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  • The Big Store

  • Inside the Crisis and Revolution at Sears
  • By: Donald Katz
  • Narrated by: Brian Sutherland, Donald Katz - introduction
  • Length: 30 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27

In 1972, Sears, Roebuck, and Co. was America's greatest store, accounting for over 1 percent of the gross national product. Suddenly, profits plummeted and the stock price collapsed. Sears was at civil war and in need of a new leader. In 1978, Edward R. Telling became the Sears chairman, and by 1984 Sears was back on top, bigger than ever. Telling turned things around so dramatically it seemed like a miracle. But the resurrection of Sears as a great American merchant was no miracle, but the result of the power, vision, and will of strong leadership.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an interesting history

  • By Kathleen Freeland on 12-21-18

The worst

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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: 01-12-19

I really wanted to like this book, but its poor organization, focus on uninteresting,unimportant details and self-important bloviating by the author made that impossible. A shame, as the topic interests me.

  • To the Ramparts

  • How Bush and Obama Paved the Way for the Trump Presidency, and Why It Isn't Too Late to Reverse Course
  • By: Ralph Nader
  • Narrated by: Bob Souer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

America's number one citizen Ralph Nader's latest book tells us how unchecked corporate power has led to the wrecking ball that is the Trump presidency. Nader brings together the outrages of the Trump administration with the key flaws and failures of the previous administrations - both Republican and Democratic - that have led our nation to its current precipice. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a call to arms

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-09-19

a call to arms

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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: 01-09-19

Those who are left, right and libertarian, but tired of corporate oligarchs running our gov't will be inspired by this book. The main stream media ignore him; the alt-right/lite media ignore him. But he's not going away, even after being an outspoken consumer advocate for 53 years.

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • A Political Life
  • By: Robert Dallek
  • Narrated by: Rick Adamson
  • Length: 29 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

In an era of such great national divisiveness, there could be no more timely biography of one of our greatest presidents than one that focuses on his unparalleled political ability as a uniter and consensus maker. Robert Dallek's Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life takes a fresh look at the many compelling questions that have attracted all his biographers: how did a man who came from so privileged a background become the greatest presidential champion of the country's needy?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad but,

  • By Christopher on 12-20-17

hagiographical account of FDR is peace and in war

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

Dallek cannot deny that FDR did all he could to manipulate events to get the US into the war, that he did too little to get Great Britain to give up her colonies, and how the depression dragged on throughout the 30s. Yet he praises Roosevelt whenever and however he can. Google the "Greer sinking" for a taste of what he missed.

  • The Stars My Destination

  • By: Alfred Bester
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 799

Marooned in outer space after an attack on his ship, Nomad, Gulliver Foyle lives to obsessively pursue the crew of a rescue vessel that had intended to leave him to die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent

  • By Frederick on 03-26-18

Hardly dated, despite being over 60 years old

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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: 10-25-18

An entertaining yarn with action, which contains within it a message about the importance of free will. Ahead of its time, with depictions of synesthesia and telepowers, it foreshadowed both the trippy, thoughtful 60s Dangerous Visions SF writers, as well as, famously, the cyberpunk movement which started in 1982.

  • Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy

  • By: Padraic Colum
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

The Iliad and The Odyssey are retold in a glorious saga of courage and magical adventure. Written in a manner that will delight both young and old, this is a great way to learn the immortal epics of Homer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beutifully and thoroughly Narrated

  • By Emanuel on 12-16-03

Great but

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

This is a fine book, aged well for being 100 years old. It is available for free at libri vox . com

  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,222

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

Not enough Bob

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

Too much of the other comedians. Was not well organized. But worth listening to for free.

  • Coyote America

  • A Natural and Supernatural History
  • By: Dan Flores
  • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,231

Coyote America is both an environmental and a deep natural history of the coyote. It traces both the five-million-year-long biological story of an animal that has become the "wolf" in our backyards and its cultural evolution from a preeminent spot in Native American religions to the hapless foil of the Road Runner. A deeply American tale, the story of the coyote in the American West and beyond is a sort of Manifest Destiny in reverse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable Book, Subject Matter, and Reader

  • By John Townsend on 03-17-17

Pro-Coyote

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Starts as a straight-forward history, but later devolves into polemic, characterizing one method of killing coyotes "despicable" and declaring that Project Coyote's founder, Camilla Fox, is very pretty. Well, he does admit his inyerest in the subject began with a Disney documentary as a child. Entertaining nevertheless.

  • Red Harvest

  • By: Dashiell Hammett
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 309

When the last honest citizen of Poisonville was murdered, the Continental Op stayed on to punish the guilty--even if that meant taking on an entire town. Red Harvest is more than a superb crime novel: it is a classic exploration of corruption and violence in the American grain. From the author of The Maltese Falcon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, great narration, terrible reccording

  • By yep on 08-21-14

Hard-boiled

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

A good hard boiled sounding narrator. Confusing plot, but compelling in a gritty way, nonetheless.

  • The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

  • By: Anne Brontë
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

In this sensational, hard-hitting and passionate tale of marital cruelty, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall sees a mysterious tenant, Helen Graham, unmasked not as a wicked woman as the local gossips would have it, but as the estranged wife of a brutal alcoholic bully, desperate to protect her son. Using her own experiences with her brother Branwell to depict the cruelty and debauchery from which Helen flees, Anne Brontë wrote her masterpiece to reflect the fragile position of women in society and her belief in universal redemption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • nicely done

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-26-17

nicely done

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

Nicely done, but you can get for free at librivox.org , a site run by volunteers.

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  • Homage to Catalonia

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472

In 1936, George Orwell went to Spain to report on the civil war and instead joined the P.O.U.M. militia to fight against the Fascists. In this now justly famous account of his experience, he describes both the bleak and the comic aspects of trench warfare on the Aragon front, the Barcelona uprising in May 1937, his nearly fatal wounding just two weeks later, and his escape from Barcelona into France after the P.O.U.M. was suppressed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book, marred by narration

  • By Kirby on 02-02-13

Still the best intro to the Spanish Civil War . .

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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: 04-28-17

. . 80 years later. In only 6 months, Orwell absorbed much of what was happening, and went on to debunk press accounts, both from the establishment and from the Communists. Read by the incomparable Frederick Davidson.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful