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  • Don't Be a Jerk

  • And Other Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan's Greatest Zen Master
  • By: Brad Warner
  • Narrated by: Brad Warner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

The Shobogenzo (The Treasury of the True Dharma Eye) is a revered 800-year-old Zen Buddhism classic written by the Japanese monk Eihei Dogen. Despite the timeless wisdom of his teachings, many consider the book difficult to understand. In Don't Be a Jerk, Zen priest and best-selling author Brad Warner, through accessible paraphrasing and incisive commentary, applies Dogen's teachings to modern times.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You don't need to use bad theology

  • By Clint J. Latham Jr. on 03-24-17

OMG Stop hitting the mike!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

It was so distracting. Brad is continually hitting the mike. Drove me nuts.

The book was interesting because he puts these old zen texts into current vernacular. I nonetheless found myself vacillating between this is profound and useful and this is mental masturbation and completely pointless.

But it’s hard to argue with the principal tenet of don’t be a jerk.

  • Homer Box Set: Iliad & Odyssey

  • By: Homer, W. H. D. Rouse - translator
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 25 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,373

Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are unquestionably two of the greatest epic masterpieces in Western literature. Though more than 2,700 years old, their stories of brave heroics, capricious gods, and towering human emotions are vividly timeless. The Iliad can justly be called the world’s greatest war epic. The terrible and long-drawn-out siege of Troy remains one of the classic campaigns. The Odyssey chronicles the many trials and adventures Odysseus must pass through on his long journey home from the Trojan wars to his beloved wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Revisit the Classics

  • By The Kindler on 07-28-16

How can you give a 3,000 year old classic a bad rating

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

It’s tough to review The Iliad and The Odyssey. How an you give a poor rating to a 3,000 year old classic? At it’s heart it’s a riveting story, as is clear by the number of times it’s been retold and made into movies but it has some hurdles for the modern day reader.

1. Every character apparently knows everyone else, friend or foe, and, as they kill their enemies, the killing is described in gory detail (just as much as current movies) while telling the name of the character, his strengths, his family, etc. despite the fact that there is a cast of thousands. In fact, most of the characters are treated this way even though their deaths are the first and last time that we ever encounter them.

2. When a character gives a message to be delivered, the message is told even if it’s pages long and when it is delivered it is repeated verbatim. This happens over and over again. I suspect the size of the book would be cut about 15% if they simply said something like Agamemnon’s message to Achilles was delivered.

3. There is a long section at the beginning where every prince or king that came from Greece to Troy is described, their family history, what they’re known for, who their friends are, how many ships they brought and more. Most of them never are mentioned again. I almost gave up at that point. I suspect that Homer was intending to demonstrate what a large flotilla came. It’s kind of tedious.

4. And servants have Irish accents??? Pleeaase!!!

Still I do admit that, at its heart, it is a great story. I prefer The Odyssey to The Illiad.

  • The Lessons of History

  • By: Will, Ariel Durant
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,648
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,305

The authors devoted five decades to the study of world history and philosophy, culminating in the masterful 11-volume Story of Civilization. In this compact summation of their work, Will and Ariel Durant share the vital and profound lessons of our collective past. Their perspective, gained after a lifetime of thinking and writing about the history of humankind, is an invaluable resource for us today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a must for every Educated Person

  • By BradleyBurr on 10-29-07

More philosophy and opinion than history

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

I was going to give it a 2 but some things at the end raised it to a 3. Oddly given it’s intent it’s a bit out of date. Each chapter is followed by an interview with the author(s) in their old age. Mr. Durant has become a good deal more conservative than he was earlier in life. He is discouraged by the rebellious youth (during the 60’s) and modern art. His wife, Ariel Durant, is a delight as she repeatedly punctures his conservatism and self-importance.

  • The Rosie Project

  • A Novel
  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,608

Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a typical romance - so much more

  • By Gretchen on 10-03-13

Very funny

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

Possibly not PC but I thought it was one of the funniest most heart warming books I’ve read in a long time.

  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,128
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,960
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,819

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was reading this when the allegations against Franken came out

  • By Fruitsalad200 on 12-10-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

I listened to this and people would look at me funny as I broke out in laughter over and over.

In addition to being funny, it had the ring of truth. The Ted Cruz chapter was priceless.

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  • Beloved

  • By: Toni Morrison
  • Narrated by: Toni Morrison
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395

Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but 18 years later she is still not free. She has too many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe's new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Perhaps best read on paper

  • By Cathy on 07-29-06

Terrific story and a beautiful reading

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

Reviewed: 09-20-16

I don't understand the folks who were critical of Tony Morrison's reading. I think she has a great voice and I very much enjoyed it. As horror stories go (not typically my genre) I thought it was enjoyably complex and beautifully told.

  • Napoleon

  • A Life
  • By: Andrew Roberts
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 32 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,257

Andrew Roberts' Napoleon is the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon's thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation. At last we see him as he was: protean multitasker, decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a dynamo!

  • By Tad Davis on 01-16-15

Napoleon - an audible weakness

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

Reviewed: 12-26-15

There was a lot that was positive about this book, but a major flaw with audible is the lack of any graphics. In this book, maps and depictions of battlefield maneuvers would make this more informative and easy to follow. My mistake for not having gotten a paper version of this book.

  • Fortunate Son

  • My Life, My Music
  • By: John Fogerty
  • Narrated by: John Fogerty
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

Creedence Clearwater Revival is one of the most important and beloved bands in the history of rock, and John Fogerty wrote, sang, and produced their instantly recognizable classics: "Proud Mary", "Bad Moon Rising", "Born on the Bayou", and more. Now he reveals how he brought CCR to number one in the world, eclipsing even the Beatles in 1969. By the next year, though, Creedence was falling apart; their amazing, enduring success exploded and faded in just a few short years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a Great Story

  • By Rick on 03-19-16

Oddly negative

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

Reviewed: 12-07-15

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

On the fence. I was interested in Fogerty's story and music, but put off by his, "I'm a genius, everyone else sucks" attitude through much of the book.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I understand that he had many difficulties that he overcame. I appreciate his music and many accomplishments, but I wish he had focused more on them and less on putting down others even where justified.

What does John Fogerty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Not sure. He's a great singer and songwriter but not a great audio book narrator.

Any additional comments?

As I mentioned I'm a big fan. I can't imagine anyone else buying the book. But the man is a winner: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, writer, singer, musician, long outrageously successful career; so why is there so much carping about almost everyone he worked with.

I wish he had had a better manager or been more involved in his own management. Billy Joel had a bad contract initially too. His approach was to refuse to record until the group he was under contract to sold his contract. I wish Fogerty had too, and I bet he does too.

Sapiens
    A Brief History of Humankind
    
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    Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
    18,043 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • 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 18,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,972

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

Pseudoscience claptrap

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

Reviewed: 11-26-15

I thought this might have some interesting information and ideas. It did. But it was also filled with assertions stated as fact and silly questions.

The author ends with a question about what Homo sapiens wants to become. He asserts that Homo sapiens has achieved nothing of significance despite having previously allowed that war and violent deaths are at their lowest point; life spans at their highest; infant mortality dramatically reduced; etc.

Disappointing!