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Carlton

Webster, NY, United States

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  • A. Lincoln: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ronald C. White, Jr.
    • Narrated By Bill Weideman
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (190)

    In this important new biography, Ronald C. White, Jr. offers a fresh and fascinating definition of Lincoln as a man of integrity - what today's commentators are calling "authenticity" - whose internal moral compass is the key to understanding his life. Through meticulous research, utilizing recently discovered Lincoln letters, legal papers, and photographs, White depicts Lincoln as a person of intellectual curiosity, comfortable with ambiguity, and capable of changing his mind.

    Julieann says: "Insight into Lincoln"
    "A Powerful Rendering of Lincoln's Life"
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    I could not put this book down. It is well written and narrated. I have listened or read books on Lincoln but this is by far one of the best I have listened to. I highly recommend it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (163)

    One day in 1957, in the third-grade classroom of St. Brigid's parochial school, an exasperated Sister Mary Lurana bent over a restless young William O'Reilly and said, "William, you are a bold, fresh piece of humanity." Little did she know that she was, early in his career as a troublemaker, defining the essence of Bill O'Reilly and providing him with the title of his brash and entertaining issues-based memoir.

    James says: "Avid Reader Explains Bold Fresh is a must Listen"
    "Shows O'Reilly's Hypocrisy"
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    After listening to this book, and having been a long-time listener to O'Reilly, it has been confirmed to me just how much of a hypocrite he is. He talks a lot about fairness and how people should be treated but he goes off on several people in this book that he disagrees with or does not understand. Name calling is rampant in some places, e.g. referring to Julio Iglesias as "swarmy."

    Bill promotes himself as all knowing, knowing more about history, music, acting, TV shows (the list goes on and on) than anyone else. For example he advertised his book, "Killing Lincoln," as presenting new material that no one else had ever read. He might want to read a few other Lincoln books. After reading "Killing Lincoln" his self-promotion fails to meet the test.

    This same attitude is also true in, "A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity: A Memoir."

    If you choose to read this book, just remember you are in for a high dose of self-aggrandizement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (423)

    Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail.

    Igor says: "An amazing story, and a great storyteller"
    "Beautiful Story"
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    Laura Hillenbrand captures the story of Seabiscuit so well that it is difficult to put this book down. It is so moving that you feel as if you are right there during the races and the events occurring in the lives of the persons involved. I highly recommend this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Holidays in Hell: In Which Our Intrepid Reporter Travels to the World's Worst Places and Asks, 'What's Funny About This'

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By P.J. O'Rourke
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Holidays in Hell follows P. J. O’Rourke on a global fun-finding mission to the most desperate places on the planet, from the bombed-out streets of Beirut to the stultifying blandness of Heritage USA. P.J.’s unforgettable adventures abroad include storming student protesters’ barricades in South Korea, interviewing Communist insurrectionists in the Philippines, and going undercover in Arab garb at Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock Mosque. Packed with P.J.’s classic riffs on everything from Polish nightlife under communism to Third World driving tips....

    Philip says: "Moving Stories"
    "Not Very Funny"
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    I was very disappointed with this book. I rarely have an Audible book that I do not like but this book was not worth the time or effort. I listened all the way through and rarely was amused. O'Rourke seems to love vulgarity in portraying the story. I would not recommend this book unless you are a Rolling Stones Fan and then it would probably be of interest to you.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27499)
    Performance
    (14101)
    Story
    (14150)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "A Powerful, Outstanding Book"
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    I have thoroughly enjoyed the writing and narration of The Help. The author draws the reader into the characters and makes you feel as if you are witnessing the story as it is being told. I have seen the movie also and as much as I enjoyed the movie, I enjoyed the book more. This is one of the top two books I have listened to or read this year and I highly commend it to everyone.

    0 of 0 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
    (12906)
    Performance
    (8783)
    Story
    (8831)

    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.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Outstanding Story"
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    Laura Hillenbrand has written a gripping, heart touching story so beautifully weaving the story around the various characters in such a way that I could not put the book down. I often found myself crying as I listened to the horrendous cruelty, torture and pain being endured by the POWs. It was overwhelming to imagine that any person could be that evil.

    The story depicts how one man's life is transformed through the power of God's redeeming grace where he could forgive even those who tortured him the most while the main torturer's life ended in arrogance and conceit.

    This book and "Night" by Elie Wiesel are the two best books I have listened to this year.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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