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Bilbo Swaggins

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  • Sounds Like America

  • By: Michelle Buteau, Jackie Kashian, Roy Wood Jr., and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

Hosted by a rotating cast of seasoned comics, each episode covers a different American pastime, region, city, characteristic, or zeitgeist. The show opens with a host introduction, followed by a sound collage that features stand-up comedy, funny interviews with special guests and folks on the street, and even local music. It’s a hilarious (and sometimes touching) tribute to our complicated country.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A different way to experience America!

  • By Anonymous User on 27-06-2019

cut~mismatched incoherent content

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

Reviewed: 12-05-2019

Each episode is a collection of random audio clips. With all the comedian bits scattered in with little to no cohesion. More seems like advertisements railing on in the background during an ad break. The tempo and flow of each episode seems mismatched. Even though there is an overall theme for each episode it just seems off.

I could only stand a few episodes, however, it might get better but it honestly felt like a chore to do so rather than out of enjoyment.

  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,601

A Short History of Nearly Everything is Bill Bryson's quest to understand everything that has happened from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. He takes subjects that normally bore the pants off most of us, like geology, chemistry, and particle physics, and aims to render them comprehensible to people who have never thought they could be interested in science. In the company of some extraordinary scientists, Bill Bryson reveals the world in a way most of us have never seen it before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected but brilliant!

  • By Michael on 27-11-2015

First audio book I ever listened to.

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

Reviewed: 07-03-2019

Being new to audio books, and giving it a go for the first time. You could say that this book cracked the surface.
This is a perfect book to start and stop throughout the duration of this book. It covers the known universe and covers aspects you wouldn't typically think about. Very fact driven and characteristic reading style sucks you in.
10/10 would recommend.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389

The inside story on President Trump, as only Bob Woodward can tell it. With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Well researched, but Trump is a boring topic.

  • By Maria S. on 26-10-2018

Wouldn't recommend unless really into politics...

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

Reviewed: 27-11-2018

Trump is a hard topic to make interesting, I fell asleep multiple times and lost place. It is hard to make Trump and his shenanigans interesting. Ridiculous with some of the chapters it gets. But I couldn't really recommend this book unless politics is your thing.

Nothing really new to be honest what the media already harps on about him, this book was a grind for a casual audio book listener. But I am sure the contents are important and its always good to get perspective with things what ever the line you sit on.

  • Halo: New Blood

  • By: Matt Forbeck
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

While Spartans get all the glory, no soldier - not even the legendary Master Chief - wins a war on his own. Gunnery Sergeant Edward Buck and his team of Orbital Drop Shock Troopers (ODSTs) played a major role in saving the Earth from all-out invasion at the end of the Covenant War - acts of bravery and ingenuity that did not go unnoticed by the United Nations Space Command.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes me want to play odst

  • By Aaron on 29-03-2015

What it becomes to be an ODST?

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

Reviewed: 27-11-2018

This book follows Buck the main man you see leading the squad in the Halo 3 expansion mini spin off game "ODST".
This is his story before, during... and afterwards with the New Mombasa incident and what happens to himself and his team after the Human-Covenant War.

It was a pretty easy to listen to this story as, it takes you on the journey. The story was pretty flat structured but enjoyable to get value from what time you have put in. It isn't a book you would return to but a once off book to explain the empty section before Halo 5: Guardians and what Edward Buck and his team get up to. It's enjoyable and performance was alright. If you like Halo Lore, you will enjoy this book. But Fall of reach is a much more interesting story to start with if you want to get into the Halo Universe books.

  • The Last Wish

  • By: Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613

Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unique fantasy with brilliant voice acting.

  • By blake on 30-06-2015

Eh

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

Reviewed: 18-11-2018

This book personally for myself was good, atmospheric and interesting. However it wasn't really something I enjoyed, This might be because I have come from the video games this this book. And I wasn't able to keep track of things. I think its more of a book you need to be 100% focused on rather than listening while doing something else.

I do enjoy the witcher universe. And brought the audible book to check out the series. I have been recommended by it from friends and colleagues. I feel it might be the case that in future books it gets better, but I didn't really enjoy this one.

  • Total Recall

  • My Unbelievably True Life Story
  • By: Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang, Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Length: 23 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 791

Chronicling his embodiment of the American Dream, Total Recall covers Schwarzenegger's high-stakes journey to the United States, from creating the international bodybuilding industry out of the sands of Venice Beach, to breathing life into cinema's most iconic characters, and becoming one of the leading political figures of our time. Proud of his accomplishments and honest about his regrets, Schwarzenegger spares nothing in sharing his amazing story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Motivation in a book!!

  • By Tom Reilly on 10-07-2015

Very Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 13-11-2018

I really enjoyed this book. Arnold Schwarzenegger has a very interesting story and it is also comes across very inspirational and motivational. Arnold only reads the first few chapters and the last few while Stephen Lang (The badass main bad guy from 2009 James Cameron's Avatar) reads the rest.
Throughout the book it shows a very interesting perspective of a young keen Austrian Arnold Schwarzenegger, and will leave you glued to your audible app to get to the end. 10/10 would recommend.

  • The Dichotomy of Leadership

  • By: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Narrated by: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 307

In The Dichotomy of Leadership, decorated former US Navy SEAL officers Jocko Willink and Leif Babin show you how to walk the fine line of being a true leader to accomplish missions in your personal and business lives and achieve the goal of every team: victory. Using lessons learned from the authors' elite combat and training experiences, Willink and Babin reveal how the use of opposing principles - leading while following, focusing and detaching, being aggressive yet prudent - will heighten your awareness, deepen your understanding, improve your dexterity and hone your ability to lead and win. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Basically continuing on from the first book.

  • By Bilbo Swaggins on 13-11-2018

Basically continuing on from the first book.

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

Reviewed: 13-11-2018

If you have listened/read to the first book - extreme ownership -, you will enjoy this book. It answers a lot of the questions I had, or problems I thought of while progressing through the first book. As too much ownership can be detrimental and probably end up doing the opposite effect the book initially claimed.

This book discusses accounts with individuals who have read the first book and acted upon its advice that has turned to the worst and Jocko/Leif giving assistance and guidance getting them back on track. It also has littered through the book more scenarios used within combat/training that discusses leadership from their previous experience within the Navy Seals. Overall its a great addition and I read the books one after each other. I do feel however -Extreme ownership- is the stronger book out of the two. But more or less feels an expansion of extreme ownership than a standalone book... if that make sense. But that could be a good thing as it flows nicely on wards to continue telling the story/advice.

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  • No More Mr. Nice Guy

  • A Proven Plan for Getting What You Want in Love, Sex and Life (Updated)
  • By: Dr Robert Glover
  • Narrated by: Dr Robert Glover
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

Dr. Robert Glover has dubbed the "Nice Guy Syndrome" trying too hard to please others while neglecting one's own needs, thus causing unhappiness and resentfulness. It's no wonder that unfulfilled Nice Guys lash out in frustration at their loved ones, claims Dr. Glover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolute Godsend!

  • By Teddy on 02-07-2018

Reflective, Interesting and Captivating

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

Reviewed: 13-11-2018

No more Mr. Nice Guy - is self help book for those who are problematic with being accepted within life and seek to try and make everyone like themselves (Or be a nice guy 110% of the time/avoid conflict) by manipulating their personality/look/ideals to mask what is actually there true underlying self/feelings.

It addresses issues of the typical nice guy syndrome, and how it is actually quite destructive behavior to mask internal feelings within relationships and within life. The book gives suggestions and steps to assist nice guy syndrome and uses various examples from the authors support group members he has run over the many years of his career.

Overall it is a good book, quite of few things Dr Robert Glover pointed out in this book, hit close to home. I think it is a valuable piece of literature within the self help genre. If someone has recommended this book to you its worth checking it out. I luckily stumbled onto this book from just pure luck. I would recommend for any male struggling with relationships and grabbing a hold of life in this digital age of dating and existence.

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  • The Happiness Hypothesis

  • Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom
  • By: Jonathan Haidt
  • Narrated by: George K. Wilson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

This is a book about 10 "Great Ideas". Each chapter is an attempt to savor one idea that has been discovered by several of the world's civilizations - to question it in light of what we now know from scientific research, and to extract from it the lessons that still apply to our modern lives.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • AWFUL NARRATION!

  • By Despina on 27-06-2016

Difficult to finish

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

Reviewed: 21-10-2018

I found this book quite long. and not as interesting as other self help books. It has been in my library for quite some time but I forced my way through to the end. It does has some good points and references but are unfortunately far and between a whole lot of waffle. Kept loosing track and forgetting where I was up to. Not my taste personally.

  • The First 90 Days, Updated and Expanded

  • Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter
  • By: Michael Watkins
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

The world’s most trusted guide for leaders in transition. Transitions are a critical time for leaders. In fact, most agree that moving into a new role is the biggest challenge a manager will face. While transitions offer a chance to start fresh and make needed changes in an organization, they also place leaders in a position of acute vulnerability. Missteps made during the crucial first three months in a new role can jeopardize or even derail your success.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Most boring robotic voice ever

  • By Anonymous User on 15-07-2019

Great Checklist Read when starting a new job

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

Reviewed: 21-10-2018

I would highly recommend this book for those who are in the process of switching jobs, getting a promotion or thinking about trying something new career wise. it touches a lot of feelings and issues you get when in some sort of transition within your career. (or just in a difficult patch). I have marked this book for me to read again when I go through one of these periods. Really easy to listen to and provides a step by step guide through the suggestions provided. (also downloadable PDF with the diagrams shown in the paper back version). I highly recommend this book for managers and individuals who have to lead and inspire people within the workforce. 10/10