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Mathew

Oak Park, IL, USA
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  • How Starbucks Saved My Life

  • A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else
  • By: Michael Gates Gill
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 159

In his 50s, Michael Gates Gill had it all: a big house in the suburbs, a loving family, and a top job at an ad agency with a six-figure salary. By the time he turned 60, he had lost everything except his Ivy League education and his sense of entitlement. First, he was downsized at work. Next, an affair ended his 20-year marriage. Then, he was diagnosed with a slow-growing brain tumor, prognosis undetermined. Around the same time, his girlfriend gave birth to a son.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • What's wrong with the truth

  • By MadRudedog on 10-03-07

Annoying

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-08

The author writes/speaks as if he were addressing a child. It gets pretty annoying after a while. I also get the feeling that he's not being completely honest about what he was like and whether he really changed by the end. He sounds more like a bad and condescending salesman.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Letting Go of God

  • By: Julia Sweeney
  • Narrated by: Julia Sweeney
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793

Julia Sweeney says she was a "happy Catholic girl" when, one day, she walked into church and signed up for a Bible-study course. "What an eye opener that was!" she says. Equally comedic and insightful, Letting Go of God is Sweeney's brilliant one-woman show about her struggle with her faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Brilliant Personal Journey of Discovery

  • By Mark on 12-09-06

Hilarious

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-08

This is a heartfelt, thoughtful, and really funny monologue about the author's search for truth. Highly recommended. I just wish it were longer.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Never Eat Alone

  • And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time
  • By: Keith Ferrazzi, Tahl Raz
  • Narrated by: Richard Harries
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 937
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 383

Keith Ferrazzi is a master networker who claims his secret is merely reaching out to other people. And what distinguishes highly successful people from everyone else is the way they use the power of relationships, so that everyone wins. In Never Eat Alone, Ferrazzi presents the specific steps and mindset he uses to connect with the thousands of individuals in his Rolodex.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the Read

  • By Chris on 01-07-07

Best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-05

I'm really surprised by the previous reviewers' comments. Granted, the author does like to mention his accomplishments but most authors of How-To books do so in order to give credibility to their advice. His main message is that most people in our culture value a sense of individuality that eventually leads to isolation, loneliness, and a lack of personal fulfillment. This book is an attempt to inspire you to connect to and develop your community by following your passion, helping others, and making connections among the people you know. In turn, your community will want to see you develop and be successful. I just wish I would have 'read' this book sooner.

33 of 35 people found this review helpful

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    
    
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    Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
    2,502 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Douglas Adams
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607

The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy, the first volume in the five-part Hitchhiker "trilogy" made Douglas Adams a science fiction sensation, and is a must-listen for any and all fans of the genre. Don't forget to bring a towel!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • still a winner!!!

  • By Victor on 01-09-03

British Humor

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-31-05

What's the difference between a humorist and a comedian? A comedian makes you laugh. This book is by a humorist who uses absurdity for entertainment. Sometimes this strategy works, especially if there is a subtext (as in Catch 22), but the subtext here isn't very insightful or clever. I agree with a previous reviewer that this could have been written by a teenager. I am amazed that this book has become so famous.

1 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Compleat Gentleman

  • The Modern Man's Guide to Chivalry
  • By: Brad Miner
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

At a time of astonishing confusion about what it means to be a man, Brad Miner has recovered the oldest and best ideal of manhood: the gentleman. Reviving a thousand-year tradition of chivalry, honor, and heroism, The Compleat Gentleman provides the essential model for 21st-century masculinity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good argument (with a single near-fatal flaw)

  • By Eric on 06-29-05

Not what I expected

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-23-05

The author is a neo-conservative who attempts to justify the merits of war in general, religion in schools and goverment, and many right-wing values in the name of gentlemanly behavior. The basis of his arguments are not philosophical, but rather boringly historical. If you're a neo-con, you'll love this. If you are not, you'll find it ridiculous. The only thing both groups might get out of it are some interesting recommendations for other reading material about the topic. The author also likes to use big, infrequently used words needlessly that I found annoying and pompous.

8 of 29 people found this review helpful