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  • 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mitchell Zuckoff, Annex Security Team
    • Narrated By Mitchell Zuckoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6570)
    Performance
    (5860)
    Story
    (5829)

    13 Hours presents, for the first time ever, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Those men went beyond the call of duty, performing extraordinary acts of courage and heroism, to avert tragedy on a much larger scale.

    NOKWISA says: "Spellbinding, Inspiring, Humbling"
  • Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, The FBI, and a Devil's Deal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Gerard O'Neill, Dick Lehr
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein, Christopher Evan Welch
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (292)

    In this gritty New York Times best-seller, the true story of a crooked deal between the FBI and the Irish Mob is exposed. By providing a penetrating look into the mean streets of mid-1970s South Boston, the author shows how two kids from the neighborhood cross paths again years later, ending in the biggest informant scandal in FBI history.

    Mary J. says: "Liked it ....for awhile"
  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Rob McQuay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3621)
    Performance
    (3257)
    Story
    (3282)

    The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America - majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. And Bill Bryson is surely the most entertaing guide you’ll find. He introduces us to the history and ecology of the trail and to some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks he meets along the way - and a couple of bears. Already a classic, A Walk in the Woods will make you long for the great outdoors (or at least a comfortable chair to sit and read in).

    colleen says: "What a treat"
  • Left for Dead: The Untold Story of the Tragic 1979 Fastnet Race

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nick Ward, Sinead O'Brien
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    The Fastnet Race is the world famous yacht race from the Isle of Wight to the Fastnet Rock off the southwest coast of Ireland and back. The race of 1979 began in perfect weather conditions but within 48 hours, the deadliest storm in the history of modern sailing struck off the south coast of Ireland. By the time it had passed, the havoc caused was immeasurable. Even more devastating, it had mercilessly taken the lives of 15 sailors.

    Todd says: "Engrossing"
  • Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
    • Narrated By Dean Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3613)
    Performance
    (2812)
    Story
    (2864)

    When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

    AudioAddict says: "Enjoyable, yes. Believable? Um...no"
  • 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
    (32784)
    Performance
    (26160)
    Story
    (26232)

    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.....

    Janice says: "Indescribable"
  • Foxcatcher: The True Story of My Brother's Murder, John du Pont's Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Mark Schultz, David Thomas
    • Narrated By Stephen Mendel
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (133)

    On January 26, 1996, Dave Schultz, Olympic gold medal winner and wrestling golden boy, was shot three times by du Pont family heir John E. du Pont at the famed Foxcatcher Farms estate in Pennsylvania. Following the murder, there was a tense standoff when du Pont barricaded himself in his home for two days before he was finally captured. Foxcatcher is gold medal winner Mark Schultz's memoir, revealing what made him and his brother champion and what brought them to Foxcatcher Farms.

    Yesika Fletcher says: "The book title is misleading"
  • Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Nick Schou
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (62)

    Gary Webb is the former San Jose Mercury News reporter whose 1996 "Dark Alliance" series on the so-called CIA-crack cocaine connection created a firestorm of controversy and led to his resignation from the paper amid escalating attacks on his work by the mainstream media. Author and investigative journalist Nick Schou published numerous articles on the controversy and was the only reporter to significantly advance Webb's stories.

    Veronica says: "Great!"
  • Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
    • Narrated By Dean Gallagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3613)
    Performance
    (2812)
    Story
    (2864)

    When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.

    AudioAddict says: "Enjoyable, yes. Believable? Um...no"
  • Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, the Mob, and the Battle for Los Angeles

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paul Lieberman
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    Gangster Squad chronicles the true story of the secretive police unit that waged an anything-goes war to drive Mickey Cohen and other hoodlums from Los Angeles after WWII. In 1946, the LAPD launched the Gangster Squad with eight men who met covertly on street corners and slept with Tommy guns under their beds. But for two cops, all that mattered was nailing the strutting gangster Mickey Cohen. Sgt. Jack O’Mara was a square-jawed church usher, Sgt. Jerry Wooters a cynical maverick....

    DaveNoID says: "Not the movie"
  • Million Dollar Arm: Sometimes to Win, You Have to Change the Game

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By J. B. Bernstein
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    India is a country with more than one billion people, a fanatical national cricket obsession, and exactly zero talent scouts. There, superstar sports agent J. B. Bernstein knew that he could find the Yao Ming of baseball - someone with a strong arm and enough raw talent to pitch in the major leagues. Almost no one in India is familiar with the game, but Bernstein had heard enough coaches swear that if you gave them a guy who throws 100 miles an hour, they could teach him how to pitch.

    Kindle Customer says: "Delightfully fun listen for a spring weekend"
  • Twelve Years a Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Solomon Northup
    • Narrated By Louis Gossett, Jr.
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2139)
    Performance
    (1940)
    Story
    (1941)

    In this riveting landmark autobiography, which reads like a novel, Academy Award and Emmy winner Louis Gossett, Jr., masterfully transports us to 1840s New York; Washington, D.C.; and Louisiana to experience the kidnapping and 12 years of bondage of Solomon Northup, a free man of color. Twelve Years a Slave, published in 1853, was an immediate bombshell in the national debate over slavery leading up to the Civil War.

    Book Reader says: "I've waited for this a long time"
  • The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Beauty and Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Susan Orlean
    • Narrated By Jennifer Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (87)

    There is something fascinating or funny or truly bizarre on every page of this true tale of floral obsession: the story of how the head of a famous Seminole chief came to be displayed in the front window of a local pharmacy; or how 700 iguanas were smuggled into Florida; or the case of the only known extraterrestrial plant crime.

    Amazon Customer says: "Orchids are just the vehicle."
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5548)
    Performance
    (3997)
    Story
    (4002)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
  • The Basketball Diaries

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jim Carroll
    • Narrated By Jim Carroll
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    In his teens, Jim Carroll roamed the streets of New York, shooting baskets with some of New York's best "playground" stars, and shooting heroin with some of the city's most memorable street characters. The Basketball Diaries is his chronicle of those years. Written while in his teens, it is a literary tour-de-force and a stunning portrait of contemporary urban street life. The characters and incidents are moving and funny and sad, but always very real.

    Sarah says: "Not My Type Of Story"
  • Angela's Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt, Jeannette Walls - introduction
    Overall
    (5119)
    Performance
    (3691)
    Story
    (3689)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: There’s no gentle way to put this – Frank McCourt’s performance of Angela’s Ashes is just better than the Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Frank McCourt shares his sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking story of growing up poor, Irish, and Catholic in the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Angela's Ashes.

    Karen says: "A classic book *and* a classic audiobook"
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jordan Belfort
    • Narrated By Bobby Cannavale
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (236)

    In the 1990s Jordan Belfort, former kingpin of the notorious investment firm Stratton Oakmont, became one of the most infamous names in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his merry mob on a wild ride out of the canyons of Wall Street and into a massive office on Long Island. Now, in this astounding and hilarious tell-all autobiography, Belfort narrates a story of greed, power, and excess no one could invent.

    wowziewoo says: "Way too Abridged!"
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2302)
    Performance
    (1991)
    Story
    (2008)

    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.

    Sarah Dumoulin says: "No need to be a baseball fan"
  • The Mothman Prophecies

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By John A. Keel
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (192)

    West Virginia, 1966. For thirteen months the town of Point Pleasant is gripped by a real-life nightmare that culminates in a tragedy that makes headlines around the world. Strange occurrences and sightings, including a bizarre winged apparition that becomes known as the Mothman, trouble this ordinary American community. And journalist John Keel, arriving to investigate the freakish events, soon finds himself an integral part of an eerie and unfathomable mystery.

    Marc says: "Smart, compelling, disturbing"
  • A Brief History of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen Hawking
    • Narrated By Michael Jackson
    Overall
    (2924)
    Performance
    (1952)
    Story
    (1934)

    This landmark book is for those of us who prefer words to equations; this is the story of the ultimate quest for knowledge, the ongoing search for the secrets at the heart of time and space. Its author, Stephen W. Hawking, is arguably the greatest mind since Einstein. From the vantage point of the wheelchair, where he has spent the last 20 years trapped by Lou Gehrig's disease, Professor Hawking has transformed our view of the universe. A Brief History of Time is Hawking's classic introduction to today's most important scientific ideas.

    Jeff Parent says: "Great book, but...."
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