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  • Out of My Mind

  • By: Alan Arkin
  • Narrated by: Alan Arkin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,951
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,335
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,307

In this Audible Original “mini-memoir”, the Academy Award-winning star of Little Miss Sunshine and Argo looks back on his life as a series of philosophical turning points, learning experiences, and a-ha moments. Drawn from a collection of seemingly inexplicable stories and encounters from Arkin's 84 years on this planet, Out of My Mind is a candid, relatable and delightfully irreverent take on how one man went searching for meaning and ended up discovering himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing journey into Alan's self!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-09-18

Wow! Totally unexpected and appreciated.

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

I thought this would be a riff on why meditation was useful and bought it simply to understand more about an actor I've admired. Instead it is a series of Arkin's life experiences described in a straightforward and genuine (not mystical) manner. And, the finish isn't a "thou shalt" POV at all but a cathartic lesson about learning and living. Powerful and helpful... particularly as we all grow into our own skin.

  • Undaunted

  • Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back
  • By: Jackie Speier
  • Narrated by: Jackie Speier
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Jackie Speier was twenty-eight when she joined Congressman Leo Ryan’s delegation to rescue defectors from cult leader Jim Jones’s Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana. Ryan was killed on the airstrip tarmac. Jackie was shot five times at point-blank range. While recovering from what would become one of the most harrowing tragedies in recent history, Jackie had to choose: Would she become a victim or a fighter? The choice to survive against unfathomable odds empowered her with a resolve to become a vocal proponent for human rights. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By RockyDog on 11-18-18

Interesting revelatory life story

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

An interesting coming of age life story. Clearly very personal with real. I feel that it is missing more about the many people Ms. Speier thanks at the end pf the audio, and appears to know well. Reading a book a politician should cover, I feel, much more about politics. This doesn't notwithstanding a few recounts briefly of the battle for womens' rights and gun control. I don't like leaving 3 stars, but it is for this reason and not the quality of what is there which is 4.5.

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  • Robin

  • By: Dave Itzkoff
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,595

From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations - all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speed. But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams’ comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oh Robin...

  • By Alana on 05-24-18

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

What a powerful book about the life of someone we thought we knew well in the earliest years of his public life, and then not at all as his work became deeper and more profound. I immensely enjoyed the details and flow, giving me a chance to reflect on my own life as I learned about Robin's.

Captain, my captain. We have so enjoyed what you gave us, and what you did to make us laugh and cry. Thank you.

  • Unfu*k Yourself

  • Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life
  • By: Gary John Bishop
  • Narrated by: Gary John Bishop
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,922

Are you tired of feeling f*cked up? If you are, Gary John Bishop has the answer. In this straightforward handbook, he gives you the tools and advice you need to demolish the slag weighing you down and become the truly unf*cked version of yourself. "Wake up to the miracle you are," he directs. "Here's what you've forgotten: You're a f*cking miracle of being." It isn't other people that are standing in your way; it isn't even your circumstances that are blocking your ability to thrive. It's yourself and the negative self-talk you keep telling yourself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now I'm F'd for sure!

  • By Kerry Strong on 08-24-17

Enjoyable motivation

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

While not the most uniquely inciteful book in the self help genre it is good and useful, particularly for a car drive. Not meant to be condescending but simply factual: no jump off your seat insights but well crafted and clear.

  • Kitchen Confidential

  • Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
  • By: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,641

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

A life in a day

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

Quite the rich insider's guide to the restaurant business. Listening to this after his untimely demise makes it all the sadder. What healthy cynicism mixed with humor. Gone way too soon, Chef. You had much more to give. This book is a pleasure, and you certainly had more similar wisdoms to pass along.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108,911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95,505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94,977

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

Not much you can say after listening to or reading this epic book. Interspersed with vast wisdom are liberal sprinkling of gut busting humor. In some ways, this book is like the discussion you had with the wisest person you knew in college..., but sadly didn't follow their insights until years later. "Wow" 8n m6 title could have been replaced with "Powerful," but then I would have tried to sound pity, and that would have proven I didn't really understand much of this masterful read.

  • It's Even Worse Than You Think

  • What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America
  • By: David Cay Johnston
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441

No working journalist knows Donald Trump better than David Cay Johnston, who first met the 45th president in 1988 and has tracked him ever since. Featuring Johnston's renowned skill in bringing government policy to life, this crucial book explains how our daily lives will be affected by the actions of the Trump Administration. This book is essential listening for all Americans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An important look at America under Trump

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 01-24-18

Great analysis of the sad state of affairs

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

This reasonably up to date review of how we as a Country ended up with Trump in the White House is both clear and detailed. The author speaks from 30+ years of experience in covering Trump, and as anyone who has, the author writes from a point of view that is highly critical (with ample justification, JMHO).

A minor and person peeve is I don't really like the sound of this reader's voice, but content over form wins the day.

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