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  • Scar Tissue

  • Written by: Anthony Kiedis, Larry Sloman
  • Narrated by: Rider Strong
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

As lead singer and songwriter for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis has lived life on the razor's edge. Much has been written about him, but until now we've only had his songs as clues to his experience from the inside. In Scar Tissue, Kiedis proves himself to be as compelling a memoirist as he is a lyricist, giving us a searingly honest account of the life from which his music has evolved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • what a life!

  • By Ian Mcewen on 2018-03-25

Sex Drugs and Rock n' Roll

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

Reviewed: 2019-07-13

A couple of months ago I read the much superior "Life", autobiography of Keith Richards. Both incredibly talented guys who lived through some crazy stuff. Both guys should be dead. Richards states things very matter-of-factly while Kiedis' story is similarly amazing, but his ego shows through. He tries to be self-deprecating but I get the impression he is actually pretty proud of the things he went through. We get it, buddy, you were fucked up. Amazing story but you don't have to jerk off about it. Dude thinks like an addict. He sorely wants to be known as a good guy, and he probably is generally, but it's pretty clear he was, and still is, pretty selfish. I am surprised his editors never pointed out that every episode cant be "the best sex either of us ever had". Every time?
Rider Strong is a fair reader, but a bit dramatic and sounds like a little shit. Appropriate to the subject matter I guess.

  • Tuesdays with Morrie

  • 20th Anniversary Edition
  • Written by: Mitch Albom
  • Narrated by: Mitch Albom
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher, or a colleague. Someone older, patient, and wise who understood you when you were young and searching, helped you see the world as a more profound place, gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly 20 years ago. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom the way you once did when you were younger? Mitch Albom had that second chance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational

  • By Langer on 2019-07-11

Inspirational

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

Reviewed: 2019-07-11

I was admitted to hodpital, awaiting transfer to a nursing home to continue deteriorating untol life ends. A nurse recommended this book to me. It is very good.
Albom is a fair reader

  • The Stand

  • Written by: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 47 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Grantly on 2018-03-19

One of King's Best

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

Reviewed: 2019-07-10

This story immersed the reader. Within a few paragraphs, you are part of the world King is creating. He is a master of creating different plotlines then weaving them together, nearly seamlessly.
Performance in this instance is fantastic

  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • Written by: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,036

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book!

  • By Dan Wood on 2018-08-13

Wow. Incredible Fantasy Novel

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

Reviewed: 2019-06-19

Great book. The first of a series I am definitely going to read. Sanderson is an author I had not heard of before. He showed up on my 'Recommended Reads' list, and I thought "Why not?" Glad I purchased the book. Really great reader!

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  • Written by: Rebecca Skloot
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good, Unique Biography

  • By Langer on 2019-06-07

Very Good, Unique Biography

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

Reviewed: 2019-06-07

Structure of the story is something I have not seen before. Biographies are very often fairly dry and just packed with facts and events. This is much more narrative. Readers "perform" the story. Excellent

  • Exhalation

  • Stories
  • Written by: Ted Chiang
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Dominic Hoffman, Amy Landon, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

From the acclaimed author of Stories of Your Life and Others - the basis for the Academy Award-nominated film Arrival: a groundbreaking new collection of short fiction. In these nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories, Ted Chiang tackles some of humanity’s oldest questions along with new quandaries only he could imagine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. Great Science Fiction

  • By Langer on 2019-06-05

Wow. Great Science Fiction

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

Reviewed: 2019-06-05

Ted Chiang is a fantastic writer. Each short story in this compendium is accompanied by a note from the author explaining how he was thinking when he wrote the story. The guy is brilliant. Love how he thinks.
Readers are great. Only a couple of annoying accents while reading. Well worth a listen

  • Assail

  • Written by: Ian C. Esslemont
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 22 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Tens of thousands of years of ice is melting, and the land of Assail, long a byword for menace and inaccessibility, is at last yielding its secrets. Tales of gold discovered in the region's north circulate in every waterfront dive and sailor's tavern, and now countless adventurers and fortune-seekers have set sail in search of riches. All these adventures have to guide them are legends and garbled tales of the dangers that lie in wait - hostile coasts, fields of ice, impassable barriers and strange, terrifying creatures.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Fantasy Novel

  • By Langer on 2019-05-27

Good Fantasy Novel

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-27

Enjoyed this one. Esselmont has matured as a writer. More literary effort in this novel. Uses a few plot and character techniques he hasnt before. A Shyamalan twist on this story. Reader is good

  • The Tower

  • Written by: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

Allander Atlasia is an infamous psychopath whose heinous crimes have earned him a lifetime stay at the Tower, the world's most extreme maximum-security prison. But after a brilliant and brutal escape, the criminal mastermind begins a killing spree that is intensely personal. Jade Marlow is an ex-FBI profiler and tracker whose fearlessness is only surpassed by the severity of his own inner demons. With a record of irrational behavior and a genius for putting himself into the mind of a criminal predator, he may be the one man diabolical enough to catch Atlasia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the book

  • By Cher Desmarais on 2019-06-18

Excellent Psychological Thriller

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-22

This book was offered on sale. I am happy that I bought it. Quite violent story that reminded me of "Silence of the Lambs" and other modern cop stories. Hurwitz has an extremely descriptive writing style, like a screenplay with very visual aspects. Reading like a movie script, the reader can visualize perfectly what the author intends....perhaps overly descriptive at times (the shape of the tears falling from a character's eyes...probably not a necessary detail), but Hurwitz's intention is met perfectly. Some fairly clever plot twists.
Scott Brick is perfect as a reader for this kind of story. Dramatic but not overly so. Guy would be perfect for King books. Enjoy

  • Forge of Darkness

  • Kharkanas Trilogy, Book 1
  • Written by: Steven Erikson
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 31 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Forge of Darkness takes listeners to Kurald Galain, the warren of Darkness, and tells of a realm whose fate plays a crucial role in the fall of the Malazan Empire and surrounds one of the Malazan world’s most fascinating and powerful characters, Anomander Rake. It’s a conflicted time in Kurald Galain, where Mother Dark reigns above the Tiste people. But this ancient land was once home to many a power...and even death is not quite eternal. The commoners’ great hero, Vatha Urusander, longs for ascendency and Mother Dark’s hand in marriage, but she has taken another Consort, Lord Draconus.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good

  • By Langer on 2019-05-20

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-20

Not Erickson's best work. I am a big fan, and the Book of the Fallen is one of the best series ever. This book is set in the same world (or rather a warren we know) with some familiar characters but it seems as though written by a different guy. Reader is quite good

  • Life

  • Written by: Keith Richards, James Fox
  • Narrated by: Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life is a worthy read

  • By john on 2018-09-19

Guy Should be Dead

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-14

Very interesting life. Lived through sex, drugs, and Rock & Roll. Early days were crazy. Later, he experiences some amazing things. Name drops icons of art and music matter-of-factly, like "Of course I hung out with Lennon. Who didn't?" Keith is a fairly good writer. Pays attention to controversies and conflicts, Richards has no fear of reality, holding nothing back. A sometimes embarassingly honest effort. Johnny Depp is not a great reader and the switch to Joe Hurley partway through is kind of shocking, then back again. :( Joe seems to be doing his best impersonation of Keith and others (Texas accents for Americans, female voice attempts). A little annoying but fits the writing fairly well