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levi

Avid non-fiction audiobook listener as I drive. Love to learn and be entertained at same time. Have read over 300 audio books in four years.

clovis, CA, United States

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  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2452)
    Performance
    (1299)
    Story
    (1294)

    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"
    "Honest, funny and highly intelligent!"
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    I must first admit, I am a fan of the Rolling Stones. Maybe not a superfan, who knows all about all of their carrers, but still a fan. But after reading this, I am now a HUGE Keith Richards Fan!. This book seems to be an honest account of an amazing life, warts and all. The authour pulls no punches regarding his herion addiction and his other indescrections. Many other rock and roll authors have done the same, but seem to be bragging about their exploits. Mr. Richards just tells it like it was and is. He comes off as a very likeable guy, and extremely funny and intelligent. He has lived quite a life, and is not afraid to come clean about everything. Loved it, and recommend it to anyone who likes a good, fun read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (3483)
    Performance
    (1032)
    Story
    (1033)

    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Stephen says: "Well researched, well written, & well read"
    "Very informative, eye opening"
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    Really got a lot out of this book. I find human nature facinating, and this author breaks down out decision making process. Great narrator, and I really enjoyed the humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10788)
    Performance
    (6816)
    Story
    (6846)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Amazing story of courage and pride"
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    I must admit, I was not a big fan of Hillenbrand's writing. Did not really care for "Seabiscuit". However, she did a fantastic job of researching this story and the narration was excellent. The abosolute horror these prisoners had to endure, and endure they did, was nothing short of amazing. The only other story of human triumph that I can think of that comes close is the story of Sir Ernest Shackelton's and his journey. I read audio books in my work vehicle, and I drive quite a bit in my job. I found myself taking the longer routes and not minding traffic, just to get a bit more listening in before I reached my destination. I must warn any potential readers, this book is full of extereme human suffering and some of the most evil, dispicable men I have ever read about.On the other side, however, is such an amazing story of perseverance through so much adversity that there are no words to really describe it. I found myself crying at times when reading how bad these men were treated, and crying when reading of how they overcame. If you like history and stories of human triumph, this is a must read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2249)
    Performance
    (1633)
    Story
    (1629)

    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Patrick says: "compelling father-daughter story"
    "Larson scores again"
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    When it comes to non-fiction writers that can combine two interlocking stories, Larson has no peer. I read audio books for two reasons: to learn and to be entertained. I learned so much I did not know about the rise of the Third Reich, and had never heard anything about our diplomats living in Germany at that time. Larson weaves a great story with so much detail and vividness. I can't imagine the time it took to do the research needed to write a book such as this, but I am so glad that he did.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death in the City of Light: The Serial Killer of Nazi-Occupied Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David King
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (226)

    Death in the City of Light is the gripping, true story of a brutal serial killer who unleashed his own reign of terror in Nazi-Occupied Paris. As decapitated heads and dismembered body parts surfaced in the Seine, Commissaire Georges-Victor Massu, head of the Brigade Criminelle, was tasked with tracking down the elusive murderer in a twilight world of Gestapo, gangsters, resistance fighters, pimps, prostitutes, spies, and other shadowy figures of the Parisian underworld. The main suspect was Dr. Marcel Petiot, a handsome, charming physician with remarkable charisma.

    Caitanya says: "Too many facts too little story"
    "Facinating story of a little known mad man"
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    I read audio books for two reasons: to learn and to be entertained. This book does both. I had never heard this story, even though I have read many books about world war II and about true crime. I came across this book by accident when I was ordering an Eric Larson book. Just like Larson, in books such as "Devil in the White City", this author uses the backdrop of History as he tells the story of a mad man. Also like Larson, he is able to keep the reader yearning for more with every chapter. The narration is terrific. I usually prefer the narrator to just read the darned book, without too much dramatic interpratation. The fact that this narrator, however, speaks using the French and German accents when quoting really brings the story to life. I love this book, and look forward to reading more books by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (2499)
    Performance
    (1448)
    Story
    (1423)

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "Makes the world seem not so random"
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    I learned so much interesting information from this book. Many of the accepted methods of proving and explaining how statistics and math play out are debunked using plain, easy to understand terms. I also appreciated the humor. Great read, and if you get audio books to both learn something and be entertained, as I do, this will be a great addition to your library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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