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  • The More of Less

  • By: Joshua Becker
  • Narrated by: Joshua Becker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,401

Most of us know we own too much stuff. We feel the weight and burden of our clutter, and we tire of cleaning and managing and organizing. While excess consumption leads to bigger houses, faster cars, fancier technology, and cluttered homes, it never brings happiness. Rather, it results in a desire for more. It redirects our greatest passions to things that can never fulfill, and it distracts us from the very lives we wish we were living. But it doesn't have to be this way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Helpful book about minimalism

  • By Cathy Tenzo on 07-31-16

Some good tips for getting rid of clutter, but...

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

Reviewed: 02-27-17

Where does The More of Less rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Maybe in the bottom of the middle third.

What other book might you compare The More of Less to and why?

Can't really think of one off the top of my head, so let's just say any book in the "clutter removal" genre.

Which character – as performed by Joshua Becker – was your favorite?

Only one character, himself.

What did you learn from The More of Less that you would use in your daily life?

Good ideas, such as if you're not sure whether you want to get rid of something box it up for 90 days and revisit it after that time. I was really just looking for a little inspiration to keep going with my quest to get rid of as many possessions as I can.

Any additional comments?

Some terrible personal financial advice. Becker suggests to pay your favorite charities first so you don't miss the money from your paycheck. There wasn't any context such as "if you're on track for retirement and have an emergency fund and no credit card debt, etc..." This advice seemed very irresponsible.

  • Origins

  • Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution
  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Donald Goldsmith
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583

Origins explains the soul-stirring leaps in our understanding of the cosmos. From the first image of a galaxy birth to Spirit rover's exploration of Mars, to the discovery of water on one of Jupiter's moons, coauthors Neil deGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith conduct a galvanizing tour of the cosmos with clarity and exuberance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliance!

  • By Max on 06-21-15

Good material somewhat hamstrung by the narration

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

Reviewed: 07-04-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, but I will probably buy the print version of the book. The material is a little bit difficult to get your head around when it's being quickly read to you.

What other book might you compare Origins to and why?

I listened to this after The Hunt for Vulcan. I preferred the Hunt for Vulcan because there were fewer concepts included and I felt this allowed for a better understanding of the concepts. In addition, the Hunt for Vulcan also included a good story about the people involved with discovering and proving the concepts.

How could the performance have been better?

Slow down a bit...it's not a race.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I watched the TV series with NDT so I don't see why not.

Any additional comments?

No complaints with the material, but it was my experience that the book likely suffers a bit from the audiobook format.

  • Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone

  • The Essential Writing of Hunter S. Thompson
  • By: Hunter S. Thompson
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334

“Buy the ticket, take the ride,” was a favorite slogan of Hunter S. Thompson, and it pretty much defined both his work and his life. Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone showcases the roller-coaster of a career at the magazine that was his literary home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy the ticket...this is a great compilation.

  • By Shaun on 11-21-11

A good book with some great parts

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

Reviewed: 06-27-16

Would you listen to Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone again? Why?

Yes, because Thompson's writing is a joy to listen to. But I would fast forward to the best portions, and skip over the numerous pieces on the 1972 presidential campaign.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The interview with Muhammed Ali was very timely, and the part I enjoyed the most.

Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

Thompson himself.

Any additional comments?

Writing is generally fantastic, however, some of the subject matter is not a little too topical (i.e. minor primary candidates in the '72 campaigns.) While all the pieces stand the test of time, some of them are a bit more difficult for a 43 year old guy to fully appreciate.

  • The Confidence Game

  • Why We Fall for It...Every Time
  • By: Maria Konnikova
  • Narrated by: Maria Konnikova
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 460

While cheats and swindlers may be a dime a dozen, true conmen - the Bernie Madoffs, the Jim Bakkers, the Lance Armstrongs - are elegant, outsized personalities, artists of persuasion, and exploiters of trust. How do they do it? Why are they successful? And what keeps us falling for it over and over again? These are the questions that journalist and psychologist Maria Konnikova tackles in her mesmerizing new book.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Confidence Game = major disappointment

  • By Nicole Kiess on 02-16-16

I really wanted to like this but...

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

Reviewed: 05-30-16

Would you try another book from Maria Konnikova and/or Maria Konnikova?

Yes. I'm a big fan of her weekly segment on Mike Pesca's show The Gist. Even though this book didn't hold my interest, I'll give her another shot.

Would you be willing to try another book from Maria Konnikova? Why or why not?

Yes. I'm a big fan of her weekly segment on Mike Pesca's show The Gist. Even though this book didn't hold my interest, I'll give her another shot.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Maria Konnikova?

Not likely. I didn't think her delivery was bad, and don't agree with those who gave very unfavorable reviews of her performance, but there are certainly better readers out there. She would be well served to let somebody else narrate her next book.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No way to make a movie out of this book.

Any additional comments?

I really like Maria Konnikova on the Gist and thought I'd give her book a shot. It could have been improved by cutting out about 1/3 of the material. About 7.5 hours in I was wondering how much longer it could be. About 10 hours in, Ms. Konnikova covers the Sunken Cost Fallacy and at that point I thanked her for giving me an excuse to delete the book before it was finished. Sorry. I really wanted to like it but it was just too long...too many examples were provided that didn't seem fully relevant to the information about the Confidence Game being presented.

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