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  • Boomsday

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: Janeane Garofalo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

Cassandra Devine, a young Washington spin doctor and blogger, suggests that Baby Boomers be given government incentives to kill themselves by age 75. This proposal catches on with citizens outraged about Social Security debt and a senator seeking the youth vote for his presidential bid. With the help of Washington's greatest PR strategist, Cassandra and the senator try to ride the issue of euthanasia to the White House.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish Buckley picked lottery numbers!

  • By Vickey on 10-12-08

Where has Janeane Garofalo been all my life?

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Christopher Buckley and Janeane Garofalo make an excellent duo. I always enjoy Mr. Buckley's books, and it was a true pleasure to listen to Ms. Garofalo narrate this one. Her performance maintained a crisp pace and developed clear and unique character voices. I see that she has not presented other books, and I encourage her to take on more.

  • Atomic Adventures

  • Secret Islands, Forgotten N-Rays, and Isotopic Murder - A Journey into the Wild World of Nuclear Science
  • By: James Mahaffey
  • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007

Whether you are a scientist or a poet, pro-nuclear energy or staunch opponent, conspiracy theorist or pragmatist, James Mahaffey's books have served to open up the world of nuclear science like never before. With clear explanations of some of the most complex scientific endeavors in history, Mahaffey's new book looks back at the atom's wild, secretive past and then toward its potentially bright future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific at Times but Flawed at Others

  • By David Foster on 08-14-17

Not Just for the Scientist

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-18

I really enjoy well-written and well-performed audio books about science, technology, and the history of both. This book provided an engaging history of nuclear technology not only in the U.S. but also in Germany, the USSR, and (who knew?) war-time Japan. A couple of sections get pretty technical (communication by quantum entanglement, for example), but hang in there for 5 minutes, because this is a truly entertaining book. Mr. Sellon-Wright's performance was perfect for this book.

  • The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for Human Happiness

  • By: Paula Poundstone
  • Narrated by: Paula Poundstone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,095
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,011

Is there a secret to happiness? Beloved comedian Paula Poundstone conducts a series of "thoroughly unscientific" experiments to find out, offering herself up as a guinea pig and recording her data for the benefit of all humankind. Armed with her unique brand of self-deprecating wit and the scientific method, in each chapter Paula tries out a different get-happy hypothesis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Contemplative, with bursts of laughter

  • By Diana on 05-15-17

Amusing but not hilarious

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

I usually don't enjoy books that are read by their authors, especially if the authors are comedians; however, Ms. Poundstone did a nice job in her performance. Keep in mind that this isn't a stand-up comedy show, so, as I said in the headline, this book is amusing but not hilarious. Ms. Poundstone's insights into the search for happiness gave me a few chuckles and a guffaw or two, and she expressed some very interesting insights into raising kids, our education system, and cats (I had to fast-forward through some of the cat stuff). I enjoyed this book, and I will probably check out her other work.

  • The Great Train Robbery

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,881
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,868

In teeming Victorian London, where lavish wealth and appalling poverty live side by side, Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates the crime of the century. Who would suspect that a gentleman of breeding could mastermind the daring theft of a fortune in gold? Who could predict the consequences of making the extraordinary robbery aboard the pride of England's industrial era, the mighty steam locomotive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • UTTERLY DELIGHTFUL!

  • By stevenk1155 on 09-20-17

The Narration Is SOOOOOOO Slow

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

I have read the hard copy of this book, and I looked forward to experiencing it again; however, the narrator speaks so slowly and takes such long pauses that I had to bail out at 24:47.

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  • You're Next

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,297

Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This guy is really cheesy

  • By Randall on 08-03-16

Depressing!

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-17

This is no Orphan X. I dragged myself through 9% of this book then had to stop.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Little Green Men

  • A Novel
  • By: Christopher Buckley
  • Narrated by: Mark Linn-Baker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

After the success of his highly-acclaimed Thank You for Smoking, Buckley returns to the strange land of Washington D.C. in a millennial comedy of manners about aliens and pundits...and how much they both have in common."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laughing Gas

  • By A. L. DeWitt on 01-13-03

Too bad that it's abridged!

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

Reviewed: 06-07-08

Please write more books, Christopher Buckley! My face is in pain from all the hours of smiling.