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  • Nomadland

  • Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century
  • By: Jessica Bruder
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,057
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 958
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 958

From the beet fields of North Dakota to the wilderness campgrounds of California to an Amazon warehouse in Texas, people who once might have kicked back to enjoy their sunset years are hard at work. Underwater on mortgages or finding that Social Security comes up short, they're hitting the road in astonishing numbers, forming a new community of nomads: RV and van-dwelling migrant laborers, or "workampers".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful And Disturbing

  • By Sara on 06-14-18

Loved the story, hated the political agenda

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

This would have been an amazing book without the moralizing, self flagellation and condemnations of America. My eyes were opened and I genuinely grew to love the RTR and all the interviewees. However, I don't need or want to hear about privilege, the American castes or income inequality. America and capitalism offer equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome, which was never mentioned or acknowledged.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jurassic Park

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,892

Audie Award, Science Fiction, 2016. An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them - for a price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • CHAOS THEORY

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-30-16

So much better than the movie!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I am a Michael Crichton fan. I believe his writing is engrossing, and he does sufficient scientific research to make the story plausible. I really enjoyed all Jurassic Park movies, because dinosaurs capture the imagination, but the books can't be beat. The plot is richer, and the details are exquisitely added in. Scott Brick did a wonderful job narrating, as well.

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,795

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb in so many ways

  • By David on 01-19-14

A true story of survival and adventure!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

Ernest Shackleton is one of history's great survivalists. This study of his doomed Antarctic expedition sheds light on his leadership, moxie and sheer determination. It's a must read for all leaders, mariners, explorers and people who like to live life on the edges.

  • The Other Side of Beauty

  • Embracing God's Vision for Love and True Worth
  • By: Leah Darrow
  • Narrated by: Leah Darrow
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 70

Drawing on her experience on America's Next Top Model and her work as a fashion model, Leah Darrow exposes the lies we are told about our worth being tied to our appearance and instead invites us to look again at the real meaning of beauty. She shows how we can reclaim true and lasting beauty - the kind that doesn't depend on self-doubt, exploitation, or comparison - when we reflect God's glory and embrace our value as he made us to be: strong, brave, and free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read!

  • By Jjb on 03-05-18

Every woman should listen to this book!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

Leah understands and compassionately but directly addresses so many of the challenges that women struggle with. We all seek goodness, truth and beauty, and Leah shows us a path to true beauty. This book is deeply rooted in her Catholic faith, but even those who are not Catholic, Christian or who don't believe in God will connect to and learn from this wonderful work. Must buy!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,961
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57,816

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Decent story, decent reading

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

This book was a quick and entertaining listen, but it's nowhere near as good as The Martian. The protagonist is marginally likeable, although the background of the story is really interesting. The voice actor doesn't always keep the same accent or voice throughout. Enjoy it, but don't expect too much!

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,750

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Fascinating look into American subculture

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

I was drawn in by the stories and anecdotes shared by the author. The author did a great job of reading and lent even more credence to the tale.

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  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

  • By: Stephen Chbosky
  • Narrated by: Noah Galvin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,183

Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story

  • By FanB14 on 12-13-12

Superb Narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

Interesting story really well narrated. The narrator did an amazing job of getting into the character, and I truly believed he was the character.

  • God Is Not Great

  • How Religion Poisons Everything
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,080
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,015

In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ...Though Hitchens Is!

  • By Ben Capozzi on 11-13-11

Illogical

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

Reviewed: 03-11-17

If you enjoy listening to lists of correlations couched as causations, this is the book for you. If you enjoy listening to someone judge history through a modern day lense and condemn the actors based on hindsight, this is the book for you. If you enjoy listening to a long-winded diatribe against religion, this is the book for you.

If instead you'd hoped to hear logical and scientifically based reasoning refuting the existence of God, go elsewhere. This book will just be a waste of your time.

  • The Art of Asking

  • How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
  • By: Amanda Palmer, Brené Brown (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Amanda Palmer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,623

In The Art of Asking, Palmer expands upon her popular TED talk to reveal how ordinary people, those of us without thousands of Twitter followers and adoring fans, can use her principles in our own lives to "let people help".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reading it in your own voice would be missing out

  • By Tzachi on 10-16-15

Boring book well narrated

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

Amanda Palmer does a beautiful job of trying to bring her book to life. The addition of songs and her own brand of humor make this book nearly tolerable. However, the book itself is banal and dull, going on and on. I couldn't finish, though I attempted several times.

25 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,240

Everything we now know about the universe - from the behavior of quarks to the birth of galaxies - has come from people who've been willing to ponder the unanswerable. And with the advent of modern science, great minds have turned to testing and experimentation rather than mere thought as a way of grappling with some of the universe's most vexing dilemmas. So what is our latest picture of some of the most inexplicable features of the universe? What still remains to be uncovered and explored by today's scientists?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "The Universe is in us!"

  • By Kristi R. on 01-05-15

Interesting Topic, but too biased

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

Neil deGrasse Tyson does a good job of trying to explain complicated physics principles in ways that the layman can explain. However, I did not appreciate his constant anti-theistic attitude, which tainted every lecture with a negative attitude.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful