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  • Everything Is F*cked

  • A Book About Hope
  • Written by: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Mark Manson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

In Everthing Is F*cked, Mark Manson turns his gaze from the inevitable flaws within each individual self to the endless calamities taking place in the world around us. Drawing from the pool of psychological research on these topics, as well as the timeless wisdom of philosophers such as Plato, Nietzsche, and Tom Waits, he dissects religion and politics and the uncomfortable ways they have come to resemble one another. He looks at our relationships with money, entertainment, and the internet, and how too much of a good thing can psychologically eat us alive.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Alonso on 2019-05-15

Dismissive, Depressing & Lacking in Insight

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-31

As a huge fan of The Sublet Art of Not Giving a F*ck I was pretty disappointed with this book. It doesn’t feature any of the insightful information that the previous book was so rich in.

The book seams to lack cohesion, and uniformity of subject matter, and honestly at times it feels like the Author is just taking the p*ss, so to speak. His overall tone sucks, and it just made me want to slap him.

It sounds like this book was something of an existential crisis for the writer, where he behaves poorly, lashes out against anyone and everything he perceives to be ‘stupid’—which may as well be everything as far as Mark’s concerned.

I got virtually nothing of value out of this book, which is stunning considering how meaningful his previous work has been to me.

The whole book boils down to: politics bad, religion bad, pain good, and the robots are coming for us... It’s depressing, it’s reductionist, and it is a damn shame that this is what Mark thought was worth devoting his time to.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Tower and the Fox

  • Calatians Series, Book 1
  • Written by: Tim Susman
  • Narrated by: Max Miller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

For Kip, growing up in shadow of the human men-only Prince George's College of Sorcery has been 19 years of frustration. Magic comes naturally to him, yet he's not allowed to study sorcery because he's a Calatian - one of a magically created race of animal people. But when a mysterious attack leaves the masters desperate for apprentices, they throw their doors open, giving Kip his chance.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An Intriguing Debut, But Temper Your Expectations

  • By 101 on 2019-05-08

An Intriguing Debut, But Temper Your Expectations

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-08

I'm very happy to see more of this author's work on Audible. Seeing as the second book in this series is already out (and a third is in production) I'm very much interested to see where this story goes.

The second third of the book does feel like it drags on a bit without very much of substance happening. Also I have to say, very little of the plot was surprising or unexpected, and there are a fair few one-dimensional characters. While this book isn't the most engrossing or even the author's best work, it is a solid story, and it may just be the foundation for a great one.

Tim Susman has another pen name of which he's written under for years; I will not reveal it in this review since I can only make assumptions about his reasons for using an alt pen name. That being said, he does give it away on his website, and at the end of this book.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • Written by: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,847

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Point Made in First Half Hour....

  • By Brett Jenson on 2017-10-18

Everyone could benifit from reading this book

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-07

I'm not one for self help style stuff, but man did this book ever chance my outlook on life. You owe it to yourself to read this book. I reread it usually every six months, or whenever I'm having a rough go of it. Mark Manson really knows his stuff, and he deserves all the credit in the world for this gem.

  • Black Angel

  • Written by: Kyell Gold
  • Narrated by: Max Miller
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Meg's always thought that love and ghosts are fantasies for gullible people, but her skepticism is about to be tested. As her roommates Sol and Alexei move on with their lives, Meg remains stuck in her rut, unsure what to do about her future or about her best friend Athos. He wants more than friendship from her, but she isn't sure whether she's straight or gay, let alone in love with him. Not helping are the strange trances that show her the lives of two other young girls - one who wants to be a voodoo priestess, and the other who wants to escape a Christian cult.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Second best in the series

  • By 101 on 2019-05-07

Second best in the series

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-07

I really enjoyed this entry. You can tell Kyell did a lot of work on this one, and it makes up for the depressing story of the last book. I'd love to see Kyell explore more stories in this universe, or even follow up on per-existing characters. Great performance from Max Miller, absolutely gotta bring him back for future audio books.

  • Bridges

  • Written by: Kyell Gold
  • Narrated by: Kyell Gold
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Amir wants to meet a guy outside of a bar. Kinzi wants someone who won't cheat on him. Vico just wants a quick lay. In Gateway, when you need to meet someone, there's no one better than sexy, flirty Hayward to get you just what you want - or at least have a good time trying. But when Hayward himself needs someone, who will be there to help?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Slow Beginning but Good Payoff

  • By 101 on 2019-05-04

Slow Beginning but Good Payoff

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-04

The first half, while an interesting idea, is a little slow. The second half has a surprisingly tragic, yet satisfying story. It's not terribly long, but if you're in the mood for some modern-contemporary gay stories, give it a go.

  • Talulla Rising

  • Written by: Glen Duncan
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

The woman is Talulla Demetriou. She's grieving for her werewolf lover, Jake, whose violent death has left her alone with her own sublime monstrousness. On the run, pursued by the hunters of WOCOP (World Organisation for the Control of Occult Phenomena), she must find a place to give birth to Jake's child in secret. The birth, under a full moon at a remote Alaska lodge, leaves Talulla ravaged, but with her infant son in her arms she believes the worst is over - until the windows crash in, and she discovers that the worst has only just begun.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Decent

  • By 101 on 2019-05-03

Decent

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-03

Not as good as the previous entry in the series. but still pretty decent. Give it a go if you're a fan of the first book.

  • Isolation Play

  • Dev and Lee
  • Written by: Kyell Gold
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Sewell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Devlin Miski thought coming out on national TV would be the hardest part about being a gay football player. But it's when his press conference is over that the trouble really starts. The athletic tiger and his boyfriend Lee, a fox with a tongue as quick as his wit, still won't get many breaks in their fight for understanding. They'll need to deal with a stubborn reporter determined to get a story any way he can, furious parents, and hostile teammates - not to mention each other.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • About as dull as the previous entry

  • By 101 on 2019-05-03

About as dull as the previous entry

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-03

This story-line is just not appealing to me. It lacks all of the the qualities that drew me into Kyell's work in the first place. I wanted to give the series a second chance by checking out the sequel, but came away not thrilled.

  • Out of Position (Dev and Lee)

  • Written by: Kyell Gold
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Sewell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Dev is a football player at Forester University, a small liberal arts college where he and his teammates get to strut around and have their pick of the girls on Friday nights. That's as good as it gets - until he meets Lee, a fox with a quick wit and an attractive body. Problem is, Lee's not a girl. He's a gay fox, an activist who never dreamed he'd fall for a football player. As their attraction deepens into romance, it's hard enough for them to handle each other, let alone their inquisitive friends, family, and co-workers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Its got problems

  • By 101 on 2019-05-03

Its got problems

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-03

Audio quality is poor and a professional narrator would go a long way. This strikes me as an odd choice since Kyell's other audio books are done by a fantastic narrator. Overall I couldn't get into the story either, this series it seams, just isn't for me.

  • Red Devil

  • Written by: Kyell Gold
  • Narrated by: Jay Maxwell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

When Alexei seeks the help of a ghost to deal with a swaggering bully, he gets the strength and confidence he hopes for. If in the process, he hurt his best friend Sol, well, he can make it up to the wolf later. Things get worse when the ghost, an old Siberian soldier, demands that Alexei give up his gay life, which Alexei fled his home country for. The young fox is resolved to send the ghost away--until his sister, left behind with their abusive parents, falls into mortal danger from which only the ghost can save her.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Kyell's laest inspired work

  • By 101 on 2019-05-03

Kyell's laest inspired work

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-03

You can skip this one and miss out on nothing, that'd be my advice. It's just not exciting, it's not in any way the same magic he managed to capture with Green Fairy, and I'm sad to say that. I'm sad to say this is my least favorite of his books.

  • Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques

  • Written by: James Hynes, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: James Hynes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

From evoking a scene to charting a plot to revising your drafts, Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques offers a master class in storytelling. Taught by award-winning novelist James Hynes, a former visiting professor at the famed Iowa Writers' Workshop, these 24 insightful lectures show you the ins and outs of the fiction writer's craft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • this is a book of extraordinary quality on conveyi

  • By Bruce on 2018-01-27

Not exactly helpful.

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-03

This is basically the narrated retelling of one mans literary career. No deep insights to be found, and far too much time spent talking about himself. I didn't find this lecture series all that useful.