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john

Tell us about yourself! I am a high school graduate with some college. I am 56 and have been a construction worker my whole life.

Carmichael, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Siddhartha

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Hermann Hesse
    • Narrated By Victoria McGee
    Overall
    (15)
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    (14)
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    (14)

    The spiritual journey of an Indian man named Siddhartha during the time of the Buddha. One of the most influential books of the 1960s.

    markweintraub says: "This reading was pathetic"
    "uplifting"
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    What did you love best about Siddhartha?

    it told the truth about enlightenment.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Siddhartha, everyone loves Siddhartha


    Any additional comments?

    The performance was great, she really gripped me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David McRaney
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (669)

    An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK - delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework. Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday.

    Sarah Dumoulin says: "Covers a lot of old territory"
    "Think your above average? Everyone does."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of You Are Not So Smart to be better than the print version?

    I would consider the audio edition better. I can do other things at the same time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was in small segments. A perfect listening book. Even for someone above average, like me.


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

    I can't sound as "wise guyish" as he dose.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The June Beetle, Super Sexers.


    Any additional comments?

    This was such a fun book to listen to, ive listen to it about ten times. It answers so many quesitons. Even ones you didnt know you had.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3705)
    Performance
    (2275)
    Story
    (2306)

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Jay Stone says: "Enduring Classic"
    "1984 is now"
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    Where does 1984 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About one of the best ive listen to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like how the story, although about a future time, applies to today.


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

    The performance was great. Even taking on female personal with professional ability.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    1984 is Now.


    Any additional comments?

    Of course you have heard of this book, or read it. Read it now (or listen) Now you are older and it will make more sense. I listened twice to make sure i got it all. There is much there.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stuff White People Like: The Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Christian Lander
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (138)

    They love nothing better than sipping free-trade gourmet coffee, leafing through the Sunday New York Times, and listening to David Sedaris on NPR (ideally all at the same time). Apple products, indie music, food co-ops, and vintage T-shirts make them weak in the knees. They believe they're unique, yet somehow they're all exactly the same.

    Laura says: "Stuff White People Like"
    "book this white guy didn't like"
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    Would you try another book from Christian Lander and/or Victor Bevine?

    no


    What was most disappointing about Christian Lander’s story?

    Lack of originality, poorly executed.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Victor Bevine?

    Dave Duke, or any grand wizard of the KKK.


    Any additional comments?

    For the first time in my life I really get it, when i tell people I am only joking and they are not amused.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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