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  • You're Not That Great

  • (but neither is anyone else)
  • By: Elan Gale
  • Narrated by: Elan Gale
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 94

This book teaches you how to harness all the negativity in the world and use it to improve your life, taking everyday feelings like self-loathing, regret, and shame and making them work for you. Positive thinking is for assholes. Negative thinking is for winners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ironically, so great!

  • By Ryan Beckett on 12-06-17

Love the point of view!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

What did you love best about You're Not That Great?

I loved that the writer was honest and gave a completely different perspective than I am used to hearing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 202,961
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 189,518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189,112

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Wil Wheaton over acts

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

Any additional comments?

I didn't really like this book. My husband's nerdy cousin recommended it and promised I would love it. This book was written for people who are or were nerdy teenage boys. Although, I had moments of being a bit of a loner, I was never nerdy. Not to mention, I am a female so I have only experienced being a teenage girl. I think this book might also require some interest or experience with gaming. This also doesn't apply to me.

Overall this book deserves a three. It is creative, but it only applies to a very select group of peoples' interests. I found the banter between the boys to be very childish, but very comparable to how my husband's adult cousin converses...trying to one up everyone on his knowledge of useless things. Usually he just sounds like an idiot without any social skills. Books that deserve a 5.0 or even a 4.7, like this book currently has, should be books that can relate to any reader.

Side notes:

I don't see it being very plausible the 80s will be very popular in the distant future.

Wil Wheaton is not a good actor so why was he selected to read this? He overacts the entire thing.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 101,328
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 93,864
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 93,427

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I started with very high expectations, got bored multiple times during the story

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-16-18

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

What made the experience of listening to Born a Crime the most enjoyable?

I loved how the author was able to recall and capture the feeling of himself and the people in the book. As someone who gets really emotionally invested in the emotions of others, I loved that he made difficult things lighter than they might have actually been. But, I believe they could have been that light because Trevor and his mother had such positive attitudes all the time.

What did you like best about this story?

The total feeling, like I was there with the author as he went through every experience. Trevor made me feel like I was part of it all because he was so great at incorporating emotion into his thoughts and the words that came from his mother. It was so cool that so much history was explaining through his personal experiences.

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked the beginning and the end the most. Through everything in the book, the story of Trevor's mother and Trevor as mother and son was the best. Trevor's mother was the kind of mother everyone loves in any story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ep. 1: I've Had Better

  • By: Esther Perel
  • Narrated by: Esther Perel
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,548

[Contains mature themes] He reached out because a year after the discovery of his affair, they aren’t fighting anymore, but they certainly haven’t moved on. Esther guides them towards a more honest conversation, and a revelation about their communication.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Response to the bitter comments...

  • By Ashley on 06-15-17

Response to the bitter comments...

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

Reviewed: 06-15-17

Any additional comments?

I have to be honest, many of the comments on here are really frustrating. These are two people who wish to repair their marriage. They aren't there to play a game of who gets the blame. The counselor is not there to tell either party that they did something wrong in the past, she is there to help them be able to communicate honestly and to help them each be receptive to that honesty. When the husband tells how he was feeling, the wife constantly wants to argue against that as if his feeling aren't valid. The point the counselor is making is that he had those feelings and they were real. She isn't telling the woman that she was at fault nor is she taking "the husband's side", she is simply saying that the wife needs to listen without immediate judgement. The wife if very defensive and that is totally understandable, but the counselor's job is to help her be less defensive so that they can communicate openly and in a safe place. If the wife never truly forgives her husband than they will never move past their problems. Once she is able to forgive and let her guard down, then they can work on building something worth saving. BOTH PARTIES in this episode were responsible for not communicating, despite that the man did something completely stupid as a result of it. The counselor has to fix the communication problem first!

As a side note about her being like a dead person: sometimes feelings aren't kind or pleasant and sometimes they are downright rude and inappropriate. But, it seems like many of the listeners wanted the counselor to scold him for that comment. Although maybe not pleasant, he was trying to convey that he didn't want it to be another chore for her. That is a big problem in many relationships, he should have said it a LONG time ago rather than cheating. Then, she could have said how she felt, etc. Relationships take work and HONESTY.

I am 32 years old and I have been with my husband for 12 years. I can tell you that the biggest reason why we work is because we are honest despite how that honesty will make the other feel at that moment. I love that we have that because, if we didn't, who knows where we would be. We definitely aren't perfect people, but our willingness to communicate when something doesn't feel right makes us happy in our relationship 99% of the time. We both feel heard and we both make an effort to make adjustments when we need to. If you don't grow together you will grow apart and that is what happened with these two people, but they can recover it if the learn how to.

41 of 50 people found this review helpful

  • Minimalism

  • Live a Meaningful Life, Second Edition
  • By: Ryan Nicodemus, Joshua Fields Millburn
  • Narrated by: Justin Malik
  • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771

Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things that clutter our lives so we can make room for life's most important things - which actually aren't things at all. At age 30, best friends Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus walked away from their six-figure corporate careers, jettisoned most of their material possessions, and started focusing on what's truly important.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tight version of stuff you can learn on podcast

  • By Mark on 03-10-17

The word is important, not imporant!

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

Reviewed: 12-20-16

What made the experience of listening to Minimalism the most enjoyable?

I like the writers and their take on minimalism.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Justin Malik?

Malik can't say the word important correctly and it is used A LOT in the book. Malik also seems at times like he is slurring his words.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful