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  • Mission to Paris

  • By: Alan Furst
  • Narrated by: Daniel Gerroll
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 355

At the center of the intrigue is Hollywood star, Frederic Stahl. September 1938. On the eve of the Munich Appeasement, Stahl arrives in Paris, on loan from Warner Brothers to star in a French film. He quickly becomes entangled in the shifting political currents of pre-war Paris - French fascists, German Nazis, and his Hollywood publicists all have their fates tied to him. But members of the clandestine spy world of Paris have a deeper interest in Stahl, sensing a potential asset in a handsome, internationally renowned actor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cary Grant Goes to Paris

  • By Darwin8u on 06-18-12

A yummy taste of pre-WWII Europe

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-18

Nice story, perhaps too many characters but fine. Lovely mix of spy work & French romance. One large critique is of the “automatic pistol.” That is not a thing. Made me question other things in the book the author seemed to know about.

  • Radical Inclusion

  • What the Post-9/11 World Should Have Taught Us About Leadership
  • By: Martin Dempsey, Ori Brafman
  • Narrated by: Alex Hyde-White
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Forty-one-year Army veteran General (Ret.) Martin Dempsey and 41-year-old UC Berkeley associate professor Ori Brafman have been friends for almost 10 years. Though they have almost nothing in common, their collaboration has produced a powerful message. Their new book, Radical Inclusion, examines today’s leadership landscape and describes the change it demands of leaders. The nature of power is changing and should not be measured by degree of control alone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • solid read

  • By Jami on 05-16-18

So nice I read it twice!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-18

If you want to build a successful team, family, friendship, pick up this book ASAP!

  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

  • A Novel
  • By: Fannie Flagg
  • Narrated by: Lorna Raver
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,091

Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Here is the now-classic novel of two women in the 1980s; of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women - of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth - who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better as audiobook

  • By Janice on 11-02-11

Wayyyyyy better than the movie

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-18

You’ll feel wholly Christened into the culture of the early 1900s American South when reading this. Wonderful performance.

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  • Conscience of a Conservative

  • A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle
  • By: Jeff Flake
  • Narrated by: Milton Jeffers, Jeff Flake - preface
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269

In a bold act of conscience, Republican Senator Jeff Flake takes his party to task for embracing nationalism, populism, xenophobia, and the anomalous Trump presidency. The book is an urgent call for a return to bedrock conservative principle and a cry to once again put country before party.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Liberal Gives Flake 5 Stars

  • By TLN on 08-04-17

Conservative without the crazy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-21-18

Tired of hyper-partisan politics & ready for bi-partisan governance? Read this. It will give background & solace.

  • Republican Like Me

  • How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right
  • By: Ken Stern
  • Narrated by: Ken Stern
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 128

Ken Stern watched the increasing polarization of our country with growing concern. As a longtime partisan Democrat himself, he felt forced to acknowledge that his own views were too parochial, too absent of any exposure to the "other side". In fact, his urban neighborhood is so liberal, he couldn't find a single Republican - even by asking around. So, for one year, he crossed the aisle to spend time listening, talking, and praying with Republicans of all stripes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a listen or read.

  • By R. T. Pirtle on 10-28-17

A book for all left, right, middle & non-American

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-17

Wonderful review of virtually every subject discussed in modern politics. For my American and foreign friends and family alike, this book gives background of why we so feverishly debate the way we do & how we could do it better.

  • Churchill and Orwell

  • The Fight for Freedom
  • By: Thomas E. Ricks
  • Narrated by: James Lurie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

Both George Orwell and Winston Churchill came close to death in the mid-1930s - Orwell shot in the neck in a trench line in the Spanish Civil War and Churchill struck by a car in New York City. If they'd died then, history would scarcely remember them. At the time Churchill was a politician on the outs, his loyalty to his class and party suspect. Orwell was a mildly successful novelist, to put it generously. No one would have predicted that by the end of the 20th century, they would be considered two of the most important people in British history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Elegantly Written

  • By Jean on 06-11-17

Part Biography, Part History Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-12-17

I’ve always loved both these historical figures and now I respect & love & understand them in a much deeper way. This book draws connections usually we only stumble cross on a tour or random shower thought. Excellent.

  • Democracy

  • Stories from the Long Road to Freedom
  • By: Condoleezza Rice
  • Narrated by: Grace Angela Henry
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

From the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union to the ongoing struggle for human rights in the Middle East, Condoleezza Rice has served on the front lines of history. As a child, she was an eyewitness to a third awakening of freedom, when her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, became the epicenter of the civil rights movement for black Americans. In this book, Rice explains what these epochal events teach us about democracy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Case for Democracy

  • By Jean on 05-18-17

Excellent!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-17

Comprehensive overview of several nations' struggle for democracy that works for them and why the US should support their efforts.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Leaders Eat Last

  • Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,411

Why do only a few people get to say "I love my job?" It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning a lottery; that only a few lucky ones get to feel valued by their organizations, to feel like they belong. Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders are creating environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent message but poor solution

  • By Troyus on 09-03-14

Everyone is a leader

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-17

Absolutely brilliant gathering of the science behind teamwork. Wonderful examples of reasons businesses and economies worked or didn't based in this science. And my favorite parts were the goosebumps inducing stories of battlefield heroism and daily empathy.

  • Women Who Work

  • Rewriting the Rules for Success
  • By: Ivanka Trump
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney, Ivanka Trump
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

After appearing on The Apprentice years ago and receiving a flood of letters from young women asking for guidance, I realized the need for more female leaders to speak out publicly in order to change the way society thinks and talks about "women who work". So I created a forum to do just that. This book evolves the conversation that started on IvankaTrump.com, where so many incredible women (and men!) have shared their experiences, advice, ambitions, and passions.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • only for those who already have great careers

  • By Cassondra on 05-16-17

Specific, excellent advice for leaders

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-17

This book is packed w specific and excellent advice for leaders backed up by studies, interviews & historical examples. The narrator makes this book sound super sugar coated and that's annoying. But other than that, I wish I had been given this book in high school before I too entered male dominated workforces of Alaskan fishing and then aviation. Cover to cover in just a fee days.

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  • The American Spirit

  • Who We Are and What We Stand For
  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726

Over the course of his distinguished career, David McCullough has spoken before Congress, colleges and universities, historical societies, and other esteemed institutions. Now, at a time of self-reflection in America following a bitter election campaign that has left the country divided, McCullough has collected some of his most important speeches in a brief volume designed to identify important principles and characteristics that are particularly American.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Our New "OLD MAN ELOQUENT" Rides Again

  • By Ray on 04-21-17

Fantastic! Cover to cover in <1 day!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-17

A fantastic collection of speeches packed with history and context of the America I love. A tale of our diversity, our tenacity, and a call for insatiable appetite for learning like that of those wise people who came before us in order to keep it moving steadily forward.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful