from reading the book and I think it would anybody's worthwhile to read it. There are some small novelettes inserted and imaginary happenings that you may have to sort out for yourself. A fantasy marriage to Picasso and some other wanderings way off the beaten track. This was the first book I ever read relative to the Princess. I don't think she had the fairy tale life many assumed she might have had. You can be glad when you are done that this was not a life you found yourself parked in.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Legends and Lipstick

  • My Scandalous Stories of Hollywood's Golden Era
  • By: Nancy Bacon
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Knighton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

For the first time ever, Nancy Bacon, famed gossip columnist and editor of Confidential Magazine, is telling her whole story of what it was like to have love affairs with the likes of Paul Newman, Errol Flynn, Tommy Smothers, Rod Taylor, Vince Edwards, and Hugh O’Brian, plus exciting friendships with the Rat Pack, Judy Garland, Bobby Kennedy, Jay Sebring, Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne, and Marilyn Monroe (to name only a few!).  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Golden Era of Hollywood!

  • By Vicki W on 08-06-18

Some Do Not Go Quitely Into The Night

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-18

There seems to be a glut on the market of aging and elderly women and former B-C actress', models, groupies working hard to supplement their social security with "Tell All" of other people's indiscretions. Desperate "journalists" that have been unemployed for years printing "secrets and slander" while they can still self-publish. The sadistic disregard for other people's spouses, children, grandchildren is flagrant and ruthless. I made it through chapter 26 and felt guilty reading that much. This memoir is basically a name-dropping journal of men she slept with. Nobody was spared. Possibly some stories I would have been curious about at around age 12. But even then the ruthless and coy degradation of others would have made me very squeamish.

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  • My Love Story

  • By: Tina Turner
  • Narrated by: Heather Alicia Simms, Tina Turner - introduction
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

From her early years in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her rise to fame alongside Ike Turner to her phenomenal success in the 1980s and beyond, Tina candidly examines her personal history, from her darkest hours to her happiest moments and everything in between. My Love Story is an explosive and inspiring story of a woman who dared to break any barriers put in her way. Emphatically showcasing Tina’s signature blend of strength, energy, heart, and soul, this is a gorgeously wrought memoir as enthralling and moving as any of her greatest hits. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This memoir is wonderful. Thank you, Tina

  • By Georgia Lady on 10-23-18

Lines In The Sand. Conditional love.

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

Superb narration. Maybe some hardcore fans wanted to hear Tina Turner's voice. No excuse to unjustly condemn the narrator. She is very good. Fabulous even. I read Tina Turner's first book and saw the movie about her. Probably because as a mediator I was offered a job by a music producer, to go on the road to supervise Ike Turner so the producer could close a music deal. As Ike Turner was otherwise uninsurable without a babysitter. I declined. The only challenge I ever backed down from in my life. I don't think I am the only one, as the tour never launched. So, I did have some personal curiosity. This book, as well as her first, and the movie about her life, is about people drawing lines in the sand. Boundaries. Either from an unwillingness to experience others or from personal issues with tolerance. Ike Turner drew lines in the sand. Tina Turner then drew her own lines in the sand to rise above his. So did I even. Then she drew her own lines in the sand with her own children and stepchildren. It was not easy to know about the limitations placed upon her which were oppressive. And to experience sideways as a spectator, how she rose above them. Only to hear at the end she herself her drew lines in the sand with her own children and stepchildren. But it is a good lesson to observe and know where you will or not, draw lines in the sand with others, as they have been drawn in the sand for yourself. And, if you agree to this kind of social mathematics, how they work for everyone and their own tolerance of others. The book is a good life lesson for summoning up your own abilities to draw lines in the sand to survive. But it is also a good way to become aware of your own lines in the sand, you impose on others. Conditional love. Tina Turner for sure is a force of nature. Standing Ovation!

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  • Blowing the Bloody Doors Off

  • And Other Lessons in Life
  • By: Michael Caine
  • Narrated by: Michael Caine
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444

One of our best-loved actors, Michael Caine has starred in a huge range of films and has excelled in every kind of role - with a skill that's made it look easy. He knows what success takes - he's made it to the pinnacle of his profession from humble origins. But as he says, "Small parts can lead to big things. And if you keep doing things right, the stars will align when you least expect it." Now in his 85th year - and more beloved than ever - he wants to share everything he's learned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow.

  • By Gregory C. Fowler on 10-27-18

Pleasant Surprise. Pleasure experience.

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

I purchased the book thinking it was a memoir. It is somewhat. But otherwise, it is a kind of generous hat turnover for people in the theater. Nevertheless, being a tri professional, (three different professions), I found his advice about professionalism and professional duty to be universal and applicable everywhere. In every walk of life. His communication skills are very magical and the love for life and others translates into his memories and sound and caring advice. The empathy quality of it all began to envelop me and I felt like I was being coddled with a lullaby. He is very sane and it is apparent rather immediately and this is a comfort in today's world. I loved this book and I will listen to it again. It bought me comfort as no other book ever has. I wish everyone could know a man like Michael Caine. I am at ease.

28 of 29 people found this review helpful