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  • Major Pettigrew's Last Stand: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Helen Simonson
    • Narrated By Peter Altschuler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2497)
    Performance
    (1203)
    Story
    (1196)

    You are about to travel to Edgecombe St. Mary, a small village in the English countryside filled with rolling hills, thatched cottages, and a cast of characters both hilariously original and as familiar as the members of your own family. Among them is Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired), the unlikely hero of Helen Simonson's wondrous debut. Wry, courtly, opinionated, and completely endearing, Major Pettigrew is one of the most indelible characters in contemporary fiction.

    Sara says: "A Surprising Treat!"
    "An amusing, dead-on view of contemporary England"
    Overall

    and a nice commentary on family life and the relationship of older adults with their children. Most entertaining book I've listened to in weeks.
    To love this book, it helps to be an Anglophile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gun

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By C. J. Chivers
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (129)

    It is the world's most widely recognized weapon, the most profuse tool for killing ever made. More than fifty national armies carry the automatic Kalashnikov, as do an array of police, intelligence, and security agencies all over the world. In this tour de force, prizewinning New York Times reporter C. J. Chivers traces the invention of the assault rifle.

    Edward says: "A compelling book about much more than guns!"
    "The AK-47, ubiquitous but obscure, is explained"
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    I'm no expert on guns but this is a fascinating work on the history of an important technology, from the Civil War through post-Vietnam. It's full of delicious detail and a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3630)
    Performance
    (2099)
    Story
    (2113)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Surprisingly lively"
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    Lots you'd never have guest, delivered with wit and intelligence, and a narrator well-suited to the text.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oddly Normal: One Family's Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Schwartz
    • Narrated By John Schwartz, Joseph Schwartz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    Three years ago, John Schwartz, a national correspondent for the New York Times, got the call that every parent hopes never to receive: His 13-year-old son, Joe, was in the hospital following a suicide attempt. Mustering the courage to come out to his classmates, Joe had delivered a tirade about homophobic and sexist attitudes that was greeted with unease and confusion by his fellow students. Hours later, he took an overdose of pills.

    Wiliam says: "The Effect of Parental Caring"
    "Raising a not-quite-average child"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Anybody who has, or had, a child who is not quite at the statistical mean will appreciate this book. John Schwartz writes about putting a creative kid, who shows some of the human species' variability, through a one-size-fits-all school system and social structure - and coming out whole on the other side.
    Millions of parents go through a version of what John and his wife did, whether their kids are gay or straight, and would benefit from his insight.
    And his narration adds an entertaining element. Never underestimate the power of a Texan storyteller.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Zero History

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By William Gibson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (159)

    Hollis Henry worked for the global marketing magnate Hubertus Bigend once before. She never meant to repeat the experience. Milgrim is even more thoroughly owned by Bigend. He's worth owning for his useful gift of seeming to disappear in almost any setting. baked into bone, entirely experimental, to show for it. Garreth has a passion for extreme sports. Garreth isn't owned by Bigend at all.

    Aaron says: "Bigend needed a little more Blomkvist"
    "An unofficial sequel to Spook Country."
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    The pleasure of Gibson is the texture of his prose. The story is entertaining but the gritty detail is the real attraction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rachel L. Swarns
    • Narrated By Claudia Alick
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Michelle Obama's family saga is a remarkable, quintessentially American story - a journey from slavery to the White House in five generations. Yet, until now, little has been reported on the First Lady's roots. Prodigiously researched, American Tapestry traces the complex and fascinating tale of Michelle Obama's ancestors, a history that the First Lady did not even know herself. Rachel L. Swarns, a correspondent for the New York Times, brings into focus the First Lady's black, white, and multiracial forebears.

    Caro says: "A unique look at history"
    "Neglected Parts of American History"
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    This is not about Michelle Obama, it's about how tightly linked the races were even during slavery and segregation. Some of the details of the family's history are elusive but the overall picture of American society is clear, ante-bellum, during reconstruction, and through the last century.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tea with Hezbollah: Sitting at the Enemies' Table - Our Journey Through the Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker, Carl Medearis
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Is it really possible to love one's enemies? That's the question that sparked a fascinating and, at times, terrifying journey into the heart of the Middle East during the summer of 2008. It was a trip that began in Egypt, passed beneath the steel-and-glass high-rises of Saudi Arabia, then wound through the bullet-pocked alleyways of Beirut and dusty streets of Damascus, before ending at the cradle of the world's three major religions: Jerusalem.

    Roy says: "Love Your Enemies?"
    "A goofy tour of the Middle East"
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    Two Christian Arabists bumble thorough the Middle East, meet with terrorists and ask them what kind of toothpaste they use and what color their Mercedes are.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Emergency State: America's Pursuit of Absolute Security at All Costs

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David C. Unger
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    In The Emergency State, leading global affairs commentator David C. Unger reveals the hidden costs of America's obsessive pursuit of absolute national security. In the decades since World War II, presidents from both parties have assumed broad war-making powers never intended by the Constitution and intervened abroad to preserve our credibility rather than our security, while trillions of tax dollars have been diverted from essential domestic needs to the Pentagon. Yet ironically, this pursuit has not just damaged our democracy and undermined our economic strength....

    Matthew says: "A new and insightful take"
    "A new and insightful take"
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    on the last 70 years of American foreign policy, tying together our behavior abroad and our condition at home. An eye-opening read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jeanette Walls
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (1464)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (299)

    This extraordinary memoir from Jeannette Walls is a stirring and distinctive story that has won tremendous critical acclaim. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly applauds the author's "fantastic storytelling knack", saying, "Walls doesn't pull her punches...in this excellent, unusual book."

    Tracie says: "Stayed Awake Until 5 am to Finish!!!"
    "NIcely told and nicely narrated"
    Overall

    The book is assigned reading for our 12th grader, so we chose it for a long car trip. Every chapter is absorbing, and the story is harrowing in places.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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