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Ken

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  • The Partly Cloudy Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Sarah Vowell, Conan O'Brien, Seth Green, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1530)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (333)

    Sarah Vowell travels through the American past and investigates the dusty, bumpy roads of her own life. Her essays confront a wide range of subjects, icons, and historical moments: Ike, Teddy Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton; Canadian Mounties and German Filmmakers; Tom Cruise and Buffy the Vampire Slayer; twins and nerds; the Gettysburg Address, the State of the Union, and George W. Bush's inauguration. The result is an engrossing audiobook, capturing Vowell's memorable wit and her keen social commentary.

    Erik says: "A great listen"
    "OK but not great"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the book but was hoping for something more. I've enjoyed her pieces on This American Life. This is really just a collection of stories that will cause you to chuckle or smile. By the fifth hour, I was ready for it to be over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Act of Treason

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2749)
    Performance
    (1273)
    Story
    (1265)

    It's a gorgeous autumn day in Georgetown. The Democratic candidates for president and vice-president of the United States are dutifully glad-handing voters and the media outside a grand estate where a national-security conference has just been held, bringing together the world's greatest minds to discuss the issues that are threatening the country. It's American politicking at its best. That's when all hell breaks loose.

    Stevon says: "My first Flynn"
    "Driveway Moment"
    Overall

    I wasn't familiar with this author so didn't know what to expect. The pace and plot development were excellent - gripping almost from the beginning and through the last chapter. I found myself listing to the book outside of the drive time and in the end, every chance possible in order to see how the story would develop.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (1819)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (447)

    We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

    Anders says: "wait for the unabridged version"
    "Lincoln From His Rivals Perspetive"
    Overall

    Very interesting insight into Lincoln from the perspective of his rivals. Both from what they wrote and from Lincoln's writing and actions in engaging them in his cabinent. A very interesting approach to gain a better understanding of mind of this great President.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kurt Eichenwald
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Say the name 'Enron' and most people believe they've heard all about the story that imperiled a presidency, destroyed a marketplace, and changed Washington and Wall Street forever. But in the hands of Kurt Eichenwald, the players we think we know and the business practices we think have been exposed are transformed into entirely new, and entirely gripping, material. Conspiracy of Fools is an all-true financial and political thriller of cinematic proportions.

    Margaret says: "Congratulations!"
    "Fascinating and Insightful"
    Overall

    I'm just about finished with the book and have switched from listening during my drive to wanting to listen during any free moments. Well paced and insightful in understanding how this grand fraud was orchestrated and perpetuated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6222)
    Performance
    (1575)
    Story
    (1594)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "What a Surprise"
    Overall

    I didn't know what to expect from this book. I downloaded based on the ratings and buzz. What a pleasure! I found myself on vacation and just wanting to sit in the sun and listen to this story unfold. The author's narration was very good and makes this even more effective than the printed book. However, I did buy the print copy after completing the audio book to give to my wife and son.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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