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Adam Silver

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  • The Inconvenient Indian

  • A Curious Account of Native People in North America
  • By: Thomas King
  • Narrated by: Lorne Cardinal
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

The Inconvenient Indian is at once a “history” and the complete subversion of a history - in short, a critical and personal meditation that the remarkable Thomas King has conducted over the past 50 years about what it means to be “Indian” in North America. Rich with dark and light, pain and magic, this book distills the insights gleaned from that meditation, weaving the curiously circular tale of the relationship between non-Natives and Natives in the centuries since the two first encountered each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing

  • By Adam Silver on 01-15-19

amazing

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

a really important work, told with grace and humor. the narrator does a wonderful job, bringing great life to this book.

  • The Guns of August

  • By: Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,448

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Mike From Mesa on 10-28-08

I loved everything about this audiobook except

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

the narration was generally great with accents helpful and not overly done. interesting material, but it really needs maps to be understood. for that reason alone, I'd suggest it works better as a hard copy.

  • The Fifth Heart

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 23 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 307

In 1893 Sherlock Holmes and Henry James come to America together to solve the mystery of the 1885 death of Clover Adams, wife of the esteemed historian Henry Adams--a member of the Adams family that has given the United States two Presidents. Clover's suicide appears to be more than it at first seemed; the suspected foul play may involve matters of national importance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Differing Expectations

  • By Susan on 05-19-15

good light reading

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

the book was enjoyable but ultimately forgettable. some fun characters from American history and a good yarn.

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  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

  • A Novel
  • By: Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard, Shelley Atkinson, Laural Merlington, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,229

From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional voice cast, unconventional format

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-03-17

I struggled to finish...

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

Reviewed: 07-08-17

... and was disappointed in the ending. narration was good but easily the worst gaiman book ever.

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  • The Undoing Project

  • A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,849
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,836

Forty years ago Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred systematically when forced to make judgments about uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made Michael Lewis' work possible.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Behind the scenes of amazing science

  • By Neuron on 10-16-17

fantastic book, great subject handled well

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

the subject matter is fascinating, and Michael Lewis writes it so well. many of the chapters left me wanting more, but that is my own fascination with the subjects.

  • Theft of Swords

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,688

Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GOOD START TO A SERIES

  • By Randall on 12-24-18

Little creativity but ok execution

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

Reviewed: 12-07-16

I did struggle to finish this one. it is a very unoriginal, with the usual roles played by elves dwarves etc. it is also highly gender stereotyped and fails the literary equivalent of the Bechtel test.

  • The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

  • By: Candace Fleming
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr, Various
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595

Here is the riveting story of the Russian Revolution as it unfolded. When Russia’s last tsar, Nicholas II, inherited the throne in 1894, he was unprepared to do so. With their four daughters (including Anastasia) and only son, a hemophiliac, Nicholas and his reclusive wife, Alexandra, buried their heads in the sand, living a life of opulence as World War I raged outside their door and political unrest grew.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astonishing

  • By Angelbaby on 08-02-16

Left out the best bits

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

Reviewed: 10-05-16

I went back once or twice to see if I missed something. Rasputin, one of histories most colourful characters,, is never properly introduced and his story is barely told. I did like the balance between the working class stories and the families.

  • Untangled

  • Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood
  • By: Lisa Damour
  • Narrated by: Lisa Damour
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,125

Lisa Damour, PhD, director of the internationally renowned Laurel School's Center for Research on Girls, pulls back the curtain on the teenage years and shows why your daughter's erratic and confusing behavior is actually healthy, necessary, and natural. Untangled explains what's going on, prepares parents for what's to come, and lets them know when it's time to worry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it! Living it! Beyond amazing

  • By Marycruz Tobar on 02-04-17

Amazing content

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

Reviewed: 09-26-16

I really learned a lot listening to this book. I feel like it should be given to all parents on their daughters 11th birthday.

The performance was clear and balanced, with enough emotional content to keep me engaged.

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,555
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,543

Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future? Don't let this happen to you! Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Someone owes me a new keyboard

  • By Aimee M on 05-24-16

Politics are getting in the way

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

I used to like Larry's writing but his politics are so much the point now I'm a little sick of it.

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  • Revelation Space

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,841
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,169

Nine hundred thousand years ago, something annihilated the Amarantin civilization just as it was on the verge of discovering space flight. Now one scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to solve the Amarantin riddle before ancient history repeats itself. With no other resources at his disposal, Sylveste forges a dangerous alliance with the cyborg crew of the starship Nostalgia for Infinity. But as he closes in on the secret, a killer closes in on him because the Amarantin were destroyed for a reason.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Challenging noir space opera bursting with ideas

  • By cmthomas on 02-03-10

Enjoyed it but editing was difficult

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

Reviewed: 02-09-16

Great story in a very interesting universe, but the performance suffered because the producer left no space between sections.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful