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  • Asymmetry

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Halliday
  • Narrated by: Candace Thaxton, Arthur Morey, Fiona Hardingham, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 515
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 462

Told in three distinct and uniquely compelling sections, Asymmetry explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations: inequities in age, power, talent, wealth, fame, geography, and justice. The first section, "Folly", tells the story of Alice, a young American editor, and her relationship with the famous and much older writer Ezra Blazer. A tender and exquisite account of an unexpected romance that takes place in New York during the early years of the Iraq War.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is not a fair review. Doesn’t work in audio format.

  • By Elizabeth on 02-16-18

Random

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

Reviewed: 04-03-19

Each of the two stories is interesting and well done, but they bear no relationship to one another, leaving the reader feeling that the book makes no sense as a whole, and there is no conclusion to either narrative.

  • The Great Believers

  • By: Rebecca Makkai
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904

In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing in an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDS epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying, and after his friend Nico's funeral, the virus circles closer and closer to Yale himself. Soon the only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story for all time

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-06-18

Completely engrossing

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

The story grabbed me from the very beginning, and I found it hard to put this one down and sad when it was over. A great book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 87,436
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 79,574
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 79,121

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Thank You, Michelle Obama

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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: 11-21-18

In this dark,Orwell-esque time, listening to Michelle Obama’s voice tell her story, having the opportunity to re-live the Obama victories through her words, is heavenly. Her story is compelling, the writing clear, and the voice is the Michelle Obama we came to love over her years as First Lady. I hope we get to hear more of her words and her voice in the future.

  • The Marshall Plan

  • Dawn of the Cold War
  • By: Benn Steil
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

The award-winning author of The Battle of Bretton Woods reveals the gripping history behind the Marshall Plan—told with verve, insight, and resonance for today.

In the wake of World War II, with Britain’s empire collapsing and Stalin's on the rise, US officials under new secretary of state George C. Marshall set out to reconstruct western Europe as a bulwark against communist authoritarianism. Their massive, costly, and ambitious undertaking would confront Europeans and Americans alike with a vision at odds with their history and self-conceptions. In the process, they would drive the creation of NATO, the European Union, and a Western identity that continues to shape world events.

Focusing on the critical years 1947 to 1949, Benn Steil’s thrilling account brings to life the seminal episodes marking the collapse of postwar US-Soviet relations—the Prague coup, the Berlin blockade, and the division of Germany. In each case, we see and understand like never before Stalin’s determination to crush the Marshall Plan and undermine American power in Europe.

Given current echoes of the Cold War, as Putin’s Russia rattles the world order, the tenuous balance of power and uncertain order of the late 1940s is as relevant as ever. The Marshall Plan provides critical context into understanding today’s international landscape. Bringing to bear fascinating new material from American, Russian, German, and other European archives, Steil’s account will forever change how we see the Marshall Plan and the birth of the Cold War. A polished and masterly work of historical narrative, this is an instant classic of Cold War literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Deeply Researched Narrative

  • By Jean on 10-18-18

Packed with Information

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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: 03-28-18

I picked up this audible book to get some background on the Marshall Plan, and this book delivers. What I found most interesting were the conclusions about present day relations with Russia, bringing home the giant gulf between the politics of the mid-20th century in the U.S. and those of today. What statesmen will we remember from this era? I don’t believe there are any in today’s Republican Party at any level of government.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Slavery by Another Name

  • The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II
  • By: Douglas A. Blackmon
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885

In this groundbreaking historical expose, Douglas A. Blackmon brings to light one of the most shameful chapters in American history - an Age of Neoslavery that thrived from the aftermath of the Civil War through the dawn of World War II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful book!

  • By Kristi R. on 04-08-14

A Terrifying History of Forced Labor, Torture and Death Long into the 20th Century

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

This book stunned me. I can't say I am surprised that white Americans perpetrated the disgusting acts and created the ongoing terror of life for African Americans in the late 19th and early 20th century this book describes. As a white American, I am grateful for the revelation of this history and wish it were more widely known.

  • Battle Cry of Freedom: Volume 1

  • By: James M. McPherson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144

James M. McPherson, professor emeritus of U.S. history at Princeton, is one of the foremost scholars of the Civil War. In this informative and meticulously researched masterpiece, he clarifies the differing ways of life and philosophy that led to this shattering conflict. Abraham Lincoln wondered whether "in a free government the minority have the right to break up the government". And Jefferson Davis felt "forced to take up arms" to guarantee states' rights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • volume1

  • By chris on 08-26-10

Fascinating and Fact-Filled

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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: 06-29-17

Great overall history of the antebellum period and civil war era. Packed with little-taught facts about the U.S. world relations leading into the war, factors and factions accounting for the background causes. Focuses on the sociological, economic and political aspects. A great combination with Foote's work which is more battle-intensive.

  • The Rules Do Not Apply

  • A Memoir
  • By: Ariel Levy
  • Narrated by: Ariel Levy
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 615

A gorgeous, darkly humorous memoir for listeners of Cheryl Strayed about a woman overcoming dramatic loss and finding reinvention, based on this award-winning writer's New Yorker article "Thanksgiving in Mongolia".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Empathy

  • By meredith on 06-27-17

Sad

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

Reviewed: 03-29-17

I would like to say I loved the book because my heart breaks for the author's loss. Unfortunately, I found myself less connected to the author (despite her being the narrator) because of her blunt writing style. I often like this type of writing, but here I found it jarring. It is not a long book and does move along, but I did not love it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,000
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,435

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Boss demonstrates his strong work ethic and dedication to excellence as he tells his story.

  • By Tim on 12-21-16

Fun Listen

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

As a fan, I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the "Boss" read his own material. The first portion in which he tells about his childhood and family history is well-written and was my favorite part. I thought he was extremely generous as well in opening up his personal struggles with depression. Some parts were slow for me, but glad to have experienced it in this format.