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Johnny audiobook cover art

Unlistenably bad dialog that assumes you're stupid

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-29-19

How do you stretch 'He sat down at the end of a table too [whatever size description you want] for just the five of them' into a minute or more of pointless drivel? Listen and find out. Again, and again, and again.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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“Rabia’s Story”

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-19

This is a coming of age book about Rabia’s growing up xyz but surrounded by abc fish out of water experiences peppered with occasional and generally unconvincing anecdotes about Adnan. I knew next to nothing about this case going into the book despite living in Baltimore for several years, just several years after the case ended, and expected to hear a cohesive case for the guy. I quit the book when it became clear that as much as she thinks the defense was incompetent (sounds true) it’s a good thing Rabia wasn’t in charge of it, because wow. I leave the book with no clear belief on whether he did it or not, but somewhat skewed toward yes, ironically by several of the points she attempts to use in his defense being so lazily specious. Example: witness said the person was definitely not asian! Pakistan is actually a part of the souththern asian continent so clearly the witness was saying it was Not Adnan! Eye witness problems aside, come on...

Junk audiobook cover art

But what happens at the end?? 3 hours from it you won’t care anymore.

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

The only way I can explain how bad this book got in its last 3 hours or so is to guess that the person who wrote the last quarter if it is not the same as the one who wrote the first 3/4. The characters become inconsistent. The plot changes direction for no apparent purpose. The dialogue gets weird. The few hours is not the same book I’ve been listening to. It appeared to be a not awesome but finish-able book because you want to know how it ends. One hour out, I Don’t Care How It Ends.

16 of 22 people found this review helpful

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy audiobook cover art

Nostalgia maybe?

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

I don’t know what people like about this book. It starts out with a few light laughs over absurdities and ironies, then devolves into hours of randomly chosen adjective/noun/verb combinations that are not clever or witty. There isn’t anything memorable at all.

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Daddy! You promised to take me to a baseball game!

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-18

This is bad writing for almost two real whole days of your life of real ear splitting pain (narrator not to blame). This is stilted, awful, simplistic, gut hollowingly tortuous writing of a concept that could be an interesting story if it were 1/10 as over-wrought and artificially long. The following is really happens in the book and is PERFECTLY representative of the whole thing beginning to end -- "About the only good news was that he didn't bring work home. But that wasn't quite true either was it. He brought no documents home, but it was less easy to clear out his mind than to clear off his desk. Ryan heard the sounds of a normal house, the TV turned to Nickelodeon, the washing machine was making noise, 'Have to have that fixed..' he thought. (jack junior runs to him) 'Daddy! You promised to take me to a baseball game!'..... " and so goes every scene involving more than one human which is pretty much the whole thing. The narrator is very good. There are a lot of interchangeable characters and Brick manages to keep them relatively separable in the convoluted mush of too many thoughts for a simple but unnecessarily and intentionally over complicated explanation of a decent plot.

Argumentation: The Study of Effective Reasoning, 2nd Edition audiobook cover art

If you are interested in this, it likely isn’t for you.

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-18

Nearly all people who are interested in effective reasoning will already have spent some time learning about the basics of logic and the essential fallacies that get us all through the day. All people with a basic understanding of logical fallacies are well advanced beyond the topics discussed here. If you are not lost at this point then you are overqualified for this listen.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Some things change, some things don't.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-17

The first book, where Aurelius lists the 1,000 or so things in his life he is grateful for, is a fascinating illumination of the mass similarities and few striking differences between his day and our day. I don't know how much of it is in the translation and how much of it is really the way it was intended, but it really stands a work to reinforce that people haven't changed much lately.

Filled with both absurdities and universal truths, and even a few easter eggs to listen for courtesy of that holy roman monotheism that took over the area.. fun moments like when a ramble involving many gods is followed by a diatribe about how there is but one Holy God of one substance, and one law, and one reason. They really stand out in an amusing way.

The book in a single sentence: Live an honest life, don't be a jerk, don't worry about dying, and, if it's within your powers not to, then don't lust after young boys.

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Some guys get lost in the snow. How interesting can that be?

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-17

Very. Very interesting. The S*** these men pushed past and the unexpected disasters that show up any time anyone finds themselves improvising on a large scale is incredible. Well narrated, and not shorter or longer than it should be.

Get Well Soon audiobook cover art

Just very good. Buy this.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-24-17

Well written, funny, dramatic when necessary, narrated by someone who is telling you something not just reading a book in that common book voice. One of those that you will really wish was a bit longer.. one.. more.. plague..

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Just plain painful.

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

Review title says it all. Repetitive masturbatory prose about prose in the past. Made it almost 2 hours but can't listen to another moment. Well narrated at least.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful