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  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,924
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,431

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story.

  • By Tim on 12-21-16

Great book, changed my perception of Bruce

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

This book is probably only for people who are already Springsteen fans. I'm as ambivalent about this book as any I've done in recent memory. I'm a huge Springsteen fan. I've seen him (I think) 7 times in concert. I love his music. But the book made me like him less as a person. He's much more self centered and egotistical than I would have thought. Both traits come through loud and clear. The way he writes about his bouts with depression as a multi-millionaire vs. his father dealing with depression as a working class person struggling to provide for his family made that very clear. He also confessed to a lot of his own sins even though the public confessions will probably hurt those he loves. The book did provide insight into how the band was formed and a lot of input into the origins of many songs, which I loved. I really wanted to like the book. It's gotten generally very good reviews and maybe I'm clouding my opinion of the author after reading it with my opinion of the book itself, so I'm giving the book a good rating even though it made me like the author less, if that makes sense. Bruce did do a great job reading it. It was obviously a very personal project for him.

  • The City of Mirrors

  • The Passage Trilogy, Book Three
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 29 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,917
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,367

The Twelve have been destroyed, and the 100-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew - and daring to dream of a hopeful future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ends the series with a whimper.

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-03-16

A fitting conclusion to an excellent trilogy

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

It's the best of the trilogy. For those not familiar with the books they are not independent. They have to be done in order to make any sense. It is the tale of an apocalyptic virus that wipes out the majority of the human population and turns the majority of those left into “virals”, super fast and super strong animalistic killing machines who only have light as their main weakness. But, like most of these stories the real story is about human survival in the face of incredible odds. There is another storyline that I won’t spoil that develops slower and takes on religious symbolism. For Audible subscribers, it’s a great use of credits. For 3 credits, you get 3 really good books and around 90 hours of entertainment. Scott Brick is the narrator of all 3 and gives his normal outstanding performance

  • Tiger Woods

  • By: Jeff Benedict, Armen Keteyian
  • Narrated by: Roger Casey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909

In 2009, Tiger Woods was the most famous athlete on the planet, a transcendent star of almost unfathomable fame and fortune living what appeared to be the perfect life - married to a Swedish beauty and the father of two young children. Winner of 14 major golf championships and 79 PGA Tour events, Woods was the first billion-dollar athlete, earning more than $100 million a year in endorsements from the likes of Nike, Gillette, AT&T, and Gatorade. But it was all a carefully crafted illusion. As it turned out, Woods had been living a double life for years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Balanced Look at One of Golf's Greatest

  • By Bill Pence on 05-09-18

Great book, Poor Narration

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Finished it up last night. Really good book looking at both his golf life and his personal life. It was written by two Sports Illustrated writers who spent 4 years on it and interviewed hundreds of people. Bottom line is they think he’s the best golfer of all time, but VERY flawed as a person. The root of all his personal problems seems to be that he only thinks of himself. That thought process also helps him in the very individual sport of golf. Overall I thought the book was very fair to him, but I’m sure those who worship him will think they harp on his personal flaws too much and those who hate him will think they overstate his abilities on the course.

The narration was awful. So many golf terms and names were mispronounced that it was really distracting. Is it really that hard for the author to listen to it before it is released or at least to have an editor of the audio version who is familiar with the subject matter? Thank goodness the book was good enough to allow me to power through the bad narration.

  • The Right Stuff

  • By: Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 825

Millions of words have poured forth about man's trip to the moon, but until now few people have had a sense of the most engrossing side of the adventure: namely, what went on in the minds of the astronauts themselves - in space, on the moon, and even during certain odysseys on earth. It is this, the inner life of the astronauts, that Tom Wolfe describes with his almost uncanny empathetic powers that made The Right Stuff a classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Righteous Book, Righteous Narrator, Righteous MEN!

  • By Gillian on 02-08-18

Dennis Quaid really brought it to life

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

I enjoyed the book. I was never really a space nut, so I learned a lot. There were a lot of interesting things about the development of the space program. Some of it could have been very dry without Dennis Quaid as the reader. He did one of the best jobs with this book that I have heard. If you’ve seen the movie, it is very true to the book. That’s not always the case. Of course, even with a long movie like this one which was 3 hours, you get a lot more in the book which was almost 16 hours. A must for those interested in our space program and very enjoyable and informative to those like me with only a passing interest.

  • Game Changers

  • Dean Smith, Charlie Scott, and the Era That Transformed a Southern College Town
  • By: Art Chansky
  • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Among many legendary episodes from the life and career of men's basketball coach Dean Smith, few loom as large as his recruitment of Charlie Scott, the first African American scholarship athlete at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Drawn together by college basketball in a time of momentous change, Smith and Scott helped transform a university, a community, and the racial landscape of sports in the South.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much More Than Basketball

  • By Hebern on 07-18-18

Much More Than Basketball

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Really good book. It’s more about integration than basketball. About a third to a half is about the integration of Chapel Hill in general and the rest is Charlie Scott’s story at UNC. Again focusing more on integration than basketball, but basketball is a vital part of that story. Smith has always been a liberal, but didn’t feel safe enough in his job to take public liberal stances until he started winning big at UNC.

The reader was really bad. He mispronounced local towns and names and was obviously unfamiliar with basketball terms. It was bad enough that it was a distraction, but the book was good enough to power through that.

The author is a Carolina guy. I was afraid that he would deify Smith and Scott to a degree that I wouldn’t like it. He did not, although it is obvious he liked both a lot. He did reveal flaws in both which makes it seem more believable. Overall, it was a very interesting and informative book about events in NC during my lifetime, but during which I was too young to appreciate. I think it’s a must read for Carolina grads and an interesting one for even NC State grads like me.

  • Caddyshack

  • The Making of a Hollywood Cinderella Story
  • By: Chris Nashawaty
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Caddyshack is one of the most beloved comedies of all time, a classic snobs vs. slobs story of working-class kids and the white-collar buffoons that make them haul their golf bags in the hot summer sun. It has sex, drugs, and one very memorable candy bar, but the movie we all know and love didn't start out that way, and everyone who made it certainly didn't have the word classic in mind as the cameras were rolling.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Really About Caddyshack Until Hour 5

  • By William M. on 07-01-18

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

It was an interesting book about the making of Caddyshack, but if you are only interested in the movie and it's actors the lead up may be a little much. It's probably half way through before it gets to the actual filming of Caddyshack. The majority of the time before that is spent discussing Doug Kenney, the main writer of the movie. That was interesting, but I was more interested in the actors I've seen hundreds of times in the movie and tidbits on what went on with them when the cameras weren't rolling.

  • The First Major

  • The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup
  • By: John Feinstein
  • Narrated by: John Feinstein
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 171

Coming into 2016, the Americans had lost an astounding six out of the last seven Ryder Cup matches, and tensions were running high for the showdown that took place in October 2016 in Hazeltine, Minnesota, just days after American legend Arnold Palmer had died. What resulted was one of the most raucous and heated three days in the cup's long history. Award-winning author John Feinstein takes listeners behind the scenes, providing an inside view of the dramatic stories as they unfolded.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome no other words. John Feinstein is great.

  • By Michael Clark on 12-10-17

Good Sports Book

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Feinstein is the best at doing sports books. This was not his best book, but was still VERY good. He gives a very good history of the Ryder Cup, great background on those playing and captaining in the 2016 event and a very good play by play of the events of that exciting Ryder Cup. A must listen for golf fans!

  • An American Caddie in St. Andrews

  • Growing Up, Girls, and Looping on the Old Course
  • By: Oliver Horovitz
  • Narrated by: Oliver Horovitz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

In the middle of Oliver Horovitz's high school graduation ceremony, his cell phone rang: It was Harvard. He'd been accepted, but he couldn't start for another year. A caddie since he was 12 and a golfer sporting a 1.8 handicap, Ollie decided to spend his gap year in St. Andrews, Scotland - a town with the UK's highest number of pubs per capita, and home to the Old Course, golf's most famous 18 holes - where he enrolls in the St. Andrews Links Trust caddie trainee program.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous read

  • By David on 06-02-16

More than a golf book

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

Any additional comments?

I bought it to learn more about the Old Course, but got a lot more out of it than that. Oliver is a very good writer and does a great job reading his own work. He is mature beyond his years and his coming of age story was very interesting.

  • The Baron and the Bear

  • Rupp's Runts, Haskins's Miners, and the Season That Changed Basketball Forever
  • By: David Kingsley Snell
  • Narrated by: Christopher Snell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

In the 1966 NCAA basketball championship game, an all-white University of Kentucky team was beaten by a team from Texas Western College (now UTEP) that fielded only black players. The game, played in the middle of the racially turbulent 1960s - part David and Goliath in short pants, part emancipation proclamation of college basketball - helped destroy stereotypes about black athletes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The rest of the story

  • By Hebern on 03-24-17

The rest of the story

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

Reviewed: 03-24-17

If you've seen Glory Road this is not only the rest of the story it also specifically corrects some of the things the movie changed. I really like how it traced both teams through the season and brought both coaches to life. Rupp was not the villain I had been lead to believe. Great sports book and a very good examination of race relations of the time. Two stories in one.

  • The Greatest Game Ever Played

  • Harry Vardon, Francis Ouimet, and the Birth of Modern Golf
  • By: Mark Frost
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 17 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 209

Francis Ouimet and Harry Vardon came from different worlds and different generations, but their passion for golf set them on parallel paths that would collide in the greatest match their sport had ever known.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Warren on 11-02-15

Greatest Golf Book Ever

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16

I read a lot of golf books. This is my all time favorite. The book is always better than the movie, but the Disney movie about this one isn't even in the same league.

This is not just the story of Francis Ouimet, which is in and of itself a great story. This is the story of the start of American golf.