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  • A Prayer Before Dawn

  • A Nightmare in Thailand
  • By: Billy Moore
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

A Prayer Before Dawn is the true story of one man's fight to survive inside Klong Prem prison, the notorious Bangkok Hilton. Billy Moore traveled to Thailand to escape a life of drug addiction and alcoholism. He managed to overcome his inner demons for a time but relapsed after trying ya ba, a highly addictive form of methamphetamine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly read, gripping true story.

  • By James F. on 05-02-2019

Brilliantly read, gripping true story.

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

Reviewed: 05-02-2019

Terrifying account of life in a Thai prison. A fascinating mix of characters. Very well narrated, with a great range of accents.

  • Up Till Now

  • The Autobiography
  • By: William Shatner, David Fisher
  • Narrated by: William Shatner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 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 24

This is the story of William Shatner’s half-century career and private life. It will take listeners from the streets of Montreal to regional theater and describe his early TV work and movies. It also includes stories from four series he's starred in, including T.J. Hooker, Rescue 911, Boston Legal, and, of course, Star Trek.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for non-fans as well.

  • By James F. on 17-01-2019

Great for non-fans as well.

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

Reviewed: 17-01-2019

I've only watched a handful of Shatner's vast catalog of performances in my lifetime. But his is a personality that transcends his output and enters into the shared social conscious. I found his stories interesting and his narration delightful. At turns funny, fascinating, and deeply moving. Highly recommended.

  • Educated

  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 456

Tara Westover grew up preparing for the End of Days, watching for the sun to darken, for the moon to drip as if with blood. She spent her summers bottling peaches and her winters rotating emergency supplies, hoping that when the World of Men failed, her family would continue on, unaffected. She hadn't been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she'd never set foot in a classroom and no medical records because her father didn't believe in doctors or hospitals. According to the state and federal government, she didn't exist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE in this family = loyalty to a bipolar father

  • By Zoonda on 08-11-2018

Terrific first half, then tedium sets in

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

Reviewed: 06-06-2018

Superb narration couldn't save this from turning from a fascinating backstory to a tedious soap-opera.

  • A Life in Parts

  • By: Bryan Cranston
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375

Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father, a struggling actor and director, cast him in a commercial. Soon Bryan was haunting the local movie theater, reenacting scenes with his older brother. Acting was clearly his destiny - until one day his father disappeared. As a young man on a classic cross-country motorcycle trip, he found himself stranded at a rest area in the Blue Ridge Mountains. To pass the time, he read a tattered copy of Hedda Gabler, and in a flash he found himself face-to-face with his original calling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect

  • By Amazon Customer on 27-10-2016

Dull second half

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

Reviewed: 22-05-2018

Loved the first half of this book. Full of fascinating snippets and insights. Surprisingly, things get dull and bloated once Cranston reaches the Breaking Bad period of his life.

  • A Perfect Union of Contrary Things

  • By: Maynard James Keenan, Sarah Jensen
  • Narrated by: Devon Sorvari, Maynard James Keenan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

This is the official authorized biography of musician and vintner Maynard James Keenan, the enigmatic vocalist for Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer. Co-author Sarah Jensen's 30-year friendship with Keenan gives her unique insight into his history and career trajectory. The book traces Keenan's journey from his Midwest childhood to his years in the army to his time in art school, from his stint at a Boston pet shop to his place in the international spotlight and his influence on contemporary music and regional winemaking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your typical rock star biography!

  • By Joel on 14-11-2016

At times nauseating in over the top praise

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

Reviewed: 25-12-2017

Maynard is undoubtedly a fascinating and influential figure. But the incessant praise quickly becomes nauseating.

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  • What Does This Button Do?

  • By: Bruce Dickinson
  • Narrated by: Bruce Dickinson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Pioneers of Britain's nascent Rock and Metal scene back in the late 1970s, Iron Maiden smashed its way to the top, thanks in no small part to the high-octane performances, operatic singing style, and stage presence of its second, but twice-longest-serving, lead singer, Bruce Dickinson. As Iron Maiden's front man - first from 1981 to 1993, and then from 1999 to the present - Dickinson has been, and remains, a man of legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superbly Entertaining

  • By Anonymous User on 19-06-2018

The amazing Mr Dickinson in his own words

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

Reviewed: 07-12-2017

Superb narration as Bruce puts all of the emotion and humour into his amazing story.