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  • Apollo 8

  • The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon
  • By: Jeffrey Kluger
  • Narrated by: Brian Troxell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949

In August 1968 NASA made a bold decision: In just 16 weeks, the United States would launch humankind's first flight to the moon. Only the year before, three astronauts had burned to death in their spacecraft, and since then the Apollo program had suffered one setback after another. Meanwhile, the Russians were winning the space race, the Cold War was getting hotter by the month, and President Kennedy's promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade seemed sure to be broken.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous Book

  • By Jack Mueller on 06-24-17

What an outstanding moment...

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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: 04-04-18

What an absolutely outstanding moment... This fantastic book should serve as an inspiration to so many. It sheds such personal, technical, and historically critical light on the first in a series of monumentally magnificent missions in human lunar exploration. Listening to the unexpected REAL excerpts of communications from throughout the Apollo 8 mission at the end brought literal tears to my eyes. It has sufficiently stoked the perpetually smoldering embers of that intrinsic human trait buried deep with my (and so many other's) being... Exploration. A must read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • God Is Not Great

  • How Religion Poisons Everything
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,909
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,846

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ...Though Hitchens Is!

  • By Ben Capozzi on 11-13-11

Hitchins nails (npi) this topic.

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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: 12-01-17

A simply wonderful mirror to my own thoughts on religion and atheism. I could not have transcribed such internal thoughts and protestations as cleanly and astutely as he has in this manuscript. We are lucky to have had a mind such as his, active on this planet for the time it was.

  • The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

  • By: Amy Schumer
  • Narrated by: Amy Schumer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,825

In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is - a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh. Down to earth and relatable, frank and unapologetic, Amy Schumer is one of us: She relies on her sister for advice, still hangs out with her high school pals, and continues to navigate the ever-changing boundaries in love, work, and life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • mind numbing

  • By katrina on 09-17-16

A brilliant, fun, smart, thought provoking read.

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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: 08-18-16

Simply a fantastic book by a very skilled, talented entertainer. One of the better memoirs (that isn't a memoir) I've read in a long time. She is a gift to us, given of her own accord, and it was helpful to gain a fuller picture of the person whose comedy I adore so much. Amy Schumer is a fantastic person, yet a flawed person. Just as we all are. However, to witness someone open up so much about themselves takes either courage, or a field, within which there groweth no f***s. Amy, I appreciate YOU. please don't ever stop.

10 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Forest

  • By: Cixin Liu, Joel Martinsen - translator
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 22 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,674
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,669

This near-future trilogy is the first chance for English-speaking listeners to experience this multiple-award-winning phenomenon from Cixin Liu, China's most beloved science fiction author. In The Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from the revelation of a coming alien invasion - in just four centuries' time. The aliens' human collaborators may have been defeated, but the presence of the sophons, the subatomic particles that allow Trisolaris instant access to all human information, means that Earth's defense plans are totally exposed to the enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-25-15

Brilliant.

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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: 04-07-16

This book is so dark, real, disturbing, triumphant, and depressing that I need to now go watch MLP to not kill myself... Wow. Stunning work.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Team of Rivals

  • The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 41 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,519
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,542

On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative

  • By JJ on 09-10-12

The real meat. This book doesn't split rails...

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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: 01-12-16

... But rather displays prominently, the whole grand scale of Lincoln, in all his widespread glory, down to the individual leaves of machinations. Like the beautiful old southern oak tree that Lincoln, upon seeing, remarked to Mary "when my days are done, lay me to rest in such peaceful a place as this" so do we now sit under the magnanimous shade of his leadership and legacy... I wept for him, I cheered for him, I felt his pain and shared his joy. Author Doris Kearns Goodwin and narrator Suzanne Toren cultivate a complete and voluminous picture of the life, love, and political strength of 16th President Abraham Lincoln. It was truly an honor to read.

  • The Atlantis World

  • The Origin Mystery, Book 3
  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,538

Northern Morocco: Dr. Kate Warner cured a global pandemic, and she thought she could cure herself. She was wrong. And she was wrong about the scope of the Atlantis conspiracy. Humanity faces a new threat, an enemy beyond imagination. With her own time running out and the utter collapse of human civilization looming, a new hope arrives: a coded message from a potential ally.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great conclusion to the trilogy

  • By Michael P. Long on 10-16-14

A fitting end!

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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: 04-16-15

Full closure to one of the most amazing trilogy of books I've read in a long time. The epic breadth and scope of this series of books leads a reader on the most mysterious of journeys, culminating in a climactic sequence unrivaled in near-future, realistic science fiction. This trilogy will hold a most hallowed spot upon my shelf and will be recommended time and time again!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Atlantis Plague

  • The Origin Mystery, Book 2
  • By: A. G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,585
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,593

In Marbella, Spain, Dr. Kate Warner awakens to a horrifying reality: the human race stands on the brink of extinction. A pandemic unlike any before it has swept the globe. Nearly a billion people are dead--and those the Atlantis Plague doesn't kill, it transforms at the genetic level. A few rapidly evolve. The remainder devolve. As the world slips into chaos, radical solutions emerge. Industrialized nations offer a miracle drug, Orchid, which they mass produce and distribute to refugee camps around the world. But Orchid is merely a way to buy time. It treats the symptoms of the plague but never actually cures the disease.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Take it for what it's worth and enjoy it!

  • By Emily Wright on 05-07-14

Just as epic!

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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: 04-15-15

While it's shorter than book one, it's no less impressive. Hooks you from minute one and holds you there; writhing under its influence like the Atlantis Plague itself... Wonderful!

  • The Atlantis Gene

  • The Origin Mystery, Book 1
  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,303
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,574
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,593

Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully Horrible

  • By Laura Roderick on 07-29-17

Stunning!

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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: 04-13-15

I bought this book on a whim and even before I finished it I was recommending this novel on The Working Reader Podcast. Simply fantastic in its scope and construction!

  • The Dark Between the Stars

  • The Saga of Shadows, Book One
  • By: Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,502
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,504

Twenty years after the elemental conflict that nearly tore apart the cosmos in The Saga of Seven Suns, a new threat emerges from the darkness. The human race must set aside its own inner conflicts to rebuild their alliance with the Ildiran Empire for the survival of the galaxy. In Kevin J. Anderson's The Dark Between the Stars, galactic empires clash, elemental beings devastate whole planetary systems, and factions of humanity are pitted against one another.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Crank It Up Again!

  • By Trip Williams on 08-09-14

Wonderful, even if you've never been introduced.

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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: 03-13-15

Having never read the Element Wars novels, this serves as a great series primer. Cheers.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • I Must Say

  • My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend
  • By: Martin Short
  • Narrated by: Martin Short
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,354
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,023

Martin Short takes you on a rich, hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking ride through his life and times, from his early years in Toronto as a member of the fabled improvisational troupe Second City to the all-American comic big time of Saturday Night Live and memorable roles in movies such as ¡Three Amigos! and Father of the Bride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is what audio books were made for!

  • By Ty Brady on 11-06-14

An inside look at one of the funniest men alive.

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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: 01-19-15

Martin Short. Actor, comedian, father, husband, friend. He paints a wonderful picture of his life.