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  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,056
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,961

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

A great three hours.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

This was a real treat. Very easy to listen to, and it made my time in the car pass very quickly.

My only issue is how Bob and Sarah Silverman could have talked about political correctness in comedy today without mentioning her infamous Jury Duty bit.

  • A Polaroid Guy in a Snapchat World

  • By: David Spade
  • Narrated by: David Spade
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,529
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,503

Written and performed for the Audible experience, Spade’s new comic memoir takes listeners along for the sometimes embarrassing and always hilarious ride of getting older in our fleeting “Snapchat World”. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than the first one!

  • By Ashley on 08-12-18

Don't listen with wife...

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

If you are already a Spade fan, you will flat out love this. He gets exceptionally crude toward the end, so don't listen on a family road trip. I listened to all six hours in a row while driving. It made the time fly.

Before you listen, watch the Van Halen "Hot for Teacher" video.

As for the other thing, my guess is Brian Clark.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Connected

  • The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives
  • By: Nicholas A. Christakis, James H. Fowler
  • Narrated by: Nicholas A. Christakis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

This audiobook explains why emotions are contagious, how health behaviors spread, why the rich get richer, even how we find and choose our partners. Intriguing and entertaining, Connected overturns the notion of the individual and provides a revolutionary paradigm - that social networks influence our ideas, emotions, health, relationships, behavior, politics, and much more. It will change the way we think about every aspect of our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Introduction to Social Contagion

  • By nick on 01-15-18

Very entertaining for a long car ride.

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

This book was a good discussion about how other people (your network) can affect you, and vice versa. There were many real world examples and discussions of studies presented in a way that was very easy for a lay person to understand.

I enjoyed the main author's narration. It sounded more conversational because he knew what he was reading. Sometimes a third-party narrator sounds too robotic.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • When the Air Hits Your Brain

  • Tales from Neurosurgery
  • By: Frank T Vertosick Jr. MD
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,815

With poignant insight and humor, Frank Vertosick, Jr., MD, describes some of the greatest challenges of his career, including a six-week-old infant with a tumor in her brain, a young man struck down in his prime by paraplegia, and a minister with a .22-caliber bullet lodged in his skull. Told through intimate portraits of Vertosick's patients and unsparing-yet-fascinatingly detailed descriptions of surgical procedures, When the Air Hits Your Brain illuminates both the mysteries of the mind and the realities of the operating room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sensitive and Enlightening

  • By Largactil on 02-03-17

Very interesting, be ready for sad, sad stories.

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

Reviewed: 04-24-17

Medical books have never been my thing. I thought this would be about quirky insights to the brain and what happens to patients who have had brain surgery. It's not. It's about the path from medical student to neurosurgeon and what the doctor has to learn and deal with along the way. Multiple brain and spinal surgeries are explained in fascinating detail. Be forewarned (as I was not) that there are some successes but also some very SAD outcomes. It was hard to drive while crying.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Undoing Project

  • A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,195

Forty years ago Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred systematically when forced to make judgments about uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made Michael Lewis' work possible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Behind the scenes of amazing science

  • By Neuron on 10-16-17

Wow, very interesting! Trust the reviews...

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

Based on the description, this is not a book I would have downloaded. But I have always liked Michael Lewis books, and the other reviews were so good, I took a chance. Glad I did! Many thanks to those who posted their positive reviews.

If you like Lewis, Malcolm Gladwell, Jon Ronson, or Leonard Mlodinow books, you will enjoy this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • End of Watch

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,884
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,009

In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of a great Trilogy

  • By Don Gilbert on 06-09-16

Last and best book in trilogy. Will Patton superb!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-16

This is the last book in the Bill Hodges trilogy, and the best. It's feels more like a Stephen King book because of creepy stuff that happens, and it brings closure to everything from the first and second books.

Will Patton's narration was terrific! I could comfortably listen to this book on the Audible app at 1.4x the normal speed. That allowed me to fit the entire book into a long auto trip.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Based on a True Story

  • A Memoir
  • By: Norm Macdonald
  • Narrated by: Norm Macdonald, Tim O'Halloran
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,223

As this book's title suggests, Norm Macdonald tells the story of his life - more or less - from his origins on a farm in the-back-of-beyond Canada and an epically disastrous appearance on Star Search to his account of auditioning for Lorne Michaels and his memorable run as the anchor of Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live - until he was fired because a corporate executive didn't think he was funny. But Based on a True Story is much more than a memoir; it's the hilarious, inspired epic of Norm's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bizarre, funny ride

  • By Michael Chauvin on 09-25-16

Not a Memoir, more Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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

Reviewed: 09-21-16

I am halfway through the book, but feel the need to warn others. There is no truth presented at all in this "memoir." It's just a long rambling fantasy very (very!) similar to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. It's clever, but not laugh out loud funny. I say this as a long-time devoted Norm MacDonald fan, but this is disappointing. Norm's reading of it is good, and listening to him speak anything is enjoyable to some extent, even if the content is not there.

If comedy self-narrated bios were ranked, this is far behind Tina Fey, Martin Short, and David Spade (all great!), but still better than Amy Poehler.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Churchill

  • By: The Great Courses, J. Rufus Fears
  • Narrated by: J. Rufus Fears
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689

In these 12 inspiring lectures, Professor Fears presents a well-balanced portrait of Churchill that does not whitewash his flaws. Yet he also draws on the most recent historical scholarship and material from Churchill's writings and speeches to make the case that Churchill belongs with Pericles of Athens and Abraham Lincoln as one of the greatest statesmen in the history of democracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Churchill

  • By Francisco on 07-12-13

Great historical summary of Churchill and his work

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

Reviewed: 04-13-15

We really enjoyed these 12 lectures about Winston Churchill. They were better for listening than an audible biography would have been. Professor Fears clearly has a favorable opinion of Churchill, but he takes the time to address the critics of Churchill and their arguments.

Like most audio books, you can use the Audible App to listen at 1.5 speed, thus making these 9 hours of lectures a pleasant 6 hour lesson.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Must Say

  • My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend
  • By: Martin Short
  • Narrated by: Martin Short
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,642
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,294

Martin Short takes you on a rich, hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking ride through his life and times, from his early years in Toronto as a member of the fabled improvisational troupe Second City to the all-American comic big time of Saturday Night Live and memorable roles in movies such as ¡Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is what audio books were made for!

  • By Ty Brady on 11-06-14

If you like Martin Short, you'll LOVE Martin Short

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

Reviewed: 12-22-14

Short's reading of his own book was fantastic. In fact, I could not even imagine trying to read the print book after hearing this great audiobook. Short sings, does his characters, and does really terrific impersonations. Every time he relates a funny story with a celebrity in it, Short impersonates him. Seriously, I didn't even know it was possible to impersonate Christopher Guest.

You can listen to this book at 1.5 speed on the Audible app, and it's very easy to keep up with what's going on.

Warning: I was driving on the Interstate and started crying toward the end of this book. It's not all laughs, but it is all worth hearing.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Yes Please

  • By: Amy Poehler
  • Narrated by: Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,073
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,991
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,802

Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Necessarily for Knope Fans

  • By Katie - Audible on 06-04-15

Not Tina Fey

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

Reviewed: 12-22-14

Her editors let her down. The first rule of a celebrity memoir is to open quickly with some cool celebrity situation, problem, or great funny story (i.e. meeting Hillary Clinton for the first time after impersonating her, or something funny from Parks and Rec.) These bios should not be linear timelines. Tell some great celebrity stories, and sprinkle in the background as you go. This audiobook bores, and we couldn't finish it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful