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PACIFIC GROVE, CA, United States
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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck audiobook cover art
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne

Could've Been Shorter

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

This guidebook is good in the beginning, but then seems to ramble. I finished with at least one take-away. I could recommend listening until you hear something that you find impactful, then moving on.

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Entertaining and Informative

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

Reviewed: 07-25-16

Any additional comments?

Listening to this book took my knowledge of Steve Jobs from superficial to relatively informed. Before, I wouldn't have known why 1984 was a significant year in his life. After, I was able to spot countless artistic liberties and timeline errors in the movie starring Ashton Kutcher. Not only did I learn plenty, but I was entertained. Jobs' life made (unsurprisingly) for a great story.

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This book changed my life.

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

Reviewed: 07-20-16

What did you love best about How to Be a Woman?

Caitlin Moran is the kind of kook I'd want around all the time. Her hilarious enthusiasm and unpretentious, thoughtful take on being a woman are inspiring.
I recommend this book often, and if someone's stuck in the car with me, I play it for them.
Both the humor and the substance of this book win. It can be broken into bits or consumed in one go. Caitlin Moran presents anecdotal and empirical evidence to clarify her ideas. The points she makes, whether on topics as charged as abortion, or as funny as pubic hair, are clear and logical. I remember feeling intense relief at hearing this woman's insights into the joys and dilemmas faced by women. She empowered me to be more confident, well-informed, and comfortable in my own skin.

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Smutty, Boring, and Trashy

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

Reviewed: 07-20-16

What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

This book reminds me of fanfiction written by a pervy teenage girl. That's what it originally was, right?
Though I once wrote and read such fluff avidly, I do not like this book. I was compelled to read it because of the hype and the money I'd spent.

How could the performance have been better?

This book is probably better read with your eyes than your ears. You can skip the boring bits.
Becca Battoe is fine. However, E.L. James couldn't have anticipated an audio version of the book. Maybe the production team didn't realize how tedious parts of the story would be in audio form. I was so irritated by constantly hearing exactly what date and time the characters emailed each other that it still make me mad. I am writing this review four years later.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

This book is silly. The main character is such a blah, basic b!#@$. The protagonist is such a ridiculous fantasy man. Still, I can't deny the cliffhanger and intrigue left me guiltily wanting to know what happened next. I went on Wikipedia. I couldn't stand the idea of spending more money on this junk.

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Excellent Series for a Nerd

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

Reviewed: 03-04-13

Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

Yes, I would, because it's packed with intrigue, gore, and so many interwoven characters. It's pretty hard to keep all the characters straight, but that doesn't get much in the way of the exciting plot.

Any additional comments?

The reader is acceptable, but nothing more. He has a nice gravely, old man voice, but it has very little range. The characters all sound pretty much the same. It's like having grandpa tell you a story.

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Too Scholarly for Me

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

Reviewed: 02-01-13

Would you try another book from Stephen P. Kershaw and/or Cameron Stewart?

No, not from Stephen P. Kershaw. It was too dry and boring. I suppose that it's my fault for choosing something that could probably be used as a textbook (assuming it's accurate).
Cameron Stewart was fine.

Has A Brief History of the Greek Myths turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I like the way the author explaines the way the different sources have details. For example, he'll say something like so-and-so either killed himself or was strangled to death by his enemy or went on a hunting expedition.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Excellent, Fanciful

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

Reviewed: 01-02-13

What was one of the most memorable moments of Life of Pi?

The plot twist at the end was great. I was about to go see the movie, but I'm glad I waited until I'd finished the book.

What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

His Indian accent was good (as far as I can tell). His Japanese was not exactly spot-on, but it was fine.

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Sobering, Worthwhile Read

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

Reviewed: 12-11-12

What did you love best about The Grapes of Wrath?

I loved learning about the experiences of people from the dust bowl. It's awful and amazing how people treat each other. The story is depressing, but absorbing.

What does Dylan Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Dylan Baker is a good reader.

Any additional comments?

The harmonica intros are a bit loud and annoying.

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Great!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book. There are surprising plot twists and a few thought-provoking moments.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful