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  • Letters to a Young Contrarian

  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: James Adams
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680

In the book that he was born to write, provocateur and best-selling author Christopher Hitchens inspires future generations of radicals, gadflies, mavericks, rebels, angry young (wo)men, and dissidents. Who better to speak to that person who finds him or herself in a contrarian position than Hitchens, who has made a career of disagreeing in profound and entertaining ways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something I'll listen to again

  • By Mark on 05-03-11

The Irony of the Prophetic

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

The nonbelief of the author couldn't prevent him from writing a book that predicts everything from the mass gullibility that made Obama's "Hope" and "Change" campaigns so effective as well as properly identifying the real drivers behind Identity-Politics.

  • The Austrian Case for the Free Market Process

  • Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek
  • By: William Peterson
  • Narrated by: Louis Rukeyser
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) and Friedrich Hayek (1899-1992) were perhaps the foremost defenders of the free market and limited government during the mid-twentieth century ascendancy of Keynesian economics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keep it simple

  • By CESAR on 03-07-11

Could have done without the fake accents

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

While ironically pointing out all the varied problems with a government, the subjects of the book remain illogically minarchist/libertarian. Worth a listen but to be taken with a grain of salt.

  • Empire

  • The Life, Legend, and Madness of Howard Hughes
  • By: Donald L. Barlett, James B. Steele
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 28 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

Howard Hughes lived one of the greatest, most heroic, misunderstood, mysterious, bizarre, and tragic lives in American history. In this brilliantly documented biography, the mythology that surrounded that life is disentangled from the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this from start to finish!

  • By bryan on 03-25-15

Starts interesting, ends with jarring editing

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

There are at least 100 instances of "Summa" harshly inserted by rough editing into the second half of the book in place of "Hughes" or "Hughes Tool (Company)". Ironically, they aren't even correctly used in many instances as this book jumps back and forth through time at least a half-dozen times. It seems like they just decided to replace each and every instance after the point that told the story of the change of the name of the Hughes Tool Company to Summa.

Beyond that, the story really suffers from the time jumps. This story should have been told from start to finish, not broken into separate subjects and telling the story of each of these subjects from start to finish. At the time of the 4th or 5th subject change with its corresponding jump back in time, I started to feel like this book was never going to end and that the most interesting parts were never going to be touched on again.

  • FREE: The Future of a Radical Price

  • By: Chris Anderson
  • Narrated by: Chris Anderson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,215
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,718
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,710

The New York Times best-selling author heralds the future of business in Free. In his revolutionary best seller, The Long Tail, Chris Anderson demonstrated how the online marketplace creates niche markets, allowing products and consumers to connect in a way that has never been possible before. Now, in Free, he makes the compelling case that, in many instances, businesses can profit more from giving things away than they can by charging for them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Valuable

  • By Joshua Kim on 06-10-12

Tries to prove a faulty premise

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

As a tech person, the author's (willful) ignorance of the cost of hardware, bandwidth, backups, maintenance was already aggravating me before listening to him disprove himself in the first hour of the book.

The author is obviously aware of the examples he cites of Gillette giving away razors to sell blades and Jell-O giving away cookbooks to sell Jell-O but then wants to pretend that this isn't exactly the exact same thing as his other "modern" examples of Monty Python putting free clips on YouTube to sell more DVDs or Musicians giving away albums to sell concert tickets... it's intellectually dishonest to call those things different just because they are delivered in a digital format.

The author is preying upon the naivete of the audience to the real cost of "free" digital goods as well as their gullibility to believe these things are actually brand new concepts...

  • 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 98,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85,932

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

Only wish I had found this one sooner

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

I wish I could recommend this one to all my family and friends but the language would put off many of them and they are the ones that need to hear the message of the book the most.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fountainhead

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 32 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,852

One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Fountainhead

  • By Zachary on 06-04-10

Far better than Atlas Shrugged

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

Reviewed: 04-29-17

This is my 2nd favorite of Rand's books (the first being Anthem) and the narrator does an excellent job of giving a voice to each character and bringing their emotions to life. This is my second listen to the entire book and it won't be my last.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

  • A Memoir
  • By: Felicia Day
  • Narrated by: Felicia Day, Joss Whedon - foreword
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,053
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,583

In the tradition of #Girlboss and Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir from online entertainment mogul, actress, and "queen of the geeks" Felicia Day about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't dismiss this one out of hand!

  • By John S. on 09-09-15

I loved it (until I didn't)

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

Reviewed: 09-30-16

I was such a huge fan of Felicia and the book felt like getting to know her very well, and ended with me wishing I hadn't. There are definitely 2 major sections to every famous person's life: the struggle to become famous; followed by complaining of how hard it is to be famous. The former was fascinating, the latter not at all.

I quit reading before the end of the chapter on "Gamergate". I've seen the stuff from both sides and I'm not impressed by the actions of either side, but if you "cross the street" because you see a person (or people) that you conflate with a movement (that they may or may not be a part of), the problem isn't with the movement, the problem is with you. Also, if you want to take the actions of a few people within a movement and say that the entire movement is responsible for answering for those outliers, you had better be willing do do that for all movement whether it be ones you fear (in her case "gamergate"), as well as the ones you hold dear ("feminists", "social justice warriors", etc.). Felicia blatantly fails to do this and then wonders why both sides don't respect her as both a female and a gamer.

Finally, she acts like anything negative written online about anything she has said, done, or produced is a personal attack on her. In the end it just comes off as her sounding like she needs to be shielded from reality with "bully proof windows and troll safe doors". Or maybe she should just take a break from social media if she can't figure out how to ignore the trolls?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Atlas Shrugged

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 55 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 999
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853

In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, not thrilled with production

  • By Jennifer on 06-14-11

Terrible production makes listening hard

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

Reviewed: 10-15-14

There is soft background talking throughout the book. It sounds like it was recorded in a room that was not only non-soundproof, it was having constant meetings taking place right outside the room. Highly annoying.

  • Atlas Shrugged

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 62 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,995
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,062

In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A long listen but worth the effort and patience

  • By Emily on 05-04-13

Rand writes of our present & future, from the past

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

Reviewed: 06-28-12

Not only does this book serve as a haunting reminder that our current problems were a predictable result of the choices of those in power long ago, and those too cowardly or too evil to change the course right now, it also gives the simple answer to all our current problems. A way that each person of value will WANT to live, and the one that will also yield the best possible result for each and every person of value.

You will not like this book if you are a bleeding-heart, or a leader or devout follower of any of the major western religions as it shuns the concepts of living for others and human sacrifice.

This is not the best introduction to Rand or her philosophies. I would start with "Anthem" as it is short, sweet, and to the point. If you like that one, this book and Fountainhead should be on your short list of books to order.