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  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,126

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This gave me a nightmare

  • By Jean on 09-25-18

Not sensationalism

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

I’ve read several books now and this one seems to be more grounded in fact than the others.
I know people will say it’s partisan but I don’t believe it really is.
The bottom line is the people wanted a business person in the White House they got it and now they will pay for it.
I was willing to give him a chance as well but the man clearly can’t tell the truth from a lie,and everything he does is motivated by money ,which In and of itself isn’t a problem .....unless you don’t understand geopolitical issues which Trump-clearly does not.
If he would listen to his advisors he could be a decent leader despite having no compassion or soul

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • How Music Works

  • By: David Byrne
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715

Best known as a founding member and principal songwriter of the iconic band Talking Heads, David Byrne has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the insightful How Music Works, Byrne offers his unique perspective on music - including how music is shaped by time, how recording technologies transform the listening experience, the evolution of the industry, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Art Eats Itself

  • By Audio Gra Gra on 05-04-16

More than I expected!!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I loved this book it was interesting for multiple reasons , and it’s written for anyone who listens to or has ever been fascinated by the mystery of music.
Although I am a musician and my approach to this book was as such he, i felt this was written in a way that makes it accessible for anyone and everyone ,Scientist, casual listener, or musician ...
It does get into physics, biology, mathematics and the history of music etc but it does it in a very intelligent yet easy to understand way . David Byrne and Talking Heads fans wont be disappointed either ... Great read , well researched and written !!

  • The Story of World War II

  • By: Donald L. Miller, Henry Steele Commager
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 24 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,895
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,884

Drawing on previously unpublished eyewitness accounts, prizewinning historian Donald L. Miller has written what critics are calling one of the most powerful accounts of warfare ever published. Here are the horror and heroism of World War II in the words of the men who fought it, the journalists who covered it, and the civilians who were caught in its fury. Miller gives us an up-close, deeply personal view of a war that was more savagely fought - and whose outcome was in greater doubt - than one might imagine. This is the war that Americans on the home front would have read about had they had access to previously censored testimony.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Inspiring Thought Provoking

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 06-01-14

The best and broadest book on WWII I’ve ever read

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

A well rounded look at wwii from various aspects and important turning points in this horrific event.
I’m always amazed and the “untold stories” I find in books like this
Well with the time ... I had to re-listen to several chapters to make sure I didn’t miss anything , something I normally don’t do !

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  • The Home Front: Life in America During World War II

  • By: Audible Original
  • Narrated by: Martin Sheen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,556

[Contains some explicit content] Narrated by award-winning actor Martin Sheen, The Home Front: Life in America During World War II takes listeners into the lives of Americans at home who supported the war effort and sustained the country during wartime. The war brought immediate, life-changing shifts; from the rationing of butter, to an explosion of war-related jobs, to mixed-signals about the role of women in society. Feel what living in the United States was like for everyday people during this disruptive and uncertain period of American history in the newest Audible Original series. Martha Little is the Executive Producer. Dan Gediman is the Series Producer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! But incessant breaks with credits along the way.

  • By Bradley Justice on 09-11-17

Wow I felt like I was there!

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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: 09-09-17

I loved Martin Sheen's narration and I love the way this story took us deep into what it was like to be part of the "greatest generation" and the realization that there were some not so "Great" things about the Greatest Generation that are oft overlooked because of the greater story of the victory ! I always wanted my grandfather to tell me about what it was like because he has been on a ship that was torpedoed in the Pacidic but he wouldn't ever open up . My grandmother eventually wrote me a beautiful letter about their love story and life during war time that i shall always cherish.
She told me my grandfather lost a lot of friends and that's why he held it in and never talked about it .....
This book took me back to love with my grandfolks as if I were there with them and I feel blessed to have listened to this.... makes me happy I've had my audible membership for so long .

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • The Long and Faraway Gone

  • By: Lou Berney
  • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison, Amy McFadden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,128

Lou Berney's The Long and Faraway Gone is a smart, fiercely compassionate crime story that explores the mysteries of memory and the impact of violence on survivors - and the lengths they will go to find the painful truth of the events that scarred their lives. In the summer of 1986, two tragedies rocked Oklahoma City. Six movie theater employees were killed in an armed robbery while one inexplicably survived. Then a teenage girl vanished from the annual state fair. Neither crime was ever solved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's all together here

  • By Ted on 08-25-16

Loved this Book

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

It jumped back and forth quite a bit so you have to pay attention I probably started and replayed a couple of chapters a few times
But the narration and story were excellent as were the characters
I would have listened to the book straight through except for replaying a couple of chapters!

  • Sarum

  • The Novel of England
  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 45 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,096

In Sarum, Edward Rutherfurd weaves a compelling saga of five English families whose fates become intertwined over the course of centuries. While each family has its own distinct characteristics, the successive generations reflect the changing character of Britain. We become drawn not only into the fortunes of the individual family members, but also the larger destinies of each family line.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One big fat sweet historical epic

  • By David on 11-28-13

I think

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

This may actually read better than it is listened to..
Or I may need to re-listen
It's a great idea for a story and overall a good book but easy to lose attention to due to the length
Will come back to it and listen a second time

  • The Nazi and the Psychiatrist

  • Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII
  • By: Jack El-Hai
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 436

>In 1945, after his capture at the end of the Second World War, Hermann Göring arrived at an American-run detention center in war-torn Luxembourg, accompanied by 16 suitcases and a red hatbox. The suitcases contained all manner of paraphernalia: medals, gems, two cigar cutters, silk underwear, a hot water bottle, and the equivalent of $100,000,000 in cash. Hidden in a coffee can, a set of brass vials housed glass capsules containing a clear liquid and a white precipitate: potassium cyanide. Joining Göring in the detention center were the elite of the captured Nazi regime....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must Read

  • By The Zombie Specialist on 11-07-14

Very interesting

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

This turned out to be one of the best WWII related books I've ever read because it was so different. Completely different angle and highly fascinating

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Crossing the Borders of Time

  • A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed
  • By: Leslie Maitland
  • Narrated by: Leslie Maitland
  • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Leslie Maitland is an award-winning former New York Times investigative reporter whose mother and grandparents fled Germany in 1938 for France, where, as Jews, they spent four years as refugees—the last two under risk of Nazi deportation. In 1942 they made it onto the last boat to escape France before the Germans sealed the harbors. Then, barred from entering the United States, they lived in Cuba for almost two years before immigrating to New York.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't want it to end..absolutely wonderful!

  • By Ellen on 05-07-12

Beautiful and haunting

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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: 06-05-16

One of the best stories of a family from WWII through holocaust and the lasting affect on the lives of generations

  • Back from the Dead

  • By: Bill Walton
  • Narrated by: Bill Walton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

This inspiring memoir from sports and cultural icon Bill Walton recounts his devastating injuries and amazing recoveries, set in the context of his UCLA triumphs under John Wooden, his storied NBA career, and his affinity for music and the Grateful Dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but unrevealing

  • By David on 04-21-16

Sorry BILL

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

Reviewed: 04-16-16

I love Bill Walton but his narration drove me insane as it was all read over dramatically . The work itself was good but I would have enjoyed more reading it myself or with a different narrator

  • The First Phone Call from Heaven

  • A Novel
  • By: Mitch Albom
  • Narrated by: Mitch Albom
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,543
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,550

The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. An allegory about the power of belief - and a page-turner that will touch your soul - Albom's masterful storytelling has never been so moving and unexpected.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heaven Calling...............

  • By tooonce72 on 11-20-13

Not one I expected

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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: 11-15-15

I was expecting something much more predictable and preachy for some reason! I really enjoyed this , there was enough mystery to the plot to keep me from turning it off... The more I let it play the more interested I became.