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Michael

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  • Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Matthew B. Crawford
    • Narrated By Max Bloomquist
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (141)

    Shop Class as Soulcraft brings alive an experience that was once quite common but now seems to be receding from society - the experience of making and fixing things with our hands. For those who felt hustled off to college, then to the cubicle, against their own inclinations and natural bents, Shop Class as Soulcraft seeks to restore the honor of the manual trades as a life worth choosing.

    Nathaniel says: "A profound look at work, and what we've done to it"
    "Interesting but intense"
    Overall

    I was expecting a lighter story - but it felt more like a college text than a discussion of the virtues of the trades. Good, but definitely not for listening while driving. Way too much concentration needed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (2513)
    Performance
    (1457)
    Story
    (1432)

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "If you're a bit of a math nerd, this is awesome!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Drunkard's Walk in three words, what would they be?

    A bit like Thinking Fast & Slow, but less dense and more philosophical. Mlodinow dares to talk about life and how you can apply randomness theory to real life. Plus all the good tidbits that you want to use at your next research presentation, to wow everyone. Sean Pratt does a great narration, too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    Overall
    (4251)
    Performance
    (1736)
    Story
    (1755)

    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jay says: "Informative and Engaging"
    "Wonderfully Told Story"
    Overall

    Depressing, but well told. Makes you want to know more about where these people are now, even more than is told in the brief epilogue. And I would love to hear what Mr. Lewis recommends for how to avoid this in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audiobook): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart, The Writers of The Daily Show
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart
    Overall
    (3622)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (559)

    Jon Stewart, host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show, and his coterie of patriots deliver a hilarious look at American government.

    Connie says: "Runs hot and cold..but when it's hot...it's hot"
    "High School Humor for Baby Boomers"
    Overall

    This is an amusing book, quite funny at times. But it is very "male" (lots of sex jokes and bathroom jokes) and while acting like it's targeted at the under-25 crowd, many references would only be understood by baby boomers. Either you get all the quips and find the technique childish, or you like the technique but miss half the jokes. Fun to listen to in short bursts, but tedious on long listens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    Overall
    (2291)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (378)

    In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson takes his ultimate journey - into the most intriguing and consequential questions that science seeks to answer. It's a dazzling quest, as this insatiably curious writer attempts to understand everything that has transpired from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization.

    Brent says: "This audio edition is abridged!"
    "A treat for all science nerds"
    Overall

    It reminded me of the wonderful old Connections series. What a wonderful collection of stories, and Mr. Bryson's voice added to the experience. I am tempted to get the unabridged version too, because I want more. For anyone with an ounce of curious scientist in them, start with the unabridged version!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not Becoming My Mother

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 34 mins)
    • By Ruth Reichl
    • Narrated By Ruth Reichl
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    In Not Becoming My Mother, Ruth Reichl embarks on a clear-eyed, openhearted investigation of her mother's life, piecing together the journey of a woman she comes to realize she never really knew. Looking to her mother's letters and diaries, Reichl confronts the painful transition her mother made from a hopeful young woman to an increasingly unhappy older one and realizes the tremendous sacrifices she made to make sure her daughter's life would not be as disappointing as her own.

    Pamela says: "Great Quick Listen - Honest and Interesting"
    "Ruth is Amazing"
    Overall

    I wish this book were longer - I could listen to Ruth tell stories forever. A wonderfully kind and thoughtful look back at her mother, as seen after the years of work and experience it took to not become her mother. Wonderful for anyone who is trying to figure out a seemingly difficult parent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Howard Cutler, His Holiness The Dalai Lama
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    The Art of Happiness has become the classic guide to the Dalai Lama's enlightened approach to living. In this inspirational new volume, the unique collaboration between the Dalai Lama and the highly respected scholar Howard Cutler returns with a practical application of Tibetan Buddhist spiritual values to the stressful and demanding world we all live in today.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great look at what is really going on in the wor"
    "Not what I expected?"
    Overall

    I had not read/heard the other "Art of Happiness" books, so that may be the issue here - but this book is not what I thought, and I did not find it to be very enjoyable.

    Most importantly, I did not find the narration to be well done. Perhaps I was spoiled by "American On Purpose" where Craig Ferguson expertly reads his own book. That was brilliant. This book, on the other hand, is monotonous - literally.

    The book is really the work of Howard Cutler, with some very brief comments drawn from interviews with the Dalai Lama. Mr. Cutler has knitted together a lengthy discussion from precious little real input from His Holiness.

    Hopefully the other "Art of Happiness" books are better. Definitely don't start with this one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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