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  • The Flying Tigers

  • The Untold Story of the American Pilots Who Waged a Secret War Against Japan
  • By: Sam Kleiner
  • Narrated by: Stephen Graybill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Sam Kleiner’s The Flying Tigers uncovers the hidden story of the group of young American men and women who crossed the Pacific before Pearl Harbor to risk their lives defending China. Led by legendary army pilot Claire Chennault, these men left behind an America still at peace in the summer of 1941 using false identities to travel across the Pacific to a run-down airbase in the jungles of Burma. In the wake of the disaster at Pearl Harbor this motley crew was the first group of Americans to take on the Japanese in combat, shooting down hundreds of Japanese aircraft in the skies over Burma, Thailand, and China.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Da King am l on 08-07-18

Interesting take on this perspective of WWII

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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: 12-10-18

The intricate and intimate relationship between the US and China before and during WWII is a viewpoint from the time period of which I was unfamiliar. It is helped to round out my knowledge base on the war and enlighten me to the origins of the United States Air Force and flying in combat.

  • Half of a Yellow Sun

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Zainab Jah
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288

With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, but please have an actual African read it

  • By Steven A. on 05-21-18

Fan of Adichie

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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: 12-03-18

The elegance of the writing of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie keeps the reader/listener hooked throughout, even when the plot slows or becomes repetitive. The dueling protagonists, twin sisters, create nice balance.

  • Into the Wild

  • By: Jon Krakauer
  • Narrated by: Philip Franklin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,037
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,048

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Book that Never Left Me

  • By Craig Mitchell on 08-07-07

Love the way Karkauer poses his prose

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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: 12-03-18

As a listener I found myself mesmerized by the prose crafted by Jon Krakauer, the methods of infusing multiple experiences and individuals who fled society for the peace and challenge of the wild helped to balance out the focus on the main protagonist.

  • The Lost Airman

  • A True Story of Escape from Nazi Occupied France
  • By: Seth Meyerowitz, Peter F. Stevens
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,462
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459

Bronx-born top turret-gunner Arthur Meyerowitz was on his second mission when he was shot down in 1943. He was one of only two men on the B-24 Liberator known as Harmful Lil Armful who escaped death or immediate capture on the ground. After fleeing the wreck, Arthur knocked on the door of an isolated farmhouse, whose owners hastily took him in. Fortunately, his hosts not only despised the Nazis but had a tight connection to the French resistance group Morhange and its founder, Marcel Taillandier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Story of the French Resistance in WW2

  • By Rebecca Lawton on 06-19-17

Fabulous Memoir

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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: 12-03-18

Love this Memoir, written by a loving Grandson, the discovery of the story of survival and fortitude of the Protagonist is better than any piece of fiction to be found.

  • Station Eleven

  • By: Emily St. John Mandel
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,816
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,817

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Alternative Dystopian Viewpoint

  • By CScott on 12-20-16

Futuristic Dystopian Outlook

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

The weaving of Shakespearean plays into the cyclical plot lines, makes for an engaging and prolific tale. The jumping of time and the shifting of perspectives makes for a dynamic novel for all ages. My teenage students will gobble this up next year.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22,994
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,877
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20,767

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Amazing!

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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: 11-18-18

I waited to listen to Tara Westover's Educated, because it was so popular, yet when it was mentioned time and time again during my professional meeting group's discussion this title was popping up time and time again. Finally I relented and listened, and while soaking up all of Tara's wisdom and growth I was kicking myself for not diving into the title earlier. Her unique perspective and the reinforcement of the knowledge that when you make a decision and go for it, amazing possibilities can happen. While I am sorry that Tara had to endure terrible hardships in her youth and was victim of domestic violence at the hands of those who believed they knew best, her emotional journey and the transformation she underwent gives inspiration to everyone else in any of their predicaments.

  • It's What I Do

  • A Photographer's Life of Love and War
  • By: Lynsey Addario
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905

Lynsey Addario is just finding her way as a young photographer when the events of September 11, 2001, change the world. One of the few photojournalists with experience in Afghanistan, she gets the call to return and cover the American invasion. She makes a decision she will often find herself making--not to stay home, not to lead a quiet or predictable life, but to set out across the world, face the chaos of crisis, and make a name for herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thrill ride from the beginning until the end!

  • By Leslie on 08-26-15

I have become a fan of Lynsey Addario

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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: 11-18-18

I was unfamiliar with the work of Lynsey Addario before the memoir. I came across the title during a professional workshop for teaching AP Language and Composition, and the building of a memoir unit. The narration of Tavia Gilbert brings all eras of Lynsey's experience to life. The unique and special perspectives she is able to bring to her audience with her first hand account of some of the most prolific events of modern history, takes the reader back to where they were when and also transports them into joining her on her trek across the world, interacting with the different cultures and the vivid imagery helps the imagination of the reader capture each and every experience. I hope Lynsey writes another memoir in another 10 to 15 years so we can rejoin her on her adventures, professional and personal.

  • Salvage the Bones

  • A Novel
  • By: Jesmyn Ward
  • Narrated by: Cherise Boothe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,137

Best-selling author Jesmyn Ward won the National Book Award for this poignant and poetic novel. Unfolding over 12 days, the story follows a poor family living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. With Hurricane Katrina bearing down on them, the Batistes struggle to maintain their community and familial bonds amid the storm and the stark poverty surrounding them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful With No Holds Barred

  • By Gillian on 03-31-14

Taking a perspective not normally known to me

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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: 11-18-18

The perspective of a rural Mississippi teenager is a world that I am not normally proficient with, but Jesmyn Ward transports the reader to the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina. The weaving of the Greek myth of Medea and Jason, makes for an elegant allegory to the protagonist and antagonist.

  • Mudbound

  • By: Hillary Jordan
  • Narrated by: Ezra Knight, Kate Forbes, Joseph Collins, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690

Hillary Jordan's mesmerizing debut novel won the Bellwether Prize for fiction. A powerful piece of Southern literature, Mudbound takes on prejudice in its myriad forms on a Mississippi Delta farm in 1946. City girl Laura McAllen attempts to raise her family despite questionable decisions made by her husband. Tensions continue to rise when her brother-in-law and the son of a family of sharecroppers both return from WWII as changed men bearing the scars of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • May this South never rise again.

  • By Betty on 03-25-12

Excellent writing

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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: 10-07-18

The change of character perspectives by chapters gives the reader additional insights and develops the relationships between characters and the readers in a way that would not be able to be achieved in another way. Hillary Jordan commands her prose in a fashion that speaks to all audiences of any background, age, gender...
I read this for work originally, (high school English teacher) it was so masterfully written I have incorporated it as a choice reading option for my students, many of whom has read and love it.

  • Make Something Good Today

  • By: Ben Napier, Erin Napier
  • Narrated by: Erin Napier, Ben Napier
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 119

From Ben and Erin Napier, the stars of the hit HGTV show Home Town, comes Make Something Good Today, a memoir that lets us all know that great love stories are possible, big things can bloom in small towns, and there is always magic in the ordinary if you know where to look for it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You Done Good!

  • By DLR SBch on 10-25-18

Erin and Ben are incredible

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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: 10-07-18

I love the show Hometown, the way Erin and Ben Napier are one hundred percent invested in their town and making the lives of those who build and make in the USA a better place. Their faith in God, devotion to one another and uplifting spirits are the breath of fresh air that will bring anyone spirits to life. I listened to their narration of their own stories as I was refinishing an antique piece of furniture that needed a new outlook on life, the perfect compliment.