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  • The Unsettlers

  • In Search of the Good Life in Today's America
  • By: Mark Sundeen
  • Narrated by: Mark Sundeen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

A work of immersive journalism steeped in a distinctively American social history and sparked by a personal quest, The Unsettlers traces the search for the simple life through the stories of new pioneers and what inspired each of them to look for - or create - a better existence. Captivating and clear-eyed, it dares us to imagine what a sustainable, ethical, authentic future might actually look like.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A seriously wonderful book

  • By Sam DeSocio on 02-06-17

Too slow.

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

I did not care for this book. Way too slow. I am, in fact, returning it since I never bothered to finish it.

  • Home Fires

  • The Story of the Women's Institute in the Second World War
  • By: Julie Summers
  • Narrated by: Juliet Mills
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Away from the frontlines of World War II, in towns and villages across Great Britain, ordinary women were playing a vital role in their country's war effort. As members of the Women's Institute, an organization with a presence in a third of Britain's villages, they ran canteens and knitted garments for troops, collected tons of rosehips and other herbs to replace medicines that couldn't be imported, and advised the government on issues ranging from evacuee housing to children's health to postwar reconstruction. But they are best known for making jam.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tread Carefully & Be Amazed

  • By Sara on 12-27-15

I loved it!

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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: 11-18-18

This book takes off slowly but stay with it! You will be pulled into a world of resourcefulness to a level that is unimaginable. Could we ever do this again?

  • So Close to Amazing

  • Stories of a DIY Life Gone Wrong...and Learning to Find the Beauty in Every Imperfection
  • By: KariAnne Wood
  • Narrated by: KariAnne Wood
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

This is a book celebrating the incredible, awesome, special individual within each of us. It's also a book for anyone who has ever mismatched her shoes or trimmed her own bangs when a professional might have been a better choice or added too much soap to the washer and watched it overflow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Did Not Think It Would Be This Good!

  • By Mike Beaule on 11-18-18

I Did Not Think It Would Be This Good!

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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: 11-18-18

Very much enjoyed this book. Encouraging. Poignant and funny. She’s a better author than blogger and she’s a good blogger.

  • Lights Out

  • A Cyberattack, a Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath
  • By: Ted Koppel
  • Narrated by: Ted Koppel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336

Imagine a blackout lasting not days but weeks or months. Tens of millions of people over several states are affected. For those without access to generators, there is no running water, no sewage, no refrigeration or light. Food and medical supplies are dwindling. Devices we rely on have gone dark. Banks no longer function, looting is widespread, and law and order are being tested as never before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good read that isn't fear mongering

  • By Elliott McNair on 01-01-16

Scary

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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: 11-18-18

Very interesting and scary. I’ve got to leave now and go buy food to stockpile!

  • Surprise Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,426
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,431

After being together for 10 years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, and beautiful twin girls and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other's sentences. However, a trip to the doctor projects they will live another 68 years together, and panic sets in. They never expected "until death do us part" to mean seven decades. In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different kind of Sophie Kinsella

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-27-18

Not Her Best

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

I recommend this book but it was a little too slow at the beginning. I realize we had to get to know the characters and have the basis of the plot development, but I almost returned the book vs slugging through the first chapters. Fortunately, I did not and it got much better.

  • To the Moon and Back

  • By: Karen Kingsbury
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

Brady Bradshaw was a child when the Oklahoma City bombing killed his mother. Every year, Brady visits the memorial site on the anniversary to remember her. A decade ago on that day, he met Jenna Phillips, who was also a child when her parents were killed in the attack. Brady and Jenna shared a deep heart connection and a single beautiful day together at the memorial. But after that, Brady never saw Jenna again. Every year when he returns, he leaves a note for her in hopes that he might find her again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • nice

  • By Pat on 07-29-18

Enjoyable But Not Her Best

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

While I do recommend this book, it was a little too slow to be her best work. She always delivers an excellent message and entertains me, but this one drug in places.

  • By Invitation Only

  • A Novel
  • By: Dorothea Benton Frank
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett, Courtney Patterson, Sarah Naughton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,305

 The Lowcountry of South Carolina is where By Invitation Only begins, at a barbecue engagement party thrown by Diane English Stiftel, her brother Floyd, and her parents to celebrate her son’s engagement. On this gorgeous, magical night, the bride’s father, Alejandro Cambria, a wealthy power broker whose unbelievably successful career in private equity made him one of Chicago’s celebrated elite, discovers the limits and possibilities of cell phone range. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Feel-good story

  • By Jane on 06-16-18

Definitely Five Stars

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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: 11-18-18

This author just gets better and better. Following reading a few of her books, I visited the Low Country of SC. I felt as if I was visiting an old friend.

  • The Undoing of Saint Silvanus

  • By: Beth Moore
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,099

Only God knew why Jillian Slater agreed to return to New Orleans on the news that her father had finally drunk himself to death. It's not like they were close. She hadn't seen him - or her grandmother, the ice queen - in almost 20 years. But when Adella Atwater, the manager of her grandmother's apartment house, called and said her expenses would be paid if she'd fly in for the burial, a free trip to New Orleans was too intriguing to resist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and Thrilling to the Very End

  • By Hugo Reed on 10-25-16

Well Done!

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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: 04-28-17

Very entertaining with a subtle message of how to seek salvation.

Nice plot development and characters that are believable.