In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is - a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh. Down to earth and relatable, frank and unapologetic, Amy Schumer is one of us: She relies on her sister for advice, still hangs out with her high school pals, and continues to navigate the ever-changing boundaries in love, work, and life.
I liked her stand-up and tv show, but this book is terrible and made me dislike her. She comes off extremely selfish and egotistical. She demonizes men for being shallow, but then talks about how many men are not attractive enough, tall enough, fit enough, etc. for her, apparently without appreciating the hypocrisy. It's not funny at all, and it's not insightful either. I'm returning the book. It was truly awful.
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On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic.
Not as engaging or absorbing as some of his other work. It drags a bit at the beginning and never really picks up speed. It has its entertaining parts, and I made it through to the end, but it never really grabbed me.
Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.
I was concerned when the book started with an hour of drivel about how hard it is to write a book, and hoped it would pick up, but it only got worse from there. The whole book feels like a very long, mediocre state college application essay, full of hollow platitudes and shallow self-reflections. I liked Amy Poehler before this, and I love Parks and Recreation, but this book actually made me dislike her. It's neither funny nor insightful; it's the complete opposite of Tina Fey's "Bossypants." She actually spends nearly an entire chapter talking about how bothersome it is for people to recognize her or dare to speak to her in public, as she's cashing checks for selling the public this crappy unfunny book. She has about a hundred chips on her shoulder about men, fans, people who don't find her funny, etc.
I stopped listening with an hour left in the book because I was starting to dislike her so much it was going to ruin Parks and Rec reruns for me.
In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his revelations about the agency’s widespread, systemic overreach proved to be some of the most explosive and consequential news in recent history, triggering a fierce debate over national security....
This is a very well-written book, that works well as an audiobook as well because of its fast pace and engaging material. I followed the NSA revelations closely, but this book gives more depth and context. It's as much a book about the fragile state of journalism as it is about the pervasiveness of surveillance. A no-brainer for a download, and one of the five-star audiobooks that also justify a print version in my home library.
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Pioneering director J. J. Abrams has delivered an explosive action thriller that takes Star Trek into darkness. When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.
This is a good book, worth a credit, but it could have been better. The narrator from the first Star Trek movie tie-in was great, but then they switched over to this woman. It was not a good move. She has a small, mousy British voice, which really doesn't work for a story with mostly strong, masculine characters. She struggled to differentiate the different characters, and had issues pausing at the right time. The story would say "Kirk shouted..." and she would whisper the next line. Also, when there was action taking place in two different settings, she wouldn't pause effectively to differentiate the plot lines, so I found myself rewinding a lot after figuring out that the scene had shifted without any pause or cue from the narrator. It seemed as if she just read it out loud in one take, straight through, without any kind of notes. She also had an annoying habit of trailing off at the end of every sentence. She's just a bad voice actor. I guess the fault lies with the director or producer of the audio book as well.
Despite that, I still enjoyed the book. It's based on the movie script, so it has the feel of an abridged book, where the action moves quickly, but they still managed to put more character development and detail than was present in the film version.
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The president of the United States vanishes from the White House. A top-secret prototype stealth fighter is destroyed during a test flight. Witnesses on the ground say that it was shot down by a craft that immediately vanished at impossible speeds. All over the world, reports of UFOs are increasing at an alarming rate. And in a remote fossil dig in China dinosaur hunters have found something that is definitely not of this earth.
This was a very compelling listen. It's been a while since I've heard a book that captured my attention so completely. I've listened to the rest of the Joe Ledger books, and enjoyed them all, but this is the best in the series. It's an interesting mix of science and science fiction, fast-paced, with well-written dialogue and a fascinating plot. I was sorry when it was over, and it's going to be tough to find another book to follow it up with.
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Sarah Vowell exposes the glorious conundrums of American history and culture with wit, probity, and an irreverent sense of humor. With Assassination Vacation, she takes us on a road trip like no other, a journey to the pit stops of American political murder and through the myriad ways they have been used for fun and profit, for political and cultural advantage.
This was an interesting quasi-history book. I say "quasi" because it is not a dry, objective history, but more of a narrative of the author's experience learning the history of some presidential assassinations. She infuses a lot of her personality into the history, which is generally interesting, funny, and mostly witty, but gets a little annoying toward the end. She also has a really annoying voice, and despite the "full cast" badge, she narrates 99.9% of it personally with a tiny smattering of the other credited narrators here and there.
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They mustn't harm a human being, they must obey human orders, and they must protect their own existence...but only so long as that doesn't violate rules one and two. With these Three Laws of Robotics, humanity embarked on a bold new era of evolution that would open up enormous possibilities, and unforeseen risks.
I actually saw the movie before I listened to the book, and while there are some intersections between the movie and the book, they are basically completely different. That said, I like both. The book basically a series of vignettes that show technological progress and its societal implications, through the eyes of a robo-psychologist who watched their development. It comes together a bit in the end.
It's definitely not a thriller like the movie, but it was very interesting and also very thought provoking about technology and human nature.
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Born in shadow and kept from heads of state, there are some missions so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don't exist. so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don't exist. When one such mission goes horribly wrong, a wave of dramatic terrorist attacks is set in motion. Their goal: the complete and total collapse of the United States. With the CIA's intelligence abilities hobbled, former Navy SEAL Team 6 member turned covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath launches an audacious plan to infiltrate the terrorists' network and prevent one of the biggest threats the U.S. has ever faced.
This book was terrible. Brad Thor basically recycled some Mitch Rapp plot lines and mashed them together with huge, boring portions of inane political philosophy, with a constant vein of racist stereotypes running throughout. The action sequences, which are pretty dull and cliche to begin with, are broken up by twenty minute-long rants about globalism and political philosophy that sounds like it came from a developmentally challenged hybrid of Ayn Rand and Ann Coulter.
Even aside from the offensive and boring political content, the book is just poorly written. I've read quite a few books in this genre - from Flynn, DeMille, Clancy - and this was so inferior that it is hard to compare them. Characters somehow manage to be one-dimensional and discordant at the same time. I wanted to turn this book off about halfway through, but I actually listened to the whole thing for the sole reason that I wanted to be able to give a comprehensive review of how terrible it is.
Let me emphasize one point: I find this book to be amoral and irresponsible from an ideological standpoint BUT I also find it to be a terrible work of literature, from an objective standpoint. Even if you like Jack Bauer and endorse torture and think every Muslim is a bomb and hate the United Nations, etc. etc. I think you will still find that this is cliche, poorly-written rubbish.
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Guy Carson is a brilliant scientist at GeneDyne, one of the world's foremost biochemical companies. When he is transferred to Mount Dragon, GeneDyne's high-security genetic engineering lab, his good fortune seems too good to be true.
Carson soon finds that it is. He learns that GeneDyne geneticists are tinkering with a common virus with an eye on the enormous profit to be had from a cure for the flu. Their cure involves permanently altering DNA in humans. What's more, Mount Dragon harbors another secret that puts the world at horrifying risk.
OK story, reminded me of Andromeda Strain. It's a beach book, not much substance, but it was entertaining.
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