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  • Only to Sleep

  • By: Lawrence Osborne
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

The year is 1988. The place, Baja California. And Philip Marlowe - now in his 72nd year - is living out his retirement in the terrace bar of the La Fonda hotel. Sipping margaritas, playing cards, his silver-tipped cane at the ready. When in saunter two men dressed like undertakers, with a case that has his name written all over it. For Marlowe, this is his last roll of the dice, his swan song. His mission is to investigate the death of Donald Zinn - supposedly drowned off his yacht, and leaving behind a much younger and now very rich wife. But is Zinn actually alive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant resurrection of greatest detective in US fiction

  • By R. G. Shalhoub on 07-28-18

untarnished / unafraid

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

does the detached, hard-boiled fiction of raymond chandler fascinate you ?
do the sun baked spaces of southern california hold a romantic allure for you ?
well, lawrence osborne's "Only to Sleep" has eloquently re-created that world for you

an honorable and lonely man is on an adventure, in search of a hidden truth
the work of an aging private investigator is the scaffold on which that adventure hangs
the tough minded detachment of our detective is both compelling and amusing

this honest and common man is an enduring modern fictional hero for a reason
as jeremiah 17:9 predicted long ago "... the heart is deceitful above all things ..."
if a new twist on that ancient saying intrigues you, then this is a book for you

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Churchill and Orwell

  • The Fight for Freedom
  • By: Thomas E. Ricks
  • Narrated by: James Lurie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529

Both George Orwell and Winston Churchill came close to death in the mid-1930s - Orwell shot in the neck in a trench line in the Spanish Civil War and Churchill struck by a car in New York City. If they'd died then, history would scarcely remember them. At the time Churchill was a politician on the outs, his loyalty to his class and party suspect. Orwell was a mildly successful novelist, to put it generously. No one would have predicted that by the end of the 20th century, they would be considered two of the most important people in British history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Elegantly Written

  • By Jean on 06-11-17

to see the world as it truly is

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18


? do you have a affection for british literary and political heroes
? do the movements and events of the 20th century still fascinate you
? would you like to know more about two truly insightful, brave men

t.e. ricks has written an elegant, imaginative and inspirational book for you
churchill and orwell never met and may not have liked each other if they had
but they shared a rugged, almost heroic ability to see the world as it truly was

churchill had to overcome a british parliament bent on the appeasement of fascism
orwell had to imaginatively tell the world the truth about soviet style totalitarianism
both men had unshakable convictions regarding the worth and freedom of individuals

t.e. ricks writing style is well matched to the intrepid, resilient lives of his 2 subjects
their willingness to defend freedom and oppose tyranny cost both men dearly
the pulitzer prize committee showed magnificent judgement in choosing this book

  • Fear City

  • New York's Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics
  • By: Kim Phillips-Fein
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

When the news broke in 1975 that New York City was on the brink of fiscal collapse, few believed it was possible. How could the country's largest metropolis fail? How could the capital of the financial world go bankrupt? Yet the city was indeed billions of dollars in the red, with no way to pay back its debts. Bankers and politicians alike seized upon the situation as evidence that social liberalism, which New York famously exemplified, was unworkable.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • well-researched but too detailed

  • By john on 06-01-17

municipal bankruptcy

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18


? where you living in the NYC area in the mid - 1970's
? do you have an interest in municipal bankruptcy
? do you have an interest in New York's political history

if so Ms. Phillips-Fein's book might be of interest to you
for decades, NYC lived and governed on borrowed money
mayors Wagner, Lindsay and Beam pushed the city debt to 10 billion

lenders eventually found other customers and left NYC out in the cold
Beam's threat of municipal bankruptcy brought the unions to the table
Felix Rohatyn's MAC got the union pension funds to buy city debt

free CUNY tuition, unlimited welfare and "the great society" were gone
in it's place was a city focused on finance, law & order and entertainment
as i walk NYC streets today, my urban memories of 1974 - 1978 seem far away





  • Lincoln in the Bardo

  • A Novel
  • By: George Saunders
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,529
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,496

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Mixed Bag

  • By Thomas More on 02-24-17

the power of melancholy

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18


? is it true that abraham lincoln (AL) was our greatest national leader
? did his profound melancholy give him a superior endurance and insight
? what's it like to have an 11 year old son die while you're a wartime president

in a graceful and literary way, george saunders answers these questions
while " in the bardo " ( a sort of buddhist afterlife ) we encounter willie lincoln
he has died recently of typhoid as the civil war rages on all around DC

other souls " in the bardo " comment on the young boy and their prior lives
their attention focuses when AL comes to visit his son's georgetown crypt
their poetic insights into his life and grief are both illuminating and heart-breaking

i'd thought that the inventive literary style of the book would have put me off
in retrospect, i should not have worried, the book's style is kind and approachable
( drew gilpin-faust and joshua shenk's civil war books are also insightful )

  • Letters to a Young Muslim

  • By: Omar Saif Ghobash
  • Narrated by: Omar Saif Ghobash
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

In a series of personal letters to his sons, Omar Saif Ghobash offers a short and highly listenable manifesto that tackles our current global crisis with the training of an experienced diplomat and the personal responsibility of a father. Today's young Muslims will be tomorrow's leaders, and yet too many are vulnerable to extremist propaganda that seems omnipresent in our technological age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Breeann Silbernagel on 01-28-17

7th century vs. 21st century muslims

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18


? do muslims want to live in the 7th century or the 21st century
? are there eloquent modern muslim voices that speak to this issue
? is it helpful to put this discussion in the form of loving fatherly advice

omar saif gobash has a russian mother and an arab father
he is widely and well educated and works as an UAE ambassador
but what he wants most is to do is give his beloved sons good advice

the book takes the form of affectionate, paternal instruction and caution
even those with no affection for the arab world, can respect his trying to be a father
i found the book an enlightening and encouraging guide to today's arab world


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Story of Philosophy

  • The Lives and Opinions of the Greater Philosophers
  • By: Will Durant
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 19 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,232
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 999
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 986

Durant lucidly describes the philosophical systems of such world-famous “monarchs of the mind” as Plato, Aristotle, Francis Bacon, Spinoza, Kant, Voltaire, and Nietzsche. Along with their ideas, he offers their flesh-and-blood biographies, placing their thoughts within their own time and place and elucidating their influence on our modern intellectual heritage. This book is packed with wisdom and wit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AN ALL TIME FAVORITE

  • By Jeff on 04-14-12

philosophy in a nutshell

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18


? who would have the onions to try to summarize all of philosophy in one book
? who would even try to do it in an elegant, concise and memorable way
? can you imagine spanning the thought world between aristotle and john dewey

will durant did just that in 1926 and the book is still relevant a century later
his prose is gracious and terse and full of many wise and quotable phrases
durant uses his erudition to make philosophy " a memorable and catchable ball "


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 62 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,242
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,837
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,802

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the definitive collection of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and four collections of short stories. And, exclusively for Audible, Stephen has written and narrated eight insightful introductions, one for each title.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Chapter Guide!

  • By Katya Rice on 05-25-18

deductive mind vs. inductive mind

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18


basically, do you have an inductive or a deductive mind ?
does the elegant unraveling of mysteries fascinate you ?
do you have a weak spot for the english mind and voice ?

this collection includes, start to finish, all the sherlock holmes stories
as you'd expect, they range between the dazzling and the ordinary
stephen fry's wry editorial comments provide context and insight

i cannot say enough about the wise choice of stephen fry as a narrator
there are good narrators and better narrators and then there is mr. fry
this audio book is simply a perfect fit of voice and insight and story

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An American Family

  • A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice
  • By: Khizr Khan
  • Narrated by: Khizr Khan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 106

An American Family is an intensely personal story about the nature of true patriotism and what it's like to risk everything you know for the promise of a 226-year-old piece of parchment. As Khizr Khan traces his remarkable journey - from humble beginnings on a poultry farm in Pakistan to obtaining a degree from Harvard Law School and raising a family in America - he shows what it means to leave the limitations of one's country behind for the best values and promises of another.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational immigrant memoir

  • By Mark on 04-16-18

a true american

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17


? did you happen to watch the 2016 democratic convention
? do you want to know more about khizr khan and his wife
? do they have beliefs that other americans seem to have lost or forgotten

this humble and sincere audiobook eloquently tells their heroic story
from pakistan to dubai to houston to boston to DC to charlottesville
the khan's sacrifice and diligence were built on a belief in america's promise

mr. khan's deliberate and accented narration only adds to the story's authenticity
at least half a dozen times, i had to pause the text as i was on the verge of tears
the khan's are simply truer and better americans than our current political leaders

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Such, Such Were the Joys and Other Essays

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

Viewed as too libelous to print in England until 1968, the title essay in this collection reveals the abuse Orwell experienced as a child at an expensive and snobbish boarding school and offers insights into his lifelong concern for the oppressed. "Why I Write" describes Orwell's sense of political purpose, and the classic essay "Politics and the English Language" insists on clarity and precision in communication in order to avoid the Newspeak later described in 1984.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb collection of essays, very well read

  • By Christopher on 07-07-11

beyond 1984 and Animal Farm

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17


? were you required to read 1984 or Animal Farm as a student
? do you feel that social media has invaded every corner of your life
? do you find corporate and political speech stultifying and oppressive

george orwell ( eric blair ) foresaw many of these impending modern issues
the fact that he was born in 1903, tells us just how insightful he really was
the phrases "...big brother...thought police...newspeak..." all originated with orwell

as you'd expect with a prophet, orwell lead a grumpy, difficult and lonely existence
this collection of eloquent essays chronicle each chapter in his life and thought
if you still believe individuals are of infinite worth you'll find orwell an insightful guide

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Living Wisdom of Howard Thurman

  • A Visionary for Our Time
  • By: Howard Thurman
  • Narrated by: Howard Thurman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 46

When we face challenges too daunting to overcome, where can we find the strength to carry on? There is an inexhaustable wellspring of energy available to us in the mometns of quiet stillness when we become aware of the Divine. For decades, Howard Thurman's words have guided many toward this deep inner reservior, from leaders like Dr. Matin Luther King and President Barack Obama to countless people looking for the inspiration to deal creatively with the everyday struggles of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an amazing gift

  • By Carmen White Janak on 05-14-15

exceptional african american theologian & thinker

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

Reviewed: 10-28-17


? are you interested in 20th century african american ( AA ) thought
? have you heard of academic, mystical, introspective AA thinkers
? would you like to learn more about one of MLK Jr.'s favorite authors

after a childhood in florida, thurman made his way to morehouse college
he went on to be class valedictorian and a classmate of MLK Sr.
his later life, as an academic and author, was centered in boston and san francisco

thurman unapologetically pursued an integrated and multicultural church
he famously met with mahatma gandhi in 1935 to discuss non-violent protest
in later years, he explored mystical traditions in christianity and other faiths

his sermons and essays sound moving and modern even in 2017
thurman's willingness and ability to stare far into the future was remarkable
this book provides a helpful back-story to the later civil rights struggle

3 of 3 people found this review helpful