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Trip

I love Audiobooks. I listen to roughly 50-100 hours a month. It's a good thing I work for Audible!

MONTCLAIR, NJ, United States | Member Since 2002

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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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133

  • Scandalous: Live at The O2

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Russell Brand
    • Narrated By Russell Brand
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    Recorded in front of 16,000 fans at London's O2, the most thrilling comedian of his generation delivers his first live performance for two years. With 80 minutes of blistering, boundary-pushing stand-up, featuring Brand's first hand account of hosting the MTV Video Music Awards, his rise to Hollywood fame, sexual notoriety and the media storm around 'Sachsgate'.

    Trip says: "If you give a Narcissist a Microphone"
    "If you give a Narcissist a Microphone"
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    What disappointed you about Scandalous?

    I was expecting something more clever or interesting. It wasn't particularly funny, and recounted stories about English Celebrities I've never heard of and had to look up on Wikipedia to get the context. Even then, it wasn't really funny.


    What could Russell Brand have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not made it. Maybe write down some material and self-edit.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Performance isn't going to save something that has no content.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was short?


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Jonathan Haidt
    • Narrated By Jonathan Haidt
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (468)
    Story
    (465)

    In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.

    Douglas says: "A Brilliant And Insightful Book!"
    "This changed the way I think about politics"
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    Where does The Righteous Mind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In terms of books on politics, philosophy and cognitive science, its one of the best.

    The book tackles very sensitive topics - people's most closely held beliefs, and explains the WHY in a way that is sensible and non-controversial. Haidt provides a compelling case for why morality may have a genetic basis.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Righteous Mind?

    The chapter on Moral Foundations Theory. I laughed, I cried, it was better than Cats.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Its not really that kind of book, but the part describing group selection theory was good.


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

    The most boring movie that ever changed your life.


    Any additional comments?

    Regardless of your political or religious persuasion, you should listen to this book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ben Macintyre
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (247)

    On June 6, 1944, 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and suffered an astonishingly low rate of casualties. D-Day was a stunning military accomplishment, but it was also a masterpiece of trickery. Operation Fortitude, which protected and enabled the invasion, and the Double Cross system, which specialized in turning German spies into double agents, deceived the Nazis into believing that the Allies would attack at Calais and Norway rather than Normandy.

    Trip says: "A secret history of WWII crossed with Monty Python"
    "A secret history of WWII crossed with Monty Python"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I love history, especially anything related to WWII. The history of Mi5's Double Cross program was a part of the story that I had never hear. The exploits of this motley crew of misfits reads like a dark comedy, but it all really happened.

    Some moments are as delightfully absurd as a Monty Python sketch, but they are tempered by accounts of amazing acts of heroism that changed the course of history.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    It left me wanting to find more history books that tell these kinds of stories - the anecdotal, very human side of history.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    His personal descriptions of the players and their quirks really make the book. Some of the details he recounts in the first person quotes are priceless. 'he was a complete shit'


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing, it was spot on with perfect timing to deliver the best lines with bone-dry english irony.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    If you have an interest in WWII history, spy novels or biographies, you are going to love this one.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Andrew Nagorski
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    Hitler’s rise to power, Germany’s march to the abyss, as seen through the eyes of Americans—diplomats, military, expats, visiting authors, Olympic athletes—who watched horrified and up close. By tapping a rich vein of personal testimonies, Hitlerland offers a gripping narrative full of surprising twists—and a startlingly fresh perspective on this heavily dissected era.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Interesting book"
    "A new perspective on the rise of the Third Reich"
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    I am a fan of WWII history, but many books on the subject, particularly those that focus on the European theater, typically focus on the grand figures and political moments that lead to the "inevitable" outcome of the war.

    This book is different. It tells the story of the inter-war Germany from the perspective of American ex-pats living there and witnessing the Nazi rise to power. You get to see the very flawed and human perspectives that shaped history as it happened.

    I'd recommend the book to anyone with an interest in WWII and wants to understand what it was like to see the Nazi party take power.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kristen Johnston
    • Narrated By Kristen Johnston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (427)

    The two-time Emmy Award-winning actress has written her first book, a surprisingly raw and triumphant memoir that is outrageous, moving, sweet, tragic, and heartbreakingly honest. Guts is a true triumph - a memoir that manages to be as frank and revealing as Augusten Burroughs, yet as hilarious and witty as David Sedaris.

    John Campbell says: "Whiskey and cigarettes have never sounded so good."
    "A candid, humorous and personal look at addiction"
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    Johnston is a good storyteller, and I really enjoyed listening to her story. It was delivered with a great deal of humor and honesty.

    The book itself is delivered more like a monolog than a memoir. Being an actress, I think Johnston's already strong storytelling abilities are naturally geared towards an Audiobook delivery rather than print. There were many non sequiturs that seemed completely spontaneous, and added to the authenticity of the story.

    As far as the arc of her memoir goes, its not terribly different than the typical Hollywood addiction story, but the story is recounted in the humorous, self-effacing manner that betrays Johnston's Midwestern roots. She charms the listener and it makes Johnston a likable, but very flawed protagonist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5533)
    Performance
    (5163)
    Story
    (5159)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "His other books have been better"
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    I liked the idea at the core of the novel, but the execution in the plot was awkward. There is an unpolished feel to the story - as if Scalzi had a bunch of different ideas, but couldn't tie them up into a convincing whole, so he tacked some additional fragments to the end. Also the notion of "A Novel with Three Codas" seems like a literary affectation worthy of an undergraduate creative writing major.

    The storytelling was stilted and the dialog was very awkward - this especially came across in the narration where there are long passages of dialog between characters where each line is punctuated with "said ", with almost no variation - which becomes extremely distracting. Its almost as if some of the scenes started as a screenplay and got converted to a book.

    The constant sarcasm of the characters and Wheaton's invariably sardonic delivery, (which often works in Scalzi's other audiobooks) fell flat here. It made it was hard to care about any of the characters, or to make the conflict believable. The characters lacked any emotional depth whatsoever.

    Honestly, as much as I wanted to like this book, I can't recommend it. It was frustrating, sometimes hard to follow the dialog, and the characters just aren't that likable. Skip it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1151)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (578)

    In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Wonderful"
    "Important book, just not a good Audiobook"
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    What would have made The Guns of August better?

    I'm not sure if the book could be improved as an Audiobook. Its well written, and well read, but it features a lot of dates, names, locations and shifting points of view that are hard to follow without a visual reference.


    What was most disappointing about Barbara W. Tuchman’s story?

    It was difficult to follow all the players and points of view without a map, glossary and footnotes. Her descriptions are rich, but I kept loosing the flow of the book


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like the scene she painted in the first part of the book of the funeral of the King on England. The heraldry and pomp of all the assembled royalty of Europe in a long-gone London (much of it bombed out of existence in World War II). Its hard to appreciate how much the world has changed in less than 100 years!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Guns of August?

    Not so much a scene but I would definitely cut back on how much the author changes perspectives between different characters. It devolves into a lot of "he said, then so and so said" in ways that don't really clarify your understanding of events.


    Any additional comments?

    As much as I'd love to recommend this book - good narration, fascinating topic, well written, its just not right for an Audiobook. Skip it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17604)
    Performance
    (15653)
    Story
    (15605)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "LOVED this book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    I couldn't imagine this book without Craig Wasson's voice. This is one of those books that is amazing as a stand-alone story, but so much better as an Audio book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the characters were great. I don't really read a lot of Stephen King, but he has a talent for capturing the little details in expression and non-verbal action that really breathe life into his characters. There is an amazing eye for detail, without the tendency of many authors to go overboard with descriptions that bog down the plot.

    This is a great example of a master novelist completely at home with his craft.


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

    The subtleties of the character voices. I have to admit that his accents leave something to be desired, but his delivery is very good. He does a great job of incorporating the non-verbal action into his delivery (EG: coughing during the character's line when its described in the text). It adds a level of performance that is rare in many audiobooks.


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

    I got a little teary at some points and found myself laughing out loud or smiling while listening which is always a little embarrassing when there are other people around.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book - one of the best (of the 50+ ) Audible books I've listened to all year.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11346)
    Performance
    (9821)
    Story
    (9793)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Brilliant, but terribly flawed man"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am a consumer product designer for a high tech company (Audible), and I lived and worked in Silicon valley for years. I really enjoyed the back story on what the valley used to be like before the boom years, and I've lived the life both in startups and big companies. It was interesting to see reality reflected back in that way.

    As far as Jobs is concerned, I had a very difficult time liking him and maintaining interest for the first 2/3 of the book. It was a fascinating sketch on the making of a tycoon, but it was unsettling to listen to story after story about how Jobs would go out of his way to destroy people. A good prep for this book would be to listen to


    What other book might you compare Steve Jobs to and why?

    The Sociopath Next Door


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was a very flat, delivery. It sounded like he was just on auto-pilot, reading off the page. I ended up listening at 2x or 3x speed to get through the content.


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

    Its been done - it would just be a bad soap opera.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep something light to listen to after, you're going to need it.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3662)
    Performance
    (3411)
    Story
    (3406)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "A solid follow-up to Hard Magic"
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    What made the experience of listening to Spellbound the most enjoyable?

    Pinchot's narration was great and the writing is solid. Like all great series, I started to feel anxious at the end of the book because I know the next installment hasn't been released yet.

    The characters continue to develop in this installment - which is good. I really didn't find myself getting bored. I know I'm in a good book when my dog doesn't want to go out for anymore walks!


    If you’ve listened to books by Larry Correia before, how does this one compare?

    I listened to this one right after the first, so its difficult to compare. The tension isn't the same because of events in the first book, but it was a solid middle book in a series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The attack on the island at the end.


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

    I don't know...


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. If you loved the first one, you'll like this too. The cover art is kind of cheesy - it doesn't do the content of the book any favors.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eric Ries
    • Narrated By Eric Ries
    Overall
    (1791)
    Performance
    (1488)
    Story
    (1474)

    Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

    Zed says: "Great book, fascinating ideas"
    "Required reading for anyone who makes products"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lean Startup to be better than the print version?

    I have a strong preference to Audiobooks, so I'm biased. They both have advantages, I'm sure. It helps that Ries performs his own words. Less gets lost in translation.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not that kind of book. My favorite Anecdote is in the beginning where the executive team is actually spending time prototyping the business in the field to test their thinking. So much time gets wasted in meetings and 'brainstorming' when you can just go and ask people/test your ideas.


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

    No


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

    Not really - this is the kind of book that you need to mull over. Listening to more than 30 minutes at a stretch makes it hard to digest all that's being said.


    Any additional comments?

    Its going to be a modern classic in terms of business books.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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