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  • The Dudes Abide

  • The Coen Brothers and the Making of The Big Lebowski
  • By: Alex Belth
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

The Dudes Abide is the first behind-the-scenes account of the making of a Coen Brothers movie and offers an intimate, firsthand narrative of the making of The Big Lebowski--including never-before-revealed details about the making of the film and insight into the inner workings of the Coen Brothers' genius.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Utter waste of time

  • By k on 08-14-18

Utter waste of time

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-18

There is nothing redeemable about this book. No laughs in spite of the subject matter.

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,132

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

The storytelling was not fully fleshed out

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I enjoy Michael Lewis and this is certainly a prescient topic. I just found that it meandered without a clearly defined structure. Since this is a fast listen, it doesn't hurt too much though expectations need to be lowered.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • The Home Front: Life in America During World War II

  • By: Audible Original
  • Narrated by: Martin Sheen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,624

[Contains some explicit content] Narrated by award-winning actor Martin Sheen, The Home Front: Life in America During World War II takes listeners into the lives of Americans at home who supported the war effort and sustained the country during wartime. The war brought immediate, life-changing shifts; from the rationing of butter, to an explosion of war-related jobs, to mixed-signals about the role of women in society. Feel what living in the United States was like for everyday people during this disruptive and uncertain period of American history in the newest Audible Original series. Martha Little is the Executive Producer. Dan Gediman is the Series Producer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! But incessant breaks with credits along the way.

  • By Bradley Justice on 09-11-17

Please have Martin Sheen narrate every book ever!

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

Reviewed: 09-08-17

Where does The Home Front: Life in America During World War II rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'll just say that it's a must listen.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Home Front: Life in America During World War II?

There were several juxtapositions of the nazis' treatment of the Jewish people with America's treatment of African American people. It was jarring and instructive.

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

I haven't and now I will seek out his other performances. His voice has an indescribable quality which draws me in.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. I couldn't actually do one sitting though I finished in one day. I listened to and from work and during lunch.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Art and Science of Problem Solving

  • By: Bill Gibson
  • Narrated by: Bill Gibson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

There is an old saying about problems that you may have heard before, "There are no problems, only opportunities." To this simple-minded approach, Bill Gibson says, "Hogwash." Problems do exist. And you need to prepare for them and understand them before you can overcome them. Even the great problem solvers can't make problems go away, but they often find opportunities linked to them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting book

  • By gordon starkweather on 04-06-17

Read it, now

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

Reviewed: 03-23-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I just did.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed his classification model

What did you learn from Art and Science of Problem Solving that you would use in your daily life?

I learned how to define problems first and then apply pattern recognition to solve problems.

Any additional comments?

This is a great book for team reading to get people on the same page using shared jargon.

  • Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

  • By: Frans de Waal
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911

De Waal reviews the rise and fall of the mechanistic view of animals and opens our minds to the idea that animal minds are far more intricate and complex than we have assumed. De Waal's landmark work will convince you to rethink everything you thought you knew about animal - and human - intelligence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Finally the science catches up

  • By Philomath on 05-07-16

Realigned my thinking

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I already have. Some love animals and will enjoy this book. Others may need to have their eyes opened.In either case, the author makes a strong case for reexamining attitudes towards animals.

Would you be willing to try another book from Frans de Waal? Why or why not?

Yes, he has many examples to back up his cogent arguments.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

  • Off to Be the Wizard

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,290

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there

  • By Kelly on 03-04-17

Thoroughly enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 01-25-17

I told two people about this directly after and they both bought and enjoyed this book. It was light-hearted with a few laughs and made a great pre-bed listen.

  • The Case Against Sugar

  • By: Gary Taubes
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712

Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent today than ever. Obesity is at epidemic proportions; nearly 10% of children are thought to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. And sugar is at the root of these, and other, critical, society-wide, health-related problems. With his signature command of both science and straight talk, Gary Taubes delves into Americans' history with sugar: its uses as a preservative, as an additive in cigarettes, the contemporary overuse of high-fructose corn syrup.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Revelation

  • By ChumlyDad on 02-03-17

Comprehensive.

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

Reviewed: 12-31-16

The history is laid out for you to form your own opinions based on the available data. I preordered this book and it lived up to expectations.

32 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,339
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,047
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,816

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I both love and hate this life changing book

  • By Rebecca on 02-22-15

Author lives in a fantasy world

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

Reviewed: 10-08-16

What disappointed you about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up?

The advice runs counter to human psychology. In real life, a messy person who spends a long weekend to reach an immaculate state will just revert. This messy person has not built the habits to keep clean. The author expects this person to just look around at a tidy place and use self-discipline. Humans have poor self-discipline On the other hand, a messy person who builds a system to clean a few minutes every day, (counter to the author's advice) will turn cleanliness into a habit.

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  • Octopussy and The Living Daylights

  • By: Ian Fleming
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Octopussy is an anthology of three novellas. In the title story, 007 is sent to Jamaica to deal with a rich, deranged major with a fondness for eight-legged creatures. In "The Living Daylights", Bond's mission is to kill the KGB sniper, code named Trigger, who will try to prevent an important Russian official from defecting. "The Property of a Lady" finds Bond at an auction, tracking down an exotic object d'art and a deceptive woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impeccable

  • By MHRBVH on 04-19-08

Bond megafans will love this!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-16

At the climax of each story, I long for more. Happy James Bond Day, Oct 5th.

  • A Curious Mind

  • The Secret to a Bigger Life
  • By: Brian Grazer, Charles Fishman, Brian Grazer - introduction
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920

From Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer and acclaimed business journalist Charles Fishman comes a brilliantly entertaining peek into the weekly "curiosity conversations" that have inspired Grazer to create some of America's favorite and iconic movies and television shows - from 24 to A Beautiful Mind.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The content is just not that good

  • By Piano Player on 05-25-15

Fluff. Nothing more. I'm disappointed.

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

Reviewed: 10-06-16

I had 4 star expectations for this book. Shame on me. It felt like a long ramble.