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  • The Food Explorer

  • The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats
  • By: Daniel Stone
  • Narrated by: Daniel Stone
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

In the 19th century, American meals were about subsistence, not enjoyment. But as a new century approached, appetites broadened, and David Fairchild, a young botanist with an insatiable lust to explore and experience the world, set out in search of foods that would enrich the American farmer and enchant the American eater. Kale from Croatia, mangoes from India, and hops from Bavaria. Peaches from China, avocados from Chile, and pomegranates from Malta. But Fairchild's finds weren't just limited to food.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Gennady Gelman on 04-15-18

so interesting! and such a great find!

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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: 08-22-18

I'm so glad I found this book! it's full of facts and anecdotes and keeps your attention to the very end. definitely recommend

  • Alexander Hamilton

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 35 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,741
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,891
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,828

Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades", now brings to startling life the man who was arguably the most important figure in American history, who never attained the presidency, but who had a far more lasting impact than many who did.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Outstanding & Riveting Book!

  • By Kevin on 03-04-05

so glad I read this amazing story!

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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: 07-22-18

this story was one I sadly didn't know much about. the narrator did a wonderful job telling and informing and interesting story

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,753
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19,750

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

awesome story; I was so upset it was over!

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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: 03-04-18

the narration and story are so fascinating and I think the authors did a great job of being objective

  • A Very Expensive Poison

  • The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's War with the West
  • By: Luke Harding
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509

On November 1, 2006, journalist and Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko was poisoned in London. He died 22 days later. The cause of death? Polonium - a rare, lethal, and highly radioactive substance. Here Luke Harding unspools a real-life political assassination story complete with KGB, CIA, MI6, and Russian mobsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I gave it a chance

  • By Nadifmg on 10-17-17

very interesting

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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: 01-14-18

I was really glad to read this story because it provided so much detail and information about a major political controversy that we all should know about.

  • Shantaram

  • A Novel
  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 42 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,520
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,102

Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum-security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favorite Books! Great Narration!

  • By Memphis on 06-16-14

great story and amazing delivery!

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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: 01-07-18

I was gripped from the beginning and the story just makes you wonder what could possibly happen next. amazing!

  • The Name of the Rose

  • By: Umberto Eco, William Weaver - translator
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Nicholas Rowe, Neville Jason
  • Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,124

The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. But his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths that take place in seven days and nights of apocalyptic terror. Brother William turns detective, and a uniquely deft one at that. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon-- all sharpened to a glistening edge by his wry humor and ferocious curiosity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The meaning of the mystery & mystery of meaning

  • By Ryan on 02-14-14

maybe I would've liked this if I could hear it!!

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-23-17

couldn't hear a thing with this narrator and the story just wanders down these tangential, overly described stories.

  • Binge

  • By: Tyler Oakley
  • Narrated by: Tyler Oakley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,893
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,457
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,450

For someone who made a career out of oversharing on the Internet, Tyler Oakley has a shocking number of personal mishaps and shenanigans to reveal in his first book: He experienced a legitimate rage blackout in a Cheesecake Factory; he had a fashion stand-off with the White House Secret Service; he crashed a car in front of his entire high school in an Arby's uniform; he projectile vomited while bartering with a grandmother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE!!

  • By Chloe on 10-22-15

amazingly hilariously perfect!

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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: 05-27-17

This book had me cackling out loud and also thinking a lot about life and life choices. Tyler's performance was icing on the cake and his comments to the audible audience was very thoughtful. I'm so glad I read this book and I would read it again and again and again!!!

  • Hidden Figures

  • The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
  • By: Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,076

Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space. Among these problem solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story of a History Obscured

  • By Cynthia on 09-18-16

a great story but a long winded one...

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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: 05-27-17

This is a moment when the movie is better than the book in terms crafting an interesting story. I really wanted to get into this book, but it was just really long winded and granular in detail. There were very specific and chronological details of all the characters at the beginning, but then the story went by very fast around the major space race events.

  • Grunt

  • The Curious Science of Humans at War
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Abby Elvidge
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,864
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,706
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,704

Grunt tackles the science behind some of a soldier's most challenging adversaries - panic, exhaustion, heat, noise - and introduces us to the scientists who seek to conquer them. Mary Roach dodges hostile fire with the U.S. Marine Corps Paintball Team as part of a study on hearing loss and survivability in combat. She visits the fashion design studio of U.S. Army Natick Labs and learns why a zipper is a problem for a sniper.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, can't abide the narrator

  • By Robin on 06-29-16

glad I stuck it out

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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: 04-01-17

I initially downloaded this book as an "adventure" - reading something that sounded interesting with no idea how it would go. When the story started, I thought, "this was a mistake...", but I continued reading it, thinking I would at least see what the first two chapters were like. I'm glad I did. Each chapter taught me so many new things that, while some times sad and some times unpleasant, I found enlightening. I'd recommend this book to people who like learning new things and have a fairly open mind to the not-so-pleasant side of science and medicine.

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  • The Last Battle

  • By: Cornelius Ryan
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 979

The Battle for Berlin was the culminating struggle of World War II in the European theater. The last offensive against Hitler’s Third Reich, it devastated one of Europe’s historic capitals and marked the final defeat of Nazi Germany. It was also one of the war’s bloodiest and most pivotal battles, whose outcome would shape international politics for decades to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Work

  • By Shaun on 08-03-12

Amazing insight to an amazing time

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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: 02-25-16

Would you listen to The Last Battle again? Why?

Sure! It was a very interesting account of a fascinating time and the author covered all the different aspects, parties, and viewpoints involved.The stories included in the book were very interesting and written in a way that really allowed the reader to picture what life must have been like at the time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Battle?

There were many memorable moments of the book. The top ones for me were the description of the night of Hitler's suicide, the description of the zookeeper's interaction with the baboon, and the description of start of the Russian siege of Berlin.

Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

I didn't particularly feel like Simon Vance performed any characters per say. He is an excellent narrator though and the voices and accents he associated with the sides of the conflict were great.

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

This book was definitely so intense at times, that it was good to take a break. But interest in the story definitely made me enthusiastic to continue reading.