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Andrew

MERRICK, NY, United States

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  • The Violent Bear It Away

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Flannery O’ Connor
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (99)

    The orphaned Francis Marion Tarwater and his cousin, Rayber, defy the prophecy of their dead uncle - that Tarwater will become a prophet and will baptize Rayber's young son, Bishop. A series of struggles ensue, as Tarwater fights an internal battle against his innate faith and the voices calling him to be a prophet, while Rayber tries to draw Tarwater into a more “reasonable” modern world. Both wrestle with the legacy of their dead relatives and lay claim to Bishop's soul.

    Darwin8u says: "Biblical, American and Absolutely Brutal"
    "Disturbing in Biblical Proportion"
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    Where does The Violent Bear It Away rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is among the very best audiobooks I've listened to. The performance is haunting and captivating. The text is elevated and infused with meaning by the reader.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David McRaney
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (786)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (682)

    An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK - delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework. Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday.

    Sarah Dumoulin says: "Covers a lot of old territory"
    "Concise and Insightful"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    These days publishers have been churning out books by scientific journalists on fun topics usually with self-help overtones for people who see themselves as too smart for Tony Robbins. As those books go, You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney is at the fore of what is becoming a tiresome pack. This book is basically the Reader's Digest version of the history of Cognitive Psychology told in a brisk, colloquial style. The tone of the prose is twentysomething while the narrator is far north of fifty. Didn't bother me all that much, the prose or the narrator. Seemed a little disjointed at times. But overall a worthwhile listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Savage Detectives: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Roberto Bolaño
    • Narrated By Eddie Lopez, Armando Durán
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    The late Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño has been called the García Marquez of his generation. The Savage Detectives is a hilarious and sexy, meandering and melancholy, companionable and complicated road trip through Mexico City, Barcelona, Israel, Liberia, and finally the desert of northern Mexico. It is the first of Bolaño's two giant works, with 2666, to be translated into English and is already being hailed as a masterpiece.

    Rebecca Lindroos says: "Started slow but ended great"
    "Best Story About Poets Ever"
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    Would you listen to The Savage Detectives again? Why?

    This is one the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. The performances by the duel narrators worked brilliantly together. The first, Eddie Lopez, captures the youthful story that bookends the sad, romantic journey that comprises the bulk of the novel. This is great literature and great entertainment. This is either the most poetic novel I have ever come across or the best narrative epic poem of the last 100 years.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Savage Detectives?

    Too many to count. The sojourns to Israel and Africa were fascinating and disturbing.


    What about Eddie Lopez and Armando Durán ’s performance did you like?

    It was unconventional, yet worked. His narration was natural and unaffected. He was able to deliver the romance and sadness of youth.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The best book about literature since Ulysses.


    Any additional comments?

    I said before that this is one of the best listens I have come across. Until it is knocked from its perch, I will call it the best. Can't wait to listen to Bolano's 2066.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Hologram for the King

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (174)

    In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great. In A Hologram for the King, Dave Eggers takes us around the world to show how one man fights to hold himself and his splintering family together in the face of the global economy’s gale-force winds. This richly layered novel is a powerful evocation of our contemporary moment.

    Dean says: "A deeply enjoyable man vs world story"
    "A Ballad for the Twilight of the American Empire"
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    Would you listen to A Hologram for the King again? Why?

    This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to in a long time. Dion Graham, the narrator, manages a tone that is paradoxically grim yet with bouts of hope and, even more surprising, romance. He is the main character. He is not just reading his sad ballad.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was taut, episodic with fascinating and unexpected detours. The story moves well. This could make a great movie with little need for tinkering.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    When you think that you have lost everything, you sometimes discover that you were wrong....


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Capital

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Lanchester
    • Narrated By Colin Mace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (98)

    It’s 2008, and things are falling apart: Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers are going under, and the residents of Pepys Road, London - a banker and his shopaholic wife, an old woman dying of a brain tumor and her graffiti-artist grandson, Pakistani shop owners and a shadowy refugee who works as the meter maid, the young soccer star from Senegal and his minder - are receiving anonymous postcards reading "We Want What You Have." Who is behind it? What do they want?

    Lynda Rands says: "Wonderful characters, great story"
    "The Way We Live Now"
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    If you could sum up Capital in three words, what would they be?

    Ordinary but profound.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This Altmanesque story touches upon the lives of "typical" Londoners. The book does not dazzle you with creativity. It settles for small insights. Its greatest virtue is that despite its breadth it never hits a false note.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is outstanding. I have seen interviews with John Lanchester, the author. The narrator has the same tone and inflection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
    • Narrated By Joe Ochman
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (573)

    In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem, and in Antifragile he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what Taleb calls the "antifragile" is actually beyond the robust, because it benefits from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. The antifragile needs disorder in order to survive and flourish. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner.

    PHIL says: "Some good ideas, smart guy, not smart as HE thinks"
    "Mind Blowing Ideas"
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    What did you love best about Antifragile?

    This book is erudite, yet practical. Taleb is the most important thinker to make his mark in this new century. Maybe I am lapsing into hyperbole, but I don't want to understate how powerful this book is. This book lays waste to conventional wisdom and the tired left-right dynamic. Have you ever read a book that challenges the way you see nearly everything?


    What other book might you compare Antifragile to and why?

    There is nothing to compare this too. This is the most intense book since Nietszche's Will to Power.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole concept of 'skin in the game.' In twenty years this may be the measure of everything.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Lead me to Seneca and Lucretius.


    Any additional comments?

    If this site is around 100 years from now, this book will be a bestseller then. Thomas Friedman and Paul Krugman will be trivia.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The TenX Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Grant Cardone
    • Narrated By Grant Cardone
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (253)

    Extreme success, by definition, lies beyond the realm of normal action. If you want to achieve extreme success, you can’t operate like everybody else and settle for mediocrity. You need to remove luck and chance from your business equation, and lock in massive success. The 10X Rule shows you how!

    Michael says: "Very hyped push strategy"
    "Pure inspiration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Had never listened to Mr. Cardone before this. He is an amazing speaker. He delivers his own words with force and credibility. This is s a special book. I disagree with the critics who claim this work is somehow derivative. Any book about wisdom will not be able to reinvent the wheel. But Mr. Cardone does not offer cliches. He offers a choice between a life of meaning and a life of confusion.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Flannery O’Connor
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (136)

    This now classic book revealed Flannery O’Connor as one of the most original and provocative writers to emerge from the South. Her apocalyptic vision of life is expressed through grotesque, often comic situations in which the principal character faces a problem of salvation: the grandmother, in the title story, confronting the murderous Misfit; a neglected four-year-old boy looking for the Kingdom of Christ in the fast-flowing waters of the river; General Sash, about to meet the final enemy.

    Darwin8u says: "O'Connor's Words Shoot Me Every Minute of my Life"
    "Great stories; less than great narration"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories the most enjoyable?

    These are classic American stories, touching upon all the hot bottoms of our culture: race, class, gender and religion. These stories are both funny and frightening, sad and instructive. However, the narrator does not do them justice. These stories are read in a uniform, uninspired,rushed monotone. Still, not a total loss. The material is that good.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Win Your Case: How to Present, Persuade, and Prevail, Every Place, Every Time

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gerry Spence
    • Narrated By Gerry Spence
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    What's true for training great trial lawyers is true for all winning presenters. According to renowned trial attorney and best-selling author Gerry Spence, presenting a case before decision makers is not simply a technique, but an occasion for summoning your deepest reserves to advocate on behalf of something crucial.

    Jun says: "Win Your Case"
    "Pep talk for trial attorneys"
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    Would you listen to Win Your Case again? Why?

    Spence delivers his general ideas about the practice and offers insight into how he does what he does. While at times he reduces his opponents --insurance companies, the police, judges-- to straw dogs, he delivers the work with the same verve and creativity he brings to his cases. This book is not just about trials; Spence is advocating as if it were a trial. It makes for a fascinating and exciting listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Zora Neale Hurston
    • Narrated By Ruby Dee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (905)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (458)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel begs to be read aloud, and Ruby Dee answers the challenge with utter perfection, capturing the wide range of characters and their diverse accents with grace and power. Their Eyes Were Watching God is the luminous and haunting novel about Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930s, whose journey from a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance has inspired writers and readers for close to 70 years.

    Leslie says: "a pleasure"
    "Great actress reading great work"
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    Would you listen to Their Eyes Were Watching God again? Why?

    Ruby Dee's performance is itself worthy of being called a classic. One of the great American actresses reads one of the great classics of the Harlem Renaissance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Canada

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Richard Ford
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (451)

    When 15-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed. His parents' arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border.

    Susan C. S. says: "After the last word, went right back to beginning"
    "Haunting and Sad"
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    What made the experience of listening to Canada the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was understated and very likeable. His interpretation complimented the story and tone of the novel. Holter Graham was born to read a Richard Ford novel. This story is less a page turner than an intensely realized portrait of ordinary people who have their lives blown up and their fumbling attempts to pick up the pieces. A very sad yet strangely uplifting book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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