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  • The Second Mountain

  • How People Move from the Prison of Self to the Joy of Commitment
  • By: David Brooks
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

Author David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity and beauty of dependence. He gathers their wisdom on how to choose a partner, how to pick a vocation, how to live out a philosophy, and how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pursue meaning, reject hyper-individualism

  • By Adam Shields on 05-07-19

Nightstand necessity.

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

Reviewed: 05-22-19

Love, love, love this book. The message is so timely and true. We really have to regain our sense of community for our society to survive these crazy times. Excellent work Mr. Brooks.

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  • Golden Child

  • A Novel
  • By: Claire Adam
  • Narrated by: Obi Abili
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

Clyde works long, exhausting shifts at the petroleum plant in southern Trinidad; Joy, his wife, looks after the home. Their two 13-year-old sons wake early every morning to travel to the capital for school. They are twins but nothing alike: Paul has always been considered odd, while Peter is widely believed to be a genius, destined for greatness. When Paul goes walking in the bush one afternoon and doesn't come home, Clyde is forced to go looking for him. And as the hours turn to days, his world shatters - leaving him faced with a decision no parent should ever have to make.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • moving story

  • By PJBlack on 02-07-19

Enjoyed this!

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

Good read. Stirred memories of my childhood in Trinidad. I am looking forward to more from this writer. Sounds like a part two will follow.

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,522

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

A Must Read.

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

A very inspirational story on surviving one's circumstances, the power of love and great understanding of another side of America.

  • The Warmth of Other Suns

  • The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
  • By: Isabel Wilkerson
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles, Ken Burns (introduction)
  • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,790
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,260

In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the most amazing books I have ever read!

  • By Ernest on 04-09-12

Loved this book.

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

For anyone interested in getting an understanding of the Black American experience this is a must read. Gives one a true perspective on today's news.

  • On Tyranny

  • Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
  • By: Timothy Snyder
  • Narrated by: Timothy Snyder
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,614

The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the 20th century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • History does not repeat, but it does instruct.

  • By Darwin8u on 11-19-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

What made the experience of listening to On Tyranny the most enjoyable?

This is an excellent look into what we are experiencing right now. Great recommendation from Rachel Maddow.

  • 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 122,868
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 113,670
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 113,127

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just another celebrity boasting about being poor

  • By Václav Novák on 05-07-19

Excellent.

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

Reviewed: 04-17-17

Would you listen to Born a Crime again? Why?

Yes . I would listen to Born a Crime again. It is an inspirational and educational view at the life of someone that never gave in to all of the hurdles life presented him. A story of determination, faith and the strength of a mother's love.

Who was your favorite character and why?

His mom. She is an inspiration. A testament to faith, focus and belief.

What about Trevor Noah’s performance did you like?

The humor he injected in the narration gave life to the story.

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

It made me laugh at times during his escapades as an entrepreneur, as well as cry at his mom's dedication to her abuser.

Any additional comments?

This story highlights the misoygny that exists in the African culture even though the women are the backbone of society.

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  • 10% Happier

  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,779

After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspired me to restart my meditation practice

  • By Julie W. Capell on 12-07-16
  • 10% Happier
  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • By: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris

Good work!

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

Reviewed: 12-31-14

More than I expected. A really good and sincere piece. Many times you look at the people on air and wonder about the person behind the persona. I like you even more now Dan! You are real! Great job Bianca.