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  • Nevertheless

  • A Memoir
  • By: Alec Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Alec Baldwin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,641
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,636

One of the most accomplished and outspoken actors today chronicles the highs and lows of his life in this beautifully written, candid memoir.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Who knew Alec could write?

  • By Kristin on 04-19-17

Great narration, don't like the politics in there

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

The good: He is an excellent writer, I love how he describes events in his life. Of course the narration is some of the best that you'll ever hear on an audiobook. Plus, Alec Baldwin himself is kind of interesting and deep himself.

The bad: He kind of skims over a lot of moments in his life that seem really interesting, also he doesn't give you much interesting info about his brothers. What really irked me is how he makes some pretty harsh implications about republicans and republican leaders. Prepare to feel alienated if you're not a democrat. I felt that he could have shared his political views without criticizing those consumers who purchased his book hoping for a good story and to get to know the author better without feeling that he would question the motives of them and their political party.

Funny thing is, is I feel like he would have some colorful insightful way to criticize my review of his book, probably with some well placed expletives and the force on just the right words. Guess that feeling like you know the author is a sign of a good memoir. Still, I feel like it was lacking and unnecessarily harsh on a lot of his customers who were hoping to just enjoy learning about him and his life.

  • Misbehaving

  • The Making of Behavioral Economics
  • By: Richard Thaler
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,576

Richard H. Thaler has spent his career studying the radical notion that the central agents in the economy are humans - predictable, error-prone individuals. Misbehaving is his arresting, frequently hilarious account of the struggle to bring an academic discipline back down to earth - and change the way we think about economics, ourselves, and our world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm a lot smarter than I was before

  • By Barrie Bramley on 10-04-15

More of a story about a researcher.....

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

The author decided that the book would be more interesting apparently if he told you about his life as a researcher, peppering in little tidbits of information here and there about what they were studying at any given time in his career and occasionally what it means. He spends less time dummying it down than he does telling you that he traveled to this place, with his researcher and this is how it went when they presented their findings.

I could have done with zero talk about his career and his life, and only talk about economics, rife with examples from the real world, illustrations, expanding concepts, making them more palatable.

The life of a professor and how he goes about researching just isn't really what I was looking for.

The narration is good. There are little tidbits of interesting info here and there. For the length of the book though, the good parts aren't nearly as regular as they should be.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Solve for Happy

  • Engineer Your Path to Joy
  • By: Mo Gawdat
  • Narrated by: Mo Gawdat
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203

In 2001 Mo Gawdat realized that despite his incredible success, he was desperately unhappy. A lifelong learner, he attacked the problem as an engineer would: examining all the provable facts and scrupulously applying logic. Eventually, his countless hours of research and science proved successful, and he discovered the equation for permanent happiness. Thirteen years later, Mo's algorithm would be put to the ultimate test. After the sudden death of his son, Ali, Mo and his family turned to his equation—and it saved them from despair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not to sound immature but...

  • By Amazon customer on 05-06-17

Some good tid bits

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

Reviewed: 05-14-17

Finishes very strong. A lot of mention about his deceased son, the book was pretty much written for him. Brings up an outstanding defense of creationism that i had never heard explained so well before. Kind of a lot of white noise, but some of his other explanations about how to be happy are from angles that you don't often hear and show that a lot of thought went into them. Anyway, pretty good book!

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Presto!

  • How I Made over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales
  • By: Penn Jillette
  • Narrated by: Penn Jillette
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,495
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,393

Legendary magician Penn Jillette was approaching his 60th birthday. Topping 330 pounds and saddled with a systolic blood pressure reading over 200, he knew he was at a dangerous crossroads: If he wanted to see his small children grow up, he needed to change. And then came Crazy Ray. A former NASA scientist and an unconventional, passionate innovator, Ray Cronise saved Jillette's life with his wild "potato diet". Outspoken, frank, and bitingly clever, Presto is an incisive, rollicking listen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tall, Fat and Funny Tales

  • By Tim on 08-23-16

Want to hear the F word every 30-60 seconds?

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

Penn is full of interesting ideas and has some unique insights about dieting and just about life experiences in general that he shares in this book. He is a likable narrator and keeps the listener entertained for the most part. He is an interesting character with a lot of virtues, but a few vices as well.

So why 3 stars? His profanity. He must use the F word several times per page. I believe that profanity should be used sparingly, or else it feels like when people use the words "ya know, or whatever, like" every sentence. Plus, I don't feel comfortable sharing the book with some of my friends who aren't comfortable with so much profanity. Also, he likes to take every opportunity possible to belittle Christians, and you feel somewhat attacked if you're a believer. Who wants to buy a book and be criticized for their religion?

Still, overall entertaining and if you don't mind the perceived faults listed above, I recommend it!

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 2,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,708

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Cameron on 09-24-16

Not really up to par

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

Reviewed: 01-20-17

The book doesn't really feel like it reveals much. The author takes some general things that probably happened to him and then warps them. There are silly little jokes peppered throughout that completely disconnect the listener from the author because they're so slapstick. His sidekick throughout the book reminds me of the big dumb guy from "Of Mice and Men". This book is 20% good and 80% I could pass on because there doesn't seem to be much authenticity. I would recommend Micheal Ian Blacks You're Not Doing It Right for a straight from the heart real authentic experience from a comedian, that one is much better done.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rebel Yell

  • The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson
  • By: S. C. Gwynne
  • Narrated by: Cotter Smith
  • Length: 24 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,645
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,488
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,489

General Stonewall Jackson was like no one anyone had ever seen. In April of 1862 he was merely another Confederate general with only a single battle credential in an army fighting in what seemed to be a losing cause. By middle June he had engineered perhaps the greatest military campaign in American history and was one of the most famous men in the Western World. He had given the Confederate cause what it had recently lacked: hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very good read

  • By rhl60 on 11-05-14

Great book, well worth listening to...

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

Reviewed: 12-09-16

Stonewall Jackson was an amazing person. Deeply religious and very effective, he had an interesting life, and he was a very interesting character. I never knew how respectful of a person that he was, even though he was a Confederate. This is a fascinating book and I recommend you listen to it. I only gave three stars for the story portion because I feel like this book spends too much time describing battles, which are very difficult to follow in audiobook form. The sections of this book that talk about stonewall Jackson and the other characters in the Civil War are the most interesting part of the book and it would be wonderful if there were a more abridged version of this book that spent less time on the description of the battles and more time talking about the main character of the book and the other characters too.

  • Real Dissent

  • A Libertarian Sets Fire to the Index Card of Allowable Opinion
  • By: Thomas E. Woods Jr.
  • Narrated by: Thomas E. Woods Jr.
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398

Nothing makes traditional left and right kiss and make up faster than when they're faced with an articulate libertarian. Avert your eyes from this dangerous extremist, citizen! Government is composed of wise public servants who innocently pursue the common good! In Real Dissent, Tom Woods demolishes some of the toughest critics of libertarianism in his trademark way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Libertarian to the core

  • By Gary Baren on 10-22-14

It was okay ...

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

Reviewed: 09-13-16

I didn't feel like the author had the skill of communicating his ideas very effectively. I agree with almost everything he said, at least I think that I did, but what he said wasn't very well said. It was also a little awkward how he begins the book by criticizing almost every politician, but when he starts talking about Ron Paul, he suddenly does a complete 180 and has nothing but wonderful things for the man. There were some great parts in the book, but I found myself listening it at 1.5-2x speed for most of the time.

  • The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels

  • By: Alex Epstein
  • Narrated by: Alex Epstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835

For decades environmentalists have told us that using fossil fuels is a self-destructive addiction that will destroy our planet. Yet by every measure of human well-being, from life expectancy to clean water to climate safety, life has been getting better and better. How can this be? The explanation is that we usually hear only one side of the story. We're taught to think only of the negatives of fossil fuels, their risks and side effects, but not their positives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Challenging the Status Quo

  • By Ryan E. on 08-20-16

Must listen!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

First of all the bad: The narrator is the author, and I really wish that he would have hired a professional, because he is not the ideal narrator. That aside, it is tolerable!

The good: You're given an alternate view of fossil fuels which you likely have never heard, nor will hear anywhere in the media, schools/universities or anywhere else.

The biggest errors in our society resulting in counter productive policies are when we only look at ONE side of the equation. This book will give you the other side of the fossil fuel argument. It is the only book that I have ever found of it's kind and anybody who has labeled oil companies and using fossil fuels as a primary energy source, as completely or mostly negative, owes this book a listen. It might just change your mind!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Basic Economics, Fifth Edition

  • A Common Sense Guide to the Economy
  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 23 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,353

In this fifth edition of Basic Economics, Thomas Sowell revises and updates his popular book on commonsense economics, bringing the world into clearer focus through a basic understanding of the fundamental economic principles and how they explain our lives. Drawing on lively examples from around the world and from centuries of history, Sowell explains basic economic principles for the general public in plain English.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal!

  • By Trenton on 10-04-15

Phenomenal!

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

People say that is all the time, but this REALLY NEEDS to be required reading (listening in this case), and here is why:

Mr. Sowell expertly explains economics in this 25 hour long monster in a way that everyone can understand and enjoy. Everything he says is very well supported either using simple logic, hypothetical situations and many real world international and domestic examples.

Even if you don't agree with his explanations, you will still come out of this book with a better understanding of economics as you would have to come up with a logical reason to disagree with him, because his beautiful explanations and examples are essentially devoid of emotion, which is a very good thing.

Some of my favorite things of the book are:
- His often repeated statement is his definition of economics: Utilization of scarce resources which have alternative uses.
- His explanation of the difference between prices and costs.
- His examples of the effects of price controls.
- The absolute lack of mudslinging towards liberals, he actually operates under the assumption of people encouraging government intervention all with the best of intentions.
- His reminders how economists are known for being boring because of splashing cold water on policies due to cold hard boring facts.

This thing is almost 25 hours long, takes a while to listen to but it is like music to your ears. It's economics pure and simple and is fascinating.

Thomas Sowell for president! (Hey he's only 85, that isn't too old is it?)

26 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • Adios, America

  • By: Ann Coulter
  • Narrated by: Ann Coulter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,358
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,244
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,228

Ann Coulter is back, more fearless than ever. In Adios, America she touches the third rail in American politics, attacking the immigration issue head-on and flying in the face of La Raza, the Democrats, a media determined to cover up immigrants' crimes, churches that get paid by the government for their "charity," and greedy Republican businessmen and campaign consultants - all of whom are profiting handsomely from mass immigration that's tearing the country apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An alarming look at the future of America

  • By Captain Funky Junk on 03-13-18

Hits the mark

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

Reviewed: 08-03-15

It was impossible for one to listen to this book and not greatly admire the author for saying things that need to be said.

There's a reason why this book is 5 stars. It's because although what she's saying sounds controversial, listeners (of all races) agree.

Stop the importation of the worlds corrupt and violent poor who burden our countries financial resources by utilizing free school and healthcare , not to mention the immense court / jail costs when they break the law.


4 of 11 people found this review helpful