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Julie Seavello

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  • The Fifth Risk

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,564

"The election happened," remembers Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, then deputy secretary of the Department of Energy. "And then there was radio silence." Across all departments, similar stories were playing out: Trump appointees were few and far between; those that did show up were shockingly uninformed about the functions of their new workplace. Some even threw away the briefing books that had been prepared for them. Michael Lewis’ brilliant narrative takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its own leaders.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Awkward and Disappointing

  • By Amit M on 10-04-18

I learned so much

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

really worthwhile use of time - only 5 hours and you'll learn so much! Great narrator

  • One Summer

  • America, 1927
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,025

One of the most admired nonfiction writers of our time retells the story of one truly fabulous year in the life of his native country - a fascinating and gripping narrative featuring such outsized American heroes as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and yes Herbert Hoover, and a gallery of criminals (Al Capone), eccentrics (Shipwreck Kelly), and close-mouthed politicians (Calvin Coolidge). It was the year Americans attempted and accomplished outsized things and came of age in a big, brawling manner. What a country. What a summer. And what a writer to bring it all so vividly alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why 1927?

  • By Mark on 10-18-13

Absolutely terrific!

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

I learned so much! My grandparents were alive this year and it was amazing to think of what they thought of these events. I really appreciated this book.

  • These Truths

  • A History of the United States
  • By: Jill Lepore
  • Narrated by: Jill Lepore
  • Length: 29 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, award-winning historian Jill Lepore offers a magisterial account of the origins and rise of a divided nation. In riveting prose, These Truths tells the story of America, beginning in 1492, to ask whether the course of events has proven the nation's founding truths or belied them.   

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book. Terrible narration by the author

  • By Jack McLean on 11-16-18

The narrator is not easy to listen to

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

I had to give up on this. The content is good, but the narrator ranges too far between a shout and a whisper It's painful. Had to return it.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Learn French - Level 7: Intermediate French, Volume 1: Lessons 1-25

  • Intermediate French #28
  • By: Innovative Language Learning
  • Narrated by: FrenchPod101.com
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Start speaking French in minutes, and grasp the language, culture and customs in just minutes more with Intermediate - French, a completely new way to learn French with ease! Intermediate - French will have you speaking with proper pronunciation from the very first lesson and arm you with cultural insight and other information to utterly shock and amaze your French friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best language learning experience ever!

  • By Julie Seavello on 10-27-18

Best language learning experience ever!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

Seriously, this was great fun. The two readers have a wonderful chemistry - flirtatious, knowledgeable, and with excellent and clear pronunciations. The pace goes by nice and fast and smooth. The PDFs are easily found and very helpful. The vocabulary is current. The delivery is fun fun fun! Can't wait to try the next one.

  • Fascism

  • A Warning
  • By: Madeleine Albright
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Albright
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,246

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 reemerge 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

well....

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

I respect Madame Albright and her vast experience and service to our country. She should have used a professional narrator, though. She puts pauses in places where there should be none, and doesn't seem familiar with her own writing.

I appreciate her insights into fascist movements in contemporary history. I did not appreciate her slandering of modern liberalism, however. She didn't provide any basis for her negative judgements.

However, she is certainly correct in her goal of this book: we do need to heed the warning.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 109,393
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101,324
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 100,839

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

Love this so much

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

Reviewed: 12-30-16

I have so much respect for Mr Noah and what he has gone through and his amazing genius mind and heart!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The End of the Affair

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Colin Firth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,409
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,368

Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth ( The King’s Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Late to the Party...

  • By Doug - Audible on 07-05-17

Phenomenal performance by Colin Firth

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

Reviewed: 06-20-16

Colin Firth delivers an AMAZING performance in this reading. His voice contains worlds of emotion. This is incredibly difficult since so much of the story are the internal musings and thoughts of the main character.
I bought this because I like Colin's work. I saw the movie with Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore and thought it was a snooze (well, I wasn't very sophisticated back then haha), so when this popped up in my Audible recommendations list I thought "Why not? It'll be a good listen to fall asleep by". Boy was I wrong. Colin's delivery woke me right up! Simply phenomenal.

  • Salt

  • A World History
  • By: Mark Kurlansky
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,354

So much of our human body is made up of salt that we'd be dead without it. The fine balance of nature, the trade of salt as a currency of many nations and empires, the theme of a popular Shakespearean play... Salt is best selling author Mark Kurlansky's story of the only rock we eat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More than SALT

  • By Karen on 03-12-03

So much info!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

Wow I sure enjoyed this and learned so much! His books are really a treasure

  • Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

  • By: Sarah Vowell
  • Narrated by: Sarah Vowell, John Slattery, Nick Offerman, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,078
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,063

From the best-selling author of Assassination Vacation and Unfamiliar Fishes, a humorous account of the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette - the one Frenchman we could all agree on - and an insightful portrait of a nation's idealism and its reality. Lafayette in the Somewhat United States is a humorous and insightful portrait of the famed Frenchman, the impact he had on our young country, and his ongoing relationship with instrumental Americans of the time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Already waiting for Sarah Vowell's next adventure

  • By Michael on 10-25-15

Absolutely fabulous!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

Facts and wit and history and culture! The hours flew by and I'm ordering all her other books. I love her reading voice, it's cute, dry, witty!

  • An American Plague

  • The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793
  • By: Jim Murphy
  • Narrated by: Pat Bottino
  • Length: 3 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

In An American Plague, Jim Murphy tells the story of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. Bizarre medical practices of the time are discussed, as well as popular historical figures, such as George Washington and Benjamin Rush, who were involved in finding a cure for this horrific outbreak. Pat Bottino's captivating narration adds appeal to this interesting historical tale.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't expect technical depth...

  • By E. Birdsell on 01-27-06

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 08-15-15

I never knew about yellow fever's effect upon American and world history. Fascinating! A nice quick listen of information that will stay with me forever.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful