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  • The Threat

  • How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump
  • By: Andrew G. McCabe
  • Narrated by: Andrew G. McCabe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,497
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,220
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,208

On March 16, 2018, just 26 hours before his scheduled retirement from the organization he had served with distinction for more than two decades, Andrew G. McCabe was fired from his position as deputy director of the FBI. President Donald Trump celebrated on Twitter: "Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy." In The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, Andrew G. McCabe offers a dramatic and candid account of his career and an impassioned defense of the FBI.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The FBI & DOJ

  • By Greb on 02-19-19

shocking and horrifying

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

I understand that these books are inherently biased, but ibd tta's enough of then to believe a lot of what's said. it saddens me to think about boe much destruction of out institutions is going on. or also saddens be that our country is so divided that some people can't see this truth.

  • Being Mortal

  • Medicine and What Matters in the End
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,173
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,162

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required Reading!

  • By Jeffrey on 10-13-14

important things to think about

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

pretty depressing, but important. about how we really need to think about end of life care. how is changed. the need to think about quality of life today vs long term at the end.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 116,137
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107,507
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 106,990

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disjointed stories without an overall narrative

  • By Frost on 04-04-19

amazing story with real insights

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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: 02-24-19

true insights that need to be expressed. he seems to really understand what oppression and poverty can do. they seem simple, yet no one takes about it. he has a way of explaining that just makes sense. it's also interesting to see south Africa from an inside "normal person" perspective.

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  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,986
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,423

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story.

  • By Tim on 12-21-16

good to hear the boss, but more technical

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

I want a super fan, just thought it'd be interesting. it was. I learned a lot. he talked a lot sound, art , performance, which went over my head to a degree. but he also talked about growing up, passion, mental health which I think is more generally applicable. makes me want to go out and find his albums.

  • A Life in Parts

  • By: Bryan Cranston
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,346
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,995

Bryan Cranston landed his first role at seven, when his father, a struggling actor and director, cast him in a United Way commercial. Soon Bryan was haunting the local movie theater, memorizing and reenacting favorite scenes with his older brother. Acting was clearly the boy's destiny - until one day his father disappeared. Suddenly destiny took a backseat to survival. Seeking something more stable, perhaps subconsciously trying to distance himself from his absent father, Cranston decided on a career in law enforcement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They're all good parts.

  • By kelli mcgourty on 10-23-16

more technically acting craft centered than others

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

a good memoir. I think for someone interested in the craft of acting, this would be really fascinating. much more so than other Hollywood memoirs, this talks about the art. I find it interesting how he thinks about things, interprets events in his life. it's not the way i'd think about them so it challenged me to think differently.

  • The Righteous Mind

  • Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
  • By: Jonathan Haidt
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Haidt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,080

In The Righteous Mind, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of our divisions and points the way forward to mutual understanding. His starting point is moral intuition - the nearly instantaneous perceptions we all have about other people and the things they do. These intuitions feel like self-evident truths, making us righteously certain that those who see things differently are wrong. Haidt shows us how these intuitions differ across cultures, including the cultures of the political left and right.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This should give you pause.

  • By Floyd Clark on 10-26-15

extremely insightful

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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: 01-13-19

this is a great, non partisan look at how we define morality and how can better understand alternate points of view. while it does suggest some political points, it's not heavy handed, and doesn't try to justify why one point of view is right and the other wrong. it is more a guide for helping people understand how the opposing group thinks. great read.

  • Long Walk to Freedom

  • The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
  • By: Nelson Mandela
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman
  • Length: 27 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,940
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,930

Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly honest autobiography.

  • By History on 11-17-11

fascinating documentation of his life

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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: 01-03-19

it's definitely told from his perspective but I still trust the accuracy. there area few times when you feel like he's just listing names but if I were south African I might feel differently. it really makes you think about things that are parallel between the United States and Africa and the things that are not parallel. It helps inform your thought about nonviolence. I wish he'd gone a little more in depth about some actual conversations, but overall this was great.

  • All You Can Ever Know

  • A Memoir
  • By: Nicole Chung
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 144

Nicole Chung was born premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hope of giving her a better life, that forever feeling slightly out of place was her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as Nicole grew up, she wondered if the story she'd been told was the whole truth. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent writing, interesting memoir, however

  • By T on 10-09-18

interesting look at one person's adoption story

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

im adopted so thought this would be interesting. i think it emphasizes how different each person's experience is. she never explains why she now uses Chung as her last name, despite her marriage, her adoption, everything. as an adoptee, i can't imagine hurting my adoptive parents like that. she never really talks about any struggle with her parents so it confuses me as to why she'd want to reject this part of them. she has such anger towards her birth mother but yet she's never really spoken to her, given her a chance to explain or apologize. she also doesn't talk about her sister Jessica much. my story is so different, yet there are shadows of similarity: trying to fit in, in a white world, trying to develop a sense of self, dealing with racism, wondering what your relatives look like. but her absolute need to feel like she wasn't rejected, that her parents shouldn't have wanted to give her up, is foreign to me. or was always fine to me.. i'd found a great family, so it didn't matter if my birth family didn't want me. i guess if i felt more rejected by my adoptive family, there might have been that, but that was not the case. the absolute hope that she could connect to her sister was interesting as well. all those pulls. just not my experience. an interesting read, none the less.

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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 1,703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,535

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

great insight

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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: 08-09-18

outthat books seemed to be more about events policies, great negotiations. I got from them that there is a lot going on that you don't hear about. this book is more about the emotions reactions and justifications for things it helps you better understand how the white house (thought* about things. what they weighed , how they reacted, what were their frustrations . i really enjoyed that insight.

  • The Circle

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,076
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,417
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7,437

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying look at a techno-destruction of privacy

  • By FinanceBuzz on 01-20-14

weird dystopian view of ther future

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

This is sort of imagining the world if Facebook Google and Twitter all combined into one big app that consumed the technological world. There isn't much of a plot beyond sort of better elucidating what the ramifications of this could be but it's sort of interesting I guess to see the possibilities.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful