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4th River

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Scott Adams
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (538)

    Scott Adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you’ve ever met or anyone you’ve even heard of. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world’s most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years? In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares the strategy he has used since he was a teen to invite failure in, to embrace it, then pick its pocket.

    VyTri says: "Sucess advice from a cartoonist!"
    "Great book."
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big?

    Very open about his life, luck, motivation.


    What does Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Patrick was a little dry.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Adams' use and recommendation of affirmations.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a terribly funny book, but good motivation and still humorous.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sherry Turkle
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    Consider Facebook - it's human contact, only easier to engage with and easier to avoid. Developing technology promises closeness. Sometimes it delivers, but much of our modern life leaves us less connected with people and more connected to simulations of them. In Alone Together, MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically alter our social lives.

    Robert Connett says: "EXCELLENT!"
    "Horrible"
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    Story

    I couldn't begin t finish this audiobook. After a few hours describing how kids played with their Furbee or other electronic toy, I couldn't find any reason to continue. What a waste.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Cop: New York's Least Likely Police Officer Tells All

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Paul Bacon
    • Narrated By J. Paul Guimont
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    In 2001, Paul Bacon was a typical young New Yorker: hip, liberal, overeducated, a little aimless. But then 9/11 happened. Hearing a call to duty and lacking any better employment options, he joined the NYPD, with the earnest hope of making his hometown a safer place. Silly him.

    Miriam says: "terrific narrator"
    "Great Narrator"
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    The book was enjoyable. It isn't fantastic or hilarious or even all that well-written, but it is worth reading if you have an interest in police work. The narrator was excellent and made the story fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain!: Cartoonist Ignores Helpful Advice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Scott Adams
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Everyone knows Scott Adams as the king of workplace humor. No office is complete without a few Dilbert strips on the wall. And if you compare a VP to the Pointy-Haired Boss, no further description is necessary. But why should a humorist stick to the workplace when there are so many other great subjects to explore? What about politics? Religion? Malfunctioning underpants?

    Steven says: "Mildly Entertaining"
    "95 Cents for Members! Awesome!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain! to be better than the print version?

    Probably better on audio as it is great for the car.


    What other book might you compare Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain! to and why?

    Adams' How to Fail.... book has a couple of the same observations, but the stories here are very short. The narrator is better and the stories are funny.


    Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favorite?

    The narrator is great, I just finished the How to Fail...and the narrator was rather dull. This guy is much better.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. It cost less than a dollar. It is a bunch of short silly observations, sure some aren't as funny as others, but you are getting nearly 10 hours of entertainment for less than a dollar.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 48 Laws of Power

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (1497)
    Performance
    (984)
    Story
    (990)

    Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers.

    Ricardo says: "Not a how to guide .."
    "This book has maybe 2 hours worth of information"
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    What would have made The 48 Laws of Power better?

    Abridge the book to no more than 2 hours


    What was most disappointing about Robert Greene’s story?

    The ancient stories were useless


    Would you be willing to try another one of Don Leslie’s performances?

    No, the narration sounded like Vincent Price narrating Thriller, but for 10 hours


    Any additional comments?

    Decent advice, although it was often contradictory from one law to the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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