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Amanda Lape-Freeberg

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  • A Brief History of Vice

  • How Bad Behavior Built Civilization
  • By: Robert Evans
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

Guns, germs, and steel might have transformed us from hunter-gatherers into modern man, but booze, sex, trash talk, and tripping built our civilization. Cracked editor Robert Evans brings his signature dogged research and lively insight to uncover the many and magnificent ways vice has influenced history, from the prostitute-turned-empress who scored a major victory for women's rights to the beer that helped create - and destroy - South America's first empire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and somewhat informative

  • By Neuron on 08-20-16

Extraordinarily engaging

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-16

Having been a fan of Robert Evans work at cracked, I was excited to see that this book had come out on audible just in time for me to take a long car trip. I can conclusively report that his trademark mixture of laugh out loud funny and surprisingly informative and well researched nonfiction makes an extremely effective transition to longer form work, reminiscent of a more crass and adventerous Bill Bryson. The narrator also does a wonderful job of bringing the book to life (although it was occasionally difficult to tell from the narrator's tone of voice exactly when a quotation from a cited source ended and Evan's text resumed.) All in all, I would highly recommend it.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Game of Fear

  • By: Robin Perini
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 415

Brilliant kids from all over the country are disappearing - but no one knows why. Until now. In the cockpit, Search and Rescue pilot Deb Lansing is in control: her flight, her rules. But after the suspicious disappearance of her supersmart younger sister, she knows this is one rescue mission she can’t fly solo. She needs help. She needs Gabe Montgomery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Game of Fear is Eerily Believable!

  • By shelley on 09-10-14

Embarrassing!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-15

I'm not sure why I kept listening. It was alternately slow and sappy and then to much going on to keep track of. It couldn't decide if it was a romance novel, an action thriller, a mystery or a family saga. Audible, you ought to be ashamed of yourself for having recommended this as an overlooked treasure.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Freedom

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Franzen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux
  • Length: 24 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,725
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,335
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,344

Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable book. Really liked the narration.

  • By R. Spangler on 12-13-10

Belly-button gazing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-10

I was intrigued by the sample for this book, I wanted to get to know the characters presented in that snippet. However, what interested me about the presented ways of one of the main characters never reappeared, it was a cleaver but not truly representative description. I did listen to the whole book, but at times I wondered why. These people were so self-absorbed, so selfish, so non-reflective about themselves, expect in the most painstakingly situational way that I wanted to shake them. I know enough people who can't get out of their own way, I don't want to spend my leisure time stuck listening to them as well. Not much here, if you want to understand what makes us most profoundly human.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Emperor's Tomb

  • By: Steve Berry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 918

The tomb of China’s First Emperor, guarded by an underground army of terra-cotta warriors, has remained sealed for more than 2,000 years. Though it’s regarded as one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, the Chinese government won’t allow anyone to open it. Why? That question is at the heart of a dilemma faced by former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone, whose life is shattered when he receives an anonymous note carrying an unfamiliar Web address.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dull

  • By Eva Gannon on 12-11-10

Disappointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-10

I have not read/listened to much that is called "Thrillers". But I did enjoy a few this summer and thought that I might give some more a try. This book never caught me. There was just too much action and not enough character development. Maybe this is some people's cup of tea, but for a person new to this kind of fiction, it was a real disappointment.