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  • The Last Viking

  • The Life of Roald Amundsen
  • By: Stephen R. Bown
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

The Last Viking unravels the life of the man who stands head and shoulders above all those who raced to map the last corners of the world. In 1900, the four great geographical mysteries - the Northwest Passage, the Northeast Passage, the South Pole, and the North Pole - remained blank spots on the globe. Within twenty years Roald Amundsen would claim all four prizes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding.

  • By Leon Miller on 12-01-15

A man to be admired

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

What an amazing story of an incredible life. I have read extensively about Mawson, Shackleton and Scott but I was compelled to read this because of a recent trip to Norway. It is an excellent read and performance of an extraordinary life.

  • Chasing Hillary

  • Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling
  • By: Amy Chozick
  • Narrated by: Amy Chozick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

For nearly a decade, Amy Chozick chronicled Hillary Clinton's pursuit of the presidency. Chozick's front-row seat, initially at the Wall Street Journal covering Mrs. Clinton's imploding 2008 campaign, and then at the New York Times where she was assigned "The Hillary Beat", set off a years-long journey in which the formative years of her twenties and thirties became, both personally and professionally, intrinsically intertwined to Clinton's presidential ambitions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVED it ...

  • By Gail on 04-30-18

Insightful, gut-wrenching revelation

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

I read “What Happened” the day after it was released and felt, that while it was an apologia of sorts and an indictment of so many-I was encouraged by the suggestions of what could still be “coulda, woulda, shoulda..”. Amy Chozick has written the chronicle, memoir and story that is funny and gut-wrenching at the same time. She has written her story (Herstory) as well as mine. It’s a must read. Thank you , Amy. With all best wishes to you, the wonderful Bobby, and your baby.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Money

  • The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
  • By: Jane Mayer
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,146

Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers? The conventional answer is that a popular uprising against "big government" led to the rise of a broad-based conservative movement.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fact attack

  • By Mark on 05-29-16

Astonishing, frightening and a must read!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

This book is a must read for every American voter. Well researched and documented it is a chronicle of the takeover of the Republican Party in particular and American politics in general.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • What Happened

  • By: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Narrated by: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,076

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dissapointed supporter

  • By Taylor Norrish on 09-23-17

Hope filled, refreshingly honest and incisive

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

Reviewed: 09-17-17

Thank you thank you thank you. For 10 months I have lived in alternating spheres of depression and out rage. Your grace and graciousness in this book gives me such hope. It is also a warning to those of us who believe in America and in democracy to take action and to take your advice – it is invaluable for the future. I will always be with you.

13 of 96 people found this review helpful

  • Glass Houses

  • A Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,368

When a mysterious figure appears in Three Pines one cold November day, Armand Gamache and the rest of the villagers are at first curious. Then wary. Through rain and sleet, the figure stands unmoving, staring ahead. From the moment its shadow falls over the village, Gamache, now Chief Superintendent of the Sûreté du Québec, suspects the creature has deep roots and a dark purpose. Yet he does nothing. What can he do? Only watch and wait. And hope his mounting fears are not realized.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Labored plot and research crushes the story

  • By Mme Alison Strayer on 09-17-17

Humanity (should always) win!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

Another delightfully educational, riveting and interesting mystery by Louise Penny. I had pre-ordered this and downloaded yet moments after it came to my account. I couldn't stop it even for the momentous news of the day.
I liked the structure of this book as I have all the others but it does differ in the use of flashbacks and integrating different character views and perspectives. My only complaint about the narration is Ruth's voice, which I found to shrill and, to me at least, inauthentic. Bathurst has a wonderful voice and I'm getting used to his interpretation of Gamache and all the others. That is high praise considering he stepped in after Ralph Cosham's death and 10 books into the series.
I love Penny's descriptive brilliance about food, scents, and geography. As I live in Rouses point, right on the edge of the Quebec border in New York, I would appreciate her reflecting on the New York relationship to the Eastern townships from time to time not to mention that Lake Champlain borders both Vermont and New York. Very grateful for the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An American Sickness

  • How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back
  • By: Elisabeth Rosenthal
  • Narrated by: Nancy Linari
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484

It is well documented that our health-care system has grave problems, but how, in only a matter of decades, did things get this bad? Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal doesn't just explain the symptoms; she diagnoses and treats the disease itself. Rosenthal spells out in clear and practical terms exactly how to decode medical doublespeak, avoid the pitfalls of the pharmaceuticals racket, and get the care you and your family deserve. She takes you inside the doctor-patient relationship, explaining step by step the workings of a profession sorely lacking transparency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Researched, Outlined, and Presented

  • By Craig Schorling on 06-17-17

Timely and essential

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

Reviewed: 05-13-17

I thought I knew a lot about the problems of healthcare in America until I read this book. Not only do I think every member of con quest should be forced to read it or have it read to them but every American confused, disappointed and uninformed about the history of health insurance, the rise of monetization of every aspect of healthcare delivery and the decline of patient care and health needs to read this. Well documented, very readable and highly recommended

  • Stuff Matters

  • Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World
  • By: Mark Miodownik
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,803

Why is glass see-through? What makes elastic stretchy? Why does a paper clip bend? These are the sorts of questions that Mark Miodownik is constantly asking himself. A globally renowned materials scientist, Miodownik has spent his life exploring objects as ordinary as an envelope and as unexpected as concrete cloth, uncovering the fascinating secrets that hold together our physical world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly good

  • By D. MacLeod on 01-29-15

A fun read

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

I enjoyed this for it's very practical application of physics and understanding matter. Took a moment to get into the very British context and accents but it's a fun reading

  • Barkskins

  • A Novel
  • By: Annie Proulx
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 26 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 849

In the late 18th century, Rene Sel, an illiterate woodsman, makes his way from Northern France to New France to seek a living. Bound to a feudal lord, a seigneur, for three years in exchange for land, he suffers extraordinary hardship, always in awe of the forest he is charged with cleaning. Rene marries an Indian healer with children already, and they have more, mixing the blood of two cultures. Proulx tells the stories of the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of two lineages, the Sels and the Duquets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awe-Inspiring, Far-Reaching Epic

  • By W Perry Hall on 06-30-16

A sweeping statement on greed and ignorance

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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: 03-28-17

I am profoundly moved by this book in its unflinching review of colonialism, suppression and near extinction not only of the great forests of the world but of indigenous peoples and a respect for harmony in nature, life and diversity. A Great, sweeping and intricate "family" history. Recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The History of the Ancient World

  • From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome
  • By: Susan Wise Bauer
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 26 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,268

This is the first volume in a bold new series that tells the stories of all peoples, connecting historical events from Europe to the Middle East to the far coast of China, while still giving weight to the characteristics of each country. Susan Wise Bauer provides both sweeping scope and vivid attention to the individual lives that give flesh to abstract assertions about human history. This narrative history employs the methods of "history from beneath" - literature, epic traditions, private letters, and accounts - to connect kings and leaders with the lives of those they ruled.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great review of Ancient World History needs maps

  • By dan on 06-21-15

Very intricate

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

I am fascinated by ancient history but I found this to jump around from civilization to civilization and the names, dynasties and internecine murders,
mergers and wars were at times very tedious. Well read and as our history a good story but overall it is only for the persistent and Geeky.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,600

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Loving tribute to a wonderful curmudgeon

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

This is a loving and lovely tribute to those who don't relate well to people except through their large heart it reminds us of those quiet apparently angry people who ask for no recognition and appear to be gruff and difficult. I loved this book