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  • 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 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 91

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 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

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 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

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.

  • 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 17,687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,085

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 37,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,834

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

  • The I-5 Killer

  • By: Ann Rule, Andy Stack
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466

As a young man, Randall Woodfield had it all; he was a star athlete with good looks and an award-winning student. Working in the swinging West Coast bar scene, he had more than his share of women. But he wanted more than just sex. An appetite for unspeakable violent acts led him to cruise the I-5 highway through California to Washington, leaving a trail of victims along the way. As the list of the dead grew, the police mobilized to stop a twisted killer who had 44 known deaths to his name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting from beginning to end.

  • By Mami on 01-12-18

Waste of tme

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

first half of the book is very interesting, but just like every other Ann rule book, she drones on and on and on with the courtroom proceeding that eats up over 4 hours of the book. I finally gave up just before book ended.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Comfortably Numb

  • The Inside Story of Pink Floyd
  • By: Mark Blake
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

Mark Blake draws on his own interviews with band members as well as the group's friends, road crew, musical contemporaries, former housemates, and university colleagues to produce a riveting history of one of the biggest rock bands of all time. We follow Pink Floyd from the early psychedelic nights at UFO, to the stadium-rock and concept-album zenith of the '70s, to the acrimonious schisms of the late '80s and '90s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Would read the actual book

  • By Bo Bilstrup on 06-09-18

not good

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

the audio quality is atrocious and the narrators accent is really hard to understand. bummer

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Life in Parts

  • By: Bryan Cranston
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,938
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,604

Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father, a struggling actor and director, cast him in a United Way commercial. Soon Bryan was haunting the local movie theater, memorizing and reenacting favorite scenes with his older brother. Acting was clearly the boy's destiny - until one day his father disappeared. Suddenly destiny took a backseat to survival. Seeking something more stable, perhaps subconsciously trying to distance himself from his absent father, Cranston decided on a career in law enforcement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They're all good parts.

  • By kelli mcgourty on 10-23-16

major let down.

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

I love this man's career, but take major issue with him starting the book saying he is thinking about his daughter overdosing, in order to get into the role of whatever movie or show he's filming. plus, he is really really full of himself. waste of money

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • H. H. Holmes

  • The True History of the White City Devil
  • By: Adam Selzer
  • Narrated by: David Bendena
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

This is the first truly comprehensive book examining the life and career of the murderer who has become one of America's great supervillains. It reveals not only the true story but how the legend evolved, taking advantage of hundreds of primary sources that have never been examined before, including legal documents, letters, articles, and records that have been buried in archives for more than a century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The truth

  • By Shaun Wheeler on 09-08-17

ehh...

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

the narrator reads in a lifeless monotone voice and the author is all over the place. bummer of a book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • No Better Friend

  • One Man, One Dog, and Their Incredible Story of Courage and Survival in WWII
  • By: Robert Weintraub
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Flight technician Frank Williams and Judy, a purebred pointer, met in the most unlikely of places: a World War II internment camp in the Pacific. Judy was a fiercely loyal dog, with a keen sense for who was friend and who was foe, and the pair's relationship deepened throughout their captivity. When the prisoners suffered beatings, Judy would repeatedly risk her life to intervene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Opinion, No Better Friend

  • By Sam Thompson on 07-08-15

Disappointed.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

About halfway into the book the dog goes away and for the next 2-3 hours it's a separate story, that includes several parties of people stranded on too many islands that I found annoying and hard to stay focused.

narrator was good and I really enjoyed the first half, but gave up listening halfway and moved on to next book.