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Trenton

Tampa, FL, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Not Taco Bell Material

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Adam Carolla
    • Narrated By Adam Carolla
    Overall
    (1044)
    Performance
    (950)
    Story
    (945)

    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
  • God Is Disappointed in You

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler
    • Narrated By James Urbaniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (293)

    God Is Disappointed in You is for people who would like to read the Bible...if it would just cut to the chase. Stripped of its arcane language and interminable passages, every book of the Bible is condensed down to its core message, in no more than a few pages each. Written by Mark Russell with cartoons by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, God Is Disappointed in You is a frequently hilarious, often shocking, but always accurate retelling of the Bible, including the parts selectively left out by Sunday School teachers.

    Gang of Four says: "A New Bible"
    "Well done summary, excellent narration"
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    I'm a Christian to start out, but I really enjoyed this audiobook , and can even say that it helped to remind me of stories / events that aren't often discussed in church. The author does such a great job summarizing that even the book of revelations is a little bit clearer now. Like he says, he wanted to get to the heart of each book and get to the truth before it puts on its makeup in the morning.

    The narrator does such a fantastic job that I'm looking for more books narrated by him. Pretty much the entire Old Testament, aside from Psalms, is well written and well summarized. I love how the author describes things. Like how he succinctly describes the ark of the covenant as a place where God can have a place to sit and shoot people or when he describes God as scrap booking, or how he describes the Jews as hikers during the exodus.

    The book slows down a little bit once you get to the gospels but gets a little bit more steam in the letters and then ends on a high note with revelations.

    I really enjoyed listening to this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Meditations

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Marcus Aurelius
    • Narrated By Duncan Steen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (407)

    One of the most significant books ever written by a head of State, the Meditations are a collection of philosophical thoughts by the Emperor Marcus Aurelius (121 - 180 ce). Covering issues such as duty, forgiveness, brotherhood, strength in adversity and the best way to approach life and death, the Meditations have inspired thinkers, poets and politicians since their first publication more than 500 years ago. Today, the book stands as one of the great guides and companions - a cornerstone of Western thought.

    Guilherme says: "Stoic Wisdom at it's best"
    "Great narrator"
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    This narrator rocks. I love setting the timer at night and just falling asleep to this book. He says a lot of good things.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Act of War: Lyndon Johnson, North Korea, and the Capture of the Spy Ship Pueblo

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jack Cheevers
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (75)

    In 1968, a small, dilapidated American spy ship set out on a dangerous mission to pinpoint military radar stations along the coast of North Korea. Packed with advanced surveillance equipment and classified intelligence documents, the USS Pueblo was poorly armed and lacked backup by air or sea. Its crew, led by a charismatic, hard-drinking, ex-submarine officer named Pete Bucher, was made up mostly of untested sailors in their teens and twenties.

    Jean says: "Mesmerizing book"
    "Pretty good"
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    A little bit too long, filled with an over abundance of in depth descriptions of characters only present for one chapter or barely mentioned throughout several chapters. Also full of descriptions of day (sometimes days) long beatings of the captured Americans. Grilling at some points but very long winded with uninteresting details in others. Very well researched. Full of an explanation of errors before, during and after the American's capture, of the U.S. government mostly. Difficult to listen to at times, as it hilights the helplessness and vulnerability of the prisoners to the sadistic bullying of their captors.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Will Teach You to Be Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ramit Sethi
    • Narrated By Ramit Sethi
    Overall
    (626)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (470)

    At last, for a generation that's materially ambitious yet financially clueless comes I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit Sethi's 6-week personal finance program for 20-to-35-year-olds. A completely practical approach delivered with a nonjudgmental style that makes readers want to do what Sethi says, it is based around the four pillars of personal finance - banking, saving, budgeting, and investing - and the wealth-building ideas of personal entrepreneurship.

    Dusty says: "The content is much better than the title"
    "Good book."
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    Normally I hate it when the author narrates but he does a great job. He gives nice solid advice throughout. He is also entertaining.

    0 of 0 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
    (195)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (175)

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Economic Facts and Fallacies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Thomas Sowell
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (128)

    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
    (567)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (369)

    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.

    Cinders says: "Just a delight for anyone interested in 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.

    2 of 2 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
    (221)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (191)

    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
    (110)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (66)

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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