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Jen

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  • A Man Without a Country

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    One of the greatest minds in American writing, Kurt Vonnegut shares his often hilarious and always insightful reflections on America, art, politics and life in general. No matter the subject, Vonnegut will have you considering perspectives you may never have regarded. On the creative process: "If you want to really hurt your parents...the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding."

    John says: "Good but uneven collection of essays"
    "Very disappointing: Vonnegut just brags and drags"
    Overall

    This book was filled with self-loving and self-promoting comments and opinions. Here, VOnagut wasted my time telling me about his artisian wife, doctor son, adopted children, war experiences, role as head of the humanitarians, after Issac Assimov of course. He brags about his successful family, drops names of famous "close" friends, etc... He keeps telling us what a wonderful, influential writer he is, how funny he is...I haven't found anything funny. THis reminds me of my Dad when he is on a self-righteous rant. Very disappointing, very irritating. I cannot believe i bought this. I have never read Vonnegut and now do not plan to.

    13 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • The New Yorker Festival - A Humor Revue

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Andrew Barlow, Noah Baumbach, Andy Borowitz, and others
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Humor has been a mainstay of The New Yorker since the magazine's inception in 1925. Harold Ross, The New Yorker's founding editor, characterized his magazine as "a comic weekly", featuring the work of such writers as Dorothy Parker, James Thurber, S.J. Perelman, A.J. Liebling, and Ring Lardner, among the country's greatest literary humorists.

    Jen says: "Terrible"
    "Terrible"
    Overall

    This was just awful and very disappointing. This is obviously the verbatim of an awards show and it would have been nice to have some of the boring introductions and awards left out. Each of the speakers actually read their jokes off a piece of paper. They didn't "deliver" the joke, literally read them. Listen to the sample before purchasing...but i would say skip this all together.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    Overall
    (5984)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (562)

    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

    Timothy says: "Fascinating book, despite the title."
    "Interesting, but not worth the read"
    Overall

    This book had some interesting points and case studies, many of which have been already made in similar books, such as the tipping point. The narrator lacks the skill of narrators of other audiobooks which i have read. Perhaps investing in a professional rather than one of the authors reading it would have been better. The book is written with an academic audience in mind, despite its use of plain language. The authors make grand generalizations and state them as fact. They are too confident in their analyses. There is a lot of self-glorification in this novel, to the point where it becomes irritating.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Trading Up

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Candace Bushnell
    • Narrated By Mira Sorvino
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Janey Wilcox wants to be on top. Not since author Candace Bushnell created Carrie Bradshaw and Sex and the City has there been a heroine like Janey Wilcox. Janey is a beautiful yet struggling social climber determined to survive in New York City society. Listeners first met Janey in Bushnell's international best seller 4 Blondes. Now, everyone's favorite character is back, with a major modeling contract, a Porsche Boxster, and big plans.

    Susan says: "Don't waste your time."
    "A"
    Overall

    If you are looking for a light, trashy read, this is it. The heroine is from one of her earlier books (four blondes, i believe). The content is comparable to reading "Cosmopolitan" or watching the OC or Melrose Place. Mira SOrvino did an amazing job in narrrating the book. A very easy book to listen to and great for traveling. It is by no means a brillant story, just an enjoyable listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10534)
    Performance
    (5775)
    Story
    (5820)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "A good choice for an audiobook"
    Overall

    This audiobook was sometimes slow and difficult to make it through, probably due to the great length of the book. It was however, always enjoyable. If I had bought this in print, I would have quickly rushed through it and skipped a chapter or two. FOr this reason, I felt the audioversion saved me from myself and forced me to appreciate each word. I greatly enjoyed this book and recommend it. JUST MAKE IT THROUGH!! It is worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Allen
    • Narrated By David Allen
    Overall
    (2664)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (229)

    From core principles to proven tricks, Getting Things Done has the potential to transform the way you work - and the way you experience work. At any level of implementation, David Allen's entertaining and thought-provoking advice shows you how to pick up the pace without wearing yourself down.

    Rick says: "Getting Things Done"
    "Repetitive and not terribly useful"
    Overall

    This was somewhat useful, but only if you are completely disorganized. This is basic knowledge for anyone who works in an office or uses microsoft outlook. The author makes a few good points, but the audio book is mainly filled with repetitve examples. This book would have been more useful if it were half as long (and half the price).

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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