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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

Impressive narrative

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-18

Impressive narrative if why & how Bassem Youssef has to be estranged from his beloved country Egypt!!

Loved it

  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

  • By: Mindy Kaling
  • Narrated by: Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur, B. J. Novak
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,090

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Mindy, you'll enjoy this listen.

  • By Lisa on 01-04-12

Nice and cool but not 5/5, is this a hype?!

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-20-18

You need to know this person, which I didn’t and really be vested in her weird take on a snapshot of a memoir?! Not sure why it’s that highly rated!! Not bad but hardly 3/5

Learned nothing!!
Read for fun and curiosity about her own life and TV shows!!

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 87,703
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 79,819
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 79,368

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Thank you Michelle

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-18

What a book!
This is one of the best books I have read in a long while! Michelle is just an amazing person and indeed I have nothing to say but we miss you Obama and Michelle :(

The book is so well written

  • Diana

  • Her True Story - in Her Own Words
  • By: Andrew Morton
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney, Caroline Langrishe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376

The sensational biography of Princess Diana, now revised to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her death. When Diana: Her True Story - in Her Own Words was first published in 1992, it forever changed the way the public viewed the British monarchy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Distracting narrator

  • By Erin on 08-23-17

Poignant memoir and a constant reminder of how evil the world can be!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Poignant memoir and a constant reminder of how evil the world can be!!

I enjoyed every minute of it!

Great read indeed,

Now I am in the KNOW!! Why she felt as POW!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Who Rules the World?

  • By: Noam Chomsky
  • Narrated by: Brian Jones
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712

In an incisive, thorough analysis of the current international situation, Noam Chomsky argues that the United States, through its military-first policies and its unstinting devotion to maintaining a world-spanning empire, is both risking catastrophe and wrecking the global commons.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Why this narrator was a poor choice

  • By A Green on 03-24-17

Sobering eye opening fact based book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-18

As much as I have enjoyed listening to this audio book but at times it was jarring to find out the bitter truth behind what really happens behind the world stage!! I was aghast indeed to learn!!

Highly recommended for everyone who’s seeking the truth

  • Inside Scientology

  • The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion
  • By: Janet Reitman
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,019
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,732
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,748

Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world's fastest-growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of "volunteer ministers" offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of government to further its goals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tom Cruise, L. Ron Hubbard, and Xenu

  • By David on 04-18-14

The go to book if you want unbiased opinion about Scientology and late LRH

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-18

The go to book if you want unbiased opinion about Scientology and late LRH

Always heard and read about it but never got a grip of what it really is till read this book!!

Not very exciting and sometimes dry but still couldn’t it it down till done!!

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,917

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

First book ever to live and hate at same time!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-18

Really loved it and hated it at the same time! Which is a first for me, made me so confused about what to think and how to think and why I should think what I think!! It’s a tragic book and that’s an understatement and what makes it even more sad the fact that it’s stating facts in the WH!!!!! Gosh who’s would have thought!!

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Skeptic's Guide to American History

  • By: Mark A. Stoler, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark A. Stoler
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,723

To take a skeptical approach to American history is not to dabble in imaginative conspiracy theories; rather, it's to reframe your understanding of this great nation's past and actually strengthen your appreciation for what makes American history such a fascinating chapter in the larger story of Western civilization. And in this bold 24-lecture series, you can do just that.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skeptical but Not Cynical

  • By Ark1836 on 11-20-15

Wow!! I loved these lectures

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-18

What I loved most about them is the unbiased stance on history!!! I am very impressed

  • Stoicism: 3 Books in One

  • Stoicism: Introduction to the Stoic Way of Life, Stoicism Mastery: Mastering the Stoic Way of Life, Stoicism: Live a Life of Virtue - Complete Guide on Stoicism
  • By: Ryan James
  • Narrated by: Sam Slydell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Stoicism may be an ancient philosophy, but it is one that has even more relevance to our daily lives now that we are in the modern world. With Stoicism, we learn that we can control some things, such as our emotions and our reactions, and this can help to lead us to happiness. In this complete guidebook, we are going to take you from the very basics of using Stoicism in your daily life, to complete mastery. We will show you how this ancient philosophy is going to work to make you feel happier and more virtuous.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Gave up after 20 min

  • By Greg Ash on 03-29-18
  • Stoicism: 3 Books in One
  • Stoicism: Introduction to the Stoic Way of Life, Stoicism Mastery: Mastering the Stoic Way of Life, Stoicism: Live a Life of Virtue - Complete Guide on Stoicism
  • By: Ryan James
  • Narrated by: Sam Slydell

Amazing compilation of 3 books

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-18

Loved it and my first but won’t be my last read on Stoicism!! That’s sobering

  • Free Will

  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 1 hr and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,025

A belief in free will touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every person is the true source of his or her thoughts and actions. And yet the facts tell us that free will is an illusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating debate!

  • By Margaret on 05-01-12

All I need to say this is the second time I read it

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-18

Does one need to say more than this is not my first time to read this “Free will” manifesto,

Very deep thought provoking book!
You can only fathom some angles of it in your first read!

I am sure I had the “feee will” to read it again Sam ;) no pun intended