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  • In-N-Out Burger: A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain That Breaks All the Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stacy Perman
    • Narrated By Loren Lester
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It's the untold story of the renegade burger chain that evokes a passionate following unlike any other. In fast-food corporate America, In-N-Out Burger stands apart. Begun in a tiny shack in the shadow of World War II, this family-owned chain has steadfastly refused to franchise or be sold. It is a testament to old-fashioned values and reminiscent of a simpler time when people, loyalty, and a freshly made, juicy hamburger meant something.

    Ron says: "A Must Read"

    Growing up in the area of the 1st (and at that time, ONLY!) In-N-Out, I found this to be a great book of history: history of the area, of fast food and of In-N-Out itself. The only part I didn't like was the end--it came too soon! I don't know if I would have enjoyed it as much if I hadn't grown up in the area, or if I wasn't a fan of In-N-Out, but I think so, as it is a great source of history on fast food, and Americana in general. Very, very good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By E. B. Sledge
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This modern classic of military history has been called "one of the most important personal accounts of war that I have ever read" by distinguished historian John Keegan. Author E.B. Sledge served with the First Marine Division during World War II, and his first-hand narrative is unsurpassed in its sincerity. Sledge’s experience shows in this fascinating account of two of the most harrowing and pivotal island battles of the Pacific theater.

    Kent Valandra says: "The Best"
    "Excellent--10 stars for this one"

    From the intro to the end, this was hard to put down and I found myself listening to an entire chapter over again as so much was so hard to comprehend; the conditions, the brutality, the mindset. Reading it is one thing, but to live through it, like I said, I found it so hard comprehend going thru it and be able to "talk" about it so matter-of-factly. It followed a timeline which helped me keep on track, and some of those gut-feelings and thoughts at the time, well, I just can't describe. Since I was a kid I've had a keen interest in WWII and have read plenty, and this story is definitely among the top three. The narration was top-notch also, with no over-dramatization. The incidents described were drama enough. I wish Mr. Sledge had done more writing, as he really had the knack for it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Wettest County in the World, or Lawless: A Novel Based on a True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Matt Bondurant
    • Narrated By Erik Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Bondurant Boys were a notorious gang of roughnecks and moonshiners who ran liquor through Franklin County during Prohibition and after. The brothers played a central role in a major conspiracy trial and its violent end. In 1935, Sherwood Anderson, working on a magazine story, finds himself driving along the dusty red roads trying to find the brothers and break the silence that shrouds Franklin County.

    Rich says: "Just outstanding!"

    I literally (no pun intended) went back to the beginning of the book the instant I finished it, to "read" it again, and am enjoying it just as much the second time around. There's much more here than just bootlegging--the time it takes place in itself; illness, culture, the Great Depression, farm life in general. It's a real history lesson. Bootlegging was not just a pasttime, but a career. The brutality that went on amazes me. From beginning to end, I was glued.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nic Sheff
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age 11. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise.


    This book should be required reading for Jr. High school kids, and again in high school. A great insight to the life an addict leads; I found it fascinating. He was very candid and the material raw, which made the unbelievable very believable. I do however, recommend reading "Beautiful Boy" by David Sheff (Nic's dad) first, as the insight from his perspective made Nic's perspective more "real"--some of the stuff was just so unbelievable; I can't imagine living like he did. I learned a lot about that way of life, as fortunately, I've never been there myself. I think every kid should read this book to see what "glory" is in drugs, the tragedies in getting high, the work involved in coming clean and the hardships it creates on your body. Unimaginable.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Defiance: The Bielski Partisans

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nechama Tec
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The prevailing image of European Jews during the Holocaust is one of helpless victims. But in fact, many Jews struggled against the terrors of the Third Reich. This is the riveting history of one such group: a forest community numbering more than 1,200 that carried out the largest armed rescue operation of Jews by Jews in World War II.

    Matthew says: "Brillaint scholarship; hard read"

    Very well written and narrated. The story is just unbelievable; incomprehensible. The perserverance of the people this story is about is something else. The author's story to get the story is a story in itself! I am more anxious than ever to see the movie, and will probably "read" the book again afterwards.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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