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  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,147

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational yet Existential Crisis Inducing

  • By Celia on 05-31-16

Very moving

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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: 10-27-18

This book is a miracle in itself...that it was completed at all. It's a poignant true story with an amazing model of perseverance and courage. I'll be honest, about the last third of it or more was very personally difficult to listen to, because my sister was diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer and underwent chemo and radiation. It gave her 18 more months that we were able to treasure her earthly presence. On her last admission to the hospital, as the author of this book also experienced, she had pneumonia that complicated the determination of just what was going on. In my sister's case, her oncologist told her she had about four months IF she pulled through the pneumonia. That was three to six days before she died. It turned out that the worst of the problem was the advancing cancer, not the pneumonia. So, she was dealing, as I imagine this author was, with very inaccurate prognostication. Of course, when someone is battling with cancer, any prognostication is fairly futile, in my opinion (as a retired RN), because it can be wrong so far on either side of the spectrum. This story was so well told, and I imagine the reason it WAS so difficult to listen to was that it so accurately described the author's hopes and dreams, and all the years of work he had dedicated to see those fulfilled, and the devastating crumbling and eventual loss of those hopes. He was brutally honest about his feelings of loss as he grew closer to the end of his life. This is a great listen and can be helpful to family and friends of a loved one going through this experience, because it is so honestly told, nothing held back.

  • The Gulag Archipelago, Volume l

  • The Prison Industry and Perpetual Motion
  • By: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 26 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,297

In this masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn has orchestrated thousands of incidents and individual histories into one narrative of unflagging power and momentum. Written in a tone that encompasses Olympian wrath, bitter calm, savage irony, and sheer comedy, it combines history, autobiography, documentary, and political analysis as it examines in its totality the Soviet apparatus of repression from its inception following the October Revolution of 1917.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MUST READ

  • By Adam on 12-06-15

This horror took my breath away!

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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: 05-13-18

I had only to listen for an hour to be reminded in no uncertain terms how grateful I am to live in this wonderful, FREE country, with all it's flaws and governmental failings. For this appreciation, I think every high-school senior should be required to listen to this book and write a lengthy paper dealing with some element of the book that stood out as particularly meaningful to him.

  • 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 22,657
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,689
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20,595

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
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

Sorely needed

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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: 04-22-18

I loved listening to Mr. Comey narrating his own book, and for the powerful treatise it is on integroty, truth and leadership. . rather than just a "tell all" about his conversations with the President. Our country needs more leaders like him. Wish HE would run for President. ...on any party ticket. What a breath of fresh air THAT would be!

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  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,238

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Average 'Self Help' Book

  • By LadyReadsAlot on 06-04-18

So good I had to listen twice!

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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: 04-07-18

I enjoyed this book so much, with its rich wisdom, occasional humor, and perfectly narrated text that I felt compelled to start it over as soon as I finished it the first time. I'm sure I will listen to it many more times in the coming years. I will be sharing my recommendation to listen to it with all my Audible friends.

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  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,030

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Intriguing ending!!

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

Reviewed: 12-31-17

I loved it, but had some problems with the telling of this true story at times. At times it came across to me (only my opinion ) as the errors of a first time, and not super gifted, novel writer. You know that he's going to lose the girl. All the other losses would have been too much if it HAD been a novel. Sadly, this is a true story. The ending had me really puzzled, and I went to sleep not understanding. But this morning I THINK I get it. I'm wondering if others will feel the same way, or if everyone but me got it. I could see the humanity in Lyers. and expected Pino to actually become close to him. There were still a lot of ending surprises that added up finally. Would recommend this book!

  • Gumption

  • Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers
  • By: Nick Offerman
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,784

The star of Parks and Recreation and author of the New York Times best seller Paddle Your Own Canoe returns with a second book that humorously highlights 21 figures from our nation's history, from her inception to present day - Nick's personal pantheon of "great Americans".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was just ok

  • By Charlie Kapuscinski on 11-10-16

Nick Offerman is a gifted narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

I thought I would love this book because I listened to two of Mark Twain's works ( one of my favorite authors ever!) and thought he did a magnificent job of narrating them! Technically he did a marvelous job of narrating his own book, and the vocabulary and skill he shows as a writer are just impressive! I learned a lot more about him as a person as well, some of which I admired, and some I did not. And this criticism I'm sure he'd laugh off and perhaps have an interesting response for. I'm not a prude and my own communication can be a bit salty at times, but honesty or not, I wouldn't put it in a book. I think these stories could have been all the more inspirational without the frequent use of questionable language. Sorry, Nick, you write a great book. Wish you would have left out some of the verbage.

  • 36 Books That Changed the World

  • By: The Great Courses, Andrew R. Wilson, Brad S. Gregory, and others
  • Narrated by: Andrew R. Wilson, Brad S. Gregory, Charles Kimball, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 321

Certain works of literature, history, science, philosophy, political theory and religion offer powerful examples of how books can spark revolutions, birth great religions, spur scientific advancements, shape world economies, teach us new ways of thinking, and much more. And with this fascinating collection crafted from our extensive library of courses, you can now get a single course that represents 36 of our best lectures on literary works that changed the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • too many trees not enough forest

  • By Bay Area Girl on 10-11-14

Informing my new reading list

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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: 05-26-17

Interesting and extremely informative, this course will be my guide to reading most, if not all of the featured books discussed in this lecture series.

  • The Power Broker

  • Robert Moses and the Fall of New York
  • By: Robert A. Caro
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 66 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,837
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,641
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,652

Robert Caro's monumental book makes public what few outsiders have known: that Robert Moses was the single most powerful man of our time in the City and in the State of New York. And in telling the Moses story, Caro both opens up to an unprecedented degree the way in which politics really happens - the way things really get done in America's City Halls and Statehouses - and brings to light a bonanza of vital new information.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A spectacular history of New York City

  • By Paul on 01-01-13

What a surprise!

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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: 04-26-17

I had no clue who this man, Robert Moses, was or any idea what he'd done. A fascinating story! Well researched, well written and well narrated !

  • Just Passin' Thru

  • A Vintage Store, the Appalachian Trail, and a Cast of Unforgettable Characters
  • By: Winton Porter
  • Narrated by: Jones Allen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660

Like a well-crafted stage play, Just Passin' Thru delivers one suspenseful scene after another. But in this historic setting a store on the Appalachian Trail called Mountain Crossings the characters who show up are no fictional creations. Like any good drama, there are the good guys (and gals) and the weirdos, too. Some show up once (and that’s enough), and some appear again and again. But all are united by two things: the author’s story-capturing talent, and whatever it is that lures them to attempt (or conquer) a 2,200-mile path that climbs and plummets from Georgia to Maine.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well Worth it!

  • By Pamela M. on 11-13-14

4th time I've listened to it!

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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: 01-07-17

I love to listen to Winton's well-told stories and his laid-back style. I never get tired of hearing about the interesting characters that wandered through Mountain Crossings. I plan to hike the AT someday, and only wish that the Porters still owned the store/hostel. I would love to meet them.

  • Hillary's America

  • The Secret History of the Democratic Party
  • By: Dinesh D'Souza
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326

Dinesh D'Souza, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller America, is back with this darkly entertaining deconstruction of Hillary Clinton's flawed character and ideology. From her Alinskyite past to her hopes for America's progressive future, the presumptive Democratic nominee is revealed to be little more than a political gangster intent on controlling the nation's wealth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hillary's America

  • By customers coins on 08-29-18

What an eye opener!

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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: 11-18-16

Every American should read or listen to this book. The author has painstakingly researched every assertion and enlightens his readers/listeners with historically accurate information that puts the political activities of the past 200 years into clear perspective. It was a fascinating book!

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