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Stav Shtadlan

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  • A Game of Thrones

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1
  • Written by: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,072
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,069

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King's Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert's name. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse - unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season. Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love it!

  • By Amazon Customer on 2017-10-10

this is not how it really happened!

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-18

nobody starts digging a crypt from some random depth
the opposite should be true: the first kings should be close to the entrance & the later kings further inside
anyways, what about the hot springs under the castle?
:)
the book is full of shortcuts like these

  • Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?

  • A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir
  • Written by: Steven Tyler
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Davidson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

The son of a classical pianist straight out of the Bronx of old Archie comics, Steven Tyler was born to be a rock star. Weaned on Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, Mick and his beloved Janis Joplin, Tyler began tearing up the streets and the stage as a teenager before finally meeting his "mutant twin" and legendary partner, Joe Perry. In this addictively listenable memoir, Tyler unabashedly recounts the meteoric rise, fall, and rise of Aerosmith over the last three decades and riffs on the music that gives it all meaning.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ramblings of a has been

  • By Stav Shtadlan on 2019-03-22

ramblings of a has been

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-22

too self-serving / self-aggrandizing to be a record
the man lacks humility and is not a sympathetic hero
there's only 1 mention of an improper behaviour - lashing out at his bandmates - at the very end of the book
just sad
stuck on 1 song for 50 years
yeah, it's a good song
so?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rocks

  • My Life in and out of Aerosmith
  • Written by: Joe Perry, David Ritz
  • Narrated by: Joe Perry
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

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
  • factual & chronological

  • By Stav Shtadlan on 2019-03-21

factual & chronological

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-21

a very different book to the ones Tyler & Kramer wrote
this is a man who constantly finds himself enslaved
what a trip

  • Hit Hard

  • Written by: Joey Kramer
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

In 1997, amid Aerosmith's sold-out world tour and number one album release, Joey revealed in an interview his ongoing struggles with depression. The response from fans and people battling those same internal demons was overwhelming. Joey now tells the complete story: the early days of the band, glamorous drug-addled events leading up to their eventual sobriety, battles within his family and among bandmates, and the explosive internal dynamics in Aerosmith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a self-help book, believe it or not

  • By Stav Shtadlan on 2019-03-20

a self-help book, believe it or not

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-20

Joey did it all
and now he told the story for our benifit
thanks, Joey

  • The Never-Ending Present

  • The Story of Gord Downie and the Tragically Hip
  • Written by: Michael Barclay
  • Narrated by: George Stroumboulopoulos
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

In the first biography of the Tragically Hip, Michael Barclay talks to dozens of the band’s peers and friends about not just the Hip’s music, but about the opening bands, the American albatross, the band’s role in Canadian culture, and Gord Downie’s role in reconciliation with Indigenous people. When Downie announced he had terminal cancer and decided to take the Hip on the road one more time, the tour became another Terry Fox moment; this time, Canadians got to witness an embattled hero reach the finish line. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the band, loved the book!

  • By Susan Visser on 2018-09-18

great bio

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-19

no interviews with the band members is the only deficiency
otherwise, a great bio of a great band

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Guns, Germs and Steel

  • The Fate of Human Societies
  • Written by: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Doug Ordunio
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must!

  • By T King on 2018-05-18

a worthwhile read/listen tho a bit dated now

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-29

loved it but have a few qualms: Palestine, cavemen & no mention of Goblike Tepe

  • Set the Boy Free

  • The Autobiography
  • Written by: Johnny Marr
  • Narrated by: Johnny Marr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

An artist who helped define a period in popular culture, Johnny Marr tells his story in a memoir as vivid and arresting as his music. The Smiths, the band with the signature sound he cofounded, remains one of the most beloved bands ever and have had a profound influence on a number of acts that followed - from the Stone Roses, Suede, Blur, and Radiohead to Oasis, The Libertines, and Arctic Monkeys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the smiths were just the beginning, wow!

  • By Stav Shtadlan on 2019-01-08

the smiths were just the beginning, wow!

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-08

never knew that the smiths were just the beginning, wow!
going to listen to his other music now