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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 74,521
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 67,926
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 67,542

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Completely engaging

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

I learned fascinating details about Obama's life, her world, and the challenges of being a conscientious parent and a person of character in the middle of the political sea. She has me thinking that the values driving a candidate are far more important than any policies or positions he espouses.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40,432
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36,600
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 36,433

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

A great read

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

Reviewed: 02-18-19

Westover does an amazing job of putting the reader in her shoes and providing a completely new perspective on the world. Her story moves quickly and keeps your attention. Definitely worth reading.

  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,348
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,773

With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Part of Saturday

  • By George Knight on 12-16-14

Honest, direct, and easy to listen to

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Alan Cumming pulled me very easily into his story. The writing style is direct, simple, and honest. I could see and feel his experiences completely, as if I were chatting with an old friend over a glass of wine. If you've ever been wounded by an abusive family member, you'll want to participate in this verbal hug. The story is full of pain but also full of hope.

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,417
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,564

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book for those new to astrophysics.

  • By TMort on 06-07-17

Educates and entertains at the same time

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

Where does Astrophysics for People in a Hurry rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high ranking. Tyson is a wizard. Everything about it is engaging.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry?

It's hard to pick a favorite moment when I kept learning things every few minutes.

Have you listened to any of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've never listened to one of his books on audio.

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

No. I generally enjoy stretching a book out over several days.

Any additional comments?

The last chapter should be required reading for everybody on the planet.

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  • Second Star to the Right

  • By: Mary Alice Monroe
  • Narrated by: Mary Alice Monroe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Practical, smart, and desperate to escape a shadowy past, Faye takes a job at a top advertising firm in London where she hopes she and her children can find a fresh start. When she finds the beautiful two-story flat for rent in a stately old Victorian complete with a neglected but tumbling English garden, she can scarcely believe her good fortune. But it isn't long before Faye realizes not everything in the old home may be as peaceful as it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • what a beautiful love story! it's a must read.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-03-15

I've listened to 11 chapters and can't go on

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

What would have made Second Star to the Right better?
I love adult fantasy and would gladly suspend my disbelief for a story that gives Peter Pan some new life. But I'm 11 chapters in and have seen very little magic or fantasy. So far this has been a formulaic romance novel with largely two-dimensional characters. This kind of story certainly has its place and its audience, but the genre should be made clear in the summary to set accurate expectations.

What could Mary Alice Monroe have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
I'm just the wrong audience for this book. I enjoy an adult fantasy story that includes robust characters involved in believable romantic situations. But fantasy doesn't mean unbelievable characters. Whatever their story, the people I'm reading about have to be real, or I simply won't care about them.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mary Alice Monroe?
The narrator should be someone who actually lives in the UK. Her attempts at a British accent are embarrassing.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Second Star to the Right?
Most of what this book offers about the business world, single parenting, and romance bears no resemblance to real life. Examples: No ad agency would assign one person to work alone, for weeks on end, just to produce a basic concept for one ad campaign. No boss in his right mind would sexually assault a female employee just to see if she's still got the spunk he admired in her years ago. Nobody calls a female co-worker a "girl," even if she's very young. A working mom who is too busy to sit down for tea is certainly not going to try to make dinners from scratch every night. These scenarios stop me cold, and the book is full of them.

Any additional comments?
Obviously Monroe is a very successful author, and I may try reading another of her books someday. But this book does not succeed.