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  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,855
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,683
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,622

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By Deborah on 02-07-18

Amazing book!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I don't read that much fiction but the description of this story sounded intriguing. It was so much more. In a world that leans so heavily on dichotomies of good/evil, fate/skill and right/wrong, I loved the subtle nuances of this story. I felt fully transported in to a time and place that isn't so far away but feels like a whole different planet. Beautifully rendered and performed, this is a great entertainment.

  • Age of Ambition

  • Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China
  • By: Evan Osnos
  • Narrated by: Evan Osnos, George Backman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877

As the Beijing correspondent for The New Yorker, Evan Osnos was on the ground in China for years, witness to profound political, economic, and cultural upheaval. In Age of Ambition, he describes the greatest collision taking place in that country: the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party’s struggle to retain control.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Come back when you have a warrant!

  • By Neuron on 11-06-15

Extraordinarily Well-researched and Written Tale

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

I thought I had at least a decent handle on the complexities of modern China but boy was I wrong. By telling dozens of personal stories within the complex context of a nation growing out, up and in all kinds of interesting directions, Evan Osnos paints a fascinating picture of China and its wildly divergent populace during this amazing time in its history.
Despite the fact that it was published a couple of years ago, it accidentally reveals some of the fault lines that are expanding across the United States since 2016 through our Chinese counterparts. We see the costs associated with rapid economic growth, unrestrained by common sense, a vision of the future or even a basic humanity: the desire to throw ecological concerns aside, the impact of vast economic disparity, the greed and avarice associated with the fear and paranoia stoked by a central government that does all it can to limit a free press and pass on dangerous propaganda.
Everyone who wants to make America great again, should read about the impact of making China great again...

  • Girl Logic

  • The Genius and the Absurdity
  • By: Iliza Shlesinger
  • Narrated by: Mayim Bialik, Iliza Shlesinger
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,428

From breakout stand-up comedian Iliza Shlesinger comes a subversively funny collection of essays and observations on a confident woman's approach to friendship, singlehood, and relationships. "Girl Logic" is Iliza's term for the way women obsess over details and situations that men don't necessarily even notice. She describes it as a characteristically female way of thinking that appears to be contradictory and circuitous but is actually a complicated and highly evolved way of looking at the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delight

  • By Haha917 on 03-28-18

Not Your Everyday Brilliant Stand-Up Comedian

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

I have been a fan of Iliza's since she was on Last Comic Standing. Even then she was smarter, deeper and faster than her peers. As the "one guy" who was reading her book-as she joked-I was constantly surprised not only by the depth of her thought process but the compassion she brings to all manners of relationships. I am a happily married man in his 50's-clearly not her demo-but I think I learned more about interpersonal relationships and women in general than any other single book I've read. This book was wise, honest, empathetic and hilarious. I can't recommend it enough.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,048
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,915

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely fine? No... Completely AWESOME

  • By Janna on 07-15-17

This book is spectacular

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-18

I’m not certain what I was expecting when I started this story but the reader reviews were so uniformly positive that I gave it a try. As others have noted, it can be a bit tough at the beginning but the arc of Eleanor’s story and the empathy and extraordinary wit with which it is told is amazing. The narrator was extraordinary and the time allotted would have been worth it just to hear her work. Sly, subtle and poignant, her skill in telling this beautiful story is a revelation.

  • Mindhunter

  • Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
  • By: John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker
  • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,473

Discover the classic behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ 25-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals - the basis for the upcoming Netflix original series.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too much ego

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-27-18

Narration silly

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Narrator decision to use clipped, staccato rhythms to sound like a bad TV cop was distracting and took away from the story. Unfortunate choice.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,564
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,459
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,318

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was reading this when the allegations against Franken came out

  • By Fruitsalad200 on 12-10-17

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 06-23-17

This book was funny, insightful and fascinating. A sitting Senator speaking passionately and surprisingly candidly while also making one laugh out loud is an exceptional treat. Everyone should consume this book. Except Ted Cruz. Or maybe especially Ted Cruz....

  • The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Volume 3

  • Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965
  • By: William Manchester, Paul Reid
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer, Paul Reid
  • Length: 53 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,410

Spanning the years 1940 to 1965, Defender of the Realm, the third volume of William Manchester’s The Last Lion, picks up shortly after Winston Churchill became prime minister - when his tiny island nation stood alone against the overwhelming might of Nazi Germany. The Churchill portrayed by Manchester and Reid is a man of indomitable courage, lightning-fast intellect, and an irresistible will to action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A worthy final volume in a great biography

  • By Mike From Mesa on 11-27-12

Masterful Narration

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-17

As extraordinary as the content was of this opus, it paled in comparison to the narrator's performance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,808
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,325

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story.

  • By Tim on 12-21-16

Better than I even imagined...

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

The most honest autobiography I've ever read. All the struggles, successes and heart rendering moments of an artist's life, sensitively composed and generously shared. Amazing book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful