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  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92,783

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

Silly me: Avoided this book because of the sensationalistic title.

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

Not a big fan of the self-help genre.
This book is perfect for the Personal Growth Skeptic, a meditation on the folly of seeking happiness which presently seems to be the driving force in the developed world.
I binge-listened over the last 24 hours (an oddity in itself) and found myself seriously questioning how I keep score.
There’s a conversation in here that’s practically a verbatim transcript of one I’ve had all too often with my closest friends on the subject of making someone else’s behavior the necessary component for my own happiness.
Not a realization calculated to induce instant happiness.
Reminds me of an old AA saying:
The truth will make you free.
But first it will make you miserable.

  • Twelve Patients

  • Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital
  • By: Eric Manheimer
  • Narrated by: Eric Manheimer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

In the spirit of Oliver Sacks Awakenings and the TV series House, Dr. Eric Manheimer's Twelve Patients is a memoir from the medical director of Bellevue Hospital that uses the plights of 12 very different patients - from dignitaries at the nearby UN, to supermax prisoners from Riker's Island, to illegal immigrants, and Wall Street tycoons - to illustrate larger societal issues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Book

  • By Lynne on 08-06-12

Who let this man read!

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

Reviewed: 11-04-16

Compelling story. Rich insights. Droning voice that imperiled my life as I tried to stay awake behind the wheel.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 210,427
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196,054

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Sci-Fi for non-geeks.

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

Reviewed: 10-27-16

I don't play anything on line, RPGs or anything of the kind. I'll take actual over virtual any day that ends in "y". But this is a story about real good guys and real bad guys, a crowd of Davids versus one nasty Goliath.
Yep, I'm that simplistic and this story simply hit my sweet spot. May have to rethink my attitude toward the genre. Fine reading by Will Wheaton. Very convincing and nicely differentiated characters executed without resorting to caricature, especially the female characters.
Also, thank you Mr Cline for the little shout-out to Bob Dorough!

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,591
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,579

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Someone owes me a new keyboard

  • By Aimee M on 05-24-16

Somewhere Douglas Adams is smiling

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

Would you listen to The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent again? Why?

Never mind the fact that in 10 years none of the jokes will make sense because they are so exquisitely topical now, this book made me laugh out loud hard enough to impair my already marginal driving skills. Probably this book should come with a warning label of some sort.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • The Bourne Identity

  • By: Robert Ludlum
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,363
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,357

His memory is blank. He only knows that he was flushed out of the Mediterranean Sea, his body riddled with bullets. There are a few clues. A frame of microfilm surgically implanted beneath the flesh of his hip. Evidence that plastic surgery has altered his face. Strange things that he says in his delirium -- maybe code words. Initials: "J.B." And a number on the film negative that leads to a Swiss bank account, a fortune of four million dollars, and, at last, a name: Jason Bourne.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Robert Ludlum's Attention to Detail A++

  • By P. Shuart on 08-13-09

Really wanted to like this, but . . .

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

Reviewed: 08-22-16

I've only ever seen a Bourne movie or two.
Usually I prefer books to their movies because I like the internal perspective on the character, but in this case there isn't much to miss.
As long as they're driving fast, shooting or killing, it's fairly entertaining. But Bourne in Love?
Do yourself a favor and stick with Ian Fleming, Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett.

  • How to Learn Spanish, French, English, German, Japanese, Portuguese - Any Language in 30 Days

  • By: Richard Pluma
  • Narrated by: Claudia R. Barrett
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

This book takes a different approach to learning. It deals with human motivation and creating the right mind-set that will drive you rapidly to your language learning goal. It is presented in simple language that most anyone can easily understand and apply. It was written for the first-time foreign language learner looking forward to a fulfilling experience and for those who have already engaged in learning but have lost their motivation and are ready to give up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS A KEEPER!!!

  • By Joseph on 11-14-15

This guy is onto something

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

Reviewed: 03-12-16

Over the years, I've had varying levels of success with learning other languages. As I listened to this book, I reflected on the process of learning in general not just foreign languages. I think Mr. Pluma understands the value of the "inner game" of learning, the mindset that makes learning possible in the first place. The value of habit in personal growth is hard to overestimate. This was 47 minutes well spent
As to the narration, while I often find it confusing to select a narrator of the opposite gender of the writer, I thought Ms. Barrett was an excellent choice as narrator, despite her accent. She's obviously somebody who had to acquire English as a second language, and her evident comfort and ease in using it speaks to the value of just jumping in and starting to talk

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Guns of August

  • By: Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,487

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Mike From Mesa on 10-28-08

Tough to follow without maps

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

Reviewed: 07-17-13

What did you love best about The Guns of August?

I've read a few of Tuchman's decades ago. My favorite was Stillwell and the American Experience in China. Never tried Guns before and it's probably a swell book if you're reading a book.

If you're taking a long drive and trying to keep a mental map of Europe and various battle fronts and river systems in place, it's a little tricky. As a paper book, I'm sure it's swell. As an audio book for a quiet evening with a good glass of something and plenty of maps spread out it's probably a great deal of fun as well. It just didn't work for my limited purpose which is staying amused as I drive 90 miles to and from work.