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  • 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 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948

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.

Overall
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 5,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,206

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
  • Didn't know syphilis could be so fascinating.

  • By Carrie Arnold on 02-09-17

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 556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508

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

Overall
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 2,623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,400

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 - Audible 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 1,143
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,008

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

Overall
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 350
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 315

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!

Overall
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 13,137
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,938
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,898

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

Overall
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 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Heavens May Fall

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray, David Colacci, Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,584

Detective Max Rupert's and attorney Boady Sanden's friendship is being pushed to the breaking point. Max is convinced that Jennavieve Pruitt was killed by her husband, Ben. Boady is equally convinced that Ben, his client, is innocent. As the case unfolds, the two are forced to confront their own personal demons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2017 Audie Nominee

  • By Bob on 02-20-17

F this F that

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

Reviewed: 04-24-17

I wish audible had a rating system for books so that I didn't have to buy a book to know how much vulgarity and the like a book has. This had too much for my liking.

  • Shadows of the Workhouse

  • Call the Midwife, Book 2
  • By: Jennifer Worth
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,729
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,586

When twenty-two-year-old Jennifer Worth, from a comfortable middle-class upbringing, went to work as a midwife in the direst section of postwar London, she not only delivered hundreds of babies and touched many lives, she also became the neighborhood';s most vivid chronicler. Woven into the ongoing tales of her life in the East End are the true stories of the people Worth met who grew up in the dreaded workhouse, a Dickensian institution that limped on into the middle of the twentieth century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like the PBS series

  • By HODGEPODGESPV on 07-14-15

story telling at its finest

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

I find myself marveling at how well the story telling is with so much character in people, a community, and a time.