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Commuter with lots of time to listen to audiobooks to keep from road ragin'. Not that I would ever endorse or have been guilty of road rage.



  • Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rich Roll
    • Narrated By Rich Roll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

    In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

    J. Camara says: "Insightful conquering life's challenges"
    If you could sum up Finding Ultra in three words, what would they be?

    pretty darn impressive

    What did you like best about this story?

    overcoming alcoholism and becoming a vegan ultraman.

    What does Rich Roll bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    i listen to books on my 45 minute commute.

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

    it can be too much to listen to his life story in one sitting. i had to go run after hearing him talk about exercising.

    Any additional comments?

    he reads slow but you can speed up the reading speed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York's Underground Economy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sudhir Venkatesh
    • Narrated By Sudhir Venkatesh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sudhir Venkatesh, acclaimed sociologist at Columbia University and author of Gang Leader for a Day, returns to the streets to connect the dots of New York's divergent economic worlds and crack the code of the city's underground economy. Based on Venkatesh's interviews with prostitutes and socialites, immigrants and academics, high end drug bosses and street-level dealers, Floating City exposes the underground as the city's true engine of social transformation and economic prosperity - revealing a wholly unprecedented vision of New York.

    Absinthe says: "Couldn't Hit Pause"
    "Couldn't Hit Pause"
    Would you listen to Floating City again? Why?

    I would probably listen to Floating City again if there was a connection in future books if Sudhir would write.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    New York was my favorite character. I have only been to New York twice after 2010 so I do not know how New York really was before Giuliani became the Mayor. I have heard of Hell's Kitchen but I am assuming it is not what Sudhir experienced back in 2003.

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

    I read his first book years ago and have enjoyed his ethnography since! It feels like I am a fly on the wall while he talks about what he has observed in the communities he has observed.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did not have any extreme reactions to the book. I did feel bad about Sudhir's personal life.

    Any additional comments?

    Great book! I finished it in less than a week!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ice: A Memoir of Gangster Life and Redemption - from South Central to Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Douglas Century
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ice-T here offers his hip-hop generation’s Horatio Alger story: the narrative of an orphaned child who, drawn inexorably into a harrowing life of crime, ultimately turns away from the streets and, through self-discipline and a single-minded work ethic, forges a path to international fame as a musician and film-and-television star.

    kris says: "I have a whole new respect for this man!"
    "Cool as Ice"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    the narrator was not that great. He tried to sound like a "gangsta". I would have preferred Ice T narrate it himself.

    What other book might you compare Ice to and why?

    None that I can think of.

    What didn’t you like about Mirron Willis’s performance?

    His voice just didn't fit the writing of Ice T.

    Could you see Ice being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not really. I don't think it would be worth watching.

    Any additional comments?

    I like to listen to the music and/or videos that has been mentioned to enhance the overall theme of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'm Not High

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jim Breuer
    • Narrated By Jim Breuer

    With his goofy smile, sleepy eyes, and stoner's laugh, Jim Breuer might not appear to be the most introspective comedian out there. The fact that Jim Breuer made his mark playing Goat Boy on Saturday Night Live and a recalcitrant toker in the stoner classic Half Baked doesn't help his reputation at all. But in I'm Not High, we meet a whole new Jim Breuer.

    Jan says: "Do not buy a paperback version of this book."
    "Flying in Breuerniverse"
    What did you love best about I'm Not High?

    Breuer crushes it (a word he uses a lot)!!!! I enjoyed listening to Jim act out the voices of people in the book. Listening to him narrate was like having him in the passenger seat of my car during the long commute. He fiddles with aspect of enlightenment/chance of certain instances in his life that made him think about the beyond the supreme being.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Jim Breuer? Why or why not?

    As a comedian his voice is great and would definitely try another book from jimmy breuer.

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

    Whenever I listen to a biography or memoir, I supplement other videos, music to put into perspective what the author or person went through at that moment. However, Breuer being a comedian that he is, used some of the material in the book in previous comedy clubs.

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

    I tried saving the book for my commutes but had to force myself to stop listening at home because then I wouldn't have anything to listen to in the car.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scar Tissue

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anthony Kiedis, Larry Sloman
    • Narrated By Rider Strong
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As lead singer and songwriter for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis has lived life on the razor's edge. Much has been written about him, but until now we've only had his songs as clues to his experience from the inside. In Scar Tissue, Kiedis proves himself to be as compelling a memoirist as he is a lyricist, giving us a searingly honest account of the life from which his music has evolved.

    Nicole says: "Up Close and Personal with Anthony Kiedis"
    "give it away!!"

    this was an awesome audiobook that gave an insight to the world that we know of RHCP!!! I felt like part of the band and the imagery was phenomenal. I can visualize the scene where Kiedis is strung out at a cheap hotel and sees a family car filled with RHCP fans....I created a cd of songs that Kiedis mentioned and listened to them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drown

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Junot Diaz
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With 10 stories that move from the barrios of the Dominican Republic to the struggling urban communities of New Jersey, Junot Diaz makes his remarkable debut. Diaz's work is unflinching and strong, and these stories crackle with an electric sense of discovery.

    Absinthe says: "Latino literature at its best!"
    "Latino literature at its best!"

    the collection of short stories can be viewed as an overall story of the narrator in different time periods OR short stories that intertwine with each other in a context of living in a Dominican community. Junot's use of not translating or even italicizing the Spanish words is referenced in the beginning quote from Gustavo Perez Firmat. If you are monolingual and are interested in the US Latino experience, Diaz poignantly gives you an East Coast view. Be sure to have google translator handy if you want to get a better understanding of the Spanish words used in the stories. This is what makes Latino literature unique!!!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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