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  • The Half Has Never Been Told

  • Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
  • By: Edward E. Baptist
  • Narrated by: Ron Butler
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,295

In The Half Has Never Been Told, historian Edward E. Baptist reveals the alarming extent to which slavery shaped our country politically, morally, and most of all, economically. Until the Civil War, our chief form of innovation was slavery. Through forced migration and torture, slave owners extracted continual increases in efficiency from their slaves, giving the country a virtual monopoly on the production of cotton, a key raw material of the Industrial Revolution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most definitive history of American slavery;

  • By Robert Fullerton on 01-04-15

Great look at history

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

This solid Marxism historian does a wonderful job of both describing the industrial machinery of cotton-abaca slavery and depicting the human suffering. He then brilliantly shows how those practices connect to modern day American and world-wide economic structures. This is a tough listen, but an incredibly fascinating and great review of history.

  • Seven Days in the Art World

  • By: Sarah Thornton
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 203

In a series of beautifully paced narratives, Sarah Thornton investigates the drama of a Christie's auction, the workings in Takashi Murakami's studios, the elite at the Basel Art Fair, the eccentricities of Artforum magazine, the competition behind an important art prize, life in a notorious art-school seminar, and the wonderland of the Venice Biennale. She reveals the new dynamics of creativity, taste, status, money, and the search for meaning in life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An artist who loved the book

  • By David Cuzick on 05-07-15

Great ethnography of the Contemporary Art World

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

Funny, well written. .A smidge difficult to follow if unfamiliar with artist's names, a list of the names spelled out would be a useful PDF enhancement.

  • A Closed and Common Orbit

  • Wayfarers Series, Book 2
  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,262

Embark on an exciting, adventurous, and dangerous journey through the galaxy with the motley crew of the spaceship Wayfarer in this fun and heart-warming space opera - the sequel to the acclaimed The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in a new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No drive in the story

  • By Siri B. L. Søberg on 02-22-17

best read of year

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

One of my best reads of the year. a fabulous exploration of the definition of both humanity and Parenthood. This is a book that cannot be missed. The narrator is also quite good.

  • Fated

  • Alex Verus Series, Book 1
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,962
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,970

Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Harry Dresden meets the Temple of Doom

  • By Jessica on 05-15-14

Fun Urban Fantasy

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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: 05-15-16

Fun Urban fantasy with a great, male protagonist. Nice, sensible set of magic rules for the world. No crazy sex scenes. Strong female characters. Wonderful plot puzzle.

  • The Forgotten Seamstress

  • By: Liz Trenow
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

A shy girl with no family, Maria knows she's lucky to have landed in the sewing room of the royal household. Before World War I casts its shadow, she catches the eye of the Prince of Wales, a glamorous and intense gentleman. But her life takes a far darker turn, and soon all she has left is a fantastical story about her time at Buckingham Palace. Decades later, Caroline Meadows discovers a beautiful quilt in her mother's attic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed listening to this book

  • By SusanKC on 03-26-15

Nice surprise

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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: 03-02-16

A fun historical fiction piece that displays the wonder of sewing and women's lives. Great interweaving of three different points in time.

  • This Is Where It Ends

  • By: Marieke Nijkamp
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl, Whitney Dykhouse, Kate Rudd, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 756
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 685
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 683

10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity, Alabama's high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve. 10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class. 10:03. The auditorium doors won't open. 10:05. Someone starts shooting. Told over the span of 54 harrowing minutes from four different perspectives, terror reigns as one student's calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Valiant Effort in Otherwise Melodramatic Read

  • By Chinee on 02-28-16

Great performance and wonderful characters

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

Reviewed: 01-18-16

Slightly preachy end but overall, a beautifully modern piece set in a high school. I'm glad that I purchased this.

6 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • An Ancient Peace

  • Peacekeeper, Book 1
  • By: Tanya Huff
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306

Someone is searching for the lost weapons of the H'san: powerful enough to destroy entire planets. Though the H'san gave up fighting long ago, the reappearance of their lost weapons would no doubt lead to a devastating war. It's up to Torin Kerr and her team to fix this problem before it explodes. But the more Torin learns about the relationship between the Elder and Younger races, the more she fears war might be unavoidable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tanya Huff always delivers

  • By a on 10-12-15

even better!

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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: 10-19-15

The story continues, and the thoughts on war and piece are even more entertaining. Great characters, story, writing, etc.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Big Big Love, Revised

  • A Sex and Relationships Guide for People of Size (and Those Who Love Them)
  • By: Hanne Blank
  • Narrated by: Johanna Taylor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Big Big Love is the only one-stop-shopping handbook on relationships, sexuality, and big sexy confidence for people of all genders, sizes, and sexual orientations who know that a fantastic love life doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with the number on the bathroom scale. Covering everything from dating to sex toys to getting on top, this guide also features tips on navigating tricky topics like making peace with your belly, coping with weight-related prejudice, and creating a happy, satisfying sex life in a culture where no body is ever perfect enough.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book for self esteem

  • By Salgal on 05-03-15

a truly worthwhile self-help book.

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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: 05-25-15

I really enjoyed both the basic sex info and the self affirming profat stuff. I am pretty well educated on these issues already, and I still feel like I gained from the book.

  • The Soul of a Chef

  • The Journey Toward Perfection
  • By: Michael Ruhlman
  • Narrated by: Donald Corren
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 565

In his second in-depth foray into the world of professional cooking, Michael Ruhlman journeys into the heart of the profession. Observing the rigorous Certified Master Chef exam at the Culinary Institute of America, the most influential cooking school in the country, Ruhlman enters the lives and kitchens of rising star Michael Symon and the renowned Thomas Keller of the French Laundry. This fascinating audiobook will satisfy any listener's hunger for knowledge about cooking and food, the secrets of successful chefs, at what point cooking becomes an art form, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly good!

  • By Peter Y. Chapman on 10-27-14

McPhee-esp

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

Reviewed: 01-27-15

The author ties together explorations of several chefs and types of cooking to explore what makes (one type of) greatness in the culinary world.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • O Jerusalem

  • A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046

It is 1918. Coming out of retirement, an aging Sherlock Holmes travels to Palestine with his 19-year-old partner, Mary Russell. There, disguised as ragged Bedouins, they embark on a dangerous mission. If they fail, the holy city goes up in flames.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • if you like Russell as theologian

  • By connie on 08-24-09

Loved it in Paper, Like the Audio Version Too

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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: 05-11-14

I read this book years ago. I just purchased the audiobook, and it was spectacular. They have great narrators for these books. I love Mary Russell and Laure R. King's version of Sherlock Holmes.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful