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Mathew

Oak Park, IL, USA

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  • 32 ratings
  • 107 titles in library
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  • The Compleat Gentleman: The Modern Man's Guide to Chivalry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brad Miner
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    At a time of astonishing confusion about what it means to be a man, Brad Miner has recovered the oldest and best ideal of manhood: the gentleman. Reviving a thousand-year tradition of chivalry, honor, and heroism, The Compleat Gentleman provides the essential model for 21st-century masculinity.

    Eric says: "Good argument (with a single near-fatal flaw)"
    "Not what I expected"
    Overall

    The author is a neo-conservative who attempts to justify the merits of war in general, religion in schools and goverment, and many right-wing values in the name of gentlemanly behavior. The basis of his arguments are not philosophical, but rather boringly historical. If you're a neo-con, you'll love this. If you are not, you'll find it ridiculous. The only thing both groups might get out of it are some interesting recommendations for other reading material about the topic. The author also likes to use big, infrequently used words needlessly that I found annoying and pompous.

    7 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michael Gates Gill
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (59)

    In his 50s, Michael Gates Gill had it all: a big house in the suburbs, a loving family, and a top job at an ad agency with a six-figure salary. By the time he turned 60, he had lost everything except his Ivy League education and his sense of entitlement. First, he was downsized at work. Next, an affair ended his 20-year marriage. Then, he was diagnosed with a slow-growing brain tumor, prognosis undetermined. Around the same time, his girlfriend gave birth to a son.

    Alfred R Good says: "What's wrong with the truth"
    "Annoying"
    Overall

    The author writes/speaks as if he were addressing a child. It gets pretty annoying after a while. I also get the feeling that he's not being completely honest about what he was like and whether he really changed by the end. He sounds more like a bad and condescending salesman.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Letting Go of God

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Julia Sweeney
    • Narrated By Julia Sweeney
    Overall
    (1543)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (443)

    Julia Sweeney says she was a "happy Catholic girl" when, one day, she walked into church and signed up for a Bible-study course. "What an eye opener that was!" she says. Equally comedic and insightful, Letting Go of God is Sweeney's brilliant one-woman show about her struggle with her faith.

    Mark says: "A Brilliant Personal Journey of Discovery"
    "Hilarious"
    Overall

    This is a heartfelt, thoughtful, and really funny monologue about the author's search for truth. Highly recommended. I just wish it were longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Keith Ferrazzi, Tahl Raz
    • Narrated By Richard Harries
    Overall
    (733)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (218)

    Keith Ferrazzi is a master networker who claims his secret is merely reaching out to other people. And what distinguishes highly successful people from everyone else is the way they use the power of relationships, so that everyone wins. In Never Eat Alone, Ferrazzi presents the specific steps and mindset he uses to connect with the thousands of individuals in his Rolodex.

    Mathew says: "Best"
    "Best"
    Overall

    I'm really surprised by the previous reviewers' comments. Granted, the author does like to mention his accomplishments but most authors of How-To books do so in order to give credibility to their advice. His main message is that most people in our culture value a sense of individuality that eventually leads to isolation, loneliness, and a lack of personal fulfillment. This book is an attempt to inspire you to connect to and develop your community by following your passion, helping others, and making connections among the people you know. In turn, your community will want to see you develop and be successful. I just wish I would have 'read' this book sooner.

    32 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Douglas Adams
    Overall
    (2248)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (351)

    The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy, the first volume in the five-part Hitchhiker "trilogy" made Douglas Adams a science fiction sensation, and is a must-listen for any and all fans of the genre. Don't forget to bring a towel!

    Victor says: "still a winner!!!"
    "British Humor"
    Overall

    What's the difference between a humorist and a comedian? A comedian makes you laugh. This book is by a humorist who uses absurdity for entertainment. Sometimes this strategy works, especially if there is a subtext (as in Catch 22), but the subtext here isn't very insightful or clever. I agree with a previous reviewer that this could have been written by a teenager. I am amazed that this book has become so famous.

    1 of 13 people found this review helpful

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