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Matt

Oklahoma City, OK, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chuck Klosterman
    • Narrated By Chuck Klosterman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (137)

    In I Wear the Black Hat, Klosterman questions the very nature of how modern people understand the concept of villainy. What was so Machiavellian about Machiavelli? Why don't we see Batman the same way we see Bernhard Goetz? Who's more worthy of our vitriol - Bill Clinton or Don Henley? What was O.J. Simpson's second-worst decision? Masterfully blending cultural analysis with self-interrogation and limitless imagination, I Wear the Black Hat delivers perceptive observations on the complexity of the anti-hero.

    Niels J. Rasmussen says: "My Favorite Writer Falls a Little Short..."
    "Wow. What a pleasant surprise."
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    This is the first Chuck Klosterman book I've ever read. It was lighthearted, thought provoking and a lot of fun. I will be listening to his other books for sure.

    One thing to note though. He reads the book himself. And for the first 5 minutes I thought: "This guys should NOT be reading his own book." But after I got used to him, he seems like the perfect person to be narrating his work. I can't imagine one of the typical great readers like Scott Brick reading this. So if you listen to the sample and worry that you won't like the narration, don't worry, you will get used to it, it's a good thing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Michael Pollan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (438)

    In Cooked, Michael Pollan explores the previously uncharted territory of his own kitchen. Here, he discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements - fire, water, air, and earth - to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer. In the course of his journey, he discovers that the cook occupies a special place in the world....

    Matt says: "Michael Pollan Fans Will Love It."
    "Michael Pollan Fans Will Love It."
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    Great book. Michael Pollan fans will love it. BUT, in the past, his books were narrated by Scott Brick, who is fantastic. I wish the author didn't narrate the audiobook.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline for Success in Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (468)

    Most people think success comes from good luck or enormous talent, but many successful people achieve their accomplishments in a simpler way: through self-discipline. Brian Tracy knows this firsthand. He didn’t graduate from high school, and after working for a few years as a laborer, he realized he had limited skills and a limited future. But through the power of self-discipline, he changed his life.

    Steve says: "Highly Motivational!"
    "Most Poorly Narrated Audiobook I Own"
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    You can hear the tape hiss, or room noise or something. It sounds amateur. The narration makes this book unlistenable and I regret using a credit on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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