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  • Victoria: The Queen

  • An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire
  • By: Julia Baird
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
  • Length: 21 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407

Fifth in line to the throne at the time of her birth, Victoria was an ordinary woman thrust into an extraordinary role. As a girl, she defied her mother's meddling and an adviser's bullying, forging an iron will of her own. As a teenage queen, she eagerly grasped the crown and relished the freedom it brought her. She was outspoken with her ministers, overstepping conventional boundaries and asserting her opinions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging and Informative

  • By K.D. Keenan on 12-06-16

Had hoped for more

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

This is a very disappointing biography. I don’t know if that is due to the historical records from which the story was researched, or if the author chose to minimalize the Queen and repeat many times opinions of the Queen’s appearance, weight, moodiness, fashion sense, attitudes towards motherhood, opinions of her grandchildren’s appearance, speculation on her intimate life, etc. The reader also chose to quote the Queen often in a very pouty tone, which further minimalized the Monarch. Light on history, heavy on soap opera drama. This is a very long 30+ hours. It forces me to read another biography Of Queen Victoria. Perhaps this is the best any biographer can do, but I am forced to find out.

  • Herland

  • By: Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Narrated by: Joanna Bates
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Herland takes the listener on a fascinating journey into a utopian society comprised entirely of women. A society with no men also means no conflict, resulting in a war-free existence. It is a perfect world, but only if you are female. Three men set out on a journey into uncharted territory to discover for themselves if the legend of an all-female society is a myth or actually a reality. Tracking down the mythical realm of women poses plenty of challenges, but what they ultimately find is both enchanting and frightening.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Must have been amazing in 1915

  • By MG on 05-13-18

Must have been amazing in 1915

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

This book must have been amazing when it was serialized in 1915. I had hoped to love it, but found that there were too many pages of people telling each other things. Select your reader carefully. The author is a woman, but the book is the memoir of a man. I selected the woman reader, but may have enjoyed a male reader more, because the book is from a man’s point of view. The woman reader’s performance is excellent, but I may listen to it again with the male reader.

  • Elon Musk

  • Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
  • By: Ashlee Vance
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,704
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,630

In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley's most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs - a real-life Tony Stark - and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of competence porn

  • By Tristan on 08-20-16

Elon Musk is worth getting to know

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

Reviewed: 04-15-18

Elon Musk is impacting many industries in the USA and it is interesting to know what drives him and how he thinks. Well written, seems balanced. and was enjoyable.

  • Personal History

  • By: Katharine Graham
  • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
  • Length: 30 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

In this best-selling and widely acclaimed memoir, Katharine Graham, the woman who piloted the Washington Post through the scandals of the Pentagon Papers and Watergate, tells her story - one that is extraordinary both for the events it encompasses and for the courage, candor, and dignity of its telling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Life Told with Honesty, Humility, and Humor.

  • By Kalutha on 01-01-18

Thoroughly enjoyable listening

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

K's family's wealth is hard to imagine. Reading this in 2018 made me wince many times a her own stereotypical comments about women, even though she is fully aware of the unfairness of stereotypes. I also believe Martin Luther king is only mentioned once in one sentence. How she could not spend more time on the civil rights revolution that occurred during her time is very telling about her exposure to the community of Washington DC in which she lived. She was a highly out of touch elitist, but she did have an interesting story to tell.

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  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,838

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sums it up nicely

  • By Mark on 05-15-15

Thoroughly entertaining and educational.

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

I heard about this book on Dot Complicated, and am glad I picked it up. It's a concise history of Sapiens, and puts what we remember from K-12 and college in check, and updates what we think we knew when I learned about our evolution. Easy to read, and enjoyable as well.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,958
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57,813

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

No high road on the moon.

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

I enjoyed much of this book, but too many characters are greedy and quick to lie, cheat, and steal for my taste. On the plus side, the narrator Rosario Dawson is excellent, and the number of women in many roles and various characters' countries of origin was refreshing. Mr. Weir's reputation for scientifically describing the various chemical and physical aspects of life on the moon, in an entertaining way, will not disappoint. On the negative side, I grew weary of so many characters easily doing the wrong thing. Surely a story could have been developed where the lack of Earth's familiar laws isn't replaced by a such a lack of ethics and morals. P.S. Loved the cover art and font.

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  • Murder on the Orient Express [Movie Tie-in]

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Possible Version of the Classic Whodunit

  • By Brian Abel Ragen on 11-10-17

How could I have never read this book?

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

This book was exceptionally well written and well told. I tend to read non-fiction, but this mystery may make me rethink my reading list.

  • Thank You for Being Late

  • An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations
  • By: Thomas L. Friedman
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 19 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,453

In his most ambitious work to date, Thomas L. Friedman shows that we have entered an age of dizzying acceleration - and explains how to live in it. Due to an exponential increase in computing power, climbers atop Mount Everest enjoy excellent cell phone service, and self-driving cars are taking to the roads. A parallel explosion of economic interdependency has created new riches as well as spiraling debt burdens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It really is an optimists guide to scary stuff

  • By Adam Shields on 12-12-16

I had a hard time with this book.

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

Reviewed: 10-21-17

If you are feeling pressures from the pace of technology, and don't understand why, this book will explain what has been going on for the past decades. Not much new here if you have been following tech news.

The author's repeated use of his own term supernova/cloud drove me crazy, and I agree with other commenters that the title is not a good title for this book. And I'm not sure why he calls it an optimist's view;. If anything he is often critical of the role of technology in our lives.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 109,027
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 100,993
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 100,511

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Expecting something else

  • By Betsy S. on 10-15-17

Take the title and subtitle literally

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

Reviewed: 09-29-17

I enjoyed this thoroughly and learned a great deal about South Africa and Africa. Noah’s childhood is well told. The title is exactly correct.. The book does not address his time in the US as a comedian or talk show host. Presumably a second book will be out to picked up where this left off, and let’s hope so.

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  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,780
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,229

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story.

  • By Tim on 12-21-16

Thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I'm a little younger that Bruce Springsteen and was delighted to be reminded of music milestones that defined my childhood (the hair the hair! the hair!) . He is a lyrical storyteller, and narrates with enthusiasm. I object to the comments that he skips around chronologically. When we tell stories, we have little flash backs to put things into context, and I thought it gave life to his stories. I agree that more background on specific songs would have been appreciated, but he gave so much of himself, I gave this 5 stars. Loved it.