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Justin

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  • Stumbling on Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Daniel Gilbert
    • Narrated By Daniel Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1635)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (371)

    A smart and funny book by a prominent Harvard psychologist, which uses groundbreaking research and (often hilarious) anecdotes to show us why we're so lousy at predicting what will make us happy, and what we can do about it.

    Terril Lowe says: "Great Book!"
    "It didn't make me feel happier ;)"
    Overall

    Gilbert let's you know up front this book may not make you feel any happier but at least you will understand why. Truth in advertising!
    This isn't meant to be a 'how to be happy' guide although it may serve a purpose in explaining what won't make you happy or even where to aim our expectations.
    Personally, I wasn't thrilled with those parts where evolutionary 'just-so stories' have to be worked through to set us up at the 'present situation' because we could just start already agreeing we do have frontal lobes and do have x-chemicals and x-programs. Slightly annoying (but almost cute) are the ongoing references or comparisons only a Harvard Intellectual might make - mazda miatas, vacations in france, cocktail parties.
    Those are mostly minor complaints of mine in an otherwise well done explanation about this unique angle of 'happiness' as something often relative and changing depending on 'when' we recall it or when we expect to get it or how we (rightly or wrongly) imagine it ought to be.
    Many times he calls out those peculiar 'logic mistakes' we humans constantly make but never seem to actually call ourselves on and I appreciated these angles and a few really made me realize where I had some improvements I can make in my own life.

    Not all authors are great narrators but Gilbert's experience as a lecturer seems to serve him very well here. Easy to listen to, enunciates well and while he may not be a professional stand-up comedian he really does get across some funny stories, puns and keeps a light-hearted tone.

    Some good stuff here. It's not a Gladwell 'clone' and much of this (most readers) is unique angles on happiness you probably haven't heard before or in this kind of scholarly but enjoyable detail.
    4 stars.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Opie & Anthony, Jimmy McMillan and Bernard Hopkins, October 20, 2010

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Opie & Anthony
    • Narrated By Opie & Anthony
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Today on O&A, we start the show talking about the Yankees and dealing with insomnia. Tom Bosley from Happy Days died, leaving an almost complete sitcom in heaven. we talk about Tom Petty and Jimmy McMillan from New York's Rent is Too Damn High Party stops by the studio. Sam comes in with Jocktober, which is Moms in the Morning, and boxer Bernard Hopkins stops by. We talk about the Bernard interview. Then Sam talks about his trip with Troy to Ian Halperin's bed-in.

    martin says: "Great show but....."
    "Not totally ruined by Ian Halpernin"
    Overall

    Awesome show with great in-studio interview of crazy/smart 'Rent is too Damn High' party and then amazing in-studio interview with Bernard Hopkins! Hilarious Jocktober and some funny 'Baby Boy Sam'. 4/5ths of the show is one of the BEST shows ever... ... unfortunately the last 1/5th filled with more Ian Halpernin or 'dead air' as I call it.
    Almost a perfect show!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Opie & Anthony, Ian Halperin, October 19, 2010

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Opie & Anthony
    • Narrated By Opie & Anthony
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Today on O&A, we start the show with the newest candidate for NY Governor, Jimmy McMillan. We play clips from the gubernatorial debate and get the man himself on the phone. We talk about the Yankee game. Ant was watching Hoarders last night. And Sam comes in for today's Jocktober. We end the show with a visit from our old pal Ian Halperin, who talks about his new book and the bed-in he's doing to promote the book.

    Justin says: "Hope you like Ian Halperin"
    "Hope you like Ian Halperin"
    Overall

    Great start with hilarious 'Rent is too Damn High' candidate and teases to awesome follow-up to Baby Boy Sam and his hilarious PTA mom and what might be a great Jocktober bit... only to get glossed over for about 20 minutes of Jimmy doing sicky cringe stuff and then a helluva lot of Ian Halperin for what seemed like hours.
    If you love Ian Halperin (or is it Halpernin?) and love him being obnoxious with callers then you will love this episode. Unfortunately for me, I am well tired of that guy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Opie & Anthony, Joe DeRosa, September 23, 2010

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Opie & Anthony
    • Narrated By Opie & Anthony
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Today on O&A, we talk about American Idol. The new judges are being picked. We talk about how dumb the whole thing is. Blockbuster files for bankruptcy and the guys play clips of when they predicted that Satellite radio was direct competition to terrestrial radio. We talk about failed tech predictions, KFC, old ads, and we play some audio of Alex Jones saying juice boxes are turning people gay. We play an argument Amy Schumer had on Red Eye.

    Justin says: "Phoning it in?"
    "Phoning it in?"
    Overall

    I thought it was just me but a few friends said they too thought the guys were flat since coming back from holidays. I get the feeling they are just walking through the general templates, repeating bits with no twists and those crazy spontaneous moments are missing. Is it a lack of Patrice? Jimmy preoccupied with his own career? Maybe it is the upcoming contract negotiations? Still some funny stuff here.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (731)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (342)

    We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.

    Rebecca says: "not his best"
    "Book is read. The Narrator says the words..."
    Overall

    .. He speaks into the microphone. The Analog is converted to Digital. These are converted into Files. These files are copied. The copies are stored on Audibles Server. Then people will pay to download this file. They will step through a credit card process. Using Audible's Download Manager the purchaser transfers it to their computer. The listener uses their ears to hear it. But something has gone wrong. The solution? They should use a checklist.

    If you liked that review then you will love this book. If you were unhappy reading my review then you better think twice about paying for this download.

    IF you are someone who loved Malcolm Gladwell's books then you have have read those and will consequently be disappointed at this uhh.. very dull utilitarian generic version almost punishing the reader/listener with a stern work assignment.
    The solution?
    Checklist. Use a checklist. Remove this from the Checklist.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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