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  • The Plan, Episode 13

  • The Fraud of Skepticism
  • By: J.-M. Kuczynski
  • Narrated by: J.-M. Kuczynski
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Philosophical skepticism is shown to be a broken position, and the psychological malignancies underlying it are delineated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clear and Cogent

  • By Honest Consumer on 04-08-17

Clear and Cogent

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

What made the experience of listening to The Plan, Episode 13 the most enjoyable?

Fast-paced and witty

Who was your favorite character and why?

both characters were really the character and were therefore equally good

Which character – as performed by J.-M. Kuczynski – was your favorite?

see last answer

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

yes

Any additional comments?

before you waste time 'studying' epistemology at a university, listen to this audio.

  • Those Left Behind: Serial Rapists and Their Victims

  • By: Brian Lee Tucker
  • Narrated by: Larry A. Brewer
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

The typical serial rapist leads a Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde life, undetected by neighbors, co-workers, even family. He may work his way through dozens or even hundreds of victims before he's caught - assuming he ever is. Who are these men and what makes them tick? A small band of criminologists and psychologists make it their life's work to find out, devising elaborate psychological profiles of specific rapists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tucker is a genius

  • By Roy on 12-18-16

Riveting

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

Reviewed: 12-18-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Those Left Behind: Serial Rapists and Their Victims to be better than the print version?

Yes, dramatically. Good narrator, fast paced. Loved it.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

It was tight and focused.

What does Larry A. Brewer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Vitality. A pulse.

If you could give Those Left Behind: Serial Rapists and Their Victims a new subtitle, what would it be?

The Inhuman Condition.

Any additional comments?

Great author, great narrator. Great all-around listening experience.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Economic Singularity

  • Artificial Intelligence and the Death of Capitalism
  • By: Calum Chace
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

Artificial intelligence (AI) is overtaking our human ability to absorb and process information. Robots are becoming increasingly dexterous, flexible, and safe to be around (except the military ones). AI is our most powerful technology, and you need to understand it. This new book from best-selling author Calum Chace argues that within a few decades, most humans will not be able to work for money. Self-driving cars will probably be the canary in the coal mine, providing a wake-up call for everyone who isn't yet paying attention.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What will happen when humans become obsolete?

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-03-16

Never boring, always illuminating

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

Reviewed: 12-18-16

What did you love best about The Economic Singularity?

This book is actually useful. It identifies professions that are in the process of being automated (and that, when one reflects on the matter, deserve to be automated).

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

It has predictive value.

Which character – as performed by Joe Hempel – was your favorite?

No characters.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

That lawyers are, thankfully, being automated out of existence. Also, that robots are better lawyers than lawyers. Which, to anyone who has ever worked with a lawyer, is not surprising.

Any additional comments?

I listened to this while on the rowing machine. Made exercise a lot more enjoyable.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • World History in 50 Events

  • From the Beginning of Time to the Present
  • By: James Weber
  • Narrated by: Clive Johnson
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Do you want to learn how our planet and the life on it became what they are today? Learn about the 50 most important events in world history, from the beginning of time to the present day. This book is perfect for history lovers. Author James Weber did the research and compiled this huge list of events that changed our planet's history forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clive Johnson is a great narrator

  • By Honest Consumer on 12-18-16

Clive Johnson is a great narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-18-16

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

Absolutely. Informative, sharp, never boring.

What other book might you compare World History in 50 Events to and why?

H.G. Wells' book on world history.

Which scene was your favorite?

The religious parts.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. Love it.

Any additional comments?

Clive Johnson brings a rare and real quality to his work. I listen to books that he narrates just because he narrates them! Genius!

  • Mob Boss

  • The Life of Little Al D'arco, the Man Who Brought Down the Mafia
  • By: Jerry Capeci, Tom Robbins
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 236

Alfonso "Little Al" D'Arco, the former acting boss of the Luchese crime family, was the highest-ranking mobster to ever turn government witness when he flipped in 1991. His decision to flip prompted many others to make the same choice, including John Gotti's top aide, Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, and his testimony sent more than fifty mobsters to prison. In Mob Boss, award-winning news reporters Jerry Capeci and Tom Robbins team up for this unparalleled account of D'Arco's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, accurate information, great narrator

  • By Lisa on 12-01-13

Hands down the best mafia book on audible

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

Reviewed: 12-16-16

Would you listen to Mob Boss again? Why?

already listened to it twice, and yes

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mob Boss?

i like the parts when the narrator, pretending to be d'arco, gets mad at gaspipe

Which scene was your favorite?

when d'arco yells at gaspipe for being so cheap about giving money to jail-bound guy

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

that gene gotti wasn't a bad guy

Any additional comments?

the narrator is good

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding

  • By: Al Ries, Laura Ries
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 165

Smart and accessible, The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding is the definitive text on branding, pairing anecdotes about some of the best brands in the world, like Rolex, Volvo, and Heineken, with the signature savvy of marketing gurus Al and Laura Ries. Combining The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding and The 11 Immutable Laws of Internet Branding, this book proclaims that the only way to stand out in today’s marketplace is to build your product or service into a brand - and provides the step-by-step instructions you need to do so.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but out of date

  • By Dave C. on 09-07-14

a must listen for e-preneurs

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

Reviewed: 12-16-16

Would you listen to The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding again? Why?

yes, the author knows business, very real

What other book might you compare The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding to and why?

probably ries' other book on marketing

Which scene was your favorite?

the part where they make fun of the bad 'herb' burger king commercials

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

it was fast paced and witty

Any additional comments?

entertaining. i doubled the speed and it really moved.

  • The Wealth of Nations

  • By: Adam Smith
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 36 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 716
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 707

The foundation for all modern economic thought and political economy, The Wealth of Nations is the magnum opus of Scottish economist Adam Smith, who introduces the world to the very idea of economics and capitalism in the modern sense of the words.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly accessible

  • By Monte on 03-12-12

Better than you can imagine

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

Reviewed: 12-16-16

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

Best book in existence on economics, and better in the listening than in the reading.

What other book might you compare The Wealth of Nations to and why?

Principles of Economics, by Alfred Marshall, or Analytic Philosophy by J.-M. Kuczynski, for obvious reasons.

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

Authoritativeness.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Oh yeah, I was blubbering throughout it.

Any additional comments?

nope

  • Dumping Ground: Following the Trail of the Hillside Stranglers and Their Victims

  • By: Brian Lee Tucker
  • Narrated by: Lee David Foreman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 11

The city streets are a carnival, they are burlesque. The city moves like an insect. It scurries. Neon beats against the window like a probe, even in the day. And somewhere, buried deep within this crazy world, are two killers who call this place home. One of them, a man whose birth given name was Kenneth Bianchi but whom his friends know as Ken, waits in the shadows sipping beer and smoking a cigarette and watching the show with delightful glee.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • what a waste~ 1 STAR

  • By Molly on 02-27-17

Brian Lee Tucker is better than Stephen King

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

What made the experience of listening to Dumping Ground: Following the Trail of the Hillside Stranglers and Their Victims the most enjoyable?

Unalloyed genius.

What other book might you compare Dumping Ground: Following the Trail of the Hillside Stranglers and Their Victims to and why?

Anything by Anne Rule or Bentley Little.

What does Lee David Foreman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Authenticity and depth.

If you could give Dumping Ground: Following the Trail of the Hillside Stranglers and Their Victims a new subtitle, what would it be?

The Mask of sanity

Any additional comments?

Great book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Arabian Nights & Arabian Nights

  • Traditional Tales from a Thousand and One Nights
  • By: Clive Johnson
  • Narrated by: Francie Wyck
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

This most celebrated collections of tales feature shape-shifting and miraculous transportation across continents, powerful jinn who rise like smoke from simple vessels, and dreams that delve into the secrets of the subconscious. This innovative book retells a selection of tales that have captured the imaginations of countless people over many centuries. Accompanying each is a contemporary short story that reframes the messages and teachings of the original, specifically written for an adult audience.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not just Arabian Nights

  • By Alexandria on 02-04-17

Genius

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

Reviewed: 12-10-16

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

Absolutely. Good material, relevant, witty, appropriate for all ages.

Who was your favorite character and why?

the wayward preacher, because he was internally conflicted, in a realistic way.

What about Francie Wyck’s performance did you like?

What didn't I like? It was perfect!

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

Absolutely. I couldn't stop listening.

Any additional comments?

Clive Johnson is a rising star.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fairy Stories & Fairy Stories

  • Traditional Tales for Children, Contemporary Tales for Adults
  • By: Clive Johnson
  • Narrated by: Clive Johnson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Fairy stories have captivated the hearts and minds of children over many centuries. With their stories of witches and fairies, enchanting castles, and beautiful princesses, they contain all the right ingredients for exciting a young mind. But as is well known, the truths that can be found within these timeless compositions are rich in meaning and metaphor. In this innovative book, narrated by the author, seven traditional tales are beautifully retold. Appealing to children, these are also intended to inspire new meaning for adults.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great writer, great narrator

  • By Gene on 12-29-16

Clive Johnson is a 21st Century Aesop

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

Reviewed: 12-09-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Fairy Stories & Fairy Stories to be better than the print version?

Yes, dramatically. You really have to hear it, because it's drama, in the truest sense of the word. And it's real art.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fairy Stories & Fairy Stories?

I love the part about the wayward vicar and his understanding wife.

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

This was not narrated by Clive Johnson.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

All of the above.

Any additional comments?

A very wise and (more importantly!) entertaining book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful