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  • Lincoln's Last Trial

  • The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency
  • By: Dan Abrams, David Fisher
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner, Dan Abrams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

At the end of the summer of 1859, 22-year-old Peachy Quinn Harrison went on trial for murder in Springfield, Illinois. Abraham Lincoln, who had been involved in more than 3,000 cases - including more than 25 murder trials - during his two-decades-long career, was hired to defend him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For Lawyers and Lincoln Lovers

  • By Darwin8u on 06-20-18

Lots of imagination

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

This is a rather short book but it would have been shorter if all the imagined thoughts had been left out.

  • Springfield Confidential

  • Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons
  • By: Mike Reiss, Mathew Klickstein
  • Narrated by: Mike Reiss
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429

Four-time Emmy winner Mike Reiss - who has worked on The Simpsons continuously since episode one in 1989 - shares stories, scandals, and gossip about working with America’s most iconic cartoon family ever. Reiss explains how the episodes are created and provides an inside look at the show’s writers, animators, actors, and celebrity guests. He answers a range of questions from Simpsons fans and die-hards and reminisces about the making of perennially favorite episodes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • D'oh

  • By Lucas on 08-14-18

Teo many funny things to remember

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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: 08-03-18

I’ll steal a few lines from this but there’s so many more I can’t remember them. Doh!

  • War on the Run: The Epic Story of Robert Rogers and the Conquest of America's First Frontier

  • By: John F. Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Often hailed as the godfather of today's elite special forces, Robert Rogers trained and led an unorthodox unit of green provincials, raw woodsmen, farmers, and Indian scouts on "impossible" missions in colonial America that are still the stuff of soldiers' legend. The child of marginalized Scots-Irish immigrants, Rogers learned to survive in New England's dark and deadly forests, grasping, as did few others, that a new world required new forms of warfare. John F. Ross not only re-creates Rogers's life and his spectacular battles with breathtaking immediacy and meticulous accuracy...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly an epic story

  • By mrieke on 07-18-18

Truly an epic 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: 07-18-18

Of Rogers the colonies and England. And he’s the one who captured Nathan Hale A special ops pioneer

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  • The Oregon Trail

  • Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life
  • By: Francis Parkman
  • Narrated by: Robert Morris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

This is the classic account of Francis Parkman’s rugged trip over the eastern part of the Oregon Trail with his cousin Quincy Adams Shaw in the spring and summer of 1846. They left St. Louis by steamboat and traveled on horseback, in company with guides and occasionally other travelers. They encountered storms and buffalo hunts, meeting Indians, soldiers, sportsmen, and emigrants.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Only halfway along the Oregon Trail

  • By mrieke on 04-10-18

Only halfway along the Oregon Trail

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

Parkman didn’t go all the way to Oregon, only into Wyoming before turning south along the Rockies and then back to Westport. Still, it’s an interesting picture of those times. Narration was very stilted.

  • A Rage in Harlem

  • A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel
  • By: Chester Himes
  • Narrated by: Samuel L. Jackson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 617

Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson ( Pulp Fiction, Star Wars films), fresh off the success of his uproarious, Audie-nominated performance of the mock children’s book Go the F**k to Sleep, delivers a swaggering, darkly-humored rendering of Chester Himes’ classic first novel.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Visit to Another Era

  • By Kitty on 05-28-12

Interesting characters, great narration

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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: 12-07-17

So many unique characters. Five stars is not enough for Samuel L’s narration. I’ll definitely listen to more Himes read by him

  • The Thirty Years War

  • By: C. V. Wedgwood
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 347

Initially, the Thirty Years War was precipitated in 1618 by religious conflicts between Protestants and Catholics in the Holy Roman Empire. But the conflict soon spread beyond religion to encompass the internal politics and balance of power within the Empire, and then later to the other European powers. By the end, it became simply a dynastic struggle between Bourbon France and Habsburg Spain. And almost all of it was fought out in Germany. Entire regions were depopulated and destroyed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the World's Great History Books.

  • By Judith A. Weller on 08-25-12

What a complicated time

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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: 11-25-17

It wasn’t just Catholics fighting Protestants. Some Catholics fought for Protestants and vice versa. Armies changed sides. I found helpful maps online.

  • Nudge

  • Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness [Expanded Edition]
  • By: Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,040
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,606
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,600

Every day, we make decisions on topics ranging from personal investments to schools for our children to the meals we eat to the causes we champion. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. The reason, the authors explain, is that, being human, we are all susceptible to various biases that can lead us to blunder. Our mistakes make us poorer and less healthy; we often make bad decisions involving education, personal finance, health care, mortgages and credit cards, the family, and even the planet itself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An overly long Nudge in the right direction

  • By Jay on 06-08-13

Easy to understand and helpful

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

This book covers some of the material in "Thinking, Fast and Slow" but is easier to understand. BTW, Thaler, the author,
is a Nnobel prize winner.

  • Rogue Heroes

  • The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War
  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: Ben Macintyre
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543

Britain's Special Air Service - or SAS - was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young, gadabout aristocrat whose aimlessness in early life belied a remarkable strategic mind. Where most of his colleagues looked at a battlefield map of World War II's African theater and saw a protracted struggle with Rommel's desert forces, Stirling saw an opportunity: Given a small number of elite, well-trained men, he could parachute behind enemy lines and sabotage their airplanes and war matériel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Those Who Dared, Won!

  • By Matthew on 10-07-16

I’ll listen to it again

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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: 10-20-17

Great book. Some laugh out loud incidents early in their missions as they bluffed their way through. But it gets grim later when Hitler issued an order aimed at SAS members

  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,913
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,776
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,635

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was reading this when the allegations against Franken came out

  • By Fruitsalad200 on 12-10-17

Funny and inspiring

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

As always, Franken is funny. But he's also inspiring, intelligent, factual and truthful--things that are too rare in politics today

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  • As You Wish

  • Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
  • By: Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,867
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,176

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warm-hearted retelling

  • By Thomas Allen on 10-19-14

Worthy of the movie

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

Reviewed: 05-13-17

If you liked the movie, you'll enjoy this book. It tells about each cast member's casting, how often it had failed to be made and lots of enjoyable info about the filming. And Cary us an amazing impressionist. He even does a great Bill Clinton.