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  • Humblebrag

  • The Art of False Modesty
  • By: Harris Wittels
  • Narrated by: Harris Wittels
  • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 205

From comedian and writer ( Parks and Recreation, Eastbound & Down) Harris Wittels comes a hysterical breakdown of boasts, brags, and self-adulation disguised as humble comments and complaints - based on his popular @humblebrag Twitter feed. >Something immediately annoyed Harris Wittels about Twitter. All of a sudden it was acceptable to brag, so long as those brags were ever-so-thinly disguised as transparent humility....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cathartic to hear your sassy voice. We miss you.

  • By Arthur Hatch on 05-03-15

Harris's Foam corner

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

Was looking for a break between all my very dense intellectual reading. This really hit the spot. I would like to get a beer with Harris. #HumbleBrag #RestInPeace

  • Walk Through Walls

  • A Memoir
  • By: Marina Abramovic
  • Narrated by: Marina Abramovic
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

In 2010 more than 750,000 people stood in line at Marina Abramović's MoMA retrospective for the chance to sit across from her and communicate with her nonverbally in an unprecedented durational performance that lasted more than 700 hours. This celebration of nearly 50 years of groundbreaking performance art demonstrated once again that Marina Abramović is truly a force of nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating read

  • By V. Ledovsky on 11-20-16

wonderful!

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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: 04-13-18

Such a great insight into a very important artist. Abramovic reading is haunting, done with both deadpan control and humor.

  • Ep. 1: I've Had Better

  • By: Esther Perel
  • Narrated by: Esther Perel
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,733

[Contains mature themes] He reached out because a year after the discovery of his affair, they aren’t fighting anymore, but they certainly haven’t moved on. Esther guides them towards a more honest conversation, and a revelation about their communication.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Response to the bitter comments...

  • By Ashley on 06-15-17

guilty pleasure!

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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: 05-25-17

It is so very wonderful to be a fly on the wall for these sessions.

  • 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

a simple and transcendant experience. so much joy!

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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: 01-29-17

I really enjoyed this book. David Lynch has such a direct and inspiring voice. reading this really helps me Center myself and feel motivated to keep making creative work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Based on a True Story

  • A Memoir
  • By: Norm Macdonald
  • Narrated by: Norm Macdonald, Tim O'Halloran
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,013
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,003

As this book's title suggests, Norm Macdonald tells the story of his life - more or less - from his origins on a farm in the-back-of-beyond Canada and an epically disastrous appearance on Star Search to his account of auditioning for Lorne Michaels and his memorable run as the anchor of Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live - until he was fired because a corporate executive didn't think he was funny. But Based on a True Story is much more than a memoir; it's the hilarious, inspired epic of Norm's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" but with a killer answering machine joke.

  • By Samuel K Osborne on 05-19-17

not at all what you'd expect, but very worth it

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

if you're a fan of Norm Macdonald, this is going to be a terrific book for you. But I mean you gotta be a real fan. You have to have paid attention all these years and seen the evolution of his comedy. This book is definitely based on a true story, but it's a novel. there's a story early on about his childhood that is just about the best thing that I've ever read.

  • Supergods

  • What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human
  • By: Grant Morrison
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578

From one of the most acclaimed and profound writers in the world of comics comes a thrilling and provocative exploration of humankind's great modern myth: the superhero. In this exhilarating work of a lifetime, Grant Morrison draws on art, science, mythology, and his own astonishing journeys through this shadow universe to provide the first true history of the superhero - why they matter, why they will always be with us, and what they tell us about who we are... and what we may yet become.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Geek Gospel

  • By Amazon on 08-22-11
  • Supergods
  • What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human
  • By: Grant Morrison
  • Narrated by: John Lee

Would be perfection if read by author!

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

Reviewed: 04-26-16

I love how the author (a favorite comic book author of mine) intertwines the history of comic books with his own narrative, which reinforces the author's take on how fictional characters manifest themselves in our reality. A real head trip that provides a solid foundation for anyone interested in the history of this medium, as well as a trippy journey into psychedelia and choas magick. The performance was 5 star, but the author has such a wonderful voice, I would have like to hear him perform his own book. The Scottish brogue is obtrusive at first, but subsides into more of a generic UK accent as the book goes on. I'm assuming this decision was made to reassure fans of the writer that the performer is Scottish, but relinquishes so that it does not become distracting.

Beautifully written. Elevates it's subject to intellectual and spiritual heights that allow the reader an unembarrasing exploration. Inspired me to try my own hand at magick.

  • Teachings of the Buddha

  • Revised and Expanded
  • By: Jack Kornfield (editor), Gil Fronsdal (editor)
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Jack Kornfield
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274

This treasury of essential Buddhist writings draws from the most popular Indian, Tibetan, Chinese, and Japanese sources. Among the selections are some of the earliest recorded sayings of the Buddha on the practice of freedom, passages from later Indian scriptures on the perfection of wisdom, verses from Tibetan masters on the enlightened mind, and songs in praise of meditation by Zen teachers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A book that necess focus

  • By Ricardo on 04-15-16

A book that necess focus

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

Reviewed: 04-15-16

A book that necessitates focus. I listen to books at my media job, and I found myself easily distracted and needing to rewind often. A narrative you can catch up with through context, but the teachings come in small pieces and I may have missed some great content. That which I did take away was very beautiful and set me on the path to enlightenment.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Ethical Slut

  • A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships, & Other Adventures
  • By: Janet W. Hardy, Dossie Easton
  • Narrated by: Janet W. Hardy, Dossie Easton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,484

For anyone who has ever dreamed of love, sex, and companionship beyond the limits of traditional monogamy, this groundbreaking guide navigates the infinite possibilities that open relationships can offer. Experienced ethical sluts Dossie Easton and Janet W. Hardy dispel myths and cover all the skills necessary to maintain a successful and responsible polyamorous lifestyle - from self-reflection and honest communication to practicing safe sex and raising a family. Individuals and their partners will learn how to discuss and honor boundaries, resolve conflicts, and to define relationships on their own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for all but really great for beginners.

  • By CrashingGirl on 03-01-18

Good read. Pretty standard.

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

Reviewed: 04-08-16

Good read. Pretty standard. More than likely set the standard. Good relationship advise regardless of how you define yours.

  • The Disaster Artist

  • My Life inside 'The Room', the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made
  • By: Greg Sestero, Tom Bissell
  • Narrated by: Greg Sestero
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,662

Nineteen-year-old Greg Sestero met Tommy Wiseau at an acting school in San Francisco. Wiseau's scenes were rivetingly wrong, yet Sestero, hypnotized by such uninhibited acting, thought, "I have to do a scene with this guy." That impulse changed both of their lives. The Disaster Artist is Greg Sestero's laugh-out-loud funny account of how Tommy Wiseau defied every law of artistry, business, and friendship to make "the Citizen Kane of bad movies" ( Entertainment Weekly), which is now an international phenomenon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You Have to Listen to This Book!

  • By Henry Strickler on 08-28-14

Fascinating and hilarious!

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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: 04-01-16

Great book! A story of an extraterrestrial vampire trying to express himself as a human, failing miserably, ends up creating a perfect work of art that reveals himself to humanity.

  • Sex at Dawn

  • How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships
  • By: Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan (Preface)
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,484

Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Strawmen and Ad Hominems

  • By Carolyn on 09-18-12

Obviously influential, familiar

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

I've been directed to this book a number of times through various podcasts and media. They've kind of summed it up, but it was good to hear it all contextualized and now I can say I read it.