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Trash man

Tokyo, Japan | Member Since 2010

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  • Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Amy Stewart
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (91)

    Beware! The sordid lives of plants behaving badly. A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. Amy Stewart, best-selling author of Flower Confidential, takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature's most appalling creations in an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend.

    Julia says: "For the Casual Nerd"
    "Very average."
    Overall
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    There were some interesting anecdotes spread throughout the book.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    It didn't really increase my interest in the subject matter.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    No, she does not.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    When narrating the taxonomy, her voice sounded like an automated message.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By George Carlin
    • Narrated By George Carlin
    Overall
    (927)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (186)

    Following his two New York Times best sellers, Brain Droppings and Napalm & Silly Putty, comes George Carlin's third audiobook, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?, a riotous journey through the mind of one of America's premiere comic observers.

    Dana Wolfe says: "Wonderful!"
    "Very funny."
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? to be better than the print version?

    Yes, much better. Hearing George Carlin's words with his voice made the book funnier.


    What other book might you compare When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? to and why?

    Bossypants by Tina Fey. I think comedy books read by the author is similar to listening to a comedy album.


    Which character – as performed by George Carlin – was your favorite?

    I can't really remember.


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

    I definitely laughed a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ryan Grim
    • Narrated By Milton Bagby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Past antidrug campaigns actually encouraged drug use. A few years ago, America stopped dropping acid altogether. The meth epidemic peaked a long, long time ago. NAFTA opened the border and created a bonanza for cocaine and meth traffickers just as President Clinton knew it would. President Reagan may have inadvertently caused the crack epidemic. Kids today are doing fewer illegal drugs than kids from any time in the recent past, and for a surprising reason.

    steve says: "A good book but...."
    "A really good book."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would totally recommend this. It's very informative and enlightening about America's relationship with illegal drugs.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not applicable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not applicable


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

    I thought his descriptions of the various hallucinogens that people were very accurate.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator sounded a little older than the writer, so whenever the book dropped into first person accounts, it sounded a little strange.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6863)
    Performance
    (3232)
    Story
    (3237)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Really hard to stop listening."
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Passage the most enjoyable?

    The narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists and turns. I also really liked how a science fiction story remained grounded.


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

    A certain gravitas that brings the story to life.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing's Sacred

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lewis Black
    • Narrated By Lewis Black
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (97)

    You've seen him on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart offering up his trademark angry observational humor on everything from politics to pop culture. You've seen his energetic stand-up performances on HBO, Comedy Central, and in venues across the globe. Now Lewis Black's volcanic eruptions can be found in Nothing's Sacred, a collection of rants against stupidity and authority, which oftentimes go hand in hand.

    Adam says: "Nothing's creative in this clunker"
    "good but not great"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Yes.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Yes. He's funny and hearing him read it is makes it much better.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    All of them.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    No.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Nope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blasphemy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1124)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (243)

    The world's biggest supercollider is locked in an Arizona mountain. The Torus was built to unlock the secrets of the very moment of creation: the Big Bang itself. Will the Torus divulge the mysteries of the creation of the universe? Or will it, as some predict, suck the earth into a mini black hole? Or is the Torus a Satanic attempt, as a powerful televangelist decries, to challenge God Almighty on the very throne of heaven?

    carl801 says: "This makes"
    "good but not great"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. I would listen to while biking to work and it made the journey go by quickly.


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

    He made the crowd scenes more dynamic.


    Was Blasphemy worth the listening time?

    yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (17186)
    Performance
    (13075)
    Story
    (13017)

    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"
    "Definitely worth listening to."
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Bossypants?

    It's funny and Tina Fey is the perfect person to narrate her funny book.


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

    I couldn't imagine anyone else reading this.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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