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L. S. Weinstein

Beaverton, OR USA | Member Since 2010

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  • 35 ratings
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  • 6 purchased in 2014
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  • Unfamiliar Fishes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, John Hodgman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (893)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (535)

    In Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as crucial to our nation's identity, a year when, in an orgy of imperialism, the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded Cuba and then the Philippines, becoming a meddling, self-serving, militaristic international superpower practically overnight. Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Vowell considers the story of the Americanization of Hawaii to be the most intriguing.

    Kat says: "Sarah Vowell does it again!"
    "Charming read!"
    Overall

    If you love Hawaii and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," here's your book. I didn't know much about Hawaii's history, and Vowell combines her wonderful research with a modern twist. Fun experiment having other voices read the quotes, which enlivens the book.

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4503)
    Performance
    (1979)
    Story
    (1970)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Sensational!"
    Overall

    Don't read what this is about: Have it be a surprise. This is a great mystery and read. Don't give up when you first hear a child's voice as one of the narrators. Wonderful, unforgettable book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Daniel Okrent
    • Narrated By Daniel Okrent
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    Here is a brilliant, authoritative, and fascinating history of America's most puzzling era, the years 1920 to 1933, when the U.S. Constitution was amended to restrict one of Americas favorite pastimes: drinking alcoholic beverages.

    Linda says: "Strictly an account"
    "Prohibition - its seeds and legacy"
    Overall

    Really a terrific recount of what led to Prohibition, its impact and ramifications. Lively read by the author, who has an excellent vocabulary and sense of humor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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