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TALLAHASSEE, FL, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 4 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014

  • Dad Is Fat

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

    Sean says: "Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads"
    "Don't buy the interviews, bleak and depressing"
    Would you try another book from Jim Gaffigan and/or Jim Gaffigan?

    I love Gaffigan's standup, and seeing him talk about his book on the Daily Show, I thought this would be lighthearted fun that looked at the funny side of fatherhood. As someone who doesn't have kids, someone who "hasn't joined the cult" as Gaffigan puts it in his book, this was not funny, not lighthearted, and deeply depressing.

    Has Dad Is Fat turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This book has turned me off of fatherhood.

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The book is read by Gaffigan, so his timing is good, and if I had a way to access his humor in this genre, I'm sure I would have enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boundaries

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dr. Henry Cloud, Dr. John Townsend
    • Narrated By Dick Fredricks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Christians often focus so much on being loving and giving that they forget their own limitations.

    Louise says: "Changed my life"
    "Helpful for some, irrelevant for me"
    What could Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I could not identify at all with the overworked door-mat mother that is the central character introducing the valuable lessons.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Dick Fredricks?

    Several reviews have talked about the negative cast female characters have when portrayed by the voice actor. Any female voice actor would have been a better choice, especially given the tone of the opening hours of the book.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    If you have difficulty setting boundaries in totally normal situations, with average people, as a result of your Christian guilt, this is the book for you. This is not the book for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Took a chance, very pleasantly surprised"
    If you could sum up Hard Magic in three words, what would they be?

    Magical alternate history

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Magic?

    Several rich characters, awesome battle scenes, and a well paced story

    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    Made the characters of both genders come alive, you were right there in the room with each distinct voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones

    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Stephen says: "Well researched, well written, & well read"
    "You can feel yourself get dumber"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Terribly researched book. Dan Ariely is a discredit to his university and social science generally.

    Has Predictably Irrational turned you off from other books in this genre?


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Simon Jones?

    Yes, the reading is not the problem, he did fine.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration and disappointment. I was so hoping to like this book.

    Any additional comments?

    Do not read, you will not sound smarter at a cocktail party, you will just be less informed if you read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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