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  • Sh*tshow!

  • The Country's Collapsing . . . and the Ratings Are Great
  • By: Charlie LeDuff
  • Narrated by: Charlie LeDuff
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

A daring, firsthand, and utterly-unscripted account of crisis in America, from Ferguson to Flint to Cliven Bundy's ranch to Donald Trump's unstoppable campaign for President - at every turn, Pulitzer-prize winner and best-selling author of Detroit: An American Autopsy, Charlie LeDuff was there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Examinations of the aftermath from the scene

  • By josh on 05-23-18

Charlie Crushed It

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

I never know what to expect when an author narrates their own work. Most of the time I listen and think the author should have left it to a professional. Sometimes, I think that the author ruined their own work with a horrible performance.

Then there are times like this. Charlie LeDuff was absolutely fantastic. I sat down, thinking I'd listen to the book for just a few minutes today and pick it up again later. The next thing I know, I have listened to the entire thing with very few pauses. I cannot imagine anyone else delivering a performance like Charlie's.

I'm sure a professional narrator could have done a good job with the text and maybe have even done it justice in their own way. But the one thing that only Charlie LeDuff could do is the thing he did in spades. He gave an authentic performance.

He was manic when he needed to be manic and somber when he needed to be somber. He struck the right tone for the story he told but was always energetic.

I guess if you are super partisan or either the left or the right you will find parts of the book hard to swallow but if you are one of the numerous people who span many racial, gender, social, age and class groups who believe that all politicians fail to serve the citizenry, you will spend most of your time listening to the book and nodding along. Well, when you aren't laughing at a funny aside from Charlie.

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  • Escaping Alcatraz

  • The Untold Story of the Greatest Prison Break in American History
  • By: Michael Esslinger, David Widner
  • Narrated by: Dave Clark
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Under the cover of night on June 11, 1962, using only crude homemade tools, Frank Morris and brothers John and Clarence Anglin tunneled their way out of Alcatraz, America's most secure maximum security prison. Enacting a complex escape plan, the trio broke free from the cellblock, made it undetected past patrolling guards, inflated homemade life vests and a raft, and set sail into a foggy history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Alcatraz A to Z . . .

  • By Polly Poizendem on 03-27-18

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

Alcatraz as a subject matter has always fascinated me but it is something I hadn't really studied seriously up to this point.

This book was a good place for me to start because it had a little of everything. It contained an overview of the prison itself and some of the escapes that were attempted over the years. Then when it got to the Morris/Anglin escape of 1962 we got a lot of detailed information including biographical information concerning all of the major players.

Then after the escape we got an examination of the aftermath and a look at some of the theories that have come about over the intervening years.

This is the first time I heard a book narrated by Dave Clark. As another reviewer commented, he has a voice that suits this book. I thought I was listening to an extended documentary when listening to the main narration but I also enjoyed the vocal changes he would make when reading quotes from specific people. His voice was easy to listen to and I was able to finish the audiobook in one day with very few pauses for any reason.

If you want to learn more about Alcatraz, this book is a pretty good place to start. After listening to it, I intend to listen to more books by the author and more narrated by Dave Clark in the future. It is hard to come up with a better endorsement than that.

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. The fact that it was free did not impact my ratings in any way.

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  • DisneyWar

  • By: James B. Stewart
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 25 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

DisneyWar is an enthralling tale of one of America's most powerful media and entertainment companies, the people who control it, and those trying to overthrow them. It tells a story that - in its sudden twists, vivid, larger-than-life characters, and thrilling climax - might itself have been the subject of a Disney classic - except that it's all true.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favorites

  • By Casey on 02-14-18

One of My Favorites

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

I bought a version of this book released by Blackstone when I first joined Audible in 2006. Even though this is not a new recording I picked up this version as well as I had a credit I needed to spend.

This is a great book that goes inside the tenure of Michael Eisner as CEO of the Walt Disney Company. While there are a few errors in the text that I noticed and at least one mispronunciation of a name, it is still as engrossing as the first time I listened to it back in June of 2006. In fact, I am probably still an audible member today in part because of how much I have enjoyed relistening to this one over the years.

It is a lengthly listen at over 25 hours but it is never boring. Some of the most interesting aspects are learning of the shows and movies that Disney could have made but passed on like Lord of the Rings and Survivor. I think this a must listen for anyone interested in Disney history or anyone interested in knowing how to business both the right and wrong way.

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  • Fire and Fury

  • Inside the Trump White House
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,614

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as credible as one would like.

  • By Jerry R. Nokes Jr. on 01-29-18

It's Complicated

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

That best describes how I feel about Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury. When the book starts off with the author admitting that there are things in it that aren't true, it complicates matters. Now as a listener I must ask myself which things aren't true and how much isn't true among other questions. When it comes to nonfiction, I shouldn't have to guess whether or not something I am listening to is accurate.

If you read the above and have concluded that I am some Trump defender, guess again. I know arguments, I know how to construct good ones and tear apart bad ones. The author's own words call into question the entire work.

And yet, I still found the story compelling. It was a book that I finished in just over a day. Once I got started I couldn't stop listening. A lot of that is due to the performance of Holter Graham who I thought did a really good job with the narration, particularly when narrating some of Trump's actual speeches.

One review I saw of the book described it as entertaining but not enlightening. That is as close as I can really get to explaining my complicated feelings on this one.

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  • Hellbent

  • An Orphan X Novel
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,782
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,582
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,567

Taken from a group home at age twelve, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as an off-the-books government assassin: Orphan X. After he broke with the Orphan Program, Evan disappeared and reinvented himself as the Nowhere Man, a man spoken about only in whispers and dedicated to helping the truly desperate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily earns 5 stars!

  • By Wayne on 01-31-18

I Love This Series

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

I discovered the Orphan X series last year and it became one of my favorites immediately. This installment makes Hurwitz 3 for 3 in this series. And the way it ended, you know things are going to be kicked up even another notch.

Don't mess with the Nowhere Man!

Scott Brick is as amazing as ever. Truly one of the greatest audiobook narrators of all-time and easily the one who appears in my own library the most.

This series needs to be consumed in order but once you get started you'll be glad you did.

  • Room 1203: O. J. Simpson's Las Vegas Conviction

  • By: Andy Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Mark Kamish
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Room 1203 is the true story of the convoluted and bizarre events surrounding a violent armed robbery of a sports memorabilia collector in a Vegas hotel. On that night, Simpson put an exclamation mark on his spectacular fall from the height of Hollywood's glamour and glitz to a shadowy world of scams and schemers in Sin City. Written by the lead detective assigned to the case, the audiobook provides details, insights, and facts not previously reported.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Getting My Stuff Back...

  • By Polly Poizendem on 01-20-18

The lower profile O.J. Simpson trial

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

I went into this audiobook with only a little bit of familiarity with this particular O.J. Simpson trial. I thought this book was a good look at what goes on behind the curtain of a police investigation for better and worse.

I thought the author was open, honest and told his story in an entertaining way. I walked away from listening to this book finding myself really liking Andy Caldwell.

One reason for that was the warmth that Mark Kamish brought to the performance. A previous reviewer said that they felt like they were listening to the author and that's a great way to describe it. The pace is deliberate and some might wish it were a bit faster but to me it felt genuine. The pace did pick up when Mark was reading the transcript of what went on during the robbery and people were speaking quickly.

Another nice touch was the way that actual audio from the room recording as well as audio from the reading of the verdict was mixed in to the track. We heard the narrator read a transcript of the recording from the room but then heard the actual recording. I thought that the mixing of the audio from the reading of the verdict was done exceptionally well. I would definitely listen to more by Mark Kamish in the future.

I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for a free review. The fact that it was free did not have any impact on my feelings about the audiobook.

  • One Eyed Jack

  • By: Christopher J. Lynch
  • Narrated by: Tom Jordan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Professional blackmailer John Sharp, aka One Eyed Jack, is a man who knows how to keep a secret - for a price. But when a routine case of infidelity takes an unexpected detour, he soon finds himself caught in a tangled web of double-blackmail, commodities manipulation, and trying to rescue the woman that had once been his target.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fresh, New, Character! Great Story. Love it!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-02-18

Good Story, Interesting Character, Fun Narration

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

First, the character is a lot of fun. He's hardly the first antihero in literature but the author gives him a lot of depth mostly by letting you learn about what kind of guy he really is as the story is unfolding and you can see how he acts.

Second, the story moves at a good pace. I practically listened to this book from start to finish without a single pause and the few pauses I did take were always short. I couldn't wait to get back to see what was going to happen next. I did not have all of the answers come to me right away while listening and I appreciate not always knowing for sure what is coming up next.

I really enjoyed Tom Jordan's narration. This is the first book I heard him narrate and I feel like he just got the character from the start. I even enjoyed his female voices which is not something I say often about male narrators doing female characters. It didn't feel like I was being read a story. It felt like I was listening to a friend whom I hadn't talked to in a couple of months talking to me about a misadventure he found himself in. Credit for that goes to both the writing and the author and performance of the narrator.

I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The fact that I received this book for free had no baring on my opinion of it.

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  • Kayfabe: Stories You're Not Supposed to Hear from a Pro Wrestling Production Company Owner

  • By: Sean Oliver
  • Narrated by: Sean Oliver
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

If you thought the world of pro wrestling was wild, imagine what you haven’t seen on TV and in the ring. Add to that the backdrop of building a renegade production company, negotiating with impossible wrestling talent, and hosting groundbreaking, shoot-style programming, and you have the story of Sean Oliver. Sean has seen industry-wide accolades for the company he co-founded and for which he serves as front man. Watch the unpredictable and unconventional story through Sean’s eyes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEHIND THE SCENES GALOUR

  • By Anonymous User on 04-05-18

Some Good Stuff

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

I love Wrestling but am more familiar with Kayfabe Commentaries as a concept than I am as a consumer of their products. In other words I was aware of them and what they did but am not a big consumer of shoot interviews although I have enjoyed those I have watched from other companies.

Still, I love wrestling and this is a book about wrestling so I was down to give it a listen. I really enjoyed some of the stories, a few were surprising but most weren't. I also really enjoyed Sean expounding on the business of providing content and some of the challenges that they face in our current climate.

I really enjoyed Sean's performance as well, it was both energetic and enthusiastic. The production could have been better as I counted at least 2 instances of lines being read multiple times.
There were a couple of other errors I noticed as well. Once, when speaking about the Mid South territory, it was referred to as Mid-Atlantic which was a different group. Also when meaning to say WCW once, it was instead ECW that was referenced.
However, these are minor errors that will go over the head of most listeners, I suspect. Even with their presence this was still a very enjoyable listen and I'm glad that it was both produced as an audiobook in the first place and narrated by Sean. Not enough books about wrestling make it to audio so I tend to appreciate those that do.

I suspect that those already in the Kayfabe Commentaries audience will appreciate this audiobook. Those looking to learn about some of their favorite wrestlers may want to consider giving it a listen as well. The book is accessible enough to fans of varying degrees of interest and wrestling knowledge.

  • Fantasy Online Polynya

  • By: Harmon Cooper
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays, Soundbooth Theater
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

The Mitherfickers are back and ready to bring the fight to the Shinigami! But before they can do that, they need an audience with the Knights of Non Compos Mentis, the most powerful guild in Tritania. Luckily for them, Ryuk used to be a member of the famed guild, and to get to the guild headquarters, they'll need to level up and figure out a way into a city heightened tight security. Along their journey to Polynya, the second floating continent of Tritania, the Mitherfickers are joined by a high elf, whose village is being terrorized by a big bad wolf.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harmon, Hays, and Hiccup. Need I say more?

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-31-18

Even better than the first

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

I thought Fantasy Online: Hyperborea was a great book and ended up loving the second installment in the saga even more.

Because of the good work Harmon Cooper did of establishing characters, motivations and conditions in the first book less of that was needed in the second. As a result the plot moves along at an even faster pace and the humor is taken up to another level. I found myself laughing out loud at practically everything said by Hiccup. This is due to both the way his conversations and rants were written and the way they were performed by Jeff Hays. A conversation about Churros and Chalupas was so funny I listened to it more than once.

Hiccup is comic relief but he also chews up every scene in which he is involved. I would say that out of all the characters, how you feel about Hiccup is going to have the biggest impact on how you feel about the series on the whole. Even with Hiccup being such a forceful personality, the other mitherfickers do have their moments to shine.

Jeff Hays continues to do excellent work with the narration including a pretty decent approximation of Snoop Dogg. He has a seemingly instinctive understanding of what the author is trying to accomplish and can transition from a reluctant vocalization to a boastful one with ease.

It is hard to imagine how this book could have possibly been any better. The first in the series is a strong outting but the faster pace and sharper humor makes me favor this one. Still both are outstanding and this is not just a series I will continue to invest in but it is one that I will listen to repeatedly which is an accomplishment in and of itself considering the length of my to be listened to list. I am also eager to listen to more from the combination of Cooper and Hays. Both will find themselves in my growing audiobook library a lot more often.

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. The fact that the book was free had no baring on my opinion of it.

  • Fantasy Online: Hyperborea

  • By: Harmon Cooper
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 295

Nineteen-year-old Ryuk Matsuzaki and his best friend Tamana decide to start over with new avatars. When Tamana is suddenly killed right in front of him in a Tokyo subway, Ryuk knows there is only one place he can search for answers -- Tritania, the world's most popular online fantasy world. Standing in his way are a mysterious guild known as the Shinigami, and his older brother, a Yakuza crime lord hell-bent on squashing his dreams.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a fun and interesting story underneath the humor

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 08-22-17

A Series of Firsts

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

Fantasy Online: Hyperborea represents a series of firsts for me. This was my first time reading anything from the LitRPG genre. It was also my first experience reading anything by Harmon Cooper or listening to anything narrated by Jeff Hays. All three of those new experiences were positive ones.

I thought the story was great and that the author did a good job of establishing who the main players were and what their motivations were. And even as someone new to the genre of LitRPG I never felt lost or wondered why something was happening in a certain way. There is also a lot of humor in the story particularly involving FeeTwix and Hiccup the Goblin who happen to be my two favorite characters.

As to the narration, Jeff Hays knocked it out of the park. Each character had a distinct voice that fit their personality as written by Harmon.

When I was done listening, I was eager to move on to the next book in the series. After reading this book I was interested in getting more books written by Harmon Cooper, more narrated by Jeff Hays and more in the LitRPG genre. This book is "ficken awesome".

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The fact that it was free had no baring on my opinion of the work.