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  • Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Steven Tyler
    • Narrated By Jeremy Davidson
    Overall
    (386)
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    (262)
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    (266)

    The son of a classical pianist straight out of the Bronx of old Archie comics, Steven Tyler was born to be a rock star. Weaned on Cole Porter, Nat King Cole, Mick and his beloved Janis Joplin, Tyler began tearing up the streets and the stage as a teenager before finally meeting his "mutant twin" and legendary partner, Joe Perry. In this addictively listenable memoir, Tyler unabashedly recounts the meteoric rise, fall, and rise of Aerosmith over the last three decades and riffs on the music that gives it all meaning.

    Damian says: "Reads true to the man and true to music"
    "REVISITING OUR DRUG SOAKED YOUTH"
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    For any boomer, who did drugs or not, this book is a time machine to our youth. By the end I was very glad that I wasn't Steven Tyler and I felt very sorry for him and his ego-centric life and lack of personal growth. He says he's spiritual. I'll take his word for it but I didn't get that from the book. The reader is brilliant. Usually I prefer books read by the author BUT Steven Tyler reads the last chapter and.... THANK GOD he didn't read the first 12.5 hours, I couldn't have listened for very long.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Amanda Ripley
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
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    How do other countries create "smarter" kids? In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they've never seen before. They are learning to think, in other words, and to thrive in the modern economy.What is it like to be a child in the world's new education superpowers? In a global quest to find answers for our own children, author and Time magazine journalist Amanda Ripley follows three Americans embed­ded in these countries for one year.

    Niall says: "a Wanna-be fiction writer avoids the subject"
    "BETTER THAN EXPECTED"
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    I was hoping for something marginally interesting but what I got was much, much better than that. Based on my own NYC public school education in the 1950's and my son's private school education in the 1980-90's I firmly believe that children perform up to our expectations. Low expectations produce mediocre educations and lead to remedial classes as a college freshman. Turns out that the US educational system is in worse shape than we think mainly because our school boards expect very little. This book lays out what has to be done in very clear language so the next question is are we smart enough to do it in time for my grandson, and I think not. Looks like I'll be paying for private school for the next generation too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Isabel Wilkerson
    • Narrated By Robin Miles, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

    Lila says: "Superior non-fiction"
    "everyone should read this"
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    As a progressive liberal, raised in the post WWII housing projects of NYC and a teenager during the high crime era of "West Side Story" days.... who was shocked by the revelations of the civil rights movement (the idea of "white only" or "black only" ANYTHING down south was unimaginable) the first chapter was kind of an annoying rehash of US history as I lived it.

    BUT, hang in there, don't get discouraged, this book is worth all 22 hours and 42 minutes of your time. I usually listen to books while doing something else. This is the first book that made me sit still and just listen..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelfth Planet: Book 1 of the Earth Chronicles

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Zecharia Sitchin
    • Narrated By Bill Jenkins
    Overall
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    (109)
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    Do you reject both evolution and creationism? The product of 30 years of intensive research, The Twelfth Planet argues persuasively that humanity sprang from extraterrestrial forebears.

    Scott says: "abridged version"
    "an interesting take on the origins of people"
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    This is an alternative explanation of the garden of eden and the origins of people and religions. This explanation makes just as much (non)sense as the old testament and this book is just as (un)provable. The only this explanation is that this explanation is more fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Rigs, Posh Digs, Fast Cars, Dark Bars! The Greed-Driven, Sex-Enhanced Ride That Cost Arrow Trucking Company $90 Million and Its Life!

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Charles H. H. Hood
    • Narrated By E. J. Nolan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    This is the true story of crime and "road rage" in the executive suite of one of America's leading trucking companies. The story begins when the highly regarded founder and owner of the Arrow Trucking Company is killed in a hunting accident. His widow then appoints their only son, Douglas, to be the new CEO. His only qualification is that he is known to be "the apple of his mother's eye". He had no experience in anything. He had only a high school education and had never worked a day in his life. He was best known as a young, wealthy, and very arrogant party boy.

    Paul Luthi says: "A good book, but some of it borders on gossip."
    "A "HOW TO" OF FRAUD AND ABUSE"
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    This is a sad tale of a sociopath one-percent-er (inherited status) and how he rode the most successful flat bed trucking company in America into the ground. In the process, thousands of hard working employees were simply out of luck on their claims for back pay, payroll withholding, healthcare and retirement benefits. Oh yeah, and the US Government was out of millions in corporate income and social security taxes and, while the book doesn't state it, millions in retirement benefit guarantees.

    The book is pretty superficial and it's read in an almost gleeful way that I can only think it is meant to be a how-to book for those who want to ruin their own inherited company. If you weren't in favor of limiting CEO benefits before, you will be after reading this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bound for Glory: The Autobiography of Woody Guthrie

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Woody Guthrie
    • Narrated By Arlo Guthrie
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    Henry says: "Living without bounds"
    "NOT disappointing"
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    IF you have warm and fuzzy feelings for early 20c folk music, or remember fondly Woody Guthrie and his influence on the 60's counter culture.... then you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why People Believe Weird Things

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Michael Shermer
    • Narrated By Michael Shermer
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    (52)
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    UFO abductions, television psychics, paranormal phenomena, skeptics and believers alike, find themselves debating truths and lies in the strange web of pseudoscience and the occult. Now, director of the Skeptics Society Michael Shermer explores the very human reasons why we find other worldly phenomena, conspiracy theories, and cults so appealing.

    Leilah says: "Smart"
    "confirming you suspictions"
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    that most people are self delusional or just stupid. Read this and you'll know why.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why I Am Not a Christian: Four Conclusive Reasons to Reject the Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Richard Carrier
    • Narrated By Richard Carrier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
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    (75)
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    Dr. Richard Carrier, world-renowned philosopher and historian, explains the four reasons he does not accept the Christian religion, describing four facts of the world that, had they been different, he would believe. Those four reasons are God's silence, God's inaction, the lack of evidence, and the way the universe looks exactly like a godless universe would, and not at all like a Christian universe would, even down to its very structure. Dr. Carrier addresses all the usual replies to these claims.

    Gerard M. Serrano says: "There are some good arguments here"
    "my reaction to the religious fundamentalists"
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    polls show that more people are self identifying as non-religious which I think is a reaction to the religious right. I had an easier time respecting their beliefs when they respected mine.... but now they want the whole country to live their doctrine, whether we want to or not. When people asked me what religion I am, I used to say "I was raised Lutheran" and let it drop there - now I say "I'm an Evangelical Atheist". Thank goodness that Fox TV's average viewer is 65+ so in the next decade they will all start dying off. Something to look forward to. Anyway, this book gives lots of food for thought for those on the fence and great ammunition for those who want to enter the debate. I liked it. but I think you figured that out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Culture Code: An Ingenious Way To Understand Why People Around The World Live And Buy As They Do

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Clotaire Rapaille
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (134)
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    (52)
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    (50)

    Internationally revered cultural anthropologist and marketing expert Clotaire Rapaille reveals for the first time the techniques he has used to improve profitability and practices for dozens of Fortune 100 companies. His groundbreaking revelations shed light not just on business but on the way every human being acts and lives around the world.

    Eric says: "Mapping cultures"
    "EXPLAINS SOOO MUCH"
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    For anyone who is interested in other cultures... or interacts with other cultures... or wonders why other cultures do what they do.... this book is for you. I've been interacting with French culture for over 30 years and I STILL learned things that explained reactions that I never understood before.

    If that's not enough, it reinforced my intuitive understanding of American culture and explained aspects of our culture in ways I'd never thought of before.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Brett Martin
    • Narrated By Keith Szarabajka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
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    (143)
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    In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the landscape of television began an unprecedented transformation. While the networks continued to chase the lowest common denominator, a wave of new shows, first on premium-cable channels like HBO and then basic-cable networks like FX and AMC, dramatically stretched television’s narrative inventiveness, emotional resonance, and artistic ambition. No longer necessarily concerned with creating always-likable characters, plots that wrapped up neatly every episode, or subjects that were deemed safe and appropriate, shows such as The Wire, The Sopranos, Mad Men, and more tackled issues of life and death, love and sexuality....

    Kali says: "Praise TV's third golden age!"
    "disappointing"
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    I was hoping for a comparison between the latest "golden age of TV" and its cultural and political causes and ramification as compared to the previous "golden ages", whose ramifications are in the history books.... alas, I was disappointed. This book quickly degenerated into Hollywood gossip and became a tell-all about the writers/show-runners who, it seems, are the same old narcissistic, ego maniacs of yesteryear, albeit with new names. Apparently some things, i.e., Hollywood, never change.

    If you're looking for a behind the camera tell-all, you will love this book.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • American Desperado: My Life - From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jon Roberts, Evan Wright
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (183)
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    (163)
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    (164)

    In 2008 veteran journalist Evan Wright, acclaimed for his New York Times best-selling book Generation Kill and co-writer of the Emmy-winning HBO series it spawned, began a series of conversations with super-criminal Jon Roberts, star of the fabulously successful documentary Cocaine Cowboys. Those conversations would last three years, during which time Wright came to realize that Roberts was much more than the de-facto “transportation chief” of the Medellin Cartel during the 1980s, much more than a facilitator of a national drug epidemic.

    aaron says: "BEST First Person (realistic) Criminal Account"
    "WOW"
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    OK, so I wasn't expecting too much from this book. I thought it would be like other self-serving criminal biographies with minimal details.

    I was so wrong. This is a compelling read. There were moments when I cringed at the horror of this man's deeds. There were moments when I felt sorry for him.

    In many ways he never had a chance. That's not to say his life wasn't his fault, but his early life and genes made it very difficult for him to act otherwise. He clearly inherited his sociopath genes from his father and his mother wasn't aware enough, or smart enough, to counteract that damage.

    Bottom line? I couldn't stop listening and stayed up all night.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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