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    • It's a Long Story

    • My Life
    • By: Willie Nelson, David Ritz - contributor
    • Narrated by: Christopher Ryan Grant
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046

    This is the unvarnished, complete story of Willie Nelson's life, told in his distinct voice and leaving no moment or experience unturned, from Texas and Nashville to Hawaii and his legendary bus.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • An Enjoyable Listen

    • By Patrick on 05-19-15

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Rocks

    • My Life in and out of Aerosmith
    • By: Joe Perry, David Ritz
    • Narrated by: Joe Perry
    • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 412
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 385
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 385

    In Rocks, Joe Perry exposes his unrepentant, unbridled life as the lead guitarist of Aerosmith. He delves deep into his volatile, profound, and enduring relationship with singer Steve Tyler and reveals the real people behind the larger-than-life rock gods onstage. The nearly five-decade saga of Aerosmith is epic, at once a study in brotherhood and solitude that plays out on the killing fields of rock and roll.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • the other side

    • By Bobo on 07-17-15
    • My Life in and out of Aerosmith
    • By: Joe Perry, David Ritz
    • Narrated by: Joe Perry
    • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
    • Release date: 10-07-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 412 ratings

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Divided Soul

    • The Life of Marvin Gaye
    • By: David Ritz
    • Narrated by: Dion Graham
    • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 75
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 61

    In this intimate biography of the Prince of Soul, David Ritz provides a candid look at a star and a friend. Ritz had been collaborating with Marvin Gaye on his story for several years before the singer's tragic death and had conducted a series of extraordinary interviews in which Gaye discussed his deepest secrets. What emerges is a full-scale portrait of a charming but tortured artist, a brilliant singer with a divided soul.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Wow made for the big screen

    • By Dilly HaulAde on 08-12-16

    Regular price: $20.97

    • Death of a King

    • The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year
    • By: Tavis Smiley, David Ritz
    • Narrated by: Tavis Smiley
    • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 212
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187

    New York Times best-selling author and award-winning broadcaster Tavis Smiley recounts the final 365 days of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life, revealing the minister's trials and tribulations - denunciations by the press, rejection from the president, dismissal by the country's black middle class and militants, assaults on his character, ideology, and political tactics, to name a few - all of which he had to rise above in order to lead and address the racism, poverty, and militarism that threatened to destroy our democracy.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An important book

    • By Piotr on 02-19-15

    Regular price: $29.65

    • Brother Ray

    • Ray Charles' Own Story
    • By: Ray Charles, David Ritz
    • Narrated by: Andrew L. Barnes
    • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    Ray Charles (1930-2004) led one of the most extraordinary lives of any popular musician. In Brother Ray, he reveals his life story unsparingly, from the chronicle of his musical development to his heroin addiction to his tangled romantic life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brother Ray is a true inspiration

    • By Rod on 05-22-16

    Regular price: $23.07

    • When I Left Home

    • My Story
    • By: David Ritz, Buddy Guy
    • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
    • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 117

    According to Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and the late Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy is the greatest blues guitarist of all time. An enormous influence on these musicians as well as on Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck, he is the living embodiment of Chicago blues.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent History and Respect for The Blues

    • By Rick R. on 08-05-12

    Regular price: $18.87

    • Trouble & Triumph

    • A Novel of Power & Beauty
    • By: Tip "T.I." Harris, David Ritz
    • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 45

    Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist, music producer, and actor T.I. and his bestselling celebrity collaborator, David Ritz, continue the explosive story of Power and Beauty that began in the street-lit epic Power & Beauty. When his mother, Charlotte, was killed, Paul “Power” Clay and his closest friend, Tanya “Beauty” Long, fell under the spell of a savvy and ruthless Atlanta businessman named Slim, who promised to protect them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Five Stars!

    • By Mrs. Abe on 01-21-13

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Respect

    • The Life of Aretha Franklin
    • By: David Ritz
    • Narrated by: Brad Raymond
    • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    Aretha Franklin began life as the golden daughter of a progressive and promiscuous Baptist preacher. Raised without her mother, she was a gospel prodigy who gave birth to two sons in her teens and left them and her native Detroit for New York, where she struggled to find her true voice. It was not until 1967, when a white Jewish producer insisted she return to her gospel-soul roots, that fame and fortune finally came via "Respect" and a rapidfire string of hits.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • New and Renewed Respect For A Living Legend

    • By Unpumped on 12-01-14
    • The Life of Aretha Franklin
    • By: David Ritz
    • Narrated by: Brad Raymond
    • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
    • Release date: 10-28-14
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 57 ratings

    Regular price: $29.65

    • Power & Beauty

    • By: Tip "T.I." Harris, David Ritz
    • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 67
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 70

    Hip-hop artist Tip "T.I." Harris has received every acclaim the music world has to offer. Now, working with bestselling celebrity collaborator David Ritz, T.I. applies all his talent and experience to the world of fiction by creating the epic love story of Power and Beauty. After the death of his mother, Charlotte, Paul “Power” Clay allows himself to be guided by Slim, a local businessman. Slim always has the best of everything, and Power is sure that if he learns Slim's ways, he'll make something of himself - and perhaps be worthy of Tanya “Beauty” Long.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Suprised by T.I.'s story telling skills

    • By Dream on 07-11-12

    Regular price: $28.51

    • Before You Judge Me

    • The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson's Last Days
    • By: Tavis Smiley, David Ritz
    • Narrated by: Leo Coltrane
    • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 40

    With the insight and compassion that he brought to his best-selling telling of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s final year, Tavis Smiley provides a glimpse into the superstar's life in this emotional, honest, yet celebratory audiobook. Listeners will witness Jackson's campaign to recharge his career - hiring and firing managers and advisors, turning to and away from family members, fighting depression and drug dependency - while his one goal remained: to mount the most spectacular series of shows the world had ever seen.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Beautiful book

    • By Jai Dev Singh on 07-09-16

    Regular price: $29.65

    • Balance

    • A Story of Faith, Family, and Life on the Line
    • By: Nik Wallenda, David Ritz
    • Narrated by: Steve Gibbons
    • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5

    Nik Wallenda, "King of the High Wire", doesn't know fear. As a seventh generation of the legendary Great Wallendas, he grew up performing, entertaining, and pushing the boundaries of gravity and balance. Balance is the theme of Nik's life: between his work and family, his faith in God and artistry, his body and soul. Nik Wallenda is an entertainer who wants to not only thrill hearts, but to change hearts for Christ. Christ is the balance pole that keeps him from falling.

    Regular price: $17.09

    • Howling at the Moon

    • The Odyssey of a Monstrous Music Mogul in an Age of Excess
    • By: Walter Yetnikoff, David Ritz
    • Narrated by: Walter Yetnikoff
    • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16

    During the 1970s and '80s the music business was dominated by a few major labels and artists such as Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand and James Taylor. They were all under contract to CBS Records, making it the most successful label of the era. And, as the company's president, Walter Yetnikoff was the ruling monarch. He was also the most flamboyant, volatile, and controversial personality to emerge from an industry and era defined by sex, drugs, and debauchery.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant

    • By Amanda Barber on 11-05-16

    Regular price: $19.93

    • Journey of a Thousand Miles

    • My Story
    • By: David Ritz, Lang Lang
    • Narrated by: uncredited
    • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    Journey of a Thousand Miles documents the remarkable, dramatic story of a family who sacrificed almost everything - his parents' marriage, financial security, Lang Lang's childhood, and their reputation in China's insular classical music world - for the belief in a young boy's talent. And it reveals the devastating and intense relationship between a boy and his father, who was willing to go to any length to make his son a star.

    Regular price: $26.60

    • My Journey with Maya

    • By: Tavis Smiley, David Ritz - contributor
    • Narrated by: Tavis Smiley
    • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25

    Tavis Smiley and Maya Angelou met in 1986, when he was 21 and she was 58. For the next 28 years, Angelou was a teacher and a maternal figure to Smiley, and they talked often of art, politics, history, music, religion, and race. In My Journey with Maya, Smiley beautifully recounts a friendship filled with conversation that began when he, a recent college graduate and a poor kid from a big family in the Midwest, accompanied the revered writer on a sojourn to Ghana.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Smiley's Friendship with the Amazing Maya

    • By Grace on 08-24-15

    Regular price: $28.50

    • A Moment in Time

    • An American Story of Baseball, Heartbreak, and Grace
    • By: Ralph Branca, David Ritz
    • Narrated by: Traber Burns
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Ralph Branca is best known for throwing the pitch that resulted in Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard ‘Round the World", the historic homerun that capped an incredible comeback and won the pennant for the Giants in 1951. And so Branca was on the losing end of what many consider to be baseball's most thrilling moment, but that notoriety belies a profoundly successful life and career.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Shot heard around the world

    • By VINCENT KENNEY on 03-16-17

    Regular price: $20.97