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  • Star Trek Movie Tie-In

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Zachary Quinto
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (275)

    In the far reaches of the galaxy, a machine of war bursts into existence in a place and time it was never meant to be. On a mission of retribution for the destruction of his planet, its half-mad captain seeks the death of every intelligent being, and the annihilation of every civilized world. Kirk and Spock, two completely different and unyielding personalities must find a way to lead the only crew, aboard the only ship, that can stop him.

    Katelyn says: "Excellent"
    "Enjoyed the audio production"
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    Zachary Quinto does a wonderful job narrating this book. Very nice overall. If you liked the movie, you'll like this too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Martin Short
    • Narrated By Martin Short
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (458)

    Martin Short takes you on a rich, hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking ride through his life and times, from his early years in Toronto as a member of the fabled improvisational troupe Second City to the all-American comic big time of Saturday Night Live and memorable roles in movies such as ¡Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride.

    Ty Brady says: "This is what audio books were made for!"
    "Touching yet funny"
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    I enjoyed this book. Better than I expected. Martin Short was great as narrator. Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (3894)
    Performance
    (1784)
    Story
    (1777)

    Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

    Holly says: "Kitchen Confidential"
    "Thoroughly Enjoyed"
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    Interesting tales from the New York restaurant scene from the 1990s. Worth spending credits on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Integration Marketing: : How Small Businesses Become Big Businesses - and Big Businesses Become Empires

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Mark Joyner
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    The biggest, most successful businesses you can think of all started small and grew their way to massive success. What was their secret? Is there something those companies have in common - from Microsoft to McDonald's to U.S. Steel - that helped them grow from small businesses to globe-spanning corporations?The answer is "yes," and it's right here.

    Mark says: "Interesting Insight"
    "What Is Integration Marketing? Nobody Knows."
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    I always hate leaving a bad review, and I'm not here to say this was terrible. Just that I didn't "get" the concept of Integration Marketing. After listening to more than an hour of this, I could not describe what it is exactly to you. It seems to be everything.

    It appears that the author simply invented a brandable term, and started to look for success stories from the past that could be labelled as that. Microsoft's deal with IBM was integration marketing. McDonald's uses it too. And GoDaddy uses it when they try to sell you hosting when you buy a domain name. Everything is integration marketing I guess. Give me a break.

    It's one thing to invent something new, and then try to convince people to try it based on the way its worked for you. But to reach 20 years into the past and try to attribute other's success to it is just too much to bear.

    I did love that the book was short. At least he didn't try to make it a 20 hour listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3263)
    Performance
    (3063)
    Story
    (3080)

    Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

    Ryan says: "It's about time!"
    "Good Sequel to the Original Story"
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    This series of books are a good sequel to the movies, and introduces a few new characters that I hope make it into future series. If you loved the movies, I'm fairly sure you will enjoy these books.

    A few points that prevent me from giving it a perfect score:
    1) The books seem to reference key points in the movies in flashback scenes that are not relevant to this story (Mos Eisley cantina, the battle on Endor, Luke's losing his hand, the Death Star, etc etc etc etc). And they sometimes flashback to the same event more than once. I think the books would have stood on their own fine without so many flashbacks to events that did not happen in this book. But I can see why they did it.

    2) The protagonist (Grand Admiral Thrawn) is known as a great strategist, but he's "too" great. Unnaturally great. Given almost no information, he can poke a hole through the Rebel Alliance's strategy and predict their true plan. I wish there were more subtle reasons why he made some of the calls he did. Does he have special powers? Other unmentioned spies? The book just has him diverting troops to the perfect spot at the perfect time for no reason.

    3) Meanwhile, the Alliance has the opposite problem. Leia is presented with a fairly obvious hint that something is strange, and she shrugs it off. But Thrawn is told of an inconsequential issue with a passing ship and he chases after it personally.

    Other than that, it's very engaging, and I'm looking forward to more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rapid Brazilian (Portuguese): Volumes 1 & 2)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By earworms Learning
    • Narrated By Marlon Lodge
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    Earworms mbt(c) is a revolutionary accelerated technique that takes the hard work out of learning.By listening a few times to these specially composed melodies, with their rhythmic repetitions of Brazilian (Portuguese) and English, you will pick up essential words and phrases that will not just be on the tip of your tongue but burnt deeply into your long-term memory in next to no time.If you like music, and want to make rapid progress without any formal knowledge of language learning, Earworms mbt© Rapid Portuguese (Brazilian) is the course for you.

    Scott says: "A Different Style of Instruction"
    "A Different Style of Instruction"
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    First, definitely listen to the Sample before purchasing. This is a different style of language instruction, and I imagine it's not for everyone. But if you've tried the drier books on the topic, maybe it's time to try something set to a music track.

    The concept is simple. The spoken word is synchronized to the music track playing behind. So the conversation becomes almost like lyrics. There is a nice style of repetition they do here too that also lends itself to learning. They will typically take a sentence ("where would you like to go to eat") and say that a few times along with its translation, and then break up each word/component ("where", "would", "you", etc.) and learn the meaning of individual words. Sometimes they say it slow and sometimes at normal speed.

    Again, this style is not for everyone, but I enjoyed it, and will listen to this again a few times to help me brush up on my Portuguese. Worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Scott Adams
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (670)
    Performance
    (615)
    Story
    (620)

    Scott Adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you’ve ever met or anyone you’ve even heard of. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world’s most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years? In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares the strategy he has used since he was a teen to invite failure in, to embrace it, then pick its pocket.

    VyTri says: "Sucess advice from a cartoonist!"
    "See It Through To Get The Value"
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    I am part of the generation who worshiped Dilbert. Being an office dweller, I can fondly recall seeing Dilbert cartoons posted on the door's of office colleagues, and sometimes having my own favorite Dilbert cartoons that speak directly to the idiocy of the situation I find myself in.

    Thus I am already predisposed to like a serious business book written by the author of Dilbert.

    That being said, the book starts off with many many example of where the author has failed in life. The ideas he had before Dilbert that didn't work, the investments he's made in businesses after Dilbert became a success that failed, his personal medical problems that left him unable to speak in public for a long period of time. None of which are particularly funny, but serve the purpose of how he failed much more times than he has succeeded. Yet he's done very well.

    The latter half of the book is where the real meat of it is. Concrete advice on how to arrange your life. What subjects to study, where to invest your time, and little tips on how to increase your communication skills, speak in public, topics of small-talk conversations, and the like.

    It's not the perfect book. It's not something I recommend in lieu of the classics in the field of business or self-improvement. But it's worth your Audible credit and worth a listen. You'll be thinking of this book for days after you've finished reading it.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Aisha Tyler
    • Narrated By Aisha Tyler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (517)

    Aisha Tyler, comedian, actress, cohost of CBS's The Talk, star of Archer, and creator of the top-ranked podcast Girl on Guy, serves up a spectacular collection of her own self-inflicted wounds. From almost setting herself on fire, to vomiting on a boy she liked, to getting drunk and sleeping through the SATs, to going into crushing debt to pay for college and then throwing away her degree to become a comedian, Aisha's life has been a series of spectacularly epic fails. And she's got the scars to prove it. Literally.

    Kevin says: "Love it - weightier than you might think"
    "Enjoy Aisha Tyler's Story and Performance"
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    I've always enjoyed Aisha as an actress and bought this book without not knowing much about it. It really is about Aisha's life, and focuses on the embarrassing moments in her life. At times I wished the story was more uplifting and didn't focus so much on these funny by negative moments, but all in all it was an interesting book. I enjoyed it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Girl Walks into a Bar...: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rachel Dratch
    • Narrated By Rachel Dratch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1554)
    Performance
    (1417)
    Story
    (1418)

    Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered roles as "Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians." Her career at a low point, Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog- sitting, learning Spanish - and dating. After all, what did a forty-something single woman living in New York have to lose?

    Jeanine says: "Could not stop listening"
    "Rachel Dratch Has a Story to Tell"
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    What did you love best about Girl Walks into a Bar...?

    Interesting to learn what happens to actors/comedians after their Saturday Night Live career is over. Rachel Dratch is pretty funny, and tells good stories.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's an autobiography.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were some funny stories about her dating life before she got pregnant.


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

    It's fairly easy to sit to, and so I was able to finish the book in two days. It goes by quick.


    Any additional comments?

    This book might not be for everyone. But I enjoyed it. Rachel Dratch is not often in the top 10 lists of SNL actors, but she has a story to tell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 50th Law

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By 50 Cent, Robert Greene
    • Narrated By 50 Cent, Robert Greene
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (446)

    In The 50th Law, hip hop and pop culture icon 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) joins forces with Robert Greene, best-selling author of The 48 Laws of Power, to write a "bible" for success in life and work based on a single principle: fear nothing. With intimate stories from 50 Cent's life on the streets and in the boardroom as he rose to fame after the release of his album Get Rich or Die Tryin', as well as examples of others who have overcome adversity through understanding and practicing the 50th Law.

    David says: "A solid and well thought out book."
    "What an Interesting Concept"
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    What did you love best about The 50th Law?

    This book was unexpectedly deep. The last chapter has to do with confronting our own mortality. This book aimed to unlock fears we all have and allow us to unleash our success by getting rid of them.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The 50th Law?

    Did I mention this book is deep. It's not something you can ingest in 1 or 2 days. This will take a while to sink in and be digested.


    Did 50 Cent and Robert Greene do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Ha! Well, um, yes. It was very easy to differentiate Robert Greene from Curtis Jackson.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The 50th Law?

    I really should spend time thinking about life, death, and all the things I need to do now and now wait until it's too late. What is the worst that could happen? What IF I lost it all, and had to get it back? Would I work even harder if I had nothing to lose?


    Any additional comments?

    I was expecting this to be more about 50 Cent. This book is NOT really about 50 cent. He makes a few cameo appearances here and there, but basically it's only tangentially related to him.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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