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  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,170
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,154
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,060

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, fairly bi-partisan if you're into that.

  • By Alex Fuller on 12-11-18

Comey's career through multiple administrations

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

Not sure what I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised that the book wasn't exclusively about his Trump interactions. His career trajectory was interesting, but the stories he told about his time as Deputy Attorney General were incredibly fascinating. Honestly would love a book on just his tenure during the Bush administration because it sounded intense. If you watched the news in 2017, you've pretty much already heard everything that is included in the last few chapters about Trump, but compelling nonetheless.

Regardless of whether or not I agreed with his choices during 2016, the book gave me insight on *why* he made the choices he did. His writing style and narration make it for an easy listen.

****4 stars for what seemed like a few confusing story resolutions, which were eventually clarified later in the book. Probably a side effect of listening vs. reading.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Miles

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Miles Davis
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739

Universally acclaimed as a musical genius, Miles Davis was one of the most important and influential musicians in the world. Here, Miles speaks out about his extraordinary life. Miles: The Autobiography, like Miles himself, holds nothing back. For the first time Miles talks about his five-year silence. He speaks frankly and openly about his drug problem and how he overcame it. He condemns the racism he encountered in the music business and in American society generally. And he discusses the women in his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A conversation with Miles

  • By Rebecca on 11-16-13

Inside look into the small world of music

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

Reading this feels like you have an all access pass to Miles Davis's personal memories from his childhood to his musical career and personal life. Throughout the book, I would constantly tell my boyfriend "Wow, I didn't know *insert name* played with Miles Davis." It was a who's who of singers, comedians, actors, and musicians from jazz, blues, rock and roll. Even the way he shapes his stories were lyrical and poetic. Like he couldn't help but be musical in his writings. The narrator was perfect, especially when Miles describes his own voice. It took some getting used to, and some parts came off as low whispers, but it really added depth to the narration.
The entire book was consistently entertaining. It made me wish I was alive to experience such a prolific time in musical and performance history.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Undaunted Courage

  • By: Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 21 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322

In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson selected his personal secretary, Captain Meriwether Lewis, to lead a voyage up the Missouri River, across the forbidding Rockies, and - by way of the Snake and the Columbia rivers - down to the Pacific Ocean. Lewis and his partner, Captain William Clark, endured incredible hardships and witnessed astounding sights. With great perseverance, they worked their way into an unexplored West. When they returned two years later, they had long since been given up for dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome! But...

  • By sucks like poo on 11-17-15

Gives context to the historical expedition

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

Next to reading the original journals, this is *the* book if you're interested in the chronological journey of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Ambrose pinpoints interesting facts along the way and provides a modern day perspective on the context of Lewis' journals. The narration was classic: subtle inflections, perky enough to not make me feel heavy-eyed, and to me most importantly, I didn't need to think about it. Overall great read, totally worth it.

  • The Divide

  • American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
  • By: Matt Taibbi
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,193

Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles. Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world’s wealth. The rich get massively richer. No one goes to jail. In search of a solution, journalist Matt Taibbi discovered the Divide, the seam in American life where our two most troubling trends - growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration - come together, driven by a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or poverty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Capitalism and Democracy Collide

  • By Michael on 04-20-14

A crazy, sensory-indulging safari of information.

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

Reviewed: 09-28-16

What did you love best about The Divide?

The chapters about stop & frisk, immigrants, and welfare were so remarkably cringe-worthy, I had a pit in my stomach by the end of each chapter. On the other hand, the financial sector chapters were so elaborate and juicy, it was fascinating. I really started to examine my own reactions to these vastly different scenarios.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't think I could pick one. They were all so compelling. Prem Watsa might have been my favorite chapter. It had me sitting in front of my house in my car until it was over.

What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

SOOOO charismatic. And his performance was spot on for this subject matter. If I had read some of the things in this book, I would have read it with a similar reaction.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

absolutely. I was surprised at how engaging it was. I was expecting it to be dry in parts and finance is practically a different language. But Taibbi takes the reader on a.. not so much a roller coaster as it was a safari.. a crazy sensory-indulging safari.

Any additional comments?

It introduced new context into how I perceive both the wealth gap and the justice system. I'm ashamed at how I used to look at people in these situations.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,701
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,460

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

Was nervous about the "Full Cast" but soo worth it

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

Reviewed: 09-28-16

Would you listen to American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) again? Why?

Definitely. The story was amazing and the narrator & cast were phenomenal. They all fit the roles perfectly. The story drew me in and I couldn't wait to listen to it every day. This is one of my top 3 most cherished Audible books.

What other book might you compare American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production) to and why?

I might compare it to Dune by Frank Herbert. Both books are read by multiple narrators and were extremely entertaining. The authors give the reader the benefit of the doubt which I appreciate.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrators fit perfectly with the characters. I don't think I could have experienced the same grit if I had read the book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Nothing.

Any additional comments?

I don't usually gravitate towards fiction but I'm so glad I did.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Choices

  • By: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Chalfant, Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Length: 26 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,264
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,105

Hillary Rodham Clinton's inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America's 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future. In the aftermath of her 2008 presidential run, she expected to return to representing New York in the United States Senate. To her surprise, her former rival for the Democratic Party nomination, newly elected President Barack Obama, asked her to serve in his administration as Secretary of State. This memoir is the story of the four extraordinary and historic years that followed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Senior Stateswoman in need of Editor

  • By Cynthia on 07-20-14

Surprisingly candid

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

What did you love best about Hard Choices?

I bought this book because first, I wasn't sure what a Secretary of State does, and second, everything I knew about Clinton was through the news. This book was such a surprise for me because I don't normally gravitate towards memoirs & bios. It answered questions I had and then some. Diplomacy is, well, vanilla.. but Hard Choices cuts into the core of underlying diplomatic relations and exposes a nerve that I wouldn't even have guessed was there. For someone I perceived as excruciatingly guarded, Clinton delivered a raw look into her time as Secretary of State.

What about Kathleen Chalfant and Hillary Rodham Clinton ’s performance did you like?

I liked hearing Clinton in the beginning and end, and Kathleen Chalfant's narration had subtle cutting to appropriate warmth that plausibly translated to Clinton herself.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listen to audiobooks while I work, and I couldn't wait to start work the next day. I plan on listening to it again in the near future.

Any additional comments?

If you are genuinely curious about Hillary Clinton, I think you will really enjoy this book.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • American Prometheus

  • The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
  • By: Kai Bird, Martin J. Sherwin
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 26 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,831
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342

J. Robert Oppenheimer was one of the iconic figures of the 20th century, a brilliant physicist who led the effort to build the atomic bomb but later confronted the moral consequences of scientific progress. When he proposed international controls over atomic materials, opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, and criticized plans for a nuclear war, his ideas were anathema to powerful advocates of a massive nuclear buildup during the anti-Communist hysteria of the early 1950s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A "Blast" from the Past

  • By Roy on 07-10-09

Fantastic. One that I will listen more than once.

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

Reviewed: 02-01-16

Would you listen to American Prometheus again? Why?

Absolutely. Its such an interesting story w/ so many unique intricacies.

What other book might you compare American Prometheus to and why?

This is the first biography I have read so I have nothing to compare it to. But something tells me I have spoiled myself by using this as an intro to the genre.

What does Jeff Cummings bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator has a "pep" in his speaking that makes the story sound lively and entertaining. He's not overly emotive or unnatural in his kadence. I honestly didn't think about the narration while listening because he was that good! He is what audiobooks should strive for.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

"Come in & join the madness."

Any additional comments?

Great story, great narration, it should be in every bio-lover's library.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 2016 Serial Killers True Crime Anthology

  • Annual Serial Killers Anthology, Book 3
  • By: RJ Parker, Peter Vronsky, Michael Newton, and others
  • Narrated by: Don Kline
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

The best of this year's true crime writing from master true crime authors RJ Parker, Peter Vronsky, JJ Slate, Sylvia Perrini, and Michael Newton, who give us nine new shocking case accounts of serial killers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator was awful, subject matter was lacking.

  • By Kait on 01-28-16

Narrator was awful, subject matter was lacking.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-16

Would you try another book from the authors and/or Don Kline?

If Don Kline is narrating, I am not buying.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I did not make it to the end, the narration was unbearable.

What didn’t you like about Don Kline’s performance?

Its like he has the inflection down perfectly, but doesn't understand how, when, & where to use it. I am actually familiar w/ this narrator as I have listened to the book's previous edition. I knew what to expect so it shouldn't have been difficult to adapt to his style of speaking.
SO WRONG.
It was HARDER. So much worse than Book 2 (2015).
I had difficulty following the story.
His inflection emphasized points that weren't there & deemphasized names, key phrases, punctuation, ect.
At one point, I had to double check to see if he had started a new chapter.. nope. still Chapter 1.

The narration made the story confusing, at times mistakenly irrelevant, & eventually useless. This doesn't even belong in the free "white noise" category, unless you enjoy being infuriated.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger at it's purpose, sadness that I purchased this, & disappointed to see great writing wasted on the narrator.

Any additional comments?

Unless someone can find a version NOT narrated by Don Kline, read it yourself.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 2015 Serial Killers True Crime Anthology: Volume 2

  • True Crimes Collection RJPP, Book 18
  • By: R. J. Parker, Peter Vronsky, Sylvia Perinni, and others
  • Narrated by: Don Kline
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Six true crime authors come together to present the second annual Serial Killers True Crime Anthology, which depicts 13 horrific cases of serial homicide told in detail. Each case will take the listener from the background of the serial killer to the crime scene, investigation, trial, and sentencing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, disappointing oration

  • By Morgan on 04-16-15

Great book, distracting narrator.

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

Reviewed: 01-27-16

What made the experience of listening to 2015 Serial Killers True Crime Anthology: Volume 2 the most enjoyable?

I loved that each chapter was a different individual, some longer than others. This made it intriguing to read, I was always looking forward to the next chapter.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 2015 Serial Killers True Crime Anthology: Volume 2?

Because each story was unique, there wasn't necessarily a single memorable moment. The book in its entirety was memorable.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Yes, the narrator was at times distracting. His kadence sounded.... like a bad...... William ...Shatner .. impression. Not to mention at really odd times. "Four hundred & sixty six..... dollars... or.... five hundred & thirty five... POUNDS." It was comical then annoying as it really distracts from the story. Also, his impressions of characters were at times inappropriate, specifically the woman yelling "oh my god" over & over. I thought it over-indulged.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful