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Asa

odessa, NY, United States

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  • Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ryan Holiday
    • Narrated By Ryan Holiday
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (275)

    "You’ve seen it all before. A malicious online rumor costs a company millions. A political sideshow derails the national news cycle and destroys a candidate. Some product or celebrity zooms from total obscurity to viral sensation. What you don’t know is that someone is responsible for all this. Usually, someone like me. I’m a media manipulator. In a world where blogs control and distort the news, my job is to control blogs—as much as any one person can."

    Book Mogul says: "Trust me, it's worth the listen, and I'm not lying"
    "Essential insight into our new news/media system"
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    What made the experience of listening to Trust Me, I'm Lying the most enjoyable?

    Everyone knows there's something fishy about the way the media works these days. Was I a fool or did there used to be more adherence to ethics and accountability for honesty? Ryan Holiday outlines exactly where we went wrong with modern media and shows the faults in a historical context. As far as reliability our media system has regressed 100 years and the web is providing the tools to do it.
    We do have the ability to change this though, and just knowing what's wrong helps fix the problem significantly, as new technologies come with a learning curve. Here's the manual.
    The beginning of the book outlays a lot of really useful information for how to get noticed in today's world, how to promote an idea or brand (and the shady ways in use today). That's what drew me in, but I stayed for the well put together picture exposing the framework of sham that leads our politics, ads, fun, -our lives- online. In the end it's a bit repetative and feels a touch watered down for page count. Maybe just in comparison to the meaty beginning?Overall I think this is information everyone of voting age NEEDS TO KNOW. If not to understand politics, to understand advertising, culture, and the conversations happening all around you both online and off.


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

    It's nice to hear him speak because it's written from his perspective. He is speaking to you in the book, so you get that added element of his personality that voice brings. If it wasn't narrated by the author I wouldn't care which, but in this case it's a nice bonus to gain a little insight/perspective about who he is.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I did listen to it all in one sitting.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2540)
    Performance
    (1382)
    Story
    (1375)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "Pretty f--king interesting."
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    Any additional comments?

    Interesting, fun, but wow so long. I guess it got a little boring 'cause I didn't finish it. But I got nearly there. Then it started feeling like more of the same I guess. Maybe it was just a dip, maybe the ending is great. Maybe I'll put in those last few hours. Maybe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Abandonment: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Peter Rock
    • Narrated By Tai Sammons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Thirteen-year-old Caroline and her father have lived for four years on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon, in Forest Park. He has homeschooled her using encyclopedias and books from the library while also teaching her a rigid code of behavior that enables them to survive in this wilderness. Yet one small mistake allows the authorities to discover them. Their forced relocation to a horse farm outside of the city becomes only a brief respite to their deeper flight from a world that can't understand them.

    Paula D. Morganti says: "OK....."
    "Worth the time. Fun, interesting."
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    What did you love best about My Abandonment?

    Each time the story took a major turn I thought I knew where it was going and anticipated a boring cliche, but it didn't deliver any. Instead it was a journey through a perspective that unfurls and changes with time.Sort of a day in the life, but not your average life, and not just one day.


    What other book might you compare My Abandonment to and why?

    Tideland? (movie) not plot but sort of perspective style, if it took place near Portland. This book is so Portland.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not going on my best of shelf with Dune or anything, but I'd say I got my money's worth and am glad I "read" it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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