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  • The System

  • The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football
  • By: Jeff Benedict, Armen Keteyian
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

College football has never been more popular - or more chaotic. Millions fill 100,000-seat stadiums every Saturday; tens of millions more watch on television every weekend. The 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game between Notre Dame and Alabama had a viewership of 26.4 million people, second only to the Super Bowl. Billions of dollars from television deals now flow into the game; the average budget for a top-ten team is $80 million; top coaches make more than $3 million a year; the highest paid, more than $5 million.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Inside Look at an Industry to Itself

  • By W Perry Hall on 01-23-14

Great Insight!!

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

Reviewed: 09-20-13

I'm not completely done with the book, but since it has no reviews and I'm 75% through it in only 2 days and with each chapter standing on it's own, I think I can give a fair review. This book is great, For college football fans, all the characters, programs and games will be familiar, but the insight and the step by step, blow by blow behind the scenes reporting will have you engrossed. Each chapter stands on its own and generally follows a character giving you their perspective as it relates to college football. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on Mike Leach. The narration is overall solid, its doesn't add or take away. Each chapter is about 30-45 minutes.

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  • Black Hearts

  • One Platoon's Descent into Madness in Iraq's Triangle of Death
  • By: Jim Frederick
  • Narrated by: Corey Snow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

This is the story of a small group of soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division's fabled 502nd Infantry Regiment - a unit known as the Black Heart Brigade. Deployed in late 2005 to Iraq's so-called Triangle of Death, a veritable meat grinder just south of Baghdad, the Black Hearts found themselves in arguably the country's most dangerous location at its most dangerous time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must have.

  • By Anonymous User on 11-20-18

Difficult, Eye Opening, Moving Book

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

Reviewed: 04-08-13

Military, war, and detailed audio books are often difficult to listen to verses read due to the amount of names and place that are sometimes hard to keep track of without being able to reference in print, however for Blacks Hearts listening does not take away from it's powerful account of this tragedy in Iraq. My respect for those that served in this book could not be higher.

Frederick states in the prologue something to the effect that there were " good leaders that had bad days, and bad leaders that had good days." And that this account was not an indictment against the leaders decisions that ultimately resulted in this horrific war crime, and it is not, yet does not absolve guilt either.

Black Hearts, is a harrowing tale of war and the impossible situations that leaders and soldiers on the ground experienced. Which unfortunately resulted in, while not unprecedented a preventable war crime.

If you want to know what you're getting into with this book, imagine Karl Marlantes' novel on Vietnam "Matterhorn" meets Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness", set in the worst location and time during the Iraq war and sadly nothing about is fiction.

I highly recommend this book, but warn it pack a punch.

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  • Steve Jobs

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,731

Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting man

  • By Jeanne on 11-13-11

Get Story

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

Reviewed: 11-28-11

I would recommend this book to anyone who has any interest in technology and/or business. Jobs is a fascinating character, his life, accomplishments, and mad scientist persona along with the rise of the information age are laid out in this intriguing and well written biography. The narration is average and I did not like it at first, but it's a biography so the reading does not really make or break it. It was well worth the credit, I was disappointed when it ended because I enjoyed it so much.

  • Matterhorn

  • A Novel of the Vietnam War
  • By: Karl Marlantes
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,367

Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Matterhorn

  • By Zachary on 04-20-10

Classic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-24-11

If you like good literature, get this novel. I found it very powerful. It gripped me and I find I cannot shake the feeling it left me with. It made me feel the same way I felt after I finished Slaughter House Five and I would say the writing is almost on the same level. It is one of the best war novels ever written.

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  • Here, There, and Everywhere

  • My Life Recording the Music of The Beatles
  • By: Geoff Emerick, Howard Massey
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

Geoff Emerick was only 15 years old when he began working with the Beatles as assistant engineer for their early classics "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You". Incredibly, at the age of 19, he was promoted to full engineer, taking the helm for the group's groundbreaking album Revolver. Ten months later, he joined forces with the Beatles for the recording of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, hailed by Rolling Stone as the greatest album ever made.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must For Any Beatles Fan

  • By sparkerart on 09-07-08

Here, There, and Everywhere

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-10

A must read for any Beatles fan. It is an insiders account from inside the studio for a majority of the recordings produced. It provides an in studio look at the groups interpersonal behavior that has not been well written about. It goes album by album song by song and tells how it came to be from the sound engineer's perspective. As a Beatles fan I could not stop listening.