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Andy

Andy Westport, CT, United States Member Since 2002
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  • "surprising and inspiring"

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    Chester Nez lays out an inspiring journey that took him from his Native American homeland to a key strategic role in World War II, and on to a life in pursuit of the American dream. One of the most enjoyable audiobooks I've listened to in over a decade as an AudibleListener. Narration was super too.

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    Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II

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    • By Chester Nez, Judith Schiess Avila
    • Narrated By David Colacci
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    Chester Nez, the only surviving member of the original twenty-nine Navajo code talkers, shares the fascinating inside story of his life and service during World War II.

    Roxane says: "Interesting Listen for WWII Buffs"
  • "one of the better ultramarathon books"

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    most people looking at this book have likely read dean karnazes "ultramarathon man" or one of his other books. while dean makes himself sound like a tough guy, he's no match for scott jurek.

    the story of how scott started in the sport, changed his diet, went through a spiritual journey and made it all the way to the top is truly remarkable. if you're a marathoner but looking to up your game or take on a new challenge, this one will really open your mind.

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    Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness

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    • By Scott Jurek, Steve Friedman
    • Narrated By Quincy Dunn-Baker
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    A dominant force in the sport of ultrarunning, Scott Jurek is a seven-time winner of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Run and a two-time winner of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon through Death Valley. Eat & Run offers an inspirational account of Jurek’s life as a runner and vegan. Regaling listeners with jaw-dropping tales of endurance, Jurek also delivers sound science and practical advice—as well as his favorite plant-based recipes.

    Heidi says: "If you liked "Born to Run"...get this book!!!"
  • "i cried"

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    The combination of words and wonderful narration of this book made me feel as if I was there. While this was a heartbreaking story, it was a real reminder of the brutality of war.

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    Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

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  • "Uncomfortably Honest"

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    A brutally honest account of coming to terms with having a disabled child and how life changes, both the good stuff and the bad. There were moments of discomfort but I realize that’s not because the author was being inappropriate or rude, but because she was relaying honest truths, and sometimes such truths are hard to hear.

    The book progressed well and had that uncommon quality of not wanting to put it down but afraid to hear the rest. A very good read for people with children with disabilities because it reassures you that even when you have awful thoughts about your “broken” child, you’re not the only one who has ever thought that about your child, and that’s okay.

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    Expecting Adam: A True Story of Birth, Rebirth, and Everyday Magic

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    • By Martha Beck
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    From the moment Martha and her husband, John, conceived their second child, all hell broke loose. They were a couple obsessed with success. After years of matching IQs and test scores with less driven peers, they had two Harvard degrees apiece and were gunning for more. But the dream had begun to disintegrate. Then, when their unborn son, Adam, was diagnosed with Down syndrome, doctors, advisers, and friends in the Harvard community warned them not to keep the baby.

    Sarah says: "Uncomfortably Honest"

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UNABRIDGED) by Heydar Radjavi Narrated by Heydar Radjavi

    French Hats in Iran

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Heydar Radjavi
    • Narrated By Heydar Radjavi
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    Heydar Radjavi's evocations of growing up in Tabriz in the 1930s and 1940s describe a traditionalist Iran grappling with modernity, a process as fraught with contradictions and stresses then as it is in Iran today. The tone is always light, the memories wonderfully vivid, and the underlying theme of tension between old and new truly timeless.