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    • Whiskey Bottles and Brand-New Cars

    • The Fast Life and Sudden Death of Lynyrd Skynyrd
    • By: Mark Ribowsky
    • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
    • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 233
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 215
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 212

    This intimate story of Lynyrd Skynyrd tells how a band of lost souls and self-destructive misfits, with uncertain artistic objectives, clawed their way to the top of the rock 'n' roll world. It also offers a greater appreciation for a band whose legacy, in the aftermath of their last plane ride, has since descended into self-caricature.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • What could have been...

    • By Charles on 07-12-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Hank

    • The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams
    • By: Mark Ribowsky
    • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
    • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    After he died in the backseat of a Cadillac at the age of 29, Hank Williams - a frail, flawed man who had become country music's first real star - instantly morphed into its first tragic martyr. Having hit the heights with simple songs of despair, depression, and tainted love, he would, with that outlaw swagger, become in death a template for the rock generation to follow.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Remarkable Tale of Woe

    • By KellysHero718 on 08-17-18
    • The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams
    • By: Mark Ribowsky
    • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
    • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
    • Release date: 11-22-16
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 47 ratings

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Ain't Too Proud to Beg

    • The Troubled Lives and Enduring Soul of the Temptations
    • By: Mark Ribowsky
    • Narrated by: Bill Andrew Quinn
    • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    The Temptations are an incomparable soul group, with dozens of chart-topping hits such as "My Girl" and "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone". From the sharp suits, stylish choreography, and distinctive vocals that epitomized their onstage triumphs to the personal failings and psycho-dramas that played out behind the scenes, Ain't Too Proud to Beg tells the complete story of this most popular - and tragic - of all Motown super groups. Based on in-depth research and interviews with founding Temptations member Otis Williams and many others, the book reveals the highly individual nature of the group's members.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wanted more details.

    • By Sherri on 03-23-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Last Cowboy

    • A Life of Tom Landry
    • By: Mark Ribowsky
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 27 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    As the coach during professional football’s most storied era, Tom Landry transformed the gridiron from a no-holds-barred battlefield to the highly-technical chess match it is today. With his trademark fedora and stoic facade, he was a man of faith and few words, for twenty-nine years guiding “America’s Team” from laughingstock to well-oiled machine, with an unprecedented twenty consecutive winning seasons and two Super Bowl titles.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great research!

    • By Reyes Baeza Cano on 11-05-15

    Regular price: $45.49

    • Howard Cosell

    • The Man the Myth and the Transformation of America
    • By: Mark Ribowsky
    • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
    • Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    deeply misunderstood sports legend, once the most hated and loved man in America, gets his due in this absorbing, revelatory biography. Howard Cosell was one of the most recognizable and controversial figures in American sports history. His colorful bombast, fearless reporting, and courageous stance on civil rights soon captured the attention of listeners everywhere. No mere jock turned "pretty-boy" broadcaster, the Brooklyn-born Cosell began as a lawyer before becoming a radio commentator. "Telling it like it is", he covered nearly every major sports story for three decades, from the travails of Muhammad Ali to the tragedy at Munich.

    Regular price: $29.95

    • Dreams to Remember

    • Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Transformation of Southern Soul
    • By: Mark Ribowsky
    • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
    • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    When he died suddenly at the age of 26, Otis Redding (1941-1967) had already become the conscience of a new kind of music. Sure, Berry Gordy might have built the first black-owned music empire at Motown, but Redding was doing something as historic: mainstreaming black music within the whitest bastions of the post-Confederate south. As a result, the Redding story - still largely untold - is one of great conquest but, sadly, grand tragedy.

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Signed, Sealed, and Delivered

    • The Soulful Journey of Stevie Wonder
    • By: Mark Ribowsky
    • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
    • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Stevie Wonder's achievements as a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer are extraordinary. During a career that has spanned almost fifty years, he has earned more than 30 Top 10 hits, 26 Grammy Awards, and a place in both the Rock and Roll and Songwriter Halls of Fame - and he's not finished yet. On the verge of turning 60, he is still composing, still touring, and still attracting dedicated fans around the world.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Too in love with his own vocabulary

    • By Sarah on 01-23-13

    Regular price: $24.95