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  • God, If You're Not up There, I'm F*cked

  • Tales of Stand-up, Saturday Night Live, and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem
  • By: Darrell Hammond
  • Narrated by: Darrell Hammond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

Tina Fey’s Bossypants meets David Carr’s The Night of the Gun in Darrell Hammond's groundbreaking memoir, God, If You’re Not up There, I’m F*cked - a raw look inside the troubled life and mind of an American comic genius.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A "must listen" for Hammond fans

  • By Karen on 08-12-18

A "must listen" for Hammond fans

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

A few years ago, I started reading "God, If You're Not There" on my Kindle. I abandoned it after a few pages, shocked by the dissonance between my image of Darrell Hammond and the reality. (Naive, I know.) Last week, when Audible released the audiobook narrated by the author, I decided to give this book another try. I'm glad I did.

"God, If You're Not There" is about Darrell Hammond's life, both the highs and the lows. He describes his struggle with mental illness, addiction, and abuse at the hands of his parents... that's difficult to listen to (and must have been difficult to narrate). But he also describes his career and includes several of his wonderful comedic impressions. He recounts his experiences from Saturday Night Live (which I absolutely loved, as an SNL fan), and notes that he refers fans to s Washington Post article in response to "Why aren't you playing Donald Trump anymore?"

The book also describes Hammond's recovery from addiction and finding peace. For me, this was the most satisfying part of the book. A very interesting audiobook by and about this talented comedian. Highly recommended!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 92,450
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 85,654
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 85,250

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

Among the very best audiobooks

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

Reviewed: 11-27-16

One of the best audiobooks I've ever heard. Trevor Noah is smart and literate -- that I knew from watching him host The Daily Show. What I didn't know about was his upbringing in South Africa under Apartheid and his wonderful mother. Spare nearly nine hours to hear Mr Noah tell his story (he narrates the audiobook)... it's time well spent. Highly recommended.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Like Switch

  • An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Influencing, Attracting, and Winning People Over
  • By: Jack Schafer PhD, Ph.D. Marvin Karlins Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,657

The Like Switch is packed with all the tools you need for turning strangers into friends, whether you are on a sales call, a first date, or a job interview. As a Special Agent for the FBI's National Security Division's Behavioral Analysis Program, Dr. Jack Schafer developed dynamic and breakthrough strategies for profiling terrorists and detecting deception. Now, Dr. Schafer has evolved his proven-on-the-battlefield tactics for the day-to-day, but no less critical battle of getting people to like you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

  • By Billy G. Gruff on 05-14-16

Very informative

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

Reviewed: 02-20-16

This audiobook is MUCH more interesting than one might think at first glance... the author, an FBI field agent, describes how to use and interpret verbal cues and body language for more effective communication. From start to finish, a great listen. I found so many wonderful tips that I've already begun applying in my business and personal communication. Highly recommended.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sit Like a Buddha

  • A Pocket Guide to Meditation
  • By: Lodro Rinzler
  • Narrated by: Lodro Rinzler
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

Believe what you've heard about meditation: it'll focus your mind, open your heart, and sometimes surprise you with insight. And it's not complicated to learn. In fact, everything you need to get started is contained in this audiobook. Lodro Rinzler begins by challenging you to ask yourself why you want to meditate in the first place. (Good news: there's no wrong answer!)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Light and inspiring

  • By GC Fourie on 04-22-15

A wonderful meditation primer!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-16

This is an excellent book for folks beginning a meditation practice or those wanting support for their existing practice. Lodro Rinzler has a wonderful approach to making meditation accessible, describing how to get started and reinforce it as a healthy activity. He also describes the types of things one might experience during meditation, and how to put them into perspective.

I highly recommend this audiobook. It's narrated by the author and truly feels like Mr. Rinzler is providing supportive, side-by-side coaching.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sweetland

  • By: Michael Crummey
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

The scarcely populated town of Sweetland rests on the shore of a remote Canadian island. Its slow decline finally reaches a head when the mainland government offers each islander a generous resettlement package - the sole stipulation being that everyone must leave. Fierce and enigmatic Moses Sweetland, whose ancestors founded the village, is the only one to refuse. As he watches his neighbors abandon the island, he recalls the town's rugged history and its eccentric cast of characters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story but...

  • By Chris Wells on 09-22-15

A wonderful, enveloping story

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

Reviewed: 12-28-15

I loved this book so much that I read the Kindle version in a day, and then listened to the audiobook (beautifully narrated by John Lee).

Sweetland is the story of Moses Sweetland, who's lived on Sweetland Island all his life and resists governmental pressure to leave (the government wants to move island residents to the Newfoundland mainland). As we get to know Sweetland, we learn that he's generally a good guy who helps his neighbors and has a good heart. He's happy with his life and circumstances, and unwilling to easily give up his life on the island. The story comes into its own at the point when most island residents permanently depart for the mainland...

Without giving away too much, I was rooting for Sweetland -- the man and the island. This was a compelling and completely enveloping read. This is a wonderful story, regardless of format. However, highly recommend the audible version for John Lee's wonderful narration.

  • Black Flags

  • The Rise of ISIS
  • By: Joby Warrick
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,806

Pulitzer Prize, General nonfiction, 2016. When Jordan granted amnesty to a group of political prisoners in 1999, it little realized that among them was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a terrorist mastermind and soon the architect of an Islamist movement bent on dominating the Middle East. In Black Flags, an unprecedented account of the rise of ISIS, Joby Warrick shows how the zeal of this one man and the strategic mistakes of Presidents Bush and Obama led to the banner of ISIS being raised over huge swaths of Syria and Iraq.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So much learned

  • By mike flavin on 02-11-16

Eye opening... a must read

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

Reviewed: 11-24-15

I consider myself reasonably well-informed but with recent ISIS attacks realized I needed to learn more. Black Flags is a well researched history of ISIS. Concepts and organizations are well-defined, so there are no "wait, what does that mean?" moments. The reader emerges with a better understanding of the personalities and events that have led to the ISIS of today, and an empathy for people living countries where ISIS has embedded. I read the audiobook version and highly recommend it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Aftershock: A Collection of Survivors Tales

  • By: Valerie Lioudis, Kristopher Lioudis
  • Narrated by: Daniel Rose
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Life after an outbreak is a nightmare for those who are struggling to survive. Aftershock follows several groups as they make their way in this drastically different world and confront not just the relentless undead, but the dark side of humanity living in lawlessness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Zombilicious

  • By Karen Reese on 09-10-15

A unique take on the zombie genre

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes! Folks that enjoy zombie stories will enjoy this book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Aftershock: A Collection of Survivors Tales?

Not a single moment per se, but I enjoyed how Aftershock developed several characters rather than relying on just one or two protagonists to tell the story. The narrator did a great job of bringing each character to life, making this a compelling listen.

Which character – as performed by Daniel Rose – was your favorite?

The boy whose mom had been attacked, and how he was trying to make his way in this dramatically different world. His story was so moving that I had to remind myself it was just a novel.

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook from the author in return for an honest review

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Outlandish Companion (Revised and Updated)

  • Companion to Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, and Drums of Autumn
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter, Diana Gabaldon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon has captivated millions with her critically acclaimed Outlander novels, the inspiration for the Starz original series. From the moment Claire Randall stepped through a standing stone circle and was thrown back in time to the year 1743 - and into a world that threatens life, limb, loyalty, heart, soul, and everything else Claire has - fans have been hungry to know everything about this world and its inhabitants, particularly a Scottish soldier named Jamie Fraser.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen to it for the "Butt Cooties" - GREAT!

  • By Elizabeth on 02-19-16

A *must listen* for Outlander fans

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

Reviewed: 09-19-15

Oh, what a fun listen! The Outlandish Companion is a reference based on the first four books of the Outlander series. Ms. Gabaldon describes how she began writing novels, her research approach (fascinating), synopses of books one to four, questions she gets from fans, etc.

This audiobook is narrated by Davina Porter, as well as author Diana Gabaldon. Ms. Porter narrates most of the Outlander audiobooks (I believe the novellas have a different narrator) and is wonderfully talented. Ms. Gabaldon's narration is candid and refreshing... listening to her comments felt like listening to a friend and made me like the Outlander series even more. Highly recommended for Outlander fans -- the kindle version is very good but the unabridged audiobook is amazing!

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,516

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Envelopes the reader in its worlds

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

Reviewed: 09-07-15

This is one of those books that I started many times before I finally felt engaged. Ultimately, I listened to the audiobook, discovering Davina Porter's beautiful narration and Diana Gabaldon's story of a WWII era woman transported to 1743 Scotland. I loved Ms. Porter's mastery of the accents and that was that... I was hooked on the Outlander series. I felt enveloped in Outlander's worlds as I listened. Despite not being a romance fiction fan, I enjoyed Outlander so much that I purchased the rest of the books in the series before I'd finished. Highly recommended for historical fiction fans.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 44,477
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40,279
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 40,218

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Life and death in Nazi-occupied France

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

Reviewed: 08-02-15

Disclosure: I received this audiobook at no cost as a member of the Goodreads Ford Audiobook Club

I confess, I'm not usually a fan of historical fiction. That said, I loved The Nightingale and listened it to it for hours on end this weekend. I found this story of two sisters living as young women in Nazi-occupied France to be fascinating: The challenge of living under Nazi occupation, the sisters' acts of independence and disobedience, seeing the atrocities of war, and having to live alongside the enemy. War is brutal, and certainly that's true as well in The Nightingale. The narration of The Nightingale is superb, and Polly Stone convincingly voices all characters: Male, female, old, and young. The very best audiobooks draw you in and transport you to another world... that was certainly the case for me while listening to The NIghtingale. Recommended.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful