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  • Fascism

  • A Warning
  • By: Madeleine Albright
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Albright
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,950

At the end of the 1980s, when the Cold War ended, many, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, believed that democracy had triumphed politically once and for all. Yet nearly 30 years later, the direction of history no longer seems certain. A repressive and destructive force has begun to re-emerge on the global stage - sweeping across Europe, parts of Asia, and the United States - that to Albright, looks very much like fascism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Jean on 07-04-18

This should be mandatory reading in all high school

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

Excellent review and reporting. A lot to absorb and I look forward to reviewing this a second
Time. Very intelligent

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,686
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,551

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Couldn't get through it

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

The start of the book is slow going but I was persistent because I had the book referred to me. The reader is not one of my favorites. Occasionally there is back ground noise in the reading, but mainly I think her interpretation of the main character turned me off. She takes on a petulant attitude - and maybe that is how this character is - but a turn off for me. By Chapter 23 - I was too tired of her to get to know her any better. I know it is fiction - but I couldn't help wondering if under the same circumstance if I'd be that unaware of my surroundings. She is apparently an educated, free thinking English woman from 1945 - but to me, she is vain and and somewhat oblivious. I like the historical references in the book - I just wish the characters were more interesting and had a little more depth. I seldom quit a book....but I'm giving up on this one.

  • An American Family

  • A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice
  • By: Khizr Khan
  • Narrated by: Khizr Khan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 107

An American Family is an intensely personal story about the nature of true patriotism and what it's like to risk everything you know for the promise of a 226-year-old piece of parchment. As Khizr Khan traces his remarkable journey - from humble beginnings on a poultry farm in Pakistan to obtaining a degree from Harvard Law School and raising a family in America - he shows what it means to leave the limitations of one's country behind for the best values and promises of another.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational immigrant memoir

  • By Mark on 04-16-18

A book that can give you hope in a negative world

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

This book is written and read with such dignity and respect for one's fellow man, I wish it was mandatory reading in all schools. Khizr Kahn makes us think about how fortunate we are to be in the USA and have our Constitution. He reminds us of the beauty of appreciation of people and country. He also inspires us to think what we are in the process of destroying in this current Administration. It is a frightening time in the USA. We have increased our violence and greed but here is a man who gives us hope and reason. I found the book to be inspiring.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,745
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,693

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal book!

  • By A. Potter on 01-16-16

Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

If you could sum up When Breath Becomes Air in three words, what would they be?

Inspiring. Thoughtful. Encouraging.

What was one of the most memorable moments of When Breath Becomes Air?

I was taken by the statement Paul made when he 'met his patient in a place where she was a person and not a problem to be solved'

Any additional comments?

I had heard a book review on Public Radio which made me curious. Now it is a book I have recommended to many. The story is inspiring as he deals with his illness with strength of character. A great perspective for life.

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,117

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

Amazing is an understatement

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

What made the experience of listening to Endurance the most enjoyable?

The reader does an excellent job - the story is truly astonishing. I so respect the resolution and strength all of the crew!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Shackleton - his leadership and reason are inspiring!

Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

NA

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I really did listen to it at every opportunity. It kept me interested throughout the story and I found it hard to quit.

Any additional comments?

Excellent. Inspiring. Historically fascinating. A great period piece - understanding the tools they had at hand and lack of options for communication, etc. Great book.
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  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

  • An Indian History of the American West
  • By: Dee Brown
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,256

Dee Brown's eloquent, meticulously documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the 19th century uses council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions. Brown allows great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes to tell us in their own words of the battles, massacres, and broken treaties that finally left them demoralized and defeated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy to Listen To, Difficult to Hear About

  • By J.B. on 04-12-16

A Heart Breaking History

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book. The story brings an understanding as to how and why the country and all citizens got to where we are today. There is a lot of heart break and a lot of greed that is disturbing. Historically we need to understand.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There were many

Which scene was your favorite?

I can't say I had a favorite scene as there are so many historical battles that I wished never happened. All are good to know and understand.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

NA

Any additional comments?

I have read a lot on Indian history but for some reason never read this book - published in the 70's! I found it moving and it made me better understand the Indian culture and the hardships they endured. I think our taking of land was to say the least, uneducated. I can't help but wonder how the US would have developed if we had chosen to learn from and partner with the Native Americans. Where would we be if we had better cared for all people, the environment, forests and animals from the beginning of America's settling?

  • Pirate Hunters

  • Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship
  • By: Robert Kurson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,007

Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men - John Chatterton and John Mattera - are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister. While he was at large during the Golden Age of Piracy in the 17th century, Bannister's exploits would have been more notorious than Blackbeard's, more daring than Kidd's, but his story and his ship have been lost to time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Gold

  • By Mel on 06-24-15

Entertaining, Interesting, True!

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely recommending the book to friends. I needed a change from books I was reading - I'm curious about pirates - but not necessarily a fan. The book is so interesting and includes great historical fact about pirate history. Treasure hunting is very complex and knowing about the history, character and devotion that the hunters have was also illuminating. Very enjoyable book
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What other book might you compare Pirate Hunters to and why?

Historical fiction books. Although there is no fiction in this book - I found myself getting involved in the [real life] characters.

Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

Materra - although all of the divers are interesting.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Real Life Pirate Adventure

  • A Carlin Home Companion

  • Growing Up with George
  • By: Kelly Carlin
  • Narrated by: Kelly Carlin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

Truly the voice of a generation, George Carlin gave the world some of the most hysterical and iconic comedy routines of the last 50 years. He perfected the art of making audiences double over with laughter while simultaneously making people wake up to the realities (and insanities) of life in the 20th century. Few people glimpsed the inner life of this beloved comedian, but his only child, Kelly, was there to see it all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful journey

  • By Christopher on 09-18-15

Passable book

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

Reviewed: 09-22-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you like George Carlin, this will satisfy some of your curiosity about his life. It isn't a book where any one of the character's will hang with you.

What could Kelly Carlin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I didn't feel the passion she was trying to convey. Her delivery wasn't interesting.

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

Nothing. I think that is why I'm disappointed. I still like George Carlin - but it didn't make me even go "oh, I miss him". I think it was more cathartic for Kelly to write it than to provide a good biography/memoir

2 of 4 people found this review helpful