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  • The Secret History

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,003
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,439
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,437

The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive

  • By Ann on 03-06-11

A masterpiece.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-18

I hardly ever leave a review. Too lazy. But this book deserves accolades in spades. Donna Tartt is a true artist. I listened to this book three times in a row, just trying to figure out how she weaved this story together so seamlessly. I may even love this sotry more than the Goldfinch, and that's saying a lot. Her performance of the work is also brilliant. Highly recommend this to both readers and writers.

  • Running for Beginners

  • Teach Me Everything I Need to Know About Running in 30 Minutes
  • By: 30 Minute Reads
  • Narrated by: David K. Aycock
  • Length: 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 15

Running may seem simple, but you will find that it isn't if you want to do so safely and with the proper technique. There are various ways that you can run, and it can be competitively or for fun. There are many ways that you can reduce your risk of injury with running as well, and this audiobook will teach you how.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Actually....

  • By Cora Judd on 11-13-18

Actually....

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Actually, "actually" appears an actual one or more times per paragraph. it actually means that your actual experience of listening is actually annoying. Also, some editor should actually have known that actually stating the most obvious points is actually discouraging for novice, information-seeking, actual runners. Actually, I'm surprised that the actual process of vetting audio books actually failed to claw this one back.

  • Blue Heaven

  • By: C. J. Box
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599

A 12-year-old girl and her younger brother go on the run in the woods of northern Idaho, pursued by four men they have just watched commit murder - four men who know exactly who the children are, and where their desperate mother is waiting patiently by the phone for news of her children's fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Mystery

  • By Holly Helscher on 04-08-09

couldn't finish

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

Guns, bad cops, more guns, a beautiful helpless woman, other guns and murders. Good narrative if you like this sort of thing but I bailed out at chapter 16.

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,127
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,114
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,020

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, fairly bi-partisan if you're into that.

  • By Alex Fuller on 12-11-18

I Was Skeptical Of Comey's Motivations

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-18

I was skeptical of Comey's motivations prior to reading this book. I was confused about certain points in his timeline and curious about the events that occurred between these and other events that we already know happened. I was also curious to know if ego or a quest for power or the spotlight played a role in Comey's decisions. After having read this, I believe he acted honorably and for the long-term welfare of our country and the cause of justice. And now that the Republicans have forced his memos to be made public, I feel that his and the FBI's integrity remain interact. It's been more than a year of being utterly mystified as the parade of Republicans ingratiate themselves to president Trump and repeatedly fail to speak truth to his face. It was wonderfully gratifying to read Comey's account of the conversation with President Trump --when Trump equated American government and leadership with Vladimir Putin's -- and Trump was interrupted and corrected by Comey as he defended America and Americans. For this moment as much as any other I also say, "Lordy, I hope there are tapes!".

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Russian Roulette

  • By: David Corn, Michael Isikoff
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,830

The incredible, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the US election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a sleeper with critically important info

  • By luvdata on 05-07-18

CHILLING

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

I've finished this book just days after Trump has fired Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, adding to the chronic chaos of this Administration. The ending is a disturbing, disorienting shock, not for any specific information (it's fairly well known by now, at least generally, what's been going on) but it feels that the authors simply stopped typing in the middle of recording this American horror story and declared, "The end".
Many new insights. I appreciate Obama's dilemma a bit more but wish, with this new perspective, that he had not done so much\so little to protect Americans from forming the wrong conclusion about his intentions. For someone so intent on creating a historical legacy, it appears that Obama vacillated because , in the end, he didn't trust history to sort out the truth.
This will be a good book to return to from time to time as indictments and convictions and Russian poisonings and accrue.

83 of 103 people found this review helpful

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35,287
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,004
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,854

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

A wild, inspiring read!

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

Tara Westover states up front that hers is not a book about Mormonism, (and it mostly isn't). However, I read it as an Ex-mormon and it resonates broadly and deeply.

The author captured so well a family and culture where forgiveness is a prerequisite, no matter what will be done to you, and where love is weird; an ongoing transaction or a method of control or a weapon, but rarely simple acceptance. (And where a girl's/woman's worth is measured in how well she hides her body and mind)!

Especially gripping reading are Westover's accounts of back-breaking, dangerous work that couldn't be refused - even as a child. Maddeningly, her sense of self-preservation at key events is nearly always muted by the demands of obedience to the patriarchy. Even her youthful journals protected the "honor" of certain men in her family, giving barely a hint of her reality.

Readers may be incensed on behalf of the author's young self at how her childhood is erased here and there. The family lore is re-shaped to suit the better (more righteous) story -- a big enough problem that, years later, family members don't seem to trust their own or each other's memories.

All stars on all aspects and highly recommended for readers who enjoy impossible, courageous journeys!

  • The $100 Startup

  • Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
  • By: Chris Guillebeau
  • Narrated by: Chris Guillebeau, Thomas Vincent Kelly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,580
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,251

Still in his early 30s, Chris is on the verge of completing a tour of every country on earth – he’s already visited more than 175 nations - and yet he’s never held a “real job” or earned a regular paycheck. Rather, he has a special genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give back. In The $100 Startup, he tells you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose - and earn a good living.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just love this book!

  • By Elton on 12-15-12

Relevant and clarifying information

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

Reviewed: 01-15-18

A handy easy to listen to guide book of streamlined information and encouragement. I ended the book feeling like my business idea is totally doable and my fears are smaller than I imagine them to be.

  • Fire and Fury

  • Inside the Trump White House
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,926

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as credible as one would like.

  • By Jerry R. Nokes Jr. on 01-29-18

Confirms that I haven't been hallucinating

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

Non-stop stop listening to this page turner to the end. As a political junkie I'm intrigued by politics in DC in general and White House politics specifically. Like most, I'm profoundly baffled by the Trump Presidency and whatever conversations and maneuverings must have preceded each new outlandish event. This account, by its very existence, (that Wolff so casually acquired such an extraordinary level of access and information) shows that the protocols in place to preserve the dignity and integrity of the Presidency and the political process are completely unknown, disregarded, or disrespected. The narration was very good but mis-stressed certain idioms and terms that confused for a moment. Overall, it's dark and disheartening. I wish it had been leavened here and there with a few moments of humor or grace that Wolff must certainly have heard or witnessed. I hope the fact that this is public gives the public a better lens for interpreting the motives of Trump and his people, and precludes any future in politics for Steve Bannon and his apocalyptic wet dreams.

11 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Women Who Run with the Wolves

  • Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
  • By: Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • Narrated by: Clarissa Pinkola Estes
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,469

Drawing from her work as a psychoanalyst and cantadora (keeper of old stories), Dr. Estes uses myths and folktales to illustrate how societies systematically strip away the feminine spirit. Through an exploration into the nature of the wild woman archetype, Dr. Estes helps listeners rediscover and free their own wild nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Guess I know what "Abridged" means now....

  • By Katherine on 09-26-13

A game changer for women

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

Reviewed: 07-21-17

After years of stifled creativity and a somewhat tortured struggle with my desires, this book began to reawaken and strengthen the true voice of my soul. A must read for every woman, no matter her age.

0 of 1 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 109,460
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101,382
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 100,897

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
  • On and On and On and On

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-15-17

A serious fan before reading, now in awe of Noah

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

Reviewed: 12-28-16

I highly recommend this for the reader who needs hard information, a perceptive wit, good writing, and the drama of life all in the same yarn.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful