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Howard Owens

Batavia, NY USA
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  • Kitchen Confidential

  • Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
  • By: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,191

Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kitchen Confidential

  • By Holly on 02-20-03

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

Bourdain was truly a great writer and great storyteller. You won’t want to stop listening.

  • Unf*ckology

  • A Field Guide to Living with Guts and Confidence
  • By: Amy Alkon
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 268

Amy Alkon presents Unf*ckology, a "science-help" book that knocks the self-help genre on its unscientific ass. You can finally stop fear from being your boss and put an end to your lifelong social suckage. Have you spent your life shrinking from opportunities you were dying to seize but feel "that's just who I am"? Well, screw that! You actually can change, and it doesn't take exceptional intelligence or a therapist who's looking forward to finally buying Aruba after decades of listening to you yammer on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great writing, better advise

  • By Howard Owens on 01-31-18

Great writing, better advise

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

Where does Unf*ckology rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Great book. Full of great advice.

What did you like best about this story?

Science-based advise on overcoming lack of confidence.

Have you listened to any of Carrington MacDuffie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First time I've heard her. She did great.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

If only this book had been available 35 years ago. It would have saved me a lot of grief.

Now that I'm older, I not only see where I went wrong in trying to fix my own head and make my own way with no guidance, I've also studied enough on human behavior at this point to recognize that Amy's advice truly is science-based.

The target human being for this book is the person who is unsure of him or her self, perhaps shy, perhaps lacking in confidence. This book will help fix those things. But there is another audience for Unf*ckology: everybody else.

All of us could use a little boost of confidence from time to time.

Further, we all know people who are shy and lack confidence. Those of us with confidence make a great contribution to the world when we can help those who lack it.

So my advice, if you don't think you need this book: in one way or another, you do.

Finally, I've been a fan of Amy's writing through her Advice Goddess column for close to 20 years. By the time I discovered her column, I was married, and happily so, not dating, and not needing much of the advice provided to her readers. I read her -- and my wife and I would read her to each other -- because she was such a witty and entertaining writer, full of sharp observations that hit their mark every time. She had no time for people's BS and called them on it with flare.

She was a good writer then. She's even better now. If the idea of reading a "science-based" book scares you, don't fear -- Amy's wit, her ability to grip your interest with stories, and her vivid use of the English language will keep you thoroughly entertained.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Behave

  • The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst
  • By: Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 26 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,041

Why do we do the things we do? More than a decade in the making, this game-changing book is Robert Sapolsky's genre-shattering attempt to answer that question as fully as perhaps only he could, looking at it from every angle. Sapolsky's storytelling concept is delightful, but it also has a powerful intrinsic logic: He starts by looking at the factors that bear on a person's reaction in the precise moment a behavior occurs and then hops back in time from there in stages, ultimately ending up at the deep history of our species and its evolutionary legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful

  • By Doug Hay on 07-27-17

High value information

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

Complex and detailed science presented in an easy to follow and entertaining manner. So much to take it I bought the kindle version, too. Well worth it.

  • Seabiscuit

  • An American Legend
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720

Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • See you in the winner's circle

  • By Janice on 06-26-13

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 01-24-15

One of the greatest works of non-fiction ever. Great literary writhing. You should read or listen to this book.