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  • The Long Haul

  • A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road
  • By: Finn Murphy
  • Narrated by: Danny Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619

More than 30 years ago, Finn Murphy dropped out of college to become a trucker. Since then he's covered hundreds of thousands of miles packing, loading, and hauling people's belongings all over America. Murphy whisks listeners down the I-95 Powerlane, across the Florida Everglades, in and out of the truck stops of the Midwest, and through the steep grades of the Rocky Mountains.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shines a whole new light on moving industry

  • By Chad on 03-01-18

This story smells like a cattle hauler

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

First of all, if you want to know what it is like to be a long haul trucker this book is not for you. Very little of it actually deals with the trucking. The vast majority of the book deals with how to move furniture, pseudo philosophical nonsense and the driver's own irrational hatred. So if you actually want a book that focuses on trucking, this ain't it.

Ok, as a driver for 5 years I find much of this story to be likely untrue. The primary reason is that this guy claims he's elite driver just because he hauls furniture. Not hazmat. Not crude oil. Not any sort of over sized or heavy haul load. Just furniture. This is nothing special about this. I see many furniture haulers every time I pull into a truck stop and I've never met one with the sickening amount of arrogance the author displays in his book.

The author also wants you to believe making $200k a year is uniquie as a lease driver. It is pretty typical for Owner Operators and Lease Drivers to make $150k-$200k a year. As is normally the case gross income means nothing and after expenses he will be lucky to take home $90k. Good amount of money, but no enough to warrant his arrogance and clear disgust for other drivers.

That brings in another issue, the author makes it seem like all other drivers are nothing but racists and low lifes who always treat him like garbage. I guarantee if he is treated badly its because of his own attitude. In my experience that is the only thing that would explain ill treatment he may receive. For me trucking has done more for renewing my faith in humanity than anything else. And his story about him and a military wife just adds to the unbelievability of his story. Sure people will play with anyone they are attracted to. But that section of the book just struck me as a cheap jab as other truckers since a large percentage of drivers are ex-military.

Finally. and this really bugged me, the guy complains about having to dead head a couple hundred miles in Florida without getting paid. That is nothing special for states like Florida and Montana that have far more going into them than going out. It's certainly not something to rage quit your job over.

I'm quite certain the only thing this guy is hauling is a cattle hauler that still needs to be washed out after the cows have moved on.

  • Walden on Wheels

  • On the Open Road from Debt to Freedom
  • By: Ken Ilgunas
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083

The story of a student who went to extraordinary lengths - including living in a van on a campus parking lot - to complete his education without sacrificing his financial future. In a frank and self-deprecating voice, memoirist Ken Ilgunas writes about the existential terror of graduating from college with $32,000 in student debt. Inspired by Thoreau, Ilgunas set himself a mission: get out of debt as soon as humanly possible. To that end, he undertook an extraordinary three-year transcontinental journey.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful and infuriating, both.

  • By karen on 05-03-15

so disappointing...

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

As someone interested in van dwelling this was a major let down. The van does not show up until the last third and never takes real importance.

  • The Autobiography of Santa Claus

  • By: Jeff Guinn
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 355

Jump on Santa's sleigh for a journey through 17 centuries of Christmas magic!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • History and Christmas

  • By Mara on 12-14-08

childhood not necessary

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

this was a fantastic way for an adult to get back to enjoying Santa Claus.

  • Trekonomics

  • The Economics of Star Trek
  • By: Manu Saadia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 593

What would the world look like if everybody had everything they wanted or needed? Trekonomics, the premier book in financial journalist Felix Salmon's imprint PiperText, approaches scarcity economics by coming at it backward - through thinking about a universe where scarcity does not exist. Delving deep into the details and intricacies of 24th-century society, Trekonomics explores post-scarcity and whether we, as humans, are equipped for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Amusing & Practical Analysis of Fictional Ideas

  • By Lost In The Wash on 09-19-16

it was adequate for the daily dead price

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

The book pretty much preaches about how the federation supposedly works and privides vauge guide lines on how we can copy the fictional paradise. To say this books actually deals with the economics of startrek is a bit of a reach. That said i think most treckys will like it.

There are a few issues though. There are a handful of modern political jabs i felt wrre entirely inappropriate. Also, would it have killed the narrator to watch some clips to understand how various characters and places should have their names pronounced? Finally, i think the author came to the wrong conclusions about how the federation operates. The examples he uses to declare the federation is an internally cashless society can easily be used to suggest it is only humanity that is cashless whial everyone else does use some sort of currency, namely gold pressed latnum.

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  • Friend and Foe

  • When to Cooperate, When to Compete, and How to Succeed at Both
  • By: Adam D. Galinsky, Maurice E. Schweitzer
  • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 226

In Friend and Foe, researchers Galinsky and Schweitzer explain why this debate misses the mark. Rather than being hardwired to compete or cooperate, humans have evolved to do both. It is only by learning how to strike the right balance between these two forces that we can improve our long-term relationships and get more of what we want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected

  • By Garron Rose on 01-05-16

Started great...

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

Reviewed: 02-25-17

Any additional comments?

The beginning of the book was fantastic and very informative. About 1/4 the way through it quickly became a liberal propaganda circle jerk.

  • Gateway

  • By: Frederik Pohl
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Robert J. Sawyer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,502
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,514

When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune. Three missions later, now famous and permanently rich, Robinette Broadhead has to face what happened to him and what he is...in a journey into himself as perilous and even more horrifying than the nightmare trip through the interstellar void that he drove himself to take!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A human-focused SF classic

  • By Ryan on 12-05-13

Spoiler Alert

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

Reviewed: 02-25-17

Any additional comments?

The story basically amounts to three things. First is that he hates his mother for never saying "I love you." Second, he is worried about potential homosexual tendencies within him self. Third, he feel regret for getting his girlfriend killed which the shrink robot thinks is tied to his sexual desires. That is the entire story. Now you don't have to read this crap.

  • How to Be a Poker Player

  • The Philosophy of Poker
  • By: Haseeb Qureshi
  • Narrated by: Haseeb Qureshi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

It's no secret that masters of poker think differently than ordinary people. In this truly groundbreaking audiobook, Haseeb Qureshi, retired world-class high stakes poker pro and instructor, takes you on a journey of rediscovering the game of poker from the inside out. He explores the depths of strategy, psychology, and philosophy within poker, and teaches you his uniquely scientific perspective on approaching the game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what you will expect

  • By Arturo on 04-10-15

The Author should not have narrated.

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

Reviewed: 08-20-16

If you could sum up How to Be a Poker Player in three words, what would they be?

Get physical book.

What didn’t you like about Haseeb Qureshi’s performance?

His voice is far too soft. That is really the only problem. The audio is all clear and well articulated. The only problem is that is voice his very soft and soothing. He would do well guiding a meditation. But his gentle voice made it easy for my mind to wander off in search of something for more engaging.

  • The Defining Decade

  • Why Your Twenties Matter - and How to Make the Most of Them Now
  • By: Meg Jay
  • Narrated by: Meg Jay
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372

Our "30-is-the-new-20" culture tells us that the twentysomething years don't matter. Some say they are an extended adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. But 30 is not the new 20. In this enlightening book, Dr. Meg Jay reveals how many twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation that has trivialized what are actually the most defining years of adulthood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential reading for every 20 something

  • By Valerie A. Lapointe on 05-21-15

Apparently I am screwed.

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

Reviewed: 08-11-16

Any additional comments?

it's funny how society wants to prolong adolescents. to normalize childish behavior far past the age of 18. this book preaches the opposite. that if we don't start figuring out life as soon as possible we could be in for a lot of hard work.

  • The Man in the High Castle

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,458
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,998
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,016

It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to see what all the buzz was about!

  • By Gray on 06-23-15

very disapointed

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

Reviewed: 06-21-16

Any additional comments?

I was expecting this grand alternate history story and all I got was the beginning of a story. It really felt like this was either the first book in a series or the first third of a larger book.

  • The Big Fat Surprise

  • Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet
  • By: Nina Teicholz
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,893

Dish up the red meat, eggs, and whole milk! In this well-researched and captivating narrative, veteran food writer Nina Teicholz proves how everything we've been told about fat is wrong. For decades, Americans have cut back on red meat and dairy products full of "bad" saturated fats. We obediently complied with nutritional guidelines to eat "heart healthy" fats found in olive oil, fish, and nuts, and followed a Mediterranean diet heavy on fruits, vegetables, and grains. Yet the nation's health has declined. What is going on?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Challenges your belief system.

  • By Ted on 07-08-14

way too repetitive

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

Any additional comments?

This book suffers from the same problem as every other diet book. I tries to justify its method as the only method. It completely neglects its own short comings and does not knowledge that, as humans, we just eat just about anything we want and thrive.

More than representing its dietary method, I think this books expertly demonstrates the prevalence of corruption and cronyism that infects modern science and politics.

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