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  • Canoeing The Congo

  • First Source to Sea Descent of the Congo River
  • By: Phil Harwood
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 128

Canoeing the Congo narrates the journey of Phil Harwood, who undertook an epic five-month solo attempt to canoe the Congo River in war-torn Central Africa. It was a historic 'first descent' from the true source in the highlands of Zambia. Just short of 3,000 miles long, the Congo River is the eighth longest in the world and the deepest river in the world, with a flow rate second only to the Amazon. Along the way, Phil encountered numerous waterfalls, huge rapids, man-eating crocodiles, hippos, aggressive snakes...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Adventure travel is human harassment

  • By McCoffee on 10-26-13

I Am Completely Jealous (Sort Of)

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

I wish I had the courage to undertake a journey like this. I have some idea of just how hard and miserable this trip would have been but the author makes it sound like a walk in the park. Gareth Armstrong's narration is absolutely excellent here and I really enjoyed his retelling of the story. If you want to know more about The Congo, this is as good a place to start as any. It is an admirable adventure and possibly one of the last remaining on the surface of this increasingly tiny planet.

  • The Coloring Book

  • A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America
  • By: Colin Quinn
  • Narrated by: Colin Quinn
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700

Colin Quinn has noticed a trend during his decades on the road - that Americans' increasing political correctness and sensitivity have forced us to tiptoe around the subjects of race and ethnicity altogether. Colin wants to know: What are we all so afraid of? Every ethnic group has differences, everyone brings something different to the table, and this diversity should be celebrated, not denied. So why has acknowledging these cultural differences become so taboo?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart,Funny,Provocative

  • By gary gulman on 06-18-15

The World I Remember

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

Colin Quinn captures the joy of real diversity - the differences between us celebrated and respected rather than varnished over and ignored. It reflects the reality that we have always fought with each other but this does not mean hatred in absolutes. It's also a very funny, well-narrated work that doesn't outstay its welcome. I can see how this material would upset a Millennial but that really just tells you what is wrong with that generation. This is a great use of an afternoon and I completely recommend it to anyone.

  • The Incurable Romantic

  • And Other Tales of Madness and Desire
  • By: Frank Tallis
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Frank Tallis recounts the extraordinary stories of patients who are, quite literally, madly in love: A woman becomes utterly convinced that her dentist is secretly infatuated with her and drives him to leave the country; a man destroys his massive fortune through trysts with more than 3,000 prostitutes - because his ego requires they fall in love with him; a beautiful woman's pathological jealousy destroys the men who love her. Along the way, we learn a great deal about the history of psychiatry and the role of neuroscience in addressing disordered love. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant And Fascinating

  • By Azura S on 12-18-18

Brilliant And Fascinating

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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

This isn't in my typical sphere of interest but it caught my eye in my Xmas shopping spree and thus landed in my library anyway. It's a superbly told fly-on-the-wall perspective view of a psychiatrist's couch when love makes people go mad. I learned an enormous amount about various peculiar disorders, I laughed a bit and found myself scared stiff when the author confronted a would-be mass murderer. If you think you might enjoy this - I can pretty much guarantee that you will enjoy it. Absolutely fantastic book and one I shall return to again at a later date.

  • Heartland

  • A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth
  • By: Sarah Smarsh
  • Narrated by: Sarah Smarsh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

During Sarah Smarsh’s turbulent childhood in Kansas in the 1980s and 1990s, the forces of cyclical poverty and the country’s changing economic policies solidified her family’s place among the working poor. By telling the story of her life and the lives of the people she loves, Smarsh challenges us to look more closely at the class divide in our country and examine the myths about people thought to be less because they earn less. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite memoir of 2018

  • By NMwritergal on 11-25-18

Awful Narration - Valuable Story

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

This is a valuable account of what it's like to be white, working class and forgotten by society. Sadly, it's also the worst narrated work that I've heard on Audible so far. It's like listening to a robot with an American twang mince every single thing about it. Sentence structure is destroyed as the author reads random strings of words before picking up the next - if there's ever a case for professional narration, this is it. Read this book, don't listen to it for the sake of your sanity. Thumbs very much down.

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  • The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

  • An Oral History
  • By: Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,876

At last, the full story behind Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman's epic romance, including stories, portraits, and the occasional puzzle. How did they do it? They came from completely different families, endured a significant age difference, and were separated by the gulf of several social strata. Megan loved books and art history; Nick loved hammers. But much more than these seemingly unsurpassable obstacles were the values they held in common: respect, decency, the ability to mention genitalia in almost any context, and an abiding obsession with the songs of Tom Waits.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect comedy memoir audiobook

  • By Ruthi on 10-03-18

Charming And Pointless But That's OK

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

This is a sweet tour of what makes Nick, Megan and their relationship tick. It has no real point or objective and it certainly won't change your life but it is sweet, interesting and often funny. It feels like a real peek behind the scenes into their lives and it's funny how much Nick comes across like Ron Swanson at times. Though less ultra-macho. I am very glad that I listened to this; it's uplifting and that's a pretty good outcome.

  • You Are Not So Smart

  • Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
  • By: David McRaney
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,035
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,022

An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK - delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework. Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's official, I'm an idiot

  • By Christopher on 07-04-12

Very Good Walk Through Human Bias And Flaws

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

This is very well done though the narrator occasionally feels a little pompous. It's a solid recap of a cognitive bias and argumentative flaws. I very much enjoyed it even if it's not treading any new ground. It's good to hear ideas restated in an interesting fashion to help you take them on board and it succeeds very well in this respect. If you want something non-fiction that's a little fun; this is for you.

  • Pineal Gland Activation: How to Use Your Third Eye to Achieve Higher Consciousness

  • By: Alex McKenna
  • Narrated by: Eddie Leonard Jr.
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

If you want to tap into your hidden, spiritual being and open a floodgate of creativity, then you’ll want to keep reading.... We all have a pineal gland located in our brains. There is a direct relationship between the third eye and the pineal gland. It is often referred to as the “seat of the soul” and is the gateway between the body and soul. The pineal gland is directly related to our circadian rhythms. In other words, it directly effects our sleep cycles. Unfortunately, with our modern lifestyles, many of us have a pineal gland that does not function properly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Subject

  • By Raven on 04-15-19

Interesting And Well-Read

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

I am not sure I am completely convinced by the content here but it is an interesting perspective on things and while this may not feel right for me, it might be great for you. The narration is very clear and well-paced and you won't find it a drag to go through the material. I have definitely learned something here and that means it was very much worth my time. Please Note: I asked for and received a review copy of this work. That doesn't change my opinion, which is always my own.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Everybody Is Awful

  • Except You!
  • By: Jim Norton - Foreword, Jim Florentine
  • Narrated by: Jim Norton - Foreword, Jim Florentine
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

Twitter Trolls. Facebook Freaks. Instagram Exhibitionists. These are just a few of the creatures our technology-obsessed culture has spawned in its quest to simplify our lives. The madness is so universal now that everyone has dealt with it. You login to Facebook, read a stupid post, and immediately want to tell your "friend" to go have relations with himself. Thankfully, popular comedian and television host Jim Florentine has a solution for those of us on the verge of bashing our iPhones to bits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book should be called “the newer testament”

  • By Katharine Mae Peck on 02-28-18

Brutally Funny

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I can see this upsetting a large number of children posing as adults but I thought it was laugh out loud funny. Jim tackles all the annoyances of modern life and then takes a metaphorical dump on them. I can't ask for more from a comedy recording than that. 100% recommended. As long as you like this kind of thing, if not, you'll hate it.

  • John McCain: A Biography

  • By: Andrew Thomas
  • Narrated by: Eddie Leonard Jr
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

 

John McCain was an American politician and military officer who served as a United States Senator from Arizona from 1987 until his death in 2018. He previously served two terms in the United States House of Representatives and was the Republican nominee for president of the United States in the 2008 election, which he lost to Barack Obama. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Enough Data For Me

  • By Azura S on 12-12-18

Just Enough Data For Me

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

I am not a huge student of American politics so a 30 minute brief biography of John McCain seemed to be a sensible place to start. It's enough to get a sense of McCain's achievements and contributions without getting bogged down in large amounts of extraneous detail. Almost a Cliff Notes to the man's life. Eddie Leonard Jr.'s narration is very clear and delivers this concise text in an interesting manner. Please note: I requested and received a review copy of this work. That doesn't change my opinion of it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sara Pascoe: The Modern Monkey

  • By: Sara Pascoe
  • Narrated by: Sara Pascoe
  • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Sara Pascoe explores our modern social world though theories of evolutionary psychology and more. In a brand-new stand-up show recorded in front of live audiences in museums, Sara asks how our past influences our modern lives and how come we can still get emotionally hijacked by our primitive emotions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bravo! Kudos to Sara!

  • By Stephen Victor on 12-15-18

Very Funny

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

Every time I see or hear from Sara I am struck by just how bright and witty she is. I really enjoyed this, she's one of the funniest modern British comedians and I would happily recommend it to others and would listen to pretty much anything she records in the future too. Unless it's a Tribute to Lenny Henry... we all have limits.