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Austin Pierce

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  • The Last Days of August

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,706
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,690

In December 2017 the famous porn star August Ames committed suicide in a park in the Conejo Valley. It happened a day after she’d been the victim of a pile-on, via Twitter, by fellow porn professionals - punishment for her tweeting something deemed homophobic. A month later, August’s husband, Kevin, connected with Jon Ronson to tell the story of how Twitter bullying killed his wife. What neither Kevin nor Ronson realized was that Ronson would soon hear rumors and secrets hinting at a very different story - something mysterious and unexpected and terrible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Butterfly Effect meets Publicly Shamed

  • By Kingsley on 01-04-19

Thanks for telling this story.

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

Jon Ronson does what only Jon Ronson can do. I am glad I had a chance to hear this.

  • Blood, Sweat, and Pixels

  • The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made
  • By: Jason Schreier
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,072

Developing video games—hero's journey or fool's errand? The creative and technical logistics that go into building today's hottest games can be more harrowing and complex than the games themselves, often seeming like an endless maze or a bottomless abyss. In Blood, Sweat, and Pixels, Jason Schreier takes listeners on a fascinating odyssey behind the scenes of video game development, where the creator may be a team of 600 overworked underdogs or a solitary geek genius.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Behind the Scenes

  • By SAMA on 11-27-17

Pretty great

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

Reviewed: 01-09-19

I’m not a gamer. But I am a book writer. This resonates so deeply. It’s well written and well told.

  • University of Berkshire Hathaway

  • 30 Years of Lessons Learned from Warren Buffett & Charlie Munger at the Annual Shareholders Meeting
  • By: Daniel Pecaut, Corey Wrenn - contributor
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

University of Berkshire Hathaway is a remarkable retelling of the lessons, wisdom, and investment strategies handed down personally from Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger to shareholders during 30 years of their closed-door annual meetings. From this front row seat, you'll see one of the greatest wealth-building records in history unfold, year by year. If you're looking for dusty old investment theory, there are hundreds of other books waiting to cure you of insomnia. However, if you're looking for an investing book that's as personal as it is revelatory, look no further.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Audiobook

  • By Austin Pierce on 12-18-18

Great Audiobook

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

I read this book when it initially came out in hardcover. As a refresher, I am now enjoying listening to it as an audiobook. The narrator is fantastic.

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  • Building a StoryBrand

  • Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen
  • By: Donald Miller
  • Narrated by: Donald Miller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,279

Donald Miller's StoryBrand process is a proven solution to the struggle business leaders face when talking about their businesses. This revolutionary method for connecting with customers provides listeners with the ultimate competitive advantage, revealing the secret for helping their customers understand the compelling benefits of using their products, ideas, or services.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Starts to Feel Like One Big Ad for Authors Product

  • By ManBearPig on 12-06-17

Valid, Useful and Problematic

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

Characterizing your customer as a hero and you as a guide is no doubt effective.

But pretending like your business is the solution that will transform them seems dubious at best.

Some companies change their customers for the better, but let’s be honest: at least as many don’t.

The Hero’s Journey is somewhat sacred and this is hijacking that—most likely to positive results for capitalism.

  • Live Work Work Work Die

  • A Journey into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley
  • By: Corey Pein
  • Narrated by: Corey Pein
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

A scathing, sardonic exploration of Silicon Valley tech culture, laying bare the greed, hubris, and retrograde politics of an industry that aspires to radically transform society for its own benefit. This enlightening audiobook is a must-listen for anyone interested or involved in the tech industry. At the height of the start-up boom, journalist Corey Pein set out for Silicon Valley with little more than a smartphone and his wits. His goal: to learn how such an overhyped industry could possibly sustain itself as long as it has.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you're in tech and haven't read this book...

  • By Matt Lech on 05-19-18

“What’s awful here?”

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

This book is the most cynical thing I’ve ever read. That’s not to say that its facts are inaccurate. Rather, it’s to say that it is as if the author looked at people, situations, and companies with the question “What’s awful here?“

It is a valid counterpoint to the dominant narrative. But it is not a balanced and holistic view. There is no time for any good in this book. That is not it’s purpose.

It seems that the only reason he’d mention a ray of sunshine is because there’s a hole in the ozone layer.

It’s a true story, but not a whole story.

  • Sourdough

  • A Novel
  • By: Robin Sloan
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,238
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,236

Lois Clary is a software engineer at General Dexterity, a San Francisco robotics company with world-changing ambitions. She codes all day and collapses at night, her human contact limited to the two brothers who run the neighborhood hole-in-the-wall from which she orders dinner every evening. Then, disaster! Visa issues. The brothers close up shop, and fast. But they have one last delivery for Lois: their culture, the sourdough starter used to bake their bread. She must keep it alive, they tell her - feed it daily, play it music, and learn to bake with it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delicious!

  • By Lylo on 11-13-17

Great. WEIRD.

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Great. WEIRD. Just weird. But great.

I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

  • Fresh Off the Boat

  • A Memoir
  • By: Eddie Huang
  • Narrated by: Eddie Huang
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196

Eddie Huang is the 30-year-old proprietor of Baohaus - the hot East Village hangout where foodies, stoners, and students come to stuff their faces with delicious Taiwanese street food late into the night - and one of the food world’s brightest and most controversial young stars. But before he created the perfect home for himself in a small patch of downtown New York, Eddie wandered the American wilderness looking for a place to call his own. Funny, raw, and moving, and told in an irrepressibly alive and original voice, Fresh Off the Boat recasts the immigrant’s story for the 21st century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Evan Matthew Lind on 08-20-15

Wonderful

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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: 09-15-18

I really appreciate this. So much. I really appreciate how Eddie is going about this.

A great voice. Not THE great voice.

  • The Game

  • Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists
  • By: Neil Strauss
  • Narrated by: Neil Strauss
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,151

Hidden somewhere, in nearly every major city in the world, is an underground seduction lair. And in these lairs, men trade the most devastatingly effective techniques ever invented to charm women. This is not fiction. These men really exist. They live together in houses known as Projects. And Neil Strauss, the best-selling author, spent two years living among them, using the pseudonym Style to protect his real-life identity. The result is one of the most explosive and controversial books of the year.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Won't up your Game, but better than reality TV

  • By David on 06-07-15

All time favorite

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

It shouldn’t be. But it might be my all-time favorite book. The only difference now, 10 years later, is that it requires the next step: The Truth.

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Secondary Phase (Dramatised)

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756

Stranded on Prehistoric Earth since the end of the first series, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect are once again trying to hitch their way off the planet. Zaphod finds his visit to the offices of the Guide rudely interrupted by Frogstar fighters, who further threaten to feed him to the Total Perspective Vortex. Eventually reunited, the three fetch up on the planet Brontitall and discover the indigenous species in something of a flap. Arthur meets Lintilla (several of her), Marvin gets to be a hero once again, and there is a meeting with the Man in the Shack who apparently runs the Universe.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possible Reason For Some Low Ratings

  • By 20eagle16 on 06-23-11

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Absolutely fantastic. It’s really great. Great great great. What can I say? it’s great.

Great.

  • Failure Is an Option

  • An Attempted Memoir
  • By: H. Jon Benjamin
  • Narrated by: H. Jon Benjamin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,866
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712

While he's not quite a household name, most people would consider H. Jon Benjamin, the voice-actor star of Archer and Bob's Burgers (and a sentient can of mixed vegetables in 2015's Wet Hot American Summer) a comedy show business success. But he'd like to remind everyone that as great as success can be, failure is also an option. In a hilarious, self-deprecating memoir, Jon lays out some of his many failures in all areas of life, from Work ("wherein I'm unable to deliver a sizzling fajita") to Family ("wherein a trip to PF Chang's fractures a family").

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Favorite comedy book of all time

  • By Irene Barnett on 06-15-18

Pretty Great

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I ended up really enjoying it. Pretty great.

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