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Mrs. Mina

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  • The Monk of Mokha

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

Mokhtar Alkhanshali grew up in San Francisco, one of seven siblings raised by Yemeni immigrants in a tiny apartment. At age 24, unable to pay for college, he works as a doorman. Until: a statue of an Arab raising a cup of coffee awakens something in him. He sets out to learn the rich history of coffee in Yemen and the complex art of tasting and identifying varietals. He travels to Yemen, collects samples of beans, eager to bring improved cultivation methods to the farmers. And he is on the verge of success when civil war engulfs Yemen in 2015 and he is trapped in Sana'a.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MOVING THE NEEDLE

  • By Dog Fish on 02-20-18

Inspiring Adventure Story

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

I loved loved this book. I had some trouble with the narrator. Previously, I have liked this reader a lot. With this particular book he read with such an exclamatory voice I was sometimes irritated but then, I got used to it. Some people may not be bothered by this anyway. He has a really beautiful sounding voice, which helps.
The story is truly amazing. I am in awe of Dave Eggers. He writes with such respect and compassion for such a range of people, plus it is very informative. Most importantly, he reminds us that we are a nation of immigrants and we all benefit from this very rich history. And the characters are great. I'm going out to find some great Yemeni coffee right now.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Warlight

  • By: Michael Ondaatje
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 623

In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself - shadowed and luminous at once - we follow the story of 14-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant favorite

  • By R. Hughes on 06-10-18

Great First half

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

I started off loving this book. I generally am a fan of the author. It was a kind of memorial mystery.
The voice was that of a teenage boy in the story. It was exciting and interesting. Then it got confused because Ondaatje wanted to go back in time to before the narrator was born. Ok, but that voice moved around and it just didn't all fit together. The second part was a good story but I was irritated by varying narrators when I had become attached to the first.
I absolutely loved this reader!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unlikely Allies

  • How a Merchant, a Playwright, and a Spy Saved the American Revolution
  • By: Joel Richard Paul
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Unlikely Allies is the story of three remarkable historical figures. Silas Deane was a Connecticut merchant and delegate to the Continental Congress as the American colonies struggled to break with England. Caron de Beaumarchais was a successful playwright who wrote The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it

  • By jenney on 05-17-11

Weird and Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

What a strange episode of the early history of the United States.
I enjoyed this book a lot, though it jumped around a bit too much,

  • Barracoon

  • The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"
  • By: Zora Neale Hurston
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931

In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama, just outside Mobile, to interview 86-year-old Cudjo Lewis. Of the millions of men, women, and children transported from Africa to America as slaves, Cudjo was then the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of the nation's history. Hurston was there to record Cudjo's firsthand account of the raid that led to his capture and bondage 50 years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed in the United States. In 1931, Hurston returned to Plateau, the African-centric community three miles from Mobile.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skip the introduction.

  • By Michael on 06-04-18

Important link in US history

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Very striking story, filled with great tragedy and great courage.
We know of the devastating crime of slavery but this is so close in time.
to hear the voice, through Hurston, of an old man who still longs for his true home.
This book is an important addition to the personal slave histories available.
I thought Hurston did a great job of keeping herself in the background.

  • The Plant Messiah

  • By: Carlos Magdalena
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Carlos Magdalena is not your average horticulturist. He's a man on a mission to save the world's most endangered plants. First captivated by the flora of his native Spain, he has traveled to the remotest parts of the globe in search of exotic species. Renowned for his pioneering work, he has committed his life to protecting plants from man-made ecological destruction and thieves hunting for wealthy collectors. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very informative, sometimes irritating

  • By Mrs. Mina on 07-08-18

Very informative, sometimes irritating

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

The author is very pleased with himself, to a degree that almost made me stop listening.
But there were some great plant stories and it does seem an important subject.
But come on, what kind of person would use the word Messiah, referring to themselves, even jokingly, in the title
of their book?

  • How to Change Your Mind

  • By: Michael Pollan
  • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,549
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,024
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,981

When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful trip

  • By Paul E. Williams on 05-19-18

Thought Provoking for an old Hippie

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

I enjoyed the social history, the science and his low key
honest descriptions of his own experiences, told with a sense of compassion and disbelief.
I wouldn't say it changed my mind, but it did expand my thoughts on the benefits of psychedelics
for society at large.

  • The Map That Changed the World

  • William Smith and the Birth of Modern Geology
  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 278

In 1793, William Smith, the orphan son of a village blacksmith, made a startling discovery that was to turn the science of geology on its head. While surveying the route for a canal near Bath, he noticed that the fossils found in one layer of the rocks he was excavating were very different from those found in another. And out of that realization came an epiphany: that by following these fossils one could trace layers of rocks as they dipped, rose and fell, clear across England and clear across the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Who knew rocks could be so deceptive?

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 11-09-04

Fascinating and quite moving

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

Winchester is the rare author who is also an excellent reader.
The story is amazing, the mind of one man can contain so much. And the prejudice of so many can be so harmful.
Winchester's descriptions of the geological landscape are full of love and power.

  • Caesar's Last Breath

  • Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us
  • By: Sam Kean
  • Narrated by: Ben Sullivan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858

The fascinating science and history of the air we breathe. It's invisible. It's ever present. Without it, you would die in minutes. And it has an epic story to tell. In Caesar's Last Breath, New York Times best-selling author Sam Kean takes us on a journey through the periodic table, around the globe, and across time to tell the story of the air we breathe, which, it turns out, is also the story of earth and our existence on it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • vastly entertaining

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-11-17

Enjoyed this but a little disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

The reason I was disappointed was that I have read Sam Kean's book "The Disappearing Spoon" which I absolutely loved. I listened a couple of times, since my knowledge of chemistry is minimal at best. This book is good and I learned a bunch but didn't seem as focused as the earlier one. But I enjoyed this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bollywood Bride

  • By: Sonali Dev
  • Narrated by: Priya Ayyar
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

Ria Parkar is Bollywood's favorite ice princess - beautiful, poised, and scandal-proof - until one impulsive act threatens to expose her destructive past. Traveling home to Chicago for her cousin's wedding offers a chance to defuse the coming media storm and find solace in family, food, and outsized celebrations that are like one of her vibrant movies come to life. But it also means confronting Vikram Jathar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get enough of India, Pakistan, Bollywood....

  • By Rio Delta Wild on 07-25-16

Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

I was hoping for some irony but no luck. I love the extravagance of genre but this was too serious.

  • Bolivar

  • American Liberator
  • By: Marie Arana
  • Narrated by: David Crommett
  • Length: 20 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 446

It is astonishing that Simón Bolívar, the great Liberator of South America, is not better known in the United States. He freed six countries from Spanish rule, traveled more than 75,000 miles on horseback to do so, and became the greatest figure in Latin American history. His life is epic, heroic, straight out of Hollywood: he fought battle after battle in punishing terrain, forged uncertain coalitions of competing forces and races, lost his beautiful wife soon after they married and died relatively young, uncertain whether his achievements would endure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • There will be blood.

  • By Joselo on 08-02-13

Amazing person and really interesting history

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

After reading this book, I can't believe I knew nothing about this important anti-colonialist
from our own hemisphere. This partly goes to show the racial and cultural bias we grow up with. What an inspiring man! Not a saint, for sure, but he did so much. Anyway, I really really enjoyed reading this. There were a few slow parts but I am learning that military history is a real event in all history.