LISTENER

Erich

Auckland Park, South Africa
  • 33
  • reviews
  • 53
  • helpful votes
  • 50
  • ratings
  • The Story of Human Language

  • By: John McWhorter, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,958
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,918

Language defines us as a species, placing humans head and shoulders above even the most proficient animal communicators. But it also beguiles us with its endless mysteries, allowing us to ponder why different languages emerged, why there isn't simply a single language, how languages change over time and whether that's good or bad, and how languages die out and become extinct.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll Never Look at Languages the Same Way Again

  • By SAMA on 03-11-14

Brilliant masterclass

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

The man is engaging and funny and articulate and erudite.
What an amazing romp through language.
If you’re interested in languages and how they work, especially if you speak more than one language, do yourself a favour and listen to this.
Superlative.

  • Building a StoryBrand

  • Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen
  • By: Donald Miller
  • Narrated by: Donald Miller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,516

Donald Miller's StoryBrand process is a proven solution to the struggle business leaders face when talking about their businesses. This revolutionary method for connecting with customers provides listeners with the ultimate competitive advantage, revealing the secret for helping their customers understand the compelling benefits of using their products, ideas, or services.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Starts to Feel Like One Big Ad for Authors Product

  • By ManBearPig on 12-06-17

Brilliant step-by-step guide

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

This step by step guide is brilliant at helping clarify a brand message and turning it into a compelling offering.
I’ve been really battling to articulate my consulting offering. It’s taken a year and countless conversations and I’ve got nowhere.
I spent the day listening to the book and making notes over 10 pages of notes. I am now equipped to re-work my website, write emails to my database of 1,900 contacts and be confident that I have something of value to offer.
Most books like this start with up to an hour of background fluff. Not this one. It jumps straight into the content. It’s clear to see why storybrand the business is so successful. Thank you for your generosity in writing this book. You have changed my approach which means I have the ability to change my clients lives as well. Thank you!

  • Do You Talk Funny?

  • 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker
  • By: David Nihill
  • Narrated by: David Nihill
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406

Public speaking can be terrifying. For David Nihill, the idea of standing in front of an audience was scarier than cliff jumping into a thorny pit of spiders and mothers-in-law. Without a parachute or advanced weaponry. Something had to change.

In what doesn't sound like the best plan ever, David decided to overcome his fears by pretending to be a comedian called "Irish Dave" for one full year, crashing as many comedy clubs, festivals, and shows as possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Textbook for a Take Action Program

  • By Brian Ball on 03-07-16

fan tasting

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

Reviewed: 11-05-16

I listened to around 45 minutes and thought is there an actual point here? And boy, was there a point.
Brilliant, short, highly useful and even inspirational

  • My Life on the Swingset

  • Adventures in Swinging & Polyamory
  • By: Cooper S. Beckett
  • Narrated by: Cooper S. Beckett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

For five years, Cooper S. Beckett has written for Life on the Swingset. The website was born out of the feeling that he'd learned enough in his whole year of swinging to tell other people how to live their nonmonogamous lives. His hubris can be seen from space. Here, he has collected personal essays, stories, erotica, and prescriptive how-tos into this memoir of his life, My Life on the Swingset. He may be biased when it comes to swinging, polyamory, and other forms of ethical nonmonogamy (in fact, he most certainly is), but he doesn't sugarcoat it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book was exactly what I wanted

  • By J. Cooper on 08-03-15

Unique and valuable first-person account

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

Reviewed: 07-13-16

Cooper Beckett has chutzpah. No doubt about it.
This was an entertaining and valuable first-person account of Beckett's start in swinging, what he learned, how it affected his relationships.
It ends in a tantalising way -- with Beckett beginning to explore polyamory -- not just swinging, opening himself up to multiple loving relationships, not just multiple sexual relationships.
I liked how Beckett grows and changes during the journey.
I was slightly irritated with the guy's voice and accent, and his quasi-humorous asides, but I think that's part of Beckett's rough charm.
Sometimes he's not the most likeable character. But I'm impressed with his commitment to personal growth. Thanks for sharing your story so far, Mr Beckett.

  • Cinderella Ate My Daughter

  • Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture
  • By: Peggy Orenstein
  • Narrated by: Peggy Orenstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

Pink and pretty or predatory and hardened, sexualized girlhood influences our daughters from infancy onward, telling them that how a girl looks matters more than who she is. Somewhere between the exhilarating rise of Girl Power in the 1990s and today, the pursuit of physical perfection has been recast as a source - the source - of female empowerment. And commercialization has spread the message faster and farther, reaching girls at ever-younger ages.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No solution just worry

  • By Marie on 06-28-12

Necessary and entertaining: a thoughtful look at girl culture

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

Reviewed: 07-11-16

As a dad of two girls I found this book thought provoking and necessary. Peggy Orenstein is a deep thinker on all things girl and womanly.
I want to impart these lessons to all parents of boys and girls.
It's a damning indictment of how the west treats women.
I have taken some concrete steps that, hopefully, will allow my 4 and 7 year old daugters to better navigate their adulthoods.

  • The Wild Oats Project

  • One Woman's Midlife Quest for Passion at Any Cost
  • By: Robin Rinaldi
  • Narrated by: Kate Udall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

The project was simple: An attractive, successful magazine journalist, Robin Rinaldi, would move into a San Francisco apartment, join a dating site, and get laid. Never mind that she already owned a beautiful flat a few blocks away, that she was 44, or that she was married to a man she'd been in love with for 18 years. What followed - a year of sex, heartbreak, and unexpected revelation - is the topic of this riveting memoir, The Wild Oats Project.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it!

  • By Lezah on 04-30-15

Extraordinary memoir.

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

Reviewed: 10-15-15

I would recommend this book to anybody who has been married more than two years -- after the dopamine has worn off.
No one person can be everything to another person.
The author is as unflinchingly honest as she can be. It's beautifully written as well.
My wife is reading it now and enjoying it just as much.
Thank you Robin Rinaldi for this beautiful and important work.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Clash of Kings

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 37 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 61,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,145
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 53,074

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm hooked, but narration...

  • By Peter on 04-02-13

Brilliant narration. Twist in final five minutes

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

Reviewed: 04-18-15

Just basically brilliant. I'm a writer and u sometimes get demoralized by the brilliance of this writing. It evokes all the senses and creates a sense of place like very few books.
But I guess you know that because you're also a fan :-)
Roy dotrice is an unbelievably good narrator. It's good to hear a trained actor at the top of his game

  • A Game of Thrones

  • Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Game of Thrones. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Game of Thrones is the first volume in the series. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story and performance.

  • By Darrell on 11-19-12

Masterful story masterfully told

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

Reviewed: 03-21-15

Roy Dotrice's narration does full justice to Martins' varied, complex and human cast of characters.
I can't wait to read the next one!

  • Obscene Thoughts

  • A Pornographer's Perspective on Sex, Love, and Dating
  • By: Dave Pounder
  • Narrated by: Dave Pounder
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 10

Obscene Thoughts: A Pornographer's Perspective on Sex, Love and Dating examines progressive, intellectual and academic constructs regarding mate selection, sexual behavior and the reasons why people cheat. Obscene Thoughts investigates and deconstructs core socioeconomic and biological values and the sexual behaviors of men and women, in a fresh, distinct manner.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Outdated, Wrong, and Machine Narrated Trainwreck

  • By Renard Dellafave on 07-21-18

Uniformed fact-free badly-read

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

Reviewed: 01-29-15

This book is so bad I returned it after giving an hour of my life.
The narrator has a voice that should be reading the news, not a book.
The author has a large vocabulary with which he re-hashes every sexist prejudice you can think of: for example, one reason a man has no interest in sex is because he may have a small deformed penis.
Women want babies as much as men want sex according to this moron.
Utter rubbish. Read Jesse Bering's Perv instead.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Open

  • Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage
  • By: Jenny Block
  • Narrated by: Lauren Weedman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Finally, a book about open marriage that grapples with the problems surrounding monogamy and fidelity in an honest, heartfelt, and non-fringe manner. Jenny Block is your average girl next door, a suburban wife and mother for whom married life never felt quite right. While many books on this topic presuppose that the listener is ready to embrace an "alternative lifestyle", Block operates from the assumption that most couples who are curious about or engaged in open marriages are in fact more like her - normal people who question whether monogamy is right for them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Open" inspires a new look at marriage

  • By Erich on 01-20-15

"Open" inspires a new look at marriage

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

Reviewed: 01-20-15

I know my wife loves me. I also know that our needs differ. This book offers a model of how Open Marriage can be enriching. It's inspiring in its normality. There are a few glitches with the recording -- the editor missed a few times where the narrator repeated a sentence. And there were some small issues in the reading that a good director would have improved. But those are just quibbles. Thank you for this wonderful book.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful