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  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1708)
    Performance
    (1419)
    Story
    (1431)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "Shame on us."
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    The story was good and I always enjoy Michael Lewis' books but this one had a different flavor to it. The book develops background on Iceland, Ireland, Greece and Germany's financial problems through unusual people and situations. Nearly every person was so financially naive as to be embarrassing. Wall Street was (again) portrayed as blood sucking vampires with no redeeming virtues as we pushed off our worthless assets onto people who trusted the word and guarantees of the USA and Wall Street.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (225)

    In Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, novelist Jennifer Chiaverini presents a stunning account of the friendship that blossomed between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Keckley, a former slave who gained her professional reputation in Washington, D.C. by outfitting the city’s elite. Keckley made history by sewing for First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln within the White House, a trusted witness to many private moments between the President and his wife, two of the most compelling figures in American history.

    Ronna says: "A different , authentic view of history!!"
    "Mrs. Keckley knew the Lincolns!"
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    Civil War, backstabbing cabinet, difficult wife, dying children.... If I could invite 10 people, living or dead, to dinner, Mr. Lincoln would certainly be one of them and Elizabeth Keckley loved him too. She is the subject of this book and was an intimate member of the Lincoln White House and visited there frequently. I am so impressed with her accomplishments and her ability to navigate the Lincolns' life and many other high level Washingtonians at this time in history. She was clearly an extraordinary woman, if somewhat naive, and I am happy that Jennifer Chiaverini took the time to research and evaluate her importance in the Lincolns' lives. If you are a student of history, especially the Lincolns, you will love this book. The narrator, Christina Moore, is really good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Denise Kiernan
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (62)

    At the height of World War II, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians - many of them young women from small towns across the South - were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains.

    CBlox says: "Important story of this secret city"
    "And we think government is sneaky now..."
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    If I had any doubts that government is more transparent than it was in the 'old days', this book removes them. In the 1940s, people trusted the government, did what it was told to do and believed America always did the right thing. In today's world, the Manhattan project would never have been successful. This book tells the story of thousands of men and women working in the same place without a clue what each other did or what they were making; but they were paid a decent wage in a bad economy, met future spouses and became independent. It is a good book worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Summer: America, 1927

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (808)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (716)

    One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country - a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer. And what a writer to bring it all so vividly alive.

    Mark says: "Why 1927?"
    "Why do authors insist on reading their own books?"
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    I honestly don't know if this book is good. The performance was so dull and lifeless that I couldn't get through it but Audible insists that all three categories be rated. One of the most crucial steps in audible recording is matching the reader with the book and this did not work for me. I will be very careful in choosing works in the future.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lookaway, Lookaway: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Wilton Barnhardt
    • Narrated By Scott Shepherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (85)

    Jerene Jarvis Johnston and her husband, Duke, are exemplars of Charlotte, North Carolina’s high society, a world where old Southern money and the secrets behind it meet the new wealth of bankers, real estate speculators, and carpetbagging social climbers. Steely and implacable, Jerene presides over her family’s legacy of paintings at the Mint Museum; Duke, the one-time college golden boy and descendant of a Confederate general, whose promising political career was mysteriously short-circuited, has settled into a comfortable semi-senescence as a Civil War reenactor.

    Carol says: "Great book, best narrator ever"
    "GONE W/THE WIND 21ST CENTURY"
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    I really liked this book. It started oddly with a college scenario that was all about 19 year olds; then the uncle, sister, mother, father, brothers, grandmother & aunt of the co-ed were introduced. The story layered and layered as each of the characters' lives unfolded and none of them were as they seemed or wanted to be seen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3704)
    Performance
    (3226)
    Story
    (3199)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Amanda says: "WOW, WOW, WOW."
    "Good but LONG."
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    I liked the story and the three performers were very good but it dragged for me at times. Having said that, however, I was committed to listening and am glad I did. A co-worker asked me what the book was about and I really couldn't explain it because there are several unusual story lines going at the same time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (1480)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (909)

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "I KNEW BUT I DIDN'T KNOW"
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    A Korean American co-worker recommended this book and I was shocked throughout it - how could this happen, and continue to happen, to an entire nation (albeit a small one)? In my opinion, it should be required reading in history class and yet another lesson to all on how one egotistical & crazy man can take over an entire nation and bring it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Envy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1407)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (577)

    New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Envy"
    "kept me entertained"
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    Only 2nd Sandra Brown book I've listened to and I liked both of them. Characters are love/hate and I looked forward to getting into my car each day to see what was going on with hubby & wife.

    0 of 0 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
    (1843)
    Performance
    (1641)
    Story
    (1642)

    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"
    "Truth is (not necessarily) stranger than fiction"
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    I have read many biographies and stories about American presidents as well as those of leaders of other countries. Each author brings a different story to the table and this one is no different. Yes, he was President Kennedy; he was part of the legacy, he had affairs that included Marilyn Monroe. Many of the facts I already knew but O'Reilly brought out Kennedy's presidential side, including his ability to assess a situation and how he evolved into a decision maker to be respected. Jackie was a fabulous First Lady whose video tour of the White House I would love to find. Today, we are a cup-half-empty society that needs someone to blame, but we still love Camelot, with all its warts, because the Kennedy family dignity and charm overcame their shortcomings. It's worth the read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13954)
    Performance
    (12319)
    Story
    (12347)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Good book"
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    I avoided this book for a while because a co-worker said it was "just 'OK'. In fact, it is a very good book and kept my interest throughout and the narrator makes it work. Yes, the characters are not that likeable but the plot and the characters' over-the-top obsessions are entertaining and the twists and turns make for an interesting plot. If you are married or in a relationship, the book hits home because our partner changes or we change and it becomes an ever-evolving situation. I love my husband every other day and he steps in on my days off - hopefully this still works and he hasn't decided to take me out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3053)
    Performance
    (2705)
    Story
    (2712)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Loved it - warts & all!"
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    Hacking isn't a perfect life but the book gave me an understanding of hackers and their ways of thinking. Why do they go there? - It is a science, a challenge and the discovery that drives them and makes us uncomfortable. From the beginning of time, hackers have delved into our lives, figuring out every quirk from the left brain/right brain concept to why my hair is curly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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