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  • A Hundred & One Days: A Baghdad Journal

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Asne Seierstad
    • Narrated By Josephine Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    From January until April 2003, for 101 days, Asne Seierstad worked as a reporter in Bagdad for Scandinavian, German, and Dutch media. Through her articles and live television coverage she reported on the events in Iraq before, during, and after the attacks by the American and British forces.

    Sonoma says: "A very enjoyable listen"
    "A very enjoyable listen"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed all her books and especially this one. She gives a perspective on Bagdad before and after the war like no one else. The reader is superb, too, which makes it all the more enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Timothy Egan
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (889)
    Performance
    (520)
    Story
    (523)

    In The Worst Hard Time, Timothy Egan put the environmental disaster of the Dust Bowl at the center of a rich history, told through characters he brought to indelible life. Now he performs the same alchemy with The Big Burn, the largest-ever forest fire in America, a tragedy that cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy.

    P. Bergh says: "A fascinating history of early Forest Service"
    "Stretching a single event into a too-long story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Author fell in love with every little fact about the Big Burn and just couldn't leave any out. Book would have been better if it were shorter.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Take out all the repetition about the Big Burn -- author seemed to feel we needed to hear the same thing several times.


    Have you listened to any of Robertson Dean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    A fine narrator


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Orphan Master's Son: A Novel of North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Adam Johnson
    • Narrated By Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1259)
    Performance
    (1090)
    Story
    (1100)

    Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

    Lisa says: "The most compelling listen I've ever owned"
    "Insight into a very dark place"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Orphan Master's Son the most enjoyable?

    Author did a terrific job of taking the facts about a truly weird country and weaving them into a believable and exciting story. I enjoyed every minute of it.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    A very fine narrator. Gave the book a lot of punch and drama.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934 - 1961

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Paul Hendrickson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    An award-winning historian and author, Paul Hendrickson here turns his attention to one of America’s most cherished literary icons, Ernest Hemingway. Drawing on previously unpublished material, Hendrickson focuses on Hemingway’s life in its twilight, just prior to his suicide, and the seemingly singular constant in the man’s life: his boat, Pilar. On this vessel, Hemingway would entertain and travel, but it would also be the scene of some of his greatest tragedies.

    Sonoma says: "He manges to make Hemmingway boring"
    "He manges to make Hemmingway boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Book would be best read abridged. He fell in love with every fact he found and filled the pages with them. He needed a good editor to prune it back.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Paul Hendrickson? Why or why not?

    Not at this point.


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    A fine reader, stuck with a too-long book.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1049)
    Performance
    (908)
    Story
    (904)

    Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

    Ethan M. says: "Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis"
    "Who'd have thought this could be so fascinating?"
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Swerve the most enjoyable?

    A terrific story and reader. I could have done without Greenblatt's story about his mother at the beginning, but otherwise it is a terrific book.


    What about Edoardo Ballerini’s performance did you like?

    A great reader


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The City & The City

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (902)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (480)

    When a murdered woman is found in the city of Beszel, somewhere at the edge of Europe, it looks to be a routine case for Inspector Tyador Borlof the Extreme Crime Squad. But as he investigates, the evidence points to conspiracies far stranger and more deadly than anything he could have imagined. Borl must travel from the decaying Beszel to the only metropolis on Earth as strange as his own.

    James says: "Interesting Premise"
    "Ingenius ajnd complex"
    Overall

    A fictional Balkland setting that stretches the reality there (and here) to where you see the absurdities of the frontier lines betweeen countries.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael B. Oren
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    From the first cannonballs fired by American warships at North African pirates to the conquest of Falluja by the Marines, and from the early American explorers who probed the sources of the Nile to the diplomats who strove for Arab-Israeli peace, the United States has been dramatically involved in the Middle East. For well over two centuries, American statesmen, merchants, and missionaries, both men and women, have had a profound impact on the shaping of this crucial region.

    Karl says: "Thoughtful and balanced"
    "Power, Faith and Fantasy"
    Overall

    This is an extraordinary story about the US's involvement in the Middle East. I never realized the extent of this involvement and how present day actions are a logical continuation of what we have been doing there for over 200 years. Scary.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3178)
    Performance
    (949)
    Story
    (968)

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "A marvelous book"
    Overall

    Beautifully written and read. A joy to the last page.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sound Tracks: Alaskan Panhandle Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Marcia Simpson
    • Narrated By Stephanie Brush
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Both Liz and Wrangell police officer Paul Howard are convinced the whales and dolphins of Sumner Strait are dangerously disoriented. Meanwhile, Tim "Tango" has something to hide, and Mink, the maverick owner of the Velvet Moose bar is out of control. Scott Beringer, newly arrived marine biologist, knows something about "Tango," even while hiding his own past. Alaska may be a haven where you can hide, yet it is a wilderness fraught with danger. It takes someone like Liz Romero to tame its mysteries.

    Sonoma says: "Pass on this one"
    "Pass on this one"
    Overall

    A mediocre writer and the worst reader I have seen on an Audible book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3942)
    Performance
    (1858)
    Story
    (1871)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "Einstein"
    Overall

    Beautifully read and written. Even for the non-physisist it is a wonerful listen.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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