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  • Islands in the Stream

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Bruce Greenwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (130)

    First published in 1970, nine years after Hemingway's death, this is the story of an artist and adventurer, a man much like Hemingway himself. Beginning in the 1930s, Islands in the Stream follows the fortunes of Thomas Hudson, from his experiences as a painter on the Gulf Stream island of Bimini through his antisubmarine activities off the coast of Cuba during World War II. Hemingway is at his mature best in this beguiling tale.

    Paul says: "Best presentation of any audiobook ever."
    "A wonderful book"
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    I first tried to read this book in high school and couldn't get through it. Now, in my mid-thirties, Hemingway's pace seems right.
    It is a very strong story - and as a parent, it is not always an easy ride.
    Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4808)
    Performance
    (2544)
    Story
    (2588)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "A must read for anyone who jogs but hates it"
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    Always thought of running as a chore. This great book changed that. A wonderful combination of a good story and important information.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2940)
    Performance
    (2581)
    Story
    (2605)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Rowling is a great storyteller"
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    Maybe in an attempt to distance herself from our favorite child wizard, the story has a very real, somewhat depressing tone to it.

    Rowling reminds us how "unmagical" can people get - the characters of this book are selfish, small, insecure and misunderstood. I believed her, and gulped down this book in a heartbeat.

    Highly recommended.

    7 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • No Apology: The Case for American Greatness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mitt Romney
    • Narrated By Mitt Romney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (129)

    In No Apology, Mitt Romney asserts that American strength is essential—not just for our own well-being, but for the world’s. Governments such as China and a newly-robust Russia threaten to overtake us on many fronts, and Islam continues its dangerous rise. Drawing on history for lessons on how great powers collapse, Romney shows how and why our national advantages have eroded.

    michael says: "You can like this book without being a Republican."
    "an important book"
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    I am not an American citizen, but I think that this book is a mandatory read for people going to vote at the end of this year. It is a wonderful opportunity to get into the head of who just might be the next leader of the free world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burger's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nadine Gordimer
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    This is the moving story of the unforgettable Rosa Burger, a young woman from South Africa cast in the mold of a revolutionary tradition. Rosa tries to uphold her heritage handed on by martyred parents while still carving out a sense of self. Although it is wholly of today, Burger's Daughter can be compared to those 19th century Russian classics that make a certain time and place come alive, and yet stand as universal celebrations of the human spirit. Nadine Gordimer, winner of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature, was born and lives in South Africa.

    Anne says: "No wonder she won the Nobel Prize for literature!"
    "Terrible sound quality"
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    I can't say anything about the book itself. The sound is so bad that I gave it up after a few minutes.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Dean Baker
    • Narrated By Sandra Swafford
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (81)

    In his new book, economist Dean Baker debunks the myth that conservatives favor the market over government intervention. In fact, conservatives rely on a range of "nanny state" policies that ensure the rich get richer while leaving most Americans worse off. It's time for the rules to change. Sound economic policy should harness the market in ways that produce desirable social outcomes: decent wages, good jobs, and affordable health care.

    Vladimir says: "An eye opening book"
    "a good read"
    Overall

    It's a good book, not without its share of demagogy. But, considering the fact that almost all economy education these days is using the rhetoric that this book combatants, it gives some very good points for thought.

    For those interested in economy and public policy - give it a go. For the internationals, take into account that it is very U.S focused.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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