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  • 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 38,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,803

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

Nothing new

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-04-17

Once again a product of inventions used by the ladder generation to complain of the prior. My ma-ma had an old saying in Oklahoma. "Last kid born always has the loudest cry"

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  • Lonesome Dove

  • By: Larry McMurtry
  • Narrated by: Lee Horsley
  • Length: 36 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,245
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,268

Larry McMurtry's American epic, set in the late 19th century, tells the story of a cattle drive from Texas to Montana, a drive that represents not only a daring foolhardy adventure, but a part of the American Dream for everyone involved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio book I have ever listened to!

  • By James on 12-20-04

a way of living that leads to life

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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: 12-10-12

cant beat a story about friendship and hardship that takes you from the south to the north and back down again. Gus and Call are the truth in the saying a grape changes color when it sees another grape.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Boone's Lick

  • By: Larry McMurtry
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

Boone's Lick is high adventure, a perfect Western tale and a moving love story - it is vintage Larry McMurtry, combining his brilliant character portraits, his unerring sense of the West and his unrivalled eye for the telling detail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Lonesome Dove

  • By James on 04-03-03

Absolutely wonderful.

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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: 12-10-12

another great western story.. worth the credit. sadness and adventure all in one. just the way i like them

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Water Seeker

  • By: Kimberly Willis Holt
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

Amos Kincaid is the son of a dowser a person gifted in knowing how to find water deep in the ground. As a young person, Amos doesnt reveal his gift to others; hes not sure he wants the burden. But through his experiences growing up and crossing the Oregon Trail, Amos learns about lifes harsh realities, especially the pain in losing loved ones. As he cares for those around him, Amos comes to accept his dowsing fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A WONDERFUL SURPRISE

  • By William on 07-26-10

So Sad yet So Wonderful

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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: 11-14-12

what an amazing story.. the characters were so defined.. i was sad for Eliza. i was brought to wonder with the contrast of Gwendolyn and Jubilee. Amos was such a gentle man. the adults were faulted. and the Oregon Trail was indeed a real thing. sad it wsa so short!!! great author and will patton is amazing.. if hes reading it im listening.. all credit to the author.. i really like her style and inspirations.. great story.. get this book!

  • Hard Country

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael McGarrity
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294

National best-selling author and New Mexico native Michael McGarrity takes listeners to the wild territory of the late 19th-century American Southwest for this epic tale. After the deaths of his wife and brother, John Kerney gives up his West Texas ranch and heads south in search of a new home. Soon Kerney is offered work trailing cattle to the New Mexico Territory - a job that will forever change his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fine tribute to New Mexico

  • By Nancy on 07-03-12

an ounce of prevention

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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: 11-06-12

great story.. loved the western take on New Mexico.. the characters were well developed.. although Patrick is a complete regret on the gift God gives of life.. at times he was hard to take.. CJ was a hero and Emma was taken for granted.. Cal was the ranch and this book is worth the credit.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Neon Rain

  • A Dave Robicheaux Novel
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,785
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,775

New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series. In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The perfect combination of author and narrator

  • By S. Sand on 09-23-09

Awesome

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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: 10-29-12

if you think you want to get a audio book and like the idea of this.. get it.. this is a great story, great narrator.. loved this story

  • Doc

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Doria Russell
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810

The year is 1878, peak of the Texas cattle trade. The place is Dodge City, Kansas, a saloon-filled cow town jammed with liquored-up adolescent cowboys and young Irish hookers. Violence is random and routine, but when the burned body of a mixed-blood boy named Johnnie Sanders is discovered, his death shocks a part-time policeman named Wyatt Earp. And it is a matter of strangely personal importance to Doc Holliday, the frail 26-year-old dentist who has just opened an office at No. 24, Dodge House.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great writing and narration

  • By Dennis on 06-02-11

great look at Doc

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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: 10-29-12

really good look at Doc.. loved the way she captured his brilliance with his flaws..

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Reclaiming Nick

  • By: Susan May Warren
  • Narrated by: Brooke Sanford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Nick hadn't planned on being the prodigal son. But when his father dies and leaves half of Silver Buckle, the Noble family ranch, to Nick's former best friend, he must return home to face those he left behind - and to make sure that the Silver Buckle stays in the Noble family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved this book

  • By Olga on 08-17-08

good story. for romantics

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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: 10-29-12

im a helpless romantic myself and i enjoyed this story.. has a western ranch take on love. hard work and faith in people.. something america seems to be losing to fast paced microwave love.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Run with the Horses

  • The Quest for Life at its Best
  • By: Eugene H. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

In a series of profound reflections on the life of Jeremiah the prophet, Eugene Peterson explores the heart of what it means to be fully and genuinely human. His writing is filled with humor and self-reflection, insight and wisdom, helping to set a course for others in the quest for life at its best.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book about what life should be like . A real treasure

  • By lionel on 06-08-17

Jeremiah

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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: 10-29-12

really good book about the prophet. peterson wrote the message bible so he uses that for verses.. really good for a bible study

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • War Horse

  • By: Michael Morpurgo
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 4 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798

In 1914, a beautiful foal with a distinctive cross on his nose is sold to the Army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western front. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer's son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great idea for reluctant readers!

  • By Julie on 12-26-11

great story!

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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: 10-29-12

i liked how the book was told by the horse.. i love horses and believe they are a friend animal.. great story. i recommend this book.. would make a good gift.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful