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SAMA

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  • The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Philip Zimbardo
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (296)

    What makes good people do bad things? How can moral people be seduced to act immorally? Where is the line separating good from evil, and who is in danger of crossing it? Social psychologist Philip Zimbardo has the answers. He explains how - and the myriad reasons why - we are all susceptible to the lure of "the dark side". Drawing on examples from history as well as his own trailblazing research, Zimbardo details how situational forces and group dynamics can make monsters out of decent men and women.

    Peter says: "What Most of Us Would Wish To Deny About Ourselves"
    "A look into the dark side of humanity"
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    This book redefines the perspective of good and evil, and shows us that there is no true "good" or "evil" person, only circumstances that push us toward one or the other. This book, even if it drags on at some points, is worth listening to if you wonder about what makes people good and evil.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Villains Rule: The Shadow Master, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By M. K. Gibson
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (890)

    Hi, how are you? Yes, I am talking to you, the reader of this book's description. Okay, I get it, fourth-wall breaking is overdone. Get over it. This book, Villains Rule, is a fantasy action-comedy which you have to hear. Not because it redefines the genre, far from it. But rather for what it contains. A villain's tale. How often do you get to listen to a story where the villain is the protagonist? No, not an anti-hero, or a brooding monster, nor a hero thinly disguised as a villain. And not evil. If you want evil, take that nonsense to therapy.

    Amazon Customer says: "Ignore the cover art."
    "Caught me by surprise"
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    This book was hilarious, exciting and extremely satisfying. Strongly recommended. You have to give it a shot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Food: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2904)
    Performance
    (2572)
    Story
    (2557)

    Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet ("choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover") and decrying the worst offenders ("kale is the early morning of foods"). Fans flocked to his New York Times best-selling book Dad Is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave - his thoughts on all things culinary(ish).

    Adam Shields says: "Funny, but read more like a series of jokes"
    "A Foodie's Journey"
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    This book describes the history of the foods we love, the people that hate it, and why it's far better and has greater depth than we expected. A fun book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Renegades

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler, Dan Bittner
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (667)
    Story
    (667)

    The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies - humans with extraordinary abilities - who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice - and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

    Guarding Cross says: "Like conclusions? This book isn't for you..."
    "Perfect Superhero Suspense"
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    I love a good superhero story, and this doesn't disappoint. The conflict is there, both within the two protagonists of the story and among different characters. There is spectacle, there are memorable scenes you will remember long after you finish the story, and compelling characters.

    Two problems exist, each costing this story a star:

    1. The handful of unresolved and critical storyline threads, a couple of which absolutely need to come to fruition.
    2. A brand new conflict is introduced almost immediately after the inevitable final showdown ends. This could have easily been left for the prologue of the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jason Schreier
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1150)
    Performance
    (1047)
    Story
    (1046)

    Developing video games—hero's journey or fool's errand? The creative and technical logistics that go into building today's hottest games can be more harrowing and complex than the games themselves, often seeming like an endless maze or a bottomless abyss. In Blood, Sweat, and Pixels, Jason Schreier takes listeners on a fascinating odyssey behind the scenes of video game development, where the creator may be a team of 600 overworked underdogs or a solitary geek genius.

    SAMA says: "Behind the Scenes"
    "Behind the Scenes"
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    The stories in this book are:

    1. Pillars of Eternity: How crowdfunding changes the rules, and changes the priorities of the developer who promised backers certain gameplay features, against deadlines and a limited budget. This story provides a better understanding of the benefits and drawbacks of crowdfunding.
    2. Uncharted 4: How too much success affects a studio, and how to successfully end a successful series. It is also the story of The Last of Us, which nobody expected to be successful early on. I enjoyed all the possibilities of how different this game could have been.
    3. Stardew Valley: The great risks and heartwarming payoff of going solo. The ending made me want to play this game.
    4. Diablo 3: The troubles of online-only games, and the angst and pressures of racing against time to meet player expectations. In the end, it is a success story that had a lot of challenges and frustrations along the way.
    5. Halo Wars: How games are transformed in the middle of development, and the pressures of working against a deadline. The Age of Empires developers are behind Halo Wars. Who knew?
    6. Dragon Age: Inquisition: How EA corporate politics and poor can slow down game development and creates a large degree of developer frustration. After reading this, I have a better understanding of why EA is a blight on video games.
    7. Shovel Knight: The quest to create an iconic character inspired by classic NES games and characters. It provides an insider look into an indie game team and the challenges they face.
    8. Destiny: The challenges of combining multiple genres and trying to create something that's never been done before, and how past successes tend to dictate what the next success would look like. It is also the story of how a developer matures.
    9. The Witcher 3: The reason for the volume and quality of content is revealed, in one of the most fascinating and enjoyable chapters of this audiobook.
    10. Star Wars 1313: How a game that can do no wrong ends up being buried due to corporate politics. Delayed because of Disney and canceled outright by EA, this is the game that makes you wonder, what if? Also, f*ck EA.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Hajdu
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (405)

    In the years between World War II and the emergence of television as a mass medium, American popular culture as we know it was first created in the bold, pulpy pages of comic books. The Ten-Cent Plague explores this cultural emergence and its fierce backlash while challenging common notions of the divide between "high" and "low" art.

    Don M says: "Art can't hurt you"
    "Fearmongering going out of control"
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    This is what happened when the cave men argued against fire, or when technophobes riled against the Internet. It's another instance of the backlash against anything new, and it will unfortunately continue in a series of generational battles as long as people are around.

    Listen to this, and promise yourself that you won't be part of the problem when a new technology emerges.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unfu*k Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Gary John Bishop
    • Narrated By Gary John Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10892)
    Performance
    (9398)
    Story
    (9286)

    Are you tired of feeling f*cked up? If you are, Gary John Bishop has the answer. In this straightforward handbook, he gives you the tools and advice you need to demolish the slag weighing you down and become the truly unf*cked version of yourself. "Wake up to the miracle you are," he directs. "Here's what you've forgotten: You're a f*cking miracle of being." It isn't other people that are standing in your way; it isn't even your circumstances that are blocking your ability to thrive. It's yourself and the negative self-talk you keep telling yourself.

    Kerry Strong says: "Now I'm F'd for sure!"
    "Gary John Bishop tells it like it is"
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    Finally, a book that tells you to stop screwing yourself up with what-ifs and why-nots and instead do something good. It challenges you to stop listening if you're unsatisfied with what's being said, but you know you can't. It is profound.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vacation Guide to the Solar System

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Olivia Koski, Jana Grcevich
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney, Olivia Koski, Jana Grcevich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Imagine taking a hike along the windswept red plains of Mars to dig for signs of life or touring one of Jupiter's 64 moons, where you can photograph its swirling storms. For a shorter trip on a tight budget, the moon is quite majestic and very quiet if you can make it during the off-season. Packed with real-world science, The Vacation Guide to the Solar System is the must-have planning guide for the curious space adventurer, covering all of the essentials for your next voyage, how to get there, and what to do when you arrive.

    Rebecca says: "Interesting"
    "Thoroughly researched, wonderfully written"
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    Once in a while, a unique audiobook comes along that's just a joy to listen to. This is one of them. It goes through all the planets and major celestial bodies (even Pluto), and explores what it takes to get there, how to survive and what to expect. This is a work of genius.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fight and Flight: Magic 2.0, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6927)
    Performance
    (6527)
    Story
    (6507)

    Martin and his friends discovered that their world is computer generated and that by altering the code they could alter reality. They traveled back in time to Medieval England to live as wizards. Almost everything they've done since then has, in one way or another, blown up in their faces. So of course they decide to make dragons. It does not go well.

    Virgil says: "Major stumble in a great series"
    "Tired"
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    At this point of the series, one has to wonder if there's any reason why I even bother. The characters are caricatures of themselves, the story is going nowhere and the next book had better be the series finale.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Life in Parts

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Bryan Cranston
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4185)
    Performance
    (3910)
    Story
    (3891)

    Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father, a struggling actor and director, cast him in a United Way commercial. Soon Bryan was haunting the local movie theater, memorizing and reenacting favorite scenes with his older brother. Acting was clearly the boy's destiny - until one day his father disappeared. Suddenly destiny took a backseat to survival. Seeking something more stable, perhaps subconsciously trying to distance himself from his absent father, Cranston decided on a career in law enforcement.

    kelli mcgourty says: "They're all good parts."
    "Heisenberg"
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    Bryan Cranston provides a rich and captivating autobiography, detailing his beginnings, his successes and his failures. This is a story worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Oliver Burkeman
    • Narrated By Oliver Burkeman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1753)
    Performance
    (1552)
    Story
    (1542)

    The Antidote is a series of journeys among people who share a single, surprising way of thinking about life. What they have in common is a hunch about human psychology: that it’s our constant effort to eliminate the negative that causes us to feel so anxious, insecure, and unhappy. And that there is an alternative "negative path" to happiness and success that involves embracing the things we spend our lives trying to avoid.

    Bonny says: "The Antidote explores the negative path."
    "The best way to be happy is not to try to be happy"
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    "Are you happy?" is a question that kills any joy most of us have. In our hopeless and endless pursuit to find happiness, we miss out on the happiness and positivity we might otherwise enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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