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  • Biology: The Science of Life

  • By: Stephen Nowicki, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Stephen Nowicki
  • Length: 36 hrs and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 740

One of the greatest scientific feats of our era is the astonishing progress made in understanding biology-the intricate machinery of life-a progress to which the period we are living in right now has contributed the most.As you read these words, researchers are delving ever deeper into the workings of living systems, turning their discoveries into new medical treatments, improved methods of growing food, and innovative products that are already changing the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for starters to biology

  • By Eran on 07-11-13

Outstanding high quality

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

Outstanding, high quality, engaging, wide-reaching & detailed, strong organization & storyline, lecturer clearly enjoys his work.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46,321
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,875
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 41,693

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Thank you for writing and producing this memoir

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

Truly engaging memoir of a difficult upbringing written with with openness and withrespect for those involved.

  • Out of Africa

  • By: Isak Dineson
  • Narrated by: Julie Harris
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,097

Danish countess Karen Blixon, known as Isak Dineson, ran a coffee plantation in Kenya in the years when Africa remained a romantic and formidable continent to most Europeans. Out of Africa is her account of her life there, with stories of her respectful relationships with the Masai, Kikuyu, and Somali natives who work on her land; the European friends who visit her; and the imposing permanence of the wild, high land itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I did not expect to enjoy this

  • By Tyler Tanner on 10-08-14

Very intriguing and conveys the “African experience”; abridged version lost some depth

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

Peaked my curiosity to learn more about the author and to see the film. I could feel the allure and drama of the “African experience” and the impact it could have on adventurous and passionate westerners. By opting for an abridged version I always felt like I was missing important depth.

  • Frankenstein

  • By: Mary Shelley
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,269

Narrator Dan Stevens ( Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Modern Prometheus

  • By Anon on 07-23-18

Superb narration, good to finally read this classic, not my favorite writing style

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

Checked this off my bucket list. As I had heard beforehand, the story is different than one might expect from Halloween costumes. Writing style was a bit wordy and overdone for my taste but the reading production was very high quality.

  • 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 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

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

Not my style

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-28-18

The topic was of interest to me but the writing style didn't work. Had no storyline - eels more like a stream of consciousness.

  • Forty Autumns

  • A Family's Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall
  • By: Nina Willner
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

In this illuminating and deeply moving memoir, a former American military intelligence officer goes beyond traditional Cold War espionage tales to tell the true story of her family - of five women separated by the Iron Curtain for more than 40 years and their miraculous reunion after the fall of the Berlin Wall. A personal look at a tenuous era that divided a city and a nation and continues to haunt us, Forty Autumns is an intimate and beautifully written story of courage, resilience, and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By AvidReader on 03-24-19

Well-researched, well-written, personal, insightfu

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

Reviewed: 04-29-18

What made the experience of listening to Forty Autumns the most enjoyable?

The author did a very nice job of relating her personal journey to explore family heritage from East Germany. Also written & narrated well so it was enjoyable to listen to.

  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,660

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, insightful, intriguing.

  • By Peter on 03-05-10

WOW. Transformative history.

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

What did you love best about Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World?

Excellent writing & narration of a remarkable history. I must have skipped this class in school because I had zero knowledge of Genghis Khan and the Mongols. What a fascinating and impactful and inpsiring chapter in world history impacting our current day. I looked for documentary films and other books on this topic - nothing comes close.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Genghis Khan, of course :)

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

what I learned about Genghis Khan's innovative vision for a new civilization with global currency, freedom of religion, valuing of science and knowledge, women's power, and innovative war tactics.

Any additional comments?

READ IT!

  • The Ramona Quimby Audio Collection

  • By: Beverly Cleary, Tracy Dockray
  • Narrated by: Stockard Channing
  • Length: 18 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,606
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,603

Meet Ramona. She lives on Klickitat Street with her mother, father and big sister, Beezus. She’s not afraid of anything and is always up to something. And that’s just the beginning…. In this audio collection, join Ramona, one of Beverly Cleary’s most beloved characters, on all her wacky adventures!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ramona's Table of Contents

  • By Ellen on 11-10-16

Kids love it

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

Where does The Ramona Quimby Audio Collection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Kids love it although as a parent it gets annoying after a while.

Would you recommend The Ramona Quimby Audio Collection to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, if you have kids age 5-10

  • On the Origin of Species

  • By: Charles Darwin
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803

Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion and a life-long committed Darwinist, abridges and reads this special audio version of Charles Darwin's famous book. A literally world-changing book, Darwin put forward the anti-religious and scientific idea that humans in fact evolved over millions of generations from animals, starting with fish, all the way up through the ranks to apes, then to our current form.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Perfect Abridgement

  • By M on 05-28-09

Required reading but hard to read

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

Required read for any biologist but hard to read. Very repetitive and wordy. But the case for the core principle of natural selection is strongly made.

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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 39,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,677

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

Very real

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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: 03-06-17

Very real and reminded me of growing up in Vermont. These lifestyle challenges are not unique to Kentucky and Ohio. Interesting timing with the 2016 election.