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  • Israel

  • A Concise History of a Nation Reborn
  • By: Daniel Gordis
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337

Israel is a tiny state, and yet it has captured the world's attention, aroused its imagination, and, lately, been the object of its opprobrium. Why does such a small country speak to so many global concerns? More pressingly: Why does Israel make the decisions it does? And what lies in its future? We cannot answer these questions until we understand Israel's people and the questions and conflicts, the hopes and desires, that have animated their conversations and actions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read; shows history, current story & nuance

  • By Wolfman on 11-13-17

An emotional experience

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

This book is so well written and unbiased, the narrator so authentic, listening was a unique, emotional experience for me. “ISRAEL” made me relive my politically stressful childhood, now with the eyes of an adult. In fact, this reads like a novel in which the main character is a country.

  • Dinner at the Center of the Earth

  • A Novel
  • By: Nathan Englander
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

A prisoner in a secret cell. The guard who has watched over him a dozen years. An American waitress in Paris. A young Palestinian man in Berlin who strikes up an odd friendship with a wealthy Canadian businessman. And The General, Israel's most controversial leader, who lies dying in a hospital, the only man who knows of the prisoner's existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Many Roads to Peace, Blocked

  • By Joe Kraus on 09-15-17

Expect Book Hangover

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

I loved this book despite a problem with the reader, who could not do accents. Arab and Israeli characters ended up sounding like Russians. The Jewish mothers were a complete disaster. I wish Mr. Bramhall would have just read it straight and let the listener imagine the accents, because otherwise his voice is very pleasant. Life in Israel is described accurately. I know. I'm from there.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The End of Normal

  • By: Stephanie Madoff Mack
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Madoff Mack
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 256

An explosive, heartbreaking memoir from the widow of Mark Madoff and daughter-in-law of Bernard Madoff, the first genuine inside story from a family member who has lived through - and survived - both the public crisis and her own deeply personal tragedy. In this candid insider account, she talks about her idyllic wedding to Mark, what it was really like to be a part of the Madoff family, the build-up to Bernard's confession, and the media frenzy that followed. It is about the loss of the fairytale life she knew and the tragic and final loss of her husband.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhat interesting, but dreadful narration

  • By Curatina on 11-23-11

heartbreaking truth

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

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

I picked up this book because I wanted to understand better what moves narcissistic characters like Trump and his family. What I found was somewhat different. Stephanie's story is very well written and beautifully narrated. From now on I'll avoid jumping to mob-style conclusions. (Although I did NOT change my mind about the Trumps...)

What did you like best about this story?

The characters came to life for me. What touched me most was the behavior of mama and papa Madoff, who could play the perfect parents and grandparents until their world collapsed and exposed the truth of their cruelty and indifference. Despite the airs they'd put on in good times, they remained unsophisticated and unable to grasp the horrors they were inflicting on their sons. The fact that Bernie Madoff had never had a real conversation with his sons was very telling of his simplicity, maybe his lack of mental capacity. Stephanie describes all those behaviors with such sharp eye for detail, I feel that I really know these people and could fall under their spell during the good times.

What about Stephanie Madoff Mack’s performance did you like?

No one else could read Stephanie's story better then herself. Sometimes choking on tears, the authenticity of her voice and words are touching.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

All of it, really. I could clearly see the characters moving in their world, first in luxury, then in ruins and horrors that could not have been invented.

Any additional comments?

All the best to you, Stephanie. You suffered greatly, but you found the way to be stronger. Thank you for sharing your heartbreaking story in such great detail. You deserve only happiness.

  • The Gay Revolution

  • The Story of the Struggle
  • By: Lillian Faderman
  • Narrated by: Donna Postel
  • Length: 29 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

The Gay Revolution begins in the 1950s, when law classified gays and lesbians as criminals, the psychiatric profession saw them as mentally ill, the churches saw them as sinners, and society victimized them with irrational hatred. Against this dark backdrop, a few brave people began to fight back, paving the way for the revolutionary changes of the 1960s and beyond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An outstanding book.

  • By David Farley on 10-21-15

Should be required reading in school

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

I am reading the last chapter just in time for the yearly gay festivities of June 2017, and if this coincidence isn’t queer drama of operatic magnitude, I don’t know what is. I lift my eye gaze from the book and see the ocean of rainbow flags covering West Hollywood and Tel Aviv, and I feel that I just woke up from a nightmare in which I wasn’t considered a citizen worthy of rights. In that nightmare queers were arrested by police in their own bedrooms; fired from their civil and military jobs despite spotless performances; denied the right to make a living; lost their children, and kicked out of supposedly loving families simply for being who they were. I carry in my bones my own remembered fear of my coming out to my conservative father, who had only accepted me on his death bed. Thank you, Lillian Faderman for your brilliant historical research and for telling the heroic stories of those whose struggle made it possible for us to raise the rainbow flags in pride. I’m also afraid for us, because I see what’s at stake today. A few strokes of an executive order could make us lose all that was achieved in the last fifty years. “The Gay Revolution” should be required reading in all public schools.

  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Minnie Goode
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,463
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,145

This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good post-apocalyptic/dystopian novel!

  • By Wayne on 01-01-18

Good story, throat clearing narration, not so much

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

Reviewed: 03-11-17

If you could sum up Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) in three words, what would they be?

Imaginative, beautiful writing

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mayor Jahns, but also, Holston and Juliette.

Would you be willing to try another one of Minnie Goode’s performances?

Not if she is going to demonstrate sounds such as laughter, throat clearing, sobbing. Really, it's all there in the writing. Just read the words and don't act them. You are a good narrator except for that stylistic fault.

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

Don't go outside. Don't even say you want to.

Any additional comments?

This is really a five star book. The imagination, the world building, and character development are admirable. The coughing narration made me cringe.

  • CyberStorm

  • By: Matthew Mather
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,096
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,094

Sometimes the worst storms aren't from Mother Nature, and sometimes the worst nightmares aren't the ones in our heads. Mike Mitchell, an average New Yorker already struggling to keep his family together, suddenly finds himself fighting just to keep them alive when an increasingly bizarre string of disasters starts appearing on the world's news networks. As both the real world and the cyber world come crashing down, bending perception and reality, a monster snowstorm cuts New York off from the world, turning it into a wintry tomb where nothing is what it seems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes - satisfied a craving

  • By Jan on 01-14-14

Anticlimactic

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

A good book that keeps deteriorating. The last chapter is filled with extraneous, convoluted explanations. I cared a lot about the characters until the novel was allowed to lie down and die.

  • Everything We Keep

  • A Novel
  • By: Kerry Lonsdale
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,393
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,398

Sous chef Aimee Tierney has the perfect recipe for the perfect life: marry her childhood sweetheart, raise a family, and buy out her parents' restaurant. But when her fiancé, James Donato, vanishes in a boating accident, her well-baked future is swept out to sea. Instead of walking down the aisle on their wedding day, Aimee is at James's funeral - a funeral that leaves her more unsettled than at peace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Colleen on 08-17-16

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 11-21-16

I really enjoyed this book, good story and naration. I only wish the author hadn't used so many repetitions of the verb "murmur". Sometimes we just "say" things. Thank you for a fun story!

  • Eagle Cove: Thalia Chase

  • Sex Therapist, Book One
  • By: Darla Baker
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Thalia's life is perfect. She has her dream house on the edge of Lake Cumberland in Nancy, Kentucky. She has a thriving sex therapy practice. Her sister has just moved nearby and is handling the daily business of her practice. She has a tight group of friends who keep her entertained and honest, and a seemingly endless supply of ladies to meet her more basic human needs. Thalia has no regrets she's without a life partner. Or does she?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Uninteresting characters

  • By Jargon on 10-23-17

Enjoy the boat ride, once and done

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

Reviewed: 08-14-16


Thalia is a somewhat unethical sex therapist who breaks all the professional rules and still somehow, manages to help her clients and keep her license. Thalia has a boat. She has a lake. She has needs. More like, Thalia Chase is a nymphomaniac lesbian with a lot of know-how. What's not to like about a bit of inappropriate voyerism? But then a new woman walks into her life and everything changes. Enjoy the boat ride. Destination: your darkest desires.

  • Wake Up and Live!

  • By: Dorothea Brande
  • Narrated by: Mitch Horowitz
  • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Born in Chicago, Dorothea Brande (1893-1948) was a widely respected journalist, fiction writer, and writing instructor. In 1936, Brande published a masterwork of practical psychology, Wake Up and Live! For many years, Wake Up and Live!, with its simple and sound advice for personal excellence, rivaled the popularity of contemporaneous works such as Think and Grow Rich and How to Win Friends and Influence People.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational Book, Excellent Audio

  • By NaturallyMarissa on 01-04-14

This woman gets it

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

I loved Dorothea Brande's BECOMING A WRITER and I loved the timeless advice in this one. Ms. Brande proves that inspiration, motivation and love of life have the same psychology today as they had 100 years ago.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Time for the Stars

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,009

Travel to other planets is now a reality, and with overpopulation stretching the resources of Earth, the necessity of finding habitable worlds is growing ever more urgent. There’s a problem though—because the spaceships are slower than light, any communication between the exploring ships and Earth would take years.

Tom and Pat are identical twin teenagers. As twins they’ve always been close, so close that it seemed like they could read each other’s minds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My First Heinlein

  • By DJM on 01-27-11

Best young adult sci fi ever

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

Reviewed: 05-19-16

This is one of the first time travel books I'd read as a young adult. Still the best, by a master of sci fi