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  • Rising out of Hatred

  • The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist
  • By: Eli Saslow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Eli Saslow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 317

Derek Black grew up at the epicenter of white nationalism. His father founded Stormfront, the largest racist community on the Internet. His godfather, David Duke, was a KKK Grand Wizard. By the time Derek turned 19, he had become an elected politician with his own daily radio show - already regarded as the "the leading light" of the burgeoning white nationalist movement. "We can infiltrate," Derek once told a crowd of white nationalists. "We can take the country back." Then he went to college.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential reading in this time

  • By Audiophile on 09-27-18

should be required reading

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

i really enjoyed the last few chapters. the whole book was good. the last 3 chapters are especially relevant to Trump-era politics.

  • The Last Days of August

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,005
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,989

In December 2017 the famous porn star August Ames committed suicide in a park in the Conejo Valley. It happened a day after she’d been the victim of a pile-on, via Twitter, by fellow porn professionals - punishment for her tweeting something deemed homophobic. A month later, August’s husband, Kevin, connected with Jon Ronson to tell the story of how Twitter bullying killed his wife. What neither Kevin nor Ronson realized was that Ronson would soon hear rumors and secrets hinting at a very different story - something mysterious and unexpected and terrible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a healing masterpiece

  • By A. M. on 01-04-19

compelling

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

Not a murder mystery, more like a sudden-death mystery. The audio is pretty soft but not too bothersome.

  • Nomadland

  • Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century
  • By: Jessica Bruder
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,061
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 962
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 962

From the beet fields of North Dakota to the wilderness campgrounds of California to an Amazon warehouse in Texas, people who once might have kicked back to enjoy their sunset years are hard at work. Underwater on mortgages or finding that Social Security comes up short, they're hitting the road in astonishing numbers, forming a new community of nomads: RV and van-dwelling migrant laborers, or "workampers".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful And Disturbing

  • By Sara on 06-14-18

couldn't put it down

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

this is a fascinating look into the life of people who live without a permanent address.

  • To the Bridge

  • A True Story of Motherhood and Murder
  • By: Nancy Rommelmann
  • Narrated by: Nancy Rommelmann
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 302

On May 23, 2009, Amanda Stott-Smith drove to the middle of the Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Oregon, and dropped her two children into the Willamette River. Forty minutes later, rescuers found the body of four-year-old Eldon. Miraculously, his seven-year-old sister, Trinity, was saved. As the public cried out for blood, Amanda was arrested, convicted, and sentenced to thirty-five years in prison. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult subject matter; not a fan of the writing style nor narration

  • By DS on 07-07-18

brings some explanation to an incomprehensible act

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

It was pretty good. its a true crime novel. was disappointed there was no interview with the murderer.

  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven

  • By: Mitch Albom
  • Narrated by: Mitch Albom
  • Length: 4 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334

Eddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. His days are a dull routine of work, loneliness, and regret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly Inspiring and Meaningful

  • By Mark on 11-18-05

Preachy

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

I didn't find the "lessons" meant much to me. Perhaps I don't really believe in fate. I think that A Man Called Ova is along the same lines but better for some reason.

  • Animal Dreams

  • A Novel
  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355

Animal Dreams is a passionate and complex novel about love, forgiveness, and one woman's struggle to find her place in the world. At the end of her rope, Codi Noline returns to her Arizona home to face her ailing father, with whom she has a difficult, distant relationship. There she meets handsome Apache trainman Loyd Peregrina, who tells her, "If you want sweet dreams, you've got to live a sweet life."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • She reads my heart

  • By Sue Spahr Hodges on 08-03-18

Best fiction novel I have read this year.

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

This story includes elements of science, medicine, art, family, romance, environmentalism, politics, personal trauma, race all woven into one story. And the writer is so poetic. She uses beautiful language. Highly recommend.

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  • Becoming Brilliant

  • What Science Tells Us About Raising Successful Children
  • By: Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

In just a few years, today's children and teens will forge careers that look nothing like those that were available to their parents or grandparents. While the US economy becomes ever more information-driven, our system of education seems stuck on the idea that "content is king", neglecting other skills that 21st century citizens sorely need.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone Should Read This Book

  • By Michael B. Kapp on 06-23-17

good info for parents and teachers

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

I am not a parent or a teacher and I found some of the info in this book interesting. If I every have kids I am going to re-read it.

  • Mornings in Jenin

  • By: Susan Abulhawa
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Forcibly removed from the olive-farming village of Ein Hod by the newly formed state of Israel in 1948, the Abulhejos are displaced to live in canvas tents in the Jenin refugee camp. We follow the Abulhejo family as they live through a half century of violent history. Amid the loss and fear, hatred and pain, as their tents are replaced by more forebodingly permanent cinderblock huts, there is always the waiting, waiting to return to a lost home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Important, heart-breaking story

  • By Mariechen on 05-20-16

If you are in the mood for a good cry...

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

This book is full of love and loss. Even though it is fiction, I find it incredibly important to read as a Palestinian narrative of the Israeli invasions. The passages from Khalil Gibran were a addition.

I loved the characters and the way the author described places and emotions. It seems that the narrator doesn't speak Arabic. Some words were pronounced with a strange accent or emphasis on the wrong syllables.

  • A Wrinkle in Time

  • By: Madeleine L'Engle
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis, Ava DuVernay, Madeleine L'Engle, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,401

Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract", which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You for a New Narrator

  • By Patricia on 02-01-12

If I wanted to listen to whiney children...

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

Reviewed: 03-22-18

If I wanted to listen to whiney children I'd get this audiobook. The first 3rd of the book was pretty good. The last two-thirds were annoying. There were chapters that seemed to be entirely voiced by impressions of whining children. I struggled to identify with the main character. She is petulant. The rest of it was so corny I found it distracting. Perhaps I am just too old to enjoy this book.

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  • Provenance

  • By: Ann Leckie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 896

A power-driven young woman has just one chance to secure the status she craves and regain priceless lost artifacts prized by her people. She must free their thief from a prison planet from which no one has ever returned. Ingray and her charge will return to her home world to find their planet in political turmoil, at the heart of an escalating interstellar conflict. Together, they must make a new plan to salvage Ingray's future, her family, and her world before they are lost to her for good.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A lackluster followup

  • By protoculture on 03-22-18

A solid Sci Fi novel

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

The story was very compelling, even if there were hardly any action scenes. The writer seemed to use politics to drive the storyline. The main character is a little unbelievable, how kind she is. Certainly its a refreshing change from the anti-hero but a little more salt and acidity would have balanced her sweet nature. Some of the accents were distracting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful