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  • The Family Corleone

  • By: Ed Falco
  • Narrated by: Bobby Cannavale
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382

For Vito Corleone, nothing is more important than his family's future. While his youngest children, Michael, Fredo, and Connie, are in school, unaware of their father's true occupation, and his adopted son Tom Hagen is a college student, he worries most about Sonny, his eldest child. Vito pushes Sonny to be a businessman, but Sonny - 17 years old, impatient, and reckless - wants something else: To follow in his father's footsteps and become a part of the real family business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding: An Instant Classic!

  • By steve on 09-10-12

Another good Godfather book

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

Good story to set the stage for how and why the Corleone family became what it was. The performance by what I think is a very underrated actor, was superb. You should buy, or read this book.

  • Out of My Mind

  • By: Alan Arkin
  • Narrated by: Alan Arkin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,929
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,315
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,286

In this Audible Original “mini-memoir”, the Academy Award-winning star of Little Miss Sunshine and Argo looks back on his life as a series of philosophical turning points, learning experiences, and a-ha moments. Drawn from a collection of seemingly inexplicable stories and encounters from Arkin's 84 years on this planet, Out of My Mind is a candid, relatable and delightfully irreverent take on how one man went searching for meaning and ended up discovering himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing journey into Alan's self!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-09-18

The title applies

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

Alan Arkin is one of my favorite actors. He has provided me with hours of entertainment. "The In-Laws" is one of the great comedic movies ever, in no small part due to him. He is also quite insane I have learned, by listening to this. He is typical of the Hollywood narcissist in search of meaning, and finding that it's all about him. He details in this book how he healed his son in some holistic or metaphysical way from a high fever, and also how he used the same technique to banish a bad sun burn from him. Alan has proven the old adage about great talent providing for insanity. I still love the actor and thank him for his contributions to film, but the guy is a danger if he believes half the stuff he's written here.

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  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,909

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By TheBookie on 06-04-18

I love Jordan, but......

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

I'm going to start this by saying that I really like Jordan Peterson, so that when I bash the shit out of his book, it's taken in the right way.

Peterson's book, "12 Rules for Life" is an absolute piece of dog shit. I bought the audio version with great anticipation several months ago. As of today, I have listened and put it down two other times. It just sucks. It's all him pontificating and bloviating, seemingly filling a publisher's page count minimum. I can't listen to another second of this dreck. Again, love Jordan, love his ideas, but this book just sucks BIG TIME.

  • And Party Every Day

  • The Inside Story of Casablanca Records
  • By: Larry Harris, Curt Gooch, Jeff Suhs
  • Narrated by: Larry Harris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Now it can be told! The true, behind-the-scenes story of Casablanca Records, from an eyewitness to the excess and insanity. Casablanca was not a product of the 1970s, it was the 1970s. From 1974 to 1980, the landscape of American culture was a banquet of hedonism and self-indulgence, and no person or company in that era was more emblematic of the times than Casablanca Records and its magnetic founder, Neil Bogart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This audio book was superb in my opinion.

  • By David Mulliganl on 03-21-19

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Being a child of the seventies, and a huge KISS fan for most of my life, this book is great. A lot of background, behind the scenes stuff that we fans didn't know, told by a guy who lived it.

  • Wanna Bet?

  • A Degenerate Gambler's Guide to Living on the Edge
  • By: Artie Lange
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

The two-time best-selling author, comedian, actor, and radio icon explains the philosophy that has kept his existence boredom-free since the age of 13 - the love of risk. An avid sports better and frequent card player, Lange believes that the true gambler gets high not from winning, but from the chaotic unknown of betting itself. He recounts some of his favorite moments, many of which haven't involved money at all. In this candid and entertaining memoir, he looks back at the times he's wagered the intangible and priceless things in life: his health, his career, and his relationships.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The sounds like Artie

  • By NelsonTorres on 08-15-18

The ultimate story teller

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Artie Lange is the ultimate story teller. This is a book you'll love reading or listening to. How is this guy still alive? On second thought, wouldn't it be good to find out his drug issue is just a PR campaign?

  • Worst. President. Ever.

  • James Buchanan, the POTUS Rating Game, and the Legacy of the Least of the Lesser Presidents
  • By: Robert Strauss
  • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 187

Worst. President. Ever. flips the great presidential biography on its head, offering an enlightening - and highly entertaining - account of poor James Buchanan's presidency to prove once and for all that, well, few leaders could have done worse. But author Robert Strauss does much more, leading listeners out of Buchanan's terrible term in office to explore with insight and humor his own obsession with presidents, and ultimately the entire notion of ranking our presidents.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable But Lightweight

  • By Earth Lover on 05-29-17

Happy to have purchased.....

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

..... this audio book. The subject is a distant relative of whom I knew very little, despite his success in life. Really all you can know from anything other than a biography is that he's the worst president (though Obama, Bush and Trump are giving him a run for his money) and that he may have been gay. How sad that truth is not told more widely.

  • Write It When I'm Gone

  • Remarkable Off-the-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford
  • By: Thomas M. DeFrank
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

In an extraordinary series of private interviews, conducted over 16 years with the stipulation that they not be released until after Gerald Ford's death, the 38th president of the United States reveals a profoundly different side of himself: funny, reflective, gossipy, strikingly candid, and the stuff of headlines.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An easy historical listen...

  • By Rupe on 05-26-08

Who knew?

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

Who knew that the bumbling man who tripped and fell constantly, who was parodied by Chevy Chase so mercilessly as nothing but an accident, was actually exactly what America needed at the exact moment that he arrived? This book explains it all, and gives you a few heart tugging moments, too. I knew little about Ford before listening to this book, and have a greater appreciation for him now .

  • The Great Halifax Explosion

  • A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism
  • By: John U. Bacon
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

From best-selling author John U. Bacon, a gripping narrative history of the largest manmade detonation prior to Hiroshima. On Monday, December 3, 1917, the French freighter SS Mont-Blanc set sail from Brooklyn carrying the largest cache of explosives ever loaded onto a ship, including 2,300 tons of picric acid, an unstable, poisonous chemical more powerful than TNT.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What a story!

  • By Samuel Shurtleff on 12-11-18

An event I knew nothing about

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

I'd never even heard about this happening until coming across the book on Audible. Very well put together. It could have been written as a recitation of facts, but is pursued as a story of people's lives. I'd suggest it to anybody.

  • Coolidge

  • By: Amity Shlaes
  • Narrated by: Terence Aselford
  • Length: 21 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498

Calvin Coolidge, president from 1923 to 1929, never rated highly in polls, and history has remembered the decade in which he served as an extravagant period predating the Great Depression. Now Amity Shlaes provides a fresh look at the 1920s and its elusive president, showing that the mid-1920s was in fact a triumphant period that established our modern way of life: The nation electrified, Americans drove their first cars, and the federal deficit was replaced with a surplus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Memorable Biography of a Forgotten President

  • By J. Alias on 02-28-13

Definitive, if you ask me

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Amity Shane's has been recommended to me for years. I finally took the plunge and am thrilled that I did so. This is a great listen and I'm sure a great read. Coolidge is a guy I knew little about, but this book has given me the fuel to find out more about what should be considered one of our best presidents, beating Reagan by a magnitude of 1,000. If only we could rekindle that budget cutting fervor possessed by Coolidge today.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212,509
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198,426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198,012

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Good story, with a proviso....

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

It's a very good book, with a very good performance by Wil Wheaton. But some of the hokeyness of the video game recall and attempts to make the gaming culture seem like actual culture were lost on me, since I'm not a gamer. I did enjoy the reminiscences of '80's music and' 70's television. That's right in the era in which I grew up. A good book, minus the hokey stuff.