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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 19,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,090

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

Mixed feelings

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I love Woodward and his sterling career and dedication. But I have mixed feelings about this book which I found repetitive and one-note and oddly missing anything I hadn’t already heard from The Trump Show. I’m puzzled about his intentions and even whether he planned the book as a backhand compliment to Trump’s resilience.

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,314

It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I took a chance.

  • By Robert on 08-20-11

Haunting, Original, Provocative

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

This has got to be one of the best stories I've read in years about the power of stories, storytelling, and reading. No movie could do justice to it. You've just got to read it!

  • Hook's Tale

  • Being the Account of an Unjustly Villainized Pirate Written by Himself
  • By: John Leonard Pielmeier
  • Narrated by: John Leonard Pielmeier
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Long defamed as a vicious pirate, Captain James Cook (a.k.a Hook) was in fact a dazzling wordsmith who left behind a vibrant, wildly entertaining, and entirely truthful memoir. His chronicle offers a counter narrative to the works of J.M. Barrie, a "dour Scotsman" whose spurious accounts got it all wrong. Now, award-winning playwright John Pielmeier is proud to present this crucial historic artifact in its entirety for the first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story and very well read.

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-19-18

Witty, Funny, Clever and All Good

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

What a wonderful retelling of the classic, but from Hook's point of view. It turns out Peter Pan isn't all he was cracked up to be. Riveting, brilliant, not to be put down!

  • My Brilliant Friend

  • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
  • By: Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,077
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,453
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,445

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Parte Uno Dei Quattro--It's Worth it to Keep Goin'

  • By W Perry Hall on 09-14-16

Meeting a great author

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

Reviewed: 06-08-16

What an absolute delight to meet an author with such an easily involving style and nostalgic depth of human perception. I feel that I already know much about NAples and can't wait to read another by her.

  • Primates of Park Avenue

  • Adventures Inside the Secret Sisterhood of Manhattan Moms
  • By: Wednesday Martin Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 884
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 788
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 784

Like an urban Dian Fossey, Wednesday Martin decodes the primate social behaviors of Upper East Side mothers in a brilliantly original and witty memoir about her adventures assimilating into that most secretive and elite tribe. After marrying a man from the Upper East Side and moving to the neighborhood, Wednesday Martin struggled to fit in. Drawing on her background in anthropology and primatology, she tried looking at her new world through that lens, and suddenly things fell into place.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lord, Someone Help These People

  • By Elizabeth on 06-04-15

ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE UPPER EAST SIDE

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. It's gripping and insightful, and hilarious.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Primates of Park Avenue?

When a new UES (Upper East Side mom can't get any of the other moms to say hello to her as she delivers her kid to preschool.

Have you listened to any of Madeleine Maby’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh a lot.

Any additional comments?

As someone who lives in the neighborhood off and on, I found the field-description of the UES absolutely accurate and riveting, and recommend it to anyone who's curious about it.

  • Leonardo's Brain

  • Understanding da Vinci's Creative Genius
  • By: Leonard Shlain
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 672

Bestselling author Leonard Shlain explores the life, art, and mind of Leonardo da Vinci, seeking to explain his singularity by looking at his achievements in art, science, psychology, and military strategy (yes), and then employing state of the art left-right brain scientific research to explain his universal genius. Shlain shows that no other person in human history has excelled in so many different areas as Da Vinci and he peels back the layers to explore the how and the why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Varied Approach with Surprising Results

  • By Nick Ingrassellino on 06-02-15

PROFOUNDLY INSIGHTFUL AND PERSPECTIVE-CHANGING

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

What did you love best about Leonardo's Brain?

I loved how the author dissected the brain of our greatest genius without going near it, just from its works and statements.

What other book might you compare Leonardo's Brain to and why?

Stephen Hawking's A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME, though this book is more accessible.

Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

NO.

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

No. Actually i wanted to (and did) listen to several chapters more than once.

Any additional comments?

Anyone interested in humanity's relationship with the universe should hear this book!

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,813

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I both love and hate this life changing book

  • By Rebecca on 02-22-15

TIDINESS ROCKS

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

What made the experience of listening to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up the most enjoyable?

The narrator's voice was the perfect embodiment of the tidy advice we were hearing.

What other book might you compare The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up to and why?

The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola.

Have you listened to any of Emily Woo Zeller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me feel good.

Any additional comments?

Everyone should read this book to put in perspective his relationship with "things." "Things," wrote Emerson, "are in the saddle and ride mankind." But not if you're adopted the perspective offered by this book!

  • Primary Colors

  • By: Anonymous
  • Narrated by: Peter Francis James
  • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Primary Colors offers a richly detailed look at life on the political stump. As former congressional aide Henry Burton is dazzled and lured into presidential hopeful Jack Stanton's fledgling campaign, he becomes a cog in Stanton's unstoppable political machine. Burton illuminates, through his actions and observations, the sometimes seamy, sometimes steamy and sometimes surprisingly noble ascent to the presidency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Changed my life

  • By Roswatheist on 03-13-13

DISAPPOINTING FROM THIS DISTANCE

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would change when I read/heard it. It'd have been better during the Clinton years than it now seems.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have made the candidates' shennanigans even more outrageous.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Francis James?

Someone whose voice had more narrative authority.

Could you see Primary Colors being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I think this has happened already.

Any additional comments?

A compelling, but not surprising, glimpse behind the scenes in a Presidential campaign.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,092
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116,965

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

IMAGINATIVE AND COMPELLING

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl on the Train to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version so I can't comment.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It kept me engrossed, though not on the edge of my seat.

Which scene was your favorite?

The final scene.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Rachel trying to justify her alcoholism.

Any additional comments?

Hugely imaginative story about the intricate relationships among random people.

  • Means of Ascent

  • The Years of Lyndon Johnson
  • By: Robert A. Caro
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 22 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,336
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,195
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,197

Robert A. Caro's life of Lyndon Johnson continues - one of the richest, most intensive, and most revealing examinations ever undertaken of an American President. The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer/historian carries Johnson through his service in World War II and the foundation of his long-concealed fortune and the facts behind the myths he created about it. But the explosive heart of the book is Caro's revelation of the true story of the fiercely contested 1948 senatorial election.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "If You Do Everything, You'll Win"

  • By Abdur Abdul-Malik on 12-29-13

Masterful Investigative History

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

Reviewed: 06-21-14

What did you love best about Means of Ascent?

I liked the sheer honesty of it, the detailed integrity of the reporting, and the courage to follow heroic tangents like the extensive, reverential treatment of Coke R. Stevenson, Johnson's opponent the notorious 1948 Senate race.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Without question, it's Mr. Caro's focus on completeness, of telling the whole story of this tragic flawed hero of American politics, warts and all--leading us to reexamine what it is exactly we want in a leader.

What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

Its compelling authority and intelligent pacing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Probably the moment when Johnson, in an interview with an antagonistic biographer, produced the photo of (Ballot) Box 13, that had "mysteriously disappeared"--almost as though he glorified in being a rogue.

Any additional comments?

Must read!

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