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  • 10,000 Bones

  • By: Joe Ollinger
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

On the planet Brink, calcium is cash. The element's scarcity led the world's government to declare it the official currency. Taryn Dare is a Collections Agent, a specialized detective tasked with finding black-market calcium and recovering it, so that the Commerce Board can recycle it and distribute it as currency. Taryn is fueled by one goal: to save up enough currency units for a one-way ticket to a better world. But when a job recovering a human corpse uncovers a deadly conspiracy in the system, Taryn is drawn into an investigation that may threaten her life - and her society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Sci fi thriller that keeps you on your toes

  • By Jammer Grammer on 04-29-19

Loved! Highly reco!! So filmic. Sci-fi detective thriller.

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

Reviewed: 04-10-19

This book feels like a sci-fi/action/thriller movie that you’d see and love but everyone would say, “...yeah, but have you read the book!”
Such a pager tuner. I was totally engaged, listened to it in just a few sittings.

Loved the detective meets sci-fi nature of it, all wrapped in an intelligent premise and plot. Also allegorical and timely in it’s exploration of the concept of currency.

Hoping for a sequel or other book from this author.

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  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,947
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,083

Yuval Noah Harari's 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today's most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good stuff, but mostly repeats

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-13-18

If only all humans and political/religious leaders could read this book.

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Simply incredible. He’s done it again, for third time. The way Yuval presents information, most especially the things we take for granted, is thought-provoking, challenging, and what I consider to be the kind of writing that makes me a more thoughtful and well-rounded person.

People like Yuval and Sam Harris are too smart to get involved with this, but if they were at the highest level of decision-making in our political and cultural leadership the world would certainly be a better place.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Hyena

  • By: Jude Angelini
  • Narrated by: Jude Angelini
  • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 921
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 916

Hyena is a collection of autobiographical stories by Jude Angelini, which takes the listener on his journey of heartbreak, depravity, and hilarity, deftly moving between his adult life and his childhood growing up in a factory town outside of Detroit. Each story is told with brutal honesty yet maintains a gallows humor that will leave you shaking your head in disbelief.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can relate.

  • By Robert Morales on 11-21-17

Amazing. Unlike any book you've listened to before

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

Reviewed: 01-25-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Hyena to be better than the print version?

Jude, and his short stories in this book, are maybe the most honest, visceral and entrancing thing I've ever read. Or listened to, in this case, which is a must for a book like this. Jude is one of those rare people/authors that can be so humble yet confident in his sense of self at the same time. His journey from Detroit to LA, and everything in-between, is truly an example of a live lived to the fullest. Step outside your comfort zone for a few hours and experience a collection of short stories that are guaranteed to take you places you've never been before. His follow up, HUMMINGBIRD, is just as good and a must listen as well.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 125,979
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 116,560
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 116,010

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I didn’t hate it

  • By MerBear1981 on 04-18-19

Lives up to the hype and then some.

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

Neither Trevor Noah nor this book need any additional praise. You’ve seen and heard the hype and spoiler alert, it’s true. I knew Trevor Noah was special the first night he took over on the daily show, but I had no idea about his background or story. Similar to Tiffany Haddish, Trevor is one of those unicorn human beings that can persevere through some of the most tragic circumstances and do it with a smile. Then tell the stories in a way that makes it ok for others to listen, understand and ultimately laugh. A true storyteller and entertainer. One of the best autobiographies I’ve ever read.

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  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 44,850
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,881

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I wonder what could have been

  • By JJ on 07-26-18

Equally amazing as first two books, satisfying conclusion, left wanting more.

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

This installment, similar to the two before it, was just a lot of fun and easy to get caught up in. Sci-fi and futurism at its best, but always grounded in what feels like a plausible reality.
I’m still somewhat new to Sci-fi as a genre and this kept me engaged throughout. Never took itself too seriously or and never forgot that Bob(s) is/are human, despite the fact they live in a computer. Eagerly awaiting the next

  • Change Agent

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,651

New York Times best-selling author Daniel Suarez delivers an exhilarating sci-fi thriller exploring a potential future where CRISPR genetic editing allows the human species to control evolution itself. On a crowded train platform, Interpol agent Kenneth Durand feels the sting of a needle - and his transformation begins....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A terrifying look into our future

  • By Brian on 04-24-17

Popcorn movie, but set in very intriguing bio futuristic world

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

Somewhere between Bourne Identity and Minority Report, this book is great if you're looking for a read that's not too deep but entertaining most of the time nevertheless.

And like a summer popcorn movie, there were times I was wincing and turned off by on the nose/cheesy. But other moments very much enthralled and engaged.

Also fun to think about a near future in which humans have figured out everything to do w DNA and how to manipulate it to our liking.

Reader gives a very committed and enthusiastic performance.

  • Made to Stick

  • Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
  • By: Chip Heath, Dan Heath
  • Narrated by: Charles Kahlenberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,561

Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Meanwhile, people with important ideas (business people, teachers, politicians, journalists, and others) struggle to make their ideas "stick". In this indispensable guide, we discover that sticky messages of all kinds draw their power from the same six traits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even Better The Second Time

  • By Jeremy on 09-05-09

Not as sticky a book as hoped

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

I really wanted to like this book. I have loved everything written by Malcolm Gladwell and by the author's own admission, it takes a lot of cues Gladwell's The Tipping Point. But, for reasons I cannot put my finger on other than to say that the observations and way they were presented were not themselves "sticky", I would call this a good read but not a great one.

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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 18,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,121

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

From the first page to last, filled with intrigue, entertainment and perspective

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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: 05-27-17

Chose this book after hearing about it from many friends. So happy I did.
Not only does it refresh and educate what we learned in bits and pieces throughout high school and college, it does so with such objectivity and pace that there literally is not a dull moment. There can't be. It's covering hundreds, sometimes thousands of years at a time, never failing to put in the context of our modern day society which has the effect of this book on the human history teaching you more about yourself and our current day society.
Looking forward to listening to the next one.

  • Dialogue

  • The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, and Screen
  • By: Robert McKee
  • Narrated by: Robert McKee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409

In Dialogue, Robert McKee offers in-depth analysis for how characters speak on the screen, on the stage, and on the page in believable and engaging ways. From Macbeth to Breaking Bad, McKee deconstructs key scenes to illustrate the strategies and techniques of dialogue. Dialogue applies a framework of incisive thinking to instruct the prospective writer on how to craft artful, impactful speech.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Class you Wish you took in Writing

  • By Josiah on 12-05-16

Perfect follow up to STORY

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

Reviewed: 03-29-17

If you read and enjoyed STORY, no-brainer. Listen to this, you will not be disappointed.

And if not, I'd suggest listening to STORY first, which also will not disappoint. I've read a good amount of books on writing, specifically screenwriting, also listened to most of what is available on Audible, and Robert McKee and his works probably still top the list.

Both STORY and this book, DIALOGUE, are much more academic than, for example, SAVE THE CAT, so while it requires a bit more focus and attention, it's well worth the effort.

I happened to be one of those people who went to a prestigious film school in LA and when asked whether or not it was worth it, the reasons why I say YES are the same reasons I enjoyed this book. It's true, you don't need to go to film school to make films or read books on writing to write. But in my opinion that all depends how high you intend to climb and what caliber of work you hope to create.

  • Script Writing 101: Selling a Screenplay in the 21st Century

  • ScriptBully Book Series
  • By: Michael Rogan
  • Narrated by: Greg Zarcone
  • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Want to sell a screenplay, but figure there’s no chance it’ll ever happen? I mean, you don’t know a soul in Hollywood, right? You don’t have James Cameron on your speed dial. Christopher Nolan isn’t in your yoga class. Quentin Tarantino doesn’t shop at the same Whole Foods that you do. I mean, who’s going to take a chance on you? There’s no way you could ever sell a screenplay. Right? Well…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Much more up to date (2017) than anticipated.

  • By KP on 03-08-17

Much more up to date (2017) than anticipated.

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

If you are considering this book, you've probably read others like it and to a certain extent, they all contain the same information. Which is true, but what's so great about this book is how succinctly it reminds us of all those things. Those things we know we should do, and kind of only do when reminded, not to mention a few that we may have overlooked.
Would definitely recommend this for any aspiring screenwriter. Not too many like this in audiobook format.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful