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  • A Polaroid Guy in a Snapchat World

  • By: David Spade
  • Narrated by: David Spade
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,095
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,795

Written and performed for the Audible experience, Spade’s new comic memoir takes listeners along for the sometimes embarrassing and always hilarious ride of getting older in our fleeting “Snapchat World”. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than the first one!

  • By Ashley on 08-12-18

Good (but not as great as his first)

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I think that David Spade is at his best in his off-hand remarks and elements that seem improvised. There is a lot of that here because this book is pretty much the audio version of a straight-to-video release. The performance has charm because of David Spade's complete honesty with the reader. This honesty however doesn't always land as I suspect he intends. This is a good performance that will pass the time quickly and make you laugh.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Broadcasting Happiness

  • The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change
  • By: Michelle Gielan
  • Narrated by: Michelle Gielan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 315

All of us constantly broadcast information to others, even when we don't say a word. Sales professionals broadcast to potential clients in a way that wins new business. Managers broadcast to their teams about projects. Colleagues broadcast to one another about available resources. The messages we choose to broadcast shape others' beliefs in the potential for success and their ability to create positive change.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Get to the point. This is unlistenble. Just blahh

  • By G. L my name on 03-07-16

Good Mesage but Superficial

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

Reviewed: 03-11-16

This book deals with the idea that by changing the messages you broadcast to the world, you and the world will ultimately change. Here, broadcasting positivity is better than broadcasting negativity, which is often deemed toxic and dangerous. (the actual boundary between what is positive and what is negative is naturally up for interpretation)

Everyone knows that a positive outlook is enjoyable for you and those around you but I felt that this book takes this idea into the realm of superstition at times, in that broadcasting positive messages and having happy thoughts will somehow cause amazing things to happen.

I also thought that this book was superficial. Consider Dicken's "A Christmas Carol." Consider an alternative version in which instead of being visited by 3 ghosts, Scrooge decides to implement the teachings of this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Almost Interesting

  • The Memoir
  • By: David Spade
  • Narrated by: David Spade
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,154

David Spade is best known for his harsh "Hollywood Minute" sketches on SNL, his starring roles in movies like Tommy Boy and Joe Dirt, and his seven-year stint as Dennis Finch on the series Just Shoot Me. Now, with a wit as dry as the weather in his home state of Arizona, the "comic brat extraordinaire" delivers a memoir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than expected

  • By Infullbloom on 10-29-15

Fun and Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 11-14-15

David Spade's look back on his life. The book was laugh out loud funny, especially at the beginning. I enjoyed his performance of the book. His timing and delivery of the jokes were great. As a GenX-er I particularly enjoyed his sarcasm about how we used to do things in the "ancient" times before the internet and social media. I only wish that the book was a little longer. I wasn't ready for it to end.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Truth

  • By: Neil Strauss
  • Narrated by: Neil Strauss, Ione Skye, Jessica Sattelberger
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,205

From the author of the blockbuster best seller The Game: a shockingly personal, surprisingly relatable, brutally honest memoir in which the celebrated dating expert confronts the greatest challenge he has ever faced: monogamy and fidelity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but not the whole truth

  • By Ville on 01-21-16

Too Long

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

Reviewed: 11-11-15

The author tells his story in three basic parts.
Part 1. He cheats on his girlfriend and enters rehab for sex addiction
Part 2. He leaves rehab and goes on a quest for an ideal non-monogamous relationship
Part 3. He concludes (predictably) and tells what he has learned from his quest.

Part 2 was uneven and did not flow with the other parts. To me, it seemed like Part 2 was inserted into the story to move a devised plot along and to add length. Part 2 is sexually explicit, which could turn some readers off. The other characters in Part 2 seemed flat and to have no motivation or logic to explain their actions (this despite the inclusion of some dubious diary entries - why does he have these!?). Part 2, in my opinion, could have been summarized or left out completely without any loss to the story.

In general, this book takes a long time to discuss the author's problems. I couldn't help but to think that all his drama was exhausting and avoidable.

Having said this, Parts 1 and 3 do provide some excellent wisdom about relationships, though at times the story (especially in Part 3) seems melodramatic.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Game

  • Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists
  • By: Neil Strauss
  • Narrated by: Neil Strauss
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,005

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

Dubious but Facinating

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

This story has two parts. The first is Strauss's introduction and rise within the world of self proclaimed pick up artists (PUA's). The second is the author's participation in a quixotic PUA commune.

The idea that there are secret methods to seduce a woman is simply false. Surprisingly, knowing this fact didn't make the story any less enjoyable. Strauss is a really good writer. How else could he turn this ethical disaster into an enjoyable narrative with likable characters?

Here, Strauss has blended the styles of gonzo-journalism with reality television to produce something new. While reading, I suspected that much was fiction, yet I was never quite sure because there were moments that were clearly honest and sincere. It worked for me. I guess I was seduced - maybe Strauss is indeed the king of all pick up artists.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Career of Evil

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,935
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,014

Audie Award, Mystery, 2016. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Characters Mean Everything

  • By Charles Atkinson on 11-09-15

OK - not the best.

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

Reviewed: 10-26-15

I was surprised by "Career of Evil". I loved the first two books, but this one lacked the same suspense and complexity. The story often drifts away from the mystery to develop the characters of Robin and Strike. I felt the story lose momentum at these places and almost shift into a different genre all together.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • How to Read Literature Like a Professor

  • A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
  • By: Thomas C. Foster
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 594

What does it mean when a fictional hero takes a journey? Shares a meal? Gets drenched in a sudden rain shower? Often, there is much more going on in a novel or poem than is readily visible on the surface - a symbol, maybe, that remains elusive, or an unexpected twist on a character - and there's that sneaking suspicion that the deeper meaning of a literary text keeps escaping you. In this practical and amusing guide to literature, Thomas C. Foster shows how easy and gratifying it is to unlock those hidden truths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lives Up to Its Claims

  • By Evelyn on 05-22-14

Great Summary of Everything you Missed in Class

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

Reviewed: 10-07-15

When I was younger and in school, I didn't appreciate reading or learning about literature. Now that I am older, I wish I had paid more attention in class. If this rings true for you too, then you may enjoy this book.

The book mostly deals with symbolism - how it is used, why is it used, and how to spot it. It is an informal discussion that is entertaining to listen to (though some of the humor is a little dated). It even has an "exam" at the end based on a short story. I didn't do the exam but I listened to the "answers" which were useful in demonstrating how reading works on various levels - some obvious and some up for interpretation.

There is a reading list for download. The list seems to have more references than I remember being discussed in the book. I seem to recall the author reusing a few references multiple times.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Earth

  • By: Pearl S. Buck
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,351

This Pulitzer Prize-winning classic tells the poignant tale of a Chinese farmer and his family in old agrarian China. The humble Wang Lung glories in the soil he works, nurturing the land as it nurtures him and his family. Nearby, the nobles of the House of Hwang consider themselves above the land and its workers; but they will soon meet their own downfall. The working people riot, breaking into the homes of the rich and forcing them to flee. When Wang Lung shows mercy to one noble and is rewarded, he begins to rise in the world, even as the House of Hwang falls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Ryan on 05-08-10

Good for 1/2

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

Reviewed: 10-07-15

Rags to riches story of a Chinese farmer. The first half was great. The farmer and his family fought for survival, forcing them into interesting scenarios that were very compelling to read. The wife was especially interesting (almost mysterious). After the farmer and his family became better situated however, things became predictable and repetitive. By the end I wasn't very interested.

I started reading this book thinking that here was a wonderful portrait of how life has a way of ensnaring everyone to compromise the image of who they want to be - and that extra money/things only hastens and expands this. By the end, however, I wasn't sure that this was the message. I didn't get the idea that any of the characters felt compromised in this way. Maybe this is because, for the most part, each got what they wanted and didn't seem to regret the paths taken to get what they wanted. I probably missed the point and maybe that is why I felt bored for the last half of this book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,599

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sums it up nicely

  • By Mark on 05-15-15

More than a History.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-15

This is an amazing book. It attempts to answer just about every "I wonder why..." question relating to the human experience. I really enjoyed most of the book. I felt that sometimes, however, conjecture was presented as fact.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,074

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Kind Worth Killing - A Book Worth Getting

  • By AudioAddict on 08-23-15

Every character a psychopath

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

Reviewed: 09-08-15

Average story but the characters are all virtually the same. I didn't like any of them, and I didn't buy into their reasoning. The plot jumped around in time/perspective too much, and the ending was unsatisfying.

The performance was not great either. The performers read very slowly.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful