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Laura

The Woodlands, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 4 reviews
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  • 199 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kathryn Schulz
    • Narrated By Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (73)

    To err is human. Yet most of us go through life assuming (and sometimes insisting) that we are right about nearly everything, from the origins of the universe to how to load the dishwasher. If being wrong is so natural, why are we all so bad at imagining that our beliefs could be mistaken, and why do we react to our errors with surprise, denial, defensiveness, and shame?

    Mike says: "A good read"
    "Unorganized rambling mess w no illustrations"
    Overall

    The good part of the book, the one star, was that that there were fun examples of being wrong and the subject got me excited.

    Why do we act the way we do about being wrong. It's thought provoking and makes for great conversation.

    However, the presentation was mostly dry and rambling and the most frustrating part was the presentation of Exhibit 3.1 that I could not see, even though I downloaded the enhanced version of the book.
    I won't make it past chapter 3.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Thunderstruck

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Bob Balaban
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (217)

    In Thunderstruck, Erik Larson tells the interwoven stories of two men: Hawley Crippen, a very unlikely murderer, and Guglielmo Marconi, the obsessive creator of a seemingly supernatural means of communication. Their lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time.

    Michael Jones says: "Marconi, murder, mix well"
    "Horrible Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Bob Balaban, the narrator, detracted from the book by putting commas where they weren't and changing the speed of his read from mach 1 to molasses at the oddest times. The fastest was at the beginning of the book and he'd slow to describe the dessert at the electrical engineering dinner in Canada - really, who cares?
    I looked up Bob Balaban to make sure I'd never listen to one of his books again - this is his only one, I guess narrating was a bad and short career move; wish I had gotten the abridged version, I see it has a different narrator. Anyone would have been better. If this had been my first audible book I'd have cancelled my account immediately!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Maher
    • Narrated By Bill Maher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (406)

    A follow-up to the New York Times best-selling New Rules, The New New Rules delivers a series of hilarious, intelligent rants on everything from same-sex marriage to health care, from Republican agendas to celebrity meltdowns, with all the razor-sharp insight that has made Bill Maher one of the most influential comedic voices shaping the political debate today.

    Amanda says: "Audio isn't the right format for this sort of book"
    "New Review"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The New New Rules?

    I think this was the audio clip taken from his shows. Jokes live or bomb on delivery and mistakes weren't fixed; that's too bad.


    Has The New New Rules turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I enjoy a comedy every now and then but won't go to Bill Maher's New Rules for my next one.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bill Maher?

    Anyone, I've got a nice collection of audible books and of them all Maher was the worst narrator. I even have Rumy's book - Known and Unknown lol


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The New New Rules?

    The joke about George Will.... of all the conservative columnists to make fun of, George has to be one the brightest with the most cogent arguments; so many others are more worthy of a joke.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nelson Johnson
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna, Terence Winter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (194)

    From its inception, Atlantic City has always been a town dedicated to the fast buck, and this wide-reachinghistory offers a riveting account of its past 100 year, from the city's heyday as a Prohibition-era mecca of lawlessness to its rebirth as a legitimate casino resort in the modern era.

    Frances says: "I love stories steeped in History"
    "Glad I stuck with it"
    Overall

    At half way through Boardwalk Empire I thought the author was getting too redundant about what it took to be an Enoch Johnson - favors, power, votes; but I stuck with the book and the second half was excellent. From Steven Wynn and Donald Trump to suggestions about what's wrong with AC and how to fix it were all entertaining and informative.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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