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  1. 8.9 hrs • 9/27/2016 • Unabridged

    Ryan Speedo Green had a tough upbringing amid the urban wastelands of southeastern Virginia. His family lived in a trailer park and later a bullet-riddled house across the street from drug dealers. His father was absent; his mother was volatile and abusive.At the age of twelve, Ryan was placed in solitary confinement in Virginia’s juvenile detention center of last resort for threatening to kill his mother. He was uncontrollable, uncontainable, with seemingly little hope for the future. Thirteen years later, in 2011, at the age of twenty-five, Ryan won a nationwide competition hosted by New York’s Metropolitan Opera, beating out 1,200 other talented singers. Today, he is a rising star performing major roles at the Met and Europe’s most prestigious opera houses.Sing For Your Life chronicles Ryan’s unlikely, suspenseful, and powerfully emotional journey from solitary confinement to stardom. Daniel Bergner takes readers on Ryan’s path toward redemption, introducing us to an important and colorful cast of characters—including the two teachers from his childhood who redirect his rage into music; and his long-lost father, with whom Ryan is reunited—and shedding light on the enduring realities of race in America.

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  2. 9.1 hrs • 9/20/2016 • Unabridged

    An eye-popping peek into entertainment industry from the magnetic force who has worked with an impeccable roster of stars throughout his storied career. In the course of his legendary career as a manager, agent, and producer, Shep Gordon has worked with, and befriended, some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, from Alice Cooper to Bette Davis, Raquel Welch to Groucho Marx, Blondie to Jimi Hendrix, Sylvester Stallone to Salvador Dali, Luther Vandross to Teddy Pendergrass. He is also credited with inventing the “celebrity chef,” and has worked with Nobu Matsuhisa, Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, Roger Vergé, and many others, including his holiness the Dalai Lama. In this wonderfully engaging memoir, the charismatic entertainment legend recalls his life, from his humble beginnings as a “shy, no self-esteem, Jewish nebbisher kid with no ambition” in Oceanside, Long Island, to his unexpected rise as one of the most influential and respected personalities in show business, revered for his kindness, charisma—and fondness for a good time. Gordon shares riotous anecdotes and outrageous accounts of his free-wheeling, globe-trotting experiences with some of the biggest celebrities of the past five decades, including his first meeting with Janice Joplin in 1968, when the raspy singer punched him in the face. Told with incomparable humor and heart, They Call Me Supermensch is a sincere, hilarious behind-the-scenes look at the worlds of music and entertainment from the consummate Hollywood insider.

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    They Call Me Supermensch

    9.1 hrs • 9/20/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 6.8 hrs • 9/20/2016 • Unabridged

    This collection of the most epic, hilarious, and strange Bill Murray stories from the past four decades spotlights the star’s extraordinary ability to infuse the everyday with surprise, absurdity, and wonder.

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    The Tao of Bill Murray

    6.8 hrs • 9/20/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 15.1 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    Mike Love tells the story of his legendary, raucous, and ultimately triumphant five-decade career as the front man of the Beach Boys, the most popular American band in history—timed to coincide with the Fiftieth anniversary of “Good Vibrations.” As a founding member of the Beach Boys, Mike Love has spent an extraordinary fifty-five years and counting as the group’s lead singer and one of its principal lyricists. The Beach Boys, from their California roots to their international fame, are a unique American story—one of overnight success and age-defying longevity; of musical genius and reckless self-destruction; of spirituality, betrayal, and forgiveness—and Love is the only band member to be part of it each and every step. His own story has never been fully told, of how a sheet-metal apprentice became the quintessential front man for America’s most successful rock band, singing in more than 5,600 concerts in twenty-six countries. Love describes the stories behind his lyrics for pop classics such as “Good Vibrations,” “California Girls,” “Surfin’ USA,” and “Kokomo,” while providing vivid portraits of the turbulent lives of his three gifted cousins, Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson. His partnership with Brian has few equals in American pop music, though Mike has carved out a legacy of his own—he cowrote the lyrics to eleven of the twelve original Beach Boy songs that were top ten hits while providing the lead vocals on ten of them. The band’s unprecedented durability also provides a glimpse into America’s changing cultural mores over the past half century, while Love himself has experienced both the diabolical and the divine—from Charles Manson’s “family” threatening his life to Maharishi instilling it with peace. A husband, a father, and an avid environmentalist, Love has written a book that is as rich and layered as the Beach Boy harmonies themselves.

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    Good Vibrations

    15.1 hrs • 9/13/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 8.0 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    New York Times bestselling author and living legend Carol Burnett tells the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of the iconic Carol Burnett Show. Only Carol Burnett has the timing, talent, and wit to pull back the curtain on the Emmy Award–winning Carol Burnett Show and share the stories of the guests, skits, and antics that made it legendary. This book is Burnett’s love letter to a golden era in television through the lens of her brilliant show. She skillfully dissects the elements that made the show so successful for eleven lively years—putting the spotlight on everyone from her guest stars to her costars, her celebrated costume designer to her funny cameramen. Written with all the charm, wit, and humor that fans expect from this masterful entertainer, Burnett covers all the topics listeners want to know more about:How the hour-long variety show came to be, in spite of the misgivings of some CBS vice presidents.How she discovered and hired Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Waggoner, and Tim Conway.Anecdotes about guest stars, such as: Lucille Ball, Bing Crosby, Betty Grable, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, James Garner, Gloria Swanson, Rita Hayworth, and Steve Martin.Carol’s favorite skits for the eleven year run. Listeners will feel like they have the best seat in the house as Carol Burnett reminisces about the outrageous tales that made working on the show as much fun as watching it.

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    In Such Good Company

    8.0 hrs • 9/13/16 • Unabridged
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  6. 7.4 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    For readers of Lena Dunham, Allie Brosh and Roxane Gay, this funny, poignant, daringly honest collection of personal essays introduces Mara Wilson—the former child actress best known for her starring roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire—as a brilliant new chronicler of the experience that is growing up young and female   Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and a little out of place: as the only child on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, the sole clinically depressed member of the cheerleading squad, a valley girl in New York and a neurotic in California, and one of the few former child actors who has never been in jail or rehab. Tackling everything from how she first learned about sex on the set of Melrose Place, to losing her mother at a young age, to getting her first kiss (or was it kisses?) on a celebrity canoe trip, to not being “cute” enough to make it in Hollywood, these essays tell the story of one young woman’s journey from accidental fame to relative (but happy) obscurity. But they also illuminate a universal struggle: learning to accept yourself, and figuring out who you are and where you belong. Exquisitely crafted, revelatory, and full of the crack comic timing that has made Mara Wilson a sought-after live storyteller and Twitter star, Where Am I Now? introduces a witty, perceptive, and refreshingly candid new literary voice.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    Where Am I Now?

    7.4 hrs • 9/13/16 • Unabridged
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  7. 7.5 hrs • 9/13/2016 • Unabridged

    Radio icon Angie Martinez is “The Voice of New York.” Now that voice speaks out about her experiences at the helm of the #1 radio show in the country and her unlikely path to the heart of hip-hop music. In her twenty years behind the mic at New York City’s two biggest hip-hop stations—Hot 97 and Power 105.1—Angie Martinez has become an entertainment legend. From one-time presidential hopeful Barack Obama to Jay-Z and Beyoncé to post-prison Tupac, her intimate and candid interviews with the leading names in the music business, hip-hop culture, and beyond have grabbed headlines and changed the conversation. In the same no-holds-barred style of her radio show, Angie shares stories from behind-the-scenes of her most controversial interviews and reflects on her climb to the top of the radio business. And for the first time, Angie opens up about her personal life, exploring how her experiences have shaped her into the strong and outspoken woman that she is today. My Voice brings together New York City’s one-of-a-kind urban radio culture, the changing faces of hip-hop music, and Angie Martinez’s rise to become the Voice of New York.

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    My Voice

    7.5 hrs • 9/13/16 • Unabridged
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  8. 10.4 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    Nora Ephron, one of the most famous writers, filmmakers, and personalities of her time is captured by her long-time and dear friend in a hilarious, blunt, raucous, and poignant recollection of their decades-long friendship. Nora Ephron (1941–2012) was a phenomenal personality, journalist, essayist, novelist, playwright, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, and movie director (Sleepless in Seattle; You’ve Got Mail; When Harry Met Sally; Heartburn; Julie & Julia). She wrote a slew of bestsellers (I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman; I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections; Scribble, Scribble: Notes on the Media; Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women). She was celebrated by Hollywood, embraced by literary New York, and adored by legions of fans throughout the world. Award-winning journalist Richard Cohen, wrote this about his “third-person memoir”: “I call this book a third-person memoir. It is about my closest friend, Nora Ephron, and the lives we lived together and how her life got to be bigger until, finally, she wrote her last work, the play, Lucky Guy, about a newspaper columnist dying of cancer while she herself was dying of cancer. I have interviewed many of her other friends—Mike Nichols, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Arianna Huffington—but the book is not a name-dropping star turn, but an attempt to capture a remarkable woman who meant so much to so many other women.”

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    She Made Me Laugh

    10.4 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  9. 4.7 hrs • 9/6/2016 • Unabridged

    Imagine if New York A-lister Nora Ephron had a love child with America’s most-loved comedic scribe, David Sedaris. Their spawn would be Jill Kargman, the bestselling novelist turned satirist and star of Bravo’s break-out scripted comedy, Odd Mom Out. Now Kargman shares her razor-sharp wit and backhanded wisdom in a deeply observed and outrageously funny collection of musings, lists, essays, and outrages. From the life-affirming outlook she got from her death-obsessed family (including the antithesis to her Goth aesthetic, ray of sunshine sister-in-law Drew Barrymore) to the appreciation for land (and limbs) she got from swimming with sharks off the South African coast, to the adrenaline-pumping experience that is a Gay Pride parade, Sprinkle Glitter on My Grave is a book about life, death, and everything that happens in between, that will both entertain and inspire.

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    Sprinkle Glitter on My Grave

    4.7 hrs • 9/6/16 • Unabridged
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  10. 34.5 hrs • 8/30/2016 • Unabridged

    This is the true story behind the making of a television legend. There have been many books written about Star Trek, but never with the unprecedented access, insight, and candor of authors Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross. Having covered the franchise for over three decades, they’ve assembled the ultimate guide to a television classic. The Fifty-Year Mission: Volume Two is an incisive, no-holds-barred oral history telling the story of the post-original series Star Trek, told exclusively by the people who were there, in their own words―sharing the inside scoop they’ve never told before―unveiling the oftentimes shocking true story of the history of Star Trek and chronicling the trials, tribulations―and tribbles―that have remained deeply buried secrets … until now. The Fifty-Year Mission: Volume Two includes the voices of hundreds television and film executives, programmers, writers, creators, and cast, who span from the beloved The Next Generation and subsequent films through its spin-offs: Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise, as well J. J. Abrams’ reimagined film series.

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  11. 10.0 hrs • 8/29/2016 • Unabridged

    More than seven years after his death, Michael Jackson continues to fascinate the world. Shana Mangatal was one of Jackson’s only constant and true rocks of stability for nearly two decades. Their relationship was quiet and sweet and real—a closely guarded secret, known only to a few trusted employees and friends. Shana is now coming forward to tell their love story. Her story is rich with every little detail. She witnessed the scandals, lawsuits, the release of groundbreaking albums and subsequent world tours, big-budget short films, addictions. Michael and Me entertains and inspires, but above all, Shana continues to treat Michael (and his legacy) with respect. This is not an exploitative tell-all, but rather a book that shows the side of Michael people never knew. In it, Shana paints a more intimate picture of this beloved, yet very misunderstood man.

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    Michael and Me

    10.0 hrs • 8/29/16 • Unabridged
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  12. 15.0 hrs • 8/23/2016 • Unabridged

    Academy Award–nominated, Emmy Award–winning songwriter and actress Linda Thompson breaks her silence for the first time to share the extraordinary story of her life, her career, and her epic romances with two of the most celebrated, yet enigmatic, modern American superstars—Elvis Presley and Bruce Jenner. Unforgettable relationships have shaped Linda Thompson’s life—two breathtaking love stories that this refined Southern belle has kept private, until now. Born and raised in a small suburb of Memphis, Tennessee, Linda was determined to make it as an independent woman in the American South of the 1970s. Using the scholarships she won with beauty pageants, the brainy beauty queen attended Memphis State University. Only twelve credits shy of her degree, she met Elvis Presley. For the coed and the King, it was love at first sight. While Linda became Elvis’ muse, he encouraged her to devote herself to her songwriting—a passion that would blossom into an award-winning career. For nearly five years, these creative soulmates lived happily in Graceland, raising Elvis’ daughter, Lisa Marie. But Elvis’ drug use and erratic behavior eventually split them apart, just eight months before his death. Moving to Los Angeles, Linda nurtured her music career and became a star on the long-running variety show Hee Haw. She also found new love with a man she’d long admired, Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner. To the world, this beautiful couple shared an idyllic life. But a secret would ultimately devastate their marriage, a confidence that Linda carefully protected for thirty years, until her ex-husband opened his heart to the world. As difficult as the end of her marriage to Bruce was, her search for love was not over, eventually leading her to the legendary music producer and musician David Foster, to whom she was married for nineteen years. Compassionate yet candid, filled with compelling details, A Little Thing Called Life lovingly recounts Linda’s incredible journey and offers fascinating insight into two legendary people.

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    A Little Thing Called Life

    15.0 hrs • 8/23/16 • Unabridged
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  13. 9.6 hrs • 8/9/2016 • Unabridged

    An unconventional weight loss tale from an unconventional personality—Penn Jillette tells how he lost 100 pounds with his trademark outrageous sense of humor and biting social commentary that makes this success story anything but ordinary. Legendary magician Penn Jillette was approaching his sixtieth birthday. Topping 330 pounds and saddled with a systolic blood pressure reading over 200, he knew he was at a dangerous crossroads: if he wanted to see his small children grow up, he needed to change. And then came Crazy Ray. A former NASA scientist and an unconventional, passionate innovator, Ray Cronise saved Penn Jillette’s life with his wild “potato diet.” In Presto, Jillette takes us along on his journey from skepticism to the inspiring, life-changing momentum that transformed the magician’s body and mind. He describes the process in hilarious detail, as he performs his Las Vegas show, takes meetings with Hollywood executives, hangs out with his celebrity friends and fellow eccentric performers, all while remaining a dedicated husband and father. Throughout, he weaves in his views on sex, religion, and pop culture, making his story a refreshing, genre-busting account. Outspoken, frank, and bitingly clever, Presto is an incisive, rollicking read.

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    7.3 hrs • 7/12/2016 • Unabridged

    Introducing Jessi Klein, a Nora Ephron for a new generation. Both a tomboy and a late bloomer, she grew up always feeling like more of an observer than a participant in the rites of modern femininity. You’ll Grow out of It is a funny and incisive collection of real life stories in which Klein explores the milestones of the twenty-first-century woman: from trying to sculpt the perfect butt (one that looks like two floating tennis balls), to attempting to find watchable porn (the kind where no one cries), and deconstructing Oprah’s obsession with taking baths (there’s no place on dry land where women are left alone). Throughout the journey, Klein’s voice is both hilariously relatable and raw.

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    You’ll Grow out of It

    7.3 hrs • 7/12/16 • Unabridged
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  15. 17.4 hrs • 7/12/2016 • Unabridged

    A fascinating new biography of Mary Martin, the girl whose heart belonged to daddy, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Janet Gaynor, and Peter Pan. Mary Martin was one of the greatest stars of her day. Growing up in Texas, she was married early to Benjamin Hagman and gave birth to her first child, Larry Hagman. She was divorced even more quickly. Martin left little Larry with her parents and took off for Hollywood. She didn’t make a dent in the movie industry and was lured to New York where she found herself auditioning for Cole Porter and his new show Leave It to Me! After she sang the bawdy “My Heart Belongs to Daddy”, she ended up on the cover of Life magazine. Six years later, she became the toast of Broadway when she starred in South Pacific. After that, she flew as Peter Pan, yodeled in The Sound of Music, took Hello, Dolly! on the road, and shared a four-poster with Robert Preston in I Do! I Do! Her personal life was just as interesting: in NYC, she met and married Richard Halliday, a closeted upper-class homosexual who adored her, Broadway, and interior decorating (though probably not in that order). They were a powerful twosome. There were rumors about Martin, too, being in a lesbian relationship with both Janet Gaynor and Jean Arthur. Peopled with legends like Ethel Merman, Ezio Pinza, Noël Coward, and a starry cast of thousands, David Kaufman’s Some Enchanted Evenings is the delectable story of the one and only Mary Martin, a self-described chicken farmer from Texas who became Peter Pan and capture America’s heart.

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    Some Enchanted Evenings

    17.4 hrs • 7/12/16 • Unabridged
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  16. 4.9 hrs • 7/5/2016 • Unabridged

    A hilarious biography from YouTube sensation Caspar Lee (and his mom)! This is an audiobook about me. Unfortunately, I didn’t write it—my mom did. WTF! Let me tell you now that 98% of it is total lies. Actually, I’m pretty sure this book is illegal. So if you’ve bought it, you’ve basically supported a criminal. How does that feel? I think she’s getting me back for my first day in this world when I may have tried to kill her. She won’t not be able to mention that. You might also find out about my first day at school, why my head is so massive, how I’ve always been a hit with the ladies, and other things like that. You know, important stuff. Anyway, I found the book at the printer and you’ll see I’ve corrected some of her most outrageous lies. So, you know, enjoy. Just remember only the bits that make me look good are true …

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    Caspar Lee

    4.9 hrs • 7/5/16 • Unabridged
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