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Commuter “Listener” Party – 5/20

Like many of our Philly Phaithfuls, Dave P commutes to work on the Regional Rails. And like many commuters, he’s streaming as much as he can, so he’s decided to help out Philadelphia and get you to work watching what you need to! Enjoy the Commuter Watch Party!

Regional Rail Recap

I was very satisfied in all the shows and movies I got to watch last week with the S.O. wife, but none more than Avengers: End Game. So all the Jawnys to everything from last week (Cloak & Dagger, S.W.A.T., and Wine Country). However, we’re in a weird spot with TV – no more Game of Thrones and seasons are finale’d off – it is typically labeled as a show-hole.

Personally, I never stop watching shows, so over the summer I’ll continue to identify great shows to keep you entertained, but this week I wanted to break with tradition and give some Audiobooks to help with your commute. Full disclosure, I use Audible ($15 a month with my Prime subscription gets me one free book), but I’m sure there are many similar services you can use.

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

Some people fly too close to the sun, and Elizabeth Holmes was a modern day Icarus. As a Stanford dropout she built a company valued at $9 billion selling lies to investors. Bad Blood is Carreyrou’s firsthand account of his process to uncover the fallacy that was Theranos.

Listen if…

You want to learn how to not lead, enjoyed the movies Catch Me if You Can and The Big Short, or if you saw the HBO special The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley and wanted more detail.

Skip if…

You don’t want to learn how to lose $9 billion, you have 8 seasons of Game of Thrones on your iPad, or you don’t “read.”

Born a Crime: Stores from a South African Childhood

As you can see, this is only for Audible subscribers, so skip to the next book if you don’t have access.

I’ve been to Johannesburg and Cape Town, and I can tell you, school children in the U.S. do not learn about Apartheid as it actually happened. Trevor Noah narrates what it was like growing up as a mixed race child, a crime in the country of South Africa. It is funny and depressing at times, but it also a story of hope.

Listen if…

You like The Daily Show, think Trevor Noah’s accent is sexy, or want to know more about living in Apartheid.

Skip if…

You don’t have Audible, only reason – this is a must listen.

The Fifth Season

This is the way the world ends. For the last time.

Now that Game of Thrones is over, I need the next great Fantasy Epic. I’ve not listened to this one yet, but this series has won Hugo Awards, and the author is well respected, so it seemed like I could use one of my monthly book credits for a listen.

Listen if…

You’re looking for the next Game of Thrones since George isn’t getting to his DOS terminal any time soon.

Skip if…

You’re tapped out of fantasy since the Season 8 Finale was not your cup of tea…


I hope you enjoy my selections of Fiction and Non-Fiction for your daily commute. Now you only have to ask yourself…

Dave Pfendt

Dave is a tireless worker for Evil Corp, but loves movies, TV, books and he can't be all bad, right?

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