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  • "What a story!"

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    This was a painful book to read, but it made me appreciate what goes on during war. It is about a young doctor who leaves his wife and 4-day-old daughter to go to Iraq to do what he could to take care of injured marines. I think I can safely say I will never have to fight in a war, and I pray daily that I will never have to see a war first hand. This book made me honor those who are willing to fight for my freedom even more than I already did. I found myself with tears rolling down my face from time to time, and even a bit sick to my stomach on occasion, but I always had a sense of awe that there are people in the world who are willing to do the things that have to be done in a war. It is overwhelming to me. I want to tell them that I am so very grateful!

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    On Call in Hell: A Doctor's Iraq War Story

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    • By Richard Jadick, Thomas Hayden
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
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    Cdr. Richard Jadick's story is one of the most extraordinary to come out of the war in Iraq. At 38, the last place the Navy doctor was expected to be was on the front lines. He was too old to be called up, but not too old to volunteer. In November 2004, with the military reeling from an acute doctor shortage, Jadick chose to accompany the First Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment (the "1/8") to Iraq.

    Amazon Customer says: "What a story!"
  • "Ever heard of Nancy Wake?"

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    Ever heard of Nancy Wake? Well, you probably should have. She was an incredible WWII heroine. What guts this woman had. She was a native Australian who became an undercover agent and explosives expert. She did not seem to flinch at facing the most terrifying of circumstances in order to do what needed to be done. She was responsible for helping countless people get out of France before they could be taken by the Germans. She herself was caught at one point, but she never gave up, and after regaining her freedom, went right back to putting it to the Germans.

    I was amazed at the courage and determination of this woman, and wonder why I had never heard of her before.

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    Nancy Wake

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    • By Peter FitzSimons
    • Narrated By Stephanie Daniel
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    In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. As a naive, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that moment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers.

    Simone says: "Who The "BLEEP" is Nancy Wake??"
  • "Love the elephants"

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    Such an insight into one of the most intelligent animals in the world. I loved learning about this misfit herd, and what Lawrence Anthony was able to do to save them. Just amazing.

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    The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
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  • "Good narration, like some essays mo..."

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    Although I did not like every essay as much as I liked the first, I found this audiobook very satisfying and engaging. I didn't expect to want to listen to the whole thing, I just chose it in my ipod as a time filler after finishing another book on my commute home, but it held my attention and invited me back every time I entered the car. After purchasing the audiobook I had read a bad book review and hadn't expected to enjoy the book so much. Jonathan Franzen is an intelligent and thoughtful writer, and a surprisingly good narrator. For those who appreciate biographical essays, this is an enjoyable choice.

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    The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By Jonathan Franzen
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    Jonathan Franzen arrived late, and last, in a family of boys in Webster Groves, Missouri. The Discomfort Zone is his intimate memoir of his development from a "small and fundamentally ridiculous person", through an adolescence both excruciating and strangely happy, into an adult with embarrassing and unexpected passions.

    Doggy Bird says: "Good narration, like some essays more than others"

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    "I was 22 years old, a hard-on with a pulse: wretched vice-ridden, too much to burn and not enough minutes in a hour to do so. 1995 was a full 365-day year of drinking, fucking, lying, raging and exploration for me - not a dull one in the bunch. It was a time of self-shit: self-importance, self-absorption, self-indulgence and selfishness. I was the only person in the known galaxy and I wanted what the fuck I wanted sooner rather than later." The action begins in Iowa, where Corey Taylor committs each of the Seven Deadly Sins.

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    • By Lesley Locklear
    • Narrated By Bettye Zoller Seitz
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    I had something taken from me at a young age-going to hell and back. My book takes the reader into world of seeing life for what it is and how our struggles are each other's struggles. My life was at a point in time, a life with many struggles and regrets -entering my life's experiences, shame, hurt, anger, learning, understanding, and open-mindedness. There is some spiritual ground and knowledge mentioned, in certain areas and chapters.

  • Confessions of a Bad-Ass Bitch (






UNABRIDGED) by Kate Bailey Narrated by Eve Bianco

    Confessions of a Bad-Ass Bitch

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 51 mins)
    • By Kate Bailey
    • Narrated By Eve Bianco
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    In her first tell-all collection, writer and notorious tell-it-like-it-is sass machine, Kate Bailey regales us with her tales of all things lesbian sex, growing up gay, girls, guys, relationships, and everything else necessary to being a bad-ass bitch.