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  • 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 39,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,644

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

Enlightenment.

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

I really enjoyed this book. It gives insight into cultural behaviors that can be considered cliche, but when told by a member of that community come to life. I liked his assessment at the end, of society’s attempts to help and maybe how we can better lift people out of poverty and self destructive behaviors.

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,863
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40,128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,947

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as it gets without the old texts

  • By William Taylor on 05-10-18

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 03-24-17

Loved this listen. Learned a lot more about Norse mythology. As always Gaiman's delivery is top notch. I could listen to him all day. His dialogue was wonderful. Witty and creative. Would be ok for older kids.

  • Stardust: The Gift Edition

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336

Tristran Thorn will do anything to win the cold heart of beautiful Victoria Forester - even fetch her the star they watch fall from the night sky. But to do so, he must enter the unexplored lands on the other side of the ancient wall that gives their tiny village its name. Beyond that stone barrier, Tristran learns, lies Faerie . . . and the most exhilarating adventure of the young man's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Adult Fairytale

  • By Ryan on 01-10-14

Peerless

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

Reviewed: 01-14-15

Always wonderful to hear a story read by its author, and Mr Gaiman is superb. The story is wonderful and characters delightful. Will listen again, as with all his works.

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  • The President's Pilot

  • By: Robert Gandt
  • Narrated by: Thomas Block
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 708
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 697

A year and a half into her first term as President of the United States, Libby Paulsen is in a world of trouble. Her controversial agenda has placed her in a doomsday clash with a right wing cabal led by an enigmatic Air Force general. The conspirators will stop at nothing - including assassination - to remove Libby Paulsen from office. When the cabal targets Air Force One, Libby's Presidency - and her life - rest in the hands of a maverick pilot named Pete Brand, a man with whom the President shares a long-smoldering secret.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Is everyone drunk?

  • By Mike on 02-06-15

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 01-10-15

Tried this cause it was on sale. Glad I didn't pay very much, the storyline was pretty lame. It did carry me forward with a sort of incredulous "what could happen next" curiosity.
The reader is appalling. His voice characterizations are horrible and he has this weird inflection that reminds me of the fake voice we use when talking to young children. Blech! If I could, the story would get one star and the reader minus three stars.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful