Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 

You no longer follow Jay Friedman

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Jay Friedman

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Jay Friedman

Dallas, TX United States | Member Since 2012

0
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 9 reviews
  • 37 ratings
  • 63 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0

  • 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
    (266)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (240)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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
  • No Better Time: The Brief, Remarkable Life of Danny Lewin, the Genius Who Transformed the Internet

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Molly Knight Raskin
    • Narrated By Christine Marshall
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    No Better Time tells of a young, driven mathematical genius who wrote a set of algorithms that would create a faster, better Internet. It's the story of a beautiful friendship between a loud, irreverent student and his soft-spoken MIT professor, of a husband and father who spent years struggling to make ends meet only to become a billionaire almost overnight with the success of Akamai Technologies, the Internet content delivery network he cofounded with his mentor.

    Jay Friedman says: "OUT-STANDING"
    "OUT-STANDING"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    To anyone with any interest in tech or startups, this is required reading.


    What other book might you compare No Better Time to and why?

    Probably any of the "history of how this company launched" books. I haven't read many, but the book is more about akamai than Danny specifically.


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

    I haven't but she was really good in this.


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

    Knowing Danny was likely the very first casualty of 9/11 and not just a casualty was tough to hear.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whatever You Do, Don't Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Peter Allison
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (212)

    Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a hilarious collection of true tales from top ­safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry ­elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals: herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions!

    D. says: "Drivers May Laugh Too Hard to Drive!"
    "Such potential, such disappointment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Peter Allison and/or Antony Ferguson?

    Not from Peter Allison. Boring writer. Antony? Sure.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I didn't get to the end, not that it would have mattered.


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

    Nope.


    Was Whatever You Do, Don't Run worth the listening time?

    Not really. Something like this has such potential to be hilarious and the author is just a not very funny, not all that intelligent sounding guy who's writing is pretty average.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Disappointed in You

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler
    • Narrated By James Urbaniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    God Is Disappointed in You is for people who would like to read the Bible...if it would just cut to the chase. Stripped of its arcane language and interminable passages, every book of the Bible is condensed down to its core message, in no more than a few pages each. Written by Mark Russell with cartoons by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, God Is Disappointed in You is a frequently hilarious, often shocking, but always accurate retelling of the Bible, including the parts selectively left out by Sunday School teachers.

    Jay Friedman says: "Nothing new, not really that funny"
    "Nothing new, not really that funny"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler and/or James Urbaniak?

    From the narrator, sure. From the authors, no.


    What could Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    There is no piercing insight, nor is the commentary all that funny. I've read other books like this that had me laughing out loud. Not that one.


    What about James Urbaniak’s performance did you like?

    Perfect for the tonality the authors intended.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from God Is Disappointed in You?

    It's not a matter of cutting scenes. It's a matter of rewriting it to make it funny without resorting to pure trash talk/cursing to be funny.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2100)
    Performance
    (1868)
    Story
    (1873)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "Best history book I've ever read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Killing Kennedy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20%. Would be higher but I've listened to truly great ones and this was that.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Um...


    What does Bill O'Reilly bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He's a professional news anchor, so he's obviously pretty good at narration. His tone added to the book's enjoyment.


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

    When I learned that Kennedy was actually Oswald's second assassination attempt!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brigitte Gabriel
    • Narrated By Brigitte Gabriel
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (74)

    Because They Hate is a political wake-up call. Brigitte Gabriel, who lost her childhood to militant Islam, warns that the United States is threatened by fundamentalist Islamic theology in the same way that Lebanon was - that radical Islam will stop at nothing short of domination of all non-Muslim countries. Fiercely articulate and committed, Gabriel both tells her own story and outlines the history, social movements, and religious divisions that have led to this critical historical conflict.

    Troy says: "eye-opening"
    "First 2/3 = fasincating, final third = GOP rant"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd definitely recommend the first 2/3 to anyone wanting to do more about the history of radical islam and how it became more powerful. not sure i'd recommend it blanketly.


    What other book might you compare Because They Hate to and why?

    Not sure there is a specific book other than the ones she has written, but it's in the category of international/foreign memoirs with a social context.


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

    Her performance actually helped save the book. She has a great tone and passion and you really know she's talking about her own life.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    more reinforcement that radical islam has only one focus - sharia law for the planet.


    0 of 0 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
    (66)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    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..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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
    (198)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (192)

    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."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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
    (805)
    Performance
    (737)
    Story
    (737)

    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"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    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

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.