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  • Costly Grace

  • An Evangelical Minister's Rediscovery of Faith, Hope, and Love
  • By: Rob Schenck
  • Narrated by: Rob Schenck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 55

Rob Schenck’s extraordinary life has been at the center of the intersection between evangelical Christianity and modern politics. Attacked by partisans on both sides of the aisle, he has been called a "right-wing hate monger", the "ultimate D.C. power-broker", a "traitor", and "turncoat." Now, this influential spiritual adviser to America’s political class chronicles his controversial, sometimes troubling career in this revelatory and often shocking memoir. He reflects on his path to God, his unconscious abandonment of his principles, and his return to the convictions that guide him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the most moving testimonials ever heard!

  • By E. Wright on 07-10-18

This World or the Next

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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: 01-06-19

Everyone who calls himself a follower of Jesus can be reminded of what it really means that Jesus Christ is Lord. A true self assessment will reveal who we are really following. Demonizing those who differ from us politically is not of faith. Jesus has called us to love our enemies and not to be conformed to the world. Remember our Heavenly calling is to a new earth Jesus will create not this fallen unfixable world.

  • One Person, No Vote

  • How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy
  • By: Carol Anderson
  • Narrated by: Janina Edwards
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 75

In her New York Times best seller White Rage, Carol Anderson laid bare an insidious history of policies that have systematically impeded black progress in America, from 1865 to our combustible present. With One Person, No Vote, she chronicles a related history: the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Known as the Shelby ruling, this decision effectively allowed districts with a demonstrated history of racial discrimination to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Arturo Zendejas on 10-22-18

One person, one vote

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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: 12-27-18

The only effective way to stand your ground against a big lie is the true facts.Immunize and weaponize yourself. Read this book, spread the truth, and VOTE.

  • The Black Presidency

  • Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America
  • By: Michael Eric Dyson
  • Narrated by: Michael Eric Dyson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

A provocative, lively deep dive into the meaning of America's first black president and first black presidency, from "one of the most graceful and lucid intellectuals writing on race and politics today" ( Vanity Fair).

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unbalanced, narrow and personal

  • By CJ on 02-06-18

The real first black President

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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: 12-10-18

The author highlights how even as President Mr Obama like all of us struggle with what it means to be an American of black ancestry. Will we ever get over our shameful past?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Judas

  • By: Astrid Holleeder
  • Narrated by: Naomi Frederick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Astrid Holleeder's brother Willem Holleeder, best known for his involvement in the 1983 kidnapping of the CEO and chairman of Heineken brewing company, is one of the most notorious criminals in contemporary history. For decades, Wim ruled over his family mafia style, threatening death if any of them betrayed him. Now, she's turning the tables on him. Charged for his involvement in multiple assassinations, including that of his former partner and brother-in-law, Holleeder is finally on trial for murder, all due to the shocking testimony of his own family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Edge of seat and gripping story! Wow!

  • By deb on 08-23-18

Spellbinding

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Reviewed: 11-28-18

Draws you right Into the story from first page to last. Horrifying because it's true. Leaves you with a fear that won't let you go.

  • Minority Leader

  • How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change
  • By: Stacey Abrams
  • Narrated by: Stacey Abrams
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 137

Minority Leader is a necessary audiobook guide to harnessing the strengths of being an outsider by Stacey Abrams, one of the most prominent black female politicians in the US. Networking, persistence, and hard work are the crucial ingredients to advancing a career, but for people like Stacey Abrams, and many in the New American Majority, it takes more than that to get ahead. In Minority Leader, Stacey combines aspects of memoir with real-world advice for women and people of color. A powerful and unmissable audiobook for every conscientious American.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sound advice for aspiring minority leaders

  • By T.McDan on 04-25-18

Wisdom Shared

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-21-18

I wish I'd had a book like this when I was younger. I never set out to forge a career so like Ms. Abrams it was learn as you go. It's so generous of her to share her wisdom with those following her.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,097
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,981

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

Paints the picture of a man out of his element.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I am certainly not a fan of Trump but I found his inept attempt to lead our government brought out my sympathy for us all, even Trump. He seems tragically self deluded. I have little sympathy for those who are aiding and abetting this travesty.

18 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • True Believer

  • Stalin's Last American Spy
  • By: Kati Marton
  • Narrated by: Amanda Carlin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

True Believer reveals the life of Noel Field, an American who betrayed his country and crushed his family. Field, once a well-meaning and privileged American, spied for Stalin during the 1930s and '40s. Then, a pawn in Stalin's sinister master strategy, Field was kidnapped and tortured by the KGB and forced to testify against his own Communist comrades.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Misplaced Loyalty

  • By Joanne on 04-08-18

Misplaced Loyalty

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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: 04-08-18

Another example of the principle that placing my trust in anything or anyone on earth leads to a misspent life and tragedy.

  • Collusion

  • Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win
  • By: Luke Harding
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 892

Russia expert Luke Harding lays out the most in-depth look to date at the Trump campaign's dealings with Russia. Beginning with a meeting with Christopher Steele, the man behind the shattering dossier that first brought the allegations to light, Harding probes the histories of key Russian and American players with striking clarity and insight. Harding exposes the disquieting details of the Trump-Russia story - a saga so huge it involves international espionage, offshore banks, sketchy real estate deals, mobsters, money laundering, disappeared dissidents, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superior to 'Fire/Fury' in Depth & in Making Case

  • By W Perry Hall on 03-01-18

INCONCLUSIVE

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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: 11-30-17

Written like fiction so it grabs you emotionally. A tale to watch closely as it unravels. If collusion is proven: another dark day for our country. Worse than Watergate because we're such bad judges of character.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Angel

  • The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel
  • By: Uri Bar-Joseph
  • Narrated by: Neil Shah
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

As the son-in-law of Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser and a close advisor to his successor, Anwar Sadat, Ashraf Marwan had access to the deepest secrets of the country's government. But he himself had a secret: he was a spy for the Mossad, Israel's intelligence service. Under the codename "The Angel", Marwan turned Egypt into an open book for the Israeli intelligence services and, by alerting the Mossad in advance of the joint Egyptian-Syrian attack on Yom Kippur, saved Israel from a devastating defeat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mysteriously Fascinating

  • By Rosemary on 11-17-17

Still a Mystery

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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: 07-13-17

Well written and easy to follow. I was surprised that some of the Middle East leaders around during the Yom Kippur war are still in power now or until very recently were in power. There will always be a controversy over whose side he was on. He may simply motivated by his own needs without regard to loyalties.

  • Danger in the Shadows

  • By: Dee Henderson
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683

Sara Walsh is unsure of her own safety. Every day when she leaves her job as a writer, she takes a different route to avoid patterns in her routine that could put her life in jeopardy. Ever since she and her sister were abducted as children, and her sister was murdered, Sara has been forced to live in a paranoid world where a faceless man could be stalking her every move. But this man is no apparition. He¿s real and he¿s obsessed with finding her ¿ and killing her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, great narrator.

  • By Deborah on 10-11-11

Rainy day romance

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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: 06-30-17

Great Christian love story. Characters have a relationship with God which is central to who they are and the unraveling of the plot.