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  • Hollywood Godfather

  • My Life in the Movies and the Mob
  • By: Gianni Russo, Patrick Picciarelli
  • Narrated by: Gianni Russo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

Gianni Russo was a handsome 25-year-old mobster with no acting experience when he walked onto the set of The Godfather and entered Hollywood history. He played Carlo Rizzi, and he didn't have to act - he knew the mob inside and out: from his childhood in Little Italy, where Mafia legend Frank Costello took him under his wing, to having to go on the lam after shooting and killing a member of the Colombian drug cartel in his Vegas club. Along the way, Russo befriended Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando. Russo had passionate affairs with Marilyn Monroe and Liza Minelli....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • untoppable stories.

  • By Jessica on 03-23-19

Who knows if his story is true, the big names are all dead

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

Reviewed: 03-24-19

Would love to know which parts are true, did he kill the peophile did he has sex with Marilyn?
The part about being Frank Costello’s messenger might be true. The Carlos Marcello story was very believable. I have heard other people talk about his involvement in JFK’s assination.

  • The Sinatra Club

  • My Life Inside the New York Mafia
  • By: Sal Polisi, Steve Dougherty
  • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

The Mob was the biggest, richest business in America...until it was destroyed from within by drugs, greed, and the decline of its traditional crime family values. And by guys like Sal Polisi. As a member of New York's feared Colombo Family, Polisi ran the Sinatra Club, an illegal after-hours gambling den that was a magic kingdom of crime and a hangout for up-and-coming mobsters. But the nonstop thrills of Polisi's criminal glory days abruptly ended.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The gangster with a heart of gold...

  • By Rodney on 03-03-18

Fills in all the blanks

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

Reviewed: 02-17-19

Really enjoyed this book, names all the names. It's a clear picture of the power structure of the American MOB
So detailed, but I wonder which parts are true, John Gotti is dead.

  • Marilyn Monroe

  • The Private Life of a Public Icon
  • By: Charles Casillo
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Charles Casillo studies Monroe’s life through the context of her times - in the days before feminism. Before there was adequate treatment for bipolar disorder. Starting with her abusive childhood, this biography exposes how - in spite of her fractured psyche - Marilyn managed to transform each celebrated love affair and each tragedy into another step in her journey towards immortality. Casillo fully explores the last two years of her life, including her involvement with both John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert, and the mystery of her last day.    

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good introductory text. Little new for aficionados

  • By Reggie on 11-25-18

THE REAL DIRT

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

I am a Marilyn fanatic, and Charles Casillo's book is the most satisfying fact filled account I have ever read. This is the real skinny on who she loved, why she was always late. If you are curious about the great Marilyn Monroe this book is sure to satisfy.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Every Day I'm Hustling

  • By: Vivica A. Fox, Kevin Carr O'Leary
  • Narrated by: Vivica A. Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

Vivica A. Fox is a dynamo who has created a lasting career on her own, through sheer, roll-up-your-sleeves DIY hustle. Every Day I'm Hustling is a personal book with a message Fox passionately believes in: that you make your own luck, that you never ever wake up in the morning thinking somebody's going to call you and offer you that part or ask you out on that date that's going to change your life, that you have to wake up and put on your longest eyelashes and fiercest heels and go out and make your life happen yourself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By colette on 04-09-18

How To Look Like Vivica Fox

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Vivica gives us the inside scoop on how to look like a movie star. What to eat, what to wear, and how to get and maintain a tight body. This is an inside look in how a woman left Indianapolis and turned herself into a super success actress.

  • Unwifeable

  • By: Mandy Stadtmiller
  • Narrated by: Mandy Stadtmiller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

Mandy Stadtmiller came to Manhattan in 2005, newly divorced, 30 years old, with a job at the New York Post, ready to conquer the city and the industry in one fell swoop. Like a "real-life Carrie Bradshaw" (so called by Jenny McCarthy), she proceeded to chronicle her fearless attempts for nearly a decade in the Post, New York magazine, and xoJane. But underneath the glitz and glamour of her new life, there is a darker side threatening to surface. She goes through countless failed high-profile hookups in the New York comedy and writing scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Good

  • By SJP Arizona on 12-21-18

Whine, whine, whine

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

The author should not narrate she has a very irritating voice. I kept waiting for her story to become interesting, and gave up after three chapters.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • We All Fall Down

  • Living with Addiction
  • By: Nic Sheff
  • Narrated by: Charles Carroll
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

In this powerful and immensely engaging follow-up to his first memoir, Sheff picks up where he left off and reveals his first-person account of stints at in-patient rehabilitation facilities, devastating relapses with alcohol and marijuana, and hard-won realizations about what it means to be a young adult living with addiction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, intriguing read

  • By samiam2029 on 09-11-13

Brutally honest

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

I read his previous book and his father's book. They both tell the horrible tale of addiction. The only thing that bothered me was the use of the word "like", its the vernacular now, and it gets on my nerves. Overall I liked the honest story of the gutter life of an addict.

  • Been There, Done That

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Eddie Fisher, David Fisher
  • Narrated by: Eddie Fisher
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

He was one of America's most popular entertainers by the time he was 21 years old. But for Eddie Fisher that was only the beginning of a two-decade affair with fame and fortune that made him more famous than Frank Sinatra, turned out more consecutive hit records than the Beatles, and earned him millions of dollars. He married America's sweetheart, Debbie Reynolds, then left her for the world's most glamorous woman, Elizabeth Taylor.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not really impressed

  • By Lisa Emanuele on 01-27-19

Whaaaaat did Eddie have?

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

He mentions bedding every Hollywood beauty from the60’s. Knew he was a speed addict. He names names and presents the good, bad and ugly about himself, but what is true?

  • Tennessee Williams

  • Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh
  • By: John Lahr
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Ashley
  • Length: 26 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 152

Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh gives intimate access to the mind of one of the most brilliant dramatists of his century, whose plays reshaped the American theater and the nation's sense of itself. This astute, deeply researched biography sheds a light on Tennessee Williams's warring family, his guilt, his creative triumphs and failures, his sexuality and numerous affairs, his misreported death, even the shenanigans surrounding his estate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A question for the audio engineers

  • By Tojo on 01-17-16

Fly on Tennessee ‘s Wall

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

Reviewed: 12-24-17

Brillant the best Williams bio, things I was curious about were revealed, and things I knew nothing about were so juicy and personal. Elizabeth Ashley you were absolutely perfect, love timbre of your voice. John Lahr gave us a very detailed story of the brilliant and tortured my beloved Tennessee Williams.

  • Howling at the Moon

  • The Odyssey of a Monstrous Music Mogul in an Age of Excess
  • By: Walter Yetnikoff, David Ritz
  • Narrated by: Walter Yetnikoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

During the 1970s and '80s the music business was dominated by a few major labels and artists such as Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand and James Taylor. They were all under contract to CBS Records, making it the most successful label of the era. And, as the company's president, Walter Yetnikoff was the ruling monarch. He was also the most flamboyant, volatile, and controversial personality to emerge from an industry and era defined by sex, drugs, and debauchery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Amanda Barber on 11-05-16

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 11-05-16

Loved the juicy details and voices done by Walter always Ritz brings the real deal.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • They're Playing Our Song

  • A Memoir
  • By: Carole Bayer Sager
  • Narrated by: Carole Bayer Sager
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

Grammy and Academy Award-winning songwriter Carole Bayer Sager shares the remarkably frank and darkly funny story of her life in and out of the recording studio, from her fascinating (and sometimes calamitous) relationships to her collaborations with some of the greatest composers and musical artists of our time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Amazing Work" from a new fan

  • By Rose Hunter on 11-04-16

Delicious the real deal

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

Reviewed: 10-28-16

This is the inside story of the music business and Hollywood. Carol Bayer Sager names names and gives us a juicy account of famous people 's habits including bedroom hi jinx.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful