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  • Age and Guile Beat Youth, Innocence, and a Bad Haircut

  • By: P.J. O'Rourke
  • Narrated by: Rob McQuay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

P.J. O'Rourke traces his development from hippie protester to conservative grouch to jaded humorist. Along the way, we are privy to his strange, twisted days as editor in chief of National Lampoon, as well as the in-depth looks at appropriate sports for middle-aged Republicans, namely those which can be engaged in with a smuggled Havana between the teeth - fly-fishing, bird hunting, deep-sea fishing, and of course, golf. Plus, you'll hear O'Rourke's take on the Virtues of Automobiles - because what good was oil doing sitting in the ground for millions of years? - and many other hilarious rants in this off-the-wall collection by America's premier political humorist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent. He is the original Hunter S Thompson.

  • By Elephant908 on 09-11-11

Excellent. He is the original Hunter S Thompson.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-11

This is very witty and entertaining, silly and all the great things that this writer is. Wild out spoken, politically all over the place, just great.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Vote - It Just Encourages the Bastards

  • By: P. J. O'Rourke
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

In Don't Vote - It Just Encourages the Bastards, best-selling humorist P. J. O’Rourke delivers a hilarious theory of politics.

America’s most subversive conservative, O’Rourke describes government as a devil’s bargain between power, freedom, and responsibility, and goes on to hilariously skewer the politicians who have bargained with us to consolidate power, and the many mini-bargains and evasions that citizens have made with the consequences of their choices.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • PJ is getting too conservative

  • By Elephant908 on 09-11-11

PJ is getting too conservative

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-11

PJ is probably one of the funniest American writers ever. I like to hear him wax on and off about his early life and about his wacked out libertarian views on everything from sex, drugs and cars. But here to takes on the Obama administration and demonizes it too heavilly.
He's funny, but angry and his bitterness at democrats having won the election is too much for the more free thinking listeners. Gone are the days of his rebel tales and fun stories, and now here comes this conservative, not even a libertarian one at that. Don't bother getting this, get the one about cars and get age and guile.

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  • Driving Like Crazy

  • Thirty Years of Vehicular Hell-bending
  • By: P. J. O'Rourke
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

P. J. O'Rourke, 'the funniest writer in America', harbours a guilty pleasure – ever since growing up the son of a car dealer in Ohio, he has been crazy about cars. In Driving Like Crazy, he reveals in his love for all things vehicular. From a thousand-mile expedition across Mexico to a trek through Kyrgyzstan in the back of the Soviet army surplus truck; from an alcohol-fuelled weekend in North Carolina to an eventful journey from Islamabad to Calcutta.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not even a "guilty pleasure"

  • By George on 26-09-11

Just about the best thing since sliced bread

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-11

P J O'Rourke is as genius of comedy and a character who deserves his title as America's greatest living satarist.

Some of the quotes in this book are almost too good. You feel like you're listening to something that comes from someone who is experienced in American culture and life, and who doesn't pussy foot around with small talk, yet has probably the best out look on middle aged life or what you perceive it to be (i'm not middle aged).

The first essay will make you fall over laughing. The narrator is excellent, a true professional who can deliver the lines and stories like the writer would have wanted.

Most comedians and writers these days are desperate to clamour to the youth, to be hot and young and all this bee ess.

I'm young and find him much better.

He's politically conservative in some ways but outrageously anarchic in others, making him dangerous, maverick and just an all round threat to Europe.

People who can't stand Republicans from America or conservatives in general must put that aside when listening to him, because, he is a different kind of Republican.

He is more of a libertarian; someone who prefers limited government and wants people to have maximum freedom possible.

He is like a conservative Hunter S Thompson.

The conservative part of him is essential to the humour, and heck, aren't all old farts like that anyway?

Classic in every way, I find this to be a great great book, and car stories in it are brilliant.

The work is excellent, you have no feelings if you don't find this funny.


  • Anything You Want

  • 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur
  • By: Derek Sivers
  • Narrated by: Derek Sivers
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 199

When anyone can start a business (when everyone is running their career like a business), it begs a question. This is your one chance at life, you can have anything you want, what is worth doing? Most people don't know why they're doing what they're doing. They imitate others, go with the flow, and follow paths without making their own. They spend decades in pursuit of something that someone convinced them they should want, without realizing that it won't make them happy. Anything You Want is a manifesto about living life, appreciating enough, and doing what matters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good for the stories and fun all round

  • By Elephant908 on 08-09-11

Good for the stories and fun all round

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-11

Derek is an interesting guy, have always been a fan of his blogs etc. He writes some excellent stuff about the music industry, probably some of the best stuff around.

This book is a collection of different articles and blog postings with some hilarious moments and great story telling.

If you're a young but creative business person, I say yay, but nay if you're more creative than business, because this book is aimed towards new, radical, original type business minded people.

He breaks down what business is:

For an idea to be good it has to be useful.

And this book is pretty useful, so yes, I recommend it to anyone associated with business particularly the programming, new internet based businesses, music industry types and record label people.

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  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

  • A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right
  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Al Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fair and Balanced

  • By Wendy on 03-12-13

Not bad, but he is no PJ Orourke

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-11

Liberal, acceptable and politically correct, Al is rarely laugh out loud hilarious, but there is some good stuff here on Fox News.

Recommend if you're a lonely liberal who likes to hear another liberal rambling for hours, kind of in a Jewish way.

Yes good, but not side splittingly hilarious.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,366

Once in a generation a woman comes along who changes everything. Tina Fey is not that woman, but she met that woman once and acted weird around her.

Before 30 Rock, Mean Girls, and 'Sarah Palin', Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, an audiobook that knows it's an audiobook

  • By PP Merge on 18-05-11

Too vulgar to be enjoyed

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-11

Funny, yes, but bitchy, vulgar and cruel in places, I find this to be like trying to sit through pain and occasionally laughing, but mostly experiencing the pain caused by the vulgarity and imagry this person uses.

She wrote a film I loved, but she needs to re-edit this thing and take out all the vulgar and cruel stuff.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

  • By: Dale Carnegie
  • Narrated by: Andrew MacMillan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,306

You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing

  • By Rachel on 04-03-06

Utterly absurd, but sort of quaint

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-11

Anyone who actually takes this seriously as a self help book would do well in a 1950s Disney land of happy clappy mickey mouse type people, but come on.

This book is out of date, conservative and absurd. It should be renamed "how to live in a self created fantasy world where everyone you are nice to returns the favor as if by magic"

If the world were truly like this, I wouldn't need to read the damn book!

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  • The Reagan Diaries

  • Extended Selections
  • By: Ronald Reagan
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

During his two terms as the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan kept a daily diary in which he recorded, by hand, his innermost thoughts and observations on the extraordinary, the historic, and the routine day-to-day occurrences of his presidency. Now, nearly two decades after he left office, this remarkable record, the only daily Presidential diary in American history, is available for the first time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very good but a bit rambling!

  • By Elephant908 on 08-09-11

Very good but a bit rambling!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-11

A slice of history, essential for anyone interested in American politics, and global politics. Reagan says some things I disagree with, can come off bigotted, a bully in places, but he is a slice of history, you get a lot of feel for life in that white house, and for those out there who aspire to political office, perhaps give this one a try. I wouldn't go to 4 stars because it can be a little dull, but it's still a good buy if you're seriously interested in history / politics, heck, the 80s in general.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful