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  • 1066: The Year That Changed Everything

  • By: Jennifer Paxton, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Paxton
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107

With this exciting and historically rich six-lecture course, experience for yourself the drama of this dynamic year in medieval history, centered on the landmark Norman Conquest. Taking you from the shores of Scandinavia and France to the battlefields of the English countryside, these lectures will plunge you into a world of fierce Viking warriors, powerful noble families, politically charged marriages, tense succession crises, epic military invasions, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History brought to life

  • By Joshua on 07-10-13

Interesting topic

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-19

An interesting look at history, particularly at such a pivotal point. It could have been a bit more engaging.

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,198
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,884

A natural storyteller and raconteur in his own right - just listen to Paddle Your Own Canoe and Gumption - actor, comedian, carpenter, and all-around manly man Nick Offerman ( Parks and Recreation) brings his distinctive baritone and a fine-tuned comic versatility to Twain's writing. In a knockout performance, he doesn't so much as read Twain's words as he does rejoice in them, delighting in the hijinks of Tom - whom he lovingly refers to as a "great scam artist" and "true American hero".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fall in Love All Over Again

  • By Doug - Audible on 07-05-17

Classic Story with delightful narration

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-19

Yep, just a delightful classic story with great narration. Solid story, solid characters. Quite enjoyable.

  • Everything's Trash, but It's Okay

  • By: Phoebe Robinson, Ilana Glazer - foreword
  • Narrated by: Phoebe Robinson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316

Wouldn't it be great if life came with an instruction manual? Of course, but like access to Michael B. Jordan's house, none of us are getting any. Thankfully, Phoebe Robinson is ready to share everything she's experienced in hopes that if you can laugh at her topsy-turvy life, you can laugh at your own. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious & Enlightening

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-01-18

A very funny personal journey

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-19

Phoebe's story is a very funny personal journey that has some great insight into race and feminism (particularly where those things intersect), as well as being a relatable journey into adulthood, despite not being any sort of aspiring actor or writer myself. Phoebe reads her book with such energy that it feels more like a podcast than a book, so if you're someone who listens to humorous social observation podcasts, you'll probably enjoy her book.

  • Elements of Wit

  • Mastering the Art of Being Interesting
  • By: Benjamin Errett
  • Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32

Elements of Wit is an engaging audiobook that brings together the greatest wits of our time, and previous ones from Oscar Wilde to Nora Ephron, Winston Churchill to Christopher Hitchens, Mae West to Louis CK, and many in between. With chapters covering the essential ingredients of wit, this primer sheds light on how anyone - introverts, extroverts, wallflowers, and bon vivants - can find the right zinger, quip, parry, or retort... or at least be a little bit more interesting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great ideas how to be more witty

  • By Princess Raw Vegan Spiritual on 05-04-17

A very interesting guide, but...

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-13-19

I did like the audio version of this book, but I think a physical or ebook format would be easier to reference in the future, because I definitely will want to reference certain parts. This is a great springboard book, in that it suggests many other books that expand upon the concepts mentioned here. Overall, I'd definitely say this is a good read for beginning writers and the like.

  • A Little History of Philosophy

  • By: Nigel Warburton
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,765

Philosophy begins with questions about the nature of reality and how we should live. These were the concerns of Socrates, who spent his days in the ancient Athenian marketplace asking awkward questions, disconcerting the people he met by showing them how little they genuinely understood. This engaging book introduces the great thinkers in Western philosophy and explores their most compelling ideas about the world and how best to live in it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good summary view

  • By kwdayboise (Kim Day) on 04-25-16

A great springboard book into philosophy!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-19

This brief history of philosophy was quite enjoyable. the tone of the writing was pretty funny, and it explained basic philosophies in a really understandable way. I'm going to have to listen to it again to make sure I absorb it all, but I'm okay with that.

  • A Short History of Drunkenness

  • How, Why, Where, and When Humankind Has Gotten Merry from the Stone Age to the Present
  • By: Mark Forsyth
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Almost every culture on Earth has drink, and where there's drink there's drunkenness. But in every age and in every place drunkenness is a little bit different. It can be religious, it can be sexual, it can be the duty of kings or the relief of peasants. It can be an offering to the ancestors, or a way of marking the end of a day's work. It can send you to sleep, or send you into battle. Making stops all over the world, A Short History of Drunkenness traces humankind's love affair with booze from our primate ancestors through to the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humorous and interesting!

  • By Ambariffic on 12-17-18

Humorous and interesting!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-18

I'm a fan of Forsyth's other books, and A Short History of Drunkenness does not disappoint!

  • Americanah

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,094

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dazzling, Romantic, and Witty

  • By Anna-Bo-Banana on 04-28-14

Very vivid characters whose lives engage you

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-13-18

I don't read too much fiction, most of it fall flat on me. For example, I read Purple Hibiscus, and found it a bit boring and pointless, although still very competently written. I was oh-so-very pleasantly surprised with Americanah. The main characters are vivid, and flawed, and although there isn't too much plot, the character's lives were interesting enough to keep me engaged as a reader. I love how real Ifemelu feels, and if she were a real person, she would be a person I would want to know. I'm not an overly romantic person, yet the story of the love that exists between her and Obinze warmed the deep dark cockles of my heart.

  • If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?

  • My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating
  • By: Alan Alda
  • Narrated by: Alan Alda
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755

The beloved actor shares fascinating and powerful lessons from the science of communication and teaches listeners to improve the way they relate to others using improv games, storytelling, and their own innate mind-reading abilities. With his trademark humor and frankness, Alan Alda explains what makes the out-of-the-box techniques he developed after his years as the host of Scientific American Frontiers so effective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Useful and pleasant

  • By 22Wonderful on 06-12-17

I was at least expecting it to be funny... and it

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-18

I took away 2 things from this book: 1) Think about and pay attention who you're talking to. 2) Acting classes are like, super duper important, guys. Overall, I found this book disappointing. Very repetitive on a pretty basic concept (see #1 above), and despite talking about science and studies, he doesn't reference them. Even if I wasn't expecting a whole lot from what is ultimately a self-help book written by an actor, I was at least expecting it to be funny... and it wasn't.

  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook)

  • A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race
  • By: Jon Stewart
  • Narrated by: Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,566

Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here? These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when it became apparent to Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show that the world was about to end, they embarked on a massive mission to write a book that summed up the human race: What we looked like; what we accomplished; our achievements in society, government, religion, science, and culture - all in a lavishly produced audiobook.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, not great. But let me explain.

  • By Lee on 09-23-10

Hilarious

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-18

It's hard to summarize this book. I'll just say that if you liked the Daily Show, check out this book. You won't be disappointed.

  • Girl Logic

  • The Genius and the Absurdity
  • By: Iliza Shlesinger
  • Narrated by: Mayim Bialik, Iliza Shlesinger
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,609

From breakout stand-up comedian Iliza Shlesinger comes a subversively funny collection of essays and observations on a confident woman's approach to friendship, singlehood, and relationships. "Girl Logic" is Iliza's term for the way women obsess over details and situations that men don't necessarily even notice. She describes it as a characteristically female way of thinking that appears to be contradictory and circuitous but is actually a complicated and highly evolved way of looking at the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delight

  • By Haha917 on 03-28-18

Entertaining enough, but not earth-shattering.

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Iliza is really funny (I picked this up because I've seen and like her stand up routines), and she uses her humor to tell some of her story and observations about life. Ultimately, it's entertaining, but there's not much new information here. Also, some of her jokes are great as jokes, but I'd advise taking the jokes as a guide for anything. Also, I have to say the foreword (by Mayim Bialik) was so over-adulating that it made me question if I really wanted to read the book.