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  • Small Fry

  • By: Lisa Brennan-Jobs
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890

A frank, smart, and captivating memoir by the daughter of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Small Fry is Lisa Brennan-Jobs' poignant story of a childhood spent between two imperfect but extraordinary homes. Scrappy, wise, and funny, young Lisa is an unforgettable guide through her parents' fascinating and disparate worlds. Part portrait of a complex family, part love letter to California in the '70s and '80s, Small Fry is an enthralling audiobook by an insightful new literary voice. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful, poignant, thoughtful and devastating memoir

  • By Robert Ames on 10-11-18

Stockholm syndrome

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

A remarkable personal insight into the world of one girl who survived a childhood of psychological abuse by her father and how she used coping mechanisms that many people do in similar situations. It was definitely not your fault Lisa. Congratulations on your sanity and willingness to share.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,090
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,969

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

Must read but not well organized

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

The book drills home the failings and intents of this president. Maybe Woodward wanted the book to match the chaos of the Whitehouse. But if not, then he could have done a better job organizing the flow. It is still fine reporting of the facts without leading you.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 23,090
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,081
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20,987

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

About Ethical Leadership, Not Trump

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

Everyone who has not read this book seems to have a strong opinion. They say, "I wouldn't waste my time." They think this is a book about Trump.

But those who have, know this is a book on ethical leadership. Comey, in crystal clear language illustrates why the ethical leader is so despised by politicians. He has no trouble finding and displaying examples of the distaste of ethics from leaders of both parties.

Comey is open and honest about his failings of the past. And those who have struggled to lead ethically for more years than he will recognize a few he makes here, which he will regret later. He is a work in progress. But in the end you will likely agree he is driven by the passion for truth and the practice of ethics.

Don't be swayed by those who only have time to follow the hoard. Read this book and be inspired to risk Comey's fate for the future betterment of society.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Atomic Adventures

  • Secret Islands, Forgotten N-Rays, and Isotopic Murder - A Journey into the Wild World of Nuclear Science
  • By: James Mahaffey
  • Narrated by: Keith Sellon-Wright
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007

Whether you are a scientist or a poet, pro-nuclear energy or staunch opponent, conspiracy theorist or pragmatist, James Mahaffey's books have served to open up the world of nuclear science like never before. With clear explanations of some of the most complex scientific endeavors in history, Mahaffey's new book looks back at the atom's wild, secretive past and then toward its potentially bright future.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific at Times but Flawed at Others

  • By David Foster on 08-14-17

Good but better if you're a scientist.

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

This book has many interesting stories but if you are not a nuclear scientist, parts will be over your head.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rising Tide

  • The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America
  • By: John M. Barry
  • Narrated by: Barry Grizzard
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

An American epic of science, politics, race, honor, high society, and the Mississippi River, Rising Tide tells the riveting and nearly forgotten story of the greatest natural disaster this country has ever known, the Mississippi flood of 1927. The river inundated the homes of nearly one million people, helped elect Huey Long governor and made Herbert Hoover president, drove hundreds of thousands of blacks north, and transformed American society and politics forever.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Where is the rest of the book?

  • By Karen on 10-21-13

Should be unabridged

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

Great book but the unabridged version in print is much better. Still worth it. Good.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,766

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Worth it but a bit dry.

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

Reviewed: 06-21-17

This book is like a joke you have to explain. A subtle change and it could have been really good. The message is there but who only get it when the author explicitly spells it out to you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Short History of Ireland

  • By: Dr Jonathan Bardon
  • Narrated by: Frances Tomelty
  • Length: 22 hrs and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 139

In the wake of its 30th birthday celebrations in 2006, BBC Radio Ulster marked the beginning of a new broadcasting era by embarking on the station's most ambitious project to date: a recounting of the history of Ireland.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Three and a half?

  • By Anne on 07-06-08

Only if you really have to.

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

Reviewed: 12-23-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

After reading other reviews, I purchased it anyway because it was the only Audible on this topic. I struggled through and found some useful information. But this production is really annoying. It is a bunch of short segments that hard to connect. It seem very British-centric. But as other said, the part that makes you want to give up is the constant breaks so you can here that intro that says the same thing over and over except for the segment number.

What three words best describe uncredited’s voice?

ok

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Between the World and Me

  • By: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Narrated by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,822
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,037
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,954

"This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it." In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race", a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Heartfelt Self-aware Literary Masterpiece

  • By T Spencer on 07-30-15

One word: Pulitzer

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

Curious about race, your answers are here. Love great writing? In either or both cases this is the book you must read.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Idiot America

  • How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free
  • By: Charles P. Pierce
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 524

The culture wars are over and the idiots have won. This is a veteran journalist’s caustically funny, righteously angry lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States. The three Great Premises of Idiot America: · Any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings, or otherwise moves units; anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough; "fact" is that which enough people believe. And "truth" is determined by how fervently they believe it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You Get What You Paid For

  • By Vargas on 09-19-11

Good but repetitive

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

Reviewed: 01-02-13

This book could have been much shorter. The author makes the same case over and over. It still worth reading.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Unintended Consequences

  • Why Everything You’ve Been Told about the Economy Is Wrong
  • By: Edward Conard
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51

According to Unintended Consequences, the conventional wisdom masks the real causes of our economic disruption and puts us at risk of a slew of unintended—and potentially dangerous—consequences. It’s a fascinating and contrarian case for how the economy really works, what went wrong over the past decade, and what steps we can take to start growing again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FOOD FOR THOUGHT

  • By DS on 12-18-12

To much like a textbook - Dry and Complex

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

Reviewed: 08-08-12

I struggled to understand the deep thoughts Conrad is trying and often failing to convey. There are plenty of "I never thought about it that way" moments. But, he could have made them much more accessible and reached an audience beyond the economic scholars that will be able to wade through his dry explanations.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful