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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 19,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,062
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,945

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
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

Never Count on Anything

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

The presidency of Donald Trump should....and will be studied for years to come. First,, how did he bypass his Republican opponents who were classic presidential material , especially using childish, inflammatory rhetoric ? Simple, nobody in the Trump campaign, the candidate himself, thought he'd win. So, this was to fill the true goal in his life, to stand conventional broadcast TV on its ear. So, it didn't matter. But, there were too many vacant factories, treaties that we entered that hurt, not helped, the American worker. Plus, fair or not, many voters just couldn't stand Hillary Clinton. The only voters with true passion were Sanders supporters and, despite his loss, they stayed home or voted for Jill Stein, because of Clinton's perceived arrogance. From day one, with the argument about the side of the crowd, this was to be a contentious presidency. The only people that truly matter to Trump, which Woodward makes a pretty good case for, are his family, especially Ivanka (not her real name, by the way). His is not a true conservative platform. He latched on to what he saw was the biggest void, the right. The preachers, whose fight against abortion is in their DNA all saw someone that could be useful to them, plus Hillary was adamantly pro choice. And the list goes on, but with one big difference. No Modern American president has had the turnover and rivalries, so quickly, that Trump has. As to Woodward, there are few spots in the book that come even close to him expressing his opinion. Message: Trump wins by being mad at the same things that John and Jane Q Public are mad at. Personally, I think his age, indifference to the job and thin skinned ego will cause him to not run again. Pence is portrayed as a true lightweight, so he's not a factor. One thing's for sure, American politics will never be the same again and the next president will have a very difficult task getting people to respect the office the way they once did.

  • King of Wall Street

  • By: Louise Bay
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,773
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,560

I keep my two worlds separate. At work, I'm King of Wall Street. The heaviest hitters in Manhattan come to me to make money. They do whatever I say because I'm always right. I'm shrewd. Exacting. Some say ruthless. At home, I'm a single dad trying to keep his 14-year-old daughter a kid for as long as possible. If my daughter does what I say, somewhere there's a snowball surviving in hell. And nothing I say is ever right.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • More interested in the side story than the main!

  • By MRR on 03-16-17

Dependable (too familiar) Performance

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

Are there no other actors who can do these kinds of stories ? Sebastian is great, but I've heard him in at least 15 similar books. Central character more likeable than most, but i8n the end it's something you listen to cause you're in the car and don't wanna listen to the radio.

  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,615
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,442
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,347

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

English version of Gone Girl

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

Normally not wild about authors reading their own work, but she was quite good. Story has enough twists and turns to make it interesting. One of the better books I've listened to in the last year.

  • The Ruthless Gentleman

  • By: Louise Bay
  • Narrated by: Shane East, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,228

As a chief stewardess on luxury superyachts, I massage egos, pamper the spoiled, and cater to the most outlandish desires of the rich and famous. I've never had a guest want something I can't give them. Until British businessman Hayden Wolf comes aboard - all sexy swagger and mysterious requests. But guests are strictly off limits and I've never broken a rule. Not even bent one. My family are depending on me and I can't lose my job. Only problem is Hayden Wolf is looking at me like I just changed his life. And he's touching me like he's about to change mine.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Six and half hours in...

  • By Shelley on 05-17-18

FAIRLIE ENTERTAINING SUMMER READ

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

ENOUGH SUSPENSE TO KEEP YOU INETRESTED. TRULY LIKEABLE CENTRAL CHARACHTER, NICE SETTING AND NOTHING TOO HEAVY.

  • The Flight Attendant

  • A Novel
  • By: Chris Bohjalian
  • Narrated by: Erin Spencer, Grace Experience, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,953
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,777
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,777

Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She's a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointingly Banal

  • By Rose on 03-29-18

Solid Mystery

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

Main character's alcoholism plays a key role in a murder and espionage thriller. One of the better ones I've heard in the last year.

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  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,306
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,274

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • NOT that confusing! Gone Girl + Last Mrs. Parrish

  • By Jenn on 01-11-18

Great Narrator saves mediocre story

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

Kept waiting for the story to get better. Never quite got there, but, still, a good, solid story. Narrator saves the day. Interesting twist at the end also helps. No, GONE GIRL, but worth a listen.

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  • Skyfaring

  • By: Mark Vanhoenacker
  • Narrated by: John Moraitis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 193

In Skyfaring, airline pilot and flight romantic Mark Vanhoenacker shares his irrepressible love of flying on a journey from day to night, from new ways of mapmaking and the poetry of physics to the names of winds and the nature of clouds. Here, anew, is the simple wonder and transcendent joy of motion and the remarkable new perspectives that height and distance bestow on everything we love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I agree with most comments about the narrator

  • By Warren on 08-26-15

YOU LIKE FLYING....WHAT'S NEXT

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

I love flying, too. I just can't rationalize an entire book romanticizing what bothers so many people.....flying on a modern, dirty, cold airliner. I'm glad this pilot loves it so much. Could have been a good chapter one, then how about a story ? Narrator's fine.

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  • Bobby Kennedy

  • A Raging Spirit
  • By: Chris Matthews
  • Narrated by: Chris Matthews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644

Drawing on extensive research and interviews, Matthews pulls back the curtain on the public and private worlds of Robert Francis Kennedy. He shines a light on all the important moments of his life, from his early years and his start in politics to his crucial role as attorney general in his brother's administration and his tragic run for president. This definitive book brings Bobby Kennedy to life like never before and is destined to become a political classic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What Could Have Been.

  • By Jean on 02-23-18

Good Bio, but Glosses over Kennedy's Dark Side

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

Reviewed: 11-30-17

Matthews is a huge Kennedy fan, as am I. But you can't tell the Kennedy story without the dark side. Did Bobby have anything to do with Marilyn Monroe's death ? Did he really believe the Warren report ? Matthews book is more of an essay than a thoroughly researched book. It is informative and entertaining, but there are gaping holes in the story. Still worth a listen.

  • Killing England

  • The Brutal Struggle for American Independence
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,360
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,335

The breathtaking latest installment in Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's mega-best-selling Killing series transports listeners to the most important era in our nation's history, the Revolutionary War. Told through the eyes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Great Britain's King George III, Killing England chronicles the path to independence in gripping detail, taking the listener from the battlefields of America to the royal courts of Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You Must Read This Book

  • By Susie Davis on 10-22-17

First Rate Storytelling

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Bought this book before NYT expose of O'Reilly's sexual harassment antics at FOX. Not sure I would want to listen to his blasé delivery for 11 hours, but he only does the first chapter. Petkoff, who's just superb, does the book, with just the right mixture of information, awe, shock and irony.

This is the PEOPLE Magazine version of David McCullough's 1776, told in a far more interesting way. Washington , Jefferson, Franklin and other founding fathers are portrayed, warts and all, in a far less iconic way than most history books do. Make no mistake, the true hero is Washington, not only for his ,military genius, but for his agility , skill and patience. As we now know, all but Franklin were slave owners and profited richly from their slaves work.

Also, the story portrays the founding fathers as confused over what they wanted and not sure how to get there...just win, which Washington did.

Like the other "Killing" books, it's somewhat tabloid, but that makes up for the by-the-numbers portrayls of these characters in our school history books.

A great listen, highly enjoyable and superbly read.

  • Unbelievable

  • My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History
  • By: Katy Tur
  • Narrated by: Katy Tur
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,442

The NBC journalist who covered - and took fire from - Donald Trump on the campaign trail offers an inside look at the most shocking presidential election in American history. Intriguing, disturbing, and powerful, Unbelievable is an unprecedented eyewitness account of the 2016 election from an intelligent, dedicated journalist at the center of it - a thoughtful historical record that offers eye-opening insights and details on our political process, the media, and the mercurial 45th president of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENLIGHTENING WITH MUCH HUMOR -LIKE YOU WERE THERE

  • By v2o777 on 09-18-17

Front Row Seat to Most Amazing Political Story of

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

An excellent blend of facts, personal anecdotes and inside info on the Trump campaign from beginning to end. Tur has great stories, some scary facts and an insight into the workings of TV News that few other recent books I've read have.

Her delivery, as you might imagine, is flawless.

Get past the notion of whether a reporter is "Pro" or "Anti Trump". That's not the way it works. This man is so different than anyone else who ever ran for the nation's highest office, it deserves close scrutiny.

Was sorry when it was over. Hope she stays as part of the national political reporting pool. This kind of insight is important.

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