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  • Blood in the Water

  • The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy
  • By: Heather Ann Thompson
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 22 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

On September 9, 1971, nearly 1,300 prisoners took over the Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York to protest years of mistreatment. Holding guards and civilian employees hostage, the prisoners negotiated with officials for improved conditions during the four long days and nights that followed. On September 13, the state abruptly sent hundreds of heavily armed troopers and correction officers to retake the prison by force. Their gunfire killed 39 men - hostages as well as prisoners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tragic Events, Well-Told

  • By David on 10-27-17

way too long

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

The first few chapters of the book were amazing, but as the book dragged on and on, all i could think of was "haven't i heard this before?". It seemed one chapter after another about the same general idea. And its very one sided in presentation, and while its highly likely that prison conditions were simply subhuman, i cannot believe that there was not some basis for the other side's actions. ,

  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,334
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,375
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,358

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes' worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extreme retaliation against former employees

  • By Jaccred on 05-29-18

shocking

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

amazing how someone could get away with this. Prime example of why journalists are such important elements of our society today. Great read, well read, amazing story.

  • Death in Yellowstone

  • Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park
  • By: Lee H. Whittlesey
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

The chilling tome that launched an entire genre of books about the often gruesome, but always tragic ways people have died in our national parks, this updated edition of the classic includes calamities in Yellowstone from the past 16 years, including the infamous grizzly bear attacks in the summer of 2011, as well as a fatal hot springs accident in 2000. Armchair travelers and park visitors alike will be fascinated by this important book detailing the dangers awaiting in our first national park.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating book

  • By Christine Newton on 01-26-17

boring

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

Wow, first book i could not finish, and i have listened to hundreds. just a boring litany of event after event. awful.

  • Outrage

  • The Five Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away with Murder
  • By: Vincent Bugliosi
  • Narrated by: Joseph Campanella
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 176

What went wrong in the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial? Former prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi dares to lay bare the bungling he perceived in the case. Incriminating evidence was never presented and lapses in strategy left prosecutors Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden at a disadvantage. These are just a few of the fatal errors that led to a victory for the defense.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narration is awful.

  • By Leanne McClure on 12-31-15

one angry man..

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Or alternative title of how everyone involved was a bungling idtio and within 10 minutes i was smarter than all of them.


OK, he admits right off the bat that (1) he is very angry about the Simpson case and (2) he did not want to write this book. Boy are these two points obvious in this book.
His palpable anger and bias is one thing, but the narrative feels like it took him about 1 hour of preparation. This is not a book, this is a rambling diatribe. I did not even ever figure out what the 5 reasons OJ got away with murder were, other than everyone associated with the trial was incompetent, and that Vincent figured everything out after only 10 minutes of listening to the lawyers involved in the case.
I mean it is one thing to say the prosecution should have done this, but the constant self-aggrandizement that within 10 minutes i figured out that this is what they should have been doing is just nauseating.

  • Just Mercy

  • A Story of Justice and Redemption
  • By: Bryan Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Bryan Stevenson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,255
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,227

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Made me question justice, peers and myself.

  • By Kristy VL on 04-17-15

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

If you could sum up Just Mercy in three words, what would they be?

amazing, astounding must-read

Any additional comments?

This is just an amazing book, and all should read it these days. Extremely well written and narrated. I cannot say enough about how moving the story is and the questions it raises about justice in this country, which is probably still better than most. Really opened my eyes.

  • The Sleep Revolution

  • Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time
  • By: Arianna Huffington
  • Narrated by: Agapi Stassinopoulos
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 424

In today's 24/7, fast-paced, always-connected, perpetually harried, and sleep-deprived world, the hunger for sleep is only getting stronger. The Sleep Revolution both sounds the alarm on the worldwide sleep crisis and offers a road map for how we can take back our sleep and transform our lives and our world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to understand

  • By FireStorm on 02-10-17

don't buy if...

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

Any additional comments?

don't buy this if you have any scientific background or understanding at all. This has not an ounce of realistic science in it, its all just hearsay. yes, sleep is great, and if Edison had slept more he would have done even better things and not taken so many tries to invent that light bulb thing. What kind of logic is that. And the performance is shameful.

  • The Wright Brothers

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,475

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story behind the story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright's Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but narration is a little boring

  • By Vince on 08-20-15

outstanding

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Wright Brothers to be better than the print version?

really read well

Any additional comments?

Have listened to many many books. This was memorable. Very to the point, moving tale, fast paced, and brings to life the people and their times. gives you a whole new perspective on flight and what the wright brothers did, as well as of this time in history, of which little is wrttned. Mr. McCullough is a masterful author and a very good story teller.

  • Moneyball

  • The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,119

Moneyball reveals a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the giant offices of major league teams and the dugouts. But the real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers, and physics professors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book, Outstanding Narration, Sloppy Edit

  • By Dirk Turgid on 03-05-12

boring, poorly read

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

Reviewed: 03-20-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

yea, yea, everything the As did was perfect. they found all these players that no one else wanted and drafted them in the first round....well guess what, most did not make it to the majors (look it up) and why would you draft someone in the first round that no one else wanted?? draft them in the 15th round.
and the reading is awful. he sounds so droll...i had to turn the speed up to give the reading any pep.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

read it better

What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

too slow, depressing.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Still Foolin' 'Em

  • Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys
  • By: Billy Crystal
  • Narrated by: Billy Crystal
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,637

Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disarmingly Honest

  • By David Shear on 09-12-13

Do NOT listen to this book...

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

Reviewed: 12-10-14

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

in public.
you will gets lots of people staring at you for your inappropriate goofy grinning and laughing out loud out of the blue.
There are parts that are so absolutely hilarious its embarrassing.
There are some parts where I find he is a little full of himself, but overall, this was just hilarious, and as he says early in the book, he always leaves you with a little lesson. Really quick listen.

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

why would you read a book when you can have Billy Crystal speak it to you? Comedy is so much about presentation...i have to think this is 2x as funny because he is the reader.
Plus its so great to have an author read his own books.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Team of Rivals

  • The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 41 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,525
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,548

On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative

  • By JJ on 09-10-12

long, great ending

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

Reviewed: 10-04-14

What didn’t you like about Suzanne Toren’s performance?

awful. had to listen on 2x speed. there are like 6 second pauses between sentences.

Any additional comments?

This is a great book with a great ending. I gave it 4 because i found it a little boring at some parts. Its a lot of the same story...lincoln magnanimity to his "rivals" and how he uses everyone effectively. It is good and gives you a better appreciation for Lincoln than i had.