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  • The World as It Is

  • A Memoir of the Obama White House
  • By: Ben Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Ben Rhodes, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,447

For nearly 10 years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration - first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor, and finally as a multipurpose aide and close collaborator. He started every morning in the Oval Office with the President’s Daily Brief, traveled the world with Obama, and was at the center of some of the most consequential and controversial moments of the presidency. Now, he tells the full story of his partnership with a man who also happened to be a historic president of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A work for posterity, not tomorrow's talking points

  • By Josh on 06-14-18

Loved

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

The prologue spoken by Ben Rhodes is so heartfelt, you can really hear him reliving the experience, that in comparison the rest of the performance is too formal and deep for the writing. Other than that it was a beautiful insight into the world of the White House, and a moving tribute to a time America can look back on and be proud of.

  • The Bassoon King

  • My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy
  • By: Rainn Wilson
  • Narrated by: Rainn Wilson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,021
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,873

For nine seasons Rainn Wilson played Dwight Schrute, everyone's favorite work nemesis and beet farmer. Viewers of The Office fell in love with the character and grew to love the actor who played him even more. Rainn founded a website and media company, SoulPancake, that eventually became a best-selling book of the same name. He also started a hilarious Twitter feed (sample tweet: "I'm not on Facebook" is the new "I don't even own a TV") that now has more than four million followers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exquisite narration!

  • By Johanna on 11-13-15

Rainn Wilson is the man

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

Reviewed: 08-26-16

I chose this book because I am a follower of Soul Pancake and a fan of Dwight Schrute, but I would have never guessed what a deep, complex and fascinating life Rainn Wilson has led, and what an incredible human being he is. I laughed at many points, but also thought deeply throughout the day about questions he poses, or profound comments he made. Really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Keep on truckin', Rainn

  • Break in Case of Emergency

  • A Novel
  • By: Jessica Winter
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

Jen has reached her early 30s and has all but abandoned a once-promising painting career when, spurred by the 2008 economic crisis, she takes a poorly defined job at a feminist nonprofit. The foundation's ostensible aim is to empower women, but staffers spend all their time devising acronyms for imaginary programs, ruthlessly undermining one another, and stroking the ego of their boss, the larger-than-life celebrity philanthropist Leora Infinitas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Emily on 07-30-16

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-16

Witty, smart, well written, personally it was a very relatable narrative for me, thoroughly enjoyed!

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