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  • The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

  • By: Abraham Lincoln, Stephen Douglas
  • Narrated by: David Strathairn, Richard Dreyfuss
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates made history and changed its course through seven legendary match-ups between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas during the 1858 Illinois senatorial race. Although he lost the election, Lincoln's gift for oratory and his anti-slavery stance made him a nationally known figure, and led to his election to the presidency in 1860. Never before presented in audio, these debates and great statesmen are brought to life by narrators Richard Dreyfuss and David Strathairn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • what a resource!

  • By B. Leddy on 09-27-11

Best of the best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-17

Riveting debates. This is not my typical style of literature but I could not stop listening. Tensions are high in this discussion of "state's right to choose" vs "does any state have the right to legislate that which is not moral?" Abraham Lincoln presses for slavery to trod the road that leads to its ultimate extinction while Douglas champion's limiting the federal government's reach (an interesting fact about early Democrat ideology). I wish modern debate took this form and engaged the American people the way the debates of our forefathers occured.

  • The Wright Brothers

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,422

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story behind the story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright's Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but narration is a little boring

  • By Vince on 08-20-15

an all american pleasure to read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-17

books like these make me proud to be an American. it also confuses me, or perhaps makes me sad. where this shining example of american grit and ingenuity, teamwork and a vision so crystal clear came from such ordinary people, the best our generation can produce is a bunch of people who have offered relatively nothing to society, holding vulgar signs with no true rhetoric for even why they believe what they believe, (but you sure should believe exactly as they do). if i have learned anything from the Wright family, its to work HARD for what is true and good, dont lose yourself, and for gosh darn, keep your mouth shut until you have something worth saying and a way to say it.
im also struck by how deeply patrotic these successes are. i am an American, I'm proud to be one, all americans should be, and i will seek to do my country proud.

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

  • The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,583

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I both love and hate this life changing book

  • By Rebecca on 02-22-15

powerful thoughts

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-24-17

i see some problems with over spiritualizing your stuff but i can attest to so much of the practical wisdom. i cant wait to be even more of a joyful minimalist, sort and discard papers, and be thankful and care for my things well. it really is a mindset anf this book positively inspires.

  • Silence

  • By: Shusaku Endo
  • Narrated by: David Holt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,784
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,603
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,603

Recipient of the 1966 Tanizaki Prize, it has been called Endo's supreme achievement" and "one of the twentieth century's finest novels". Considered controversial ever since its first publication, it tackles the thorniest religious issues of belief and faith head on. A novel of historical fiction, it is the story of a Jesuit missionary sent to seventeenth century Japan, who endured persecution that followed the defeat of the Shimabara Rebellion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Remarkable

  • By Helgi Sigurbjörnsson on 10-12-17

gripping and inspiring

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-17

this book is enhanced by the film in terms of depth, but the careful articulation here blew my mind. prayer and suffering to a God who is not silent is portrayed here with incredible care. even though it seems to misunderstood by those who felt the futility of apostatizing, i as a protestant saw the beauty of icons and perceived power of humans taking on a holy role not given in the Bible, being stripped of their significance as he prayed as one man to the one true God, void of all pretense and ritual.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sleeping Giants

  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,699
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,690

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good.

  • By Fluffy on 06-05-17

interesting but...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-15-17

it uses cheap tricks to keep your interest. overuse of unanswered questions as a proxy for suspense... but i do want to read the next one. i like the full cast audio...

  • Happiness

  • By: Randy Alcorn
  • Narrated by: Randy Alcorn
  • Length: 22 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

In Happiness, noted theologian Randy Alcorn dispels centuries of misconceptions about happiness and provides indisputable proof that God not only wants us to be happy, he commands it. The most definitive study on the subject of happiness to date, this book is a paradigm-shifting wake-up call for the church and Christians everywhere.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wanna be happy?

  • By ashfordschoolhouse on 05-31-16

life changing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-17

i read many books in 2016 but i will never forget this one.i went to bible school and there is very little that feels like brand new or life changing material... this was it for me.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Influence

  • Science and Practice, ePub, 5th Edition
  • By: Robert B. Cialdini
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,761

Widely used in classes, as well as sold to people operating successfully in the business world, the eagerly awaited revision of Influence reminds the listener of the power of persuasion. Cialdini organizes compliance techniques into six categories based on psychological principles that direct human behavior: reciprocation, consistency, social proof, liking, authority, and scarcity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book will change the way you see the world.

  • By Dubito Ergo Sum on 02-18-15

worth it but not life changing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-17

i read predictably irrantional last year and this book is very similar. it was really fantastic for what it was but i was hoping for a book that hearkened more to "how to win friends and influence people"