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  • Two Tales from Stephen Crane: The Open Boat and an Episode of War

  • By: Stephen Crane
  • Narrated by: Richard Rohan, Christopher Graybill
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Stephen Crane was an American novelist, poet and journalist. Crane is noted for his early employment of naturalism, a literary style in which characters face realistically portrayed and often bleak circumstances, but Crane added impressionistic imagery and biblical symbolism to the austere realism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Das Boot à la Crane

  • By John Maddy on 11-01-15

good exposure to Crane

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-19

if you have only read the Red Badge of Courage this reveals more insight into the author's short story craft.

  • The Evangelicals

  • The Struggle to Shape America
  • By: Frances FitzGerald
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 25 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

This groundbreaking book from Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Frances FitzGerald is the first to tell the powerful, dramatic story of the Evangelical movement in America - from the Puritan era to the 2016 presidential election. Evangelicals have, in many ways, defined the nation. They have shaped our culture and our politics. Frances FitzGerald's narrative of this distinctively American movement is a major work of history, piecing together the centuries-long story for the first time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book boring narration

  • By T. Johnston on 06-15-18

Thorough and Informative

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

Reviewed: 10-20-18

I was feeling the need to explore and understand the American Evangelical movement in the context of the current state in our national political scene. This book met my need and more. Both historical and political perspectives woven into a concise, interesting and listenable narrative. I recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding this influential part of our American culture.

  • The Heist

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,529

Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled listeners with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • If new to Daniel Silva, great book. Otherwise...

  • By Brian Corbin on 07-20-14

Gabriel matures....another good one

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

Silva continues to give us a a great story for his Israeli agent., Gabriel Allon. can't wait to see how he handles being the new chief of King Saul Blvd.

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,570
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,843

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times best seller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity's future and our quest to upgrade humans into gods.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but...

  • By Josh on 07-14-18

WOW...

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

A new, thought provoking frame for how I view this planet. human society and my place upon and within. stepping out of my old frame is an odd feeling....knowing that I am not turn back. I will likely read this again

  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,370
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,865

Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Take the Negative Reviews w/ a Grain of Salt

  • By Gabriel on 08-29-18

A book for our times

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

gives perfect frame to myriad rang of issues at the forefront for or species and our institutions...a great primer for understanding the global frame for the human future on this planet

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,162

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We are standing on the shoulders of giants...

  • By Marie on 02-25-18

A surprising treat.

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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: 10-28-17

occasionally a book just comes together in all the right ways for your reading tastes dujour. this is one of those for me. A great, simply complex story built around women's involvement in WW2 espionage. A unique array of well developed characters. My wife listened first and then told me she thought I would enjoy it. She was right.

  • Point to Point Navigation

  • A Memoir
  • By: Gore Vidal
  • Narrated by: Gore Vidal
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

In this extraordinary memoir, Vidal recalls his accomplishments and defeats, discusses the friends and enemies he has made, and contemplates the nature of mortality. In the Navy, Vidal was forced to use point to point navigation whenever compasses failed. It is an apt analogy for his life, which has been filled with triumphs as well as controversies. Vidal has had relationships with innumerable luminaries, including President Kennedy, Tennessee Williams, Eleanor Roosevelt, Orson Welles, and Greta Garbo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Digressive, like an old man's reveries

  • By margot on 08-01-13

Dated but still significant

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-17

Vidal has always been a cultural enigma....learned but not a college grad, gay but undeclared in public, strongly bohemian in character but socially labeled an arch conservative by many on the left. I 've read a number of his books and found that they not only held my attention but they showed good insight and encouraged me to explore more of his writings. this book is about melodramatic and "constrained" in typical Vidal fashion but, being a person whose formative years encompassed the 60's and 70's , I found his memoirs to be entertaining and , once again, insightful. Narrow in scope but bright in understanding this times

  • The Confessor

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,693

Detective Gabriel Allon returns in Daniel Silva's stunning thriller of ancient and modern betrayal, long-buried secrets and unthinkable deeds that takes the listener from Munich to Venice to the Vatican.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Confessor (Unabridged)

  • By Michael on 03-21-06

love these books

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

a unique, engrossing and well crafted story line that is skillfully narrated . Silva has special talent and his protagonist, Gabriel Allon has a special appeal.

  • Freedom (TM)

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,772

Daemon is firmly in control, using an expanded network of real-world, dispossessed darknet operatives to tear apart civilization and rebuild it anew. Soon civil war breaks out in the American Midwest, in a brutal wave of violence that becomes known as the Corn Rebellion. Former detective Pete Sebeck, now the Daemon's most powerful - though reluctant - operative, must lead a small band of enlightened humans toward a populist movement designed to protect the new world order. But the private armies of global business are preparing to crush the Daemon once and for all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow - a must read

  • By James on 07-11-10

Quite Timely for a 2017 listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-15-17

The current socio-political climate puts this book in an uncanny context. The impact of cyber attacks at the global level is at forefront of our media. The author must have had a crystal ball....who would have guessed. how close his story wold come to our current reality.
A fun and insightful listen.

  • Fool Me Once

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,074
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,050

Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya's husband, Joe - who had been brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Darn it

  • By Glenda Jeffers on 03-25-16

an under achiever

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-17

interesting concept to use a female vet protagonist and nice twist on the storyline. however, overall it just wasn't up to the standard that I have become accustomed to with Coben. the reader was excellent and her performance had much to do with my appreciation of the novel.