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  • The Real Watergate Scandal

  • Collusion, Conspiracy, and the Plot That Brought Nixon Down
  • By: Geoff Shepard
  • Narrated by: Chris Abell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

An aging judge about to step down. Aggressive prosecutors friendly with the judge. A disgraced president. A nation that had already made up its mind. The Watergate trials were a legal mess-and now, with the discovery of new documents that reveal shocking misconduct by prosecutors and judges alike, former Nixon staffer Geoff Shepard has a convincing case that the wrongdoing of these history-making trials was actually a bigger scandal than the Watergate scandal itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astonishing Abuse of the Rule of Law

  • By John on 08-09-19

This is a 5 Star Book Beyond Compare!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-19

As a self-professed "student" of President Richard Nixon and Watergate, I have read so much about the subject that I truly thought I knew the major points of all aspects of this political "tragedy." After listening to Geoff Shepard's latest book, I realized I knew very little of the judicial & prosecutorial side of things. With the benefit of first-hand knowledge, years of research and access to documents that have been out of reach to many previous writers on the subject, Shepard presents a compelling argument that will have you reconsider your understand of the court-room side of the story, if not the foundational points of Watergate itself.

The book is so good, and filled with such detail, that as soon as I was finished I went back and began listening to it again. I want to absorb every nuance and bit of arcane detail to enhance my understanding of Watergate, its place in history and its relevance today. This book does it all and more. I highly, highly recommend.

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  • After Watergate

  • The Renaissance of Richard Nixon
  • By: Michael A. Endicott
  • Narrated by: Benjamin McLean
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

This is a story about politics, history, and power. But, most of all, this is a story about a working-class kid from the south side of Tacoma, Washington, who became a Secret Service agent and traveled the world, building a relationship with one of America’s most controversial Presidents, Richard Nixon, and Mrs. Nixon. This is a story about perseverance and friendship - and a story no one else can tell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another side of the President

  • By Kingsley on 02-22-19

Unique First-hand Account of Nixon in Later Years

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

Reviewed: 07-24-19

Not much has been written about Richard Nixon that delves deeply into his post-presidential years. This book attempts to correct that. As one of the few people who knew the Nixons intimately as one of their former Secret Service agents and later personal protection team leader and post-presidential chief of staff, we are allowed a peek into the lives of perhaps our most private president of the modern era.

The accounts the author writes are compelling and interesting. It is not a "tell-all" book, but it does reveal some of the rough around the edges aspect of Nixon's character, especially when it applies to his personal relationships. Overall, however, it is a respectful account of the author's time with this transformative president who gained the world but lost his political soul due to Watergate.

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  • Around the World in 80 Days

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,337
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983

Shocking his stodgy colleagues at the exclusive Reform Club, enigmatic Englishman Phileas Fogg wagers his fortune, undertaking an extraordinary and daring enterprise to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days. With his French valet Passepartout in tow, Verne's hero traverses the far reaches of the earth, all the while tracked by the intrepid Detective Fix, a bounty hunter certain he is on the trail of a notorious bank robber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous narration for Verne Classic

  • By Gary on 05-03-05

Good Jules Verne...great Jim Dale!

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

Reviewed: 07-24-19

I like Jules Verne's work. I really do. This is pretty high on my favorites list but is not my number one Verne book. I think I prefer his forays into science fiction best. Also, the problem may be I saw the classic movie adaptation when I was very young, long before I read or listened to the book. The two are quite different.

The best part of this Audible version of the book is Jim Dale's elegant narration. Few people can bring a book to life the way he can. I will listen to books just because he narrates them. He is that good.

Overall, I recommend the book because it is a Jules Verne product after all. More importantly it has Jim Dale at the microphone. You can't go wrong!

  • The Roof: The Beatles' Final Concert

  • By: Ken Mansfield
  • Narrated by: Andrew Totolos
  • Length: 5 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

 Apple Records former US manager Ken Mansfield takes a touching and comprehensive look back on one of rock’n’roll’s most significant events, while bringing an insider’s perspective to the days leading up to those 42 fascinating minutes of the Beatles' monumental rooftop concert. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don’t waste your money and time

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-29-18

Nice slice of Beatles history

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

Reviewed: 07-22-19

I admit that I was skeptical that a 5-plus hour book could be written about a 42 minute rooftop concert that occurred 50 years ago. After listening to it I remain skeptical, not that it could be done but that 5 hours was needed to do it.

Please don't misunderstand me. I am a true Beatles fan and love to learn details about their work together, the pretty and the not-so-pretty alike. The author does a great job setting the event in context of the times. He shares stories of key people at Apple Corps, his own professional journey, etc. I particularly enjoyed his look back at the end and what he learned is important in life.

My one real disappointment with the book, however, is after all the build-up, very little was actually said about the concert itself. Since I was listening to an audio book I hoped that even a snippet of the concert could have been included. Perhaps for legal reasons it could not be. In any event, a few more pages devoted to the concert, and a few less pages devoted to peripheral issues would have been nice.

I do appreciate Mr. Mansfield's effort sharing his experience, giving recognition to those who made it happen and why it was important in Beatles' history. I just think the same could have been done with, perhaps, 90 minutes less material.

  • The Briefing

  • Politics, the Press, and the President
  • By: Sean Spicer
  • Narrated by: Sean Spicer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

For more than two decades, Sean Spicer had been a respected political insider, working as a campaign and communications strategist. But in December 2016, he got the call of a lifetime. President-elect Donald J. Trump had chosen him to be the White House press secretary. And life hasn’t been the same since. When he accepted the job, Spicer was far from a household name. But then he walked into the bright lights of the briefing room, and the cameras started rolling. His every word was scrutinized. Every movement was parodied. Every detail became a meme. And that’s just the public side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • By Bobbie Lieggi on 08-24-18

One of the Better Political Memoirs

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

Reviewed: 07-18-19

In an era of "gotcha" politics and "tell all" memoirs, Sean Spicer''s account of his time with the Trump Administration as its chief spokesman is compelling without being flashy. If you are looking for fireworks and dirty laundry this book is not for you. If you would like a level-headed and balanced insider's perspective on life in the spotlight of the White House, then this volume fits the bill.

Spicer's deep faith is evident throughout the book. It seemed to keep him grounded, or rather brought him back to the ground when he made mistakes. I came away from the book with the sense that Spicer is probably a decent man who just was in over his head. I think this book conveys that sentiment, whether intentionally or not.

Whether you are a fan of President Trump, a student of the presidency, or have an interest in public communications at the highest level, I recommend this book. You won't be blown away with startling revelations and taudry details of people's private lives. Rather, you will have a greater understanding of Spicer's journey to the top and how it impacted him. The fact that he narrates the book himself makes it all the more personal.

  • Once There Was a Way

  • What If the Beatles Stayed Together?
  • By: Bryce Zabel
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Once There Was a Way: What if The Beatles Stayed Together? is a story of another reality, the one we wish had happened, where the Fab Four chose to work it out rather than let it be. This book is no mere fairy tale but a chronicle crafted from the people and events of our own history, shaped to create a brand-new narrative in which John, Paul, George, and Ringo find a way to stay friends and keep the band together. Imagine there was more. Lots more. It's easy if you try.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If You Love The Beatles, You’ll Love This Book!

  • By Anonymous User on 11-04-18

If Only!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-19

No spoilers, I promise! The fun about alternative history is that the writer can create almost any possibile scenario for his/her subject, no matter how unbelievable or seemingly improbable. This book does just that in many ways, and in so doing gives life to the thought "if only!" The "if only," of course, is what COULD have happened if The Beatles had stayed together.

I was born the year the Beatles arrived on the shores of the USA. As a child I really have no recollection of them as an active group. However, a gift of the "Rubber Soul" album in the 70's started me on a lifelong path of fandom. I, like countless others, have often wished for a world in which The Beatles lived on.

This book gives us one potential reality. Of course, there could be an infinite number of variations to this story. However, this particular telling is fun, engrossing, and entertaining. The research is excellent. The potential storyline is truly imaginative. The performance is spot on. I really believed I was hearing the voices of the Fab Four throughout.

I highly recommend this book. The impact The Beatles had on culture is demonstrated in some creative ways. For me, this was an excellent example of "if only" come to life.

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  • The Memoirs of Billy Shears: The Nine After 9-09 Edition

  • By: Thomas E. Uharriet, Billy Shears
  • Narrated by: Gregory Paul Martin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

In 1969, a rumor erupted that Paul McCartney, “the cute Beatle”, had been replaced. Generations later, we see that the Beatles spent hundreds of hours making “Paul is Dead” clues but were required to deny it. What if “Billy Shears” really had replaced Paul and still plays that role today? How would he explain taking over the band? The memoirs, from Billy Shears’ perspective, reveals his conflict with John but also his delight in working with “Fifth Beatle” George Martin. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Skips a lot

  • By Wide awake on 03-23-19

So, is Paul Dead?

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

Reviewed: 07-07-19

Well narrated by the son of the late George Martin (the narration perhaps being the best aspect of the book), this fascinating volume brings to life the well-worn mythology surrounding the supposed death of Paul McCartney in 1966, and his replacement by William Campbell. Did it really happen? This book is quite convincing, if you want to be convinced. It is overlong and repetitive at times. His "replacement" has a big ego and is somewhat of an opportunist. However, he did give up his own life to save the band, but reaped great rewards as well.

We are told often that the book is, for legal reasons, just a "novel." Understandable, considering the massive conspiracy that was foisted on an unwitting public if it were true. One very positive thing the book did for me was to rekindle an interest is listening to Beatles music. I frequently paused the book to turn on a song that was just mentioned.

For me, a lifelong fan of the Beatles, it was interesting to read so many death clues in one place. The author does a good job explaining them and why there were so many. He also frequently reminds us that, unlike the Beatles of later years, the early Beatles were close friends who missed their late friend very much, a friendship that apparently cooled whether or not Paul did die.

In the end, does it really matter? Whether Paul is still alive, or someone who took his place 50 years ago is playing the part of Paul, at this point is it anything more than an historical curiosity? This book was entertaining and informative, but did nothing to change the fact that I'm still going to be the lifelong Beatles fan that I am. It was, however, one of those books that all true Beatles fans need to listen to at least once.

  • In the Shadow of the White House: A Memoir of the Washington and Watergate Years, 1968-1978

  • By: Jo Haldeman
  • Narrated by: Jo Haldeman
  • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

In this insightful, poignant, and guileless memoir, Jo Haldeman shares her story as the wife of H. R. Haldeman, often referred to as the second most powerful person in the White House. She offers a window into the world of trips on Air Force One, weekends at Camp David, and events at the White House, as well as family vignettes and the growing stresses of her husband’s demanding job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Most Personal Watergate Memoir Ever

  • By Nancy & Greg on 06-15-19

The Most Personal Watergate Memoir Ever

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

Reviewed: 06-15-19

Jo Haldeman, wife of the late H. R. Haldeman, writes what is perhaps the most personal account of Watergate. Written from her perspective, it is more a tale of two people, herself and her husband, than Watergate or the Nixon administration. In fact, Mr. Haldeman's experiences in the White House play a supporting role to the central character, their marriage.

Anyone familiar with Watergate knows what happened, but Mrs. Haldeman writes in the present tense, as the events unfold. She is unaware of what is to come as Watergate unravels, a perspective we can't possibly have 47 years later. Mrs. Haldeman writes so well, and narrates with such feeling, that it is hard not to forget this is a true account, not a novel.

I hate to say anything critical because Mrs. Haldeman writes from her heart, sharing her feelings and fears, all of which are uniquely hers. The book drags a little during her recounting of visits to her husband in prison. They obviously were important to her and the development of their marriage. I also found it hard to be sympathetic for their financial woes while he was unemployed. They managed to fly back and forth across the country, keep a gardener on staff, and continue to send their children to private schools.Those bits aside, the book is nearly flawless. I recommend it to students of history and to anyone who wants to see a marriage that is strong and can withstand the ultimate test that prison and national ridicule can bring.

  • Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,909
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,905

Jon Ronson is fascinated by madness, extraordinary behaviour and the human mind. He has spent his life investigating crazy events, following fascinating people and unearthing unusual stories. Collected here from various sources (including the Guardian and GQ America) are the best of his adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a Collection of TAL Episodes

  • By Pamela Harvey on 10-20-12

The Best Jon Ronson book yet

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Jon Ronson, in a way, is the Welsh counterpart to America's David Sedaris. They both write in self-deprecating voice, talking freely about their anxieties and worries. Their humour arises from their ability to take the fantastic and the mundane and make them both real, interesting and believable.

This collection of short accounts Is Ronson's bread and butter work. While his full length books are enjoyable, this anthology shows us his many talents so much better. He wraps up each chapter with a tidy bow, only failing to complete the knot once or twice. Almost every story is a winner. When the book ended I admit I was sad. I could keep listening to more of his work for a long time to come.

  • The Men Who Stare at Goats

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 634

In 1979, a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US Army. Defying all known accepted military practice - and indeed, the laws of physics - they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them. Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on Terror.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • FINALLY! In Ronson's own voice!

  • By PaisleyTurtle on 05-31-16

My least favorite Join Ronson book

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

I have yet to find a Jon Ronson book I dislike. This one, however, is my least favorite so far. Even though it was made into a movie and was a success on the market, I found out to be rather disjointed and ultimately disappointing. In the end I'm not quite sure what was actually accomplished by telling this story.. However, Jon Ronson's very human, somewhat David Sedaris style of self-deprecating writing/ narration, made it worth listening to. In fact, I enjoy his writing style and,voice so much I have no doubt he could read the ingredients on a soup label and make it sound interesting.

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