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  • Rough Beauty

  • By: Karen Auvinen
  • Narrated by: Jayme Mattler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

During a difficult time, Karen Auvinen flees to a primitive cabin in the Rockies to live in solitude as a writer and to embrace all the beauty and brutality nature has to offer. When a fire incinerates every word she has ever written and all of her possessions - except for her beloved dog Elvis, her truck, and a few singed artifacts - Karen embarks on a heroic journey to reconcile her desire to be alone with her need for community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful read. Grounded earthy but poetic prose

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-14-18

Beautifully Written and Narrated

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

This book transported me into a dream of mountain living. Fulfilling by proxy the enduring connection with nature I always wished to know and obtain. The Author in so many ways told the story of my own heart. Probably the best articulation of the transforming love and relationship one can have with a dog that I've ever read. This is a wonderful book to live in and I'm just sorry it had an ending.

  • Kitchen Confidential

  • Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
  • By: Anthony Bourdain
  • Narrated by: Anthony Bourdain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,246

Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kitchen Confidential

  • By Holly on 02-20-03

Listened straight through

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This book was interesting, entertaining and completely held my interest. Seemed like a raw, unfiltered, honest account of the experiences of "making it" in the food industry. Anthony told it straight without any sugar-coating. Makes me think twice about eating out. I never watched his shows until I listened to the book, then binge watched all available seasons. Really a sad loss!

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,668

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Riveting, Thought Provoking, Action Inducing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-18

Everyone needs to know what is in this book! Even our weather forecasting has been sold out for corporate monetization and profiteering above the value of our human lives! Where do these for profit organizations like Acuweather and Weather Channel derive their information? From the vast stores of weather data compiled, analyzed and advanced with evolving technologies to provide people with real information they need to survive. All this Science based, hard earned progress in the ever developing ability to provide early warning systems to people as a public service is being suppressed and hidden. For profit companies now control the public messaging as well as being granted (by the current administration) stewardship over the treasure trove of scientific data residing within NOAA .

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 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 1,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,185

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

Wonderful Memoir!

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

A candid look into the day to day struggles and accomplishments of the Greatest President of my lifetime. The team of dedicated and deeply committed people who dignified the Office of the Presidency and accomplished far more than was ever given credit in the media. A Presidential Staff made up of people who truly cared for our country far beyond the pettiness of self interest and profiteering. Excellent book, well spoken, full of respect and well speaking! Such a stark contrast to the complete moral ineptitude of our current administration .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Chasing Hillary

  • Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling
  • By: Amy Chozick
  • Narrated by: Amy Chozick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 208

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

A Genuine Look Into HRC's Campaign

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

This book felt like an honest look at the tremendous effort it took to get HRC elected. Despite coming short of the goal, many lives including the Authors were poured out in trying. Overall, I felt the Authors portrayal was sincerely positive and did not cast HRC in a negative light. It actually endeared me more to HRC and increased my respect for her. The Author too, pays tribute in her personal testimony to the unthinkable sacrifice so many paid in the effort. They should not be forgotten. Well written and narrated!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Alone Part 1

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relevant, Gripping, So Relatable

  • By Andrea on 02-10-18

Relevant, Gripping, So Relatable

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

I wait eagerly for new books by Kristin Hannah, my neighbor and kindred spirit in experiences and the splendor of the great NW. My whole life I've been called to go further and further Into the wilds of the great Northern Territories. Growing up misplaced in Florida, I've forever been called to the wilds of the NW Territories! This book gives foundations and realism to my lifetime of imagined dreams of the far reaches of the Wildest North. It speaks with such tried and true experiential wisdom concerning the cruelty of isolation yet the depth of relationships formed of the most rugged of all individuals. The book is real to the core, painful at times to enduree conclusion because of its true characterizations touching too close to the bone. Yet the contrast it fulfills to counteract the cruelties of inescaple circumstances some are dealt, is truly rich in its mercy and grace. The conclusion is perfect, I loved and believed and could empathize, cry, anger, rejoice and be inspired to see all the blessings of life and love that I too am richly embued! Thank you Kristin for yet another Masterpiece!!

  • Fire and Fury

  • Inside the Trump White House
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,358

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as credible as one would like.

  • By Jerry R. Nokes Jr. on 01-29-18

Everyone should read this

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

Completely credible account of what's Really going on in the Trump Whitehouse! The Author deserves much credit for writing such an informstive, realistic account of the complete chaos ensuing. All of America needs to face the truth about the absolute incompetence of who we've elected to head up this country. Those who voted for Trump and those who voted for him by NOT voting should seriously pay attention to this book. the narrator too was excellent!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52,914
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52,768

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Love the Science, Held my Attention

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

I enjoyed this book! It was interesting, intriguing and educational. I did not understand a lot of the scientific terms but was captivated none the less. Excellent narration. It's the most I have ever visualised what it would be like to live on the moon. The characters were well-developed and easy to enjoy. After reading The Martian, I would listen to anything Andy Weir wrote. He did not disappoint with this book.

  • Thanks, Obama

  • My Hopey, Changey White House Years
  • By: David Litt
  • Narrated by: David Litt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616

More than any other presidency, Barack Obama's eight years in the White House were defined by young people - 20-somethings who didn't have much experience in politics (or anything else, for that matter) yet suddenly found themselves in the most high-stakes office building on earth. David Litt was one of those 20-somethings. After graduating from college in 2008, he went straight to the Obama campaign. In 2011 he became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, personal, and insightful

  • By L & L on 10-21-17

very encouraging and hope infusing!

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

In the true spirit of optimism, inspired and embodied in the humanity of Barack Obama!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sisters First

  • Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life
  • By: Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara Pierce Bush, Laura Bush - foreword
  • Narrated by: Barbara Pierce Bush, Jenna Bush Hager
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260

Born into a political dynasty, Jenna and Barbara Bush grew up in the public eye. As small children, they watched their grandfather become president; just 12 years later they stood by their father's side when he took the same oath. They spent their college years being trailed by the Secret Service and chased by the paparazzi, with every teenage mistake making national headlines. But the tabloids didn't tell the whole story of these two young women forging their own identities under extraordinary circumstances.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming Memoir

  • By Jean on 11-02-17

Endearing, Touching, Honest Account

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

Reviewed: 10-31-17

I enjoyed this book. It was interesting and endearing, as well as informative. I have heightened respect for the Bush's after hearing such a tender and honoring account from the Bush twins. Nicely done, this account goes a long way to humanize the people behind the Presidencies. It's easy to imagine how proud the parents of these adult children must be. This effectively demonstrates how political party divides need not be characterized by hate and insult. Seen through the eyes of children, our likenesses are more compelling and true than our differences. Bravo to the Authors, very well done!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful