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  • American Desperado

  • My Life - From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset
  • By: Jon Roberts, Evan Wright
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,217

In 2008 veteran journalist Evan Wright, acclaimed for his New York Times best-selling book Generation Kill and co-writer of the Emmy-winning HBO series it spawned, began a series of conversations with super-criminal Jon Roberts, star of the fabulously successful documentary Cocaine Cowboys. Those conversations would last three years, during which time Wright came to realize that Roberts was much more than the de-facto “transportation chief” of the Medellin Cartel during the 1980s, much more than a facilitator of a national drug epidemic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By DS on 07-07-13

disturbing. interesting. disturbing

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

skip the Vietnam stuff, or the first half of the book. it is simply to sick to invest. him skinning people for sport? however, the second half of the book is fantastic

  • Never Say No to a Rock Star

  • In the Studio with Dylan, Sinatra, Jagger and More...
  • By: Glenn Berger
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

In 1974, at the age of 17, author Glenn Berger served as "schlepper" and apprentice to the legendary recording engineer Phil Ramone at New York City's A&R Studios, and was witness to music history on an almost daily and nightly basis as pop and rock icons such as Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Frank Sinatra, Burt Bacharach, Bette Midler, and James Brown performed their hit-making magic, honed their sound, strutted their stuff, bared their souls, and threw epic tantrums.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old school rock n roll

  • By Anonymous User on 03-20-19

terrific and compelling look behind the soundboard

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

this is a very very complaint for me, but I wish it was longer. I can only imagine he has hundreds more of these stories. initially, I wondered why it took him 40 years to tell his story. it was published in 2017, but the bulk of the action tales place in early 70s

However, that time have him the gift of reflection and insight he now has as a professional therapist. looking back at those halcyon days of the early 70s, I can only think those artists needed a good therapist as mich as they needed a great engineer.

quick clarification for those who don't know the business. The engineer, which Berger was, works the board... He comes with the studio. a producer is one who works the songs, like "that intro was great. let's add 8 more bars to it. take the third verse and let's swap it with them second verse right before the chorus"

don't worry, it's. it a technical tale of faders and equalizers. it is, of course, about the people. He got to mentor under one of the greatest engineers of all time, Phil Ramone. his memory is keen, and he doesn't hold back his feelings of contempt or appreciation. sure, we expected Dylan to be stand-offish ... but his Paul Simon stories were the most compelling to me.

Lastly, the book has one of the most important things you can possibly get in an audiobook: it is read by the author himself. with this, you get the inflection and pathos you won't necessarily get with a professional narrator.

  • Scores

  • How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History
  • By: Michael D. Blutrich
  • Narrated by: Michael D. Blutrich
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,101

Meet Michael Blutrich, mild-mannered New York lawyer and founder of Scores, the hottest strip club in New York City history, funded by the proceeds of an insurance embezzlement scheme. All Blutrich wanted was to lay low, make the club a success, and put his criminal acts behind him. But the Mafia got involved, and soon the FBI came knocking. Scores became wildly popular, in part thanks to Blutrich's ability to successfully bend the rules of adult entertainment. Unfortunately for Blutrich, it would all soon implode.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seductive narration about fortunes and betrayals

  • By 🔧Eugene on 02-06-17
  • Scores
  • How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History
  • By: Michael D. Blutrich
  • Narrated by: Michael D. Blutrich

enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

spoiler alert (it is read awesomely my the author) how is this guy still alive? he goes out and does press for this book. he even did a 60 minutes about his time wearing a wire against the mob.

  • Take a Walk on the Dark Side

  • Rock and Roll Myths, Legends, and Curses
  • By: R. Gary Patterson
  • Narrated by: Mike Dawson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

Take a Walk on the Dark Side is the ultimate book for today's rock and roll fan: a fascinating compendium of facts, fictions, prophecies, premonitions, coincidences, hoaxes, doomsday scenarios, and other urban legends about some of the world's most beloved and mysterious pop icons. Updating, revising, and expanding on material from his cult classic Hellhounds on Their Trail, Patterson offers up a delectable feast of strange and occasionally frightening rock and roll tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening

  • By Brenda Evans on 11-06-17

Interesting tale, mostly coincidence

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

I think the author was looking to hard to find spooky coincidences across rock history. Not tough find.

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  • Mistrial

  • An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works...and Sometimes Doesn't
  • By: Mark Geragos, Pat Harris
  • Narrated by: Mike Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

The American legal system changed dramatically when the OJ Simpson trial became a television-ratings bonanza. Now it's all crime, all the time, from tabloid news to police procedurals. Americans now know more about the criminal justice system than ever before. Or do they?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye Opening and Entertaining

  • By C. Pardon on 02-22-18

Very good, not great.

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

Cool insiteful into the business. Geragos is wildly likable for a guy who takes on some truly truly horrible people, like Scott Peterson and Chris brown. Still worth a listen for sure, and I really dug the narrator. Dawson was born to do voice work

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thanks, Obama

  • My Hopey, Changey White House Years
  • By: David Litt
  • Narrated by: David Litt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689

More than any other presidency, Barack Obama's eight years in the White House were defined by young people - 20-somethings who didn't have much experience in politics (or anything else, for that matter) yet suddenly found themselves in the most high-stakes office building on earth. David Litt was one of those 20-somethings. After graduating from college in 2008, he went straight to the Obama campaign. In 2011 he became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, personal, and insightful

  • By Lili on 10-21-17

A little dry, but to be a fly on the wall.

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

Reviewed: 10-16-17

I think it could have been condensed by about 20% it's a fascinating look at day to day life in the Obama administration

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  • The Dark Side of the Game

  • My Life in the NFL
  • By: Tim Green
  • Narrated by: Tim Green
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

Even the most avid football fans don't know what goes on behind the locker room doors. Now, 8-year NFL veteran Tim Green takes you behind the scenes for an insider's view of the game, complete with all of the humor, the pathos, the horror, and the wonder of the NFL experience. He shares some of the day-to-day details of life in the NFL that will captivate any fan and doesn't hesitate to examine the game's troubling problems such as racism, steroids, AIDS, and gambling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the author was always reading

  • By Ian on 01-13-06

Not remotely any 'scoops' in this book. Sanitized

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

Reviewed: 09-24-17

For a great NFL read on the life of a player say to day, I recommend 'a few seconds of panic' and 'slow getting up'. Start with those. Next, do NFL Confidential. With any of those, you wont need this. My guess is this was a very compelling book until NFL lawyers probably went in an redacted anything of interest.

  • A Huey P. Newton Story

  • By: Roger Guenveur Smith
  • Narrated by: Roger Guenveur Smith
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

In his brilliantly imagined, Obie Award-winning show, Roger Guenveur Smith explores the life of the controversial Black Panther leader through a series of improvisations based on Newton's own words and writings.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very confusing audio and pace.

  • By Lono on 07-29-17

Very confusing audio and pace.

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

Reviewed: 07-29-17

I think maybe this was a play, and this is just the audio of it. The whole thing was a mess. I was, and am, eager for the content. Problem is, it was just a lot of noise. Still want to hear the content, but would only be listenable if they recorded this just for audio... No theater or audience. Power to the people huey's message stands!