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Legally Bored

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  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (3482)
    Performance
    (1031)
    Story
    (1032)

    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Stephen says: "Well researched, well written, & well read"
    "Fascinating book, great narration!"
    Overall

    It's not too often that a person can laugh out loud at a book about economic decision-making. However, this happened to me several times when I listened to this. I wish I could go back to college and study behavioral economics instead of sleeping through my psych classes.
    The narrator is very fun to listen to and adds to Dan Areily's cheeky writing style. If you liked Freakonomics, you will love this book.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Maher
    • Narrated By Bill Maher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (393)

    A follow-up to the New York Times best-selling New Rules, The New New Rules delivers a series of hilarious, intelligent rants on everything from same-sex marriage to health care, from Republican agendas to celebrity meltdowns, with all the razor-sharp insight that has made Bill Maher one of the most influential comedic voices shaping the political debate today.

    Thomas Nedreberg says: "Easy to get offended but what the hell..."
    "Didn't disappoint!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was expecting that I would have heard most of this already, and I had -- it's a collection of material from the "New Rules" segments on Real Time. But I usually re-listen to the shows anyway because they're so good, and I always still find the jokes funny the nth time I hear them.
    The key to the success of this book is that Maher is the narrator; comedians really need to read their own material.
    I enjoyed it, and I think it'll be a great audiobook to have handy on my Audible app for when I want something to listen to while I do errands, etc., but am not in a situation where I want something I need to concentrate on intently. The only drawback will be trying not to laugh too hard at the voice in my head (well, in my earphones anyway) when I'm out in public.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, Movie-Making, and the Crime of the Century

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Howard Blum
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (36)

    It was an explosion that reverberated across the country - and into the very heart of early-20th-century America. On the morning of October 1, 1910, the walls of the Los Angeles Times Building buckled as a thunderous detonation sent men, machinery, and mortar rocketing into the night air. When at last the wreckage had been sifted and the hospital triage units consulted, 21 people were declared dead and dozens more injured.

    D. Littman says: "very interesting popular history"
    "Enjoyable, but might need to read it instead"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed the story, as I am partial to several of its features: Holmesian detective work, stories about trials, early 20th-century American history, silent films, etc. Something interesting was always going on.
    However, at times the plot is kind of hard to follow when listening. When the detecting kicks into high gear, it would be nice to have the chance to reread paragraphs instead of constantly rewinding on the iPod.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Prunella Scales
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    Emma, originally published in 1815 and deemed Jane Austen's best novel, is a witty satire of English society set within the customary plot: young ladies finding proper husbands. It can be heard as a charming love story, a detective story, and a comically lively picture of English life 200 years ago. Prunella Scales' delightful reading reveals Austen's mastery of dialogue and character.

    Laura Van Slyke says: "Best Narrator"
    "Look no further for the best Emma!"
    Overall

    Prunella Scales' performance is absolutely perfect, and I doubt any narrator could top her Miss Bates. This has always been my least favorite Austen novel (even less than Northanger Abbey, which is just OK) but I am now rethinking that opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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