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  • Angels in the Sky

  • How a Band of Volunteer Airmen Saved the New State of Israel
  • By: Robert Gandt
  • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Angels in the Sky is the gripping story of how an all-volunteer air force helped defeat five Arab nations and protect the fledgling Jewish state. It is the exhilarating account of a ragtag band of volunteer airmen from around the world who fought for Israel during the war of independence. They arrived from America, Canada, Britain, France, and South Africa. Almost all were World War II combat veterans. Many, but not all, were Jewish, and many knowingly violated their nations' embargoes on the shipment of arms and aircraft to Israel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Hand of God

  • By Ann Crossman on 11-03-17

FULL OF MIRACLES

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

Best non-fiction book I have ever read. Probably not fair to others to compare, since the story is full of miracles, and bravery, and VERY shocking deceit. With " friends like these (USA State Dept of post WWII)" who needs enemies.

  • Lu

  • Track, Book 4
  • By: Jason Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Guy Lockard
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

Ghost. Patina. Sunny. Lu. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team - a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. They all have a lot to lose, but they also have a lot to prove, not only to each other but to themselves. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect end to perfect series

  • By Lauren Smith on 01-15-19

Reynolds is 4 for 4 in this Series.

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

Another wonderful story that will help kids (both boys and girls, because J.R.'s boys have feelings which are very relevant to girls---its not just about being tough) understand the pain of bullying; the difficulty in parenting; the fortune that befalls a community when there are good sports coaches. I notice on his list that he has some adult books too. I'm going to try those, since the Middle School books can't be written as fast as they can be enjoyed. Thank you J.R. You are terrific. And your readers/actors are mighty fine too.

  • I Love Capitalism!

  • An American Story
  • By: Ken Langone
  • Narrated by: Ken Langone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 640

Ken Langone has seen it all on his way to a net worth beyond his wildest dreams. A pillar of corporate America for decades, he's a co-founder of Home Depot, a former director of the New York Stock Exchange, and a world-class philanthropist (including $200 million for NYU's Langone Health). In this memoir he finally tells the story of his unlikely rise and controversial career. It's also a passionate defense of the American Dream - of preserving a country in which any hungry kid can reach the maximum potential of his or her talents and work ethic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good autobiography

  • By D. C. Cooper on 05-22-18

Inspirational. BUT...

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

One can't just decide to be a risk taker. Part of it is ingrained, the other part is directing it to one's benefit. He's the BEST example of making the most of one's gumption.

  • Elsewhere

  • By: Gabrielle Zevin
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Morris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

Elsewhere is where 15-year-old Liz Hall ends up, after she has died. It is a place so like Earth, yet completely different. Here Liz will age backward from the day of her death until she becomes a baby again and returns to Earth. But Liz wants to turn 16, not 14 again. She wants to get her driver's license. She wants to graduate from high school and go to college. And now that she's dead, Liz is being forced to live a life she doesn't want.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting concept

  • By Arleen on 12-04-05

Heaven Explained.

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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: 08-24-18

Heaven Explained. Wonderful Adventure. Motto: Enjoy the life you have been given. Then move on.

  • From Cold War to Hot Peace

  • An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia
  • By: Michael McFaul
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 20 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

As President Barack Obama's adviser on Russian affairs, Michael McFaul helped craft the United States' policy known as "reset" that fostered new and unprecedented collaboration between the two countries. And then, as US ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, he had a front-row seat when this fleeting, hopeful moment crumbled with Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency. This riveting inside account combines history and memoir to tell the full story of US-Russia relations from the fall of the Soviet Union to the new rise of the hostile, paranoid Russian president.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • recommend reading / listening for everyone

  • By Robert on 08-01-18

Excellent Tutorial on History and Diplomacy

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

VERY ENGAGING. The reading was wonderful. I am sure it made this very large book manageable. 10 days of commuting is all it took. When would I have found the time to actually read (paper/Kindle) almost 600 pages. My husband is trying, but his reading is selective via index topics.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Poet

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Buck Schirner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,928

Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Villain Mystery

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-10-14

More twists and turns than any other McConnelly.

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

More twists and turns than any other McConnelly. Fascinating! Spellbinding! Enjoyable is the wrong adjective.

  • Wolf Hollow

  • By: Lauren Wolk
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333

Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby's strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for middle grade

  • By HappyReader on 05-29-17

Beautiful and Tender and Performed Flawlessly

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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: 06-06-18

The review title says it all. You'll never regret experiencing it. I have a new favorite narrator now, and will definltely strive to read or listen to other books by Lauren Wolk.

  • The Hellfire Club

  • By: Jake Tapper
  • Narrated by: Jake Tapper
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,063
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 971
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 968

 Charlie Marder is an unlikely Congressman. Thrust into office by his family ties after his predecessor died mysteriously, Charlie is struggling to navigate the dangerous waters of 1950s Washington, DC, alongside his young wife, Margaret, a zoologist with ambitions of her own. Amid the swirl of glamorous and powerful political leaders and deal makers, a mysterious fatal car accident thrusts Charlie and Margaret into an underworld of backroom deals, secret societies, and a plot that could change the course of history. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could be happening now

  • By Barbara or Jerold Gendler on 05-24-18

Very Disturbing how after 70 years no change.

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

Excellent story. Hed me tivited. Tapper did a terrific job as narrator. Didn"t realize journalism was such hood prep for a dramatic career. Don"t know if it fault of my phone or the Audible download, but there was do much skipping and repeating after chapter 18 I would have hiven up if iy were not so terrific.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,273

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Mezmerizing and Horrifying and Awesomely Wonderful

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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: 05-16-18

Often too painful to continue, yet too compelling to stop. The performance greatly enhanced the tale by bringing everyone to life.

  • Angels Flight

  • A Harry Bosch Novel
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,339
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,870
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,887

An activist attorney is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf. But the case is so explosive - and the dead man's enemies inside the L.A.P.D. are so numerous - that it falls to Harry to solve it. Now the streets are superheating. Harry's year-old Vegas marriage is unraveling. And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry to another high-profile L.A. murder case, one where every cop had a motive. The question is, did any have the guts?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Good Connelly!

  • By R. Pontiflet on 02-08-14

Very intricate plot, even for Harry Bosch.

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

I hope our actual LAPD is not this corrupt. Very troubling that there could be some reality here.