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  • The Smartest Book in the World

  • A Lexicon of Literacy, a Rancorous Reportage, a Concise Curriculum of Cool
  • By: Greg Proops
  • Narrated by: Greg Proops
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 301

The Smartest Book in the World is based on Proops' sensational, iTunes Top 10 podcast. The audiobook is a rollicking reference guide to the most essential areas of knowledge in Proops' universe, from the noteworthy names of the ancient world and baseball to the movies you must see and the albums you must hear.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The narration gets better after a few chapters

  • By BruceLee on 06-24-17

Ugh

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

I couldn’t finish this book. The author’s voice was smug and so snarkily impressed with himself that I just had to stop.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Off Balance

  • Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction
  • By: Matthew Kelly
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 666
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 594
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 596

One of the major issues in our lives today is work-life balance. Everyone wants it; no one has it. But Matthew Kelly believes that work-life balance was a mistake from the start—because we don’t really want balance; we want satisfaction. Kelly lays out the system he uses with his clients, his team, and himself to find deep, long-term satisfaction both personally and professionally. He introduces us to the three philosophies of our age that are dragging us down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book

  • By Marcio Campos on 07-06-15

Trite and somewhat misinformed

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Full disclosure - I only listened to Half this book before I gave up (which is why I gave this two stars, not one - gave him the benefit of one more star in case it got better). So, maybe it got better. But in the first half, there was little in the way of new, unique, or groundbreaking information. I’ve found far more value in books like “Essentialism”.

But what really put me over the edge with this book was his completely inaccurate assessment of “minimalism”. He claims minimalism is “wanting the most result with the least effort”. That’s not minimalism, that’s laziness. Minimalism is the approach of eliminating from your life the unnecessary and unimportant in order to focus your life on that which is most important. The fact that an author of a book on “work-life balance” so badly misunderstands that philosophy just convinced me that the author doesn’t really have much in the way of expertise on this subject.

  • Four Seconds

  • All the Time You Need to Stop Counter-Productive Habits and Get the Results You Want
  • By: Peter Bregman
  • Narrated by: Chris Sorensen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

The things we want most - peace of mind, fulfilling relationships, to do well at work - are surprisingly straightforward to realize. But too often our best efforts to attain them are built on destructive habits that sabotage us. In Four Seconds, Peter Bregman shows us how to replace negative patterns with energy boosting and productive behaviors. To thrive in our fast-paced world all it takes is to pause for as few as four seconds.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A wandering generality

  • By M. Shults on 06-01-15

Couldn't finish it

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

Reviewed: 07-16-16

I can't comment on the content of the book (thus the 3 stars for story), because I was so negatively distracted by the narration. Sorensen has a very nasally voice. That alone isn't the problem- but when you have a nasally voice, if you're not careful you sound like you're whining. And unfortunately, Sorensen seems to intentionally choose to drawl out so many words, in virtually every sentence, that the drawl/nasal combo made him sound like he was constantly whining. I gave it about 45 minutes but just couldn't take it any more.

  • The Meaning of Life: Perspectives from the World's Great Intellectual Traditions

  • By: Jay L. Garfield, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jay L. Garfield
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964

What is the meaning of life?It's a question every thoughtful person has pondered at one time or another. Indeed, it may be the biggest question of all-at once profound and universal, but also deeply personal.We want to understand the world in which we live, but we also want to understand how to make our own lives as meaningful as possible; to know not only why we're living, but that we're doing it with intention, purpose, and ethical commitment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful, Evenhanded, Precise, and Well Spoken

  • By George on 03-12-14

Wow

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

Reviewed: 11-27-15

What a (mostly) comprehensive examination of many of the great thinkers and traditions of faith and philosophy, explained in an engaging way that makes complex ideas clear without underestimating his listeners. I truly enjoyed and learned from this, and would love to have given this 5 stars across the board, but for two items. First, this exploration is really more accurately an exploration of "How to live a meaningful life", not "What is the meaning of life" - those two concepts intertwine but are not identical, and most of this series explores the former more than the latter. And second, I am surprised that he included no Christian thinker or philosophy. He looks at Job from the Old Testament, but to leave out Jesus (and the radical philosophy he brought to the time), seems to be a significant omission. I would have liked to hear Garfield speak on that, and to set that thought tradition alongside that of Buddha, the Bhagavad-Gita, Gandhi, Tolstoy, Kant, and others.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Bream Gives Me Hiccups

  • By: Jesse Eisenberg
  • Narrated by: Jesse Eisenberg, Hallie Eisenberg, Annapurna Sriram, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 625

Taking its title from a group of stories that begin the book, Bream Gives Me Hiccups moves from contemporary LA to the dorm rooms of an American college to ancient Pompeii, throwing the listener into a universe of social misfits, reimagined scenes from history, and ridiculous overreactions. In one piece a tense email exchange between a young man and his girlfriend is taken over by the man's sister, who is obsessed with the Bosnian genocide ("The situation reminds me of a little historical blip called the Karadordevo agreement").

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the mix of narrative style and form was intriguing

  • By Gaele on 11-13-15

Starts out promising

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

Reviewed: 10-20-15

... With some genuinely insightful, laugh-out-loud comedy. But the one-note neurotic schtick gets old, and the longer pieces in particular become grating. Eisenberg is too smart to keep to this one type of character.

18 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Tricked

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,437
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,603

Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked in an Instant

  • By Nicholas on 04-24-12

Love this series

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

Reviewed: 07-25-15

This story regains some of the mojo I thought it lost in the last book. The heart of the story is Atticus, his beloved Oberon, and their comical, serious, exciting, and touching exploits. This book delivers on all of the above. And as always, narrator Luke Daniel is superb.

  • Hexed

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,124
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,612

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing

  • By A. Sentoni on 07-30-11

Love this series

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

Reviewed: 06-08-15

A great second book in the series. Terrific protagonist, lots of great creatures, humor & snark & action... And Oberon is simply THE BEST! The narrator does an excellent job with a variety of voices & accents. Can't wait to hear the next in the series!

  • You Are Not So Smart

  • Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself
  • By: David McRaney
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,863
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,852

An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK - delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework. Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's official, I'm an idiot

  • By Christopher on 07-04-12

Thorough and clear

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

Reviewed: 05-30-15

Lots of intriguing info- thought provoking, and often written & delivered in a clever or funny way. If you're interested in the bizarre workings of human psychology, you'll enjoy this.

  • Hounded

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,886

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the

  • By Chris on 01-02-12

A fun ride!

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

Reviewed: 05-23-15

Entertaining, engaging, suspenseful, dramatic, and laugh out loud funny. A great book- I look forward to the rest of the series!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tabula Rasa

  • By: Kristen Lippert-Martin
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 874
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 787
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 781

The Bourne Identity meets Divergent in this action-packed debut thriller with a Katniss-esque heroine fighting to regain her memories and stay alive, set against a dystopian hospital background.

Sarah starts a crazy battle for her life within the walls of her hospital-turned-prison when a procedure to eliminate her memory goes awry and she starts to remember snatches of her past. Was she an urban terrorist or vigilante? Has the procedure been her salvation or her destruction?

The answers lie trapped within her mind. To access them, she'll need the help of the teen computer hacker who's trying to bring the hospital down for his own reasons, and a pill that's blocked by an army of mercenary soldiers poised to eliminate her for good. If only she knew why…

"This is a snap-the-whip story, dark and fast. The sparks of humor in the voice won me over. Bottom line: I think the cocktail of suspense and believable smart-assery adds up to an addictive dose of reader appeal." —Blythe Woolston, author of the William C. Morris Award winner The Freak Observer

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely YA

  • By Tango on 04-27-15

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 05-10-15

In the spirit of Divergent & The Hunger Games, this entertaining although somewhat formulaic story is of a teenage heroine who finds herself in the middle of a dangerous, mysterious conspiracy. Although it's got some predictable twists, turns, villains, and heroes, it nonetheless is an enjoyable read.