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  • Revolution for Dummies

  • By: Bassem Youssef
  • Narrated by: Bassem Youssef
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 365

Bassem Youssef's incendiary satirical news program, Al-Bernameg ( The Program), chronicled the events of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, and the rise of Mubarak's successor, Mohamed Morsi. Youssef not only captured his nation's dissent, but stamped it with his own brand of humorous political criticism, in which the Egyptian government became the prime laughing stock. In Revolution for Dummies, Youssef recounts his life and offers hysterical riffs on hypocrisy, instability, and corruption.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Jon Stewart of the Middle East

  • By Rachel - Audible on 10-17-17

Brilliant read, warning for the US

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

For anyone who took even a bit of algebra or otherwise knows how to abstract an issue, this story is funny, tragic, and ominous. Basam shows us how Egypt's incompetent totalitarians are the same as the ones all around the world and through history. The parallels with Trumpism are ominous and obvious. I hope we fix it.

  • On the Road

  • 50th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Jack Kerouac
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,229
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,224

Few novels have had as profound an impact on American culture as On the Road. Pulsating with the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, illicit drugs, and the mystery and promise of the open road, Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be "beat" and has inspired generations of writers, musicians, artists, poets, and seekers who cite their discovery of the book as the event that "set them free".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Narration and a Wonderful Book

  • By Guillermo on 09-17-09

Dean and Sal are lousy humans.

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

the story is well loved by many people but I couldn't stand it. Sal and Dean are the kinds of people that I despise in the real world. Furthermore I really didn't enjoy hearing about them in the book. The performance is good but when you look at it from the perspective of what do they do in the world they basically go along abusing people's trust and taking their essentially White Privilege which I guess was a lot more of a normal thing in the 1940s and 50s and riding around without ever taking responsibility for everything and that's I guess okay. However they also have license to steal and to con people into do all sorts of stuff that you would not tolerate from anyone in real life.

  • Fire and Fury

  • Inside the Trump White House
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,123

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as credible as one would like.

  • By Jerry R. Nokes Jr. on 01-29-18

Details might be a bit embellished, but rings true

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

If you could sum up Fire and Fury in three words, what would they be?

It kind of paints a picture of why the characters in the nightly stream of news disasters behave as they do. Why is this crap happening? You come away knowing.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Why do these jimos do what they do? Well, they suck, but this tells you which branch of suckitude they inhabit.

What does Holter Graham and Michael Wolff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I was able to read it on my bike. Hard to do with paper or e-book.

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,768

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Hits close to home

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

Although my experience was from a different start, I recognize a lot of folks and experiences.