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Appleton, WI, USA
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  • What Would Google Do?

  • By: Jeff Jarvis
  • Narrated by: Jeff Jarvis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 398

In a book that's one part prophecy, one part thought experiment, one part manifesto, and one part survival manual, internet impresario and blogging pioneer Jeff Jarvis reverse-engineers Google, the fastest-growing company in history, to discover 40 clear and straightforward rules to manage and live by.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great place to start....

  • By Justin on 05-15-09

Great Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-09

A great primer for business leaders and future business leaders that are still contemplating the 21st century business world. Plenty of food for thought and pithy observations and one liners to take into the board room.

  • Julie and Julia

  • 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen
  • By: Julie Powell
  • Narrated by: Julie Powell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 526
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 225

With the humor of Bridget Jones and the vitality of Augusten Burroughs, Julie Powell recounts how she conquered every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking and saved her soul.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good laugh

  • By Elizabeth on 01-09-06

A different experience than the movie

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-09

I got is audiobook after watching the movie, which I enjoyed. The author is a great narrator, who could read audiobooks for a living. It took me a while to warm up to her, she has several character flaws that are not portrayed (or understated) in the movie. I came to appreciate her honesty, salty tongue and humor.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Wordy Shipmates

  • By: Sarah Vowell
  • Narrated by: Sarah Vowell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964

Sarah Vowell's special brand of armchair history makes the bizarre and esoteric fascinatingly relevant and fun. She takes us from the modern-day reenactment of an Indian massacre to the Mohegan Sun casino, from old-timey Puritan poetry, where "righteousness" is rhymed with "wilderness," to a Mayflower-themed waterslide. Throughout, The Wordy Shipmates is rich in historical fact, humorous insight, and social commentary by one of America's most celebrated voices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love Sarah Vowell

  • By Audiophile on 10-25-09

History and Humor

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-09

I have always loved Sarah Vowell's dry wit. Enjoying that while learning important and riveting history makes for the type of experience that makes for a very enjoyable audiobook.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • What Would Susie Say?

  • Bullsh-t Wisdom About Love, Life and Comedy
  • By: Susie Essman
  • Narrated by: Susie Essman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

In What Would Susie Say?, Susie Essman sheds the crasser layers to reveal how she went from an anxiety-ridden, struggling stand-up comic to being one of the funniest women on television, playing Susie Greene on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Some insights, but not funny

  • By Will on 11-01-09

Some insights, but not funny

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-09

I love Susie Essman. She is the best part of my favorite TV show (Curb Your Enthusiasm). But, after I got through the first 2 chapters without so much as an audible chuckle or a forced smile, I had to give up on it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Accidental Billionaires

  • The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal
  • By: Ben Mezrich
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,014
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 365

The high-energy tale of how two socially awkward Ivy Leaguers, trying to increase their chances with the opposite sex, ended up creating Facebook. The Accidental Billionaires is a compulsively readable story of innocence lost, and of the unusual creation of a company that has revolutionized the way hundreds of millions of people relate to one another.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Infotainment, poorly written

  • By Charles E. Grant on 12-24-09

Great story, poorly written

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-09

This is such an interesting and timely story about something that has changed the world. But the writing is so gratuitous it interferes with hte storytelling. For example, the author's way of identifying two charaters as identical twins..."they were the product of a single fertilized ovum that divided in two like the pages of a book."

The story drags needlessly due to these metaphors and many repeated facts.

Still, worth the read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Born to Run

  • A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
  • By: Christopher McDougall
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,601

Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm not a runner ...

  • By B.J. on 09-01-09

Surprisingly, I hated this book

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-09

I am a runner, and I love history and non-fiction. So, I thought I would really enjoy this book. But I never warmed up to it and gave up before the second file. The story-telling was too over the top and I missed a likable character to anchor the story.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful