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Alexandra D.

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  • The Restless Wave

  • Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations
  • By: John McCain, Mark Salter
  • Narrated by: John McCain, Beau Bridges
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,487

In a time when Washington, DC and the country are more polarized than they have been for decades, John McCain is the rare public figure who has earned the respect of people on both sides of the aisle. He is a model for bipartisanship and political integrity. In his 40 years in politics, McCain has never been afraid to buck trends or ruffle a few feathers. His words are more important today than ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A true patriot

  • By Diane Peresie on 05-29-18

A great autobiography of a fierce patriot

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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: 11-12-18

I enjoyed this book because it harkens back to Republican ideals that once were and should always be. it talks about compromise and humility. Traits far too few in our politics. Most importantly it talks about the importance of country before party. This is a must read for all Americans, do remind us of the kind of traits all politicians should have - regardless if their party.

  • Robin

  • By: Dave Itzkoff
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481

From his rapid-fire stand-up comedy riffs to his breakout role in Mork & Mindy and his Academy Award-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, Robin Williams was a singularly innovative and beloved entertainer. He often came across as a man possessed, holding forth on culture and politics while mixing in personal revelations - all with mercurial, tongue-twisting intensity as he inhabited and shed one character after another with lightning speed. But as Dave Itzkoff shows in this revelatory biography, Williams’ comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Oh Robin...

  • By Leigh on 05-24-18

Great insight into such a wonderful person

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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: 09-17-18

Although bittersweet, I thoroughly appreciated the breadth of this book. it didn't just focus on the final years. It gives you a real recounting of Robin's life from childhood on.

  • The Common Good

  • By: Robert B. Reich
  • Narrated by: Robert B. Reich
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

Robert B. Reich makes a powerful case for the expansion of America’s moral imagination. Rooting his argument in common sense and everyday reality, he demonstrates that a common good constitutes the very essence of any society or nation. Societies, he says, undergo virtuous cycles that reinforce the common good as well as vicious cycles that undermine it, one of which America has been experiencing for the past five decades. This process can and must be reversed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional data drops with perfect explanation as to why the numbers changed

  • By JCH on 02-23-18

Great message, great tone and overall great listen

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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: 08-02-18

This book hits the nail on the head regarding what has led our country towards it's current oath and how to get it back on track.

no political party is innocent.

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  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,071
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,063
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20,969

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, fairly bi-partisan if you're into that.

  • By Alex Fuller on 12-11-18

An interesting and needed POV right now

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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: 05-23-18

This wonderful book focuses only 3 or so chapters on Trump. Thankfully. The rest is on Comey's career and what built his internal ethical standards. I think it is often forgotten the role of the FBI in our government and that it's sole purpose is the facts and to have no partisan bent or involvement and a Dept that should cut off from the Executive branch. An important reminder.

  • I Am Spock

  • By: Leonard Nimoy
  • Narrated by: Leonard Nimoy
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,393
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,187

Best known to the world as the actor who created the legendary Mr. Spock in the cult television series that launched the Star Trek phenomenon, Leonard Nimoy has written the definitive Star Trek memoir. In this long-awaited autobiography, Nimoy opens up to his fans in ways the Vulcan never could.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Two in One

  • By Lannielui on 07-18-09

A personal look into an interesting man

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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: 05-06-18

Enjoyed listening to Mr. Nimoy recount his experiences in the film industry and learning more about him as an artist.

  • Still Foolin' 'Em

  • Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys
  • By: Billy Crystal
  • Narrated by: Billy Crystal
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,712

Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disarmingly Honest

  • By David Shear on 09-12-13

Funny, sweet and introspective

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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: 05-06-18

Enjoyed listening to Billy recount his childhood and life and his experiences in the film industry.

  • Five Presidents

  • My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford
  • By: Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682

Secret Service agent Clint Hill brings history intimately and vividly to life as he reflects on his 17 years protecting the most powerful office in the nation. Hill walked alongside Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford, seeing them through a long, tumultuous era - the Cold War; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy; the Vietnam War; Watergate; and the resignations of Spiro Agnew and Richard M. Nixon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True American Hero

  • By Robert on 05-21-16

A great personal look into history

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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: 05-06-18

Thoroughly enjoyed learning about Agent Clint Hill and his experiences while serving 5 White Houses.

definitely a must read.

  • Deep

  • Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves
  • By: James Nestor
  • Narrated by: James Nestor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 916

Deep is a voyage from the ocean's surface to its darkest trenches, the most mysterious places on Earth. Fascinated by the sport of freediving - in which competitors descend to great depths on a single breath - James Nestor embeds with a gang of oceangoing extreme athletes and renegade researchers. He finds whales that communicate with other whales hundreds of miles away, sharks that swim in unerringly straight lines through pitch-black waters, and other strange phenomena.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More than I expected!

  • By P. Wilson on 11-13-17

Great book about an aspect of free diving

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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

Great narrative journey into the truimphs and perils of free diving and the scientific utilization of it.

  • The Industries of the Future

  • By: Alec Ross
  • Narrated by: Alec Ross
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,927

Leading innovation expert Alec Ross explains what's next for the world, mapping out the advances and stumbling blocks that will emerge in the next 10 years - for businesses, governments, and the global community - and how we can navigate them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok review of what is now. Not much future.

  • By Sam on 05-06-16

Great Cliff notes to areas to watch

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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: 11-23-17

This book covers a wide variety of topics very quickly and goes over a lot of key areas to pay attention to. I enjoyed it and learned a lot from it.

  • 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 15,058
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,899
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,758

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

Just great, made me laugh out loud

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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: 08-19-17

wonderful book detailing the campaign and career of Senator Franken. definitely like him even more after listening.