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  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,853
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58,705

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

A rehash of Heinlein with ethnic cause celebre

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

This is about 50% Menace From Earth, 25% Podkayne of Mars, and 25% The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Event the reduced pressure is from Farmer In The Sky. I'd need NASA to confirm if living in a partial pressure for extended lengths would be feasible. But this trash is hardly more than rehashed Golden era sci-fi, and we can do much better than this today!

6 of 7 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 106,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93,484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92,960

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

Total bullshit.

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

Reviewed: 12-21-16

He starts strong, but turns namby pamby concerned about an hour in. F84king bullshit. I'm far more f84k proof in my givvings because of my Stoic readings. F84k you and your idea of "not giving a fuck" You should be sliced into quarter inch pieces, lightly breaded, fried, and feed to vegetarians.

Well performed, nonetheless. Props to the reader.

9 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes, Volume 1

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,943

First appearing in print in 1890, the character of Sherlock Holmes has now become synonymous worldwide with the concept of a super sleuth. His creator, Conan Doyle, imbued his detective hero with intellectual power, acute observational abilities, a penchant for deductive reasoning and a highly educated use of forensic skills. Indeed, Doyle created the first fictional private detective who used what we now recognize as modern scientific investigative techniques.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • mouth watering

  • By David on 03-30-10

And thus everything else is a repeat.

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

Reviewed: 09-18-16

This was a new genre, and Doyle nailed down enough details and plots that everyone since has performed a riff on his work. Sure, a cat might find a clue, but it's a clue a good detective would have found.

  • 48 Laws of Power

  • By: Robert Greene
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 23 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,341

Amoral, cunning, ruthless, and instructive, this piercing work distills 3,000 years of the history of power into 48 well-explicated laws. This bold volume outlines the laws of power in their unvarnished essence, synthesizing the philosophies of Machiavelli, Sun Tzu, Carl von Clausewitz, and other infamous strategists. The 48 Laws of Power will fascinate any listener interested in gaining, observing, or defending against ultimate control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You don't have to be a psychopath to like this.

  • By Gaggleframpf on 02-25-16

Something you can visit again and again.

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

Reviewed: 12-26-15

48 laws but around 250 stories of illustration. Some seem like repeats, but are really visiting separate parts of the same story. 24 hours of audio to fill any "I don't really have anything else to listen to" that you can revisit again and again.

  • The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution

  • By: Francis Fukuyama
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 22 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,812

Virtually all human societies were once organized tribally, yet over time most developed new political institutions which included a central state that could keep the peace and uniform laws that applied to all citizens. Some went on to create governments that were accountable to their constituents. We take these institutions for granted, but they are absent or are unable to perform in many of today’s developing countries—with often disastrous consequences for the rest of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Summary of Political History I've Read

  • By blah on 05-12-13

Give it two goes.

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

Reviewed: 12-18-15

It seems repetitive and disorderly, but once you've gotten through it the first time the second pass knits the complicated bits together.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Raising Steam

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,733
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,502

The new Discworld novel, the 40th in the series, sees the Disc's first train come steaming into town. Change is afoot in Ankh-Morpork. Discworld's first steam engine has arrived, and once again Moist von Lipwig finds himself with a new and challenging job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much more than funny

  • By David on 04-15-14

The last of the real Pratchett

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

Reviewed: 07-19-14

We saw a slight shift of vocabulary in that one about soccer, then we saw deeper shifts in the one about tobacco. This culminates what my bookish friends say is his change to spoken dictation. This might be regarded as the last proper Discworld story, the next will be co-written with Stephen Baxter. That man is the surest sign an author is about to perish.

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  • I Can Make You Thin

  • 7 Day Solution
  • By: Paul McKenna
  • Narrated by: Paul McKenna
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

At last the classic CD audio programme is now available as a download. Do you want to lose weight? Would you like to feel happy with your body? Are you a late night snacker? Have you tried every kind of diet? Then let Paul McKenna help you. Welcome to a revolutionary new way to help you stop overeating, control cravings and feel totally motivated to take exercise. Everything that Paul McKenna would do in a personal session to help you lose weight is on this system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It works!!

  • By MIGUEL on 10-09-15

Stuck before chapter 2

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

Reviewed: 07-19-14

Argh... Chapter 1 is fairly sensible, chew thoroughly and don't be afraid to leave some of our oversized portions on the plate. But the second part screws up the purpose of audiobooks. I use them to work, I cannot do an eyes closed portion.

5 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Think Like a Freak

  • The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain
  • By: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
  • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,332

The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything. Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not much new

  • By Bobbie on 05-24-14

Such a disappointment

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

The radio show / podcast covered everything before, in greater depth and with higher production qualities. They even pad the audiobook with a sample of the podcast, which shouldn't count toward the audiobook length.

  • The First 20 Hours

  • How to Learn Anything... Fast!
  • By: Josh Kaufman
  • Narrated by: Josh Kaufman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 835
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 835

In The First 20 Hours, Josh Kaufman offers a systematic approach to rapid skill acquisition: how to learn any new skill as quickly as possible. His method shows you how to deconstruct complex skills, maximize productive practice, and remove common learning barriers. By completing just 20 hours of focused, deliberate practice you'll go from knowing absolutely nothing to performing noticeably well. What do you want to learn?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Finished the thesis early in the book

  • By Grady on 06-16-13

He wrote it to tax deduct a uke.

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

Reviewed: 06-30-13

Go buy a hardcopy of 4 Hour Chef. That'll cover this material in 20 pages AND it's an interesting cookbook. I think this was about an hour of rehash you could pick up from Lifehacker followed by 6 hours of "How I did something that might be of relevance to you."

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Antifragile

  • Things That Gain from Disorder
  • By: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Narrated by: Joe Ochman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,725

In The Black Swan Taleb outlined a problem, and in Antifragile he offers a definitive solution: how to gain from disorder and chaos while being protected from fragilities and adverse events. For what Taleb calls the "antifragile" is actually beyond the robust, because it benefits from shocks, uncertainty, and stressors, just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension. The antifragile needs disorder in order to survive and flourish. Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How to focus on impact instead of risk

  • By E. Smakman on 05-03-13

Don't confuse conspiracy for incompetence,

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

Reviewed: 04-28-13

What if, instead of adding things to compensate for the woes of the world, we subtract.

Taleb makes a strong argument for... Well, makes several strong arguments. From via negativa to a bit of dietary advice that's more eloquently put here than in any fad diet book, there's all sorts of observations and arguments that can change your life once you embrace what they mean. Do you understand optionality, and the importance of shocks to systems? Do you benefit more from walking a mile or running a mile? What defining characteristic is missing from "paleo diet"? Why do bones strengthen from use but porcelain doesn't?

And you might even get a feel for why humans will always pilot passenger airplanes from the flight deck, no matter how much the MBA's in the office want to do away with them.