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  • Notorious RBG

  • The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • By: Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,530

Nearly a half century into being a feminist and legal pioneer, something funny happened to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The octogenarian won the Internet. Across America, people who weren't even born when Ginsburg made her name are tattooing themselves with her face, setting her famously searing dissents to music, and making viral videos in tribute.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fall in love with RBG! I did.

  • By serine on 01-23-16

I knew she is amazing, and am only more amazed

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-17

This book presents a more personal view of RGB, while linking her personal life to her better known accomplishments and views. Well worthwhile, and very inspiring.

  • Outsmart Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You

  • By: Peter M. Vishton, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Peter M. Vishton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843

The brain is an astounding organ, and today neuroscientists have more insights than ever about how it works - as well as strategies for helping us live better every day. These 24 practical lectures give you a wealth of useful strategies for improving your well-being. By presenting evidence-based "hacks" for your brain, Professor Vishton empowers you to take charge of your life and perform better all around.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 20 times longer than necessary

  • By Marc on 02-14-17

Some useful tips and frameworks

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I found this to be well paced and interesting, though more to the point also found useful constructs and suggestions. The rationale and explanation for *not* sharing certain goals or objectives in order to increase one’s internal motivation was eye-openining, as were the simple strategies for increasing satisfaction or enjoyment of the mundane as well as the significant experiences of daily life.

  • Breakfast of Champions

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: John Malkovich
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,420

Breakfast of Champions (1973) provides frantic, scattershot satire and a collage of Vonnegut's obsessions. His recurring cast of characters and American landscape was perhaps the most controversial of his canon; it was felt by many at the time to be a disappointing successor to Slaughterhouse-Five, which had made Vonnegut's literary reputation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Funny..., Even if Malkovich Could Not Care Less

  • By W Perry Hall on 02-05-16

Bought this for Malkovich’s narration 10/10

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 11-13-17

Read the book years ago, and love Vonnegut overall. Bought this solely for Malkovich’s narration, which was outstanding. Recommend.

  • We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

  • Essays
  • By: Samantha Irby
  • Narrated by: Samantha Irby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026

Sometimes you just have to laugh, even when life is a Dumpster fire. With We Are Never Meeting in Real Life., "bitches gotta eat" blogger and comedian Samantha Irby turns the serio-comic essay into an art form.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The perfect balance of humour and pathos

  • By Salimah J. Perkins on 07-06-17

If only her blog had her narration, too

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Great blogger, and a really great first book, particularly with her narration. Hoping for a follow up book before leaving ng.

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  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,850

Once again, David Sedaris brings together a collection of essays so uproariously funny and profoundly moving that his legions of fans will fall for him all over again. He tests the limits of love when Hugh lances a boil from his backside, and pushes the boundaries of laziness when, finding the water shut off in his house in Normandy, he looks to the water in a vase of fresh cut flowers to fill the coffee machine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Start with this One

  • By Elvie on 04-28-16

Well, if I were engulfed inflames...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I’d like to handle it as well as David Sedaris writes, and narrates the most amazing and mundane experiences, finding and sharing humor in all.

  • Unqualified

  • By: Anna Faris, Chris Pratt - foreword
  • Narrated by: Chris Pratt - foreword, Anna Faris, Fred Sanders
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,896

Anna Faris has advice for you. And it's great advice, because she's been through it all, and she wants to tell you what she's learned. Her comic memoir and first book, Unqualified, will share Anna's candid, sympathetic, and entertaining stories of love lost and won. Part memoir, part humorous, unflinching advice from her hit podcast Anna Faris Is Unqualified, the book will reveal Anna's unique take on how to navigate the bizarre, chaotic, and worthwhile adventure of finding love.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not What I Thought it Would Be

  • By Kevin on 11-12-17

Entertaining, insightful and very relatable

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Enjoyable, and entertaining memoir which highlights the value and trials of being true to yourself, and reflecting on what that means. No small accomplishment to be a successful actress, though to keep that in perspective - along with enjoying it - is a bigger accomplishment especially with the ubiquity of social media. To further share one’s personal story with humor and more universal application, well worthwhile.

  • Cork Dork

  • A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste
  • By: Bianca Bosker
  • Narrated by: Bianca Bosker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000

Professional journalist and amateur drinker Bianca Bosker didn’t know much about wine - until she discovered an alternate universe where taste reigns supreme, a world of elite sommeliers who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of flavor. Astounded by their fervor and seemingly superhuman sensory powers, she set out to uncover what drove their obsession and whether she, too, could become a “cork dork”.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but not educational

  • By Blake Brasher on 10-14-17
  • Cork Dork
  • A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste
  • By: Bianca Bosker
  • Narrated by: Bianca Bosker

Great, entertaining even for those who don't love wine

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-17

This is well written and narrated, very informative, told with great humor and paced perfectly. I was not aware of the extent to which there is a community of passionately engaged young sommeliers spreading, though should not be surprised given the overall growth in number of "foodies" and related interests. Whether or not one is passionate about wine or food, this is an engaging, amusing and educational listen.

  • Believe Me

  • A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens
  • By: Eddie Izzard
  • Narrated by: Eddie Izzard
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,913
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,900

Over the course of a 30-year career, Eddie Izzard has proven himself to be a creative chameleon, inhabiting the stage and film and television screens with an unbelievable fervor. Born in Yemen and raised in Ireland, Wales, and postwar England, he lost his mother at the age of six. In his teens he dropped out of university and took to the streets of London as part of a two-man escape act; when his partner went on vacation, Izzard kept busy by inventing a one-man act, and thus a career was ignited.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My three least favorite words: "End of footnote."

  • By David H. Lawrence XVII on 06-20-17

Entertaining whether or not familiar with Izzard

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-17

I love Eddie Izzard's stand-up performances, and have enjoyed the work of his which I've seen on tv, so I pre-ordered this with confidence I would enjoy it. Am now listening for a second time immediately after finishing the first listen, it's that good. This is one book which may be safely said to be a great example of the advantages of author narration over the written word, and the potential for comedic use of footnotes.

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  • So, Anyway...

  • By: John Cleese
  • Narrated by: John Cleese
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,049
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919

In this rollicking memoir, So, Anyway..., John Cleese takes listeners on a grand tour of his ascent in the entertainment world, from his humble beginnings in a sleepy English town and his early comedic days at Cambridge University (with future Python partner Graham Chapman) to the founding of the landmark comedy troupe that would propel him to worldwide renown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cleese, the early years, in his own voice

  • By G. Beauchamp on 01-15-17

Great delivery and content

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-17

Some reviews have been disappointed there is little Monty Python content; I was glad this book covers material not otherwise available. There are a number of Python documentaries and histories, Cleese avoids revisiting well-trod ground. This is personal history told with insight, and covering a range of entertaining stories with a unique perspective, and outstanding delivery.

  • Emma

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Emma is young, rich and independent. She has decided not to get married and instead spends her time organising her acquaintances' love affairs. Her plans for the matrimonial success of her new friend Harriet, however, lead her into complications that ultimately test her own detachment from the world of romance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jeremy Northam, incredible narrator

  • By S. Swanson on 05-05-17

Jeremy Northam, incredible narrator

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-05-17

While I have previously read Emma, Jeremy Northam's narration made revisiting this an easy decision. Delightful Austen story, outstanding delivery.

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