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Martin W

Overland Park, KS, United States
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  • Nate Expectations

  • By: Tim Federle
  • Narrated by: Tim Federle
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

When the news hits that E.T.: The Musical wasn’t nominated for a single Tony Award - not one! - the show closes, leaving Nate both out of luck and out of a job. And while Nate’s cast mates are eager to move on, Nate knows it’s back to square one, also known as Jankburg, Pennsylvania. Where horror (read: high school) awaits. Desperate to turn his life from flop to fabulous, Nate takes on a huge freshman English project with his BFF, Libby: He’s going to make a musical out of Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations. What could possibly go...right?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As always...WONDERFUL!!!! TIM Federle has such a gift!

  • By BN on 11-21-18

Another great story from Tim Federle

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-18

This is the third Nate story I've listened to. They keep getting better.
Not just because I'm more familiar with the story and the characters. Nate is growing as a person. More aware and more romantic. His understanding of life is getting deeper. I had a lot more trouble putting this book down than the other two.

And, yes, he's still clever and funny. And Tim is a great narrator.

  • Collected Fictions

  • By: Jorge Luis Borges, Andrew Hurley (translator)
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

From his 1935 debut with "The Universal History of Iniquity", through his immensely influential collections Ficciones and The Aleph, these enigmatic, elaborate, imaginative inventions display Borges' talent for turning fiction on its head by playing with form and genre and toying with language.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Surprise: It's Abridged

  • By cole on 03-29-15

Masterful performance by Guidall.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-18

And of course Borges is one of a kind. These are stories you will remember.

  • Tales of Ordinary Madness

  • By: Charles Bukowski, Gail Chiarrello - editor
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

This collection of Buk's grimmest diaries gives an insight into the noir and brutal Los Angeles that Bukowski observed and lived so well. He was a legend in his time: a madman, a recluse, a lover...tender, vicious...never the same. These are exceptional stories that came pounding out of his violent and depraved life - horrible and holy. You cannot listen to them and come away the same again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Patton nails this.

  • By Martin W on 01-09-18

Patton nails this.

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

The sample audio was way out of context and made the reading sound off. But finally I bought this and found that Patton knows his Bukowski.

I never did believe the snideness that some narrators give Bukowski's writing. Recordings of Bukowski himself don't have that tone of forced irony. He means what he's saying. Patton gets it and gives us a lively but straightforward interpretation. I'm getting the whole Bukowski by Patton set.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104,348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90,998

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

Spare us the ageist marketing!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-17

There is nothing in this book that doesn't apply to people of any age. Manson doesn't play the age card in the book. No idea where they're getting this "new generation" crap.

I'm 64 and was able to follow right along. Imagine that!

Now for the content. Manson's gift for words makes him able to concisely explain concepts that many authors drag out a long way. The concepts here concern one's overall approach to life, and the growing tendency to negatively overthink.

There seems to be some Zen influence, though he could have found the same ideas in other places. He does draw from his own experience which gives the book a freshness. An immediacy. The advice is very valuable. You may have heard it before, but Manson can give you a new perspective on it. He is also a sharp motivator.

  • How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 36 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,212
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,022
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,980

Great music is a language unto its own, a means of communication of unmatched beauty and genius. And it has an undeniable power to move us in ways that enrich our lives-provided it is understood.If you have ever longed to appreciate great concert music, to learn its glorious language and share in its sublime pleasures, the way is now open to you, through this series of 48 wonderful lectures designed to make music accessible to everyone who yearns to know it, regardless of prior training or knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beginning to a Delinquent Education

  • By Ark1836 on 06-18-15

Magnificent!

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

Dr. Greenberg is very entertaining but he is also very clear and precise. This is no music appreciation pep talk. These lectures are very informative and have inspired me to get into listening to classical music — pardon me — to concert music much more heavily.

Knowing something about what I'm hearing helps me experience it more deeply.

Professor Greenberg very generously shares his passion, humor, insight and vast knowledge. I say generously because he obviously put a lot of hard work into these lectures.

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  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

  • By: Patanjali
  • Narrated by: Ron Welch
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are in themselves exceedingly brief, less than 10 pages of large type in the original. Yet they contain the essence of practical wisdom, set forth in admirable order and detail. The theme, if the present interpreter be right, is the great regeneration, the birth of the spiritual from the psychical man: the same theme which Paul so wisely and eloquently set forth in writing to his disciples in Corinth, the theme of all mystics in all lands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Nicholas on 02-18-17

Now I understand

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

Yogic philosophy in general and Patanjali in particular have always seemed otherworldly to me. This recording changed my viewpoint.

This presentation is in no way a westernizing or simplifying of the philosophy. It's just so clear and straightforward that I couldn't help but get the picture. I had it wrong. Patanjali was very down to earth.

This lecture hits you right between the eyes. (Pun intended.) Whoever did the commentary has an amazing command of language. You WILL get the point!

Yoga is not my path. But now I understand what it's about.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Power of Now

  • By: Eckhart Tolle
  • Narrated by: Eckhart Tolle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,335

To make the journey into The Power of Now you need to leave your analytical mind and its false created self, the ego, behind. Access to the Now is everywhere - in the body, the silence, and the space all around you. These are the keys to enter a state of inner peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Consciousness Altering

  • By Darius on 02-13-04

straitforward, sound teaching

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-17

I had this misconception that Tolle was just another newage guru. But I've found his teachings to be in line with the great mystics of history. While his method of teaching is clear of cultural and religious clutter.

  • There Is No God and He Is Always with You

  • A Search for God in Odd Places
  • By: Brad Warner
  • Narrated by: Brad Warner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Brad Warner was initially interested in Buddhism because he wanted to find God, but Buddhism is usually thought of as godless. In the three decades since Warner began studying Zen, he has grappled with paradoxical questions about God and managed to come up with some answers. In this fascinating search for a way beyond the usual arguments between fundamentalists and skeptics, Warner offers a profoundly engaging and idiosyncratic take on the ineffable power of the "ground of all being."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Uncontroversially Thorough

  • By Zach Wilson on 04-17-17

long essay not dharma talk

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-17

There are a lot of good dharma talks on Audible. If you want teachings don't look here. These are Brad's opinions and they are based on Brad's opinions.

This is really just a blog. Interesting at times, but mostly not.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Savage Detectives

  • A Novel
  • By: Roberto Bolaño
  • Narrated by: Eddie Lopez, Armando Durán
  • Length: 26 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 224

The late Chilean writer Roberto Bolaño has been called the García Marquez of his generation. The Savage Detectives is a hilarious and sexy, meandering and melancholy, companionable and complicated road trip through Mexico City, Barcelona, Israel, Liberia, and finally the desert of northern Mexico. It is the first of Bolaño's two giant works, with 2666, to be translated into English and is already being hailed as a masterpiece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Started slow but ended great

  • By Rebecca Lindroos on 12-06-09

great story, great narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-17

Eddie Lopez, a bilingual accomplished actor, is the perfect match for Bolano. Especially for this book. The narrator of The Savage Detectives is a 17 year old student from Mexico City. Not too much of a stretch for Lopez.

And what a great story! It moves in unusual directions that somehow seem right. Raw and honest. Great book and a new author for my reading list.

  • Underworld

  • By: Don DeLillo
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 31 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 377

Nick Shay and Klara Sax knew each other once, intimately, and they meet again in the American desert. He is trying to outdistance the crucial events of his early life, haunted by the hard logic of loss and by the echo of a gunshot in a basement room. She is an artist who has made a blood struggle for independence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • CYBEX burned into my eyes

  • By Ruth Ann Orlansky on 07-01-12

riveting storytelling

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

DeLillo's gift for vivid description is wonderful. He makes the scene come alive. His work is like Proust with a plot.