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David

Started audiobooks years ago. Now instead of pop music on my ride to work or walk around the neighborhood I get enriched and smarter.

PASADENA, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles P. Pierce
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (131)

    The culture wars are over and the idiots have won. This is a veteran journalist’s caustically funny, righteously angry lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States. The three Great Premises of Idiot America: · Any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings, or otherwise moves units; anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough; "fact" is that which enough people believe. And "truth" is determined by how fervently they believe it.

    Vargas says: "You Get What You Paid For"
    "I am not encouraged"
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    What did you like best about Idiot America? What did you like least?

    We actually get a historical look at the dumbing down of America. How certain trends started and grew way out of control.


    If you’ve listened to books by Charles P. Pierce before, how does this one compare?

    Have not read any others.


    Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard any of his other performances, but this wwas nice. Just the right amount of sarcasm and condescension.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    This is the prequel to Idiocracy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1617)
    Performance
    (1477)
    Story
    (1490)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "More elaborate and interesting than the movie"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of John Dies at the End to be better than the print version?

    I don't know about the print version, but compared to the movie it was better and worse in some ways. The movie contains about half the plot line, but it's more dramatic. IF you liked the movie you won't be disappointed


    What was one of the most memorable moments of John Dies at the End?

    It wasn't John dying at the end.


    What does Stephen R. Thorne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings some tempo and suspence. He narrates from one character's point of view and does that charater's impression of the other people. Nice.


    If you could rename John Dies at the End, what would you call it?

    How can you rename the book? Otherwise you won't be expecting John to die at the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2838)
    Performance
    (2032)
    Story
    (2038)

    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Lynn says: "A Rip Snorting Story"
    "I want to quit my job and work for Google"
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    What made the experience of listening to In the Plex the most enjoyable?

    The story s complex, and the timelines of different chapters overlap, but Levy stayed on topic while keeping the story in order. We get insight into the people, machines, ideas, and principles that make for a one of a kind complex organization.


    What other book might you compare In the Plex to and why?

    Outliers. The whole company is an extrodinary example of what exceptional people can do when they work hard and get lucky.


    Which character – as performed by L. J. Ganser – was your favorite?

    He does no characters, just reads the story. But he does a great job at that.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The chapter on China. The company prided itself on is morals which up that point were pretty easy to follow. They had to change from "Don't be evil" to pickiing the most beneficial choice. As the chapter unfolds this balancing act get more and more complicated.


    Any additional comments?

    If anyone at Google reads this and wants to hire a trauma surgeon, please call...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charles Wheelan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (324)

    From batting averages and political polls to game shows and medical research, the real-world application of statistics continues to grow by leaps and bounds. How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized tests? How does Netflix know which movies you'll like? What is causing the rising incidence of autism? As best-selling author Charles Wheelan shows us in Naked Statistics, the right data and a few well-chosen statistical tools can help us answer these questions and more.

    Ardenne says: "Excellent Round the World Encapsulation of Stats"
    "Statistics: not stripped down, but made simple"
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    Would you try another book from Charles Wheelan and/or Jonathan Davis?

    No. This book was too remedial. If he covered a topic that I had NO basis for understanding I might consider it.


    Has Naked Statistics turned you off from other books in this genre?

    On the contrary, I love books about statistics, math, social economics. This book summarized my old high school statists lectures, nothing more.
    If someone has NO understanding of basic statistics this wold be a great place to start, but if you are already a fan of he genre it seems redundant.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not listened to any other performances by this narrator, so no comparision possible.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I was hoping for eithre more advanced statistics made simple or applied statistics. There was too mch basic math.


    Any additional comments?

    If someone has NO understanding of basic statistics this wold be a great place to start, but if you are already a fan of he genre it seems redundant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2841)
    Performance
    (2572)
    Story
    (2566)

    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions.

    William says: "Rough and tumble Texas boy makes USA proud"
    "Lacking in substance"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is an anecdotal retelling of the experiences of an outstanding soldier. Despite his military accomplishments and unique standing he offers little insight or introspection regarding his singular actions.


    What could Chris Kyle and Scott McEwan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I was dissapointed that someone with such a career has most of it boiled down to "God bless America!"


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Pruden?

    Chris Kyle is from rural Texas, and this is how it was narrated. Accurate, but did not make it sound any more intellectual.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Chris has some interesting stories from his time in Iraq.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for a military biography, I recommend Inside Delta Force well above this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oil!

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Upton Sinclair
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (142)

    As he did so masterfully in The Jungle, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Upton Sinclair interweaves social criticism with human tragedy to create an unforgettable portrait of Southern California's early oil industry. Enraged by the oil scandals of the Harding administration in the 1920s, Sinclair tells a gripping tale of avarice, corruption, and class warfare, featuring a cavalcade of characters, including senators, oil magnates, Hollywood film starlets, and a crusading evangelist.

    Gregory says: "an outstanding book"
    "This wasn't the movie, it's political propoganda."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. this is classic American literature about a different time and different ideas.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Too much political stuff. still, it's a classic, but no wonder Hollywood left out all the socialism in the movie.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Well picked voice for this book


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I did see it. The movie is only loosely based on the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the Jungle instead

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Suck at Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (267)

    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."
    "The sequel is always less exciting"
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    Would you try another book from Justin Halpern and/or Sean Schemmel?

    Sure. The content is funny.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Justin Halpern? Why or why not?

    Sure, the stories are funny, but it seems like the best stuff made it into Sh*t My Dad Says.


    What about Sean Schemmel’s performance did you like?

    Does great voices, even though not accurate, they're funny


    Do you think I Suck at Girls needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Nope, this is the follow up book


    Any additional comments?

    Not as good as the previous book, but still ok.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Grand Design

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking, Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (976)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (399)

    The most fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and of life itself, once the province of philosophy, now occupy the territory where scientists, philosophers, and theologians meet—if only to disagree. In their new book, Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow present the most recent scientific thinking about the mysteries of the universe, in nontechnical language marked by both brilliance and simplicity.

    Brandi says: "Hawking succeeds in mind-blowing physics, real"
    "Too simple actually"
    Overall

    No new ideas were presented, just a rehash of other theories. In the end Hawking paints some broad strokes without putting down much of a base. Good, but not worth the buildup.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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