LISTENER

DBruno1987

  • 25
  • reviews
  • 89
  • helpful votes
  • 35
  • ratings
  • Radical Son

  • A Generational Odyssey
  • By: David Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Marosz
  • Length: 18 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

The son of proudly Communist parents, David Horowitz became a major figure in the 1960s New Left. He is by no means the only intellectual and activist to have moved from the Left to the Right in recent decades, but few have done so while maintaining such a high profile and outspoken style. His book therefore becomes not only an important and fascinating memoir of the 1960s but also a devastating analysis of the legacy of that time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Remarkable story, Wonderful narrator.

  • By Jada Robitaille on 06-01-05

Get it

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

As a millenial educated in the humanities, this book really put my liberal ideas into perspective. We all need to seriously evaluate what kind of ideas we should never allow to become popular, and marxist left ideas are alive and well today in 2018. Read this if you’ve ever questioned your liberal peers or thought that your fellow lefty millenials have totally lost it. This really reveals the ugly true face of all of these enticing ideologies, and anyone with a liberal arts college education has been inevitably indoctrinated. Read this if you want answers to what feels very wrong in your gut about “liberals” and “the left.”

  • Caesar's Messiah

  • The Roman Conspiracy to Invent Jesus
  • By: Joseph Atwill
  • Narrated by: John Alan Martinson Jr.
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Was Jesus the invention of a Roman emperor? The author of this ground-breaking book believes he was. Caesar's Messiah reveals the key to a new and revolutionary understanding of the origin of Christianity, explaining what is the New Testament, who is the real Jesus, and how Christ's second coming already occurred.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A bold challenge to the core of Christianity

  • By loudon on 09-21-17

Not convinced

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

Sorry but this evidence doesn’t seem concrete. The author is a huge conspiracy theorist on subjects other than Christianity, which makes me hesitant to believe him. Book was too long and all “theory,” or “parallels,” no smoking gun evidence.

  • Unfu*k Yourself

  • Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life
  • By: Gary John Bishop
  • Narrated by: Gary John Bishop
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,244

Are you tired of feeling f*cked up? If you are, Gary John Bishop has the answer. In this straightforward handbook, he gives you the tools and advice you need to demolish the slag weighing you down and become the truly unf*cked version of yourself. "Wake up to the miracle you are," he directs. "Here's what you've forgotten: You're a f*cking miracle of being." It isn't other people that are standing in your way; it isn't even your circumstances that are blocking your ability to thrive. It's yourself and the negative self-talk you keep telling yourself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Now I'm F'd for sure!

  • By Kerry Strong on 08-24-17

Over rated

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

I’ve seen this title on my recommendations for months and tried it out based on the high reviews. The Scottish accent was hard on my ears and the material is seriously no different than any other self help book on the market. The title seems edgy but this was not insightful, just preach, preach, preach. Subtle art of not giving a fk is way better.

  • Triggers

  • Creating Behavior That Lasts - Becoming the Person You Want to Be
  • By: Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter
  • Narrated by: Marshall Goldsmith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,489

In business, the right behaviors matter. But getting it right is tricky. Even when we acknowledge the need to change what we do and how we do it, life has a habit of getting in the way, upsetting even the best-laid plans. And just how do we manage those situations that can provoke even the most rational among us into behaving in ways we would rather forget?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He Doesn't Disappoint

  • By Catherine S. Read on 08-18-15

Most over rated book on Amazon?

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

Reviewed: 05-19-17

This has been in my suggested titles for a while, and clearly has great reviews, but whether it's the narrator or the author, something about this was not captivating at all. You might like this if you're obsessed with business and H.R and corporate work, and have never read any type of self help book before. A few nuggets of good practical advice get lost in the bad story telling and dull anecdotes.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Peak

  • Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
  • By: Robert Pool, Anders Ericsson
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,374

Have you ever wanted to learn a language or pick up an instrument, only to become too daunted by the task at hand? Expert performance guru Anders Ericsson has made a career of studying chess champions, violin virtuosos, star athletes, and memory mavens. Peak condenses three decades of original research to introduce an incredibly powerful approach to learning that is fundamentally different from the way people traditionally think about acquiring a skill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Offers more wisdom than even intended

  • By Tristan on 07-10-16

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 11-14-16

Good information in here, but the end dragged on a bit. Most of the good stuff is revealed in the beginning, but towards the end the author spends too much time describing the technical details of savants and geniuses and practice freaks that I found too unrelatable and not very interesting.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Big Magic

  • Creative Living Beyond Fear
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,535
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,739
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,656

Readers and listeners of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Biggest Inspiration In a Long Time

  • By Gillian on 09-23-15

Wise author

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

Reviewed: 11-13-16

I'm a fan of her podcast "magic lessons," and although her tone and personality were somewhat annoying when I first started listening, I grew to understand her and appreciate her point of view. Her spiritual worldview and view of the way that new ideas, inspiration, and creativity arrive in the artist's mind are all things I've experienced myself. She's extremely encouraging to aspiring artists and has a great way of articulating this magical way of viewing art.

  • Smarter Faster Better

  • The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,837

Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics - as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters - this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don't merely act differently. They view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Long and drawn out

  • By Joel on 08-05-16

Boring anecdotes and boring storytelling

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

Are these reviews rigged? Honestly surprised that these are so high for this title. I thought this was a self-help book, but it's more of a journalistic book exploring stories of "efficiency" that are dull enough to put you to sleep. I started skipping on to the next chapter when the stories got too boring and the "practical advice" had been (briefly) revealed. But then the stories in the next chapter would be bad as well.

Not a very practical book if you're trying to improve your own efficiency... i feel cheated.

  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces

  • By: Joseph Campbell
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey, John Lee, Susan Denaker
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,412

Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell's revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In this book, Campbell outlines the Hero's Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world's mythic traditions. He also explores the Cosmogonic Cycle, the mythic pattern of world creation and destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Meaningful and thought-provoking

  • By Learner on 02-09-16

Hard to finish

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

Reviewed: 10-25-16

I love the ideas that Joseph Campbell has given us in his career. I just don't think this book is a concise enough presentation of those ideas. I listen to lots of different audio books while driving, and many are very engaging. This one just wasn't... I could never follow what was being presented, and it seemed all over the place. I don't think the material was "over my head," I just think I got bored listening to it. Often times the quotes from the myths and stories read by the female and the british narrators were just thrown in without introduction or explanation. I would occasionally hear an idea that resonated with me, where I'd think "ohhh cool!" But that happened only once in a while, in the middle of a sea or drawn out boring narration.

Sorry, love JC, but not this audiobook:

36 of 38 people found this review helpful

  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 24 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,688

Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us - an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings. In best-selling author Walter Isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin turns to us from history's stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours. The most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, not crazy about the narrator

  • By Cathi on 07-20-13

Couldn't Finish It

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

Reviewed: 05-19-16

I'm not proud to admit this, but I just couldn't get through this audio book. There were so many details that to me needed to be trimmed off. I didn't feel like I was transported into this world, and Franklin didn't much come to life. I had no touble getting through the Steve Jobs biography by Issacson, but this one was just too dry and too hokey. I cringe a little bit just thinking about the "chore" of finishing this, of hearing the narrator speak in sing songy old timey voice. That voice makes me so much less interested in this period of American History and makes me dread listening to this...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • On Writing

  • A Memoir of the Craft
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,017
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,366

The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who needs a print edition when King reads King?

  • By Cather on 11-18-05

Good

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

Reviewed: 05-16-16

I had pretty high expectations for this one. Although this wasn't as fundamental and life changing as I expected, it was enjoyable to listen to.