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  • America: The Farewell Tour

  • By: Chris Hedges
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

America, says Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Chris Hedges, is convulsed by an array of pathologies that have arisen out of profound hopelessness, a bitter despair and a civil society that has ceased to function. The opioid crisis, the retreat into gambling to cope with economic distress, the pornification of culture, the rise of magical thinking, the celebration of sadism, hate, and plagues of suicides are the physical manifestations of a society that is being ravaged by corporate pillage and a failed democracy. All these ills presage a frightening reconfiguration of the nation and the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best non-fiction book I have unearthed.

  • By Gerard McHugh on 09-28-18

not what I hoped for

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

I didn't find it very interesting other than the first and last chapters.
The author got into so many "NOVELISTIC" details to fill the book imo.

  • No Ordinary Time

  • Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II
  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 39 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105

No Ordinary Time describes how the isolationist and divided United States of 1940 was unified under the extraordinary leadership of Franklin Roosevelt to become the preeminent economic and military power in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great at 1.5 speed

  • By Brett on 01-04-13

Superb! Very fluid, a page turner!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

Very great story told in fluid way. Not one bit bored. Well balanced with war, politics, affairs at home and more. Every history bug should read this book. Let's not forget the very talented narrator. I LOVED THIS BOOK

  • The Sleepwalkers

  • How Europe Went to War in 1914
  • By: Christopher Clark
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 24 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451

The Sleepwalkers is historian Christopher Clark's riveting account of the explosive beginnings of World War I. Drawing on new scholarship, Clark offers a fresh look at World War I, focusing not on the battles and atrocities of the war itself but on the complex events and relationships that led a group of well-meaning leaders into brutal conflict.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reexamining the Causes of WWI

  • By Christoph L. on 07-13-15

Way too much detail and big flaw!

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

In 1453 Ottoman Turks conquered the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, Constantinople (Istanbul since 1453) and ended Eastern Roman Empire. This was more than 450 years before the World War 1 (The Great War.) Even after almost a half of a millennia the author still calls Istanbul as Constantinople which shows a huge bias and imo degrades his objectivity.

More than 2/3 of the book needs to be listened just to come close to real action although description warns you that this is not about war action.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Raven Rock

  • The Story of the U.S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself - While the Rest of Us Die
  • By: Garrett M. Graff
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601

A fresh window on American history: the eye-opening truth about the government's secret plans to survive a catastrophic attack on US soil, even if the rest of us die - a road map that spans from the dawn of the nuclear age to today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Read!!

  • By Brewer Richardson on 05-05-17

Incredible Book with HORRIBLE narration

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

great book with a lot of insight
the only thing for me was the narrator. Almost makes you want to sleep on such an amazing historic events.After this book I am not as afraid of EMP ATTACKS as I used to be but horrified by federal and state government stupidity even after all that taxpayer money funneled in defense contractors. Gives a real nice insight into presidencies from FDR to OBAMA.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Stand

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 47 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,399

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth the credit

  • By Hunter on 03-27-12

not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

The author jumps from story to story.. It was hard to keep up a d stick to the book. I am sure some lived it but I couldn't make it halfway

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,850

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Finishing this book was a chore!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-21-16

excellent book - best narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-17-18

Storytelling wonder! Smooth. Nerve breaker, page turner... wonderful book.. amazing story. Nasıl biter at times. it will be hard to drop it once you start this book

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Last of the Breed

  • By: Louis L'Amour
  • Narrated by: David Strathairn
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299

This is the compelling story of U.S. Air Force Major Joe Mack, a man born out of time. When his experimental aircraft is forced down in Russia and he escapes a Soviet prison camp, he must call upon the ancient skills of his Indian forebears to survive the vast Siberian wilderness. Only one route lies open to Mack: the path of his ancestors, overland to the Bering Strait and across the sea to America. But in pursuit is a legendary tracker....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A western "indian" story set in Siberia

  • By John S on 11-25-13

Good book BUT...

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

great narrator very good story but I would give it 5 Stars if only the author kept some political propaganda out.
i.e. the spy plane pilot shut down over another country's air space... he is mad at them for shooting him down. Would we do otherwise? It's silly.
His first interrogation, the Soviet officials who do the questioning left his bootlaces on? Very silly. Even at a small town Idaho jail don't leave the shoelaces on to prevent suicide. But I still recommend it. Good book. Flows nice.

  • Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 1

  • By: James M. McPherson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094

James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of U.S. history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict. Abraham Lincoln wondered whether "in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government". And Jefferson Davis felt "forced to take up arms" to guarantee states' rights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • volume1

  • By chris on 08-26-10

Detailed, Smooth, very powerful

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

Best in this topic. Unbiased, detailed. it's a page turner. Very highly recommend it. This book should be a mandatory read for every high school kid in the country

  • Survival Theory

  • A Preparedness Guide
  • By: Jonathan Hollerman
  • Narrated by: Jim Pelletier
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

This preparedness guide will help you develop a plan to escape the deadly rioting and looting, showing you where you can take your family to keep them safe, even if you can't afford a fully-stocked survival retreat. Jonathan Hollerman's in-depth expertise and recommendations will cover many topics including bug-out bags, SHTF Weapons, tactical gear, survival tools, knives, long-term food storage, livestock, bug-out locations, survival retreat recommendations, and much more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Got me moving!

  • By kisa on 09-05-16

Good Book

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

It's a good book. Not a great book but definitely not waste of time or money. Last chapter dedicated to religious stories and beliefs which I did not expect. I learned new things from it, it also refreshed my memory and knowledge from other books. I RECOMMEND IT.

  • How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It

  • Tactics, Techniques and Technologies for Uncertain Things
  • By: James Wesley Rawles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 933
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 677

James Wesley Rawles, founder of survivalblog.com, shares with you everything you need to know to be ready for the worst. The book includes information on proper food storage and sanitation, gardening and livestock basics, investment strategies to protect your assets, medical advice, communication techniques, home security, and how to get "outta Dodge" when, in the parlance of the movement, "the shit hits the fan".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unsurprising

  • By skyrat on 04-25-11

excellent source of information

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

I liked everything about this book and bought two hard copies as well. Very extremely helpful book.