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  • American Fascists

  • The Christian Right and the War on America
  • By: Chris Hedges, Eunice Wong
  • Narrated by: Chris Hedges, Eunice Wong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

Twenty-five years ago, when Pat Robertson and other televangelists first spoke of the United States being a Christian nation that would build a global Christian empire, it was hard to take such hyperbolic rhetoric seriously. Today, such language no longer sounds like hyperbole but poses, instead, a very real threat to our freedoms and our way of life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still rings frighteningly true 10 years later.

  • By Adrian on 07-19-17

Still rings frighteningly true 10 years later.

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

I can't believe how much the author forsaw. amazing foresight and analysis! when I picked up this book years ago, I thought the author was a crackpot. Now it's easy to see and frighteningly true.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Light Between Oceans

  • A Novel
  • By: M. L. Stedman
  • Narrated by: Noah Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,603
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,757

In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Three years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel is tending the grave of her newly lost infant when she hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up on shore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story.....terrible narrator.

  • By Sandra on 08-14-12

Right, Wrong and the Chasm Between

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

Reviewed: 04-20-16

Would you listen to The Light Between Oceans again? Why?

It was a beautiful story. I enjoyed it twice. After I enjoyed it the first time, I was able to savor the storytelling the second time.

What other book might you compare The Light Between Oceans to and why?

I've heard a comparison to All the Light We Cannot See, but I didn't enjoy that book, so it doesn't seem like a fair comparison to me.

What about Noah Taylor’s performance did you like?

The narrative was fantastic!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

At it's core, this book is about right versus wrong. The way it unfolds is compelling.

  • The Triumph of Seeds

  • How Grains, Nuts, Kernels, Pulses & Pips Conquered the Plant Kingdom and Shaped Human History
  • By: Thor Hanson
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935

We live in a world of seeds. From our morning toast to the cotton in our clothes, they are quite literally the stuff and staff of life, supporting diets, economies, and civilizations around the globe. Just as the search for nutmeg and the humble peppercorn drove the Age of Discovery, so did coffee beans help fuel the Enlightenment and cottonseed help spark the Industrial Revolution. And from the fall of Rome to the Arab Spring, the fate of nations continues to hinge on the seeds of a Middle Eastern grass known as wheat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightfully simplistic!

  • By Adrian on 03-30-16

Delightfully simplistic!

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

Reviewed: 03-30-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book looks at the history and evolution of seeds. That's it. Thor Hanson's appreciation of seeds and his passion for study are evident, yet he presented the topic in a lighthearted way that was easy for a layman to follow. I enjoyed this book very much.

What other book might you compare The Triumph of Seeds to and why?

I love books that have a small scope, but enlighten me in a big way. This book reminds me of "A History of the World in 6 Glasses" by Tom Standage, which I read a decade ago, but still keep on my desk.

What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

I thought the content and the narrator were perfectly matched. Marc Vietor did excellent work of bringing this book to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have enjoyed listening to this in one sitting. I didn't, but I did listen to it while I walked, shopped, cooked and washed dishes.

Any additional comments?

I didn't know much or care much about seeds when I started this book. I can now confidently speak about seeds because I've enjoyed this wonderful lesson and learned a lot without being lectured to.

52 of 55 people found this review helpful

  • Black Like Me

  • By: John Howard Griffin
  • Narrated by: Ray Childs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292

Writer John Howard Griffin (1920-1980) decided to perform an experiment in order to learn from the inside out how one race could withstand the second class citizenship imposed on it by another race. Through medication, he dyed his skin dark and left his family and home in Texas to find out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book brings back memories...

  • By Wayne on 11-26-15

Faith that the dark past has taught us

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

Reviewed: 03-30-16

What made the experience of listening to Black Like Me the most enjoyable?

Can a man who presented himself to the world as a black man for only six weeks really understand what it means to be a black man in America in 1958? Probably not, but it was an interesting study and a fascinating journey of discovery. Some of the author's observations still ring true today and his insights helped him become a nationally-recognized ally and a civil rights activist.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that the author re-released the book decades later, including information about how the book impacted his community, his career and the country.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Ray Childs?

There were a few times when the narrator went too far when attempting to replicate old Negro dialects. I'm not sure if I'd enjoy that kind of narration in a more contemporary piece.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The author's life and perspectives were changes as a result of this project. That was evident in the words.

  • Notorious RBG

  • The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • By: Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,303

Nearly a half century into being a feminist and legal pioneer, something funny happened to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The octogenarian won the Internet. Across America, people who weren't even born when Ginsburg made her name are tattooing themselves with her face, setting her famously searing dissents to music, and making viral videos in tribute.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fall in love with RBG! I did.

  • By serine on 01-23-16

Pour one out for your homie

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

Reviewed: 12-31-15

What did you like best about this story?

It's a great biography. There's criticism about it and about the moniker that seems to poke fun at Ginsberg, but that name and this book are meant to praise her. If a cult movement brings attention to her impact on the landscape of this country, I say pour one for my homie and read this book.

Which scene was your favorite?

I didn't know much about RBG before her appointment to the Supreme Court, so I enjoyed learning about the early stuff. She is and was a superwoman.

  • Year of Yes

  • How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person
  • By: Shonda Rhimes
  • Narrated by: Shonda Rhimes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,262
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,419
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,362

The megatalented creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder chronicles how saying yes for one year changed her life - and how it can change yours, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 7 Hours Listening to an Audio Book Ever!

  • By ccreads on 02-20-16

Lean in and pour me a glass of wine

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

Reviewed: 12-31-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Year of Yes to be better than the print version?

Listening to Shonda Rhimes reading her own story is like hanging out with her. There is no I'm-so-awesome-because-I'm-God's-special-creature. There is no Everything-I-ever-did-was-a-huge-success-because-failure-is-for-losers. There is no Lean-in-and-success-will-fall-into-your-lap. This book is the reals, ya'll.

What did you like best about this story?

I know Shonda Rhimes is an excellent screenwriter; we all know. Being a fantastic writer in one area, doesn't make you a fantastic writer in another area anymore than being a great cardiologist makes you a great obstetrician. In in most accounts, attempts at writing in other areas -- especially biographies -- makes otherwise successful writers seem self-aggrandizing and annoying. But this book was like drinking wine while sitting on the carpet listening to your best friend, Shonda. She is funny, witty, honest and all folded up in her own truth.

  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things

  • Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2.5
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Length: 3 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,444
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,456

Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes. And it gives the reader a chance to learn things that only Auri knows.... In this book, Patrick Rothfuss brings us into the world of one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined Ari for me

  • By Andrey Barsukov on 06-03-18

The quiet stories are the most delicate

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

Reviewed: 08-18-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves small, quiet stories. This was written by a man who appreciates the literature of words and moments and gestures. It's a beautiful story.

What other book might you compare The Slow Regard of Silent Things to and why?

I would compare this story to The Book Thief. In the storm of great things done by large people, the introverts are under constant threat of losing their way. Auri is both the champion and the hero of her own little story.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Auri goes underwater to retrieve things that aren't in their rightful place, my heart melts for her kindness and sense of order.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wasn't able to listen to this in one sitting, so I listened to it twice.

Any additional comments?

I was a fan of Auri when she was an insignificant character in the Kingkiller Chronicles. I really appreciated diving into her small world. She is a lovely and complex character.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Glamour in Glass

  • By: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 252

Mary Robinette Kowal stunned readers with her charming first novel, Shades of Milk and Honey, a loving tribute to the works of Jane Austen in a world where magic is an everyday occurrence. This magic comes in the form of glamour, which allows talented users to form practically any illusion they can imagine. Shades debuted to great acclaim and left readers eagerly awaiting its sequel. Glamour in Glass continues following the lives of beloved main characters Jane and Vincent, with a much deeper vein of drama and intrigue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No longer regency romance, but great nonetheless

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-23-13

Great story, bad narration

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

Reviewed: 08-08-15

What made the experience of listening to Glamour in Glass the most enjoyable?

I've enjoyed the series. It's light, but enjoyable summer reading. The characters are fun to follow.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jane is a lively and interesting character, but I think she is too down on herself. It's the most oft-putting characteristic, but appropriate for the era.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mary Robinette Kowal?

The narrator's foreign accents seemed to have been honed at the Rooney-Yunioshi School of Bad and Racist Portrayals of Foreigners.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Between the World and Me

  • By: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Narrated by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,066
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,262
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,180

"This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it." In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race", a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Heartfelt Self-aware Literary Masterpiece

  • By T Spencer on 07-30-15

This book is a conversation-framer

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is an honest and raw portrayal of one man's journey through this country as a black man. Coates is a speaker for our time.

What does Ta-Nehisi Coates bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The best possible narrator was the author himself. He was authentic.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wanted to listen to this in one sitting because I didn't want to take myself out of the conversation the author was having with me.

Any additional comments?

This books goes a long way in explaining contemporary feelings about race and privilege in the U.S.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 161,940
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 149,458
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 149,290

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

This one's a rocket ride

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

Reviewed: 02-18-15

Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best stories I've read all year. I really enjoyed the story and the performance.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I found Mark Watney to be a real jackass, but it worked for him. He was a worthy protagonist and I enjoyed being along for the ride.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened it twice!

Any additional comments?

The narrator flubbed the German accent and words. He should have done a better job with that sort of thing.