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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Wouldn't It Be Nice

Brian is a great American story. His rise and fall. His improbably comeback. All the struggles along the way. Just like in his songs, he knows how to tell a story. He covers his time with Dr. Landy but he doesn't get bogged down. My favorite parts are when he talks about his songs - which, by themselves are worth the price of admission. This was a great listen. My only wish is that Brian had read it. The narrator wasn't bad, but he wasn't Brian. I am - and have always been - a huge Brian Wilson fan.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-17

Holy crap! This is a freakin great book!

After the first hour of listening, it became evident that I needed to savor this book. I tried to limit my listening to 20-30 minutes at a time. It was like having Bruce riding shotgun with me, telling me his life story. Damn! I would drive down I-70 with my eyes closed and just soak it in. Ok, my eyes were open, but still - what a great book! I wish there were more insights into song origins, but hearing stories about Bruce's inspirations, learning to play guitar, his early bands, the E Street Band, his solo career, and his personal struggles, more than made up for it. Get this book. You won't be sorry!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-16


Great story loved the intrigue. Read it. Hope there are more books about this character

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-18-13

Time I will never get back...

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Dan Brown fans will love this book because they love Dan Brown. Too many convenient coincidences and ridiculous plot twists to be believable.

What could Dan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Characters flip-flopped constantly. They were good, then they were evil. This seemingly private army runs amok through the streets of Florence without ever bumping into actual policemen. Some sense of reality would have been hugely appreciated.

What didn’t you like about Paul Michael’s performance?

Paul Michael was ok. Not great. The story was so bad that no narrator could have pleased me.

What character would you cut from Inferno?

Oh, where to start! The doctor with the open sores on his face seems to be the one most expendable, although there were several others who were more annoying.

Any additional comments?

I was really hoping Robert Langdon would be killed off. Dan Brown caught lightning in a bottle with the DaVinci Code. The Lost Symbol was good, but the others have such unbelievable elements to them that they frustrate me. Robert Langdon survived a helicopter explosion by surfing back to earth on a piece of the fuselage. I think I'm done with Dan.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-09

Another great book

Probably the most amazing thing about this book is that it illustrates how Moses has been a central character in the history of our country and nobody knew it. But it's all there and Bruce does a great job of moving through US history - from the Pilgrims on the Mayflower to George W. and Obama. Scholarly and entertaining. I am fascinated about American history and have read and listened to just about anything I can get my hands on and yet, I was constantly educated with this book. I've already started it over again. Well worth the money!

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-09

Awful narration

The story was probably pretty good, but the narration...UGH! Buy the paperback.

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-18-09


Make sure you don't make the same mistake I did and buy this without listening to the entire sample. The authors narrate parts of this book and they are not very good. Actually, that's an understatement. This might be a fantastic book in print - or might be a great book with different narrators - but I wasn't able to get past the first hour before I threw in the towel.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-07

A Great Book!

If only you could remember half of what's in this book... Depending on your personality, you could be the next Cliff Clavin or teach American history. I listen to a lot of history books and find myself going back to listen to something covered in this book. The trouble is - I end up listening to the rest of the book in it's entirely because it's so interesting. I've probably listened to this book about 10 times - I could never delete from my iPod. I wish there was a sequel.

Do yourself a favor and put it in your shopping cart!

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-06


I think the story is pretty predictable. Read the publisher's summary and you've got the book. And I'm sorry, but I don't get the whole Scott Brick-thing. To me, he is overly dramatic and certainly can't pull off a regular guy, much less a tough guy like Kurt Semko. He reminds me of Thurston Howell III. I know I'm in the minority. I think this may be my last Finder book and my last Scott Brick listen.

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful