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  • 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 14,918
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,781
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,640

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

Inspiring and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

I’m a huge fan of political satire and Al Franken has been a favorite for decades. I was wonderfully entertained and pleasantly surprised that I also learned a lot. I am so glad Al narrated his own words and his writing style is more folksy than I expected. I enjoyed his views as a Democrat without all the animosity toward Republican tactics that seem to turn so nasty these days. I want to move to Minnesota to have him as my senator (but only when they legalize pot ;>) !!!

  • Seriously...I'm Kidding

  • By: Ellen DeGeneres
  • Narrated by: Ellen DeGeneres
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,696
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,664

"I've experienced a whole lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you'll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I've put together for you in this book. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I'm saying is, let us begin, shall we?" (Ellen DeGeneres)

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exactly what you would expect from Ellen

  • By R. Strauss on 12-19-11

Her standup is better

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

Reviewed: 09-24-17

I was expecting more story or biography not ten word chapters about nothing. I love Ellen live but this was just a bunch of disjointed thoughts that could have been plucked from a summary of her tv show. Maybe it's funny in print but wasted my time and money. Sorry Ellen. Not your best anything.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Titan

  • The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 35 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,407

Titan is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller’s exceptionally rich trove of papers. A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the book indelibly alters our image of this most enigmatic capitalist. Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mother, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to become the world’s richest man by creating America’s most powerful and feared monopoly, Standard Oil. Branded "the Octopus" by legions of muckrakers, the trust refined and marketed nearly 90 percent of the oil produced in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He makes Bill Gates look like a Pauper!

  • By Rick on 11-04-13

Surprising story

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

Reviewed: 08-18-16

Fascinating family history. Especially since such a small percentage of his deeds bore the Rockefeller name. Just wish reader had a more forceful voice when reading quotes. It was like hearing Mickey Mouse quote Walter Cronkite.

  • Awakenings

  • By: Oliver Sacks
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 320

Awakenings - which inspired the major motion picture - is the remarkable story of a group of patients who contracted sleeping sickness during the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen for decades in a trance-like state, these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969, when Dr. Oliver Sacks gave them the then-new drug L-DOPA, which had an astonishing, explosive, "awakening" effect. Dr. Sacks recounts the moving case histories of his patients, their lives, and their extraordinary transformations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolute classic!

  • By Douglas on 09-01-12

Reads like a text book

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

Reviewed: 03-14-16

Expected a novel. Interesting case studies but too technical and medical jargon for my understanding at times.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • It IS About Islam

  • Exposing the Truth About ISIS, Al Qaeda, Iran, and the Caliphate
  • By: Glenn Beck
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Lowell, Glenn Beck - introduction
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,369

Number-one best-selling author and radio host Glenn Beck exposes the real truth behind the roots of Islamic extremism in Muslim teaching in this sharply insightful audiobook that debunks commonly held assumptions about Islam and the dream of a renewed caliphate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By M Peters on 08-25-15

Finally an Understandable Explanation!!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

I have been looking for a book to explain the Koran and Islamic religion in sucsinct and easy to comprehend terms. I am so glad to have read this and will do so several times to finally have an understanding and awareness of the issues, even though they are frightening. Every American needs to read this book!

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 157,668
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 145,496
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 145,341

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

On the edge of my seat

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

Reviewed: 08-02-15

Haven't read something this intense in a long time. Felt the awe and wonder along with the panic and stress. Great story!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • A Novel
  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,840
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,805

An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Kill A Mockingbird vs Go Set A Watchman

  • By Sara on 07-15-15

Southern Grace

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

Reviewed: 07-23-15

Thoroughly enjoyable. Reese was the perfect choice to narrate this Soutern tale of a past turbulent time. I'd forgotten how much change we have seen in my lifetime so far. Harper Lee writes with such grace. You don't read stories like this anymore. One of my favorites now.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A Pound of Flesh

  • By: Sophie Jackson
  • Narrated by: Grace Grant
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 191

Haunted by nightmares of her father's street murder 15 years ago, Kat Lane decides to face her fears and uphold his legacy of helping others by teaching inmates at a New York prison. There she meets arrogant Wesley Carter, who's as handsome as he is dangerous, as mysterious as he is quick witted, and with a reputation that ensures people will keep their distance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast and Not So Furious...

  • By Lucy Loves Love on 08-12-15

Terrible and so predictable

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

Reviewed: 06-26-15

I thought when i chose a book that was a favorite of Audible readers it would be a great read. It is a sappy and predictable romance novel. The plot is weak and the story so contrived it felt lime a 12th grader wrote it. It is perfect for all the bored wimen who want to read a twelve-page sex scene and dont need their brains to follow a story. I kept listening hoping it would go somewhere, but even the story lines were tied up into pretty and unbelievable bows. Ugh! Never again!

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,714

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame...and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic story to be read by all!

  • By Gina on 07-25-09

Favorite Book So Far

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-10

I LOVED this story. The narrator was excellent and the detailed story kept me going. I love the extra history and background of things thrown in. This was a long book but I enjoyed every minute and couldn't wait to get back to my recording each day. I will seek out more books by Ken Follett now.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Green Mansions

  • By: W. H. Hudson
  • Narrated by: Walter Zimmerman, Jim Roberts
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

W. H. Hudson was born in 1841 in Buenos Aires and seems to have been a sort of permanently displaced person. He moved to London in 1869 and wrote a series of remarkable books, most with a wilderness setting. In 1904, when he was 63, he focused on an Indian legend for Green Mansions, a memorable romance of the jungle for which he is now chiefly remembered. His epitaph reads, "He Loved Birds and Green Places and the Wind on the Heath, and Saw Brightness of the Skirts of God."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good, escapist story

  • By Glenn on 12-09-09

Nasal Narrator

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-10

The book was recommended and I saw two high reviews and one low. I should have listened. The story was interesting but the narrator was so nasal and monotone that he made the story sound boring. It was hard to stay interested in the book with the narrator so flat. I spent good money so I stuck it out. Very disappointing to have spent this money.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful