This oral history takes the listener behind the curtain for all the show's highlights, from its origins as Comedy Central's underdog late-night program hosted by Craig Kilborn to Jon Stewart's long reign to Trevor Noah's succession, rising from a scrappy jester in the 24-hour political news cycle to become part of the beating heart of politics - a trusted source for not only comedy but also commentary, with a reputation for calling bullshit and an ability to effect real change in the world.
Terrific insight on the inside happenings during Daily Show production over 16+ years. If you love the show, you'll love this book. That's all you need to know.
My only critique is the production of this audiobook. There are many, many performers to cover all of the voices of the book, which I appreciate. But post-production audio levels between these performances could have been much tighter. I found myself reaching for the volume knob often.
Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.
The first Reckoners story was more straightforward… you always seemed to know roughly where it was going. This sequel reads more like a Harry Potter book. The plot is a little more vague and you need to rely on small clues peppered throughout the story to help you anticipate its conclusion. Only in the last 20% of the book do the clues start to concentrate and you know where it's going. This second Reckoners book may have started weaker than the first, but it's definitely a worthy successor in the end.
The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.
Kinda wish he had a better thread(s) connecting all the short stories more cohesively. One thread that seems to permeate throughout the credit crisis worldwide is how humans are too often seduced by short-term gains, sacrificing the long-term good. This was well illustrated in the book.
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Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.
Are these characters supposed to be likable? They aren't.
Can any of these characters tell the truth? Almost never, even if there's no good reason to lie.
Can I identify with any character? Not one.
Does any of the story's plot points rise above the rhetoric of simply good gossip from around the neighborhood? Sadly, no. It remains this hollow throughout the book.
A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.
I really enjoyed this book. The seduction of Hollywood is always an interesting tale, but when it's told through such intelligence and charm, as does Lowe, it also can feel like magic. This book reads like what Forrest Gump was to Americana, Rob Lowe was/is to Hollywood. His fate intertwines with some of the most interesting people and legends of our day, usually entirely by accident.
For example (mini-spoiler), after someone saves him (and his brother) from angry baseball fans at a game because they were wearing NY baseball caps to the park, this someone says, "you kids are alright. Hey—maybe you should come to work with me one day!". Later that week, the were ushered into a soundstage while they watched Jim Henson and Frank Oz rehearse a song called "The Rainbow Connection" for a new movie, THE MUPPET MOVIE. That nice man was the puppeteer for Scooter.
Events like this happen to him over and over throughout his charmed life and it's almost a who's who carousel of celebrity and dominating personalities that help shape Lowe's career (the 1980s) and life (the 1990s).
Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.
I didn't care for the first 20% of this book for various reasons. But at a certain point, it got really, really good. Lots of action and a clever way to put all the possibilities of our wired and wireless world to a test of common mayhem and mutiny.
There are a lot of poor reviews of the narration on here. For me, I didn't care for one character's voice (felt very forced and abrasive/cliche) but the rest were enjoyable and they added to the experience of the book. Plus there are "computer voices" performed too that add nice texture to the sonic landscape.
I'm giving it four stars because the first 20% was not for me and also one of the main characters had a an unpleasant voice by the narrator. Other than that, it's a five-star book.
Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen, two powerhouse doctors in both the medical profession and in the media, have made a virtual cottage industry around the YOU series. They team up once again to bring us this updated edition of You: The Owner's Manual - the audio you should listen to before you listen to any other audio book.
I liked it, but it's difficult to digest and retain all the action plan details. The action plans are where you act upon what you just learned. It's these parts of the book that are the most valuable, but are also least conducive to the audio format. I learned a lot, but have forgotten most of the steps I should take to live healthier.
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The Pixar Touch is a lively chronicle of Pixar Animation Studios' history and evolution, and the "fraternity of geeks" who shaped it. With the help of visionary businessman Steve Jobs and animating genius John Lasseter, Pixar has become the gold standard of animated filmmaking, beginning with a short special effects shot made at Lucasfilm in 1982 all the way up through the landmark films Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E, and others.
If you want to know what personal events lie in the history of all the major players that contribute to Pixar's culture, both friend and foe, this is the book for you. It goes into many backstories of the Disney Feature Animation Studios, Apple Computer, Industrial Light & Magic and other such behemoths because they're all very relevant to shaping Pixar. I already knew much of this general story before reading, but I learned sooooo much more and found every chapter enlightening and reflective. I ended up buying this book as a gift for a fellow artist, I couldn't stop talking about it to him.
In short, if you enjoyed the Pixar Story on the WALL-E DVD, you'll find this even more delicious and much more detailed.
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