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  • I Want My MTV

  • The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution
  • By: Craig Marks, Rob Tannenbaum
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480

It was a pretty radical idea - a channel for teenagers, showing nothing but music videos. It was such a radical idea that almost no one thought it would actually succeed, much less become a force in the worlds of music, television, film, fashion, sports, and even politics. But it did work. MTV became more than anyone had ever imagined. I Want My MTV tells the story of the first decade of MTV, the golden era when MTV's programming was all videos, all the time, and kids watched religiously to see their favorite bands, learn about new music, and have something to talk about at parties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Most Entertaining Book of the Year

  • By David on 10-24-12

Written by liberals

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

it could've been an amazing book, but the author decides to spend almost 10 hours saying how racist the station and white people were. we all get it, there was some discrimination going on in the early years of MTV, but in order to drone on and on and on about racism, he had to sacrifice the core of the book and completely ignore major parts of the MTV story. Its a shame. maybe another author will take the time to properly write the history of MTV. we'll see...

  • Astroball

  • The New Way to Win It All
  • By: Ben Reiter
  • Narrated by: Ben Reiter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398

Astroball is the inside story of how a gang of outsiders went beyond the stats to find a new way to win. When new Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and his top analyst, the former rocket scientist Sig Mejdal, arrived in Houston in 2011, they had already spent more than half a decade trying to understand how human instinct and expertise could be blended with hard numbers. Astroball is the story of the next wave of thinking in baseball and beyond, at once a remarkable underdog story and a fascinating look at the cutting edge of evaluating and optimizing human potential. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More About the Story than the Process

  • By Boyd Tschaggeny on 07-16-18

GREAT!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

great story behind one of the best teams in mlb history. easy to listen to and follow, even if you don't support the Astros and root for an inferior franchise. my only complaint is that the book is too short and the author kinda just skimmed right over the world series. he spent almost as much time, if not more, discussing trivial players from other teams, as he did the 7 game series. otherwise, it's a great book

  • The Mastermind

  • Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal.
  • By: Evan Ratliff
  • Narrated by: Evan Ratliff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

Award-winning investigative journalist Evan Ratliff presents the incredible true story of the decade-long quest to bring down Paul Le Roux - the creator of a frighteningly powerful internet-enabled cartel who merged the ruthlessness of a drug lord with the technological savvy of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ho Hum

  • By Russell on 02-13-19

hard to follow.

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

this book sounded like it would be a good listen, but it's anything but that. the story is all over the place and the listener is rushed from one scene to another, with zero time to digest what they just heard. after listening to nearly 5 hours I gave up.

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Whoever Fights Monsters

  • My Twenty Years Tracking Serial Killers for the FBI
  • By: Robert K. Ressler, Tom Shachtman
  • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,030

Face-to-face with some of America's most terrifying killers, FBI veteran and ex-Army CID colonel Robert Ressler learned from them how to identify the unknown monsters who walk among us - and put them behind bars. Now the man who coined the phrase "serial killer" and advised Thomas Harris on The Silence of the Lambs shows how he has tracked down some of the nation's most brutal murderers. Join Ressler as he takes you on the hunt for America's most dangerous psychopaths. It is a terrifying journey you will not forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murderino checking in

  • By Sarah R Bongiovanni on 06-16-17

heads up

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

it's almost the exact same book as Mindhunter. kind of disappointed and will probably return it

  • Fresh Off the Boat

  • A Memoir
  • By: Eddie Huang
  • Narrated by: Eddie Huang
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229

Eddie Huang is the 30-year-old proprietor of Baohaus - the hot East Village hangout where foodies, stoners, and students come to stuff their faces with delicious Taiwanese street food late into the night - and one of the food world’s brightest and most controversial young stars. But before he created the perfect home for himself in a small patch of downtown New York, Eddie wandered the American wilderness looking for a place to call his own. Funny, raw, and moving, and told in an irrepressibly alive and original voice, Fresh Off the Boat recasts the immigrant’s story for the 21st century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Evan Matthew Lind on 08-20-15

MAJOR Letdown

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

Eddie is nowhere near the lovable kid he is portrayed to be on the show. He's a racist, a drug dealer, a bully and an overall horrible person. Not to mention his parents were abusive. Oh, and listening to him talk is absolute torture. Glad I didn't pay for this book!!!

  • Football for a Buck

  • The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL
  • By: Jeff Pearlman
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 157

The United States Football League was the last football league to not merely challenge the mighty NFL but also to cause it to collectively shudder. It spanned three seasons, featured as many as 18 teams, secured multiple television deals, drew millions of fans, and launched the careers of legends - but then it died beneath the weight of a particularly egotistical and bombastic owner, a New York businessman named Donald Trump. Jeff Pearlman draws on more than 400 interviews to unearth all the salty, untold stories of one of the craziest sports entities to have ever captivated America.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You have to hear it to believe it. Incredible!

  • By Tanya White on 09-27-18

Biased Author.

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

This isn't the story of the USFL, it's the story of how much the author hates Donald Trump. He even makes it a point to bring up the wall being built at the border of Mexico and the US. Really, we need to bring up modern politics in telling the story of the USFL?????? Everyone knows Trump played a major role in the downfall of the league, but the author spends 2/3rds the book blaming him entirely and only briefly glosses over other catastrophic errors made by other owners and league officials. It's a shame the author decided to bring his own political views into spotlight in this book, because it could've been a great story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jim Morrison

  • Life, Death, Legend
  • By: Stephen Davis
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

As the lead singer of the Doors, Jim Morrison's searing poetic vision and voracious appetite for sexual, spiritual, and psychedelic experience inflamed the spirit and psyche of a generation. Since his mysterious death in 1971, millions more fans from a new generation have embraced his legacy, as layers of myth have gathered to enshroud the life, career, and true character of the man who was James Douglas Morrison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jim Morrison

  • By Donald on 05-12-05

He's overrated.

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

book is well written and easy to follow, but it kind of drags on at a few points.

Jim Morrison is sorta overrated and full of himself. I always thought he was some kind of rock God, but in reality he was just an ego maniac suffering from various mental disorders and substance abuse issues.

  • Kings of Cocaine

  • Inside the Medellin Cartel - An Astonishing True Story of Murder Money and International Corruption
  • By: Guy Gugliotta, Jeff Leen
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

This is the story of the most successful cocaine dealers in the world: Pablo Escobar Gaviria, Jorge Luis Ochoa Vasquez, Carlos Lehder Rivas, and Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha. In the 1980s, they controlled more than 50 percent of the cocaine flowing into the United States. The cocaine trade is capitalism on overdrive - supply meeting demand on exponential levels. Here you'll find the story of how the modern cocaine business started and how it turned a ragtag group of hippies and sociopaths into regal kings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Almost Perfect.

  • By Nick on 10-31-18

Almost Perfect.

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

This book well written, but since its copyright date is 1989, it's incomplete and MAJOR parts of the story are missing. the epilogue rushes through some of them. Still, it's probably the most informative audio book on the history of Medellin cartel. It was also refreshing to finally listen to a book on cartel history that wasn't written with the authors political views in mind.

The narrator is top notch too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • By: Michelle McNamara
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,739
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,679

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade - from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen to Scare Yourself in the Dark

  • By Trixie Runnin' on 03-04-18

Huge letdown.

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

this book is just a 10 hour roll call of case facts and varying theories as to who was the GSK. it's all over the place at times and it's easy to lose focus. I was relieved when the book was finally over with.


what this author helped accomplish in solving the crimes is amazing and the fact that just she passed on saddens me.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,172

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

underwhelmed.

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

book starts off nicely, but turns into liberal fluff about 2/3rds the way through. also, the author goes from gushing pride about where he's from to shame.seems kind hypocritical.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful