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  • Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 2

  • By: James M. McPherson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 894

James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of U.S. history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict. Abraham Lincoln wondered whether "in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government". And Jefferson Davis felt "forced to take up arms" to guarantee states' rights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a Pleasant Surprise

  • By Kenneth on 02-12-12

Excellent

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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: 09-23-18

Excellent in every way. Exceeds even the other Oxford histories of the United States. Bravo!

  • What Hath God Wrought

  • The Transformation of America, 1815 - 1848
  • By: Daniel Walker Howe
  • Narrated by: Patrick Cullen
  • Length: 32 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 666
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661

In this addition to the esteemed Oxford History of the United States series, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the period from the Battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era of revolutionary improvements in transportation and communications that accelerated America's expansion and prompted the rise of mass political parties.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic content, faulty narration

  • By Ary Shalizi on 04-12-11

Comprehensive and very interesting

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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: 09-11-18

very comprehensive and thorough overview of American history from 1812 to 1848. It filled in a lot of gaps in my knowledge of our past.

  • The Great Upheaval

  • America and the Birth of the Modern World, 1788-1800
  • By: Jay Winik
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 31 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

It is an era that redefined history. As the 1790s began, a fragile America teetered on the brink of oblivion, Russia towered as a vast imperial power, and France plunged into revolution. But in contrast to the way conventional histories tell it, none of these remarkable events occurred in isolation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was crazy addicted to this book.

  • By Daniel R McCloy on 12-06-17

Exceptional Good!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This book, all 31 hours is spellbinding and most revealing on a critical time in the evolution of democracy in the west. It covers revolutions in the United States and France, and the era of Catherine the Great. I learned very much from this very good book. Jan Winik makes history very accessible and Jonathon Davis is an exceptionally good narrator.

  • Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang

  • By: Chelsea Handler
  • Narrated by: Chelsea Handler
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914

Life doesn't get more hilarious than when Chelsea Handler takes aim with her irreverent wit. Who else would send all-staff emails to smoke out the dumbest people on her show? Now, in this new collection of original essays, the number-one best-selling author of Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea delivers one laugh-out-loud moment after another as she sets her sights on the ridiculous side of childhood, adulthood, and daughterhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious

  • By Stefanie on 05-19-14

Baf

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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: 03-20-18

Really, why write this empty drivel down? Couldnt get past first chapter, I like the author but this book is dull and pointless and not funny

  • 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 957
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 867
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 867

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

whiney, repetitive, preachy, story

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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-18

story about a bunch of shallow people who made lousy life choices and now have to work for Amazon. ahhh the tragedy... please don't waste your time with this didactic and shallow book

  • Enlightenment Now

  • The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,071

Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West but worldwide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We live in the best of all times

  • By Neuron on 02-25-18

Every Bit As good as Better Angels of Our Nature

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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: 02-14-18

I am not through this book yet, but 4 hour into the book today (2-13-2018) this book is every bit as good as Better Angels, which is my favorite non-fiction out of hundreds I have listened to on Audible. Authur Murray is the perfect narrator for this book as he was for Better Angels. This book will make you feel better about our world with solid facts provided to lay a foundation for this optimism.

51 of 62 people found this review helpful

  • Spoonbenders

  • A Novel
  • By: Daryl Gregory
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,182

Teddy Telemachus is a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand and some shady underground associates. In need of cash, he tricks his way into a classified government study about telekinesis and its possible role in intelligence gathering. There he meets Maureen McKinnon, and it's not just her piercing blue eyes that leave Teddy forever charmed but her mind - Maureen is a genuine psychic of immense and mysterious power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just the Right Amount of Everything!

  • By JILL CAVANAUGH on 07-02-17

tough book to get started with. kinda fun but far

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-17

kinda fun, but far from great. there are better book to pick from than this one.

  • The Rules Do Not Apply

  • A Memoir
  • By: Ariel Levy
  • Narrated by: Ariel Levy
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 577

A gorgeous, darkly humorous memoir for listeners of Cheryl Strayed about a woman overcoming dramatic loss and finding reinvention, based on this award-winning writer's New Yorker article "Thanksgiving in Mongolia".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Empathy

  • By meredith on 06-27-17

shallow, uninteresting, waste of time

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-13-17

This book promised much but delivered little. kinda like reading the Cliff Notes. I don't know why she botheredb to share this... no substance or lasting meaning found here.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Nix

  • A Novel
  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,383

It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - college professor, stalled writer - has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn't seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan Hill is an exceptional storyteller.

  • By Bonny on 09-13-16

one of the best!

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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: 06-29-17

this is an awesome book, satisfying on many levels. I want more like this one. Buy this book!

  • Everybody Lies

  • Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are
  • By: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, Steven Pinker - foreword
  • Narrated by: Tim Andres Pabon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,976
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,956

By the end of on average day in the early 21st century, human beings searching the Internet will amass eight trillion gigabytes of data. This staggering amount of information - unprecedented in history - can tell us a great deal about who we are - the fears, desires, and behaviors that drive us, and the conscious and unconscious decisions we make. From the profound to the mundane, we can gain astonishing knowledge about the human psyche that less than 20 years ago seemed unfathomable.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Might be worth it to get the book

  • By Laura L. Winger on 08-09-17

not good... shallow, unsatisfing Freakanononics'

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-17

not very satisfying. like Freakanononics without the stories or humor. a good Atlantic artcle but not a good book