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  • Astoria

  • John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival
  • By: Peter Stark
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731

At a time when the edge of American settlement barely reached beyond the Appalachian Mountains, two visionaries, President Thomas Jefferson and millionaire John Jacob Astor, foresaw that one day the Pacific would dominate world trade as much as the Atlantic did in their day. Just two years after the Lewis and Clark expedition concluded in 1806, Jefferson and Astor turned their sights westward once again. Thus began one of history's dramatic but largely forgotten turning points in the conquest of the North American continent.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where Lewis and Clark Left Off

  • By Mel on 01-11-15

beginning

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-18

best parts were identification of key individuals who sacrificed for history, as individuals and the author's afterword

  • The White Album

  • By: Joan Didion
  • Narrated by: Susan Varon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

First published in 1979, The White Album records indelibly the upheavals and aftermaths of the 1960s. Examining key events, figures, and trends of the era - including Charles Manson, the Black Panthers, and the shopping mall - through the lens of her own spiritual confusion, Joan Didion helped to define mass culture as we now understand it. Written with a commanding sureness of tone and linguistic precision, The White Album is a central example of American reportage and a classic of American autobiography.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Time Capsule of a Bygone Age

  • By Ian C Robertson on 10-21-15

Dated, but has nuggets aplenty

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-17

I enjoyed this read-a look at my past, also, though many times from a wholly different refractive point. The narrative stimulating as well as recalling. Good read

  • Altered Carbon

  • By: Richard K. Morgan
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,969

In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Sci-Fi, not sanitized for your protection

  • By Richard on 09-22-05

altered carbonite?

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

Reviewed: 03-24-17

Cannot figure how this puppy landed in my Library. I, as Han Solo, would have paid Jabba to put me back under until a more believeable universe came `round

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,072
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,067

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging, but overrated

  • By Scott T. Hards on 12-13-08

Second read

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

engrossing, cross-referenced, and wholly persuasive. I have recommended this book, just like it came to me

  • The Neon Rain

  • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,525
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,514

New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series. In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The perfect combination of author and narrator

  • By S. Sand on 09-23-09

Real

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

Reviewed: 02-12-16

Will Patton seemed a character in this book; born to read James Lee Burke. the story is both an aural and a visual journey around and inside it's characters.

  • Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade

  • A Duty Dance with Death
  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: Ethan Hawke
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,152

Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What more can be said?

  • By W. Seligman on 09-22-04

anti-war AND now anti-glacier

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

Reviewed: 12-26-11

Where does Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

To 10

Who was your favorite character and why?

Billy Pilgrim-he is the inchoate US

What about Ethan Hawke???s performance did you like?

I could hear in his read his passion for the sentiments portrayed

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The Dresden description reminded me of those in

Any additional comments?

None-it was a great read, thanks, can't believe it took me til 69 to read it!!!

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