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  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20,871
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,042
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18,955

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

Brilliant and Authentic

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

Mister Comey’s narration of his work makes it so authentic. I’m so glad that such an important work was not read by a hired voice.
Regardless of where one finds oneself on the political spectrum, I feel that Mr. Comey was absolutely honest. This is a very, very important work.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness

  • Walking the Path of the Buddha
  • By: Bhante Henepola Gunarantana
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

In the same engaging style that has endeared him to listeners of Mindfulness in Plain English, Bhante Gunaratana delves deeply into each step of the Buddha's most profound teaching on bringing an end to suffering: the noble eightfold path. With generous and specific advice, Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness offers skillful ways to handle anger, to find right livelihood, and to cultivate loving-friendliness in relationships with parents, children, and partners, as well as tools to overcome all the mental hindrances that prevent happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great straightforward listen!!

  • By Michael on 06-03-16

Magnificent explanation of the path

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

Bhante Gunaratana is one of the world’s great Dhamma teachers. His explanations of each step are concise and based upon his long years as a practitioner and teacher. His intellectual honesty and ability to help the listener to focus are magnificent. I am most grateful to Bhante. The narration was excellent.

  • The Book of Salsa

  • A Chronicle of Urban Music from the Caribbean to New York City
  • By: César Miguel Rondón, Frances R. Aparicio - translator, Jackie White - translator
  • Narrated by: Drew Birdseye
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Salsa is one of the most popular types of music listened to and danced to in the United States. Until now, the single comprehensive history of the music - and the industry that grew up around it, including musicians, performances, styles, movements, and production - was available only in Spanish.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • As of 2014, the best audiobook on this subject

  • By A. K. Moore on 02-20-14

Spanish pronunciation is terrible

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

When will Audible hire a person who can pronounce Spanish properly? There Is absolutely no excuse for his book that has words or surnames in Spanish to be pronounced improperly. When the subject matter deals with a specific topic that involves a Hispanic culture, it safe to assume that the narrator will have to say some words and some surnames in Spanish. While the narrator has a great voice and delivery, he tortures the Spanish language. It’s inexcusable. The same thing happened with the audiobook for “War Against All Puerto Rican’s” by Nelson Denis. Dear also, the narrator absolutely destroyed Spanish words. As a Latino, I think insult to the fact that a huge company like Amazon and audible can’t find it in the budget to hire a narrator or an actor who can pronounce words properly in Spanish. It’s a real shame because I really enjoy Audible. It’s a great product, but when The subject matter requires pronunciation of a language other than English, there is no reason why audible or Amazon cannot hire a narrator who can pronounce the words properly. I am really disappointed.

  • Thelonious Monk

  • The Life and Times of an American Original
  • By: Robin DG Kelley
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 25 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

Thelonious Monk is the critically acclaimed, gripping saga of an artist's struggle to "make it" without compromising his musical vision. It is a story that, like its subject, reflects the tidal ebbs and flows of American history in the 20th century. To his fans, he was the ultimate hipster; to his detractors, he was temperamental, eccentric, taciturn, or childlike. His angular melodies and dissonant harmonies shook the jazz world to its foundations, ushering in the birth of "bebop" and establishing Monk as one of America's greatest composers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The definitive bio of Monk

  • By ricardo on 12-27-17

The definitive bio of Monk

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

Excellent book!!! Excellent story about Mr. Monk, his devotion to his family, his generosity to fellow musicians, his tenacity and dedication to his vision of modern music. The people who surround Monk like Nelly and Nica, aa well as his associates in the music business get a fair shake in this book. Mr. Monk is examined fairly and accurately in all aspects of his life. His “eccentric “ behavior and chemical imbalance are addressed clinically yet compassionately.
Every aspect of Monk’s creative life and musical output is completely discussed. This is “The Book” on Mr. Monk. Excellent. 1000 stars

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  • What the Buddha Taught

  • By: Walpola Sri Rahula
  • Narrated by: Taradasa
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Long regarded as one of the best introductions to Buddhism, What the Buddha Taught draws on the actual words spoken by the Buddha to give a lucid and accurate account of the fundamental principles of Buddhist doctrine. Richly supported by extracts from the ancient texts, Walpola Rahula gives clear and direct explanations of Buddhism's essential teachings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great beginners listen for a deep dive.

  • By Sean on 09-13-18

Essential for anyone interested in Buddhism

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

I read this book several years ago and it was so pleasurable to hear it read aloud by such a wonderful narrator. This book is essential for anyone who wishes to learn about the Buddha's teachings. Beautiful recording! Excellent narration.

  • The Liberal Redneck Manifesto

  • Draggin' Dixie Outta the Dark
  • By: Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan, Corey Ryan Forrester
  • Narrated by: Trae Crowder, Drew Morgan, Corey Ryan Forrester
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,219
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,203

Smart, hilarious, and incisive, the Liberal Rednecks confront outdated traditions and intolerant attitudes, tackling everything people think they know about the South - the good, the bad, the glorious, and the shameful - in a laugh-out-loud funny and lively manifesto for the rise of a New South. Home to some of the best music, athletes, soldiers, whiskey, waffles, and weather the country has to offer, the South has also been bathing in backward bathroom bills and other bigoted legislation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must read for all Americans

  • By E. Cote on 11-13-16

This book totally hits

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

Reviewed: 03-26-17

Intelligent, Funny, Heartfelt. Totally Hits. These guys are brilliant. Makes me proud to be American.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Zealot

  • The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
  • By: Reza Aslan
  • Narrated by: Reza Aslan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,417

From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E.

  • By Charles on 07-22-13

This book inspires further research.

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

Aslan does a great job narrating ZEALOT. Now I want to get the printed version so I can examine the sources for this work. While the narrative of Jesus's life was what first attracted me to getting this book, the story behind the rivalry between the Church Leaders in Jerusalem and Paul was enlightening. I've read the New Testament a few times and the contradictory teachings always left me scratching my head. The explanation of the Messianic era and the Roman occupation of that part of the world was really concise.

  • War Against All Puerto Ricans

  • Revolution and Terror in America's Colony
  • By: Nelson A. Denis
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 174

In 1950, after over 50 years of military occupation and colonial rule, the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico staged an unsuccessful armed insurrection against the United States. Violence swept through the island: Assassins were sent to kill President Harry Truman, gunfights roared in eight towns, police stations and post offices were burned down. In order to suppress this uprising, the US Army deployed thousands of troops and bombarded two towns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, Mispronounced Spanish

  • By ricardo on 08-18-16

Great story, Mispronounced Spanish

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

Reviewed: 08-18-16

This story is so important and everyone should hear it. But unfortunately, Mr. Berkrot's excellent rhythmic delivery as the narrator is seriously hampered by how badly he pronounces Spanish words. As a Puerto Rican, I was seriously annoyed by what seemed to me to be a lack of quality control by whoever it is who has the final say at Audible. Berkrot is a talented guy with great chops, great rhythm, and excellent dynamics. As for his Spanish pronunciation..."Que lástima." Is there any way he could go back and punch in or dub the Spanish words again? The subject matter is too important and Peter Berkrot is way too skilled to let the mechanical remain in its current form.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful