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Charles

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  • All Quiet on the Western Front

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erich Maria Remarque
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (459)

    Paul Bäumer is just 19 years old when he and his classmates enlist. They are Germany’s Iron Youth who enter the war with high ideals and leave it disillusioned or dead. As Paul struggles with the realities of the man he has become, and the world to which he must return, he is led like a ghost of his former self into the war’s final hours. All Quiet is one of the greatest war novels of all time, an eloquent expression of the futility, hopelessness and irreparable losses of war.

    Darwin8u says: "Escapes the Boundaries of Time and Place"
    "Gruesome impact of war"
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    The book details the life of a soldier enduring trench warfare. While this style of war is unlikely to be carried out on a large scale in the future, the psychological impact of war and the suffering of the individual are important issues that should be considered.

    The enduring life of this book is evidence of the effective story telling.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1991)
    Performance
    (1770)
    Story
    (1772)

    More than a million listeners have thrilled to Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln, the can't-stop-listening work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy—and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

    Kristina says: "MUST READ/LISTEN"
    "Great historical account; maintained my interest"
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    Presented information about Lee Oswald that I did not know before. Developed the characters without excessive bias.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Simon Sinek
    • Narrated By Simon Sinek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1948)
    Performance
    (1516)
    Story
    (1511)

    Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their successes over and over? People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with why.

    Allan says: "Important Theme - Repetitive Presentation"
    "Good insights on motivation"
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    Worthwhile book with insights on effective leadership. The theme did seem to become repetitive by the end of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel Yergin
    • Narrated By Bob Jamieson
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (71)

    The Prize recounts the panoramic history of oil, and the struggle for wealth and power that has always surrounded oil. This struggle has shaken the world economy, dictated the outcome of wars, and transformed the destiny of men and nations. The Prize is as much a history of the 20th-century as of the oil industry itself.

    Randol says: "major let down"
    "oil and international relations"
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    Very interesting review of events like the oil embargo and international relations before and after this episode. Gave me some new insights regarding the economy, politics, and the risks of being dependent on another country.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Remarkable Creatures

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Tracy Chevalier
    • Narrated By Charlotte Parry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (203)

    From the moment she's struck by lightening as a baby, it is clear that Mary Anning is marked for greatness. On the windswept, fossil-strewn beaches of the English coast, she learns that she has "the eye"-and finds what no one else can see. When Mary uncovers an unusual fossilized skeleton in the cliffs near her home, she sets the religious fathers on edge, the townspeople to vicious gossip, and the scientific world alight.

    Griffin says: "Wonderful Book!"
    "Natural and Human History"
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    The novel retained my interest throughout. There are some repetitive themes but I kept looking forward to the outcome of each encounter. This book, based on a historical figure, appealed to my interest in nature and history.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dancing at the Rascal Fair

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ivan Doig
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (232)

    Dancing at the Rascal Fair by National Book Award nominee Ivan Doig captures the passion and tenacity of turn-of-the-century immigrants struggling to build new lives amidst Montana’s windswept Rockies. The tale unfolds into a contest of the heart between Anna Ramsay and Angus McCaskill—kept apart by obligations—as they and their stormy kin vie to tame the brutal land.

    Dana C. Nicolay says: "New Favorite"
    "Great story about settlement of Montana"
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    Great story about the risks and rewards of immigration and settlement in Montana. Good character development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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