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  • The Boston Girl: A Novel

  • By: Anita Diamant
  • Narrated by: Linda Lavin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,909
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,901

Addie Baum is "The Boston Girl", born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for and suspicious of America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie's intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine - a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture and new opportunities for women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story!

  • By LL on 05-24-18

Honest and revealing memoir.

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

Excellent writing. Characters portrayed so detailed and revealing. The personal story of someone who lived through the great war and great flu epidemic was very interesting to hear.

  • The Book of Mormon

  • By: Joseph Smith Jr. - translator
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 25 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 352

Here is an audio edition of the sacred text of the Latter-Day Saint movement that followers believe contains the writings of ancient prophets who lived on the American continent from approximately 2200 B.C. to A.D. 421. A fascinating listen for religious scholars and denominational adherents alike.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very poor production

  • By Jared on 08-09-12

Best book ever

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Narrator is comically unemotional, but there are free audio versions at mormon.com if you want that. Great book to help you love the Lord, to increase your devotion to him, and to better help you understand the Bible, and how the God of Heaven has established Jesus as Lord and Savior as recorded in the Bible.

  • Astoria

  • John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival
  • By: Peter Stark
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023

At a time when the edge of American settlement barely reached beyond the Appalachian Mountains, two visionaries, President Thomas Jefferson and millionaire John Jacob Astor, foresaw that one day the Pacific would dominate world trade as much as the Atlantic did in their day. Just two years after the Lewis and Clark expedition concluded in 1806, Jefferson and Astor turned their sights westward once again. Thus began one of history's dramatic but largely forgotten turning points in the conquest of the North American continent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Daring, greedy men take on nature and natives

  • By Pamela on 06-20-14

well told story of forgotten U.S. history.

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Very enjoyable to listen to the story of exploration and capitalistic endeavour. Contemporary to the war of 1812, this fills in the continued explorations west.

  • Get Well Soon

  • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • By: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,582

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly informative with a humorous twist

  • By alan on 05-29-17

Great reader, good information

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

Not a subject every reader will delve into, but it is delivered so well and with a light humorous touch that should encourage more listeners.
I am not into the comedic value of profanity, but I'll let slide a few profane terms for feces, especially considering the sometimes gruesome subject matter.

  • The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland

  • By: Rebekah Crane
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518

According to sixteen-year-old Zander Osborne, nowhere is an actual place - and she's just fine there. But her parents insist that she get out of her head - and her home state - and attend Camp Padua, a summer camp for at-risk teens. Zander does not fit in - or so she thinks. She has only one word for her fellow campers: crazy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I recommend this book.

  • By Cynthia Shepp on 03-28-17

profanity, profanity not a teen book

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-17

Not a book I would want my teen to listen too.
Life is tough, and even more so to some, but I'm not into profanity as being a friendly salve to people in hard times. Just like any vice it tends to take control. I listen to books for the best that language has to offer.

  • Barbarian Days

  • A Surfing Life
  • By: William Finnegan
  • Narrated by: William Finnegan
  • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,494

Pulitzer Prize, Biography, 2016. Barbarian Days is William Finnegan's memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. Surfing only looks like a sport. To initiates it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Amazing Performance by the Author

  • By Laura on 02-01-16

Adventurous and telling

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

This was a long listen, but I enjoyed it. Surfing is not my sport but the author's descriptions and stories drew me into it. I especially liked the political adventures of the author on hos many travels or sojourns. I try to avoid profanity and this had some sprinkled in here and there, but for a surfing book it was especially light. The character and camaraderie was much to be appreciated in the listening.

  • Sisters One, Two, Three

  • By: Nancy Star
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,225
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,078

After a tragic accident on Martha's Vineyard, keeping secrets becomes a way of life for the Tangle family. With memories locked away, the sisters take divergent paths. Callie disappears, Mimi keeps so busy she has no time to think, and Ginger develops a lifelong aversion to risk that threatens the relationships she holds most dear. When a whispered comment overheard by her rebellious teenage daughter forces Ginger to reveal a long-held family secret, the Tangles' carefully constructed web of lies begins to unravel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to follow.

  • By Nessa on 01-04-17

Good Story

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

Reviewed: 07-29-17

A little hard for me to get into, but well worth it. The oddities were both interesting and sometimes annoying but made for a good resolution at the end. No cursing, which is always a plus for me since I listen where others (actually my "customers") might come into earshot.

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  • The Ghost in My Brain

  • How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get It Back
  • By: Clark Elliott Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 321

In 1999, Clark Elliott suffered a concussion when his car was rear-ended. Overnight his life changed from that of a rising professor with a research career in artificial intelligence to a humbled man struggling to get through a single day. At times he couldn't walk across a room, or even name his five children. Doctors told him he would never fully recover. After eight years, the cognitive demands of his job, and of being a single parent, finally became more than he could manage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly Tedious With Moments of Insight

  • By Brent on 01-17-16

New (to me) medicine!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

So often in medicine the phrase "there is nothing we can do" enters in. This is a good story of where medical treatments can more than tell you what is wrong, but correct it. I appreciated the use of highly specific language to relate concepts. Inspirational, educational and helpful to any similarly suffering.

  • The Magnolia Story

  • By: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
  • Narrated by: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,873
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,593
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,552

Are you ready to see your fixer-upper? These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like: Who are these people? What's the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprised! This is not a "chick book"

  • By Mavwreck75 on 07-30-17

Love Chip and Joanne

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

Wonderful backstory for Chip and Joanne. It was great to hear the episode of Fixer Upper that nobody saw at the beginning of the book. Only on complaint, it was too short.

  • Democracy

  • Stories from the Long Road to Freedom
  • By: Condoleezza Rice
  • Narrated by: Grace Angela Henry
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

From the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union to the ongoing struggle for human rights in the Middle East, Condoleezza Rice has served on the front lines of history. As a child, she was an eyewitness to a third awakening of freedom, when her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, became the epicenter of the civil rights movement for black Americans. In this book, Rice explains what these epochal events teach us about democracy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Case for Democracy

  • By Jean on 05-18-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

It is wonder ful to be briefed by Secretery Rice, her devotion to democracy is inspiring and highly informative. Condi for President 2020!

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