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  • The Untold History of the United States

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Oliver Stone, Peter Kuznick
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot

    Aided by the latest archival findings and recently declassified documents and building on the research of the world’s best scholars, Stone and Kuznick construct an often shocking but meticulously documented "people’s history" of the American empire that challenges the notion of American exceptionalism. Stone and Kuznick will introduce listeners to a pantheon of heroes and villains as they show not only how far the United States has drifted from its democratic traditions but the powerful forces that have struggled to get us back on track.

    Leslie says: "5 star, but what a discouraging history it is."
    "5 star, but what a discouraging history it is."
    What did you love best about The Untold History of the United States?

    This is a very well researched and written book. There is much more history left untaught -- or distorted -- than we hear in school. Our untold history is fascinating.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Best are new facts about some excellent and successful efforts by humane and community-minded government officials, individuals and organizations to develop programs beneficial to the well-being of individuals, business and the country.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Until today, listening for a few hours straight while driving in the countryside, I completely enjoyed hearing this "new" history. Then I realized I was also hearing about loud and brutal intolerance, violent efforts to crush individual workers and unions, corporate efforts to finance a military coup, wars, depressions and ever-growing economic class separation, ongoing for generations. Many gained obscene amounts of wealth while most struggled, and many died, of the business, banking, military, business and corporate manipulations, The juxtaposition of the few ultra-oober-rich to the many "ordinary" made me angry because it is so familiar. There have been repeated cycles of extremes, sadly no different now than then, quickly or slowly crushing any hopes of all but the wealthiest among us. This crushing of hope has been perpetrated by the same reasoning, the same greed, the same plans and the same disregard, by the same long-lived organizations using and used by the same greedy types of individuals for at least three generations behind us, and destined to continue for the generations born after us.

    Any additional comments?

    The facts uncovered in the research of this book are extraordinary. They are also quite discouraging. I don't mind if what I learn touches a little righteous anger, and raises my consciousness and willingness to stand up for what I know is right. I hate it when people are deliberately unaware, "I don't want to know," I do want to know, but I don't know if I can continue this book. The obviously recurrent brutal treatment of our citizens -- and the citizens of other countries -- is too disheartening. Usually knowledge is power. This knowledge makes me feel powerless.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By David Miller
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 2003, software engineer David Miller left his job, family, and friends to hike 2,172 miles of the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. Listeners are treated to rich descriptions of the Appalachian Mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the rewards of taking a less conventional path through life. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about hiking gear and planning.

    Amazon Customer says: "Enjoyable but severely lacking."
    "Get it, Listen, You'll love it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely recommend this audiobook to friends, it's a great, entertaining story and listen. Plenty of laughs and enough hiking details to be interesting, but not so many a non-hiker like me would be bored. One of the few audiobooks that have made me laugh out loud while driving to and from work and on "Sunday drives" in the country.

    What other book might you compare AWOL on the Appalachian Trail to and why?

    No other books to compare this to, although I was reminded of Richard Brautigan's writing style.

    What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

    Christopher Lane's performance was spot on.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Oh my Lord, I loved the whole book

    Any additional comments?

    Why does Amazon/Audible make us use this form for a review?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Totally Enjoyable"

    Not a King horror story, but one about a lone man's journey to stop a true horror from the past. Having enjoyed most, but not all, of King's works over the years, this one makes me think again, "Ah, King!" It's a great listen that makes me leave for work early so I can start listening sooner, and turns red lights and traffic jams into gifts. Exactly the kind of story that is meant to be heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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