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Ellanora

Titusville, FL, United States

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 87 titles in library
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  • Awakenings

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Oliver Sacks
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (99)

    Awakenings - which inspired the major motion picture - is the remarkable story of a group of patients who contracted sleeping sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen for decades in a trance-like state, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Oliver Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which had an astonishing, explosive, "awakening" effect. Dr. Sacks recounts the moving case histories of his patients, their lives, and their extraordinary transformations.

    Douglas says: "Absolute classic!"
    "WONDERFUL"
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    My husband wanted me to get this for him. We had seen the movie and loved it. He had read other books by Oliver Sacks and enjoyed each one. This did not disappoint....loved every minute of it and the narration was terrific as well. To inject the personalties of the patients aided in understanding the different problems that each one had before going to "sleep" and after they awakened was very interesting, sometimes sad, sometimes funny - just wonderful. The patients themselves were often humorous and knowing the difficulties they faced enlightened the situation. My husband, being a Parkinson's patient, could relate to some of the difficulties of the disease.
    THIS IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO OTHERS!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

    • UNABRIDGED (66 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Robert A. Caro
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (271)

    Robert Caro's monumental book makes public what few outsiders have known: that Robert Moses was the single most powerful man of our time in the City and in the State of New York. And in telling the Moses story, Caro both opens up to an unprecedented degree the way in which politics really happens - the way things really get done in America's City Halls and Statehouses - and brings to light a bonanza of vital new information.

    jeff says: "AMAZING read"
    "VERY INTERESTING BOOK"
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    I purchased this for my husband because he has always been interested in history. He had just finished the book by the same author, Robert Caro, about Lyndon B Johnson....not someone he cared for. He found this very interesting also and thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. Definitely would recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1091)
    Performance
    (942)
    Story
    (952)

    Moneyball reveals a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the giant offices of major league teams and the dugouts. But the real jackpot is a cache of numbers collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers, and physics professors.

    Gordon Lamb says: "Excellent Book, Outstanding Narration, Sloppy Edit"
    "Loved"
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    Purchased this for my husband at his request. Being a baseball fan for a long time he was really interested in having this book. He was not disappointed and would recommend it for anyone interested in the wheelings and dealings of baseball.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Greedy Bastards: Corporate Communists, Banksters, and the Other Vampires Who Suck America Dry

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Dylan Ratigan
    • Narrated By Dylan Ratigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    Dylan Ratigan is mad as hell. Infuriated by government corruption and corporate communism, incensed by banksters shaking down taxpayers, and despairing of an ailing health care system, an age-old dependency on foreign oil, and a failing educational system, Ratigan sees an America that has allowed itself to be swindled and robbed. In this book, his first, he rips the lid off our deeply crooked system—and offers a way out.

    Cathy says: "Very eye opening and engaging!"
    "TIMELY"
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    My husband asked me to download this book for him. He had never watched Dylan Ratigan's show on TV but heard him on another program and the book was discussed. My husband is very interested in the inner workings of the government, from when it was formed to present, so this was a good choice. He enjoyed the book tremendously, both the story and narration.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11608)
    Performance
    (7581)
    Story
    (7614)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Wonderful Book"
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    This book written by Laura Hillenbrand was a story of a truly amazing man. Edward Hermann is an excellent reader and the combination of the two has made this an excellent read! I would recommend this book to everyone even though the parts describing being a prisoner of war of the Japanese is difficult to imagine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Big Russ and Me: Father and Son, Lessons of Life

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tim Russert
    • Narrated By Tim Russert
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (38)

    Over the last two decades, Tim Russert has become one of the most trusted and admired figures in American television journalism. Throughout his career he has spent time with presidents and popes, world leaders and newsmakers, celebrities and sports heroes, but one person stands out from the rest in terms of his strength of character, modest grace, and simple decency: Russert's dad, Big Russ.

    Linda says: "The best I've read in a very long time!"
    "TIM RUSSERT WAS THE BEST"
    Overall

    I LOVED TIM RUSSERT AND HAD ENJOYED ANOTHER OF HIS BOOKS - COULD ACTUALLY READ IT AT THAT TIME. THIS WAS JUST AS WONDERFUL. IT WAS SO GREAT TO HEAR HIS VOICE AGAIN AND HEAR THE STORY OF HIM AND HIS DAD!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Until Tuesday

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Narrated By Luis Carlos Montalvan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (558)

    A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalvan never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home, however, the pressures of his physical wounds, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. In constant physical pain, he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital. He drank; he argued; he cut himself off from those he loved. Then Luis met Tuesday, a beautiful and sensitive golden retriever....

    Char says: "Very Good Book"
    "WONDERFUL BOOK"
    Overall

    THIS WAS A WONDERFUL BOOK ON MANY LEVELS. IT HAD ME FROM THE VERY BEGINNING.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • All Creatures Great and Small

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James Herriot
    • Narrated By Christopher Timothy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1112)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (504)

    In this first volume of his memoirs, then-newly-qualified vet James Herriot arrives in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby, and he has no idea what to expect. How will he get on with his new boss? The local farmers? And what will the animals think? This program is filled with hilarious and touching tales of the unpredictable Siegfried Farnon, his charming student brother Tristan, and Herriot's first encounters with a beautiful girl named Helen.

    Johnnie Walker says: "Comfort Listening"
    "NOT FOR ME"
    Overall

    THIS BOOK WAS A ZERO FOR ME.....BOUGHT FOR ME BY MY WIFE BUT IT WAS NOT SOMETHING THAT I WOULD ENJOY. STOP LISTENING QUICKLY.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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