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Sean

Tell us about yourself! I am a 43 year old wanna be intellect. I love people doing things for me and i guess that includes my reading! My interests vary widely so this site is right up my alley....maybe too much so!!!

SOUTH JORDAN, UT, United States

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FOLLOWERS
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  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, and others
    Overall
    (1915)
    Performance
    (975)
    Story
    (972)

    Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here? These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when it became apparent to Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show that the world was about to end, they embarked on a massive mission to write a book that summed up the human race: What we looked like; what we accomplished; our achievements in society, government, religion, science, and culture - all in a lavishly produced audiobook.

    Lee says: "Good book, not great. But let me explain."
    "If you like sarcasm with serious undertones"
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    If you could sum up The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook) in three words, what would they be?

    Serious Sarcasm


    What other book might you compare The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook) to and why?

    John Colberts book even though Stewart makes Colbert look silly his quality is far better and less diatribe


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    The alien faqs....HILARIOUIS


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

    No but could have done so on a trip....it certainly keeps your attention


    Any additional comments?

    Jon Stewart makes you think without making you feel like its a chore, I do wonder how many times I forget that the issues he addresses are real and serious. Thanks to Jon and his staff he never lets the humor get in the way of the point and vice versa the seriousness of the ideas presented don't get in the way of our humanity and ability to laugh at ourselves....even when we should be embarassed as he*l

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17018)
    Performance
    (15141)
    Story
    (15183)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Sadistic!!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have liked to see a certain character screw up a little bit!!


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

    I would have tried to put in a mistake that psycho wouldnt have thought about and let that character being completely taken by surprise by it and in a public setting


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    Kirby's and Julia's performances were brilliant and a bright spot to the story, when the 2nd part of the book started it sent me to the floor as they had me picturing something totally different. It reminded me of the book called the Collector and intill you see the point of view from someone else you actually start feeling for the psycho


    Did Gone Girl inspire you to do anything?

    Recheck my wifes background!!!


    Any additional comments?

    This stroy deserves a five I just wanted it to end differently, but it ended as it should have and it's psychological insights were scary. We do put on a different character thoose first years of marriage, and as the divorce rate suggests when that facade is gone most marriages can't handle it. Are we always pretending. Amys quote that love should have conditions will haunt me for a long time to come

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rise of Rome: The Making of the World's Greatest Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anthony Everitt
    • Narrated By Clive Chafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (145)

    Emerging as a market town from a cluster of hill villages in the eighth and seventh centuries B.C., Rome grew to become the ancient world's preeminent power. Everitt fashions the story of Rome's rise to glory into an erudite book filled with lasting lessons for our time. He chronicles the clash between patricians and plebeians that defined the politics of the Republic. He shows how Rome's shrewd strategy of offering citizenship to her defeated subjects was instrumental in expanding the reach of her burgeoning empire.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Rome from the fall of Troy through Julius Caesar"
    "excellent"
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    What did you love best about The Rise of Rome?

    It's detail


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rise of Rome?

    The insanity of some of the leaders


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

    He makes you know when something is important


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    no great audiobook

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag: A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (1966)
    Performance
    (1802)
    Story
    (1805)

    "Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

    Acacia says: "WHY WHY WHY"
    "Fun story."
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    If you could sum up Click-Clack the Rattlebag in three words, what would they be?

    Dont offer to tell little brothers of your girlfriends scary stories!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Click-Clack the Rattlebag?

    Hearing the door open and the air and the click asnd clack of the bgs....nice addition to the story.


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

    His awesome voice which transcends any reading i could do.


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

    I was ready to move when that door was opened!


    Any additional comments?

    would have liked more, but the freebies audible offers havent disappointed me yet and I love Neil

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kierkegaard in 90 Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 24 mins)
    • By Paul Strathern
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Kierkegaard wasn't really a philosopher in the academic sense. Yet he produced what many people expect of philosophy. His subject was the individual and his or her existence, the "existing being." In Kierkegaard's view, this purely subjective entity lay beyond the reach of reason, logic, philosophical systems, theology, or even "the pretenses of psychology." Nonetheless, it was the source of all these subjects. The branch of philosophy to which Kierkegaard gave birth has come to be known as existentialism.

    Peter says: "Great intros"
    "Teach Me How To Exist!!"
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    What did you love best about Kierkegaard in 90 Minutes?

    It pushed me to question the meaning of my existense and what was I doing with it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kierkegaard in 90 Minutes?

    Realizing that Soren really believed that by bringing ridicule upon himself, he would become a better Christian. Equally the last meeting he had with Regine and she asked God to bless him after all he but her through.


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

    No but I look forward to it


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That we need to take personal resposibility for what our individual existenses will end up meaning, especially thoose who are given time to define that existense. The other one is that we know we exist because we can doubt that we do. Wonderful paradox!!


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could understand these things better, but it's obvious that todays thinkers dont delve nearly deep enough and I worry that we our losing a chance to understand the unknown and what humanity means as technology begins to rule. I believe that Kierkegard would be disturbed with how many people these days blame their state of affairs on the conditions surronding them not looking at there lives and accepting that they can define them regardless of that!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Soren Kierkegaard: The Giants of Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By George Connell
    • Narrated By Charlton Heston
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    For Kierkegaard, truth is a subjective reality which we must live, not something to simply consider and discuss. His self-consciousness and self-examination highlight the practical demands of existence, and he opposes the speculative thinking of philosophical idealists. Kierkegaard says much of life's meaning depends not on external conditions, but on our internal choices about relating to them. He urges us to live with purpose and emphasizes that our task is not knowing but doing.

    Sam Motes says: "Brief but existential"
    "A Philosophical Materpiece"
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    What did you love best about Soren Kierkegaard?

    It taught me why philosophy matters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His love for Regina and his understanding that subjectivity is more important than objectivity.Allthough tragic the genius that Soren had taught people to look for more than just getting by. This story told me I need to find my purpose and when I do that will be "my" truth, not what everyone else thinks it should be for me.


    What about Charlton Heston’s performance did you like?

    His calrity and obvious love for the subject matter.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Truth is what you make of it, not what the world does.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful summary....I listened to it 3 times. His life just fascinated me

    1 of 2 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
    (643)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (580)

    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..."
    "Great sense of humor"
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    What did you love best about FREE BONUS DOWNLOAD: The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life?

    It was free and of excellent quality


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jon himself because he thinks in the abstract and outside of the box, but never leaves reality. A quality i wish i had.


    What about Jon Ronson’s performance did you like?

    The extreme wit and brute honesty


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Comfortably Dysfunctional


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to getting to know this writer. I went and found his stuff as soon as I listened to it. Thanks for the freebie

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An Adventure at Brownville

    • UNABRIDGED (26 mins)
    • By Ambrose Bierce
    • Narrated By John Michaels
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    From Tales of Soldiers and Civilians - In the Midst of Life, this, the second tale of the "Civilians" section, takes us into the paranormal as the protagonist becomes a witness to a possible murder. But is it murder when an individual has such power over another individual as to cause their own death?

    Sean says: "Is there a moral to it or just a good story"
    "Is there a moral to it or just a good story"
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    Would you try another book from Ambrose Bierce and/or John Michaels?

    Yea....this one is different but kept my attention


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    forgot names but the main characters passion is well developed as is his frustration


    What three words best describe John Michaels’s performance?

    only satisfactory


    Did An Adventure at Brownville inspire you to do anything?

    look up who ambrose pierce was


    Any additional comments?

    the story is the best part, but these ones that end with more questions than they answer can be frustrating, but i think that was the point

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6505)
    Performance
    (3282)
    Story
    (3304)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "One of the best fantasy books I have ever read!!"
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    Would you listen to The Graveyard Book again? Why?

    Yes, So much detail I know I missed something


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's magical and scary and enthralls on every page.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    His accent and the way he portrays the voices....he literally loves hus characters and they love him back!


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

    Two moments if u will allow...the moment he realizes his name is the name he has always had and when he says goodbye to his mother, eventhough Silas is my favorite character


    Any additional comments?

    Every character is so well developed i felt like i knew and know them. Isn't it great to know that some people understand that when the world sees us as nobody, nobody is actually what the world needs! I need "NOBODY", and nobody is my name too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3498)
    Performance
    (3133)
    Story
    (3162)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Reality Better Than Fiction"
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    What did you love best about No Easy Day?

    This story gives me such an appreciation for the men and women that protect our freedom. I loved the fact he didnt glamorize it. His line about the food being in a container marked for military or prison literally made me sick that we treat our military like that. Yet he syas right in that moment they dont do it for that and in these Seals case i believe them.He didnt make this a moral issue and the casual way he describes the killing of these insurgents is spot on. I know people want emotion in this but it shows exactly what it has to be like for him, and why his job is a huge challenge and burden. Being human is bad in his line on work. No easy day is a perfect title because it didnt just represent the day they killed Osama it represents every day of our military personnel caught in the crossfire of protecting our freedom!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    How much a coward Osama Bin Laden really was. He expected his followers to fight to the grave, but he didnt even try....he was just another greedy business man abusing the ideology of a people. He never wanted to die for this he just wanted the fame...the wives and the pleasures of being rich as noted in his compound. What a coward. I thought it was hilarious to hear about a hair dye formula made in America being used by Coward Bin Laden. Thanks for supporting our economy to keep yourself looking young for that young wife of yours


    What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

    His voice was superb for the part and he hit the words when needed perfectly. It was more like a performance than a reading


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

    Yes...I kept wishing my drive time would be longer


    Any additional comments?

    Just awesome....thank you american miltitary you guys rock!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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