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  • Sally Stanford

  • California's Grand Bordello House Madam
  • By: Alton Pryor
  • Narrated by: Curt Troutwine
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Sally Stanford was a bawdy house madam like no other. She put her houses of prostitution in the most upscale area of San Francisco and charged her customers accordingly. She paid her girls the top wages of the industry and helped them deal with their problems along the way. Sally didn't hesitate to fight the powers that be in city hall and other branches of government. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly misleading title, but interesting stories

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-10-19

Historical Reference and Anthology

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

Reviewed: 05-22-19

This book was an interesting account of first one specific bordello and the life of Sally Stanford. The remaining one-third was more of an anthology of bordellos and the politics surrounding them in early America. I found the narration comfortable and an easy listen. This book was provided free for a honest review.

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  • The Best of Engle's Angle

  • A Humorous Slant on Life and Our Wacky World
  • By: Kevin S. Engle
  • Narrated by: Michael Karl Orenstein
  • Length: 4 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Kevin Engle has been entertaining people for 10 years with his “Engle’s Angle” column and its humorous look at our everyday lives. In The Best of Engle’s Angle, a collection of more than 100 favorites, you’ll know why he doesn’t want to shake hands with people in church. Plus, meet a dentist who does play-by-play commentary while checking your teeth, and watch out for office coworkers when there’s free food.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious book about every day life!

  • By chaoticangel38 on 05-16-19

Very Good Collection of Life Experiences

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

Reviewed: 04-28-19

A humorous collection of stories and observations that are of a type we have all encountered during a lifetime. A very enjoyable quick read. The narration was great and added to the experience. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Wobegon Boy

  • By: Garrison Keillor
  • Narrated by: Garrison Keillor
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

From the millions of listeners who follow the tales of Lake Wobegon and A Prairie Home Companion every Saturday night on public radio, and for fans of Garrison Keillor's literary take on life in our times, this audiobook will be most welcome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Makes you Think

  • By Lynda on 02-06-05

Enjoyable read from Garrison Keillor

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

A enjoyable adventure of a wandering "Wobegon Boy." Escaping Minnesota for New York is something I can't imagine. Typical understated humor from Garrison Keillor.

  • Innocence

  • A Novel
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,001
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,013

He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story dragged on and anti-climatic

  • By roz79 on 02-06-15

Another great novel

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

I have always enjoyed the books by Dean Koontz. This one was no different. I sometimes have difficulty with the flashback type novels, but this one was done so smoothly that it was enjoyable to read.

  • Millennials Are Ruining the World!

  • Humorous Essays on the Generational Divide
  • By: Seth Bisen-Hersh
  • Narrated by: Seth Bisen-Hersh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Seth Bisen-Hersh’s third book Millennials Are Ruining the World! features 24 humorous essays on the generational divide. Topics include railing against millennials’ solipsistic entitlement, their lack of responsibility and reliability, and their outsized, outrageous outraging.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Millennial-Approved

  • By anonymous on 04-05-19

Lackluster humor

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

It was difficult for me to get into this book at all. I am not sure I got the humor. It might help if the author had a professional reader. Narration was difficult for me to listen to.

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  • The Storm King

  • Stories, Narratives, Poems: Spoken Word Set to a World of Music
  • By: Pete Seeger, Jeff Haynes (editor)
  • Narrated by: Pete Seeger
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Pete Seeger: The Storm King audio collection presents Pete Seeger's spoken words as he captivatingly recounts his most engaging stories, narratives, and poems - set to new music created by over 70 musicians from traditions as diverse as African Music, Blues, Bluegrass, Celtic Music, Classical Guitar, Folk, Israeli Music, Jazz, Native American Music, and Tuvan Throat Singing - taking Pete's wisdom and stories out to new audiences and into a new technological age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Folk Icon

  • By Paul Freund on 03-20-19

A Folk Icon

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

This is the first volumn of Pete Seeger's story. I enjoyed listen to Pete tell about his years of performing.

  • Edgar Allan Poe

  • The Complete Audio Collection, Vol. 1
  • By: Edgar Allan Poe
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Ray Chase, Donald Corren, and others
  • Length: 44 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Gothic master Edgar Allan Poe's complete works are collected in this multivolume set by Blackstone Audio. Here are his short stories, detective fiction, and poems in all their mysterious and macabre glory. Also included are Poe's literary reviews and editorial musings, comprising an often caustic analysis of the poetry, drama, and fiction of the period.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 44 hours and No table of contents

  • By Mark on 08-02-17

A Collection of Edgar Allan Poe

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

I have enjoyed reading Poe for many years. This collection of poems and stories had many that I had not yet heard.

  • The Poets' Corner

  • The One-and-Only Poetry Book for the Whole Family
  • By: John Lithgow
  • Narrated by: Morgan Freeman, Susan Sarandon, Helen Mirren, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613

John Lithgow has compiled an outstanding collection of memorable poems and has gathered his famous friends to read them. The wide variety of carefully selected poetry in this audiobook provides the perfect introduction to reel in those who are new to poetry, and for poetry lovers to experience beloved verses in a fresh, vivid way. Lithgow offers insightful and sometimes poignant commentary to accompany each poem. His essential criterion is that "each poem's light shines more brightly when read aloud".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Painless Crash Course in the Great Western Poets

  • By Litlovingmama on 10-27-14

An Excellent Anthology

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

I enjoyed reading this book. It gave exposure to the various types of poetry that would interest a variety of fans. While not all were to my liking, it did give me ideas of what to search out in the future.

  • Still Foolin' 'Em

  • Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys
  • By: Billy Crystal
  • Narrated by: Billy Crystal
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,810

Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disarmingly Honest

  • By David Shear on 09-12-13

Excellent Read

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

An enjoyment to read and listen to. I was able to pick this up at various times and it was still fresh in my mind.

  • Mapping Woody Guthrie

  • American Popular Music Series, Book 4
  • By: Will Kaufman
  • Narrated by: Peter Lerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Guthrie kept moving throughout his life, making friends, soaking up influences, and writing about his experiences. Along the way, he produced more than 3,000 songs, as well as fiction, journalism, poetry, and visual art, that gave voice to the distressed and dispossessed. In this insightful audiobook, Will Kaufman examines the artist’s career through a unique perspective: the role of time and place in Guthrie’s artistic evolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • such a wonderful biography

  • By Rebecca Azizov on 03-23-19

Excellent Stand Alone Reading.

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

I have followed the history of this era for quite some time. This book was excellent in filling in the gaps where much of what I have heard or read left off. If you wish to learn about the union and freedom movements of the 30's to 70's an excellent source is to follow the music of Woody Guthrie, Arlo, Seeger, The Weavers, Dylan, Baez etc. These folk singers were just not providing entertainment. They were carrying a message. This book highlighted just one of those messengers. The book was provided to me at no cost for an honest unbiased review.

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