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Daniel

Colorado Springs, CO, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • I Suck at Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (271)

    Fans of the #1 bests eller Sh*t My Dad Says will recognize the always patient voice of Justin Halpern's dad as it crackles through this hysterical new audiobook. The story begins when Justin announces that he's decided to propose to his girlfriend. "You've been dating her for four years," his dad replies. "It ain't like you found a parallel fucking universe."

    Jay says: "Funny but nowhere like the the first book."
    "Quit when you're ahead"
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    Huge fan of the Sh*t My Dad Says blog, and even read the first book. There was BARELY enough interesting content for one book; nowhere near enough for two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Cathleen Falsani
    • Narrated By Allen Secher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Join award-winning author and columnist Cathleen Falsani as she explores the serious existential questions raised in the movies of the wildly popular and always irreverent Coen brothers. Coen fans and film lovers will appreciate Falsanis unique blend of contemporary insight and spiritual discernment that is both entertaining and illuminating.

    Daniel says: "Little more than a summary of Cohen movies"
    "Little more than a summary of Cohen movies"
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    I was sure that some of the previous reviewers had it wrong, but they were spot on. I'm a fan of the Cohen Brothers, so perhaps I'm less miffed than most might be, but the book REALLY IS VERY LITTLE MORE THAN SYNOPSES OF THEIR MOVIES. There's some talk of common elements and themes, but no real other insight or background information. Interesting, but anyone expecting more than Cliff's Notes on Cohen movies will likely be disappointed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Searching for God Knows What

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Donald Miller
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    Every person is constantly seeking redemption (or at least the feeling of it) in his or her life, believing countless gospels that promise to fix the brokenness. Typically, their pursuits include the desire for fulfilling relationships, successful careers, satisfying religious systems, status, and escape. Miller reveals how the inability to find redemption leads to chaotic relationships, self-hatred, the accumulation of meaningless material possessions, and a lack of inner peace.

    A says: "Ruined by the terrible narration"
    "Death by Narrator"
    Overall

    Like The Matrix? Like Agent Smith? Ever wish Agent Smith would read to you as you fall asleep? This is the book for you!

    Narration is awful. Monotone, pauses and emphasis on words and phrases that have no business being emphasized. REALLY hard to get through. Decent content, but hard to focus.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • SuperFreakonomics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2739)
    Performance
    (1117)
    Story
    (1125)

    SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Can eating kangaroo save the planet? Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else.

    Rich says: "Worth Your Time"
    "Mostly Political Drivel"
    Overall

    I was really disappointed by this second installation of Freakanomics. It seemed that the issues addressed this time around were merely dressing on underlying political issues. I JUST finished it, and still, I can remember more from the first book than this one. This book may have been able to stand on its own, but presenting it as a sequel, of sorts, attempts to bestow undue credibility from the first onto the second; it didn't work. Knowing what I know now, I would have spent the credit on something else.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (199)

    The best-selling author of Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, and Under the Banner of Heaven delivers a stunning, eloquent account of a remarkable young man's haunting journey. Like the men whose epic stories Jon Krakauer has told in his previous bestsellers, Pat Tillman was an irrepressible individualist and iconoclast. In May 2002, Tillman walked away from his $3.6 million NFL contract to enlist in the United States Army.

    Daniel says: "Good book, painful narration"
    "Good book, painful narration"
    Overall

    Enjoying the content of the book, but it sounds like it's being read by Agent Smith from the Matrix. Slow, over-enunciation, and dramatic emphasis on words and phrases that needn't be dramatically emphasized.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Timothy Ferriss
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (2803)
    Performance
    (545)
    Story
    (557)

    The 4 Hour Work Week explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one. It teaches you how to "kill" your job and design a life, the 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity, how to replace your dreams with goals, and more. Listeners can lead a rich life by working only four hours a week, freeing up the rest of their time to spend it living the lives they want.

    Tim says: "Some good ideas but, not so sure. . ."
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    Outstanding and thought provoking. Essential for anyone who is not willing to be a corporate slave, who wants more time and the ability to live on their own terms. I was amazed at how dramatic my paradigm shifted, and how I percieve work and my time differently. After listening to it, I bought the hard cover to study it more thoroughly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stumbling on Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daniel Gilbert
    • Narrated By Daniel Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1633)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (369)

    A smart and funny book by a prominent Harvard psychologist, which uses groundbreaking research and (often hilarious) anecdotes to show us why we're so lousy at predicting what will make us happy, and what we can do about it.

    Terril Lowe says: "Great Book!"
    "Don't Judge a Book by its Cover"
    Overall

    Don't judge a book by it's cover; the cover was interesting, the book stunk. The content is packaged deceptively, and is misleading regarding content.

    Don't get me wrong; if you're looking for a gigantic collection of seemingly unrelated psychology studies without conclusion or implication, then this is your book. However, the description of this book and the actual content are extremely different. Frankly, I didn't get anything out of it. I only finished it out of sheer un-human amounts perseverence and grit.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Confessions of an Economic Hitman

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By John Perkins
    • Narrated By Brian Emerson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1948)
    Performance
    (523)
    Story
    (520)

    "Economic hit men," John Perkins writes, "are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex, and murder."

    Robert P. says: "Excellent Story for people have traveled"
    "Eye Opener"
    Overall

    Confessions of an Economic Hitman is an extremely interesting and eye-opening book. It gave me insights into ecomonimc development (and entrapment) that were completely new to me. It permanantly skewed how I will see and understand economic "progress," and my views on how many things are truly influenced and controlled by forces that are often unseen.

    In all honesty, it is a little long in places, but I think that this comes from having false expectations; I guess I was expecting a book with "hitman" in the title to have more hitting.

    Economics and foreign involvment is boring to a lot of people; it's interesting to me, and I'd recommend the book the anyone else who is interested as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Peter F. Drucker
    • Narrated By Michael Wells
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    This is the first book to present innovation and entrepreneurship as a purposeful and systematic discipline. It clearly explains and analyzes the challenges and opportunities of America's new entrepreneurial economy. Peter Drucker, the most influential and widely-read thinker and writer on modern organizations, gives us a superbly practical book that explains what established businesses, public service institutions, and new ventures have to know, have to learn, and have to do in today's economy and marketplace.

    John says: "Great book, poorly read :-("
    "Decent material, miserable presentation."
    Overall

    The book read like a textbook, which means that the approach was dry at times and occasionally hard to follow. The information was useful, but it was tough to pick out the valuable parts every now and then. The narrarator was terrible, monotone, and miserable. I'd rather read the book myself than liste to him read it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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