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Kim

Augusta, GA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 132 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2014
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  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1271)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (630)

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "EVERYTHING you wanted to know about the flu."
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    I mean everything. The author is extremely detailed. You will find that the level of understanding was greater at that time than you might have known. You will also learn much about influenza than you ever knew!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Never Goin' Back: Winning the Weight-Loss Battle for Good

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Al Roker
    • Narrated By Al Roker
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Al Roker’s aha! moment came a decade ago. He was closing in on 350 pounds when he promised his dying father that he wasn’t going to keep living as he was. That led to his decision for a stomach bypass - and his life-changing drop to 190. But 50 of those pounds gradually crept back until he finally devised a plan, stuck to it, and got his life back. Never Going Back is Roker’s inspiring, candid, and often hilarious story of self-discovery, revealing a (now slimmer) side of his life that no one knows.

    Brenda says: "Very inspiring"
    "Never Going Back After Gastric Bypass Surgery"
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    I was looking for an inspiration tale of how someone took control of their life and beat their obesity. I would hope that anyone who has this surgery never goes back to being obese. Al is a wonderful fellow but I was expecting a superhuman feat. Not everyone could afford such a surgery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Longest Race: A Lifelong Runner, an Iconic Ultramarathon, and the Case for Human Endurance

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Ed Ayres
    • Narrated By Richard Waterhouse
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    First and foremost a book about running, The Longest Race takes listeners alongside ultramarathoner Ed Ayres as he prepares for, runs, and finishes the JFK 50-mile race at a then record-breaking time for his age division - 60 and older. But for Ayres, this race was about more than just running, and the book also encompasses his musings and epiphanies along the way about possibilities for human achievement and the creation of a sustainable civilization.

    Mark says: "Should have been called The Longest Book"
    "Misleading"
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    If you are looking for a chance to read about one man's liberal philosophy while he runs an ultramarathon you have chosen the correct book. I had to quit this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Robert K. Massie
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (493)
    Story
    (489)

    The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.

    Elizabeth says: "Loved everyone minute!"
    "Good Listen"
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    Massie really puts the research in to make this the consummate biography about Catherine. I have a new respect for her legacy. Entertaining because I find it fascinating to understand how life was back in her time. Sick? Just bleed 'em!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brain Trust: 93 Top Scientists Reveal Lab-Tested Secrets to Surfing, Dating, Dieting, Gambling, Growing Man-Eating Plants, and More!

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Garth Sundem
    • Narrated By Garth Sundem
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (176)

    How much better would your life be if you had an army of Nobel Laureates, MacArthur ‘geniuses’ and National Medal of Science winners whispering tips in your ear about your body language, or how to resist that impulse purchase you’ll regret tomorrow, or when to sell your car - or even helping you trick your spouse into doing the dishes?

    Kim says: "Sort of scattered"
    "Sort of scattered"
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    A couple of gems but mostly passing fancies. Unless you have perfect recall you will not find most of the topics useful. However, it is a good exercise in "outside looking at human behavior on the inside."

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Reich
    • Narrated By Robert Reich
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (270)

    The author of 12 acclaimed books, Robert B. Reich is a Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and has served in three national administrations. While many blamed Wall Street for the financial meltdown, Aftershock points a finger at a national economy in which wealth is increasingly concentrated at the top - and where a grasping middle class simply does not have the resources to remain viable.

    Chris says: "Very plausible assessment of our economy"
    "Uninspiring"
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    Perhaps redistributing wealth from the rich to the poor would increase economic activity. But I will never be convinced that any regulatory agency could efficiently and fairly pull it off. Plus, it ignores what I believe about fairness and the rewards of hard work - even if it does not maintain a red-hot economy. Mr. Reich does not discuss the ill affects of a steep Federal Deficit.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • We Die Alone: A WWII Epic of Escape and Endurance

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By David Howarth
    • Narrated By Stuart Langton
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    It begins with an ambushed commando raid that leaves all but one of the expatriate resistance fighters dead or captured. Though wounded, Jan Baalsrud, the sole survivor, takes off on a courageous, incredible trek into the wilds of the Lyngen Alps, while the Nazis pursue him relentlessly. He suffers frostbite, snowblindness, and a terrible fall in an avalanche. At last, delirious and near death, he chances on to a cabin, where the first in a series of remarkably brave and clever men and women come to his aid.

    Erik says: "An unbelievable journey"
    "Amazing Survival Story"
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    I have been listening to survival stories and found this one to be one of the best.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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