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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 161,022
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148,605
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 148,441

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

Insightful and Engaging Read!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

This book was insanely clever, witty and entertaining. There were times when I, literally, laughed out loud. Some of the scientific jargon can be overwhelming at times; however, even if you’re not a science nerd, you’d still find enjoyment in reading this book.

  • The Accidental President

  • Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World
  • By: A. J. Baime
  • Narrated by: Tony Messano
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746

The dramatic, pulse-pounding story of Harry Truman's first four months in office, when this unlikely president had to take on Germany, Japan, Stalin, and the atomic bomb, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Jean on 11-14-17

Newfound respect for Frm. President Truman!

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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: 07-19-18

I simply never learned how tumultuous President Truman’s first four months as president had been. Obscurely, I’d never learned much about Harry Truman, other than his decision to drop the atomic bombs. But, having learned of his roots and political career, it’s easy to see why he’s highly regarded by historians as one of the most effective presidents in American history, in all respects. I also didn’t know that he lent support to civil rights in a time, in which, it’s premise was still very much taboo. That proved to be a eye-opener to me alone. Thank you President Truman for your stalwart and steadfast leadership in some of the most pivotal events in America’s history.

  • Unified

  • How Our Unlikely Friendship Gives Us Hope for a Divided Country
  • By: Tim Scott, Trey Gowdy
  • Narrated by: J D Jackson, John McLain
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 65

Tim Scott, an African-American US senator, and Trey Gowdy, a white US congressman, won’t allow racial lines to divide them. They work together, eat meals together, campaign together, and make decisions together. Yet in the fall of 2010 - as two brand-new members of the US House of Representatives - they did not even know each other. Their story as politicians and friends began the moment they met and is a model for others seeking true reconciliation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love + Faith + Compassion = Lasting Friendships

  • By Mike on 07-03-18

Love + Faith + Compassion = Lasting Friendships

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

Genuine friendship in politics is almost taboo in today’s political climate. More than that, the friendship these two esteemed gentlemen enjoy is truly transcendent. Admittedly, in most cases, I completely disagree with their political views. However, I can appreciate hard work, genuineness, faith, & civility when I see it. Those are qualities fully displayed in the lives of these two respectable men. What impresses me the most about Sen. Scott & Rep. Gowdy is their persistence in maintaining faith & friendship in a wholly toxic environment. If we only had their story as an example, it’d be a benchmark on the power of friendship which supersedes race, ethnicity, religion, or status. Thank you gentlemen for this inspirational piece of literature!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Playing Hurt

  • My Journey from Despair to Hope
  • By: John Saunders, John U. Bacon
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54

In Playing Hurt, a leading figure in the sports world - the quintessential "man's man" who seems to have it all - confesses his constant battle with depression. John Saunders welcomes listeners into the heart of his desperate struggle through insights into the root causes of depression and explanations of modern medical and homeopathic treatments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Story That Can Save Lives!

  • By Mike on 02-16-18

A Story That Can Save Lives!

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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: 02-16-18

John Saunders was one of my favorite sportscasters. As a young person, watching him on television aided in my inspiration to speak and read well. In Black culture, often, those of us who speak properly are seen as less than Black, or somehow ashamed of our heritage. This is an issue Mr. Saunders addressed briefly in his book. It was encouraging to know how he dealt with that, counteracting that stigma with poise and grace. More importantly, I wish that I could thank him personally for sharing his life experience with the world. His struggle could help tip the scale in the fight against depression, which is a real and intense battle. It helped me in my own struggle with depression, giving me tremendous insight into how I can cope with this disease. Thank you John, you may have saved my life!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • IQ

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,054
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,036

A resident of one of LA's toughest neighborhoods uses his blistering intellect to solve the crimes the LAPD ignores. East Long Beach. The LAPD is barely keeping up with the neighborhood's high crime rate. Murders go unsolved, lost children unrecovered. But someone from the neighborhood has taken it upon himself to help solve the cases the police can't or won't touch. They call him IQ. He's a loner and a high school dropout, his unassuming nature disguising a relentless determination and a fierce intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • IQ way better than OK

  • By green ice cream garden on 12-21-16

Potiential Modern-day Sherlock Holmes...

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

I was really impressed by the character development of Isaiah, also known as IQ. The only off putting thing about this novel was the, almost, excessive vile language used. However, it does add to the realistic nature of the narrative. This was definitely an exciting and interesting read, one that has the potential to be a modern-day Sherlock Holmes.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 109,437
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101,362
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 100,877

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • On and On and On and On

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-15-17

Informative yet greatly enjoyable!

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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: 11-16-17

The way, in which, Trevor Noah described life under apartheid South Africa was highly informative. He painted a clear picture of how systematically evil it truly was. His story telling is brilliant, and there are times when you can’t help but laugh out loud. This is definitely a must read!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dear Martin

  • By: Nic Stone
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League - but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • timely

  • By Will on 03-23-18

A MUST READ for young Black Males

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

Of all the books I’ve read, which varies greatly, I’ve never come across a fictional book that was so captivating and relevant with regard to my own life. Especially so, as a young African American male, who came of age during the tumultuous time of numerous police shootings, the formation of the Black Lives Matters movement, as a result, and the many events to follow. This book challenged me to even face the stereotypes within my own self consciousness. Despite what’s aforementioned, I’d recommend this book to ANY person, whether black or not. “Dear Martin” is truly a masterpiece that should be known as one of the most relevant pieces of literature in our generation.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful