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Miriam

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Los Angeles, CA, United States

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  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (1609)
    Performance
    (1020)
    Story
    (1026)

    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"
    "Gripping, terrible, compelling"
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    If you are wondering which account of life in North Korea to read first, pick this one. Ms Demick provides a wonderful overview. She walks the reader through how North Korea ended up as a "freak show" among opressive totalitarian nations. Then she settles her lense on the lives of several individuals and their lives in North Korea. She takes us along on their journeys to South Korea. Finally we get to cehck in on them and see where life's path has taken them during the adaptation process.

    My favorite kind of audible book is the kind where I can't pry myself away, not for a minute. Nothing to envy is exactly this kind of book.
    If this glimpse into North Korea is not enough--does not leave you sated, and you are "hungry" for more, read "Escape from Camp 14" next. Why? the background is not as through. And perhaps because "Escape from Camp 14" made me really curious about the lives of regular folks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (18288)
    Performance
    (14110)
    Story
    (14056)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Loved"
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    Funny and clever. It was a pleasure to get to know Ms Fey beyond what we've seen in "30 Rock" and SNL. Listened to it while staying in a cabin in Big Bear over Thanksgiving. It was the perfect book. Dont forget to visit your account at audible.com and look at the PDF she refers to periodically.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2030)
    Performance
    (1289)
    Story
    (1296)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "alsmot time travel"
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    Narrative structure didnt seem super compelling, but I did enjoy the very vivid vignettes that included the weather, what people wore, what they were thinking about, what they were worried about. The lector was superb, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Drew Gilpin Faust
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    During the Civil War, 620,000 soldiers lost their lives - equivalent to six million in today's population. This Republic of Suffering explores the impact of the enormous death toll from material, political, intellectual, and spiritual angles. Drew Gilpin Faust delineates the ways death changed not only individual lives but the life of the nation and describes how a deeply religious culture reconciled the slaughter with its belief in a benevolent God.

    D. Littman says: "a unique civil war perspective"
    "Interesting slant"
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    I loved Lorna Raver's voice and the material was interesting. Maybe not the most compelling Ive come across. On the other hand I don't hesitate in recomending this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Homer & Langley

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By E.L. Doctorow
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    From Ragtime and Billy Bathgate to The Book of Daniel, World's Fair, and The March, the novels of E. L. Doctorow comprise one of the most substantive achievements of modern American fiction. Now, with Homer & Langley, this master novelist has once again created an unforgettable work. Homer and Langley Collyer are brothers - the one blind and deeply intuitive, the other damaged into madness, or perhaps greatness, by mustard gas in the Great War.

    A User says: "Good On So Many Levels"
    "Fictionalized"
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    I'm not sure I can bring myself to fully approve how EL Doctorow made a departure from the facts of the Collyer brothers biographies. Its been a while so I dont' recall the specifics.
    But as I gradually coaxed myself into just enjoying the story, I found myself enjoying it more and more. Narrator/Lector has a wonderful voice, just right for the material.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Get Too Comfortable (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By David Rakoff
    • Narrated By David Rakoff
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (177)

    David Rakoff's bestselling collection of autobiographical essays, Fraud, established him as one of today's funniest and most insightful writers. Now, in Don't Get Too Comfortable, Rakoff moves from the personal to the public, journeying into the land of unchecked plenty that is contemporary America. Rarely have greed, vanity, selfishness, and vapidity been so mercilessly and wittily skewered.

    Nell Huntworth says: "More wonderful David Rakoff"
    "I downloaded this after he died"
    Overall
    Performance
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    It broke my heart to listen to this, knowing he had spent such a long time being ill. But on the other hand, its a piece of his wonderful wry legacy and I for that I am grateful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What I Saw at Shiloh

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Ambrose Bierce
    • Narrated By John Michaels
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    In this missive Ambrose Bierce recounts two days in his life, April 6 and April 7, 1862, perhaps the two most significant days of his life. He and over 100,000 other combatants have gathered about a small church near the town of Corinth, "a wretched place--the capital of a swamp, two days' march west of the Tennessee River". The church is Shiloh, and it will lend its name to the great battle that took place there.

    angus says: "very informitive puts listener on battlefield"
    "Vivid description of a Civil War battlefield"
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    Very interesting description of what its like to be in the thick of battle. In a word, horrific.
    Interesting book, I recommend this to anyone who loves to be transported to a different era.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart of the Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Graham Greene
    • Narrated By Michael Kitchen
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    Scobie, a police officer in a West African colony, is a good and honest man. But when he falls in love, he is forced into a betrayal of everything that he has ever believed in, and his struggle to maintain the happiness of two women destroys him.

    Elanjelian says: "A Novel on Sin and Damnation"
    "I so badly wanted to like this"
    Overall
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    I love Michael Kitchen, I love the idea of Graham Greene. The subject matter sounded so promising--corruption in Colonial Africa. But oh my there was something just way to boring. I kept drifting off into other thoughts and daydreams. Finally I had to be honest with myself and abandon the book as my iphone is always short on memory.
    Other people might enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why I Left the Amish: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Saloma Miller Furlong
    • Narrated By Lois Johnson
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    When Saloma Miller Furlong's father dies during her first semester at Smith College, she returns to the Amish community she had left twenty four years earlier to attend his funeral. Her journey home prompts a flood of memories. Now a mother with grown children of her own, Furlong recalls her painful childhood in a family defined by her father's mental illness, her brother's brutality, her mother's frustration, and the austere traditions of the Amish - traditions Furlong struggled to accept for years before making the difficult decision to leave the community.

    Robert says: "I felt like a part of the family"
    "Compelling"
    Overall
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    I couldn't stop listening to this brutally honest and illuminating account of growing up amish. Narrator took a bit of getting used to, but her voice finally grew on me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Blaine Harden
    • Narrated By Blaine Harden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (518)

    North Korea is isolated and hungry, bankrupt and belligerent. It is also armed with nuclear weapons. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are being held in its political prison camps, which have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. Very few born and raised in these camps have escaped - but Shin Dong-hyuk did.

    Amanda says: "Worthwhile, but difficult on many levels."
    "Not for faint of heart."
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    This harrowing tale will perhaps help you feel more appreciative of the basics: freedom to choose what you want to eat, and when. Freedom to fall in love with whoever you want. Freedom to dream about the future or the past, or both. The story is painful and compelling especially in the beginning, when the book concentrates on the boy's life in Camp 14, and on his escape. Life in the "West"? "Capitalism"? offers its own treachery that is not easy to navigate. That's true of so many of us raised in this world. All the harder for basically a person who has lived on another planet his whole life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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