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  • The Modern Scholar: Principles of Economics: Business, Banking, Finance, and Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Peter Navarro
    • Narrated By Peter Navarro
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    This course introduces both macroeconomics and microeconomics.

    Robert says: "Excellent, and mainstream"
    "Excellent, basic review of economic principles"
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    If you could sum up The Modern Scholar in three words, what would they be?

    Comprehensive, objective, essential


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Modern Scholar?

    This canned question isn't exactly applicable, but I had an "aha!" moment during lecture #8, regarding the downward slope of the demand curve.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    n/a


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Economics make some people laugh/cry, but no, I did not have such a reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm taking an online econ class through a major university, and it's a tough course to teach to myself. The university textbook is absolutely overwhelming with the tiny black print on vast, white pages...graphs and tables, vernacular...it was very difficult to get started on the course. These Audible econ lectures have been invaluable to me. Thanks to Professor Navarro, I have been able to EASILY get a grasp on economic principles while commuting to/from work. I am finally able to read the textbook chapters without being completely bewildered. Professor Navarro's objective approach to economics (without political spin) is refreshing, the lectures are clearly outlined and presented in a "building block" order, and Professor Navarro's voice isn't irritating. If anyone has an interest in understanding basic principles of economics, this lecture series is an EASY LISTEN. I highly recommend. I just discovered the accompanying .pdf, and I'm anxious to read through it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kristen Johnston
    • Narrated By Kristen Johnston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (500)

    The two-time Emmy Award-winning actress has written her first book, a surprisingly raw and triumphant memoir that is outrageous, moving, sweet, tragic, and heartbreakingly honest. Guts is a true triumph - a memoir that manages to be as frank and revealing as Augusten Burroughs, yet as hilarious and witty as David Sedaris.

    John Campbell says: "Whiskey and cigarettes have never sounded so good."
    "Excellent"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Guts to be better than the print version?

    I'm only assuming so because the book is read by the author. Nobody can do it like the author. And Kristen's voice is one of my favorites of all time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Guts?

    Her childhood...being bullied...and sticking up for her brother, and it backfiring. Just one of those frustrating, seemingly no-win sort of childhoods.


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

    n/a


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

    Probably when she knew, over and over again, that she had a problem -- a terrible addiction -- but yet, she just couldn't seem to talk her mind into doing something about it. And her loneliness. It just made me sick.


    Any additional comments?

    Kristen Johston is an extremely talented actress and WRITER (with a great voice). She is so very intelligent -- I had no idea...I loved her as the funny girl! I missed her after 3rd Rock, and I always hoped that she was in a great place. Sadly she wasn't, which explained her appearance in Bride Wars. Kristen's stories are a bittersweet listen, and I loved every single minute. I love this book and I've recommended it to everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mindy Kaling
    • Narrated By Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4122)
    Performance
    (3700)
    Story
    (3716)

    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

    Tabitha says: "Love it!"
    "Real, but not heavy or remarkably insightful"
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    Would you listen to Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) again? Why?

    YES, in fact I just started round two. Mindy's recollections and observations are real, witty, and fun -- nothing heavy or remarkably insightful, thank goodness. She mentioned at the end of her book that she purposely stayed away from hot button topics, which was an AWESOME approach. I love female comedians, and I will eagerly buy their memoirs if I'm fairly certain that their stuff isn't overly crude. Aside from crudeness, a big downer for me is political ranting -- Rachel Dratch went on for miles (during my commute) about how she could NOT believe that she was dating a Republican and how horrible that was. Tiresome. Next topic.

    Female comedians are predictably self-deprecating, which is hilarious when it's done right. Mindy didn't really go this route, though -- she acknowledged her "flaws" ("overweight", superficial, kinda messy), shrugged, and offered some witty articulations about them. Perfect. Just like Ellen Degeneres, she's human and she's cool with it.




    What was one of the most memorable moments of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)?

    Mindy outlining her funeral for whomever takes charge of her funeral once she dies (specifically, whoever is closest to her at the time) was the most excellent part of the book. I laughed and laughed while I drove in to work on a cold, wet Monday morning. It was an excellent way to start a dreadful day.


    Which character – as performed by Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur – was your favorite?

    Mindy, of course.


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

    I really appreciated her Amy Poehler references.


    Any additional comments?

    I can relate to so much of Mindy's thinking; and I, too, was the chubby, brown girl at school. It was so fun to hear how Mindy pursued her acting and comedy writing dreams, put in the serious effort, and made her dreams a reality. Obviously this book is not for EVERYONE, but it was perfect for me. I loved it. Bravo Mindy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (601)
    Story
    (611)

    Exclusive bonus stories from the best-selling author of Lost at Sea, Them, The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats.

    RaisinNut says: "Ronson's voice alone will make you laugh..."
    "Very funny -- Bill Bryson meets Ricky Gervais?"
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    If you could sum up FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life in three words, what would they be?

    Funny
    Smart
    Candid


    What did you like best about this story?

    I appreciate authors who are self-deprecating, whether it's physically or mentally. The author takes digs at everyone, including himself. Like I summarized in my headline, Jon Ronson's style reminds me of Bill Bryson's...and then throw in some Ricky Gervais.


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

    Since J.R. is the author, he knows exactly where to pause...knows exactly where to put the tones and inflections for the best effects.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Fun, smart, comedic family stories. His style/humor doesn't suit everyone's taste, but I loved this FREE DOWNLOAD! What a find!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (21206)
    Performance
    (16556)
    Story
    (16495)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Funny, demonstrative of what hard work can get you"
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    Would you listen to Bossypants again? Why?

    Yes, certain chapters, avoiding the sections where she overly uses the word C--T...like, at all.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tin Fey is my favorite character. She's only a year or so older than I am, so I can relate to much of her growing up experiences. Paralleling her years, I look what she's accomplished, and when, and I think -- "she didn't mess around half as much as I did, and look where it got her." I really admire her drive.


    Which character – as performed by Tina Fey – was your favorite?

    I don't really know how to distinguish this question from the last, but I also liked how she talked about her dad. Our dads appear to be similar, but hers seems a bit more hip.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I never cried, but I laughed A LOT.


    Any additional comments?

    There's more to Tina Fey than her hilarious, self-deprecating style. She has drive, she cares about people, she makes no excuses -- she has to know that she's awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil of the Highlands

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Marianna Palka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (476)

    They call him the Devil.... He is the most notorious laird of Scotland: fierce, cold, deadly...and maybe even worse. Yet Evelinde has just agreed to wed him. Anything, she thinks, is better than her cruel stepmother. Though Evelinde should be wary of the rumors, she can't help but be drawn to this warrior...for the Devil of the Highlands inspires a heat within her that is unlike anything she has ever known.

    Rebecca says: "Eeyore"
    "Robot narrator"
    Overall

    The narrator was terrible -- I thought people were exaggerating, but they weren't. She sounded completely bored, and the accent even sounded strained. Unfortunate, as the story made for light (steamy) commuter listening. I so badly wanted to like the story more than I did. The author overdid the reliance on husband/wife miscommunication to motivate the heroine's behaviors, and it got old. And how many times the character "bit her lip" in the story...we get it! She bites her lip when she's anxious!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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