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  • The Woman Who Smashed Codes

  • A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine who Outwitted America's Enemies
  • By: Jason Fagone
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,283

In 1912, at the height of World War I, brilliant Shakespeare expert Elizebeth Smith went to work for an eccentric tycoon on his estate outside Chicago. The tycoon had close ties to the US government, and he soon asked Elizebeth to apply her language skills to an exciting new venture: code breaking. There she met the man who would become her husband, groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman. Though she and Friedman are in many ways the Adam and Eve of the NSA, Elizebeth's story, incredibly, has never been told.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An important biography, perfectly told

  • By sarah brown on 10-25-17

A great history

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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: 02-23-19

I love learning about women who made a great impact upon history. Elizebeth Smith Freeman was a wonder, who had the strength and wisdom to protect the US and her family during trying times.

  • The Danish Way of Parenting

  • What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids
  • By: Jessica Joelle Alexander, Dissing Sandahl
  • Narrated by: Kim Mai Guest
  • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476

What makes Denmark the happiest country in the world - and how do Danish parents raise happy, confident, succesful kids year after year? This upbeat and practical guide reveals the habits of the happiest families on earth. With illuminating examples and simple yet powerful advice, the authors present six essential principles, which spell out P-A-R-E-N-T.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Positive and uplifting parenting book

  • By Flint on 02-21-17

Look into different parenting styles

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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: 02-16-19

As an expectant parent I am looking into different parenting styles to deviate from the methods I experienced as a child. The insight into the calm and direct behavior, to explain to the child the consequences or risk in their behavior makes complete sense. Also the power of words, affirmation (earned, not superfluous) and expectations with a level of realism makes for a straight-forward and realistic approach to parenting.

  • All's Well That Ends Well

  • Arkangel Shakespeare
  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: Samuel West, Emily Woof
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

The young and virtuous physician's daughter Helena desperately loves Count Bertram, but he regards her as beneath his notice. When Helena cures the king of France of a mortal illness, he rewards her with Bertram's hand, but before their marriage can be consummated the count flees. To win her husband back again, Helena forms a daring and resourceful plan. A plot to unmask the strutting soldier Parolles makes up another strand in this sometimes disturbing comedy of deception and disguise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”

  • By Darwin8u on 09-17-17

Quick and Straightfoward

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

The play is quick and straight forward. As always the performance of the Arkangel production is unmatched.

  • Grit

  • The Power of Passion and Perseverance
  • By: Angela Duckworth
  • Narrated by: Angela Duckworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,475

In this must-listen book for anyone striving to succeed, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows parents, educators, students, and businesspeople - both seasoned and new - that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a focused persistence called "grit". Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research on grit, MacArthur "genius" Angela Duckworth explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A 9 hour commencement address

  • By Grimjack on 05-13-18

It works

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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: 02-16-19

The strategy of how to persevere and enjoy the process is valuable. The idea that you have fun doing what you do well, and working hard at this, instead of flitting from passion to passion always seeking the elusive happiness will be earth shattering for some and reaffirming for others.

  • So Good They Can't Ignore You

  • Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
  • By: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Dave Mallow
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,285
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,867

In this eye-opening account, Cal Newport debunks the long-held belief that "follow your passion" is good advice. Not only is the cliché flawed - preexisting passions are rare and have little to do with how most people end up loving their work - but it can also be dangerous, leading to anxiety and chronic job hopping. After making his case against passion, Newport sets out on a quest to discover the reality of how people end up loving what they do.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Counter to all the "Passion" Career Lit

  • By Erin on 06-12-13

Pay attention

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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: 02-16-19

Cal Newport provides a focused and straight-forward account on how to advance yourself and your ambitions, while enjoying the process. I first found Cal Newport through another book of his Deep Work, the vision and the insight he has in order to be productive and fruitful in your efforts cannot be replicated.

  • The Last Girl

  • My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State
  • By: Nadia Murad
  • Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

Nadia Murad was born and raised in Kocho, a small village of farmers and shepherds in Northern Iraq. A member of the Yazidi community, she and her brothers and sisters lived a quiet life. Nadia had dreams of becoming a history teacher or opening her own beauty salon. On August 15, 2014, when Nadia was just 21 years old, this life ended. Islamic State militants massacred the people of her village, executing men who refused to convert to Islam and women too old to become sex slaves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Heartbreaking Tale of Survival and Hope

  • By Leahmgordon on 11-08-17

Masterful

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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: 02-16-19

The truth of the Yazidi genocide was something I had only heard about leading up to the reading of this memoir. The way that Nadia is able to recount her personal experience creates a level of imagery that brings the words to life for the reader. The unemotional recollection of her experience before, during and after, provides insight for the audience with the overwhelming distraction of the emotions that came with it.

  • Unsheltered

  • A Novel
  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,811
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,662
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,659

Brilliantly executed and compulsively listenable, Unsheltered is the story of two families, in two centuries, who live at the corner of Sixth and Plum, as they navigate the challenges of surviving a world in the throes of major cultural shifts. In this mesmerizing story told in alternating chapters, Willa and Thatcher come to realize that though the future is uncertain, even unnerving, shelter can be found in the bonds of kindred - whether family or friends - and in the strength of the human spirit. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Spring for a professional narrator, please!

  • By Gail Dragon on 11-05-18

Solid Kingsolver

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

The two tales of the home in Unsheltered and the clever connection between chapters weaving between the residents of the home in modern times and their turbulent and colorful relationships, and those of the century prior, each with their quest for shelter and comfort, physically and emotionally never fully solidified.

  • The Age of Eisenhower

  • America and the World in the 1950s
  • By: William I. Hitchcock
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 25 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255

In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents, behind the perennial top four: Lincoln, Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Teddy Roosevelt. Historian William Hitchcock shows that this high ranking is justified. Eisenhower's accomplishments were enormous and loom ever larger from the vantage point of our own tumultuous times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Very Thorough and Balanced Biography

  • By John on 05-28-18

Wonderful insight into Eisenhower and his decade

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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: 01-07-19

Love the thorough background on Eisenhower, learning more about his early years and personal life than I ever knew before. The weaving of the methods and strategies of Eisenhower with the world politics and economics of the 1950s. Fascinating read.

  • Coriolanus

  • Arkangel Shakespeare
  • By: William Shakespeare
  • Narrated by: Paul Jesson, Marjorie Yates, Ewan Hooper
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Rome is a city divided, nobility and common-people locked in mutual suspicion. The patrician Caius Marcius, later called Coriolanus, is Rome's greatest soldier, but his proud refusal to accommodate himself to the demands of the plebeians leads to banishment and death. A Roman history as well as tragedy, Coriolanus is a complex and subtle exploration of the themes of absolution and compromise, both in the political world and in the life of the individual.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Let it be virtuous to be obsinate

  • By Darwin8u on 11-26-17

Love ArkAngel

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

The performance by ArkAngel always welcome and exciting. This lesser known Shakespeare play is entertaining and engaging.

  • Mythology

  • By: Edith Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 793
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 707
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 717

Since its original publication by Little, Brown and Company, in 1942, Edith Hamilton's Mythology has sold millions of copies throughout the world and established itself as a perennial best-seller in its various available formats. Mythology succeeds like no other audiobook in bringing to life for the modern listener the Greek, Roman, and Norse myths and legends that are the keystone of Western culture - the stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good reading of classical myths

  • By Kathi on 03-18-13

Reads like the Resource Material that it is

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-19

I was excited for this, I have a hard copy and use it for reference when the need arises, yet I have never found the time to sit and read the entire product. The narration is dry, it reads like the resource material that it has become.