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  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,131
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,658

Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Take the Negative Reviews w/ a Grain of Salt

  • By Gabriel on 08-29-18

30,000 foot view of the human race

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

Interesting perspective on human history, but repackaging common knowledge can only go so far. At times tedious.

  • The Word Is Murder

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,152

The New York Times best-selling author of Magpie Murders and Moriarty brilliantly reinvents the classic crime novel once again with this clever and inventive mystery starring a fictional version of the author himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes, investigating a case involving buried secrets, murder, and a trail of bloody clues.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something New

  • By Alice on 06-26-18

A gripping tale, well told.

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

Listened to it in practically one sitting, enjoyed the story and the performance was excellent. Each character had a clearly distinguishable voice, and all the dialogue was clearly pronounced. The author did a nice job of placing himself in the story.

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  • Secondhand Time

  • The Last of the Soviets
  • By: Svetlana Alexievich, Bela Shayevich - translator
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 22 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

When the Swedish Academy awarded Svetlana Alexievich the Nobel Prize, it cited her for inventing "a new kind of literary genre", describing her work as "a history of emotions - a history of the soul". Alexievich's distinctive documentary style, combining extended individual monologues with a collage of voices, records the stories of ordinary women and men who are rarely given the opportunity to speak, whose experiences are often lost in the official histories of the nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Heart, Soul & Iron Fist Of Russia

  • By Sara on 02-22-17

Eye Opening

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

So many sad stories, but so fascinating. I am so glad not to be Russian!

  • On Power

  • By: Robert A. Caro
  • Narrated by: Robert A. Caro
  • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,201

From two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and two-time National Book Award winner Robert A. Caro: a short, penetrating reflection on the evolution and workings of political power - for good and for ill.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could be called 'On Robert Caro'

  • By Anna on 09-04-17

Caro in his own words

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

I have read all of Caro's books so I could not resist hearing in his own words of his exploration of political power. He was open about his struggle to move from being a reporter to becoming an author; some unexpected autobiography from this country's greatest biographer.

  • Moonglow

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Chabon
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,198

Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession, made to his grandson, of a man the narrator refers to only as "my grandfather". It is a tale of madness, of war and adventure, of sex and desire and ordinary love, of existential doubt and model rocketry, of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at midcentury, and, above all, of the destructive impact - and the creative power - of the keeping of secrets and the telling of lies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful novel, terrible narrator

  • By Joyce M. Bernheim on 12-30-16

A Vivid Story, Full of Life

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

Reviewed: 01-26-17

The story had great momentum, but the word kaddish has emphasis on the 1st syllable.

  • Steve Jobs

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 25 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,455

Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting man

  • By Jeanne on 11-13-11

Great Material, well researched and written

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

I learned a lot about Steve Jobs, never having appreciated his contributions. The material covering his youth in Silicon Valley was very interesting to me. The author did a great job of gathering testimony from so many associates and Jobs himself that I feel like his depiction was very honest and complete.