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  • On Tyranny

  • Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
  • By: Timothy Snyder
  • Narrated by: Timothy Snyder
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,734
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,457

The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the 20th century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Important read/listen

  • By Kathryn on 04-17-17

I love the Story but Fear the Message

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

Short and to the point, Snyder sets the table for us all to see. The question is - Is it already too late?

  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

  • By: Marlon Bundo, Jill Twiss
  • Narrated by: Jim Parsons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jeff Garlin, and others
  • Length: 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,371
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,591
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,528

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents the story of a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This story is cute, but let's be honest.

  • By João on 03-19-18

Short but Great

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

Reviewed: 03-25-18

Amazing how something this short can be so politically needed. I guess I thought it would be longer but the point was made quickly and beautifully. Read or listen to it.

  • The Thirst

  • A Harry Hole Novel
  • By: Jo Nesbo, Neil Smith - translator
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141

In Police - the last novel featuring Jo Nesbø's hard-bitten, maverick Oslo detective - a killer wreaking revenge on the police had Harry Hole fighting for the safety of the people closest to him. Now, in The Thirst, the story continues as Harry is inextricably drawn back into the Oslo police force. A serial murderer has begun targeting Tinder daters - a murderer whose MO reignites Harry's hunt for a nemesis of his past.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious, Unoriginal and Poorly Narrated

  • By Jack@NYC on 12-27-17

A more mature Harry

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

Harry as grown up a bit and has actually shown much more positive emotions. It appears he has come to grips with his alcohol problem.

Although i did like the Narrator there were times it sounded like a Benny Hill routine.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • California Fire and Life

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123

Jack Wade, a claims adjuster for California Fire and Life Mutual Insurance Company, is one of the best arson investigators around. He's a man who knows fire, who can read the traces it leaves behind like a roadmap. When he's called in to examine an unusual claim, the tracks of the fire tell him that something's wrong. So wrong that he violates his own cardinal rule - "You don't get personal, you don't get emotional. Whatever you do, you don't get involved" - and plunges into the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book about an insurance adjuster, oh yea.

  • By John S on 04-18-15

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

i thought this was a great book but hated the ending. the author and reader had me hooked until the last couples of minutes. Oh well.

  • The Trespasser

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Hilda Fay
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,877

Being on the murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point. Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A literary mystery

  • By lesley on 10-08-16

Bad Choice Based on Other Recommendations

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

Reviewed: 11-20-16

I purchased this based on so many good comments and was very, very wrong. In fact, I am going to return it. I never got by the interview/interrogation of the first prime suspect because it was just so bad.

They, the main police character and another detective, picked up the prime murder suspect up but refused to tell him why although he, the suspect, did ask why. They gave him some BS story that they have a questioning procedure to follow so he should just cooperate.

At the station the two interview him by asking very personal and sexually related questions for what must have been several hours. When he asked one or two more times why he was there they flat out refused to tell him. And, the one so called interview specialist was using crummy 1950's language. This just drags on and on and on . . . .

I put it down for about two weeks then tried again but could not get by the first minute.

I have no idea how this book ends and never will but I am going to return it in just a few minutes.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Way of the Knife

  • The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth
  • By: Mark Mazzetti
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 292

Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Mazzetti examines secret wars over the past decade, tracking key characters from the intelligence and military communities across the world. Among the characters we meet in The Way of the Knife are a young CIA officer dropped into the tribal areas to learn the hard way how the spy games in Pakistan are played; an Air Force test pilot who fired the first drone missile in the Nevada desert; and a chain-smoking Pentagon official who ran an off-the-books spying operation in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent critique of covert operations

  • By Keefer on 04-27-13

The Never ending Story

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

Reviewed: 02-13-16

I liked this book and the reader so much I have listened to it twice and anticipate a third time soon.

The author was able to capture the ongoing problems between DoD and the Intel agencies as well as the problems and fights within each agency. Having been there I understand those battles very well.

I also think that the author did very well in relating both success, and there many, and failures.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the topic covered.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,641
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,447
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32,522

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

A Real Hero

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

Reviewed: 01-29-16

If you read only one book about heroes make it this book. This is one of the most incredible stories I ever read. It is very well written and read.

I recommend this book to all who like true survival stories.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,336

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Closure

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

Reviewed: 01-29-16

There is nothing really new in this book but it is so well written everything does seem new.

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,560
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,544

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Em on 07-17-15

Strange

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

Reviewed: 11-08-15

I must say that I enjoyed all the "current" language, cell phones,, internet use, etc., and I did enjoy the performance very much. At some point, however, I realized where the book was heading and stumbled across several parts that were just too far fetched.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ashley's War

  • The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield
  • By: Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613

From the author of the New York Times best seller The Dressmaker of Khair Khana comes the poignant and gripping story of a groundbreaking team of female American warriors who served alongside Special Operations soldiers on the battlefield in Afghanistan - including Ashley White, a beloved soldier who died serving her country's cause.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warriors

  • By Debora J. Watson on 06-18-15

Women on he Front

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

Reviewed: 11-08-15

The book blew me away. I knew we have women serving in war but not quite this close to the really dangerous zone.