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  • Out of My Mind

  • By: Alan Arkin
  • Narrated by: Alan Arkin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,920
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,306
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,277

In this Audible Original “mini-memoir”, the Academy Award-winning star of Little Miss Sunshine and Argo looks back on his life as a series of philosophical turning points, learning experiences, and a-ha moments. Drawn from a collection of seemingly inexplicable stories and encounters from Arkin's 84 years on this planet, Out of My Mind is a candid, relatable and delightfully irreverent take on how one man went searching for meaning and ended up discovering himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing journey into Alan's self!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-09-18

Not sure what to say. Perhaps, "I respect you."

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

For one, I advise everyone to slog through the intro. When I heard Mr. Arkin's background, I groaned. I did not want to listen to someone preach social-agnosticism, but in order to understand Mr. Arkin's massive spiritual evolution, you must understand his origins.
Being a Christian where there are definitive light/dark, right/wrong, and good/bad, I do not subscribe to much of Mr. Arkin's framework. I can, however, deeply respect him. He candor and effective introspection actually bolstered me. There some gems in the pages, one being Esther Raab. I played that for my teenage children who rarely consider anything I believe of relevance. Having seen the movie "Escape from Sobibor," they were enthralled.
If there could be a "life-lesson" summary in this work, I would propose: "Keep trying, keep reaching."
I do not agree with his destination of "no rules, no commandments, no borders." Nonetheless, I am satisfied that he's found peace. That is where he gains my respect.

  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,200

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Recycling

  • By Greg Hill on 11-17-18

A little more than the title

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I wonder what old Sam would think to find a treatise such as this quoting people who despise America? Proof? Listen to it yourself.

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  • Elantris

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,145

Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What if your body could never heal?

  • By Lore on 09-12-13

Amazing start to a writing career!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

It is my understanding that this was Sanderson's first novel. If it was... amazing, truly amazing.
So very hard to predict but natural in sequence, the plot(s) carries fluidly and the characters are more than a little personable. No doubt this is one of my favorites.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • To Light a Candle

  • The Obsidian Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Mercedes Lackey, James Mallory
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 34 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734

To his own surprise, young Kellen, once the disappointing son of the great Mage who leads the City’s Mage Council, has become a powerful Knight-Mage. Valued for his bravery and his skills as both wizard and warrior, Kellen joins the Elves' war councils. Yet he cannot convince the City of his birth that it is in terrible danger. Kellen’s sister Idalia, a Wild Mage with great healing ability, has pledged her heart to Jermayan, a proud Elven warrior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Listen!

  • By Mary Bjornskov on 06-29-10

I utterly despise cliffhangers. Be warned.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-20-18

This book abruptly ends without a single plot/subplot resolution. A good writer knows that there has to be at least ONE resolution.
The adventure continues introducing several more characters and subplots, but the author was not able to keep it together. Rather than giving the reason to continental with the series they coerced it.
Also beware of chapter 43 which commands the audio to mute several times. I watched it lower the volume in the same places over and over and showed a friend to witness it.

  • Nice Dragons Finish Last

  • Heartstrikers, Book 1
  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,162

Audie Award, Fantasy, 2016. As the smallest dragon in the Heartstriker clan, Julius survives by a simple code: keep quiet, don't cause trouble, and stay out of the way of bigger dragons. But this meek behavior doesn't fly in a family of ambitious magical predators, and his mother, Bethesda the Heartstriker, has finally reached the end of her patience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost shockingly wonderful.

  • By Leon Miller on 07-26-15

In a nutshell, "cliche illustrated fiction"

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

I felt like I was reading an illustrated novel but without any dramatic pictures. The dialog was cliche. Post-dystopia rehash. So was the story. I'm not really sure that there was any character development, except Julian -- remotely.
The main character, Julian, a dragon locked in human form, worked hard to get favor back with his odd "mother" dragon who was bent on making him fail -- so she could literally eat him. Besides "coming of age" or "self-awareness," Julian did not change at all. For all that happened to him in about 72 hours, you'd think that something more demonstrative would materialize.
I'm glad that although there were references to sexual acts, none was explored. Bravo to the author for that. Using salaciousness is an author's "cheap trick" to get an audience. Even then the references were vulgar: "getting jumped"?
I am embarrassed to admit I stuck through it. It was thin and a waste of time.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Final Empire

  • Mistborn Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,037
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,721

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2nd to the Storm-light Archives.....

  • By Mitchell on 03-30-18

Somewhat tedious

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

The characters were essentially static... no real development. Slow going; lots of unnecessary, repeated introspection. Kind of like a "coming of age" genre, but nothing really new.

  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

  • By: Richard P. Feynman
  • Narrated by: Raymond Todd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,218

With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and inspiring

  • By Brad Grimm on 11-09-09

I'll avoid autobiographies in the future

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Unenlightening (i.e., "boring"). It was tedious listening to the author's ruminations of his youth. I was looking forward to the times he inserted himself into discussions in physics. I had heard about the instance when he was describing his theory and a listener declared: "Surely You're..." Within the first half of the book nothing of the like materialized.

Has Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes, unless the theory and thought behind it seeps in long before chapter 3.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Feynman was a person who pursued an idea despite obstacles, a theme bound in many books, nonfiction and fiction, but seeing it for real is inspiring.

  • The Ethical Brain

  • By: Michael Gazzaniga Patrick
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35

Will increased scientific understanding of our brains overturn our beliefs about moral and ethical behavior? How will increasingly powerful brain imaging technologies affect the ideas of privacy and of self-incrimination? Such thought-provoking questions are rapidly emerging as new discoveries in neuroscience have raised difficult legal and ethical dilemmas. Michael Gazzaniga, widely considered to be the father of cognitive neuroscience, investigates with an expert eye some of these controversial and complex issues.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • interesting stuff

  • By Derek on 05-07-09

The "Ethical Brain" disparages others opinions?

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

What disappointed you about The Ethical Brain?

The idea of ethics is to place before the student the ideas and scenarios where ethics are challenged. The guide in the adventure needs to challenge the student's beliefs. It is not for the guide to *guide* towards an irrefutable conclusion. Ethics are personal.Gazzaniga began well by identifying the topics and expanding on them. Then instead of a dispassionate argument, he dismisses my perspective and efforts his own as de facto. Listening to the book I kept waiting for the "however..." It never materialized. I listened to a third of the book, into several chapters hoping that his Ethical Brain would introduce a form of a discussion or argument.It seemed to me that his stances on stem cell research and abortion were misunderstood by myself and that if only I could bear the truth I would be convinced.He sure convinced me. Convinced me to be more selective to what I buy. I wish I could return it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Gazzaniga again?

No. His arguments were interesting but not convincing, and if he was not trying to convince then why did he not introduce antithesis to his thesis. If he is not a college professor in philosophy, he should be. He would fit right in with all the other anti-conservative dopes out there.Reader beware: Gazzaniga has no concept that differing opinions matter. (Isn't it funny how I -- clearly conservative -- am asking for equal time.)

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator did fine. It was very hard getting beyond the diatribe to ascertain his ability.

What character would you cut from The Ethical Brain?

The author.

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