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  • Critical Failures II: Fail Harder

  • Caverns and Creatures Book 2
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,453

Finding themselves permanently stuck in this strange new world, the gang tries to make the best of it by finding the nearest tavern and getting shitfaced. The plan goes just fine until they lose Katherine and Chaz.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Low-brow nerd humor that I can't get enough of!

  • By Jarboguts on 08-31-15

Better than the first!

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

I really liked the second book.

We are introduced to more characters, more leveling up, and more failure.

The narrator grows on you, I found him annoying the first book - but just fine the second book.

I can't wait to start 3!

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  • Chaos Monkeys

  • Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley
  • By: Antonio Garcia Martinez
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,198

Imagine a chimpanzee rampaging through a data center powering everything from Google to Facebook. Infrastructure engineers use a software version of this "chaos monkey" to test online services' robustness - their ability to survive random failure and correct mistakes before they actually occur. Tech entrepreneurs are society's chaos monkeys, disruptors testing and transforming every aspect of our lives from transportation (Uber) and lodging (AirBnB) to television (Netflix) and dating (Tinder).

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Wanna Save 14hrs of Your Life??? Read This.

  • By John J. on 05-21-17

Hard to finish. Too long.

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

This is an interesting book which starts off enthralling and takes a long winded turn into a drawn out memoire for a person who didn't really do anything that interesting.

The author has some great first hand experience of what's it's like being an early employee at Facebook and going through an acquisition.

The stories about the authors time on wall St were much more interesting than the boring antics in Silicon Valley.

The writing is a self indulgent masturbatory exercise in poetry. The author is a great wordsmith.

The author is kind of a douche bag and didn't hide that fact, which is probably the main reason I finished it.

He portrays nearly everyone, including himself as immortal, unethical, vain meatsacks. Except for Ycombinator and Zuck, everyone in this book comes across as bad people.

The author screwed over his employer, poached 2 of the employees, started a company and then screwed the employees over, has 2 babies with a woman and walked out on her, sabotages his Facebook career and makes out with barely anything to show for it.

I feel bad for the guy, but it seems like karma gave him what he deserves.

  • You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams

  • My Life in Stories and Pictures
  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 603

A beloved actor and famous man-on-the-scene, Alan Cumming takes the reader on a wild journey of pithy and cheeky fun, presenting his real-life stories of debauchery during late night Hollywood parties, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and hilarious yet poignant memories of his life, family, and friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Stained Glass Window

  • By Dr. Louie on 12-14-16

I thought this was a self-help book!

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

This was a pretty entertaining book! I must admit, I thought it was going to be self-improvement book, but it was actually an autobiography of the experiences that Alan Cumming, a gay broadway actor, had during his life.

Really entertaining book, with some decent life lessons along the way.

Alan does a great job of performing the narration.

  • Unshakeable

  • Your Financial Freedom Playbook
  • By: Tony Robbins
  • Narrated by: Tony Robbins, Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,379

After interviewing 50 of the world's greatest financial minds and penning the number-one New York Times best seller Money: Master the Game, Tony Robbins returns with a step-by-step playbook, taking you on a journey to transform your financial life and accelerate your path to financial freedom. No matter your salary, your stage of life, or when you started, this book will provide the tools to help you achieve your financial goals more rapidly than you ever thought possible.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • a one sentence summary....

  • By Martin on 03-04-17

Good book for Americans, Canadians can skip

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

Tony gives some really awesome actionable strategies on how to retain your wealth, tons of loopholes and structures to donate and give wealth to charities and family, support your families education and housing, setup your estate to optimize taxes, etc.

Not so great for Canadians though since most of it does not apply.

  • Freddy Goes to the North Pole

  • By: Walter Brooks
  • Narrated by: John McDonough
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Freddy is certainly an extraordinary pig by all accounts. Although he spends his time oversleeping and overeating just like a normal pig, he also finds the time to daydream, enterprise, and even write poetry! Always full of new ideas, he proposes that the animals of Bean Farm start a tour company.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book

  • By Eric on 03-25-15

7 year old daughter and I got bored quick

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

The narrator isn't terrible, but not great either.

The story is just not interesting. It takes way too long for things to start happening, and then the descriptions drag on when something does happen.

It's way too long, we got half way through and gave up on it because it was getting too tedious.

We returned it, I rarely return these books.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Christmas Turkey Disaster

  • By: John R. Erickson
  • Narrated by: John R. Erickson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 72

Hank is in real trouble this time. Loper and Sally May's relatives are coming for Christmas dinner, and Sally May has been working to get the entire ranch in order - including preparing for the Christmas feast. Unfortunately, when she discovers that the turkey she bought has met a terrible end, she pins the blame on Hank! Is he the guilty party, or have more sinister forces been at work to frame him for the crime?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love it!

  • By William Evans on 06-18-16

Terrible Christmas bedtime story

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

Narrator is annoying, story is very poorly structured, and the sound effects are incredibly distracting.

30 mins into this book and it has nothing to do with Christmas yet.

My 7 daughter and I both did not enjoy this and gave up on it.

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  • Trading in the Zone

  • Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude
  • By: Mark Douglas
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,501

Maximizing the trader's state of mind is the key to successful results. Conflicts, contradictions, and paradoxes in thinking can spell disaster for even a highly motivated, astute and well-grounded trader. Mark Douglas, an industry consultant since 1982, sends the message that a "thinking strategy" will profoundly influence a trader's success rate. Douglas addresses five very specific issues to give traders the insight and understanding about themselves that will make them consistent winners in the market.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Your Edge and Consitency - The determining factors

  • By Bradley S. Lewitzke on 04-19-12
  • Trading in the Zone
  • Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline and a Winning Attitude
  • By: Mark Douglas
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon

Get the exec summary instead.

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

15% of the content was worth consuming. It felt like the majority of this book was mental masterbation and pedantic arm chair psychology.

The author spends way too much time explaining his theory of how fears develop, explaining why kids being afraid of dogs relates to trading.

I get the metaphor, it makes sense, but I don't think it needed that much attention.

There were some great parts of this book that I will take with me as a cryptocurrency trader and investor, lessons I will probably always remember - but the book could have been 75% shorter.

  • The Alchemy of Finance

  • By: George Soros
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 498
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 335

George Soros, called "a superstar among money managers" by The New York Times, shares the investment strategies he uses to read the mind of the market.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Audible doesn't have full version

  • By Steve on 06-17-15

Will re-listen! First 30 mins sucks, gets better!

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

Reviewed: 05-16-17

I figured a book by George Soros written so long ago would have some great lessons. I liked that it was a short listen.

It was tough to get through the first 30 mins. After the intro, the book gets very convoluted and heavy, as if George had just found a thesaurus and had something to prove. It had a lot of obvious statements, and I got sick of listening and put it down.

I almost got a refund! Then I started listening again the next day and it was MUCH different.

The last 3/4 of the book is well worth suffering through the first part.

I will DEFINITELY re-listen as there was some great insights to be had, and some good trading rules to live by in this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

  • A Novel
  • By: Mohsin Hamid
  • Narrated by: Mohsin Hamid
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814

From the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the boldly imagined tale of a poor boy's quest for wealth and love. His first two novels established Mohsin Hamid as a radically inventive storyteller with his finger on the world's pulse. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia meets that reputation - and exceeds it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The title is misleading, I loved this quick read.

  • By Brad Mills on 04-28-17

The title is misleading, I loved this quick read.

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

Reviewed: 04-28-17

I loved this book, which has a sensationalist misleading title. You'd think it was a business book. Really, it's a well crafted "first person" fiction book.

It's the human story of a boy starting in a slum in India, struggling with the challenges of achievement, love, conflict and death.

The author writes the book as if you are the lead character, giving it a very unique quality that I've never experienced in a book before.

This book evoked an emotional response from me on more than one occasion, by the end I was tearing up...not out of sadness though.

It made me laugh out loud a few times.

Highly recommend it. You can finish it in a weekend.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Meridian

  • Or the Evening Redness in the West
  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,582
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,569

Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Existential leavings

  • By Colin on 03-22-08

You think you're having a bad day? Read this.

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

If you think you're having a bad day, crack this book open, read a few pages and you'll be well on your way to realizing your life is a lot better than you think.

If you were born in any other time period or in half of the other countries of the world, you might not need to read this book for perspective.

The depressing, dark, vile, offensive, morally repulsive, violent story of The Kid and his accomplices ravaging the west and surviving the wilderness will set a new bar for "bad day."

After the book was finished, I realized the writer has also written "The Road." I loved the movie version of The Road, and I can see now the similarities between Blood Meridian and the film version of The Road.

I'd not recommend this book to anyone, it's too long and many parts of it felt like an incongruent stream of consciousness fantasy of a repressed psychopath rather than a creative narrative.

It lacked continuity and skipped from one time frame to the next without explanation (or maybe that was just me getting bored and zoning out for pages at a time.)