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  • Shingles Audio Collection Volume 1

  • Shingles Series, Volume 1
  • By: Robert Bevan, Rick Gualtieri, Steve Wetherell, and others
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Myles, Cal Wembly
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

The collection begins with "The Ghost of Hooker Alley," which introduces listeners to 10-year-old Sarah and six-year-old Tommy. After a quick bus ride into town to buy a gun, Sarah and Tommy think their problems are all but solved. That is, until a creepy weirdo follows them into an alley. But they aren't the only ones in that alley.... "The Monkey's Penis" features Chris, a teenage boy who receives a birthday gift unlike any other. In "Gary's Children," a man's quest for stress relief leads to terror, and an unexpected kidnapping takes place in "Aliens Wrecked Our Kegger."   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From most of the creators of Authors and Dragons!

  • By Greg Hill on 10-23-18

Like a batshit crazy version of The Twilight Zone

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

Pretty damn weird to be honest, i wasn't expecting that. I've listened to all the author's books before except John G Hartness (which i'll now be checking out) They all have their own style, yet... this was something a little different.

The stories were like The Twilight Zone, not really horror but had twists kind of thing. Like anthology stories, which were incredibly unapologetic and didn't really care if you wanted it to end on a 'happy note'.

'The Ghost of Hooker Alley' by Robert Bevan, wow...the very 1st story. Was not expecting that.. the characters.. well, it was quite a journey. And that kind of set the tone for the others. At the same time, if you've read Robert Bevan's Critical Failures books...i guess you should be expecting it.
The narrators are great, the male narrator really sounded like Kirby Heyborne from Fred The Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes. I even thought i heard the characters of Fred & Albert. I was really surprised to hear that it wasn't.

The stories are kind of funny, but in a nervous...should i be laughing at this kind of way. Overall pretty decent, although not as good as the author's individual books. Yet if you're a fan of this group, then it's definitely worth a listen.

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  • Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt, Wherever You Are

  • By: David Livermore, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David Livermore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,435

Based on groundbreaking research, these 24 lectures address dynamics and customs related to working, socializing, dining, marriage and family - all the areas necessary to help you function with a greater level of respect and effectiveness wherever you go. You'll also encounter practical tips and crucial context for greeting, interacting with, and even managing people from other parts of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quite possibly my favorite of The Great Courses

  • By Quaker on 09-17-13

Better than one of my degrees

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

-Not joking, this lecture series goes into more detail than one of my degrees (Asian Studies)
-There are however a few errors, because it's looking at the culture, & traditions of people as a whole, so the conclusions about Chinese people, ethnic Chinese, & Chinese influenced people are not 100% correct, or have possibly changed since he's done his research, which also makes me think that others could be not 100%; yet as the book aims to give an overview and a broad understanding... this it does very well.

-Get ready to take lots of notes. I did, and i think i'm better off for it. I only just saw that there was a pdf guide included with it, but if you're getting the audio book... you probably don't want to be reading as well. Either way, this book was so interesting, and so revealing as a base overview for so many countries around the world, i think i'll be reading it after all.

-I think taking the lessons from this book, and applying it to the cultures you know, close friends, or places you've travelled to, would be a worthwhile idea. I now have greater insight to how overseas friends see things, and how and why i see things differently based on my own points of view & cultural understandings.

  • The Hundred-Year Marathon

  • China's Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower
  • By: Michael Pillsbury
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

One of the US government's leading China experts reveals the hidden strategy fueling that country's rise - and how Americans have been seduced into helping China overtake us as the world's leading superpower.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Important book to understand China

  • By pinelandfl on 09-15-18

Providing direction for the next 2 decades

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

-I learnt quite a bit and I have a Masters degree in the same subject.
-That being said, a lot of the things I had researched by myself was confirmed in this book, and confirmed by a man who has the practical experience & political clout.
-Clearly this book, & the man behind it - Michael Pillsbury is having a huge effect on the current administration but also waking up both side to what China (CCP) has been getting away with for years, and what it intends to get away with.
-A lot of this information has been available in the scholarly & life experience sphere for decades, however people have never paid attention to it, or had 'bigger things' to pay attention to, -- the fact that this comes from a man who has been advisor to multiple administrations since Reagan & worked across the board in understanding the exact situation, plus he speaks Chinese & has routinely talked with the leadership & decision makers throughout the last 30 years or so...well, all this information suddenly becomes very difficult to ignore.

-The narration is good, however I wish Michael Pillsbury himself read it, as a few of the chinese terms weren't pronounced correctly, or with a heavy accent. (Easier to look up concepts, if you can hear what its meant to be)

-The structure was very easy to follow, explaining historical thinking, lessons learnt, modern Chinese strategy, ideology & then things the USA has done for aid, & the things the CCP has done to deny its people the knowledge of any of that.
-Plus, I finally get the main reason for why China wants to depose the USA.
-All in all, a great book that i've recommended to several China scholars, family, & friends that have spent time living & working in China.
-It's a must read if you're a politician, strategist, China scholar, or ...just have a general interest in world affairs. Incredibly interesting stuff
-Considering that the PLA have translations of it, & obviously don't allow for normal distribution, I wonder what their opinion on this is, now that Pillsbury has exposed a lot of how they think.

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  • Deadly Assessments

  • Fred, the Vampire Accountant Series, Book 5
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,293
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224

 Drew Hayes presents the fifth book in the Fred, the Vampire Accountant series. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I ❤️ Debra

  • By Sarina A. Neer on 08-22-18

More shouts the crowd!

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

These book are amazing. I love the character of Fred & the people/ characters he's made friends with.

Kirby Heyborne continues to do an amazing job at bringing everything to life, and it wouldn't be as good without him.

I actually held off on this book for a while, because i was savouring it. But of course it was great, and will be eagerly waiting the release of book 6.

  • The Accidental Guerrilla

  • Fighting Small Wars in the Midst of a Big One
  • By: David Kilcullen
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

David Kilcullen is one of the world's most influential experts on counterinsurgency and modern warfare. A senior counterinsurgency advisor to General David Petraeus in Iraq, his vision of war dramatically influenced America's decision to rethink its military strategy in Iraq and implement "the surge."Now, in The Accidental Guerrilla, Kilcullen provides a remarkably fresh perspective on the War on Terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent if advanced

  • By Krista M. Haas on 06-18-10

Very insightful, intense perspective for conflicts

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Improved my understanding of terrorism issues, the cause of, what events can lead up to it, and some of the actors at play during a 30 year span or so.

-I've studied International policy, terrorism, security strategy and a bunch of other things, and am Australian, so hearing David Kilcullen explain different theatres of conflict, the history of how they got to that situation, and then how they were handled, with a relation to both the US & Australia was thoroughly interesting.

-As a member of the military, this would be a fascinating read, people who are majoring in security strategy and warfare as well, and it should be a MUST for politicians.
-This book, is a compiled and condensed account of the experienced amassed by David Kicullen who is a respected member of not just the military, but also in the realm of conflict resolution. I've heard him referenced by many other books, including 'Inside Delta Force', 'Strategy a history' and a couple of others.
-He provides that much needed different perspective for doing the job that politicians and members of the public think is so easy to say 'yes to intervene' 'no to intervene' and the huge range of costs, information to learn and time spent.
-I think if more people read this book and took on board the insights, they would be less impulsive in their decisions regarding war & security strategy.

The narration is a bit dull and dry and times, and the information is very dense, which is why it took me so long to finish. A couple of long car journeys you can get through this, but it's also the kind of book you want to take notes.

  • A Primate's Memoir

  • A Neuroscientist’s Unconventional Life Among the Baboons
  • By: Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592

"I had never planned to become a savanna baboon when I grew up; instead, I had always assumed I would become a mountain gorilla," writes Robert Sapolsky in this witty and riveting chronicle of a scientist's coming-of-age in remote Africa. An exhilarating account of Sapolsky's twenty-one-year study of a troop of rambunctious baboons in Kenya, A Primate's Memoir interweaves serious scientific observations with wry commentary about the challenges and pleasures of living in the wilds of the Serengeti-for man and beast alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I've ever read.

  • By Jan on 07-06-15

Unexpectedly brilliant. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

A friend recommended me this book, and said it was pretty funny. I got it on a whim.
The 1st chapter sounded a bit like that TV show Big Brother but with baboons, but then he started getting into the depth of the story, his life in Africa, the changes he saw and the cultural differences. All of this is really interesting.

I've been to Africa twice, and had family that have lived there during the same time he was there, and i can understand the surprises and cultural differences.
I think the reason why this book was so unexpected for me, and so enjoyable was because i really thought it was going to be all about Baboons, but instead its a mix of his research, his connection to the animals he's researching and then his connection to the country that he's living in and the adventures he has.

-The narrator reads this with passion, to the point I had to check if it was actually the author reading it or not.
-I've recommended this to my family who have lived in Africa, and to many others, it's an insightful and amazing journey.

  • Mustache Shenanigans

  • Making Super Troopers and Other Adventures in Comedy
  • By: Jay Chandrasekhar
  • Narrated by: Jay Chandrasekhar
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 461

Jay Chandrasekhar has spent the past two decades writing, directing, and acting in film and TV. With his comedy group, Broken Lizard, he has produced and directed beloved movies such as Super Troopers, Beerfest, and Club Dread. Now, with the coming release of the long-awaited Super Troopers 2, Jay is ready to tell the ridiculous, madcap, dead-honest story of how he built his career, how he formed Broken Lizard, and, ultimately, how he made Super Troopers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Broken lizard behind the scenes

  • By Brian on 03-29-17

Very funny, read by author, learned a lot

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

This book was honestly awesome.
I started it, and pretty much finished it during the same day. Read by the author you hear him laughing as he's retelling the stories. It really adds to the book.
-Finding out the backstory, the stories and thinking behind individual parts in the movies they made was really great.
(how the meow scene, initial highway opening scene... even how the idea for Beerfest came about & some of the funny parts for that came about... all is revealed in this book)

-Plus, understanding the process that Jay went through to become a good director, and his insights into how the film industry really seems to work is just amazing
-Seems like he's had a really interesting life, and as a fan of the movies, i'm glad to be able to share in some of that.
-Also got a few really good recommendations for movies i should watch, that has had an impact on him.

-Really worthwhile book, and you won't be disappointed spending your credit on this.
I've recommended it to everyone who watched Super Troopers, but also those that haven't, for the insights into the film industry. Really a great listen

  • Super Powereds: Year 4

  • Super Powereds, Book 4
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kyle McCarley
  • Length: 60 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,228
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,991
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,970

The final year at Lander has finally arrived for the Melbrook students and their peers, and with it comes a whole new set of challenges. Still reeling from the events of their junior year, the remaining students will have to push past their pain - and so much more - if they hope to be one of the 10 to claim the title of Hero upon graduation. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Its finally over....what do I do with my life now?

  • By Jared on 07-11-18

Freak'n awesome, all wrapped up.

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

-Everything wrapped up nicely, and a satisfying end. But what an epic journey to get to it
-Narration is awesome as per usual.
-I just kept thinking, wow... i've still got another 30 hours to go.....wow, i've still got another 20 hours to go... this is great.
-Didn't get a lot of sleep during this book, nor did i get a lot of things done... but that speaks strongly to how awesome this book is, and how addictive and fulfilling the story is.

I really hope there's some more spin-offs though. I understand that Drew Hayes said that this was just a window into the characters lives, but more than that, he's created such an amazing universe. Either more Corpies, or some back stories would be most welcome. Titan is still a great character, wouldn't say no to anything with him in it.
Anything by Drew Hayes seems to be solid gold, and i'm looking forward to whatever book he puts out next.

  • Out of Spite, Out of Mind

  • Magic 2.0, Book 5
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,294
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,012
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,002

When you discover the world is a computer program, and you figure out that by altering the code you can time travel and perform acts that seem like magic, what can possibly go wrong? Pretty much everything. Just ask Brit, who has jumped around in time with such abandon that she has to coexist with multiple versions of herself. Now, Brit the Elder finds that her memories don't match Brit the Younger's.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A Philip to Remember / A Britt To Forget

  • By harbinger on 07-11-18

Fun, but a bit confusing

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

These books are an instant buy for me, I love the premise and I love the narration.
This, was not the best in the series, however it was still good to hear what the gang has been up to, and still better than book 4.

The story focuses on the Brits, as you can see from the cover picture, but as one of the most annoying characters in the series, this is kind of a shame. Also it focuses a lot on the jumping of timelines and the concept of freewill which is a bit confusing and just not as light hearted as enjoyable as the other books.

Has some return of some great characters, any scene with Agents Miller and Murphy is really funny.
Overall, its definitely worth the credit. But i think i agree with other reviewers... the next book in the series should be great.

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  • The Pentagon's Brain

  • An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency
  • By: Annie Jacobsen
  • Narrated by: Annie Jacobsen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043

No one has ever written the history of the Defense Department's most secret, most powerful, and most controversial military science R&D agency. In the first-ever history of the organization, New York Times best-selling author Annie Jacobsen draws on inside sources, exclusive interviews, private documents, and declassified memos to paint a picture of DARPA, or "the Pentagon's brain", from its Cold War inception in 1958 to the present.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expceted but thats not a bad thing

  • By dfcgts on 09-30-15

Took me 6 months to finish

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

-It honestly took me 6 months to finish.
This wasn't the only book i listened to, i think i must have gone through about 20 others whilst listening to this.
-It's just that if you're going to take something away from this book, you either have to already know the history.. or take notes... and its an arduous task. The book is over 18 hours as well, so its not a quick listen.
**Writing & performance
-The writing was good, and its read by the author, and its not so bad.
I think where some of the bad reviews came from is that people don't get past the 1st couple of chapters. Yes, she sounds slightly jaded at the start. But the rest of the book tries to remain objective. That being said, there's a part where she's talking about chemical and biological weapons where the USA is going against international agreements... and she just passes over it. I understand the need to stay objective, but it would be nice to have some extra input for the way more controversial / properly illegal aspects of things.
-There's also a part where she explains that Donald Rumsfeld made the decision to go to war with Iraq after 9/11 despite no evidence.. and i thought that could have gone into more detail as well. Instead she kind of just stated it.
With the aftermath that terrorists then came to Iraq because thats where the US military was... it seems like this would have at least been covered in the "ethics" section at the end.

Previously i only knew about the Vietnam war from an International Relations point of view, but the sections on this was very interesting. And the developments of DARPA at this time was very interesting and one can see the effects and knowledge gained decades after the war. It really makes it seem that war is good because it spurs technological development. It's a sobering thought.

Overall it was a very interesting read, and i'm very glad i took notes because i've learnt a lot. But it was a 1 time read. Too much to take it a 2nd time.