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Jay Friedman

Dallas, TX United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Joy of Hate: How to Triumph over Whiners in the Age of Phony Outrage

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Greg Gutfeld
    • Narrated By Steve Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (236)

    Greg Gutfeld hates artificial tolerance. At the root of every single major political conflict is the annoying coddling Americans must endure of these harebrained liberal hypocrisies. In fact, most of the time liberals use the mantle of tolerance as a guise for their pathetic intolerance. And what we really need is smart intolerance, or as Gutfeld reminds us, what we used to call common sense. The Joy of Hate tackles this conundrum head on- - replacing the idiocy of open-mindness with a shrewd judgmentalism that rejects stupid ideas, notions, and people.

    Jerry says: "Indisputable."
    "Obvious in every way"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Unless you are a liberal hater who likes to hear the same points and arguments over and over again, there is no reason to listen to this book. I was looking for new information, new analysis, and new insight and got none of this. It was simply rehashing all the old information you've heard.


    What could Greg Gutfeld have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Greg should have developed new insight and not just retold old stories. The "why" behind liberal behavioral patterns is desperately missing from this book.


    What aspect of Steve Kramer’s performance would you have changed?

    Steve wasn't snappy or sarcastic enough as Greg is/would have been. Greg should have narrated this.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Absolutely not.


    Any additional comments?

    I developed more of my own insight listening to this than the book provided. I think I could write a 1,500 word blog post about these same issues and provide you with more insight than the entirety of this book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jean Sasson
    • Narrated By Catherine Byers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    Princess describes the life of Princess Sultana Al Sa'ud, a princess in the royal house of Saudi Arabia. Hidden behind her black veil, she is a prisoner, jailed by her father, her husband, and her country. Sultana tells of appalling oppressions, everyday occurrences that in any other culture would be seen as shocking human rights violations: 13-year-old girls forced to marry men five times their age; young women killed by drowning, stoning, or isolation in the "women's room". Princess is a testimony to a woman of indomitable spirit and courage.

    Rachael says: "Wow..."
    "Good story but..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Princess to be better than the print version?

    Probably not. The narrator was monotone and didn't bring much life to the audio portion of the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was real and authentic.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Catherine Byers?

    Not on purpose!


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

    No, not at all. The stories were good but 30 mins at a time was enough.


    Any additional comments?

    Soltana, the princess in this story was one of thousands of princesses in Saudi. In the end, she didn't accomplish anything or do anything historic or even memorable such that reading about her specifically is exciting. She just happens to be one of 21,000 members of the royal Saudi family and talks about the (undoubtedly scary) every day life of a woman in Saudi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Blake J. Harris
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (159)

    A mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video-game industry. In 1990, Nintendo had a virtual monopoly on the video-game industry. Sega, on the other hand, was just a faltering arcade company with big aspirations and even bigger personalities. But all that would change with the arrival of Tom Kalinske, a former Mattel executive who knew nothing about video games and everything about fighting uphill battles.

    Robert says: "If you love video games..."
    "Wayyyyyyy toooooo long."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The stories are good. The behind-the-scenes stuff is interesting. But I quit after 13 hours. This 20 hour book could have EASILY been 8 hours and exceptional. I love this industry and play games myself. After a while, it just became tedious. I don't need to know EVERY line of every conversation at every cocktail party or meeting.


    What other book might you compare Console Wars to and why?

    Where the Suckers Moon by Randall Rothenberg. Another behind the scenes look at an industry from a journalist perspective.


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

    Nope.


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

    Yes I can. not sure on the stars.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jenna Miscavige Hill
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (770)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (705)

    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    Tim says: "The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology"
    "Outstanding on every level"
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    Would you listen to Beyond Belief again? Why?

    I wouldn't necessarily listen again; I don't listen to things twice. But, I would recommend this to absolutely anyone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The precise details. I certainly can't remember anything that far back with that much detail. Even if some of it was "enhanced" it brought life to the story.


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

    Her voice made the young Jenna sound very believable.


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

    A few laughs, but most of all horror.


    Any additional comments?

    I just finished "Nothing To Envy" about North Korea and i was really surprised to see the similarities between the church of scientology and the state of north korea. When more people want to get out than get in, you're probably doing something wrong!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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