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Rivi Dollinger

Claremont, CA
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  • Down the Rabbit Hole

  • Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny
  • By: Holly Madison
  • Narrated by: Holly Madison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,367

The shocking, never-before-told story of the bizarre world inside the legendary Playboy Mansion - and finally the secret truth about the man who holds the key - from one of the few people who truly knows: Hef's former number-one girlfriend and star of The Girls Next Door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Mean girls", magicians, mansions, and more!

  • By Brianna Gallagher on 06-24-15

A sweet tale of risqué intrigue

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

Reviewed: 04-15-19

I was never particularly interested in holly Madison or her life (I never watched the girls next door or Holly’s world or followed playboy), but I got her memoir on sale and I honestly really enjoyed it. Her narration is fantastic and the book seems oddly fitting for her personality and lifestyle. It’s not any kind of deep and profound memoir, but it knew what it was and it was thoroughly enjoyable as a listen

  • Conspiracy

  • Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue
  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,357
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245

In 2007, a short blogpost by Gawker Media outed PayPal founder and billionaire investor Peter Thiel as gay. Thiel's sexuality had been known to close friends and family, but he didn't consider himself a public figure, and believed the information was private. This post would be the casus belli for a meticulously plotted conspiracy that would end nearly a decade later with a $140 million dollar judgment against Gawker and its bankruptcy. Only later would the world learn that Gawker's demise was not incidental - it had been masterminded by Thiel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I almost couldn’t make it through...

  • By Grant Hall on 04-06-18

The Narration Sounds Like A Slam Poem

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

Reviewed: 03-24-19

I liked the audiobook, and the narrator had an interesting tone/rhythm which made the book appealing to listen to but may be offputting to some listeners. The book was okay, it wasn't great. If you were someone who followed the story of the rise and fall of Gawker or Hulk Hogan's sex tape, it would definitely be a fascinating read. It kind of gives the background story of how it all went down, the players, the background actors, and its effect on journalism as a whole. It felt very much like an academic read, and I could easily see it assigned as a text for a journalism or media studies course. I wouldn't recommend it as a fun read but it was interesting and I appreciated the insight it gave me into the world of internet journalism and the specific case regarding Gawker and Peter Thiel.

  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,274
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,253

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IQ way better than OK

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

Struggling to Be Authentic

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

Reviewed: 03-24-19

I liked this book, however, the writing style was off-putting. The main characters are African American teenagers and the book is written in a style that for me at least, read as somewhat inauthentic. I think more focus on the story and the narrative style and less on the environmental factors/setting/cultural dynamics would have benefitted the book. I really loved the main character, Isiah, and his backstory and the way the novel was structured was great. His sidekick and friend, Dodson, is a weird mix between comic relief and meaningful character. There was a generous helping of profanity, which I'm not a fan of even when used in an authentic way as dialogue. Some of the cases IQ works are sprinkled in as backstory, but the way a lot of them are tied up with a neat bow seems unrealistic. Despite the story offering a lot of moral ambiguity and painful situations for various characters, the overall story/plot style feels neat and forced. I would recommend it, although I wish it had been framed more for a young adult audience (less profanity, less sexual imagery, less glorification of criminality and drug use).

  • The Last Days of August

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,334
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,321

In December 2017 the famous porn star August Ames committed suicide in a park in the Conejo Valley. It happened a day after she’d been the victim of a pile-on, via Twitter, by fellow porn professionals - punishment for her tweeting something deemed homophobic. A month later, August’s husband, Kevin, connected with Jon Ronson to tell the story of how Twitter bullying killed his wife. What neither Kevin nor Ronson realized was that Ronson would soon hear rumors and secrets hinting at a very different story - something mysterious and unexpected and terrible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a healing masterpiece

  • By A. M. on 01-04-19

High Expectations

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

Reviewed: 03-24-19

I went in to the book excited, because not only was I a huge fan of Jon Ronson and all of his previous works, but I also had followed bits and pieces of the August Ame's story. As someone who has dealt with both suicidal ideation and cyberbullying in the past, I entered this audible drama with a hope it would provide a conclusive and satisfying connection of these two concepts. However, without spoiling too much, the Audible Original goes in a different direction. In fact, it follows multiple storylines and characters, to the point it becomes difficult to keep track and I struggled to connect all the dots. Still, Jon Ronson is a master of storytelling and narrative journalism, so I would recommend it for anyone interested-- as long as you go in acknowledging it will be a different story than the one you expect.

  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

  • By: Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss
  • Narrated by: Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, and others
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,816
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,005
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,940

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents the story of a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This story is cute, but let's be honest.

  • By João on 03-19-18

Perfect for All Ages!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

The cast narrating the story is fantastic, and the plot itself is absolutely adorable and inspiring. I'm a huge fan of John Oliver and all his work, but this in particular was a masterpiece. I haven't even listened to it with kids yet, and I'm loving it.

#LGBTQIA+ #childrensbooks #inspiring #feelgood #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • The Day After Roswell

  • By: William J. Birnes, Philip Corso
  • Narrated by: William J. Birnes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 598
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544

Now on audio! The best-selling exposé that ends the decades-old controversy surrounding the infamous and mysterious crash of an unidentified aircraft at Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By Harrison on 07-01-17

Needed More Aliens

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I expected going into this book that it would be mainly fantastical, aliens and UFOs and conspiracies, but it ended up being more about the military operation/cover up than anything else. Historically, it was an interesting perspective, and had a reliable author relaying an unbelievable story. The narrator was very excitable-- it sounded like most of his sentences ended with two exclamation points!! Not bad, but not great. I wanted more aliens.

#aliens #ufo #conspiracytheory #history #government #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,012
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,076
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,045

In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new website where anyone - not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers - could buy and sell contraband detection-free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An honest portrait of DPR

  • By Victor on 05-18-17

Addicting and Obssessed

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. I would recommend it as a background listen when doing other tasks-- I finished sewing a quilt in about the time it took me to listen to the book. The way the author weaves the tale and supports it with research and background information made it feel almost like a fiction book in its style. If you need a good listen for the gym, crafting, etc., I loved this one.
I will add however, that I am 22 and familiar with most of the internet terms and the information being described in the book. If you have never heard of the dark net/Tor/online identity protection it may be more difficult to follow along.
#truecrime #deepweb #kingpin #nonfiction #backgroundlisten #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • The Go-Giver, Expanded Edition

  • A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea
  • By: Bob Burg, John David Mann
  • Narrated by: Bob Burg, John David Mann
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,503
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,091
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,072

The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. Desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant referred to by his many devotees sim­ply as the Chairman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Bill Busch on 02-26-16

Quick Listen with Valuable Tips

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I enjoyed it! It's a quick listen, slightly under 3 hours, and it's cute. It's not an especially insightful or unique business book, and the fable-type narration made it feel kind of cheesy. If you are looking for some good business tips and an enjoyable evening or afternoon listen, I would recommend it.

#shortreads #business #manifestation #inspiring #money #sweepstakes #tagsgiving

  • Primetime Propaganda

  • The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took over Your TV
  • By: Ben Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Chris Abell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287

Primetime Propaganda is the story of how television has been used over the past 60 years by Hollywood writers, producers, actors, and executives to promote their liberal ideals, to push the envelope on social and political issues, and to shape America in their own leftist image.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Conservative Perspective with a Liberal Listener

  • By Rivi Dollinger on 08-25-18

Conservative Perspective with a Liberal Listener

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

I'm a pretty hardcore liberal, and a lot of the shows the author mentions and critiques are shows that I grew up with and loved. I am in a younger generation, so a good number of the shows I had never seen or sometimes even heard of. However, despite not necessarily agreeing with his perspective, I found Shapiro had well researched and thought provoking arguments, and clearly he did a fair bit of journalistic research and interviews. I breezed through the book within a week, despite its length, enjoying every chapter and unique critique. I would recommend it to those on the left and the right, because even as a liberal, I was able to note his concerns and start to see how the skew of Hollywood could influence our culture and society.
#conservative #backgroundlisten #hollywood #television #nonfiction #journalism #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Da Vinci Code

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,145

While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Adjust Your Perspective...

  • By E. Baxter on 11-13-03

Unpredictably Frustrating

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

The audiobook was, as you can probably tell, incredibly lengthy. The book itself was intriguing, though I assume a lot of the codes and mysteries were given a generous about of creative license. The plot twists were unpredictable, but often felt over the top. A lot of the book did have that overdone effect, often leaving intense cliffhangers for the sole reason of frustrating the reader to keep them reading on. The characters in the book knew more than the reader did which ended up frustrating and annoying me more than anything else. Overall, it was a good read with many interesting plot twists and historical references. I don't think I'm a fan of Dan Brown's writing style. If the overexaggerated mystery cliffhanger is your type of book, this novel is a great pick. To me, it felt over the top and trying too hard to be a bestseller. It succeeded though, so who am I to judge?

#bookstomovies #plottwists #mystery #thriller #historicalfiction #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

1 of 1 people found this review helpful