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  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

  • 50th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Ken Kesey, Robert Faggen (introduction)
  • Narrated by: John C. Reilly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,536
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,282

Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Anon on 06-04-18

John C. Reilly makes this book come alive

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

A bravura performance from Reilly. This is an amazing book with a nuanced performance that makes it a must listen.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,653
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,516

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing From Stephen King

  • By Myles on 11-02-18

Will Patton and Stephen King make a great pair

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Will Patton does a great job channeling Stephen King's characters. And King offers up another supernatural thriller to keep you on your toes and guessing how it'll play itself out. Very enjoyable.

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  • The Last Gunfight

  • The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral - and How It Changed the American West
  • By: Jeff Guinn
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 373

For the first time ever, the full story of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral - not only what really happened but why, and how mythology has led us to completely misinterpret the real history of the frontier. Combining cinematic storytelling with prodigious research, The Last Gunfight upends conventional wisdom about what the West was really like, who the Earps and Doc Holliday really were, and what actually happened in Tombstone on that cold day in October 1881.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The movie wasn't even close.

  • By Rick on 03-17-13
  • The Last Gunfight
  • The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral - and How It Changed the American West
  • By: Jeff Guinn
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye

Maybe too well researched

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

Obviously a well researched book and there's a ton of information here. But it was really overkill for me. I didn't need quite so much backstory.

  • Born on the Fourth of July

  • By: Ron Kovic
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham, Bruce Springsteen - introduction
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340

This New York Times best seller (more than one million copies sold) details the author's life story (portrayed by Tom Cruise in the Oliver Stone film version) - from a patriotic soldier in Vietnam, to his severe battlefield injury, to his role as the country's most outspoken anti-Vietnam War advocate, spreading his message from his wheelchair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read it and rejoice, read it and weep—Springsteen

  • By Susie on 07-14-16

Gripping performance

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

The story bares Ron Kovic's soul and shines a light on his Vietnam experience. But what separates this audiobook is the great performance by Holter Graham. He breathes life into each character uniquely and dramatically.

  • As You Wish

  • Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
  • By: Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,060
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,361

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warm-hearted retelling

  • By Thomas Allen on 10-19-14

Utterly Charming

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

Reviewed: 01-14-17

If you're a fan of the film, you'll love this reminiscence from Cary Elwes. And the performance is great with many of the film's stars chiming in with their memories of making this classic.

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  • The Island at the Center of the World

  • The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan
  • By: Russell Shorto
  • Narrated by: L.J. Ganser
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,125
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 624

Nearly 40 years ago, a New York State Library archivist discovered 12,000 pages of extraordinary records from the original Dutch colony on Manhattan. After decades of painstaking translation, the documents became the primary source for this breathtaking history of early New York.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wealth of Information, but Continual Repitition

  • By Steven on 05-31-05

A tour de force

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

Reviewed: 09-08-16

This is what history writing is supposed to be. A vivid, living history of the Dutch colony in America. You are there on the wall watching the English gunships forcing the surrender of the colony. You are in the houses of the settlers fighting off the Indian attackers in the night. Everything you didn't know about New Amersterdam is here and it's brilliantly narrated. Don't miss this one.

  • Lies My Teacher Told Me

  • Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
  • By: James W. Loewen
  • Narrated by: Brian Keeler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,182
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,581
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,589

This national best seller is an entertaining, informative, and sometimes shocking expose of the way history is taught to American students. Lies My Teacher Told Me won the American Book Award and the Oliver Cromwell Cox Award for Distinguished Anti-Racist Scholarship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction Stranger Than Truth

  • By Dubi on 01-17-15

Interesting history obscured by strident hectoring

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

I just couldn't listen to what may very well have been some interesting history when it was so weighed down with hectoring about inadequate school books. We get it, school history books get a lot wrong. I don't need it hammered at every moment, just get on with correcting it.

  • Now I Know More

  • The Revealing Stories Behind Even More of the World's Most Interesting Facts
  • By: Dan Lewis
  • Narrated by: Anthony Haden Salerno
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 633
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 575

Get ready to find out the real deal behind a new collection of fascinating facts. From pink camouflaged fighter planes to secret Harry Potter characters, Now I Know More covers everything from history and science to sports and pop culture. You'll learn about made-up towns that made their way onto real maps, the time three MLB teams squared off in a single game, and 99 more curious cases of remarkable trivia. And it's all true. With this audiobook, you really will know more!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed...

  • By Pat on 05-29-15

Cut rate Ripley's Believe it or Not

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

Reviewed: 07-28-16

I wasn't expecting some sensationalized facts with cornball writing and breathless delivery. Personally this was unlistenable.

  • 1812: The Navy's War

  • By: George C. Daughan
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 18 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 498
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 497

At the outbreak of the War of 1812, America's prospects looked dismal. It was clear that the primary battlefield would be the open ocean but America's war fleet, only 20 ships strong, faced a practiced British navy of more than a thousand men-of-war. Still, through a combination of nautical deftness and sheer bravado, the American navy managed to take the fight to the British and turn the tide of the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic, if complicated, account of the war

  • By K. Winters on 02-25-13

Not quite as promised

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

The content is interesting and provides a great in-depth look at the war, but it doesn't really support the thesis that this was "the navy's war".

  • The Pixar Touch

  • The Making of a Company
  • By: David A. Price
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865

The Pixar Touch is a lively chronicle of Pixar Animation Studios' history and evolution, and the "fraternity of geeks" who shaped it. With the help of visionary businessman Steve Jobs and animating genius John Lasseter, Pixar has become the gold standard of animated filmmaking, beginning with a short special effects shot made at Lucasfilm in 1982 all the way up through the landmark films Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, and others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very thorough

  • By Bruce on 02-03-10

For all lovers of Pixar

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

Reviewed: 12-30-15

Hear how it all started through the development of Ratatouille and the sale to Disney. A fascinating look into how the magic happens.