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  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

  • Life Among the Lowly
  • By: Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,711

Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century and the second best-selling book of that century, following the Bible. It is credited with helping fuel the abolitionist cause in the 1850s. In 1855, three years after it was published, it was called "the most popular novel of our day." A thrilling and important piece of American literature!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narration

  • By Linda on 04-14-16

Life altering.

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

I just read this for the first time (I'm 44 years old). To say it made an impact on me would be a woefully inadequate statement. I have been deeply moved by this book and I am confident that I will carry its message for the rest of my life.

  • Everything All at Once

  • How to Unleash Your Inner Nerd, Tap into Radical Curiosity and Solve Any Problem
  • By: Bill Nye
  • Narrated by: Bill Nye
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 984

Everything All at Once is an exciting, inspiring call to unleash the power of the nerd mindset that exists within us all. Nye believes we'll never be able to tackle our society's biggest, most complex problems if we don't even know how to solve the small ones. Step by step, he shows his listeners the key tools behind his everything-all-at-once approach: radical curiosity, a deep desire for a better future, and a willingness to take the actions needed to make it a reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Thing Bill Nye Has Ever Done!

  • By jtimothyk on 10-07-17

Very inspiring!

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I love Bill and most of what he stands for. His passion is infectious, his knowledge is copious and his desire to "CHANGE THE WORLD!" is sincere.

  • Lenin's Tomb

  • The Last Days of the Soviet Empire
  • By: David Remnick
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 29 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

In the tradition of John Reed's classic Ten Days That Shook the World, this best-selling account of the collapse of the Soviet Union combines the global vision of the best historical scholarship with the immediacy of eyewitness journalism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Society is sick of history. It is too much with us

  • By Darwin8u on 06-18-18

There's a lot to learn from the Russian experience

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-18

A remarkable journey through a period and region that is shrouded in mystery and misinformation. Russia's ambitions and motivations are unknown by most westerners and it's simultaneously perplexing and terrifying to realize that a combination of apathy, cynicism and callous may render many Russians with a similar position.

  • Grant

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 48 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,996
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,493
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,461

Ulysses S. Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow reveals in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book (BUT WHERE IS THE PDF FILES)????

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-17

I actually wish this book was longer.

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

I'm somewhat ashamed of the fact that I hadn't been a reader for most of my life, but now in my mid forties I'm a voracious reader (thanks in no small part to Audible). The story of U.S. Grant as told by Mr. Chernow has instilled a deep sense of connection, reverence and gratitude for the incredible man. This is undoubtedly one of my favorite books and I guarantee that I will be reading it again (an inconceivable thought to me not long ago).

  • Alexander Hamilton

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 35 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,278
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,304
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,230

Historians have long told the story of America’s birth as the triumph of Jefferson’s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Outstanding & Riveting Book!

  • By Kevin on 03-04-05

The man. The myth. The legend.

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-22-17

A lot of mystery and intrigue surround the life Alexander Hamilton. Mr. Chernow's voluminous account of Hamilton's life goes a long way towards setting the record straight. An enjoyable and insightful read.

  • Guns, Germs and Steel

  • The Fate of Human Societies
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Doug Ordunio
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,359
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,480

Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A story all should know, not all can endure

  • By Daniel on 12-19-11

An eye opening exploration of cause and effect.

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

The content of the book is informative, enlightening and compelling. That being said, I do wish they would have invested a bit more effort on delivering a recording that equalled the quality of the book's content. There are several jarring transitions where the tone, volume and audio quality are quite distracting (to be fair, I did listen with fairly high quality headphones, which undoubtedly magnified the sounds of swallowing, page turns, audio compression, etc.).

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,746
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,839

Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last 15 years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun nonsense

  • By Randall on 04-25-09

Stephen Fry's performance is wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

What a fun break from normalcy! This book is totally out of the ordinary and hugely entertaining.

  • The Demon-Haunted World

  • Science as a Candle in the Dark
  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Seth MacFarlane
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,548

How can we make intelligent decisions about our increasingly technology-driven lives if we don't understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience and the testable hypotheses of science? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cary's new career

  • By DT on 09-05-17

Absolutely brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

Timeless observations and assessment of history and the tools deemed successful via the methods of trial and error.

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  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

  • By: Jon Meacham
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann, Jon Meacham
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,774

In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Man and Biography Relevant to Our Day

  • By Darwin8u on 11-14-12

Political fiction is hard pressed to keep up.

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

It's all too easy to be oblivious to the tumultuous and precarious nature of American history. Aside from a repertoire of tired cliches, I'm a late arrival to an appreciation for what history can teach. I am grateful for the likes of Mr. Meacham and his ability to give us a glimpse of the human elements that played integral roles in the shaping of our nation. I now have a deep appreciation for the imperfect man and I recognize that the reason which Mr. Jefferson utilized and advocated, is most likely our best strategy going forward.

  • Churchill and Orwell

  • The Fight for Freedom
  • By: Thomas E. Ricks
  • Narrated by: James Lurie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574

Both George Orwell and Winston Churchill came close to death in the mid-1930s - Orwell shot in the neck in a trench line in the Spanish Civil War and Churchill struck by a car in New York City. If they'd died then, history would scarcely remember them. At the time Churchill was a politician on the outs, his loyalty to his class and party suspect. Orwell was a mildly successful novelist, to put it generously. No one would have predicted that by the end of the 20th century, they would be considered two of the most important people in British history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Elegantly Written

  • By Jean on 06-11-17

So much to be gleaned from these men...

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

Timeless and invaluable lessons abound in the legacies of Orwell and Churchill. A wonderful book.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful