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  • Killing England

  • The Brutal Struggle for American Independence
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,037
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,014

The breathtaking latest installment in Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's mega-best-selling Killing series transports listeners to the most important era in our nation's history, the Revolutionary War. Told through the eyes of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and Great Britain's King George III, Killing England chronicles the path to independence in gripping detail, taking the listener from the battlefields of America to the royal courts of Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone in the U. S. Should read this book.

  • By Barbara J. Daly on 12-31-17

I felt like I was riding along beside

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

This story created a wonderful experience of being along for the ride on the adventures of the founding fathers of the United States. It included many descriptive details of the characters' quirks and idiosyncrasies. I felt like I was meeting some of the legendary figures that I had been previously introduced to in dry history books. Enjoyable and informative.

  • The Monk of Mokha

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343

Mokhtar Alkhanshali grew up in San Francisco, one of seven siblings raised by Yemeni immigrants in a tiny apartment. At age 24, unable to pay for college, he works as a doorman. Until: a statue of an Arab raising a cup of coffee awakens something in him. He sets out to learn the rich history of coffee in Yemen and the complex art of tasting and identifying varietals. He travels to Yemen, collects samples of beans, eager to bring improved cultivation methods to the farmers. And he is on the verge of success when civil war engulfs Yemen in 2015 and he is trapped in Sana'a.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MOVING THE NEEDLE

  • By Dog Fish on 02-20-18

Compelling view of Yemen

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I enjoyed the descriptions of Yemen included in this story. It gave me a peek into a bit of the culture and history of the place. If you are a coffee aficionado, there are plenty of descriptive details of the trade. It is the story of a business venture to build the export of Yemenis coffee to the United States.

  • Eleanor and Hick

  • The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady
  • By: Susan Quinn
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276

In 1932 Eleanor Roosevelt entered the claustrophobic, duty-bound existence of the first lady with dread. By that time she had put her deep disappointment in her marriage behind her and developed an independent life - now threatened by the public role she would be forced to play. A lifeline came to her in the form of a feisty campaign reporter for the Associated Press: Lorena Hickok. Over the next 30 years, until Eleanor's death, the two women carried on an extraordinary relationship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing story of amazing women making waves.

  • By Jean the Urban Walker on 02-03-17

Such a great story

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

The account of Eleanor Roosevelt and her long term companion Lorena Hickok. A story of friendship, love and adventure that crosses all boundaries of culture, time, and society. Brings to light the very humanness of an extra marital affair. I found myself fascinated by the moderness of the plot that occurred so many years ago. All in all, enjoyable and eye opening.

  • Travels with Charley in Search of America

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Gary Sinise
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,280

In September 1960, John Steinbeck and his poodle, Charley, embarked on a journey across America, from small towns to growing cities to glorious wilderness oases. Travels with Charley is animated by Steinbeck’s attention to the specific details of the natural world and his sense of how the lives of people are intimately connected to the rhythms of nature—to weather, geography, the cycles of the seasons. His keen ear for the transactions among people is evident, too, as he records the interests and obsessions that preoccupy the Americans he encounters along the way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed the Journey

  • By Rebb on 12-15-11

Pulled along on a road trip

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I was unprepared for the delight of a rambling road trip with an aging man and his dog. The writing style carried me along across the miles. Entertaining and thought provoking.

  • The Old Man and the Sea

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: Donald Sutherland
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,816
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,805

The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly a Classic

  • By Dave on 07-01-08

Unexpected adventure

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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: 10-12-18

I was swept away by this story. Poignant and soothing at the same time. The writing style was captivating. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

  • Lolita

  • By: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,682

Why we think it’s a great listen: Among the great literary achievements of the 20th century, Lolita soars in audio thanks to the incomparable Jeremy Irons, bringing to life Nabokov’s ability to shock and enthrall more than 50 years after publication. Lolita became a cause celebre because of the erotic predilections of its protagonist. But Nabokov's masterpiece owes its stature not to the controversy its material aroused but to its author's use of that material to tell a love story that is shocking in its beauty and tenderness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterpiece

  • By Erez on 05-29-08

Empathy for the pedophile

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

This book lead me to believe that the main character was born with a sexual attraction to prepubescent females that he could not control nor escape. Though not particularly violent or lurid, it was disturbing to experience the world of a pedophile and is ingenue. Well written and intriguing.

  • Kristin Lavransdatter

  • By: Tiina Nunnally - translator, Sigrid Undset
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 44 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,214

As a young girl in 14th-century Norway, Kristin is deeply devoted to her father, Lavrans, a kind and courageous man. But when as a student in a convent school she meets the charming and impetuous Erlend Nikulaussøn, she defies her parents in pursuit of her own desires. Her saga continues through her marriage to Erlend, their tumultuous life together raising seven sons as Erlend seeks to strengthen his political influence, and finally their estrangement as the world around them tumbles into uncertainty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A grand listen

  • By Chicago & Indiana Scientist/Gardener/Hiker on 07-05-17

I felt like part of the family

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

By the time I reached the end of this trilogy I felt as if I was part of the family. I found myself wondering about the characters and what they might be doing, as if they were real. A lovely and cautionary tale about getting what we want. I enjoyed the emersion into the culture and the era.

  • The Grapes of Wrath

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,610

At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book's as good as I remembered.

  • By Josh Mitchell on 01-20-15

Enjoyable introduction to another time

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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: 10-12-18

I enjoyed this book. It was a peek into life in another era. Enticing and beautifully written.

  • Desert Queen

  • The Extraordinary Life of Gertrude Bell: Adventurer, Adviser to Kings, Ally of Lawrence of Arabia
  • By: Janet Wallach
  • Narrated by: Jean Gilpin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

Turning her back on her privileged life in Victorian England, Gertrude Bell (1868-1926), fired by her innate curiosity, journeyed the world and became fascinated with all things Arab. Traveling the length and breadth of the Arab region, armed with a love for its language and its people, she not only produced several enormously popular books based on her experiences but became instrumental to the British foreign office. When World War I erupted, and the British needed the loyalty of the Arab leaders, it was Gertrude Bell's work and connections that helped provided the brain for T. E. Lawrence's military brawn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great beginning, then gets boring

  • By Msz on 03-31-16

A dry recollection of history

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-18

I really wanted to love this book, but instead found that it never really captured my attention. I never formed an attachment to any of the characters. It was mildly interesting; a detailed account of a woman in an atypical role for her time.

  • The Plant Paradox

  • The Hidden Dangers in "Healthy" Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain
  • By: Steven R. Gundry MD
  • Narrated by: Christopher Solimene
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,770
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,547

Most of us have heard of gluten - a protein found in wheat that causes widespread inflammation in the body. Americans spend billions of dollars on gluten-free diets in an effort to protect their health. But what if we've been missing the root of the problem?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Voice

  • By Linda W on 07-11-17

Interesting theory

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-18

This book is an interesting collection of theories collected by Gundry during his long medical career. The writing style is slightly less formal and far less sequential than a text book. There is some repetition of material.

I was attracted by his noteworthy medical credentials and career achievements. I was disappointed when the book quickly shifted from research and data to glib anecdotal stories from his past patients. His conclusions about the role of lectins may be true, but are not adequately supported. Lots of proselytizing. Interesting collection of anecdotes. It seems to be an effort to capitalize on his career experience before sound data has been collected. No harm, no foul.