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  • Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

  • By: Julian Rubinstein
  • Narrated by: Eric Bogosian, Demetri Martin, Tommy Ramone, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381

Ballad of the Whiskey Robber tells the hilarious and improbable true story of Attila Ambrus, the Robin Hood of Eastern Europe. He's the onetime pelt smugger, goaltender (possibly the worst in the history of pro hockey), pen salesman, Zamboni driver, gravedigger, church painter, roulette addict, building superintendent, whiskey drinker, and native of Transylvania who's decided that the best thing to do with his time is to rob as many banks as possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DUH

  • By Randall on 07-22-07

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 05-05-19

Well narrated and humorous. The incompetence of a fledgling free market state police force vs a bank robber, with. A drinking problem.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,154

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Surprised how good this free audiobook was

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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: 04-30-19

Zachary Quinto did a great job narrating this title.
The story would make a good episode of Black Mirror.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Spaceman

  • An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
  • By: Mike Massimino
  • Narrated by: Mike Massimino
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,840
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,836

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that's about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you're about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind's chance to unlock the universe's secrets? Mike Massimino has been there, and in Spaceman he puts you inside the suit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Likable guy, great storyteller

  • By Joy Woller on 10-09-16

Inspirational story

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

Reviewed: 11-20-16

I was expecting this book to be good, I was not disappointed. IT is great, well written and a mind blowing story .

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Open

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Andre Agassi
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,234

From Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography. Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match and every relationship. Never before has the inner game of tennis and the outer game of fame been so precisely limned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just an Incredible Story!

  • By Patrick on 12-13-09

A review from someone who does not have any interest in tennis

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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: 09-25-16

I heard that you do not have to like tennis to enjoy this book. Those rumors are correct, it really is a book about mental blocks motivational blocks and one person dealing with both. The only minor gripe might be that it was not explained what happened to some other people in Agassi's life going through problems.
Recommended

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shoe Dog

  • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
  • By: Phil Knight
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 31,365
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,168
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28,152

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must listen to book- It's the perfect biz memoir

  • By Brock on 06-02-16

Just wow

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

Reviewed: 09-22-16

Inspiration
Perhaps the biggest lesson in the book is the energy spent running Nike was not for the money but for manifesting a business in itself

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,088

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sums it up nicely

  • By Mark on 05-15-15

MIND BLOWN

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

Reviewed: 07-15-16

I listen to many science books. A lot of books have me tuning out somewhere along the way despite my beast intentions. Sapiens did not do this, ever chapter has a clear purpose and goal in mind.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the question what it is to be human. Who are we and were are we going.
Great book, also the author has a course on the Coursera site that is worth checking out.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Particle Physics for Non-Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosmos

  • By: Steven Pollock, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Steven Pollock
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,099

Would you like to know how the universe works? Scientists have been asking that question for a long time and have found that many of the answers can be found in the study of particle physics, the field that focuses on those impossibly tiny particles with unbelievably strange names - the hadrons and leptons, baryons and mesons, muons and gluons - so mystifying to the rest of us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic but Dated

  • By Greg on 01-07-15

Easily understood for a beginner great naation

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

Reviewed: 08-02-15

I have listened to this a couple of times now, its easy to understand and the speaker is clear with his narration,

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Darwin's Dangerous Idea

  • Evolution and the Meanings of Life
  • By: Daniel C. Dennett
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 27 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371

In a book that is both groundbreaking and accessible, Daniel C. Dennett, whom Chet Raymo of The Boston Globe calls "one of the most provocative thinkers on the planet", focuses his unerringly logical mind on the theory of natural selection, showing how Darwin's great idea transforms and illuminates our traditional view of humanity's place in the universe. Dennett vividly describes the theory itself and then extends Darwin's vision with impeccable arguments to their often surprising conclusions, challenging the views of some of the most famous scientists of our day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exhaustive, illuminating, life-changing.

  • By Richard on 03-19-14

Lasts forever, never goes anywhere.

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-14

Well written but sadly meanders through its intellectual / philosophical meadow with no visible direction,
Like other reviewers of this book, I could not get to the end, actually I could not get past the first download of the the four downloads, There is no doubt that Dennet is a smart man and great with words, just the words don't go anywhere. After a a few chapters it became too much, The narration was slow paced and constantly filled with road blocks as we are told that this last sentence in the book was from this reference, (Mr Authors Name in Book Tile Chapter number page number). I have read books from Dennet's horsemen friends Dawkins, Hitchens, Harris, Steven Pinker and Krauss and found all there books to be very enjoyable. I have tried a few times to come back to this book, I really want to like it but I couldn't Maybe it would be better in print. 

16 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Eat People

  • An Unapologetic Plan for Entrepreneurial Success
  • By: Andy Kessler
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Here's how entrepreneurs find the next big thing-and make it huge. The era of easy money and easy jobs is officially over. Today, we're all entrepreneurs, and the tides of change threaten to capsize anyone who plays it safe. Taking risks is the name of the game - but how can you tell a smart bet from a stupid gamble? Andy Kessler offers 12 surprising and controversial rules for these radical entrepreneurs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best business books!

  • By Wayne on 11-24-15

Interesting Points but comes off as republican

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-30-13

Here is the whole point this book has,
Buisness is good for humanity and makes is the driving force behind progress and the increased standard of living for everyone.

It keeps driving this point home, through a very self entitled, self boasting name dropping seven hours. there are much better books out there.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Far from the Tree

  • Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
  • By: Andrew Solomon
  • Narrated by: Andrew Solomon
  • Length: 40 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031

A brilliant and utterly original thinker, Andrew Solomon's journey began from his experience of being the gay child of straight parents. He wondered how other families accommodate children who have a variety of differences: families of people who are deaf, who are dwarfs, who have Down syndrome, who have autism, who have schizophrenia, who have multiple severe disabilities, who are prodigies, who commit crimes, who are transgender.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gripping Masterpiece

  • By C. Beaton on 12-14-12

Years of interviews in one book.

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

Reviewed: 08-13-13

I bought this book immediately after watching a TED talk the Author did. If you see the talk, it is easy to gauge the tone of the book and Andrew Solomon's exhaustive research and empathy for the people it is about.
This is not an easy read, children suffering incurable mental and physical illnesses and the exhaustive work of there parents sometimes with no hope of any light at the end of the tunnel is what your in for. Be warned

I was interested in this book, because my 2year old son was born with TAPVR, and was in need of immediate emergency by-pass surgery at birth, to the complete surprise of my wife and I. He is a very happy and healthy boy now and will have a complete and full life the same as any healthy child.
Many of the parents at the hospital we go to for his check ups have children that are no where near as lucky. It is with the realization that these are normal people whom have had a tremendous burden and responsibility placed on them and are doing the best they can with love and strength, There greatest worry is whom will help care for my child when I die?

I would not recommend this book to anyone who is pregnant, it will fill you with unneeded worry about the healthy birth of your child, do not buy this book.

Otherwise it is a great book (indeed it could of been many books) Andrew Solomon is a fantastic writer and thankfully he narrates the book himself, a man of amazing empathy, taking on a subject that society would rather did not exist.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful