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  • RFK Jr.

  • Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and the Dark Side of the Dream
  • By: Jerry Oppenheimer
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., inherited his assassinated father's piercing blue eyes and Brahmin style, earning a reputation as the nation's foremost environmental activist and lawyer - the "toxic avenger" - battling corporate polluters. But in this, the most revelatory portrait ever of a Kennedy, Oppenheimer places Bobby Jr., leader of the third generation of America's royal family, under a journalistic microscope.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Really terrible book

  • By Rosemary on 09-28-15

Merciless Bashing, unworthy of listening

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

This book seems to be a paid-for bashing of a human being with inhuman descriptions which resemble Nixonian campaign tactics. The accusations, mostly without source credits are only as bad as the endless innuendos which portray Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. as being, literally a dirty, person, on drugs and hardly worthy of recognition. The fact is that RFK Jr. may have had some issues but they were surmounted and the man is doing valiant work against some of the most abusive corporations on the planet. How Jerry Oppenheimer has avoided a fat law suit for defamation of character is a mystery to me. RFK, Jr. is embattled with some very large and dangerous groups, who would think of nothing to drop a low 6-figure sum to get a book published to demean Bobby, Jr. I have never read a book with so little redeeming aspects as this one. Don't bother unless you are predisposed to hate members of the Kennedy family, for, in that case, this book will leave you thrilled with prejudices validated, albeit without documentation.

  • QB

  • My Life Behind the Spiral
  • By: Steve Young
  • Narrated by: Steve Young, George Newbern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,125

In the most candid and compelling sports memoir since Andre Agassi's riveting bestseller Open, former San Francisco 49er, Super Bowl champion, NFL MVP, and Hall of Famer Steve Young gives listeners an unprecedented and stunning inside look at what it takes to become a super-elite professional quarterback.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Uplifting and motivating

  • By Andrew Miller on 11-19-16

From Number Eight to Number ONE

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

I have been a 'Niner fan for decades and lived through the painful quarterback controversy era. Steve Young was always in second place because he seemed to be on bad terms with Joe Montana. This book brought a complete wave of humanity to light and made Steve Young a stand alone champion, leaving all the room that Joe Montana deserves for his own accomplishments. I would love to be Steve Young's neighbor. He sounds like a leader the 21st century could use and a lot more just like him.

  • Kick

  • The True Story of JFK's Sister and the Heir to Chatsworth
  • By: Paula Byrne
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Encouraged to be "winners" from a young age, Rose and Joe Kennedy's children were the embodiment of ambitious, wholesome Americanism. Yet even within this ebullient group of overachievers, the fourth Kennedy child, the irrepressible Kathleen, stood out. Lively, charismatic, extremely clever, and blessed with graceful athleticism and a sunny disposition, the alluring socialite fondly known as Kick was a firecracker who effortlessly made friends and stole hearts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Nicely Done

  • By Kaks on 07-21-16

Good To Know; Now What?

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

I am an avid researcher of the assassination of both John and Bobby, so when I saw this book, I thought it would be great to read and know. It was quite interesting for the most part but it also smacked of a certain level of upper-class dis-connection. I found there were a lot of dates, names and incidents, which did not spin my propeller. Ouch, considering the number of Kennedy family members who suffered from plane crashes.....
It is a good book indeed and adds to my feelings of sadness for all the Kennedys have endured. But then, there are millions who have endured similar; we just don't know about them because the others are just... "others."

  • Flow

  • Living at the Peak of Your Abilities
  • By: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Ph.D.
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,396
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,050

In flow, everyday experience becomes a moment by moment opportunity for joy and self-fulfillment. Flow is the brain-child of a fascinating psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a renowned social scientist who has devoted his life's work to the study of what makes people truly happy, satisfied and fulfilled. While much of the study of psychology investigates disorders of the human mind, Dr. Csikszentmihalyi takes a different route.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dissappointed!

  • By Sami on 07-08-15

Possible Alternative to Depression

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Flow to be better than the print version?

No Idea-I drive a lot. Rather difficult to read while driving. Seems that cares other drivers.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The factory worker who made a beautiful garden at home and used that as alternate thought focus while working on a tedious/repetitive job.

Which character – as performed by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – was your favorite?

Not Relevant

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not at all. This book is a discipline, which requires several visits to implant its best practices.

Any additional comments?

This book is an excellent (Non Corporate) alternative to the Four Disciplines of Execution, which has many of the same elements. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi presents a modality, which transcends profit motive or job survival techniques. As a child in a very tense household, I found how to attain a flow state on my own and used that tool/gift to help me through difficult times in many places in my life.

  • The Reporter Who Knew Too Much

  • The Mysterious Death of What’s My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen
  • By: Mark Shaw
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 718

Was What's My Line TV star, media icon, and crack investigative reporter and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen murdered for writing a tell-all book about the JFK assassination? If so, is the main suspect in her death still at large? These questions and more are answered in former CNN, ESPN, and USA Today legal analyst Mark Shaw's 25th book, The Reporter Who Knew Too Much.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book! Well organized, great narration

  • By Jaybird on 05-24-17

Good Evidence Skewed Context

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

Reviewed: 02-09-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Reporter Who Knew Too Much to be better than the print version?

Could not possibly say; only listened to the audible version.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There was no real character in this crime-study book.

Have you listened to any of Gabra Zackman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, and I doubt I will.

If you could give The Reporter Who Knew Too Much a new subtitle, what would it be?

Compelling, slanted evidence that a real investigation should have been done.

Any additional comments?

The author repeated slogans and anecdotes a few times and had some generally pedantic streams of text. However she did dig up a lot of very compelling evidence which almost certainly indicates that Dorothy Kilgallen was murdered. While she made it very clear why and how the Mafia was involved to some extent, she clearly left out the other possible culprits; the military, the CIA, Big Oil and President Johnson. The case is not as simple as "Bobby screwed the Mafia, so John was taken out to pull the rug out from under Bobby." Further, Ms. Zackman, at the very end of the book stated that "arguably the Kennedy family is the worst political family in history. Considering what JFK did to bring peace to a very precarious world, I take great issue with Ms. Zackman. One would do well to read James Douglass' "JFK and the Unspeakable" to gain a broader perspective. The Mafia would have had to have "permission" from several other individuals and agencies if they hoped to get away with killing JFK and D. Kilgallen. I hope "New York" does seriously look back at the Kilgallen murder. Perhaps there are some threads, which will open other avenues of research and get some truth that has been buried for over 50 years.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Mexico

  • A Novel
  • By: James A. Michener
  • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
  • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 192

Pulitzer Prize-winning author James A. Michener, whose novels hurtle from the far reaches of history to the dark corners of the world, paints an intoxicating portrait of a land whose past and present are as turbulent, fascinating, and colorful as any other on Earth. When an American journalist travels to report on the upcoming duel between two great matadors, he is ultimately swept up in the dramatic story of his own Mexican ancestry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to learn more about Mexican history and culture...

  • By Peace on 01-06-16

Long Overdue Overview of the Nation to our South

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

Reviewed: 03-20-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely because it brings a knowledge of the history (struggles, successes and people) to a nation which is hardly known to most of us, even in border states.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mexico?

The book is chock-full of "moments" so I would have to say the details about bullfighting and how it is created brought some understanding to me of how anyone could find pleasure in watching an animal tortured and killed before a huge audience. Educational.

What does Alexander Adams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice intonation brought a needed variety to the many characters. If he were not so adept, the book could have been muddled and confusing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Too many to describe.

Any additional comments?

Books by Michener are a real time-machine that carries us to places we could never go with today's technology. The color and spirit of his writing bring to life things and places that most of our imaginations could not. I am well into my next Michener book from Audible and am enjoying the journey very much.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Me & Lee

  • How I Came to Know, Love and Lose Lee Harvey Oswald
  • By: Judyth Vary Baker
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Godwin
  • Length: 23 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Judyth Vary was once a promising science student who dreamed of finding a cure for cancer; this exposé is her account of how she strayed from a path of mainstream scholarship at the University of Florida to a life of espionage in New Orleans with Lee Harvey Oswald.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Me and Lee solves and explains JFK Assassination

  • By Pam Dennis on 10-18-14

Layers off the Onion of Truth

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

Reviewed: 09-27-15

Where does Me & Lee rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks as among the most informative; I don't like to compare on a linear scale; makes no sense.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Me & Lee?

When the depth of the involvement of Oswald with David Ferrie became apparent it made it very clear how little we were told in the way of truth by the Warren Commisison.

What does Kathleen Godwin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She read with clarity and empathy- - it sounded like the real Judyth Vary Baker was speaking to the microphone.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Breaking the slag off the truth.

Any additional comments?

This book is a must read, along with "Dr. Mary's Monkey" if one wants to truly understand the breadth and depth of the cover-up of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • We Were There

  • Revelations from the Dallas Doctors Who Attended to JFK on November 22, 1963
  • By: Allen Childs MD
  • Narrated by: Robin Bloodworth
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

A true collective account of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. There are few days in American history so immortalized in public memory as November 22, 1963, the date of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Adding to the wealth of information about this tragic day is We Were There, a truly unique collection of firsthand accounts from the doctors and staff on scene at the hospital where JFK was immediately taken after he was shot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sedimental Sediment and Guilded Lilies

  • By Peter on 08-15-15

Sedimental Sediment and Guilded Lilies

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

Reviewed: 08-15-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, I would redact the opinions of the author about "conspiracy theorists" as being deviants in a society which purports to honor the truth. Most people I know and respect consider conspiracy theories as a result of lie detection efforts. The book had an undercurrent of condemnation of the inquisitive people, who seek the truth.

What was most disappointing about Allen Childs MD’s story?

See the above. This book is one where listening is surely much easier than reading because it allows the imagination to go to work better (for me at least (than the written page could ever do).

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Good voice and inflection. Other than that- - -nothing worthy of comment.

Do you think We Were There needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No- - - It was a collection of sentiments from people proximate to the crime of the 20th century. There are dozens of clips on the media of doctors at Parkland, who go deep into the mechanics of the wounds and bring far more clarity around what was seen.

Any additional comments?

The constant referral to "The Sixth Floor Museum" is a disservice to the readers because it is widely known among dedicated researchers that the, recently-deceased curator, Gary Mack, caused (or aided in causing) the shrine to our slain president to become a propaganda vehicle for the support of the deeply flawed, if not criminal, Warren Commission. The book store at the Sixth Floor Museum is stocked only with books which support the prevarications of the W.C. There are several physicians, who have come forth and bombarded the Warren Commission and the way it twisted the physicians' words to mean other than what they intended. If a person wants to float down a river of sentimental recollections and let the untrue and the truth swirl together in eddies–this is a good book. Otherwise, it is marginal as an investment of time.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • In the Name of Love

  • And Other True Cases
  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Jerry Harris was a self-made California millionaire who, at age forty-four, had it all: booming businesses, yachts, a mansion, a beautiful wife, and a voice to rival Elvis. No one who knew this well-liked, generous man could make sense of his sudden disappearance one autumn night. On a final phone call to his brother from his Mercedes, Jerry breathed a muffled oath - then the line went dead. For Jerry's wife, Susan, it was just the beginning of an unwavering, eight-year search for the truth behind her husband's vanishing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not her best - but, nonetheless, she Rule's

  • By Karen on 04-12-13

Chilling Wake-up Call

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

Reviewed: 07-13-15

Where does In the Name of Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Somewhere in the upper 1/3

Who was your favorite character and why?

There was no favorite character- - the star was the author for assembling a book from so many facts and making it live.

What does Laural Merlington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Cannot say

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

General facts about the Harris family.

Any additional comments?

I was a paperboy and deliverd the Palo Alto Times evening newspaper to the Harris family. I played little league and went to school with Steven Bonilla. I did not learn of the murder of Jerry Harris until maybe 8 years after it had happened so to read this book and have everything brought in such a way that it seemed like just yesterday was marvelous. I have a sense of grief for all involved in this story. It is so unfortunate that Jerry Harris had to die; so unfortunate that people had to take a man's life for money and ego reasons. The book is a reminder that one must trust one's gut all the time. The one time you ignore it could be the last.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Reclaiming Parkland

  • Tom Hanks, Vincent Bugliosi, and the JFK Assassination in the New Hollywood
  • By: James DiEugenio
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Reclaiming Parkland details the failed attempt of Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman - cofounder of the production company Playtone - to make Vincent Bugliosi’s mammoth book about the Kennedy assassination, Reclaiming History, into a miniseries. It exposes the questionable origins of Reclaiming History in a dubious mock trial for cable television, in which Bugliosi played the role of an attorney prosecuting Lee Harvey Oswald for murder, and how this formed the basis for the epic tome.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Truth and Accountability Come A Knocking

  • By Peter on 12-29-14

Truth and Accountability Come A Knocking

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

Reviewed: 12-29-14

What did you love best about Reclaiming Parkland?

The depth of research and documentation.

What other book might you compare Reclaiming Parkland to and why?

Sylvia Meagher's book "Accessories After the Fact" because of the competent research and documentation.

What about Brian Troxell’s performance did you like?

Clear without preachy intonation. Good pronunciation and almost errorless.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No- - -the book is full of astounding facts which refute Vincent Bugliosi's myopic quest to validate fraud.

Any additional comments?

This book effectively demonstrates that "Reclaiming History" was a fraudulent attempt to validate an earlier (Warren Commission) fraud. "Reclaiming Parkland" uses much of the information gained from 2-million new pages of evidence the Assassinations Record Review Board (ARRB) released, which previously had been obfuscated by "authorities" in an effort to seal the deal for Johnson, Dulles, Ford, McCLoy, Hoover and a host of others who benefitted by JFK (and Bobby) being neutralized. This book adds to the massive weight of evidence, which has been suspected by most, shouted by many and ignored by those in a position to reveal the truth and, just perhaps, restore what was lost after JFK was forever stilled.

There are books with modern science applied to old evidence. Sherry Fiester's book "Enemy of the Truth" is one. Vince Palamara's "Survivor's Guilt" and Gayle Nix Jackson's "Orville Nix; the Missing JFK Assassination Film" are two other fine works, hopefully coming to Audible soon, which are more than worthy of reading.

One which is available here is "JFK And The Unspeakable" by James W. Douglass. This is a must read for all Americans who want hope of a better future and some truth about the reasons JFK was dispensed with.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful