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  • Destiny of the Republic

  • A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
  • By: Candice Millard
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,936

James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard

  • By Mel on 02-08-12

As Good As McCullough

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

Reviewed: 01-06-19

I've read all three of Millard's books and this is the best. It's storytelling as good as David McCullough. I had no idea the depth of the assassin's insanity, the state of medicine, or Alexander Graham Bell's role.

  • Leaders Eat Last

  • Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,382

Why do only a few people get to say "I love my job?" It seems unfair that finding fulfillment at work is like winning a lottery; that only a few lucky ones get to feel valued by their organizations, to feel like they belong. Imagine a world where almost everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued during the day, then returns home feeling fulfilled. This is not a crazy, idealized notion. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders are creating environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent message but poor solution

  • By Troyus on 09-03-14

Nothing Unique

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

This tries to be like a Malcolm Gladwell work, but there's no unique reveal. Lots of disjointed anecdotes but I can't say I learned anything or was motivated to do anything. Some may glean a few nuggets.

  • The River of Doubt

  • Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey
  • By: Candice Millard
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't put it down!

  • By Kathleen on 11-07-05

TR, Indy, and Lost City of Z

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

Anyone fascinated with Theodore Roosevelt, Indiana Jones, or The Lost City of Z will like this story of TR's research trip for natural history. Millard is as good as David McCullough.

  • The One Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Andrew Gross
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,472

It's 1944. Physics professor Alfred Mendel and his family are trying to flee Paris when they are caught and forced onto a train along with thousands of other Jewish families. At the other end of the long, torturous train ride, Alfred is separated from his family and sent to the men's camp, where all of his belongings are tossed on a roaring fire. His books, his papers, his life's work. The Nazis have no idea what they have just destroyed. And without that physical record, Alfred is one of only two people in the world with his particular knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You gotta have a STRONG stomach.

  • By Richard Delman on 09-22-16

Ken Follett-like WWII Thriller

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

4.5 Stars! This is in the vein of Ken Follett's WWII thrillers. Excellent storytelling. Great detail.

  • The Quiet Game

  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,257

When former prosecutor Penn Cage returns to his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, he doesn't find the peace he desperately craves. He finds that his own father is being blackmailed by a corrupt ex-cop. And when Penn investigates, he uncovers a murderous secret - and the small town's violent past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Complex and Good Courtroom Drama!

  • By R. Pontiflet on 02-09-15

Long but Decent

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

The writing is solid and Grisham fans will find enough legal action to keep them happy. It's too long for my taste. About halfway I lost interest but finished. Cutting a third of this would be a better series opener.

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  • Spanish Level 1 Lessons 11-15

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481

Spanish Level 1 Lessons 11-15 builds on material taught in prior lessons. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pimsleur's supplementary material is missing

  • By Maggie Magoo on 10-12-14
  • Spanish Level 1 Lessons 11-15
  • Learn to Speak and Understand Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur

Best in Class

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

This is the best way to learn the spoken language. I find myself spitting out sentences with no effort.

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  • One Bullet Away

  • The Making of Marine Officer
  • By: Nathaniel Fick
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Fick
  • Length: Not Yet Known
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448

A former captain in the Marines' First Recon Battalion, who fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, reveals how the Corps trains its elite and offers a point-blank account of twenty-first-century battle. Fick's training begins with a hellish summer at Quantico, after his junior year at Dartmouth, and advances to the pinnacle, Recon, four years later, on the eve of war with Iraq.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story badly abridged

  • By Gillian on 10-14-07

Insider's View

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

Reviewed: 12-21-18

If you've seen Generation Kill, this offers an insider's view of the junior officer with some great background on Marine Corps officer training.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89,528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89,032

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

Duh

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

The central theme to this book is kind of a duh, and I cannot say I learned anything. However, those stressed or struggling with priorities my find the message or pep talk helpful.

  • Injustice for All

  • Joe Dillard, Book 3
  • By: Scott Pratt
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846

A criminal court judge is found hanging from a tree. A young employee of the district attorney's office goes missing. In this third book of the acclaimed Joe Dillard series, Dillard finds himself in the middle of two volatile mysteries. The primary suspect in the judge's murder is Dillard's son's best friend, and Dillard's wife may have destroyed evidence. Meanwhile, the missing girl turns out to be a mystery far deeper than anyone imagined...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is there a 6th star option

  • By Addicted to Amazon on 05-08-16

Dillard Doesn't Dissapoint

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

Joe Dilliard is the kind of lawyer we all want. Passionate about the law but realistic in its application. This one is all over the place but it comes together. Sad to learn that the author of these novels just passed away.

  • Everett: A Dark Psychological Suspense Novel (Brooke Walton Series Book 1)

  • By: Jenifer Ruff
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Dillard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Beautiful and brilliant Brooke, a transfer student with a mysterious past, aims to graduate first in her class at Everett and attend medical school. Her classmates and professors are captivated by her achievements and appearance. Only Jessica, a wealthy socialite fueled by prescription pills and a huge case of snobbery, senses there's something not quite right about the perfect student. What happens during a historic blizzard will settle their differences once and for all. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jessica's Dark Passenger

  • By Spooky Mike on 11-27-18

Unique Character

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

Ruff has created a fascinating and unique character. There's a lot of mundane action from ancillary characters, but it all comes together by the end. Most will likely dive right into the next two books in this series. I was provided a free audio version of this book for agreeing to consider an honest review.

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