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Jeff

MASON, OH, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Steven Levy
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3073)
    Performance
    (2229)
    Story
    (2237)

    Few companies in history have ever been as successful and as admired as Google, the company that has transformed the Internet and become an indispensable part of our lives. How has Google done it? Veteran technology reporter Steven Levy was granted unprecedented access to the company, and in this revelatory book he takes listeners inside Google headquarters - the Googleplex - to explain how Google works.

    Jeff says: "Great for the stories."
    "Great for the stories."
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    More of a "20/20" investigation of Google than anything else. Does assume you have the name familiarity that he does which can get difficult to follow at times.

    20 hours is a long time to explain only a decade, and there is some redundancy.

    The stories, are excellent. Steven obviously had an "all access" path in Google. If you have any questions about this company, or consider them on any level, there is information in this you'll be excited to hear.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Tucker Max
    • Narrated By Tucker Max
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (349)

    "My name is Tucker Max, and I am an asshole. I get excessively drunk at inappropriate times, disregard social norms, indulge every whim, ignore the consequences of my actions, mock idiots and posers, sleep with more women than is safe or reasonable, and just generally act like a raging dickhead. But, I do contribute to humanity in one very important way: I share my adventures with the world."

    C. Campbell says: "Holy crap my life sucks"
    "I feel terrible for laughing so much"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Nope!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Interesting isn't very relevant, this book is a collection of how awful of a person Tucker Max is. He is the person you hate most out of all of your cliques, and this is how he thinks. You're just glad you don't know him or anyone involved and can laugh at the stories.


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

    He sounds like an idiot, and he trips up when he speaks a bit, which is good because I don't want to think he's very smart, even if he is.


    Do you think I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really. I know there are more books, and while I enjoyed this one, one was enough.


    Any additional comments?

    Tucker Max is like the male equivalent of Chelsea Handler, but 10x. This book is awful, racist, sexist, vulgar, and everything you hope your children never do.

    Then again, some of the stories were pretty funny, and at around 7 hours, it was a quick read. I enjoyed it and am glad I read it, but I won't be discussing this at any book clubs or reading any more from Tucker.

    If you think you might enjoy stories about a complete "bro" reducing genuinely nice people to tears, exploting women, and nearly drowning in alcohol, then give it a shot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brian Tracy
    • Narrated By Brian Tracy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2488)
    Performance
    (1197)
    Story
    (1175)

    There's an old saying: if you eat a live frog first thing each morning, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that it's probably the worst thing you'll do all day. Using "eat that frog" as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day, the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also the one that might have the greatest positive impact on your life, Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day.

    Trish says: "one new idea"
    "Very Helpful, and Immediately Actionable!"
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    If you could sum up Eat That Frog! in three words, what would they be?

    Quick, Insightful, Smart


    Would you be willing to try another book from Brian Tracy? Why or why not?

    Yes - I loved his "just get to the point" method that so many self-development authors need to adopt.


    Did Brian Tracy do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    N/A


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

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    Eat That Frog is about 2 and a half hours, and is 21 quick steps that will help you become more effective, plan smarter, and is all able to be implemented into your life after the first 15 minutes.

    I strongly recommend this to fellow Audible subscribers like myself who bounce between fiction and non-fiction and need a quick palatte-cleanser.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28039)
    Performance
    (21803)
    Story
    (22015)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "That was a lot of information..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Mockingjay is obviously the conclusion to the extremely popular trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

    Much broader in scope, darker in tone, and a focus on drama, politics, and "the bigger picture", this book is nearly the exact opposite of Catching Fire.

    Whenever I talk to someone who hasn't finished the trilogy, they are always somewhere in this book. The reason is that this book, while excellent, does have a bit of an identity crisis, twice.

    It is hard to understand what this book is going for, as it seems to open up as many new ideas as fast as it tries to close others, and relies a few too many "I am your father" moments.

    It is a great book, and you should certainly read it, but try to push yourself through the slower parts, the ending is very satisfying and you'll be glad you finished it.


    What other book might you compare Mockingjay to and why?

    The Matrix Revolutions almost to a T (yeah I know that's a movie). It's just big, and confusing, and full of things that weren't really part of the trilogy beforehand, but they provide a lot of context and make the whole series more "important"


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    As always, she portrays Katniss as a strong protagonist.


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

    "$#@! just got real"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30377)
    Performance
    (23459)
    Story
    (23640)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "This is why you read The Hunger Games!"
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    Would you listen to Catching Fire again? Why?

    Catching Fire is full of action, twists, and rapid development of a much larger cast than The Hunger Games.

    If you're thinking about movies, Catching Fire has the best shot at being the best film in the trilogy.

    Catching Fire assumes you have finished The Hunger Games and are at least vaguely familiar with the story. The book, while slow to start as the entire trilogy is, takes off once it finally gets moving, and because of the focus on action (as many sequels typically do), being an audiobook gives this book an advantage as Carolyn McCormick does a wonderful job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fast pace, addition of many characters, and unexpected turns.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Carolyn does a wonderful job of expressing Katniss and her emotions without ever getting quite to whiny or helpless.


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

    "Bigger, better, faster. The Hungerer Games!"


    Any additional comments?

    Just get it, you know you're going to read all three.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to be Good

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nick Hornby
    • Narrated By Frances Barber
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Katie Carr is a good person. She recycles. She's against racism. She's a good doctor, a good mom, a good wife...well, maybe not that last one, considering she's having an affair and has just requested a divorce via cell phone. But who could blame her? For years her husband's been selfish, sarcastic, and underemployed, writing the "Angriest Man in Holloway" column for their local paper.

    Mon says: "Sad and Serious"
    "Good, but not Hornby's best"
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    What did you like best about How to be Good? What did you like least?

    If you're looking for more Nick Hornby, you'll be right at home here. Clever banter between characters and situations that are just a bit outside of believable while still being charming.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    "Really?....Really?" as I mentioned above, just a little too charming and cute to be believable, but not unexpected.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any with the father and goodnews


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Absolutely.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've only read About a Boy or High Fidelity, go check out "A Long Way Down" next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35673)
    Performance
    (26690)
    Story
    (27069)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Hooked in the beginning"
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    I was getting tired of too many people telling me this trilogy was so good. I ended up at a dinner of 6 and being the only one to not read this. You're probably in that position as well.

    It's great, Collins has a narrative knack, and Carolyn McCormick delivers a first-class reading of her material. Gripping, excellent character development, struggle, action, drama, it's all in here.

    Will be checking out the rest of the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chelsea's Family, Friends, and Other Victims
    • Narrated By Johnny Kansas, Stephanie Stehling, Heather McDonald, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (282)

    Chelsea Handler loves to smoke out "dumbassness", the condition people suffer from that allows them to fall prey to her brand of complete and utter nonsense. Friends, family, co-workers - they've all been tricked by Chelsea into believing stories of total foolishness and into behaving like total fools. Luckily, they've lived to tell the tales and, for the very first time, write about them.

    Joshua says: "Not as good as "Vodka, it's Chelse...""
    "Hilarious"
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    Absolutely hilarious. Really wish Chelsea would have lended her talents, but everyone else is voiced by their actual selves. First-hand experiences told by writers, and those in the late-night shenanigans of this comedy group.

    You probably know already if you're going to get this or not. If you're interested in a first-listen to the life of Chelsea Handler, you should probably start elsewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shawn Achor
    • Narrated By Shawn Achor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1661)
    Performance
    (950)
    Story
    (939)

    Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work.

    Roy says: "Very Informative Application of Positive Psycholog"
    "You'll wish you had skipped it."
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    Hours (chapters) of promises of what he'll tell you. It just drones on and Shawn thinks he is really smart, so hearing him read his own words at loud often seems like "bragging" and occasionally pretentious. Many stories are variation on one theme.

    Guess what? If you're happy you are better. Now let's tell you that story 15 times promising to stop soon.

    I do believe, however, if there was a 7-hour abridged version, perhaps that'd be good.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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