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  • The Course of Love

  • A Novel
  • By: Alain de Botton
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524

We all know the headiness and excitement of the early days of love. But what comes after? In Edinburgh a couple, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love. They get married, they have children—but no long-term relationship is as simple as "happily ever after". The Course of Love is a novel that explores what happens after the birth of love, what it takes to maintain love, and what happens to our original ideals under the pressures of an average existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing, much needed retooling of the expectations and realities of Love

  • By Lydia on 07-04-16

Must read for anyone in a relationship!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-18

This story is such a relatable and touching novel that transcends the genre. Highly recommended!!

  • Just Mercy

  • A Story of Justice and Redemption
  • By: Bryan Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Bryan Stevenson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,966
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,943

Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Made me question justice, peers and myself.

  • By Kristy VL on 04-17-15

Touching and beautiful story

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Reviewed: 11-03-17

Bryan Stevenson’s work should challenge you to question your own biases. You will be moved, and hopefully leave with a changed outlook on the US justice system.

  • Charity and Sylvia

  • By: Rachel Hope Cleves
  • Narrated by: Kristin Kalbli
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Conventional wisdom holds that same-sex marriage is a purely modern innovation, a concept born of an overtly modern lifestyle that was unheard of in 19th-century America. But as Rachel Hope Cleves demonstrates in this eye-opening book, same-sex marriage is hardly new. Born in 1777, Charity Bryant was raised in Massachusetts. A brilliant and strong-willed woman with a clear attraction for her own sex, Charity found herself banished from her family home at age 20.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Important Part of History

  • By Emily on 02-19-18

Fascinating story!

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

Readers who enjoy Early American History will appreciate this story of Charity and Sylvia. These two women chose to live a life that might seem quite radical for their time, and yet were respectable members of their small community. Working hard to maintain an independent life, they built a business and home together that welcomed their many nieces, nephews, friends, and relatives to dine and fellowship with them. Rachel Hope Cleves sheds light on this touching story that challenges some strongly-held notions of early 19th century America regarding marriage, and the acceptance of same sex relationships between women in a rural New England town.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,043

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

A great book and an even better mini series!

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

Reviewed: 04-19-17

I am glad I listened to this after watching the HBO series. They compliment each other well and yet stand on their own. I recommend both!!

  • The Zookeeper's Wife

  • A War Story
  • By: Diane Ackerman
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,884
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,391
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,395

When Germany invaded Poland, bombers devastated Warsaw - and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into the empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Sara on 09-06-08

Wonderful book

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-17

This book is a great example about how ordinary people can stand up to injustice and do something great in return.

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  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,956

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Fascinating Memoir!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-17

Vance's memoir gives a glimpse of an often overlooked section of American culture and life in the rural Appalachian region. Tough story to hear, but one that will show how important extended family can be to success.

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon

  • By: Kelly Barnhill
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,618

Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary Listening Experience

  • By Gunnyvil on 12-18-16

Children's book that adults can enjoy too!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-17

Fantasy story full of magical creatures. This is a coming of age story that has multiple layers, where the reader (or listener in this case) can learn about the power of love, friendship, family, and even a little magic!

  • Hidden Figures

  • The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
  • By: Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,462

Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space. Among these problem solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story of a History Obscured

  • By Cynthia on 09-18-16

Fascinating!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

This was such an amazing read- should be compulsory reading for all Americans! History instructors everywhere can benefit from this work.