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  • Tough Sh-t

  • Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good
  • By: Kevin Smith
  • Narrated by: Kevin Smith
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,373
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,136

Take one look at Kevin Smith: He's a balding fatty who wears a size XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. Not a likely source for life advice. But take a second look at Kevin Smith: He changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-four with the release of Clerks, and since then has gone on to make nine more profitable movies, runs his own production company, wrote a best-selling graphic novel, and has a beautiful wife and kids. So he must be doing something right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bow at the feet of Kevin Smith!

  • By january on 05-24-12

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

One of the best audiobooks I've come across. Kevin Smith is a great reader, a wise life advisor, and an inspiration. He makes me feel like I can do anything. I went into this thinking it was going to annoy the hell out of me, but came away super excited to have given it a try.

  • Steve Jobs

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,273

Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting man

  • By Jeanne on 11-13-11

Interesting guy, but wanted more from the book

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

There are some great stories about Jobs in this book, and some interesting details about what made him a success. The book described how Jobs basically had two view points: (1) "This is sh*t" vs. (2) "this is the best thing ever." In many of the details of the book, the author used a similar mentality to describe Jobs. I wanted more nuance and subtlety to his personality, but often it just came off like he was either a dick or a thoughtful guy.

The narrator also detracted from the quality of the book for me. It seemed that many odd words were enunciated and emphasized in a way that changed the meaning or the feeling of the sentence and took away from the story.

Finally, I thought that a book about a tech innovator missed countless chances to innovate the audiobook. There were discussions of saved voicemails, or references to specific commercials and presentations that exist in real life. I would have loved for the book to be supplemented with the actual audio from these events. This was a particularly noteworthy absence when the book referenced a voicemail left by Bono of U2 that had been saved for ever. Then the narrator described what it sounded like. Why not just add the VM? Could have been so much better!

  • Stein on Writing

  • A Master Editor Shares His Craft, Techniques, and Strategies
  • By: Sol Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705

Stein on Writing provides immediately useful advice for writers of fiction and nonfiction, whether newcomers or accomplished professionals. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of usable solutions, how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent advice and examples for better writing.

  • By Jane on 06-22-12

Great advice, but a little arrogant at times.

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

I took away a lot of great advice from this book (though you might not be able to tell from the reviews I write)

It seemed as if Stein spent a lot of time telling us how famous and successful he was and what a great influence he had been on a number of other famous and successful people. if you listen to this in a week like I did, you don't need to hear 20 times how he mentored an oscar winning director. Just get to the point.

  • Catching the Big Fish

  • Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity
  • By: David Lynch
  • Narrated by: David Lynch
  • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935

In Catching the Big Fish, internationally acclaimed filmmaker David Lynch provides a rare window into his methods as an artist, his personal working style, and the immense creative benefits he has experienced from the practice of meditation. Lynch describes the experience of "diving within" and "catching" ideas like fish and then preparing them for television or movie screens, and other mediums in which he works, such as painting, music, and design.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • time well spent

  • By Andy on 06-10-07

Like listening to a wise grandpa

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

David Lynch is amazing. He has a way of telling you things in a direct and interesting way without it feeling condescending or preachy. At times, it felt a little cultish in the way he pushed Transcendental Meditation, but it's worth it for the gems that are included throughout the book.

I have a feeling that I'll come back and relisten to this over and over again, each time picking up a new lesson about life.

Completely inspiring book.

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