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  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

  • By: Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss
  • Narrated by: Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, and others
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,804
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,995
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,930

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents the story of a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This story is cute, but let's be honest.

  • By João on 03-19-18

amazing simply amazing this book was just so

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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: 03-23-18

I know this I know this book was supposed to be a joke on someone and a political statement however it's actually a really great book and I would love to hear more of the story

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,912
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,005

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book for those new to astrophysics.

  • By TMort on 06-07-17

beautiful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-17

Thank you for a cosmically insignificant yet poignant and wonderful perspective. I think this work was simply brilliant and wonderful.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Understanding A.I. and the Implications of Machine Learning
  • By: Smart Reads
  • Narrated by: Roger A. Wyatt
  • Length: 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 28

Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and Bill Gates have proclaimed Artificial Intelligence as a possible threat in the future unless humans learn to use it wisely. Could this be true? Is it possible for us to create artificial intelligence programming so that we'll soon have thinking and feeling AI? Is it even possible for us to have a human-looking AI run for president in the future? All of these questions and thoughts are addressed in Artificial Intelligence: Understanding A.I. and the Implications of Machine Learning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great For A Quick Introduction

  • By David on 01-20-17

Great For A Quick Introduction

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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: 01-20-17

artificial intelligence is moving from science fiction to reality. how we humans shape that reality is how artificial intelligence will be defined. this book gives a good general overview on what ai is and how it might affect us in the future.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Capitalism v. Democracy

  • Money in Politics and the Free Market Constitution
  • By: Timothy Kuhner
  • Narrated by: James Romick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Capitalism v. Democracy offers the key to understanding why corporations are now citizens, money is political speech, limits on corporate spending are a form of censorship, democracy is a free market, and political equality and democratic integrity are unconstitutional constraints on money in politics. Supreme Court opinions have dictated these conditions in the name of the Constitution, as though the Constitution itself required the privatization of democracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Carl Howard on 04-16-15

Important To Read, Hard To Listen To

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-17

What did you like best about Capitalism v. Democracy? What did you like least?

I love the author's take on how Capitalism and Democracy work hand in hand including the constant trade off of policy vs wealth & power. I've known this in my soul for some time, but have not been able to articulate it as well as Timothy.

How could the performance have been better?

Unfortunately, when listening to this book, articulation was hammered on like jack-hammering concrete. The narrator seemed to forget that this book would be listened to by people that cared about the content rather than the specific words. His monotone, staccato pronunciation of the words caused me to have to re-listen (begrudgingly) to many passages just to understand the author. In other words, the narrator was more concerned with his performance and articulation than the listeners hearing the book.

Was Capitalism v. Democracy worth the listening time?

Given the importance of the subject and Timothy's viewpoint, I believe you should consider reading this book the old fashioned way - using your eyes. There is far too much to say and hear in a dense, complicated manner to listen to this narrator.

  • Coming Out to Play

  • By: Robbie Rogers, Eric Marcus
  • Narrated by: Robbie Rogers
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 38

Robbie Rogers knows better than most that keeping secrets can crush you. But for much of his life Robbie lived in paralyzing fear that sharing his big secret would cost him the love of his family and his career as a professional soccer player. So he never told anyone what was destroying his soul, both on and off the field.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story of a wonderful person

  • By G. Eggleston on 03-27-17

Congrats Robbie

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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: 09-14-15

Robbie Rogers is a fresh breath in all aspects of this book..Although there are many places that you can tell he plays soccer for a living - not narrating books for a living, the performance only adds to it. Coming out is one of the hardest life steps I've ever made, and Robbie tells his with such love that it s seems to pour from the speakers.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • They Know Everything About You

  • How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy
  • By: Robert Scheer
  • Narrated by: Dana Hickox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

They Know Everything About You is a groundbreaking exposé of how government agencies and tech corporations monitor virtually every aspect of our lives, and a fierce defense of privacy and democracy. The revelation that the government has access to a vast trove of personal online data demonstrates that we already live in a surveillance society. But the erosion of privacy rights extends far beyond big government.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Privacy Matters

  • By David on 04-03-15

Privacy Matters

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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: 04-03-15

What did you love best about They Know Everything About You?

Bob Scheer explores the depths of the problem -- not just replaying political rhetoric. For every argument, he goes to the beginning of the problem.

Any additional comments?

I believe our society is sliding into a dangerous place. We are allowing privacy to slip away like an echo. We think we still have privacy, but we can't really identify where it is anymore. Indeed, we may even recognize that we are allowing an Orwellian world to be built around us yet we are choosing to ignore the controls we have to stop it for fear they may invade the convenience of our instant communication.

Bob Scheer quickly sets the stage and then goes through each of the characters in depth. I appreciate the time and effort he has invested in helping us understand the dangerous path we're on. I hope to see him on the forefront of our debate for a solution!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Learn German with Paul Noble, Part 1

  • German Made Easy with Your Personal Language Coach
  • By: Paul Noble
  • Narrated by: Paul Noble
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494

Learn German with Paul Noble combines an exciting, new, non-traditional approach to language learning with the easy, relaxed appeal of an audio-only product. No books. No rote memorisation. No chance of failure.    

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring- don't waste your time (or $5) on this

  • By GAG_UGG on 12-01-16

Paul Noble makes it simple

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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: 02-25-15

What did you love best about Learn German with Paul Noble, Part 1?

Rather than simply present a structured way to learn vocabulary, he approaches instruction as "Hey, I overheard you saying you'd like to learn German. Well, I can help you with that. Why don't we sit down here at this charming café and talk about that"

I have tried other language audio programs, and the same thing happens every time. I get about half way through the first or second cd (or for digital, I guess it would be "file") and I get bored of the rote recitation of more words... its the same thing over and over - rote recitation of vocabulary - then a dialogue. Later, when I want to say something in my new language, my mind tries to access the "list" I learned and then the moment passes. This "list" approach only teaches you how to recite lists - not actually speak the language.

Paul Nobel approaches the German vocabulary instruction by asking you questions in a conversational manner, and in the process of answering the questions, you end up learning words -- it's subtle. Somewhere around the middle of the file, you realize that you actually can speak the language. (I even catch myself thinking in the language)

I can't wait to go on to Level 2!

What about Paul Noble’s performance did you like?

He is conversational. His instruction is through inquisitive prompting. He's got a really nice easy style -- less "I am a professional radio person doing a radio voice" and more informal and personable.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful