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  • Noir

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,687

It's not every afternoon that an enigmatic, comely blonde named Stilton (like the cheese) walks into the scruffy gin joint where Sammy "Two Toes" Tiffin tends bar. It's love at first sight, but before Sammy can make his move, an air force general named Remy arrives with some urgent business. 'Cause when you need something done, Sammy is the guy to go to; he's got the connections on the street.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Laugh Riot, Inconsistently Delivered

  • By Maggie May on 04-18-18

Moore does it again

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I am a fan of Moore's previous work and this new title did not disappoint. A well crafted story, with period accurate characters that were far enough away from cliche, along with witty dialog and prose made this a worthy listen. Heller did an amazing job narrating and bringing the world to life.

  • Solve for Happy

  • Engineer Your Path to Joy
  • By: Mo Gawdat
  • Narrated by: Mo Gawdat
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,358

In 2001 Mo Gawdat realized that despite his incredible success, he was desperately unhappy. A lifelong learner, he attacked the problem as an engineer would: examining all the provable facts and scrupulously applying logic. Eventually, his countless hours of research and science proved successful, and he discovered the equation for permanent happiness. Thirteen years later, Mo's algorithm would be put to the ultimate test. After the sudden death of his son, Ali, Mo and his family turned to his equation—and it saved them from despair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not to sound immature but...

  • By Amazon customer on 05-06-17

I Wish I Read the One Star Reviews First

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I'm not sure who would enjoy this. The book was marketed as a book that broke down Mindfulness for engineers and other linear logical thinkers, and I was hoping for personal stories of how such a person would disseminate those elements so that I could apply it to my life. What I got was anything but that. The book was riddled with examples that were complete fabrications of fiction-- imagine you are in a fender bender, you respond with kindness, turns out the other driver is really hot and you hit it off (see aren't you happier?)-- quotes from Yoda, and disrobing to find your inner 'Pooki' were all just too much for me.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mo Gawdat again?

No. It was difficult to get through this book.

Would you be willing to try another one of Mo Gawdat’s performances?

No. I generally like when authors read their own books, but this is a case where if I were the producer, I would have insisted the author demur to a professional. I occasionally bump the playback speed up to 1.25x if the narrator is slow. By the end of the book, I was up to 3x.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

There were several good points that come from Mindfulness that Mo reiterated, which are always good reminders. Those points are why I gave the book two stars, and not one.

Any additional comments?

The author hinted at his religious belief throughout the book, which I didn't mind terribly. However, the last 10% of the book was devoted to actively converting the reader into believing in Intelligent Design. I felt that this undermined the entire book, as it came across as a bait and switch. Mindfulness + ID = Religion (but I'm not that kind of religious person, he says). The book started strong, and ended with a whimper. Just a slow, long winded, less interesting Ray Comfort.

  • Jacked

  • The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto
  • By: David Kushner
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 222

Grand Theft Auto is one of the biggest and most controversial videogame franchises of all time. Since its first release in 1997, GTA has pioneered the use of everything from 3D graphics to the voices of top Hollywood actors and repeatedly transformed the world of gaming. Despite its incredible innovations in the $75 billion game industry, it has also been a lightning rod of debate, spawning accusations of ethnic and sexual discrimination, glamorizing violence, and inciting real-life crimes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Kushner Writes Well, Verner Drops the Ball

  • By L. Productions on 03-24-13

Outlaws Forever

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

Reviewed: 10-22-13

If you could sum up Jacked in three words, what would they be?

Outlaws, Scotts, Wanted

What other book might you compare Jacked to and why?

Masters of Doom. Kushner's first book on the golden age of gaming and programming, tells an almost equally gripping tale about the bad boys of the gaming world, and the controversy that surrounded them. Similar themes, but less focus on the technical aspects.

What does Adam Verner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Verner is a great narrator, and very subtle in his emphasis. Paper books just suck. I haven't read a physical book in years.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

You take the high road, and I'll take the low road, and I'll get to Los Santos before you...

Any additional comments?

Honestly, I would have liked to have had someone from the UK of Scotland narrate this instead, as most of the central characters hail from that region of the world. Was Patrick Stewart just not available? Still, Verner did a solid job.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Masters of Doom

  • How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture
  • By: David Kushner
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,329

Masters of Doom is the amazing true story of the Lennon and McCartney of video games: John Carmack and John Romero. Together, they ruled big business. They transformed popular culture. And they provoked a national controversy. More than anything, they lived a unique and rollicking American Dream, escaping the broken homes of their youth to produce the most notoriously successful game franchises in history - Doom and Quake - until the games they made tore them apart. This is a story of friendship and betrayal, commerce and artistry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How it was

  • By Ryan on 08-27-13

Narrator of the Year

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

Reviewed: 08-31-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Masters of Doom to be better than the print version?

Yes. Wil Wheaton was the perfect narrator for this book in so many ways. Imbued with a sincere passion for the subject, his reading of the two John's story is gripping.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Carmack. I personally identify with many of his traits, very forward looking and intellectually curious.

Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to him before.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Commander Keen Must Die.

Any additional comments?

Again, Wil Wheaton made this book absolutely sing. One of the best narrations I have heard in some time.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful