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  • Einstein: His Life and Universe | Walter Isaacson

    Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (2631)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
  • And Sometimes I Wonder About You: A Leonid McGill Mystery | Walter Mosley

    And Sometimes I Wonder About You: A Leonid McGill Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Prentice Onayemi
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    In the fifth Leonid McGill novel, Leonid finds himself in an unusual pickle of trying to balance his cases with his chaotic personal life. Leonid's father is still out there somewhere, and his wife is in an uptown sanitarium trying to recover from the deep depression that led to her attempted suicide in the previous novel. His wife's condition has put a damper on his affair with Aura Ullman, his girlfriend.

    Tracy says: "Another great story by Mr Walter Mosley"
  • The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution | Walter Isaacson

    The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (1437)
    Story
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    Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?

    Mark says: "A History of the Ancient Geeks"
  • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life | Walter Isaacson

    Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
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    Overall
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    Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us - an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings. In best-selling author Walter Isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin turns to us from history's stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours. The most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself.

    Cathi says: "Good book, not crazy about the narrator"
  • Steve Jobs | Walter Isaacson

    Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
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    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
  • Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography | Walter Isaacson

    Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson
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    (1457)
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    (1258)
    Story
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    In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

    john says: "More man, less tech, might have made a better book"
  • Devil in a Blue Dress: An Easy Rawlins Mystery | Walter Mosley

    Devil in a Blue Dress: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
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    Los Angeles, 1948: Easy Rawlins is a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Money, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.

    Jefferson says: "Beware of Mysterious Sexy Women with Big Suitcases"
  • Rose Gold: An Easy Rawlins Mystery | Walter Mosley

    Rose Gold: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By J.D. Jackson
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    Overall
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    In this new mystery set in the Patty Hearst era of radical black nationalism and political abductions, a black ex-boxer self-named Uhuru Nolica, the leader of a revolutionary cell called Scorched Earth, has kidnapped Rosemary Goldsmith, the daughter of a weapons manufacturer, from her dorm at UC Santa Barbara. If they don't receive the money, weapons, and apology they demand, "Rose Gold" will die - horribly and publicly.

    D. Stokes says: "Good Story"
  • The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution | Walter Isaacson,Walter Isaacson(Introduction)

    The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson, Walter Isaacson(Introduction)
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson's revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?

    Ann's Back says: "The steps of the technological ladder"
  • Little Green: An Easy Rawlins Mystery, Book 12 | Walter Mosley

    Little Green: An Easy Rawlins Mystery, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
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    (143)
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    (126)
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    We last saw Easy in 2007’s Blonde Faith, fighting for his life after his car plunges over a cliff. True to form, the tough WWII veteran survives, and soon his murderous sidekick Mouse has him back cruising the mean streets of L.A., in all their psychedelic 1967 glory, to look for a young black man, Evander "Little Green" Noon, who disappeared during an acid trip. Fueled by an elixir called Gator’s Blood, brewed by the conjure woman Mama Jo, Easy experiences a physical, spiritual, and emotional resurrection, but peace and love soon give way to murder and mayhem.

    Kim says: "Mosley and EZ - Older, wiser, better than ever."
  • The Black Stallion | Walter Farley

    The Black Stallion

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Walter Farley
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
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    When the steamer Drake is shipwrecked off the Spanish coast, only two passengers survive. One is Alec Ramsay, a young American boy. The other is the Black Stallion, the wildest of all wild creatures. Stranded together on a desert island, boy and stallion develop a deep and wonderful understanding. The Black Stallion is the horse Alec has always dreamed of - beautiful, free-spirited, and astonishingly strong. Alec is determined to tame him and bring him home to New York.

    Aurora Leos says: "Precious story! Hugely satisfying!"
  • The Long Fall | Walter Mosley

    The Long Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
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    His name is etched on the door of his Manhattan office: LEONID McGILL , PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR. It's a name that takes a little explaining, but he's used to it. Ex-boxer, hard drinker, in a business that trades mostly in cash and favors: McGill's an old-school P.I. working a city that's gotten fancy all around him. Fancy or not, he has always managed to get by - keep a roof over the head of his wife and kids, and still manage a little fun on the side - mostly because he's never been above taking a shady job for a quick buck.

    Matthew says: "constant back story to do the heavy lifting."
  • Ivanhoe | Sir Walter Scott

    Ivanhoe

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Sir Walter Scott
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    During the reign of Richard I, Wilfred of Ivanhoe earns his father's disapproval by falling in love with Rowena, his father's ward. His father had planned to wed her himself, and reestablish the Saxon line.

    Tobin says: "A great classic romance/adventure"
  • Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore: A Novel | Walter Mosley

    Debbie Doesn't Do It Anymore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
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    In this scorching, mournful, often explicit, and never less than moving literary novel by the famed creator of the Easy Rawlins series, Debbie Dare, a black porn queen, has to come to terms with her sordid life in the adult entertainment industry after her tomcatting husband dies in a hot tub. Electrocuted. With another woman in there with him. Debbie decides she just isn't going to "do it anymore". But executing her exit strategy from the porn world is a wrenching and far from simple process.

    Dream says: "Different than I thought"
  • The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear | Walter Moers

    The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Walter Moers
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
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    Playful enough for young adult readers, yet as intricate and engaging as any work of literary fiction, The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear has the plot of a novel and the spontaneity and humor of a vintage comic book, making it already an instant cult classic.

    Paul says: "Hillarious and fantastic book and great listen"
  • Beautiful Ruins | Jess Walter

    Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
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    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
  • Killing Johnny Fry: A Sexistential Novel | Walter Mosley

    Killing Johnny Fry: A Sexistential Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Percy O'Hara
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    (19)
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    (19)
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    When Cordell Carmel catches his longtime girlfriend with another man, the act he witnesses seems to dissolve all the boundaries he knows. He wants revenge but also something more. Killing Johnny Fry is the story of Cordell's dark, funny, soulful, and outrageously explicit sexual odyssey in search of a new way of life. It marks new territory for the best-selling author of Devil in a Blue Dress and countless other books; it will surprise, provoke, inspire, and make you blush.

    Andrew says: "Long way from Easy Rawlins"
  • Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs (Harvard Business Review) | Walter Isaacson

    Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs (Harvard Business Review)

    • UNABRIDGED (39 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Todd Mundt
    Overall
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    Best-selling writer and biographer Walter Isaacson deconstructs the late Apple CEO’s business brilliance

    Sean says: "Important Points for Aspiring Business People"
  • The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made | Evan Thomas,Walter Isaacson

    The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Evan Thomas, Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Reese
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    Six close friends shaped the role their country would play in the dangerous years following World War II. They were the original best and brightest, whose towering intellects, outsize personalities, and dramatic actions would bring order to the postwar chaos, and whose strong response to Soviet expansionism would leave a legacy that dominates American policy to this day. In April 1945, they converged to advise an untutored new president, Harry Truman.

    Jeffrey J Bachovchin says: "Disappointed: Couldn't Get Passed the Narrator"
  • White Butterfly: An Easy Rawlins Mystery | Walter Mosley

    White Butterfly: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (97)

    The police don't show up on Easy Rawlins's doorstep until the third girl dies. It's Los Angeles, 1956, and it takes more than one murdered black girl before the cops get interested. Now they need Easy. As he says: "I was worth a precinct full of detectives when the cops needed the word in the ghetto." But Easy turns them down. He's married now, a father -- and his detective days are over.

    bonnie says: "honest and open"
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