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Trenton

Tampa, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Not Taco Bell Material

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Adam Carolla
    • Narrated By Adam Carolla
    Overall
    (960)
    Performance
    (877)
    Story
    (872)

    Funnyman Adam Carolla is known for two things: hilarious rants about things that drive him crazy and personal stories about everything from his hardscrabble childhood to his slacker friends to the hypocrisy of Hollywood. He tackled rants in his first book, and now he tells his best stories and debuts some never-before-heard tales as well. Adam Carolla started broke and blue collar and has now been on the Hollywood scene for over 15 years. Yet he never lost his underdog demeanor.

    Brett says: "Not bad but uneven and not revealing."
    "Pretty good"
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    About 50% is great and fun to listen to, about 50% is full of drunk stories and too much of a dependence on 4-letter explicatives to describe things. My biggest gripe is that he is constantly telling you to buy his book throughout the recording, and leaving things out. Is this what I deserve for shelling out 15-20 dollars on this thing, criticized for not buying your book instead? Overall though, it is worth it for the high points.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles P. Pierce
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (156)

    The culture wars are over and the idiots have won. This is a veteran journalist’s caustically funny, righteously angry lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States. The three Great Premises of Idiot America: · Any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings, or otherwise moves units; anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough; "fact" is that which enough people believe. And "truth" is determined by how fervently they believe it.

    Vargas says: "You Get What You Paid For"
    "Didn't care for it"
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    3 stars is generous and I'm only giving it three stars because I listened about 25% and decided that I had listened to enough.

    I prefer objective factual information, this book did not have enough of it to support it's points. I just felt like he took a bunch of cheap shots at conservatives the whole way through, inflating outlier events/people that he mentions as if they were an accurate representation of the entire conservative community.

    I just felt like there was too much subjectivity in his criticisms, too much appeal to the emotion rather than to logic. So, I wouldn't recommend this book, had I listened to >25%, I am relatively sure that I would feel justified in going down to one star.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Economic Facts and Fallacies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (117)

    Economic Facts and Fallacies is designed for people who want to understand economic issues without getting bogged down in economic jargon, graphs, or political rhetoric. Writing in a lively manner that does not require any prior knowledge of economics, Thomas Sowell exposes some of the most popular fallacies about economic issues, including many that are widely disseminated in the media and by politicians.

    rob says: "Brilliant"
    "A must listen"
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    Concise, objective, eye opening, well though out. A MUST LISTEN. Mr. Sowell brings you to a better understanding of how we have arrived at a lot of erroneous conclusions in this country and different policies that are ineffective and make no sense. Sound boring? It isn't. Very well narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lars Brownworth
    • Narrated By Lars Brownworth
    Overall
    (510)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (319)

    In AD 476 the Roman Empire fell - or rather, its western half did. Its eastern half, which would come to be known as the Byzantine Empire, would endure and often flourish for another 11 centuries. Though its capital would move to Constantinople, its citizens referred to themselves as Roman for the entire duration of the empire's existence.

    Joseph M. Dolan says: "Excellent Book about Little Known History"
    "Listen to it over and over"
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    I've listened to this book several times. The stories are fascinating, and I love how he writes/describes them. Honestly I would have preferred that he had hired a more professional reader to read his book, as he has kind of an accent, but overall, this book is awesome, get it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lysa TerKeurst
    • Narrated By Lysa TerKeurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (152)

    God gave us emotions to experience life, not destroy it! Lysa TerKeurst admits that she, like most women, has had experiences where others bump into her happy and she comes emotionally unglued. We stuff, we explode, or we react somewhere in between. What do we do with these raw emotions? Is it really possible to make emotions work for us instead of against us? Yes, and in her usual inspiring and practical way, Lysa will show you how.

    JUDY says: "Great book! Enjoying it very much."
    "For women"
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    I see that this book was written by a woman, but other than that, I didn't really see any indication that it was aimed at women. Maybe I just didn't look hard enough, or maybe it wasn't made clear enough in the description, either way I'm not pleased that I spent money on this thing. The time I spent listening to it, I didn't really care for the author's voice who decided to read her book either. Wouldn't recommend this book, especially for men.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Henry Fielding
    • Narrated By Kenneth Danzinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    A foundling of mysterious parentage, Tom Jones is brought up by the benevolent and wealthy Squire Allworthy as his own son. Tom falls in love with the beautiful and unattainable Sophia Western, a neighbor’s daughter, whose marriage has already been arranged. When Tom’s sexual misadventures around the countryside get him banished, he sets out to make his fortune and find his true identity.

    Elizabeth says: "Well read, many accents, older recording"
    "What a well written book"
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    The narrator is absolutely fantastic. I gave it 4 stars overall, because the book is so long-winded and takes so many tangents that it is difficult to keep track of what is being discussed, it does not always hold your attention. I have tried reading it twice, without success, so listening to it was definitely the best way. I recommend this book, there are a lot of laugh out loud moments, a lot of "wow that was deep and introspective" moments, and the main character Tom Jones is a very admirable hero overall. Check it out!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4014)
    Performance
    (2568)
    Story
    (2591)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Very interesting and fun to listen to."
    Overall
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    Fascinating, I love hearing about the Mongols and how they overcame the world! It is like Darwin said, it is not the strongest that survives but that most adaptable to change. The Mongols were such a threat on the battlefield because they were the most mobile and adaptable to change.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27522)
    Performance
    (14123)
    Story
    (14173)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Overrated"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Help to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Help?

    Different characters being voiced differently by the different voice actors.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Long, drawn out, very little happens in the book that is of any interest, this book is similar to a pop song that you hear on the radio that a lot of people love but really isn't anything interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12988)
    Performance
    (8857)
    Story
    (8906)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "A difficult listen, but engrossing"
    Overall

    This book is about 80% intense unavoidable suffering/humiliation of the protagonist and 20% of the protagonist overcoming his hardships. It did keep me entertained on a 14 hour drive and it is thought provoking as far as "why do some human beings derive pleasure in the helpless torture of others".
    The most frustrating part of this book for me was that it is just some narrator telling about what is happening, very little of the book is composed of the protagonist's actual words about what happened/what was happening. I would have preferred to hear how he dealt with everything in his own words, like in the book "Papillon", because that way, you also learn about how people overcome adversity rather than just never ending narrative about them being abused mentally and physically.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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