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  • Heavier than Heaven

  • A Biography of Kurt Cobain
  • By: Charles R. Cross
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464

When Kurt Cobain died by his own hand in April 1994, it was an act of will that typified his short, angry, inspired life. Veteran music journalist Charles R. Cross fuses his intimate knowledge of the Seattle music scene with his deep compassion for his subject in this extraordinary story of artistic brilliance and the pain that extinguished it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - missing chapter 12

  • By Richard on 02-15-07

Incredibly candid and detail oriented

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

Reviewed: 06-28-15

I've read and watched much material on the short life of the great Kurt Cobain, but this book is far and away the most detailed account of Kurt's life, from happy child, to his eventual tragic end. I recall watching a documentary in the 90s in which a PI stated there is no way Cobain could have had the eye-hand coordination skills to operate a shotgun with his toe after injected so much heroine. I too have long suffered of a chronic pain condition, and from personal experience I have found it impossible at times to log into my computer, failing to properly type the password correctly after ingesting far less opioids than it sounds like Kurt ever did. I still find this fact to be extremely troubling, however, I no longer believe Courtney capable of foul play in the matter. Kurt was just too sad and wanted to leave this world so badly that he found out how to do it, and in a way few could probably actually pull off. Of well... I'm saddened to think about the constant pain he had to deal with, and can't fault him for his decision. RIP Kurt Cobain. The world will never forget you.

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  • How to Sweet-Talk a Shark

  • Strategies and Stories from a Master Negotiator
  • By: Bill Richardson, Kevin Bleyer
  • Narrated by: Clinton Wade
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

How to Sweet-Talk a Shark is a rare, candid, and entertaining glimpse into an insider's world of high-stakes negotiation - showing Richardson's successes and failures in some of the world's least friendly places. Meanwhile, listeners get frank lessons in the art of negotiation: how to prepare, how to size up your opponent, how to understand the nature of power in a standoff, how to give up only what is necessary while getting what you want, and many other strategies Richardson has mastered through at-the-table experience.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Inesting story, but not really a guide

  • By Big Mac on 03-19-18

Interesting stories, but no real lessons taught

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No.. It is filled with interesting stories, but if you're trying to improve your negotiation skills, this is not the book for you, despite the billing. It's just not going to make you a better negotiator. The "lessons" in strategy are largely completely implicit, if anything at all, and very rarely does the author actual explicitly state "do this" or "don't do this". Maybe I'm not an advanced negotiator or something, I don't know, but this book taught me very little, and was not what I was going for when I purchased it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Sweet-Talk a Shark?

I enjoyed the stories of negotiating with Castro and his insane dandruff problem.

What aspect of Clinton Wade’s performance would you have changed?

I swear to god I thought this book was being delivered as text-to-speech at first. I even highlighted the description on Audible's site and on my Mac using Safari, right clicked the highlighted text and clicked Speech -> Start Speaking and it sounds almost exactly the same as the narration of this book. It wasn't until the narrator started doing foreign language impressions that my doubt was removed and I realized it must be a real guy reading it.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

It's an interesting book... it's just not going to make you a better negotiator.

  • The Chris Farley Show

  • A Biography in Three Acts
  • By: Tom Farley, Tanner Colby
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, L. J. Ganser, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792

The New York Times best-selling biography of an American comedy legend. After three years of sobriety, Chris Farley's life was at its creative peak until a string of professional disappointments chased him back to drugs and alcohol. He fought hard against them, but it was a fight he would lose in December 1997. Farley's fans immediately drew parallels between his death and that of his idol, John Belushi. Without looking deeper, however, many failed to see that Farley was much more than just another Hollywood drug overdose. In this officially authorized oral history, Farley's friends and family remember his work and life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly sad....

  • By Marie B on 04-12-15

Hilarious and sad

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

Reviewed: 06-07-15

I greatly enjoyed this candid look into the life of the comedian who has made me laugh harder than any SNL Comedian ever. I've always been a huge Farley fan, and hearing about the details of Chris's rise to fame and stardom were fascinating, yet hearing about his fall was equally hard to hear. Addiction is such a difficult thing to understand. I hope through this book people can learn that addicts aren't criminals, but they are sad victims. God bless you Chris, RIP.

  • To The Stars

  • The Autobiography of Star Trek's Mr. Sulu
  • By: George Takei
  • Narrated by: George Takei
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Best known as Mr. Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise and Captain of the Starship Excelsior, George Takei is beloved by millions as part of the command team that has taken audiences to new vistas of adventure in Star Trek, the unprecedented television and feature film phenomenon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy Listen

  • By Johnnie57 on 02-11-10

George Takei is a god

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

Reviewed: 05-14-15

I recognized so many of the George quotes used in several of the phoney phone calls used on the Howard Stern show. But to learn about George's fascinating life while listening to his buttery smooth voice narrate the whole thing was pure joy. A must-read from a fascinating man.

  • President Me

  • The America That's in My Head
  • By: Adam Carolla
  • Narrated by: Adam Carolla
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966

In President Me, Carolla shares his vision for a different, better America free from big issues like big government down to small problems like hotel alarm clock placement. Running on an anti-narcissism platform, President Carolla calls for a return to the values of an earlier time when stew and casserole were on every dinner table and there were no “service dogs” on airplanes. President Me hits right at the heart of what makes our country really annoying, and offers a plan to make all of our lives, but mostly Adam’s, much better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and Painfully True

  • By Tommy on 07-09-14

Carolla for President!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

I laughed, I cheered, I laughed some more. Adam Carolla is a no-nonsense brilliant thinker, and I will be writing him in as my vote for President in 2016. He does a terrific job with the narration, and his ideas will have you shouting out loud "mm hmm!" and "preach!". Truly a masterpiece and a must-read. You will not be disappointed by this book.