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  • Waterman

  • The Life and Times of Duke Kahanamoku
  • By: David Davis
  • Narrated by: Aaron Killian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Waterman is the first comprehensive biography of Duke Kahanamoku (1890-1968): swimmer, surfer, Olympic gold medalist, Hawaiian icon, waterman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Chris on 10-07-18

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

This book and it's stories fill a unique place in my personal being. I live in and grew up in Hawaii and know most of the places, people and events described in this book. I was 8 years old when the Duke passed, the same year my Parents signed me up as a member of the Outrigger Canoe Club. I also have a deep connection with the ocean and the variety of activities it offers. I love all things Hawaii and accept the good it has to offer while tolerating its negatives. If you are an American, The Duke lives in all of us in some unique way, read this book and find out your connections. If you're from Hawaii and listen to it, prepare yourself for the annunciation of some of the Hawaiian Words and places, they're not quite on, the narrator should've consulted the Bishop Museum or Kamehameha Schools. But, Thank You David Davis for Sharing this book with the world. Aloha and Mahalo, CW

  • A Gathering of Shadows

  • A Novel
  • By: V. E. Schwab
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,606

Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell's possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland's dying body through the rift, and into Black London. In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Second Installment

  • By Beth Anne on 02-28-16

Press On

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

Colorful transitional character development in this escalation and discovery of the unseen nuances and power of the magic that, perhaps, resides within us all.
Balance is power, power is balance, always seek to elevate yourself and your fellow man to achieve the good we are all capable of above all else.

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,628

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Good Book

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

From the muck (in this case Appalachia), the lotus blossom blooms). Vance unwinds an interesting tale founded in the power of family values and a sincere practical love of recognizing and consistently pursuing and doing the right thing.