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Ep. 1: Andy Kindler audiobook cover art
  • Ep. 1: Andy Kindler

  • By: Jonathan Katz, Andy Kindler, Erica Rhodes, and others
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Katz, Andy Kindler, Erica Rhodes, and others
  • Length: 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 925
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    4 out of 5 stars 797
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    4 out of 5 stars 798

Andy Kindler tries improv to improve his therapy sessions. Laura lets Erica practice cello in the office after hours.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great return of hilarious comedy

  • By Barry Mitchell on 06-09-17

Audible therapy

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 06-10-17

Loved this show in "jigglevision" back in the day when it was first on Comedy Central. So glad to see it come to Audible:)

  • On Power

  • By: Robert A. Caro
  • Narrated by: Robert A. Caro
  • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,999

From two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and two-time National Book Award winner Robert A. Caro: a short, penetrating reflection on the evolution and workings of political power - for good and for ill.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could be called 'On Robert Caro'

  • By Anna on 09-04-17

How Caro came to write about Robert Moses & LBJ

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Reviewed: 05-12-17

For those interested in political power in America and devotees of Caro this one is a "must listen." To hear Caro talk about his work in his own voice gives this a special flavor. And I'm so glad this was done as an Audible exclusive. I only wish there was also a hard copy or Kindle companion edition available.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Girl Waits with Gun

  • By: Amy Stewart
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,589

In 1914 collisions between motor cars and horse-drawn carriages are an everyday occurrence on the streets of Paterson, New Jersey. But when an out-of-control driver smashes into a buggy driven by Constance, Norma, and Fleurette Kopp, their lives change forever. Constance, the oldest, demands payment for the damages but quickly realizes that she is dealing with a madman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slice Of Life From Another Time

  • By Sara on 11-09-15

Can't wait for the next book:)

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Reviewed: 09-21-15

Wonderful read:). Well drawn characters. Well crafted plot. Good pace. Really enjoyable and fun to read. I think I'll make this my next book club pick!

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Life from Scratch

  • A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness
  • By: Sasha Martin
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Sasha Martin set herself a rather ambitious goal: to cook - and eat - her way around the world, with 196 recipes from196 countries in 196 weeks. Enter Global Table Adventure, a project that proves to be more than just a culinary challenge as Sasha attempts to navigate the vicissitudes of marriage, motherhood, and life's failures and successes, all inextricably linked to her troubled past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Apple pie for your soul

  • By Paula on 04-09-15

Excellent Book Club Pick!

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Reviewed: 09-09-15

Beautifully written. And beautifully read (for those of us in book clubs who don't have the time to sit down and actually physically read the book ourselves). Lots of good points to chew over--especially over a glass of wine and cheese with good friends.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Waiter Rant

  • Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter
  • By: The Waiter
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 820
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 410
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    4 out of 5 stars 410

According to The Waiter, 80 percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining 20 percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths.

Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could not turn it Off!

  • By Eric on 08-04-08

Vengeance is Mine!, sayeth The Waiter!

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Reviewed: 05-29-15

Great inside look at the restaurant world from the server's eye view. Well written, interesting and insightful. Should be required reading for the many manners-challenged people who forget The Golden Rule whenever they step into a restaurant.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Machine Made

  • Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics
  • By: Terry Golway
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

For decades, history has considered Tammany Hall, New York's famous political machine, shorthand for the worst of urban politics: graft, crime, and patronage personified by notoriously corrupt characters. Infamous crooks like William "Boss" Tweed dominate traditional histories of Tammany, distorting our understanding of a critical chapter of American political history. In Machine Made, historian and New York City journalist Terry Golway convincingly dismantles these stereotypes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully written and performed

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-23-17

A missed opportunity

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Reviewed: 05-27-15

If you're looking for a triumphal revisionist account of the link between Tammany Hall and the Irish-American vote in the 19tg and early 20th centuries, then this is the book for you. Unfortunately, that wasn't was I was looking for and so it was something of a disappointment. Not that I was looking for yet another diatribe about Tammany corruption. Instead, I was hoping for a more nuts and bolts look at how the machine operated--similar to the sort of study of the accumulation, use and loss of power that Robert Caro did so successfully in his studies of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson. Hopefully this author or someone else will get there.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Caesar

  • Life of a Colossus
  • By: Adrian Goldsworthy
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 24 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,849

Tracing the extraordinary trajectory of Julius Caesar's life, Adrian Goldsworthy covers not only the great Roman emperor's accomplishments as charismatic orator, conquering general, and powerful dictator but also lesser-known chapters. Ultimately, Goldsworthy realizes the full complexity of Caesar's character and shows why his political and military leadership continues to resonate some 2,000 years later.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Caesar and his times

  • By Mike From Mesa on 08-31-15

Insightful and refreshing

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Reviewed: 05-27-15

An excellent treatment of Caesar, the world he lived in, and how he came to power. This puts Caesar in the context of waning days of the Republic, and situates him in pre-dawn of the Imperial era. Although Goldsworthy is clearly biased toward his subject, he argues his points well when grappling with questions and controversies raised by other scholars. I learned a lot--and really enjoyed it in the process.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Washington Journal

  • Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon's Downfall
  • By: Elizabeth Drew
  • Narrated by: Jo Anna Perrin
  • Length: 22 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Unfolding over the course of a single year, from September 1973 to August 1974, Washington Journal is the record of the near-dissolution of a nation's political conscience - told from within. In this book, we see corruption in its most prosaic and grandest forms, along with occasional flashes of decency, ethics, and humanity, and other sights rarely witnessed in the wilds of the capital.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating first hand view!!

  • By Kathy on 03-01-15

Fascinating first hand view!!

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Reviewed: 03-01-15

Excellent book on this critical, confusing time. And a reminder that what the outcome was by no means foreordained. Very thoughtful, insightful descriptions of how people in power behave, how they make their choices, and the nexus of politics in constitutional procedures. Also, the narrator sounds so much like the author that it's as if you're hearing Drew herself.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Thirty Nine Steps

  • A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 1
  • By: John Buchan
  • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 192
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 166

Among the first espionage thrillers and an acknowledged classic, The Thirty-Nine Steps well deserves its accolades as one of the best adventure stories of all time. Leaving aside the improbable denouement, the fast paced, brilliantly conceived narrative still excites and carries one along with the sheer suspense of the manhunt - a recurring theme in literature - and Hannay’s struggle against the evil that is the ‘Black Stone'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • epic!!!!!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-10-10

Interesting museum piece

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Reviewed: 02-22-15

Well read. But the story itself hasn't aged well. Still, nice to know what was popular at the time and may have influenced writers like Christie and Sayers.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rebellion

  • The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution
  • By: Peter Ackroyd
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

England's turbulent seventeenth century is vividly laid out before us, but so too is the cultural and social life of the period, notable for its extraordinarily rich literature, including Shakespeare's late masterpieces, Jacobean tragedy, the poetry of John Donne and Milton, and Thomas Hobbes's great philosophical treatise, Leviathan. Rebellion also gives us a very real sense of the lives of ordinary English men and women, lived out against a backdrop of constant disruption and uncertainty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential Background Plus A Good Story

  • By Kathy on 02-01-15

Essential Background Plus A Good Story

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Reviewed: 02-01-15

For anyone who is not a specialist in American politics, yet still wants to know the political history that informed the Founding Fatherrs, this is a "must read". It's informative, yet engaging enough for the average reader.

And it gives a much clearer understanding of the 17th century political turmoil roiling in England, Scotland and Ireland at a time when English settlement in America was at an embryonic stage: the Stuart dynasty; Anglicanism vs. Presbyterianism vs. Catholicism; the question of the divine right of kings; regicide; Oliver Cromwell and the Commonwealth Interregnum; the Restoriation; and the Glorious Revolution that brought William and Mary to the throne.

Fascinating stuff. Here in Northern Virginia, for example, we're constantly tripping over English names from this period--Fairfax, Clarendon, Arlington, Stafford, etc. And many of the concepts raised in initiatives like the Great Remonstration against Charles I are recognizible in our own Declaration of Independence and Constitution. As an American who has had very little exposure to this history, I found it invaluable.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful