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  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,677

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Voters and Especially Non Voters Should Read This

  • By Ila in Maine on 09-15-18

unique perspective

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

So I binge listened today. Wow.
I have read many books about this administration. This one is unique, as it doesn't focus on the social stuff, the catty stuff. No, this one lives up to it's title, because this deals with scary stuff. perhaps pathological stuff. The collision of a spoiled brat, ignorance, & power.
If you are looking to learn dirt about Kellyanne or Omarosa, this is not your book. If you want to learn about the day to day impact this has on our government, on the folks who make it happen--well, this is it. Other books are like reading the Enquirer. This is a bit more like Caine Mutiny.

149 of 200 people found this review helpful

  • Unhinged

  • An Insider's Account of the Trump White House
  • By: Omarosa Manigault Newman
  • Narrated by: Omarosa Manigault Newman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,268

Few have been a member of Donald Trump’s inner orbit longer than Omarosa Manigault Newman. Their relationship has spanned 15 years - through four television shows, a presidential campaign, and a year by his side in the most chaotic, outrageous White House in history. But that relationship has come to a decisive and definitive end, and Omarosa is finally ready to share her side of the story in this explosive, jaw-dropping account.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Take if for what it's worth...

  • By Clay on 08-14-18

hmmmm.....

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

a few observations.
1. Her vocal impression of Trump should never have made it past the editor. It was just plain awful.

2. In spite of her attempt to have us believe she was planning on leaving, seems awful convenient that 1st we hear that Omarosa has all of these epiphanies, is after she is fired & needs to cash in.

3. Though a tad more humble than usual, she failed to own much of her own bad behavior.

4. The author is many things. dumb isn't one of them. She knew from the get-go what Trump was about and she looked aside. She wants to be the she-ro with her clandestine recordings, etc. She is not. She duped a lot of people into supporting a man she knew to be corrupt. She championed the corruption & exacerbated it.

5. it was a worthy attempt to save face, but in the end...its still all about herself. I wouldn't be surprised if this wasn't a planned effort w/Trump to validate medical cause for him to bow out.


49 of 60 people found this review helpful

  • The Unremembered Girl

  • By: Eliza Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,041

In the deep woods of East Texas, Henry supports his family by selling bootleg liquor. It's all he can do to keep his compassionate but ailing mother and his stepfather - a fanatical grassroots minister with a bruising rhetoric - from ruin. But they have no idea they've become the obsession of the girl in the woods. Andoned and nearly feral, Eve has been watching them, seduced by the notion of family - something she's known only in the most brutal sense. Soon she can't resist the temptation to get close.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Simpsons on 11-14-17

how did this get published?

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

I generally do not leave scathing reviews, but this is 10 hrs. & 24+ min. of my life lost to a very unbelievable tale.
It seemed as if the author wanted to take on some of life's more challenging social ills and roll them all into one, throwing in the kitchen sink. Feral girl, dysfunctional family
, emotional abuse, human trafficking, post partum depression, corrupt cops, henpecked kid, drunken stepdad, infertility & IVF, etc. etc. etc.
Add the schmaltzy prose, and the outrageous trick ending....ack! enough to gag a maggot.

The author does a grave disservice to each challenge, by throwing them all in together.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Working Fire

  • By: Emily Bleeker
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 931
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 812
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 806

Ellie Brown thought she'd finally escaped her stifling hometown of Broadlands, Illinois; med school was supposed to be her ticket out. But when her father has a stroke, she must return home to share his care with her older sister, Amelia, who's busy with her own family. Working as a paramedic, Ellie's days are monotonous, driving an ambulance through streets she'd hoped never to see again.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not recommended.

  • By Elise Daniel on 09-08-17

that's 10:43:23 I wish i had back

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

argh. It started out ok, but soon became clear why this was on the bargain rack.
Its seems the author saved all the cliches collected in therapy, and attributed these epiphanies to the characters.
(when one character, (w/life in peril), mused that fire isn't always a bad thing... sometimes fire is needed to stimulate growth--well, it was enough to gag a maggot)
When the faux wonderful narcissist wanted to flee to Cuba--it made me realize that watching politics on endless loop would be far less painful.
I'm so glad that this was a cheapie. Otherwise, it surely would have been a wasted credit.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Beautiful Poison

  • By: Lydia Kang
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 807

Just beyond the Gilded Age, in the mist-covered streets of New York, the deadly Spanish influenza ripples through the city. But with so many victims in her close circle, young socialite Allene questions if the flu is really to blame. All appear to have been poisoned - and every death was accompanied by a mysterious note.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It had potential, but faltered in execution

  • By Constance Jenkins on 01-14-18

hardy boys meets the olden days

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

ugh! this was so far fetched, so stupidly silly. Harriet the spy plays old timey chemist w/ precocious mortician and clock painting, glow in the dark, but Hey, I'm not quite a hooker
painful. I feel dumber

  • The Secrets of My Life

  • A History
  • By: Caitlyn Jenner
  • Narrated by: Caitlyn Jenner - exclusive introduction, Erin Bennett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 701
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 632

The book will cover Caitlyn Jenner's childhood as Bruce Jenner and rise to fame as a gold-medal-winning Olympic decathlete; her marriages and her relationships with her children; her transition; and her experience as the world's most famous transgender woman.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Let down

  • By prettyinparadise on 06-10-17

hmmmm

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

I was looking forward to learning more about the story splashed about the tabloids. I was welcoming of anything the author might share to help me and others understand her unique challenge. Perhaps it was the "co authoring" that screwed me up. The story held my attention. Of course, a person would have epiphanies along the way. However, many of those shared seem embellished with the verbiage of a movement the author was unfamiliar with at the time. it seemed far fetched, and sometimes pontificating. I imagine that much of her personal struggle will be with developing social skills and the capacity for empathy beyond her own tremendous journey to become who she believes she was intended to be. For me, (and this is not intended to be snarky), the public personality of Bruce seemed self centered, self righteous, and put upon. As Caitlyn, those traits are amplified and very ugly. it is my hope that as she develops into her new persona, that she can gain a more wholly developed personality. I imagine every day is both a relief and a challenge. I congratulate her for sharing the story, but do not recommend this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Truth About Trump

  • By: Michael D'Antonio
  • Narrated by: Eric Pollins
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Drawing upon exclusive interviews and exhaustive research, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Michael D'Antonio presents Trump's full story, from his beginnings as a businessman to his juggernaut presidential campaign. Along the way, D'Antonio charts the successes and failures, scandals and triumphs, and relentless pursuit of money and fame that have made Trump who he is today. D'Antonio also details the origins of the Trump family fortune, Trump's history of using politics to get ahead, and how he has mastered the media to turn publicity into power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great insight into the man

  • By Gregory E Benoit on 04-17-16

an apologist perspective

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

ugh! I wish I would've listened to the last chapter first, as it would have spared me alot of wonder. the author describes the subject's behavior then seems to try to justify it with surface psycho babble, that seems apologetic. having read countless books and articles on the subject, it was just too much. actually, in light of the subjects most recent behavior, it was enough to gag a maggot. ack.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • I Can't Make This Up

  • Life Lessons
  • By: Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,467
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,625

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audiobook I Ever Listened To

  • By Sam Clear on 07-13-17

a tale intended for audio!

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

having the author narrate the story made it such an enjoyable experience! he broke the invisible wall-to-wall was like he was following me around the house-the endless teller of tales you want to hear.

  • Superficial

  • More Adventures from the Andy Cohen Diaries
  • By: Andy Cohen
  • Narrated by: Andy Cohen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,180

Hopping from the Hamptons to the Manhattan dating world, the dog park to the red carpet, Cardinals superfan and mama's boy Andy Cohen, with Wacha in tow, is the kind of star fans are dying to be friends with. This book gives them that chance. If The Andy Cohen Diaries was deemed "the literary equivalent of a Fresca and tequila" by Jimmy Fallon, Superficial is a double: dishier, juicier, and friskier. In this account of his escapades, Andy tells us not only what goes down but exactly what he thinks.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Was so excited but disappointed

  • By Lauren on 11-26-16

superficial indeed

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

did I really buy this?
yes, you did. Meh.
nothing much new beyond what is already out there--except for his bathrooming habits, which I could've lived quite nicely without that knowledge. the title does not lie.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,817
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,691
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,549

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was reading this when the allegations against Franken came out

  • By Fruitsalad200 on 12-10-17

refreshingly real

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

in the highly charged, contemporary political arena, what a great opportunity to understand the challenges & triumphs of someone brave enough to lead. it was truly refreshing to be able to laugh with the author/narrator, and to understand/appreciate recent history differently. highly recommend!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful