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  • My Beloved World

  • By: Sonia Sotomayor
  • Narrated by: Rita Moreno
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397

The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring story but choppy editing

  • By Erika Shaffer on 05-05-14

Awesome Book

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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: 11-27-18

I absolutely loved this book. It is simply motivating to see how someone can become something despite the obstacles of life with few means.

  • In Montmartre

  • Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art
  • By: Sue Roe
  • Narrated by: Emma Bering
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

In Montmartre is a colorful history of the birth of modernist art as it arose from one of the most astonishing collections of artistic talent ever assembled. It begins in October 1900, as a teenage Pablo Picasso, eager for fame and fortune, first makes his way up the hillside of Paris' famous windmill-topped district.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Luis on 05-10-17

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-17

Loved it. Well written wit endless details about each of the artists featured in the book and remarkable description of the era in which those artists began their work.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • A Torch Kept Lit

  • Great Lives of the Twentieth Century
  • By: William F. Buckley
  • Narrated by: Tony Pasqualini
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

In a half century on the national stage, William F. Buckley Jr. achieved unique stature as a polemicist and the undisputed godfather of modern American conservatism. He knew everybody, hosted everybody at his East 73rd Street maisonette, skewered everybody who needed skewering, and in general lived life on a scale, and in a swashbuckling manner, that captivated and inspired countless young conservatives across that half century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent...inspiring imagery!

  • By Lisa Hill on 10-14-16

Wonderful read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-17

I most highly recommend it. Lots of historical bits of past influencers of our modern nation.

  • Mad Enchantment

  • Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies
  • By: Ross King
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

We have all seen, whether live, in photographs or on postcards, some of Claude Monet's legendary water lily paintings. They are in museums all over the world and are among the most beloved works of art of the past century. Yet, ironically, these soothing images were created amid terrible personal turmoil and sadness.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book. Awful awful narration.

  • By Stephanie Croquez on 06-23-17

One of the greatest biographical books

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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: 12-08-16

Love the story telling skill of the author. Line after line I felt captivated and immersed in the life of the artist even though I possess no artistic inclination whatsoever. It kept me craving for more detail and it kept coming back. Most awesome career and era defining by a single artist. Highly recommend this book.

  • Elizabeth

  • The Forgotten Years
  • By: John Guy
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Elizabeth was crowned at 25 after a tempestuous childhood as a bastard and an outcast, but it was only when she reached 50 and all hopes of a royal marriage were dashed that she began to wield real power in her own right. For 25 years she had struggled to assert her authority over advisers who pressed her to marry and settle the succession; now, she was determined not only to reign but also to rule.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • worth the credit

  • By Lesley on 04-19-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 10-25-16

This was a most wonderfully written book. Loved the detail and biographical accounts. The more I listened the more I wanted to know

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Destiny and Power

  • The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush
  • By: Jon Meacham
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 25 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002

Drawing on President Bush’s personal diaries, on the diaries of his wife, Barbara, and on extraordinary access to the 41st president and his family, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham paints an intimate and surprising portrait of an intensely private man who led the nation through tumultuous times. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fair and insightful

  • By Jean on 12-02-15

Awesome

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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: 06-09-16

Loved it. The book was one of the best in years. I highly recommend it.

  • The Vanishing Velázquez

  • A 19th Century Bookseller's Obsession with a Lost Masterpiece
  • By: Laura Cumming
  • Narrated by: Siobhan Redmond
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

When John Snare, a 19th-century provincial bookseller, traveled to a liquidation auction, he stumbled on a vivid portrait of King Charles I that defied any explanation. The Charles of the painting was young - too young to be king - and yet also too young to be painted by the Flemish painter to which the work was attributed. Snare had found something incredible - but what? His research brought him to Diego Velázquez, whose long-lost portrait of Prince Charles has eluded art experts for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating study of art history

  • By Ron on 07-02-16

Grrat book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-16

Awesome. Rich in historical detail. Thrilling and intriguing from beginning to end. Can't wait to read other works from this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful