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James M. Patton

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  • All Too Human

  • A Political Education
  • By: George Stephanopoulos
  • Narrated by: George Stephanopoulos
  • Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

As President Clinton's senior adviser, George Stephanopoulos saw it all: the endless arguments, the back-hall scheming, the protracted decisions, and the last minute flip-flops that somehow produced real accomplishments but also set in motion an almost tragic series of events that placed the fate of the president in the hands of the Senate. Now, with the natural ease of a born storyteller and the sensitive eye for detail of a novelist, Stephanopoulos tells his extraordinarily gripping story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Perspective

  • By Brian C. Blackwell on 11-25-06

The best primer for business and life.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I carried a copy of this book under my passenger seat for years, so that if I had to wait somewhere, I could reach from the driver's seat over to the passengers seat and grab my copy of All Too Human.

I have worked my way up through management, (owned my own mowing company from ages 7 to 17, made my way up through management to Chief Operations Officer, etc) and this is the best primer for how to talk to power both above, below, and equal to you.

This is the best book for how to work with both genders, and people of power in the other gender. I cannot stress how great of a training book this is. And that is before you take in to account it is one of the greatest political and historical books ever regarding completely changing how presidents get elected.

There are two major changes in the modern presidency: 1. The addition of television. 2. The techniques Stephanopoulos, Carville, and Begala used to get Clinton elected.

This book should be required reading in every high school in America (I lean Republican by the way, and it is in no way a Democratic love note).

This is my favorite book of all time, from long before there was an Audible. While it says it is unabridged, I have a signed first edition, and I feel the hard copy is longer. But for an audio book, this is a great start.

  • The Last Great Ride

  • By: Brandon Tartikoff
  • Narrated by: Brandon Tartikoff
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Brandon Tartikoff, former president of NBC Entertainment and one of the most popular executives in television history, draws on his experiences at NBC to offer lessons about the nature of the entertainment business, the rise and fall of celebrity, and the changing tastes of America. The erudite and witty executive brings all of his charm to bear in this entertaining and educational memoir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Late, Great Brandon Tartikoff

  • By James M. Patton on 08-07-18

The Late, Great Brandon Tartikoff

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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: 08-07-18

I was a huge fan of Brandon Tartikoff as a kid. I followed his work at NBC and was there the day the hard copy of this book was released.

Though the audio is dated, to hear Brandon Tartikoff read such an educational and historical, while enjoyable tale of what it was like to have to fly film from one coast to the other, to wait for Nielsen Ratings, to live and die in pilot season, it is quite the book.

Much like Steve Jobs, we lost this brilliant mind way too soon. A great read.

  • Orange is the New Black

  • My Year in a Women's Prison
  • By: Piper Kerman
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,581
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,609

With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite book of the year, so far

  • By Mark on 03-31-14

Love the book & the show

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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: 08-07-18

This book takes you into the real world that most of us think we know from Netflix.

The real stories, from the very start, take you on such a journey. A fantastic listen

  • John Badham on Directing

  • Notes from the Sets of Saturday Night Fever, WarGames, and More
  • By: John Badham
  • Narrated by: John Badham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

Veteran director John Badham explains the elements of action and suspense and dissects the essentials of any good scene from any genre. Continuing the work begun in his best-selling book I'll Be in My Trailer, Badham shares more insights into working with difficult actors, rehearsal techniques, and getting the best performance from your cast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Kristofer Bryant on 03-02-15

Some Good Material Among A Lot of Listening

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

There is some really good material here, but you really have to wade through a lot to get to the educational bits.

The man is more successful on any given day than I have ever been, but as a reader of these books, this one was work to get through.

  • On Writing

  • A Memoir of the Craft
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,734
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,107

The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who needs a print edition when King reads King?

  • By Cather on 11-18-05

My Favorite Book On Writing!!!!

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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: 08-07-18

Let me share a secret: I love movies made from Stephen King books (The Shawshank Redemption, The Shining), but I do not like to read most of King's books due to the repetitiveness in some of them (The Shining in particular went in circles!!!).

BUT, that said, I love good writing, and the most prolific writer alive has written THE book about being a writer. There is so much in here that I not only believe, but have successfully applied. I paid for over 1/3 of my Masters Degrees writing for my professors, while also writing screenplays, and the points in this book are what made me successful.

This is also a great telling of King's history. The van accident, the drugs and alcohol, and coming back from it all to be, literally The KING of writing for our time. Like it or not, the man sells books like the rest of us take breaths, and this book will help you understand how.

  • The Elements of Style (Recorded Books Edition)

  • By: William Strunk Jr., E. B. White
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398

The Elements of Style has long been a valued and beloved resource for all writers. Hailed for its directness and clever insight, this unorthodox textbook was born from a professor's love for the written word and perfected years later by one of his students: famed author E. B. White. Ever since its first publication in 1959, writers have turned to this book for its wise and accessible advice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Book for the Editing Proceedure...

  • By Jonathan on 03-01-14

USE FEWER WORDS!!!!

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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: 08-07-18

As a writer, I had always used the rule of 3 when writing thank you notes to jokes. It turns out that brevity has its virtues and this book teaches you that, unless you are Aaron Sorkin, you probably will be better with less.

I have definitely trimmed a lot of my writing since reading this, and I describe to my 12 year old son the image of the professor grabbing his collar and saying: USE FEWER WORDS... USE FEWER WORDS.

Quite the education for someone that paid for 1/3 of his Masters Degrees writing for professors. Maybe it is better that I hadn't read this yet!!!! I had to write 2 hour lectures... I needed the material!!!

A great book and highly recommended!!!

  • Love & War

  • Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home
  • By: James Carville, Mary Matalin
  • Narrated by: James Carville, Mary Matalin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

For twenty years, James Carville and Mary Matalin have held the mantle of the nation's most politically opposed, ideologically mismatched, and intensely opinionated couple. In this follow-up to their groundbreaking All's Fair: Love, War, and Running for President, Carville and Matalin take a look at how they - and America - have changed in the last two decades. If nothing else, this new collaboration proves that after twenty years of marriage they can still manage to agree on a few things.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Look at a power couple

  • By Jean on 02-10-14

Makes you want to go visit them!!!

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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: 08-07-18

I have loved Jimmy Carville since "The War Room", and when you put the Ragin' Cajun and Mary together on audio, you have pure magic.

To hear these political legends tell the histories of their careers, of their lives, of their children, of their move to New Orleans, they take you into their world and you get to hear about a shared life from two different (but amazingly not so different) sides.

A gift to fans of this couple to hear them read it!!!!

  • The Shining

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,828

Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE FOG OF ANGER

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 06-08-16

Someone needs an editor!!!

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Reviewed: 08-07-18

I love the movie of The Shining, but the repetitiveness of the book is unbelievable. I know the history of King hating Kubrick's version, etc, etc. But everyone I have talked to that has muddled through this book, including the reading by Campbell Scott, have said it was more of a mission than a joy to finish it.

  • Taking Heat

  • The President, The Press, and My Years in the White House
  • By: Ari Fleischer
  • Narrated by: Ari Fleischer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

For two and a half years, Ari Fleischer served as the official liaison between the White House and members of the press, acting as the voice of President George W. Bush.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it BUT

  • By Cornelius on 03-14-05

One of the best press secretaries ever!!

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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: 08-07-18

I so appreciate that Ari Fleischer wrote this book. I read all of the presidential and staff autobiographies that I can, and I loved this inside look at the world of The White House.

  • Fairy Tale Interrupted

  • A Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss
  • By: RoseMarie Terenzio
  • Narrated by: RoseMarie Terenzio
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

To everyone else, John F. Kennedy Jr. may have been American royalty, but to RoseMarie Terenzio, he was an entitled nuisance—and she wasn’t afraid to let him know it. RoseMarie was his personal assistant, his publicist, and one of his closest confidantes during the last five years of his life. In this, her first memoir, she bravely recounts her own fairy tale interrupted, describing the unlikely friendship between a blue-collar girl from the Bronx and John F. Kennedy Jr.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mediocre read

  • By Rachel on 05-28-12

Heartfelt, inside telling of JFK Jr's Final Years

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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: 08-07-18

RoseMarie Terenzio does an absolutely terrific job of taking you inside the offices, the apartments, the lives of the people that put out the magazine George, and most prominently, the late, great John Kennedy Jr.

I cannot do justice to the wonderful job RoseMarie does in telling how much she loved working with John. His pet peeves, his tricks of dealing with the world, and how his and her world came together to allow her to have such an amazing, inside view of such a charismatic person.

I have bought the hard cover of this book twice, having lost my first copy during a move, and knowing I needed to have it in my life. It is that good. I was so glad when it became available on Audible and I got to hear RoseMarie tell the story in her voice. Truly one of my favorite books.