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Matt

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  • It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Mann, Norman J. Ornstein
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (131)

    Congressional scholars Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein identify two overriding problems that have led Congress—and the United States—to the brink of institutional collapse. But they offer a panoply of useful ideas and reforms, endorsing some solutions, like greater public participation and institutional restructuring, while debunking others, like independent or third-party candidates. Above all, they call on the media as well as the public to focus on the true causes of dysfunction rather than just throwing the bums out every election cycle.

    Scott says: "A No-Nonsense Look at our Current Political Crisis"
    "Required"
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    This book should be required reading in every civics class in America. The authors do an amazing job of laying out the history of our government and explaining why it has become so ineffective.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2379)
    Performance
    (2192)
    Story
    (2194)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Craig says: "Solid to Silly to Inane"
    "Outstanding!"
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    Simply put: one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to. Jeff Gurner does a wonderful job delivering Suarez's story. This book is incredibly well paced, the characters are engaging and believable, the plot is gripping... Simply fantastic. I've really enjoyed all of Suarez's woks, and am a big fan of Gurner. That said, this is unquestionably Suarez's best book (so far), and Gurner is the perfect voice to deliver it. A wonderful combination. The experience was simply outstanding!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Charles P. Pierce
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (144)

    The culture wars are over and the idiots have won. This is a veteran journalist’s caustically funny, righteously angry lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States. The three Great Premises of Idiot America: · Any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings, or otherwise moves units; anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough; "fact" is that which enough people believe. And "truth" is determined by how fervently they believe it.

    Vargas says: "You Get What You Paid For"
    "Must Listen"
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    This should be a must listen for every high school senior. Want to know why the media is a mess? Your answers are here. This book made me mad, bummed me out, and broadened my view.

    The stupidity it points out might bring you down, but this book is important and very good.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (3535)
    Performance
    (1447)
    Story
    (1441)

    Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

    Holly says: "Kitchen Confidential"
    "Changed the way I think about food"
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    I'm not a foodie. I don't work in the food industry. I heard Anthony Bourdain on the WTF podcast. I've been aware of Bourdain, but didn't have strong feelings about him either way. After listening to him on WTF, I was fascinated. I promptly came here and got Kitchen Confidential. I am SO glad I did.

    Bourdain's stories are extremely entertaining. The pictures he paints are vivid and wonderful. The characters from his life that he introduces us to are fascinating and engaging. This book is as much a story of Bourdain growing up as it is about food.

    This book is about food though. Food and the people who prepare it for us. This book has changed the way I look at and think about restaurants. When I order now, I can feel Bourdain's influence. I know why things are on special, and when to avoid them. I am more willing to step outside my comfort zone and more anxious to try new interesting things.

    This book is great. Bourdain's reading is wonderful. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight of the Elites: America after Meritocracy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Christopher Hayes
    • Narrated By Christopher Hayes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (309)

    Over the past decade, Americans watched in bafflement and rage as one institution after another - from Wall Street to Congress, the Catholic Church to corporate America, even Major League Baseball - imploded under the weight of corruption and incompetence. In the wake of the Fail Decade, Americans have historically low levels of trust in their institutions; the social contract between ordinary citizens and elites lies in tatters. How did we get here? Christopher Hayes offers a radically novel answer.

    Matt says: "Listen To This Immediately!"
    "Listen To This Immediately!"
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    This is a PHENOMENAL book and the author does an excellent job narrating it. Twilight of the Elites will make you think. A lot. I used the "back 30 seconds" button on my app constantly to make sure I got all of many of the points he makes. It's not that they aren't well articulated, they're just full of important information. You'll likely want to listen to this one twice.

    If you have the same vague feeling I did, that things aren't quite working the way they're supposed to, but you're not sure why, Hayes will explain it to you. He breaks down many of the things we take as fact about how American society works, explains the components, presents a mountain of evidence, and then blows apart the conventions that you thought were true.

    This book is about explaining the system in which Americans live. It's not about trashing the left or the right. Simply explaining what we have, why we have it, and how it works. This is an important book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Steve Jobs Way: iLeadership for a New Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jay Elliot, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (750)
    Story
    (744)

    In iLeadership, Jay Elliot gives the listener the opportunity of seeing Steve Jobs as only his closest associates have ever seen him, and to learn what has made him - and the mystique of his management style - capable of creating tools so extraordinary that they have remade three industries and have transformed the way we create, consume, and communicate with each other.

    David says: "a man who actually worked with Jobs"
    "Good listen, but beware of fanboy-ism"
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    This book was really interesting. Jay Elliot provides a behind the scenes look at Apple through most of its history. As an IT pro, and a tech enthusiast, it was really interesting. Definitely worth the listen.

    That said, beware of Jay's turns to severe fanboy-ism. This book is one part history lesson, one part business lecture, and one part love letter to Steve Jobs. This is to be expected to some extent. The book is about Steve Jobs after all. However, once the subject turns to the iPhone time period, Jay goes from invested observer to full on fanboy. He repeatedly blames all problems with the first iPhone on AT&T. Any follower of the industry knows that while AT&T's coverage is nothing to brag about, the first iPhone had some significant antenna issues. By the time I got to the last 30 minutes of the book I found myself arguing with Jay, and rolling my eyes at his praises.

    If you're an Apple fan, you will love this. If you're a tech enthusiast, but not an Apple person, prepare for a heavy dose of Apple love. BUT, if you can handle the syrup, there is an incredibly interesting story of one of the industry's most iconic companies and leaders just beneath the surface.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Craig Ferguson
    • Narrated By Craig Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1643)
    Performance
    (1029)
    Story
    (1028)

    In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark - as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

    Diane says: "Unabashedly Honest"
    "Fantastic"
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    This is a really well written book, and Craig does a great job of presenting it. You can hear the embarrassment in his voice during the telling of some particularly shameful tales. You can also hear his pride when he talks about getting his citizenship, his son, and conquering his demons.

    It truly is an incredibly enjoyable listen. I was sucked in to the tale from the beginning, and it made the better part of a 26 hour drive fly right by. I highly recommend this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom (TM)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5026)
    Performance
    (2997)
    Story
    (3011)

    In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.

    James says: "wow - a must read"
    "Phenomenal"
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    This book is phenomenal! Be sure to listen to "Daemon" first (which is also excellent) so you've got your bearings. Suarez does an amazing job of spinning real world politics in with his world of realistic fictional (for now?) technology. This book made it hard to take off my headphones. My dog certainly enjoyed his extra long walks while I was listening to it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Neil deGrasse Tyson
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (159)

    In August 2006, the International Astronomical Union voted Pluto out of planethood. Far from the sun, tiny, and eccentric in orbit, it's a wonder Pluto has any fans. Yet during the mounting debate over Pluto's status, Americans rallied behind the extraterrestrial underdog.

    John says: "A Great Value"
    "Enjoyable and Entertaining"
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    I found Dr. Tyson's tale to be insightful, educational, and very entertaining. I was introduced to Dr. Tyson through his appearances on The Daily Show. He's just as entertaining in this audiobook as he is chatting with Jon Stewart.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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