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Matt Nix

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  • Magical Thinking: True Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    A contest of wills with a deranged cleaning lady. The execution of a rodent carried out with military precision and utter horror. Telemarketing revenge. A different kind of "roof work". Dating an undertaker who drives a mini-van. This is the fabric of Augusten Burroughs's life: a collection of true stories that are universal in their appeal yet unabashedly intimate, stories that shine a flashlight into both dark and hilarious places.

    Jessica says: "His best yet!"
    "A great listen for the dedicated fan"
    Overall

    If you enjoyed "Dry" and "Running With Scissors" and wished they wouldn't end, this is the book for you. It's a series of vignettes and little stories from his life, all written with his particular blend of dark, funny, self-deprecating narcissism. I can't get enough of it.

    That said, this lacks the narrative structure and the visceral satisfaction of his other books. "Running With Scissors" is warped, but it's basically a coming-of age story. "Dry" is a dark story of personal transformation, with characters to care about, etc.

    "Magical Thinking" is more like a really good dinner conversation. Some stories have a point, others are just some funny thing that happened. That's just fine with me and his other fans, but if you're not already sold on the guy, don't make this your first listen.

    Oh, and one more thing: There's one story where he's really cruel to a mouse and regrets it later. It's pretty hard-core, as mouse-killings go. If you can't handle the grisly death of a mouse, either skip the story or don't get the book. Simple as that.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Boys Adrift: Factors Driving the Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Leonard Sax
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (844)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (473)

    Something scary is happening to boys today. From kindergarten to college, they are less resilient and less ambitious than they were a mere 20 years ago. Fully one-third of men ages 22 to 34 are still living at home with their parents, about a 100 percent increase in the past 20 years. Boys nationwide are increasingly dropping out of school; fewer are going to college. Family physician and research psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax presents practical solutions.

    Kirt says: "Startling, well-researched view..."
    "Thought provoking and useful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What other book might you compare Boys Adrift to and why?

    It's sort of a combination of a Malcolm Gladwell-style popular science book and a parenting technique book. A good combination.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I thought the discussion of male role models - and the lack thereof - in our society was quite moving and useful


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

    The way that video games can sap motivation by providing a false sense of accomplishment.


    Any additional comments?

    A useful, if slightly scary book. A must read for parents of sons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2407)
    Performance
    (1133)
    Story
    (1108)

    There's an old saying: if you eat a live frog first thing each morning, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that it's probably the worst thing you'll do all day. Using "eat that frog" as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also the one that might have the greatest positive impact on your life, Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day.

    Trish says: "one new idea"
    "Recycled and lame"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Brian Tracy and/or Brian Tracy?

    No. The techniques and tips were all obvious and often mutually exclusive. I don't need a book to tell me it might be a good idea to sleep enough so I'm rested, and read things about my chosen field so I know more.

    Here's the useful idea from the book: Attack your biggest, most impactful task first, and work on it till it is done. There. Now you don't need to waste your time on the book,


    Has Eat That Frog! turned you off from other books in this genre?

    A bit.


    Did Brian Tracy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    There were no characters,


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Worthing Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (795)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (365)

    It was a miracle of science that permitted human beings to live, if not forever then for a long, long time. Some people, anyway. The rich, the powerful, they lived their lives at the rate of one year every 10. Some created two societies: that of people who lived out their normal span and died, and those who slept away the decades, skipping over the intervening years and events. It allowed great plans to be put into motion. It allowed interstellar empires to be built.

    Lisa says: "Early Work of a Master"
    "Overall, very satisfying"
    Overall

    Can't give it five stars, because it isn't Ender's Game, but I really enjoyed it. It does explore moral themes, but it's not as heavy-handed as some reviewers would have you believe. I like my sci-fi without a lot of heavy fantasy influence, and this book delivered for me.

    I also don't like books written with a clear moral agenda. This dealt with moral themes, but didn't feel preachy. It's not hard to figure out where Card's sentiments lie, but I didn't mind. Bottom line, if you're a fan, it's worth a listen.

    Oh, and the stories at the end are great if you were into the main Worthing Saga and kind of wished it wouldn't end. If you're done, you can skip them without feeling guilty - you're not missing anything serious, plot-wise.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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