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  • Truman

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422

Distinguished historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough tells one of the greatest American stories in this stirring audio adaptation of Truman - a compelling, classic portrait of a life that shaped history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb! A solid choice!

  • By Lee on 11-15-03

what the founding Fathers had in mind

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Wow! What an American. Great telling of one of our accidental leaders. If every President was just a little more like Harry .....

  • Hunter

  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,003

They came after the Diseray. Some were terrors ripped from our collective imaginations, remnants of every mythology across the world. And some were like nothing anyone had ever dreamed up, even in their worst nightmares. Now, the luckiest Cits live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the hideous monsters fighting to break through.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Story Vs The Narrator

  • By James on 06-08-17

wonderfully imaginative and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

The best fantasy storytelling with shamanistic and traditional mage magic mixed with modern weaponry and disturbing
psychic abilities meets a pseudo Mocking Bird world with classical eastern philosophy values on a post apocalyptic stage - super fun!

  • 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 2,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,399

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

Positive thoughts and a plan of sorts

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

What did you love best about Thank You for Being Late?

Intriguing studies presented in support of mostly ideas that I agree with and think would work . . . only a couple stinkers

Who was your favorite character and why?

St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

Any additional comments?

I thought the analogy of the Israeli's and Palestinian's to the USA's Democratic and Republican party divide was telling based on the author's experience.

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,845
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,730

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

Richly Written, thoroughly enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

The keen character development across the board was engaging. Sprinkle in some boyish adventures, big heroes, and scary stuff that's wrapped up in just the right amount of intrigue - kinda makes you wonder

  • Quiet Power

  • The Secret Strengths of Introverts
  • By: Susan Cain, Gregory Mone, Erica Moroz
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet", it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society - from van Gogh's sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS BOOK IS FOR TEENS

  • By Tom N. Tumbusch on 02-02-17

Dibs on stall two rejuvenation station

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

If you are a parent, grandparent, custodian or teacher with an introvert in your midst, find 6 hours to read this book and save you and your loved ones much angst; embrace the quiet ... softly. ~33% of the population are introverts, we are impacted more acutely by inputs and charge up via different means. Help your introvert master their superpowers. Fully engaged, INFP

  • Give and Take

  • A Revolutionary Approach to Success
  • By: Adam M. Grant PhD
  • Narrated by: Brian Keith Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,922
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919

For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. It turns out that at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers, or givers. Whereas takers strive to get as much as possible from others and matchers aim to trade evenly, givers are the rare breed of people who contribute to others without expecting anything in return.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • recycled material

  • By Matt Dallas on 11-26-15

Otherish

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

Reviewed: 01-04-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Give and Take to be better than the print version?

I've only listened to the audio

What did you like best about this story?

the studies were compelling and the success stories, especially Abraham Lincoln helped connect the studies to living

What did you learn from Give and Take that you would use in your daily life?

the structure of the information broken up into Giver, Matchers and Takers as independent from other social/personal architectures such as introvert or extrovert, aggressiveness etc. was refreshing and eye opening

  • Tribe

  • On Homecoming and Belonging
  • By: Sebastian Junger
  • Narrated by: Sebastian Junger
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,974

Decades before the American Revolution, Benjamin Franklin lamented that English settlers were constantly fleeing over to the Indians - but Indians almost never did the same. Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species. The most recent example of that attraction is combat veterans who come home to find themselves missing the incredibly intimate bonds of platoon life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most profound book on the subject

  • By joseph on 05-26-16

refuse to be 'just dead inside'

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

Reviewed: 12-07-16

What made the experience of listening to Tribe the most enjoyable?

interesting viewpoint on the correlation between pre-existing life experiences and post traumatic experiences with regard to PTSD rates and recovery.

What did you like best about this story?

the beneficial communal perspective contrasted with the modern, individualist existence. The information about European settlers refusing to leave their American Indian tribe after assimilation, but not a single example of the opposite. How traumatic experience pull humans together so closely and unshakably - to the point of making some prefer war, similar experiences, over other times of their life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

yes, I don't wanna talk about it

  • Triumph of the City

  • How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier
  • By: Edward Glaeser
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

America is an urban nation. More than two thirds of us live on the three percent of land that contains our cities. Yet cities get a bad rap: they're dirty, poor, unhealthy, crime ridden, expensive, environmentally unfriendly. Or are they? As Edward Glaeser proves in this myth-shattering book, cities are actually the healthiest, greenest, and richest (in cultural and economic terms) places to live.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Urbanophile Brain Candy

  • By Clay Downing on 12-18-15

Education . . . and water for all my people

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

Reviewed: 03-07-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Triumph of the City to be better than the print version?

I've only listened to the audio

What other book might you compare Triumph of the City to and why?

it is like no other that I have enjoyed

Which character – as performed by Lloyd James – was your favorite?

I don't understand your question, have you listened to the book?

If you could give Triumph of the City a new subtitle, what would it be?

aligned incentives of urban planning, the key to our future innovation

Any additional comments?

this was a fascinating listen - my daughter is graduating this year with a degree focused on urban planning for healthy living so I was extra tuned in. The ripple effects of policy, the suggestions for immigration, the keys to so many different reasons for innovation and urban success were insightful - I keep telling all my friends about it, so it must have stuck with me. I got the suggestion for the listen from an article featuring Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh.

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  • Homeland

  • Legend of Drizzt: Dark Elf Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,081
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,094

This stunning new release of the classic R.A. Salvatore novel recounts the origins of Salvatore's signature dark elf character, Drizzt Do'Urden. This title kicks off The Legend of Drizzt series, which will showcase the classic dark elf novels in these new audiobook editions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Among the drow, all trust is foolish.

  • By Pi on 04-26-13

standout

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

Reviewed: 12-01-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to a friend

What was one of the most memorable moments of Homeland?

when Drizzt and Zach . . . wait, no spoilers :-)

What does Victor Bevine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice brings great energy to the story

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the book and am moving on to the next book in the trilogy

  • Eyes on Target

  • Inside Stories from the Brotherhood of the U.S. Navy SEALs
  • By: Scott McEwen, Richard Miniter
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340

Told through the eyes of current and former Navy SEALs, Eyes on Target is an inside account of some of the most harrowing missions in American history-including the mission to kill Osama bin Laden and the mission that wasn't, the deadly attack on the US diplomatic outpost in Benghazi where a retired SEAL sniper with a small team held off one hundred terrorists while his repeated radio calls for help went unheeded.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just an attempt to cash in

  • By John on 09-24-16

Cool historical summary - lost me on Benghazi

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

Reviewed: 11-09-15

Any additional comments?

Interesting cultural transition between the early days of pirates, bikers and surfers to professional. I trained with a SEAL team guy back in the 80's . . . I think we need more pirates in the ranks - bring em back!