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Michael

Advance, NC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Simon Rich
    • Narrated By Simon Rich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    In "Center of the Universe", God struggles to balance the demands of his career with the needs of his long-term girlfriend. In "Magical Mr. Goat", a young girl's imaginary friend yearns to become "more than friends". In "Unprotected", an unused prophylactic recalls his years spent trapped inside a teen boy's wallet. The stories in Simon Rich's new audiobook are bizarre, funny, and yet...relatable. Rich explores love's many complications - losing it, finding it, breaking it, and making it - and turns the ordinary into the absurd.

    Michael says: "A fun and quirky read"
    "A fun and quirky read"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book will take you in some strange directions but is really fun the whole way. Insightful too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18222)
    Performance
    (8114)
    Story
    (8142)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Great story, incredible narration."
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could have and would have listened to it all at once if I were able to sit on a tractor for more than 6 hours at a time!


    Any additional comments?

    An action and mystery packed story with great momentum and a lot of fun twists. In fact, I think "fun" is the best way to describe this thriller.The narrator's performance was the best I've heard yet. Because of the sheer number of characters it is certainly a challenge to give them each their own voice but this narrator tries and succeeds! I gave the story 4 stars instead of 5 only because, while almost the whole story is entirely believable, it unnecessarily goes over the top just before the end -but don't let that one nitpick keep you away from this book or this excellent trilogy. The rest of the story more than makes up for it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1873)
    Performance
    (1041)
    Story
    (1027)

    This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

    David says: "Exceptional synthesis of psychology and philosophy"
    "Insightful"
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    What did you love best about The Happiness Hypothesis?

    Contrary to it's title this book is not a 12 step program or a traditional self help book. Haidt's career and personal interests have enabled him to scour history, religion, and all the scientific data that modern psychology and biology have on hand that relates to human well being, behavior, and happiness. He uses the lens of what-we-now-know to dissect and reinterpret what the sages of the world's major religions have been saying for years with often surprising insights.


    Any additional comments?

    I found that this book helped to expand upon and crystalize many existing but vague notions I had about relationships, human behavior/psychology, and what leads to happiness. In the end I learned many useful metaphors through which to view my own life experience that have already helped me to navigate my own thoughts and relationships. Useful, insightful, educational and all the while fun, this is a great read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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