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  • Barbarian Days

  • A Surfing Life
  • By: William Finnegan
  • Narrated by: William Finnegan
  • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,678
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,665

Pulitzer Prize, Biography, 2016. Barbarian Days is William Finnegan's memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Amazing Performance by the Author

  • By Laura on 02-01-16

What a great RIDE, even if you don't surf!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

I love books like this they are so much more than the topic, which in this case is surfing. I'm a waterman, so I can relate. Although, if you know nothing about surfing it won't matter, the author/narrator bring a great "sense" to this adventure and life story, which will take you around the world. All sorts of topics are discussed and shared, so you won't be bored. I'd say this listen is comfort food for me...Enjoy!

  • Parcells: A Football Life

  • By: Bill Parcells, Nunyo Demasio
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 26 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

Bill Parcells may be the most iconic football coach of our time. During his decades-long tenure as an NFL coach, he turned failing franchises into contenders. He led the ailing New York Giants to two Super Bowl victories, turned the New England Patriots into an NFL powerhouse, reinvigorated the New York Jets, brought the Dallas Cowboys back to life, and was most recently enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can't say he missed anything

  • By Barry on 02-04-15

They don't make em like the "Big Tuna" anymore!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

Any additional comments?

As football biographies go, this was one of the best,next to Favre and Namath...I had forgotten so much of Bill's success and hadn't a clue about his heritage or family background. This book also reveals the very human and insecure side of Bill. And most of all it's amazing to see how much "life" legacy he left with all the lives he made a positive difference in. This is what counts most of all, and we're still all reaping the rewards of his legacy today....Enjoy the ride!!!

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  • Badasses

  • The Legend of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death, and John Madden's Oakland Raiders
  • By: Peter Richmond
  • Narrated by: Barry Abrams
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

A book that explores the enduring legends of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death, and John Madden's Oakland Raiders, Badasses is the definitive biography of arguably the last team to play old-fashioned tough-guy football. Peter Richmond, co-author of the New York Times best seller The Glory Game, offers a fascinating look at the 1970s Oakland Raiders, led by colorful greats from another era.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just badass

  • By Anonymous User on 05-02-19

Madden's Raiders were like NO other!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

Any additional comments?

Loved this book, grew up with Madden's Raiders as a kid. They were truly the pirates of the NFL..As kids we loved pirates!!!

This book did a great job of developing the character stories,"honestly" and for better or worse. It was a great ride, and you'll wonder how they ever survived...LOL

Enjoy!

  • The Three Emperors

  • An Ethan Gage Adventure
  • By: William Dietrich
  • Narrated by: William Dufris, Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Venice: Ethan Gage has escaped after surviving the naval battle of Trafalgar. His plan: To circumvent the French Empire and rescue his wife, Astiza, and son, Harry, from imprisonment by a ruthless mystic who seeks revenge for disfigurement, and from an evil dwarf alchemist who experiments with the occult on Prague's Golden Lane. Using death as his ruse, Gage seeks an unlikely ally in the Jewish Napoleonic soldier Gideon Mandel, who saves Ethan's life at Austerlitz, and Gideon's father, Aaron.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I love the Ethan Gage Series

  • By OC Ken on 09-16-17

I love the Ethan Gage Series

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

Reviewed: 09-16-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Three Emperors to be better than the print version?

Why would you ask me this question this is all preference and I prefer audible with books, such as these

Any additional comments?

I love the Ethan Gage serious, it's the new Indiana Jones, but even better!!! Love the historical fiction part, as well as all the other character development. The ONLY bummer is I'm about done with the series, only one more book to go...If you haven't read the Ethan Gage series, get on board, you'll love the adventure and ride...

  • Living a Life of Fire

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Reinhard Bonnke
  • Narrated by: Reinhard Bonnke
  • Length: 25 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 368

Living a Life of Fire, by Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, is the amazing life story of one of the world's most successful promoters of the Christian message. Bonnke's name is known around the world - from Taiwan to Timbuktu, from Cape Town to Calgary - and is synonymous with gigantic gospel campaigns in Africa, where not just thousands or tens of thousands, but hundreds of thousands of people are won to Christ - in a single meeting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite out of 150+ audibles!

  • By Hayley on 01-19-16

Off the charts testimony and encouragement!

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

What made the experience of listening to Living a Life of Fire the most enjoyable?

God Testimony's are always enjoyable!!!

What did you like best about this story?

That God is always in control!!!

Which character – as performed by Reinhard Bonnke – was your favorite?

God

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

In the last 30 minutes of the book Reinhard, says people always ask him "what about America or Europe", his reply is yea what about, as in we need to get busy here in the U.S.playing offense and less defense. We don't really have many evangelists here in the U.S...Billy Graham was doing this full time and yes we have Greg Laurie, but it's a drop in the bucket.

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  • Namath

  • A Biography
  • By: Mark Kriegel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 21 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

In between Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan there was Joe Namath, one of the very few sports heroes who transcended their game. The son of a Hungarian immigrant, Namath left the steel country of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, for the Deep South, where he played quarterback for Bear Bryant at the University of Alabama. Almost four years later, he signed a $427,000 contract with the New York Jets that changed football forever, transforming a crude, violent game into show business.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Blood and Guts of Pro Football

  • By Clifford on 04-24-06

WOW, Broadway Joe, he set the stage for us all!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-21-17

Great ride, what an icon, truly one of a kind! He is Broadway Joe, the man and the legend!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gunslinger

  • The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre
  • By: Jeff Pearlman
  • Narrated by: Barry Abrams
  • Length: 17 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

Gunslinger tells Brett Favre's full, definitive story for the first time, drawing on more than 500 interviews, including many from the people closest to Favre. Jeff Pearlman charts Favre's journey, from his rough rural childhood and lackluster high school football career to landing the last roster spot at Southern Mississippi to a late-night car accident that nearly took his life. Favre clawed back, getting drafted into the NFL, first to Atlanta, then to Green Bay, where he restored the Packers to greatness and inspired a fan base as passionate as any in the game.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No Aaron Rodgers by any Stretch

  • By Rick on 11-12-16

The Brett Favre Wild & Crazy Ride!

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

I really loved this book, it was addicticting to listen to, great candid life story and testimony. Although, it seemed like the end, ended abruptly. It would have been better to hear how he's doing today as well...

  • The Power of I Am

  • Two Words That Will Change Your Life Today
  • By: Joel Osteen
  • Narrated by: Joel Osteen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,487
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,889
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,865

Can two words give you the power to change your life? Yes they can! In the chapters of his new book, best-selling author Joel Osteen shares a profound principle based on a simple truth. Whatever follows the words "I am" will always come looking for you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am

  • By Elizabeth Galli on 10-21-15

This book is a must listen for the WHOLE family!!!

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

This is a great book, we listened to it several times, and passed it on as well...Every human being should listen and enjoy the fruits of this book ...

It will be an "ah ha" moment, I promise!!!

  • The Barbed Crown

  • An Ethan Gage Adventure, Book 6
  • By: William Dietrich
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Ethan Gage is out to foil Napoleon's coronation as emperor, play double agent between France and England, and turn the tide of war - while attempting to save his own life and his marriage. Gage fought beside Napoleon Bonaparte in Egypt and was his agent in Italy, America, and Greece. But this relationship, which at the best of times was uneasy, has gone sour, and now Ethan wants to make Napoleon pay for kidnapping his son, Harry, and nearly killing his wife, Astiza.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable Fun

  • By Michael on 04-08-15

The Ethan Gage series is always a great ride!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

Love the Ethan Gage series, better than Indiana Jones...Every book is packed with adnventure, fun, humor and frolic...Enjoy the ride!

  • Run!

  • 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss
  • By: Dean Karnazes
  • Narrated by: Daniel May
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

In his follow-up to the best-selling Ultra-Marathon Man, world-renowned ultra marathoner Dean Karnazes chronicles his unbelievable exploits and explorations in gripping detail; Karnazes runs for days on end without rest, across some of the most exotic and inhospitable places on earth, including the Australian Outback, Antarctica, and the back alleys of New Jersey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great stories. Horrible narrator.

  • By Alberto Medellin on 08-20-15

Great stories! Great running! Great life!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-17

I really enjoyed the life stories in this book, always a great athentic ride with. Karno! Keep it up!