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  • Glad Farm

  • A Memoir
  • By: Catherine Marenghi
  • Narrated by: Catherine Marenghi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Raised in a primitive one-room farmhouse with no indoor plumbing, the fourth of five children, Catherine Marenghi begins her life in poverty and isolation. She leaves home at the age of 17. A decade later, she is a successful journalist with the means to buy her family their first decent house. But the past will not be put to rest so easily. Catherine unravels a web of long-buried family secrets, and a terrible betrayal that robbed her family of the home that was rightfully theirs. And she finally uncovers the story her parents never shared: the gladiolus farm that was once their dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A totally engaging experience.

  • By Cate on 03-24-19

A totally engaging experience.

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

Reviewed: 03-24-19

Here is a story of hope and insight written in a style resembling a poem more than standard narrative. Every word is interesting. It reinforces my long held confidence in the influence of those structures that we call our houses.

  • Homicide

  • A Year on the Killing Streets
  • By: David Simon
  • Narrated by: Reed Diamond
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614

A highly acclaimed journalistic masterpiece and true crime classic, Homicide illustrates a year in the life of the detectives of the Homicide Unit in the city of Baltimore. David Simon, a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, spent 4 years on the police beat before taking a leave of absence to write this book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As real as it gets

  • By Larry on 01-10-04

Fans of "The Wire" will treasure this

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

Even in this abridged version, enough of your favorite characters and stories to bring you back to the best moments of the epic HBO Baltimore series and the earlier still path - breaking "Homicide" (NBC).

  • The Terra-Cotta Dog

  • An Inspector Montalbano Mystery
  • By: Andrea Camilleri
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 157

Montalbano's latest case begins with a mysterious tête à tête with a Mafioso, some inexplicably abandoned loot from a supermarket heist, and some dying words that lead him to an illegal arms cache in a mountain cave. There the inspector finds two young lovers, dead for 50 years and still embracing, watched over by a life-sized terra-cotta dog. Montalbano's passion to solve this old crime takes him on a journey through Sicily's past and into a family's dark heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It just gets better

  • By Lehua of Pacifica on 02-27-09

Wonderful read

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

I adore the Inspector Montalbano Italian TV series, but to really appreciate master storyteller Andrea Camilleri and the complexity of his characters, you have to read his books. And, if you love all things Italy, especially all things Sicilian, a must read. Highly recommend.

  • Ratf**ked

  • The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy
  • By: David Daley
  • Narrated by: Brian Sutherland
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

With Barack Obama's historic election in 2008, pundits proclaimed the Republicans as dead as the Whigs of yesteryear. Yet even as Democrats swooned, a small cadre of Republican operatives, including Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, and Chris Jankowski, began plotting their comeback with a simple yet ingenious plan. These men had devised a way to take a tradition of dirty tricks - known to political insiders as "ratf**king" - to a whole new unprecedented level.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Skip around; it's vital reading, but may be too much for some

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-19-17

This one will shake you to your core

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

We've all known about political gerrymandering, the boring, backroom re-drawing of district lines to protect incumbents. Ratf**cked describes the GOP takeover of our democracy through its "Red Map" strategy, a disaster author David Dailey thinks will be in place for decades. Hopefully, he is wrong. Like most pundits, he predicted HRC would win, though he said she would be unable to govern; this due to the hyper-partisan Congressional districts that GOP dominated State legislatures have put in place. So, while he could describe The Freedom Caucus's takedown of Boehner, the end of Congressional moderates, and the impossibility of passing legislation, he had no inkling of Trump. Read this book!

  • Four Days of Naples

  • By: Aubrey Menen
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

In September 1943, Naples, under an iron occupation by the Germans, lay devastated by incessant bombing from Allied planes. The city was without food. As the bombardment continued, the famed scugnizzi - the street boys of Naples - grew increasingly exasperated by the passiveness of their elders. Known for centuries for their daring, verve, and enterprise, the boys staged an incredible revolt against the occupying Germans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite Audible reads

  • By Cate on 04-18-17

One of my favorite Audible reads

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

Great, compelling story about the street boys of Naples who launched a revolt against Nazi Germany occupiers, which the adults ultimately joined. A piece of World War II Italian history that everyone should know. Delightfully read.

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  • Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy

  • By: Pietra Rivoli
  • Narrated by: Eliza Foss
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

Pietra Rivoli is an economics professor at Georgetown University, where the question "Who made your T-shirt?" set her on a quest. On her journey she found that globalization is just as much about history and politics as it is about economics.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great, anecdote-rich layman's guide to trade

  • By D. Littman on 12-13-10

This Economist Knows How to Tell a Great Story

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

Reviewed: 02-17-15

Rivoli does a great job of translating global economics into a great story. One that will surprise you and leave you with a much more complex understanding. My one concern: Though the basic economic story still holds up, the material covered is more than ten years old and some of the markets she desrcibes are pretty fluid. How about offering a way for readers to get access to her second edition and updated material, either via audible or kindle?

  • A Wicked War

  • Polk, Clay, Lincoln and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico
  • By: Amy S. Greenberg
  • Narrated by: Caroline Shaffer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

A Wicked War presents the definitive history of the 1846 war between the United States and Mexico - a conflict that turned America into a continental power. Amy Greenberg describes the battles between American and Mexican armies, but also delineates the political battles between Democrats and Whigs - the former led by the ruthless Polk, the latter by the charismatic Henry Clay and a young representative from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln. Greenberg brilliantly recounts this key chapter in the creation of the United States authority and narrative flair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The politics of the Mexican war

  • By Tad Davis on 12-08-12

Unfortunate narration ruins a great story

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

Reviewed: 12-10-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I was very motivated to learn about the topic. Otherwise, I could never have made it through the narration.

Would you recommend A Wicked War to your friends? Why or why not?

The story yes. Not the listen.

Would you be willing to try another one of Caroline Shaffer’s performances?

Maybe. It is hard to blame this reader for what seems to be unfortunate editorial decisions, i.e. to have her change voice, accent and volume everytime a different character speaks or, more annoyingly, every time she reads a quote from an original source. What may have been a fairly good story was rendered overly academic and pretentious.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

In better hands, a very compelling story. Just do not let this author do the screenplay.

Any additional comments?

Please, please do not rob readers of the chance to experience a good historical story. This is WAAAY too cluttered up with original sources and a very jarring, annoying performance. Just READ the story. Let it speak for itself.

  • The Power and the Glory

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

Graham Greene explores corruption and atonement in this penetrating novel set in 1930s Mexico during the era of Communist religious persecutions. As revolutionaries determine to stamp out the evils of the church through violence, the last Roman Catholic priest is on the lam, hunted by a police lieutenant. Despite his own sense of worthlessness—he is a heavy drinker and has fathered an illegitimate child—he is determined to continue to function as a priest until captured.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to hear

  • By Vladimir Shklovsky on 05-07-13

Impossible to understand

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

Reviewed: 07-29-13

What disappointed you about The Power and the Glory?

I couldn't get past the first 20 minutes. Impossible to understand the narrator.

Would you ever listen to anything by Graham Greene again?

Love Graham Greene. A real disappointment

Any additional comments?

Getting a refund. I hope.

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