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James M. Patton

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  • Most Talkative

  • Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture
  • By: Andy Cohen
  • Narrated by: Andy Cohen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028

From a young age, Andy Cohen knew two things: He was gay, and he loved television. Now presiding over Bravo's reality-TV empire, he started out as an overly talkative pop-culture obsessive, devoted to Charlie's Angels and All My Children - and to his mother, who received daily letters from him while he was at summer camp, usually reminding her to tape the soaps. In retrospect, it's hard to believe that everyone didn't know that Andy was gay; still, he remained in the closet until college. Finally out, he embarked on making a career out of his passion for television.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you're depressed, listen to this book!!!

  • By Roberta on 07-02-12

A great memoir of an interesting life!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-18

Andy Cohen has gone from Production Assistant to superstar, and this book takes you on the awesome trip Andy traveled to become the go-to celebrity interviewer he is today.

  • 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 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

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

Much better than expected. And a lot of info.

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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: 11-18-18

First off, realize that Spicer had a full career before his time in The White House and that from the military through political and publicity jobs before his time with Trump, he had done some great work. I didn't know that.

This book does a great job of educating you on the man, behind the scenes actions the press misrepresented and educating you on his time in The White House.

  • Kubrick's Game

  • By: Derek Taylor Kent
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Frakes, Yvette Nicole Brown, Peet Guercio
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

What if Stanley Kubrick left behind more than just his classic films? What if he also left behind an elaborate puzzle cleverly buried within his films, which would lead the player toward a treasure that could change the course of human history?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad - but production quality suffered.

  • By Dave Edens on 01-31-17

Great book for Kubrick fans and fans of fiction.

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

I do not usually do fiction but I love Kubrick so I decided to go for it and it was well told and a great story.

  • Black Klansman

  • Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigations of a Lifetime
  • By: Ron Stallworth
  • Narrated by: Ron Stallworth
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,194
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077

This program is read by the author. When detective Ron Stallworth, the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department, comes across a classified ad in the local paper asking for all those interested in joining the Ku Klux Klan to contact a PO box, Detective Stallworth does his job and responds with interest, using his real name while posing as a white man. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story if you can stay engaged

  • By RN44 on 08-18-18

Fantastic telling by author himself.

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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: 11-18-18

I usually do Hollywood memoirs, movie studio history, etc. But this just looked too intriguing. Turns out it was! Very well told by the author and an amazing story.

  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,732
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,704

In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new website where anyone - not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers - could buy and sell contraband detection-free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An honest portrait of DPR

  • By Victor on 05-18-17

WOW! Fantastic & interesting story. Well told!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-18

This book could have been twice as long and was as addicting as the products the site sold. A fantastic telling of how an online empire was built and the little things that brought it down.

The rare book I hated to have come to an end. I wish I could give 10 stars.

  • What If?

  • Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
  • By: Randall Munroe
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,961

Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent of the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there were a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humorous but serious answers to crazy hypothetical

  • By Neuron on 05-08-16

Not as interesting as you'd expect.

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

I love the thought of a book answering hypotheticals, and in some regards, this did the job, but there were a lot of hypotheticals that most people would never care about and some of the ones that are included went way longer than they had to.

There is a lot of math and science out there, but dragging it down with long-winded versions of answering the questions people post on a website drug many times.

Wil Wheaton did a great job of trying to keep it interesting but some of the material could not be saved.

  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

  • A Sortabiography
  • By: Eric Idle
  • Narrated by: Eric Idle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341

 

We know him best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python - from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life. Now, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this entertaining memoir that takes us on an unforgettable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theater, and film. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eric Idle name-dropping, which can't be helped

  • By LJ on 10-09-18

Great telling of the story behind a favorite movie

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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: 11-18-18

Anyone who loves Monty Python, The Holy Grail, or comedy history should read this, as it does a great job of telling how the comedy troupe made their careers and the film so many of us love.

  • Citizen Kane

  • A Filmmaker's Journey
  • By: Harlan Lebo
  • Narrated by: Tom Zingarelli
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

With the 75th anniversary of Citizen Kane in May 2016, Harlan Lebo has written the full story of Orson Welles' masterpiece film. The book explores Welles' meteoric rise to stardom in New York and the real reason behind his arrival in Hollywood and unprecedented contract with RKO Studios for total creative control. It also delves into the dispute over who wrote the script; the mystery of the "lost" final script; and the plot by Hearst to destroy Welles' project through blackmail, media manipulation, and other tactics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book was great. Narrator was an amateur!

  • By katherine on 07-07-16

A good telling of how the film got made.

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

One of the greatest films of all time and one of the greatest stories of filmmaking of all time.

  • Who Is Michael Ovitz?

  • By: Michael Ovitz
  • Narrated by: Michael Ovitz - prologue, Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 201

As the cofounder of Creative Artists Agency, Michael Ovitz earned a reputation for ruthless negotiation, brilliant strategy, and fierce loyalty to his clients. He reinvented the role of the agent and helped shape the careers of hundreds of A-list entertainers, directors, and writers. But this personal history is much more than a fascinating account of celebrity friendships and bare-knuckled deal making. It's also an underdog's story: How did a middle-class kid from Encino work his way into the William Morris mailroom and eventually become the most powerful person in Hollywood? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yep, that's the guy

  • By T. gates on 10-07-18

One of those books that is hard to put down.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-18

I have read a lot of books over the years that included Ovitz, but it was nice to hear the stories direct from him. It was tough to quit listening at night and hated for it to end.

  • Halloween

  • The Official Movie Novelization
  • By: John Passarella
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

In 1978, Laurie Strode survived an encounter with Michael Myers, a masked figure who killed her friends and terrorized the town of Haddonfield, Illinois, on Halloween night. Myers was later gunned down, apprehended, and committed to Smith's Grove State Hospital. For forty years, memories of that nightmarish ordeal have haunted Laurie and now Myers is back once again on Halloween, having escaped a routine transfer, leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great companion book to a great movie

  • By Cody B. on 10-25-18

I don't usually do fiction but this was great!!!

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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: 11-18-18

I don't usually listen to fiction but I love the Halloween franchise and this is the first audiobook of a Halloween film I have ever seen available, so I went for it.

It was the best fiction I have read in years. It really did a good job of bringing the film to life.

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