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Nathan

OAKLAND, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Impact Equation: Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise?

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Chris Brogan, Julien Smith
    • Narrated By Chris Brogan, Julien Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Three short years ago, when Chris Brogan and Julien Smith wrote their best seller, Trust Agents, being interesting and human on the Web was enough to build a significant audience. But now, everybody has a platform. The problem is that most of them are just making noise. In The Impact Equation, Brogan and Smith show that to make people truly care about what you have to say - you need more than just a good idea, trust among your audience, or a certain number of fol­lowers.

    Nathan says: "Almost as good as Contagious"
    "Almost as good as Contagious"
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    Any additional comments?

    I liked that this book was read by the authors and it was very conversational. They aren't the greatest narrators, but they certainly weren't bad. It's very focused on what to pay attention to when you create content. Content for what? Any content. Listen to Contagious first, then this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (4012)
    Performance
    (3557)
    Story
    (3568)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "4 for 4"
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    Where does David and Goliath rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is every bit as entertaining, educational, and inspiring as Gladwell's other books.


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

    He's one of my favorite audible narrators. Most audio books sound like they're being read. The best audio books sound like the narrator is explaining his own concepts to you. I feel like all of his audio books are more like listening to a presentation or lecture by Gladwell. It would be interesting to hear him narrate another author's work. But he's excellent with his own material.


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

    I can barely sit through a 2 hour movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Radley Balko
    • Narrated By William Hughes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (141)

    Rise of the Warrior Cop traces the arc of US law enforcement from the constables and private justice of colonial times to present-day SWAT teams and riot cops. Today relentless "war on drugs" and "war on terror" pronouncements from politicians, along with battle-clad police forces with tanks and machine guns, have dangerously blurred the distinction between cop and soldier. Balko's fascinating, frightening narrative shows how martial rhetoric and reactionary policies have put modern law enforcement on a collision course with the values of a free society.

    Christopher says: "Scarier than any horror book. Because it's true!"
    "Right On The Drug Money"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Everyone should understand how and why the nation's police are militarized.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The facts. All of them.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The content of the book, because this book is so well researched, written, and narrated, should upset everyone.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is excellent. The only thing I would have added is a much more clear and obvious thesis at the start and end of every chapter. Only because there is a lot of information and some of the details are so disturbing that the actual points that some of the stories are trying to illustrate become background or lost from the reaction one is likely to have from hearing the story. Statistics about unconstitutional SWAT raids followed by stories of SWAT raids resulting in deaths of completely innocent people followed by more statistics and stories, some of the finer points, and sometimes the chapters' central thesis, end up overlooked.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Funny Pants

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Michael Showalter
    • Narrated By Michael Showalter
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    "I was at my wit's end. I'd had enough of this job, this life, and my relationship had broken up. Should I eat chocolate, or go to India, or fall in love? Then I had a revelation: Why not do all three, in that order? And so it was that I embarked on a journey that was segmented into three parts and was then made into a major motion picture. But rewind.... The year was 1914. I was just a young German soldier trying to destroy an evil ring with some help from an elf.... Ugh, okay. None of this is true...."

    Dave says: "One of My All-Time Favorite Humor Books"
    "Pure Nonsense."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I've always been a Michael Showalter fan. He's very talented, smart, and funny. Those qualities do not come out in this book. While you can expect a little nonsense in his work, this was all nonsense. Well, I actually didn't finish it. So the first half of his book is pretty much all nonsense. Some of it is pretty funny, but since it's all nonsense, I became desensitized to the inherent funniness of nonsense, and had to sit through long periods of boring nonsense before some of it was funny enough to keep me waiting through the less funny stuff. Like if all you ever ate was really good omelets, they become the baseline, and an awesome omelet has to come along for you to be interested in omelets again. You will find this book funny and tolerable if you thought the show Stella was not nonsensical enough, OR if you're a 15 year old suburban nerd who just started smoking marijuana.

    All that said, ONLY Showalter could narrate this book effectively and he does a perfect job of speaking his own written nonsense.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Attempting Normal

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Marc Maron
    • Narrated By Marc Maron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (292)

    Marc Maron was a parent-scarred, angst-filled, drug-dabbling, love-starved comedian who dreamed of a simple life: a wife, a home, a sitcom to call his own. But instead he woke up one day to find himself fired from his radio job, surrounded by feral cats, and emotionally and financially annihilated by a divorce from a woman he thought he loved. He tried to heal his broken heart through whatever means he could find - minor-league hoarding, Viagra addiction, accidental racial profiling, cat fancying, flying airplanes with his mind - but nothing seemed to work. It was only when he was stripped down to nothing that he found his way back.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not for everybody"
    "Better than I expected"
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    What did you love best about Attempting Normal?

    I appreciate how honest Maron is in this book. There are many funny stories, a couple that drag a bit, and some self indulgent moments, so it's not perfect, but over all a great listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Maron makes me feel better about my own life by sharing the lows of his life.


    Have you listened to any of Marc Maron’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    If you like WTF you will like this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black
    • Narrated By Michael Ian Black
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (206)

    "You’re not doing it right." Michael Ian Black has been hearing these five words all his life. And now—on the eve of his 40th birthday—he is finally beginning to wonder why. As a husband and father living in the suburbs, Michael asks the questions so many of us ask ourselves at one point or another, including "How did I end up here?" The answers are painstakingly detailed in this, Michael Ian Black’s debut memoir.

    Grant says: "Funny, Heartfelt, and Honest"
    "Unexpectedly Deep"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I expected the book to be funny and light. It was funny but heavy. Not many authors attempt to explain the meaning of life. Especially without explicitly telling you that's what they're doing.


    What about Michael Ian Black’s performance did you like?

    Some reviews called him monotone or flat. I strongly disagree. He was paced. He was not monotone at all. He uses four letter words very well both in their placement within the text and as he reads them.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did laugh often. There was a particularly sad moment or two in the book that may bring a tear to some readers' eyes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 48 Laws of Power

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Greene
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    Overall
    (1298)
    Performance
    (811)
    Story
    (812)

    Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun-tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other great thinkers.

    Ricardo L. says: "Not a how to guide .."
    "Whatever....."
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    What three words best describe Don Leslie’s performance?

    Condescending. Slow. Ummm....did I mention Condescending?


    Any additional comments?

    This book was entertaining in the way it was several historical vignettes, however I'm dubious of the accuracy of some facts. The lessons would contradict each other frequently. And if you follow these lessons, you will have no friends because you'd be a complete dick.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2092)
    Performance
    (1744)
    Story
    (1722)

    Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course The Science of Willpower, The Willpower Instinct is the first book to explain the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve our health, happiness, and productivity. Informed by the latest research and combining cutting-edge insights from psychology, economics, neuroscience, and medicine, The Willpower Instinct explains exactly what willpower is, how it works, and why it matters.

    Niv says: "life changing one of the best I read"
    "Are you ignoring a pressing matter right now?"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book was good enough that I recommended it to a friend. There are several useful exercises for building will power. Combine the lessons in this book with Decisive and Contagious and you have a powerful cocktail of knowledge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Austrian Case for the Free Market Process: Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By William Peterson
    • Narrated By Louis Rukeyser
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) and Friedrich Hayek (1899-1992) were perhaps the foremost defenders of the free market and limited government during the mid-twentieth century ascendancy of Keynesian economics.

    CESAR says: "Keep it simple"
    "The Austrian Case for a Nap"
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    Any additional comments?

    Holy sh*t this is a boring book. Great for helping you fall asleep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Contagious: Why Things Catch On

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jonah Berger
    • Narrated By Keith Nobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (602)

    Why do some products get more word of mouth than others? Why does some online content go viral? Word of mouth makes products, ideas, and behaviors catch on. It's more influential than advertising and far more effective. Can you create word of mouth for your product or idea? According to Berger, you can. Whether you operate a neighborhood restaurant, a corporation with hundreds of employees, or are running for a local office for the first time, the steps that can help your product or idea become viral are the same.

    Douglas C. Bates says: "A Primer on Viral & Memorable Marketing"
    "Excellent on all fronts."
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    What other book might you compare Contagious to and why?

    The Tipping Point. It's like the sequel to the Tipping Point, which I also enjoyed.


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

    Social Currency. I love that expression.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration blends very well with the content to the point the narrator sounds like he is the author. The book is a collection of lessons framed in stories that have practical application for just about any business. This is the first book that anyone of ambition should read or listen to. I've listened to it twice and will listen to it again in the future I'm sure.

    Highly recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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