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  • Shortest Way Home

  • One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future
  • By: Pete Buttigieg
  • Narrated by: Pete Buttigieg
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,048
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 966
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 960

Once described by The Washington Post as "the most interesting mayor you've never heard of", Pete Buttigieg, the 36-year-old Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has improbably emerged as one of the nation's most visionary politicians. First elected in 2011, Buttigieg left a successful business career to move back to his hometown, previously tagged by Newsweek as a "dying city", and transformed it into a shining model of urban reinvention. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME! 5 Star book!!!

  • By Sonsart2 on 03-10-19

Pragmatic politics like never before!

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

Reviewed: 04-19-19

Cheesy heading, but I cannot express how different this is from most presidential candidate biographies. Big on ideas, big on solutions, light on fluff and empty platitudes. Definitely a voice for a new generation of political leaders.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,535
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59,385

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

Good, but No The Martian

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

Artemis is an interesting story and by itself, would probably get a higher rating. However, I cannot help but compare it to the Martian. It is no The Martian. In that book, it was man and humanity working to save a life. It was intense, but hopeful and made me feel good about mankind. Artemis is more of a caper. There are bad guys and the thing the protagonists are working towards, is to stop them. It still has the science and math of the Martian, but take that away, and you are left with a pretty standard story. A well-written and enjoyable story, but a basic story nonetheless.
Still, Rosario Dawson as the narrator knocked it out of the park!

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Reapers Are the Angels

  • By: Alden Bell
  • Narrated by: Tai Sammons
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 210

For 25 years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can’t remember a time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her in and the younger brother she cared for until the tragedy that set her off on her personal journey toward redemption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish this book was three times as long

  • By Jason on 01-03-11

One of the best zombie novels

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

Reviewed: 01-11-16

How is this not a movie!? This is such a good novel. The characters are compelling, the plot is evenly paced and genuinely interesting. I have recommended this to anyone who likes the zombie books or other post-apocalyptic stories. Very satisfying.

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,642

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I both love and hate this life changing book

  • By Rebecca on 02-22-15

As good as they say

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

Reviewed: 01-11-16

This is as good as everyone says. If you are thinking about getting this book, do it. I cannot wait to implement some of the principles.

  • Smuggler Nation

  • How Illicit Trade Made America
  • By: Peter Andreas
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

America is a smuggler nation. Our long history of illicit imports has ranged from West Indies molasses and Dutch gunpowder in the 18th century, to British industrial technologies and African slaves in the 19th century, to French condoms and Canadian booze in the early 20th century, to Mexican workers and Colombian cocaine in the modern era. Contraband capitalism, it turns out, has been an integral part of American capitalism.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Hidden Story of American History

  • By Charles on 11-14-14

Must read for anyone interested in homeland security

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

This is a crucial reading for anyone interested in homeland security, immigration, drug-smuggling and other illicit trade and travel. Everyone at the Department of Homeland Security and everyone on the office of the President should read it as well. I cannot say enough good things bout this book. Really well done.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dictator's Handbook

  • Why Bad Behavior Is Almost Always Good Politics
  • By: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,150

For 18 years, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith have been revolutionizing the study of politics by turning conventional wisdom on its head. They start from a single assertion: Leaders do whatever keeps them in power. They don't care about the "national interest" - or even their subjects - unless they have to. This clever and accessible book shows that the difference between tyrants and democrats is just a convenient fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Think you understand politics, think again!

  • By Michael on 07-01-14

Must read for anyone interested in politics

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

Accessible, insightful, and best of all, academically sound. I cannot recommend this book enough. Seriously.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Terrorism on American Soil

  • Plots and Perpetrators from the Famous to the Forgotten
  • By: Joseph T. McCann
  • Narrated by: Joseph T. McCann
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, led most American citizens to feel that we are no longer safe and secure in our communities. However, terrorism is not a new phenomenon in the United States. This book chronicles 37 such assaults on American soil from the end of the Civil War to the present day. Not only are the most infamous attacks discussed; events that are obscure and relatively unknown - but fascinating nonetheless - are detailed as well.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Information - Poor Audio

  • By Kent on 01-24-10

Poor directing and odd pronunciation

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

Reviewed: 05-19-15

The content is good, but there were plane noises, paper shuffling, and even a door closing in the background. The narrator refers to 911 the emergency number as nine-eleven, which was strange. He also interchanges the name Randolph and Rudolph when reading the Olympic Park bomber. The book is decent of encyclopedic, but really quite valuable. It could stand to be re-recorded.