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E. Kjersem

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  • 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
    (894)
    Performance
    (778)
    Story
    (777)

    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.

    Christopher says: "It's official, I'm an idiot"
    "You think you are smart?"
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    Your Are Not So Smart by David McRaney is a set of brief presentations of famous psychology projects and papers covering the human nature, most of them you probably are familiar with. An easy red, but agreeable introduction to the limits of our brains.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4144)
    Performance
    (3620)
    Story
    (3585)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "1Q84 and Town of Cats"
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    1Q84 is a slightly surreal novel by Haruki Murakami, but in my opinion a bit tedious and far to long. Especially heavy on repetition, which made it at times tiresome to read. I guess several of the somewhat superfluous sex scenes were necessary in order to sell copies…

    Anyway, what I will remember best is the well written short story “Town of Cats”.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Polar Star

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martin Cruz Smith
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (531)

    Ex-Chief Investigator Arkady Renko is in deep on the “slime line” - the fish-gutting station - in the Polar Star, a Soviet fish factory ship of some 250 souls, almost as many secrets, and a dangerous shipboard sub-culture that cares little for the Party, and less for human life.

    Richard Delman says: "Probably the greatest audiobook ever. Really."
    "Stellar"
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    The Polar Star is rusty factory ship working together with american trawlers in the Bering sea. A dead women is caught in the net, and the scene is set for an artic game between spys, commissars, smugglers and the political unstable Arkady Renko (the protagonist from Gorky Park).

    A decaying soviet state entering perestroika makes a great setting for any crime novel – all in all an entertaining read by Martin Cruz Smith.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Year in the Merde

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Stephen Clarke
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    A Year in the Merde is the almost-true account of the author's adventures as an expat in Paris. Based loosely on his own experiences and with names changed to "avoid embarrassment, possible legal action, and to prevent the author's legs being broken by someone in a Yves Saint Laurent suit (or quite possibly, a Christian Dior skirt)", A Year in the Merde is the story of Paul West, a 27-year-old Brit who is brought to Paris by a French company to open a chain of British "tea rooms".

    Courtney says: "Delicious!"
    "Laughing at the French"
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    An amusing account by Stephen Clarke of an Englishman moving to Paris and gaining the insights in the nuances of Paris life. Filled with cultural stereotypes, which might bother the occasional French reader, but rather entertaining for the rest of us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Graham Robb
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    This is the Paris you never knew. From the Revolution to the present, Graham Robb has distilled a series of astonishing true narratives, all stranger than fiction. A young artillery lieutenant, strolling through the Palais-Royal, observes disapprovingly the courtesans plying their trade. A particular woman catches his eye; nature takes its course. Later that night, Napoleon Bonaparte writes a meticulous account of his first sexual encounter....

    Myrna Minkoff says: "Difficult....but worth it"
    "The parisians that shaped city of lights"
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    Parisians is a collection of anecdotes covering Paris, from the revolution to the 21st century, by Graham Robb. The author presents a human perspective on essential events, figures and places. Each story is written in a different style, reflecting the theme and characters. This is pulled of excellently, only the story about Juliette Greco, written in screenplay style, fails to engage.

    It is interesting and well written – almost poetic at times. An excellent read for those inclined to history or those just fascinated by the city of lights

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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