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  • No One Is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mike Davis, Justin Akers Chacón
    • Narrated By Mark F. Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    No One Is Illegal debunks the leading ideas behind the often-violent right-wing backlash against immigrants, revealing their deep roots in U.S. history.

    Anthony says: "Great book, poorly performed"
    "Illuminating"
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    It's almost bizarre to read this book, which reads as a snapshot of 2006 history. It's suddenly quite clear where the 2016/Trump era of xenophobia comes from; we only let the 8 years of Obama presidency brainwash us into forgetting. I enjoyed the balance of historic and current events' analysis and will be recommending this book near & far.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Show (the AudioBook): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart - foreword, Chris Smith
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Jay Snyder, Kevin T. Collins, and others
    Overall
    (1621)
    Performance
    (1492)
    Story
    (1489)

    This oral history takes the listener behind the curtain for all the show's highlights, from its origins as Comedy Central's underdog late-night program hosted by Craig Kilborn to Jon Stewart's long reign to Trevor Noah's succession, rising from a scrappy jester in the 24-hour political news cycle to become part of the beating heart of politics - a trusted source for not only comedy but also commentary, with a reputation for calling bullshit and an ability to effect real change in the world.

    Diana says: "Not narrated by the interviewees"
    "Better than expected"
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    This story is less about the pieces or controversies they covered than it is about the behind the scenes of the show over 16 years. The narrators do a stellar job of conveying the different voices and personalities, though of course I would have preferred actual video clips and interviews.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alexander Freed
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3107)
    Performance
    (2876)
    Story
    (2871)

    As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate...and a threat that may be too great to overcome.

    Acts238preacher says: "Better than the movie!"
    "One of the better SW novelizations"
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    I prefer the novelization of a movie that adds new insight and this one fits the bill! Both Jynn and Casian feel more complex as individuals, whether for the best or not, and knowing what each character was thinking in their final scenes was tremendous and heartbreaking. Poor K2!! 😭

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8673)
    Performance
    (7927)
    Story
    (7912)

    More than 30 years ago, Star Wars burst onto the big screen and became a cultural phenomenon. Now the next adventures in this blockbuster saga are poised to captivate old and new fans alike - beginning with the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And alongside the cinematic debut comes the thrilling novel adaptation by New York Times best-selling science fiction master Alan Dean Foster.

    Brad says: "Adds a bit to the Movie"
    "Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Movie"
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    This was hardly more than an exact narration of the movie. For some reason I was expecting more, and while there were 2 additional scenes and maybe a handful of added lines of dialogue, that's about it.
    Maybe if I hadn't watched the movie a down times already I would appreciate this more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Great Scientific Ideas That Changed the World

    • ORIGINAL (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Steven L. Goldman
    • Narrated By Professor Steven L. Goldman Ph.D. Boston University
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (121)

    What is the greatest scientific idea of all?Because science has so dramatically altered how we live and how we think about ourselves, the answer may well be the very idea of science itself, because-just like science's most important achievements-it, too, needed to be thought about, perfected, and invented.

    Neil Brightwell says: "Absorbing"
    "Least favorite Great Courses set thus far"
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    This is not the best Great Courses, though I could be overly critical. This unit could be half as long & tedious if it cut units on language or writing or progress; he argues these all interweave to make sense as to why they were included, but I find even that idea equally half baked.
    Additionally, often times I found myself asking "Wait, what? I didn't know that, where is that published?" but with no details ever provided. That's a criticism of many Great Courses lectures overall, not necessarily specific to this one.

    It was still illuminating in many ways, but combine the above with the relative dryness and stammering of the lecturer, and it all adds up so a "so-so" course in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Clara Parkes
    • Narrated By Clara Parkes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (191)

    Building on the success of The Yarn Whisperer, Clara Parkes' rich personal essays invite listeners and devoted crafters on excursions to be savored, from a guide who quickly comes to feel like a trusted confidante. In Knitlandia, she takes listeners along on 17 of her most memorable journeys across the globe over the last 15 years, with stories spanning from the fjords of Iceland to a cozy yarn shop in Paris' 13th arrondissement.

    Nanciann Nowlen says: "Not what I expected but even better"
    "Great for knitters..."
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    Great for knitters...but not sure if non-knitters would care for this book though, to be honest...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ultimate Lost and Philosophy: Think Together, Die Alone: The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sharon Kaye
    • Narrated By John McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Lost is more than just a popular television show; it's a complex examination of meaningful philosophical questions. What does good versus evil mean on the island? Is it a coincidence that characters John Locke and Desmond David Hume are named after actual philosophers? What is the ethics of responsibility for Jack? An action-adventure story with more than a touch of the metaphysical, Lost forces viewers to ask difficult questions of themselves just as the story asks difficult questions of its characters.

    Amazon Customer says: "Mostly good"
    "Mostly good"
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    I enjoy the "...and Philosophy" series and thought this would be an easy home run. It wasn't. First, this is one of the poorest editing jobs on an audiobook I've listened to. It's as if the narrator forgets he's supposed to be using his Deep Serious Voice, which the editor then splices within his normal cadence clips - sometimes multiple splices mid-sentence! Not to mention one chapter repeats an 8-min ending of a precious chapter, which makes you feel even more insane while listening to dense philosophical discussion about time travel. So perhaps reading the printed book is better.
    That said, it was surprisingly short! For covering such a philosophical show with 6 seasons, it's not much of an "Ultimate" reading with so few essays. No editing or printed copy will fix that.

    That's the bad news. The good news is I enjoyed the content! Listening to philosophers try to make logical reason of a JJ Abrams/Damon Lindelof time paradox was as hilarious as I thought it would be. What's even funnier is then *Watching* the beloved show and noticing that time travel discussion quotes lifted from the show conveniently ended without including Hurley's paradoxical question "then why didn't Ben recognize Sayid as the guy who shot him when he was a kid?" and Miles' response of "... huh ... I hadn't thought of that ..."
    Oddly enough, I found the appendix and author credits to be the most interesting element of this book. I'm glad I found extra reading material through those chapters.

    Overall I'd consider this one more on the miss side of "hit or miss" - though not entirely a miss, I'm just glad I didn't pay full price. I suppose when comparing to "Monty Python & Philosophy" it's always going to be hard to beat! *nudge, nudge, think, think* 😉

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4612)
    Performance
    (4049)
    Story
    (4045)

    The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything. Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain.

    Bobbie says: "Not much new"
    "Even with bonus material, it's underwhelming"
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    A short book, and the last few chapters are from the Freakonomics podcast which I'd already heard. Overall, not their best book and not the best use of an audible credit though still had some good material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Turn of the Screw

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Emma Thompson, Richard Armitage - introduction
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2144)
    Performance
    (2019)
    Story
    (2008)

    Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Emma Thompson lends her immense talent and experienced voice to Henry James' Gothic ghost tale, The Turn of the Screw. When a governess is hired to care for two children at a British country estate, she begins to sense an otherworldly presence around the grounds. Are they really ghosts she's seeing? Or is something far more sinister at work?

    Gillian says: "Great, but Mightn't be the Best on Audible"
    "I love a classic ghost story!"
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    I worked on this opera and was interested in the source material, and I loved it! I love the opera more, but that's just because music enhances eeriness 10x!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jen Sincero
    • Narrated By Jen Sincero
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25907)
    Performance
    (22476)
    Story
    (22328)

    Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

    Matt says: "Title misrepresents tone of content"
    "Reviewing before trying"
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    I know it's unfair to criticize before actually trying all the advice she gives, but I simply cannot abide the bind optimism approach that tells terminly I'll people they're not trying hard enough to get better. But I'm sure beating my breast with my fists and yelling "I WANT MONEY!" will help.
    I'll come back and edit my review if it works. Yuhuh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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