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  • The Path to Power

  • The Years of Lyndon Johnson
  • By: Robert A. Caro
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 40 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,619
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,482
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,479

This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy, and ambition that set LBJ apart. It follows him from the Hill Country to New Deal Washington, from his boyhood through the years of the Depression to his debut as Congressman, his heartbreaking defeat in his first race for the Senate, and his attainment, nonetheless, at age 31, of the national power for which he hungered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just fantastic...

  • By Casper Paludan on 07-30-14

Fascinating

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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: 12-05-18

In the past, I'd seen this series and always thought to myself, "I'm just not that interested in Lyndon Johnson." Now that I know how interesting this book is, what a fascinating narration of recent U.S. history it is, I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series. I found Grover Gardner to be the perfect narrator for this content. Highly recommended.

  • Irresistible

  • The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
  • By: Adam Alter
  • Narrated by: Adam Alter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679

Welcome to the age of behavioral addiction - an age in which half of the American population is addicted to at least one behavior. We obsess over our emails, Instagram likes, and Facebook feeds; we binge on TV episodes and YouTube videos; we work longer hours each year; and we spend an average of three hours each day using our smartphones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing

  • By Natalie A. Schaffer on 04-27-17

Thought-provoking

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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: 12-01-18

Very interesting book that illuminates the dark side of technology. As I listened, I thought about how I use technology and some ways I should change my approach. Although I initially borrowed this audiobook from Scribd, I've since purchased it so I can listen again. Highly recommended.

  • Make Me No Grave

  • By: Hayley Stone
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Almena Guillory, better known as the Grizzly Queen of the West, has plenty to recommend her for the noose, but US Marshal Apostle Richardson enforces the law, he doesn't decide it. When a posse tries to lynch Almena ahead of her trial, Apostle refuses their form of expedited justice - and receives a bullet for his trouble. Before escaping, however, Almena unexpectedly saves his life by absorbing his wound through the use of dangerous flesh magic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book of the year... Easy.

  • By Willis Burns on 11-20-18

Enveloping

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

Disclosure: I received this book as part of a promotion.

I'm not generally a fan of the Western genre but thought this might be a good listen, and it was! It's a suspenseful Western, although not as dark as a Cormac McCarthy story. Oliver Wyman's narration is spot on and makes this audiobook even more enveloping. I'd listen again, it was that entertaining. Recommended.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Mayflower Project: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller

  • Deconstruction, Book 2
  • By: Rashad Freeman
  • Narrated by: Stephen Sanders
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

The world is falling apart, and only Max Neilman knows why. Max lives two lives. In one, he's an unassuming climatologist for NOAA. In the other, he runs a secret government project that only a handful of people know exist. He's been burning the candle at both ends for years, but now his paper life is about to come crumbling down with the rest of the world. After a rough week of work, Max and his girlfriend Cindy, decide to burn off some steam and head out for a night in the city with two friends. Their little party turns into a cyclone of chaos when Max's worst nightmares become reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Edge of your seat thriller!

  • By S Jones on 11-28-18

Riveting

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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: 11-21-18

Disclosure: I received this book for free as part of a promotion.

I enjoyed Deconstruction. I went along for the ride in a world turned upside down, wallowing in the uncertainty and seeking to survive. Stephen Sander's narration was excellent and enhanced the story.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,335
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,382
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,305

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Inspiring

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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: 11-19-18

*When they go low, we go high.* This book is a breath of fresh air in the current environment of fake news, government officials enriching themselves at taxpayer expense and seeming moral decay.

*I'm an ordinary person who found herself on an extraordinary journey.* Michelle Obama describes her life, including being a politician's wife and first lady. She strikes me as an introvert, worn out by the constant attention (and often, criticism) inherent in political life -- she didn't want the fame and attention Barack's presidency brought. And she's candid about her life choices, including choosing to become a lawyer and then regretting it. She recounts trying to escape the White House. If I were in a situation where my movements were limited, I too can imagine trying to escape.

I didn't know much about Michelle Obama before this book, but now she's someone I respect and would like to meet someday. I listened to the audiobook. It was narrated by the author and enhanced the already wonderful experience of this book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Red and the Blue

  • The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism
  • By: Steve Kornacki
  • Narrated by: Steve Kornacki, Ron Butler
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

In The Red and the Blue, cable news star and acclaimed journalist Steve Kornacki follows the twin paths of Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich, two larger-than-life politicians who exploited the weakened structure of their respective parties to attain the highest offices. For Clinton, that meant contorting himself around the various factions of the Democratic party to win the presidency. Gingrich employed a scorched-earth strategy to upend the permanent Republican minority in the House, making him speaker.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and informative

  • By Karen on 10-10-18

Interesting and informative

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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: 10-10-18

This is a fascinating read, and it felt especially timely during the recent Kavanaugh hearings.

Kornacki describes events in the 80's and 90's as having led to the political impasses we're currently experiencing in the U.S. He especially calls out Newt Gingrich as contributing to our current political environment, although Gingrich certainly isn't alone. (Personally, I thought Gingrich's use of C-Span to obtain greater visibility was ingenious.) I found The Red and The Blue to be well-narrated and worthwhile. Kornacki describes the past but I'd also be interested in how he thinks we can heal our current political divide... perhaps that will be his next book. Highly recommended.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • God, If You're Not up There, I'm F*cked

  • Tales of Stand-up, Saturday Night Live, and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem
  • By: Darrell Hammond
  • Narrated by: Darrell Hammond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

Tina Fey’s Bossypants meets David Carr’s The Night of the Gun in Darrell Hammond's groundbreaking memoir, God, If You’re Not up There, I’m F*cked - a raw look inside the troubled life and mind of an American comic genius.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A "must listen" for Hammond fans

  • By Karen on 08-12-18

A "must listen" for Hammond fans

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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: 08-12-18

A few years ago, I started reading "God, If You're Not There" on my Kindle. I abandoned it after a few pages, shocked by the dissonance between my image of Darrell Hammond and the reality. (Naive, I know.) Last week, when Audible released the audiobook narrated by the author, I decided to give this book another try. I'm glad I did.

"God, If You're Not There" is about Darrell Hammond's life, both the highs and the lows. He describes his struggle with mental illness, addiction, and abuse at the hands of his parents... that's difficult to listen to (and must have been difficult to narrate). But he also describes his career and includes several of his wonderful comedic impressions. He recounts his experiences from Saturday Night Live (which I absolutely loved, as an SNL fan), and notes that he refers fans to s Washington Post article in response to "Why aren't you playing Donald Trump anymore?"

The book also describes Hammond's recovery from addiction and finding peace. For me, this was the most satisfying part of the book. A very interesting audiobook by and about this talented comedian. Highly recommended!

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 101,338
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 93,874
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 93,437

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I started with very high expectations, got bored multiple times during the story

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-16-18

Among the very best audiobooks

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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: 11-27-16

One of the best audiobooks I've ever heard. Trevor Noah is smart and literate -- that I knew from watching him host The Daily Show. What I didn't know about was his upbringing in South Africa under Apartheid and his wonderful mother. Spare nearly nine hours to hear Mr Noah tell his story (he narrates the audiobook)... it's time well spent. Highly recommended.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Like Switch

  • An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Influencing, Attracting, and Winning People Over
  • By: Jack Schafer PhD, Ph.D. Marvin Karlins Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,073
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,858

The Like Switch is packed with all the tools you need for turning strangers into friends, whether you are on a sales call, a first date, or a job interview. As a Special Agent for the FBI's National Security Division's Behavioral Analysis Program, Dr. Jack Schafer developed dynamic and breakthrough strategies for profiling terrorists and detecting deception. Now, Dr. Schafer has evolved his proven-on-the-battlefield tactics for the day-to-day, but no less critical battle of getting people to like you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended

  • By Billy G. Gruff on 05-14-16

Very informative

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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: 02-20-16

This audiobook is MUCH more interesting than one might think at first glance... the author, an FBI field agent, describes how to use and interpret verbal cues and body language for more effective communication. From start to finish, a great listen. I found so many wonderful tips that I've already begun applying in my business and personal communication. Highly recommended.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sit Like a Buddha

  • A Pocket Guide to Meditation
  • By: Lodro Rinzler
  • Narrated by: Lodro Rinzler
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

Believe what you've heard about meditation: it'll focus your mind, open your heart, and sometimes surprise you with insight. And it's not complicated to learn. In fact, everything you need to get started is contained in this audiobook. Lodro Rinzler begins by challenging you to ask yourself why you want to meditate in the first place. (Good news: there's no wrong answer!)

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Light and inspiring

  • By GC Fourie on 04-22-15

A wonderful meditation primer!

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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: 01-03-16

This is an excellent book for folks beginning a meditation practice or those wanting support for their existing practice. Lodro Rinzler has a wonderful approach to making meditation accessible, describing how to get started and reinforce it as a healthy activity. He also describes the types of things one might experience during meditation, and how to put them into perspective.

I highly recommend this audiobook. It's narrated by the author and truly feels like Mr. Rinzler is providing supportive, side-by-side coaching.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful