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B. Leddy

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  • Love 2.0

  • How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become
  • By: Barbara Fredrickson
  • Narrated by: Barbara Fredrickson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 196

We all know love matters, but in this groundbreaking book positive emotions expert Barbara Fredrickson shows us how much. Even more than happiness and optimism, love holds the key to improving our mental and physical health as well as lengthening our lives. Using research from her own lab, Fredrickson redefines love not as a stable behemoth, but as micro-moments of connection between people - even strangers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely Changed My Perceptions Of Love

  • By KellysHero718 on 07-27-16

Repetitive

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-16

Interesting concepts however I suggest you listen to it at 3x speed because it is same concepts repeated over and over.

  • The Mayor of Casterbridge

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

This audiobook is about the rise and fall of Michael Henchard. While out-of-work he gets drunk at a fair and impulsively sells his wife and baby for five guineas to a sailor. Eighteen years later he is reunited with his wife and daughter, who discover that he has gained wealth and respect and is now the most prominent man in Casterbridge. Though he attempts to make amends he is no less impulsive and once again loses everything due to bad luck and his violent, selfish and vengeful nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tangled Webs

  • By Joseph R on 12-22-09

powerful novel of pre-idustrial age england

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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: 10-01-12

The writing was superlative. The story was a little creepy. The main character was a great tragic figure. And it is a novel regarding place as well - the way in which he refers back to roman times was really fascinating - makes me want to visit the locale. This was a great book and a great production. Thanks.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Ironweed

  • By: William Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

Francis Phelan, ex-ballplayer, part-time gravedigger, full-time drunk, has hit bottom. Years ago he left Albany in a hurry after killing a scab during a trolley workers' strike; he ran away again after accidentally – and fatally – dropping his infant son. Now, in 1938, Francis is back in town, roaming the old familiar streets with his hobo pal, Helen, trying to make peace with the ghosts of the past and the present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Darkly Lovely

  • By Michael on 07-22-17

pulitzer prize winner for a reason

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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: 10-01-12

This is a great study of the psychology underpinning homelessness and addiction. The move with Jack Nicholson and Merryl Streep was good, but don't miss the book - very good.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Caine Mutiny

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 26 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,432

Having inspired a classic film and Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny is Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life—and mutiny—on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater. It was immediately embraced upon its original publication as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of the Second World War. In the intervening half century, this gripping story has become a perennial favorite, selling millions throughout the world, and claiming the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even Better than the Movie

  • By James on 06-20-12

Loved it!

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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: 10-01-12

I've seen the movie, listened to the screenplay on audible and now finished the novel - great story. Thanks for making it available.

  • Washington's Crossing

  • By: David Hackett Fischer
  • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

This New York Times best seller is a thrilling account of one of the most pivotal moments in United States history. Six months after the Declaration of Independence, America was nearly defeated. Then on Christmas night, George Washington led his men across the Delaware River to destroy the Hessians at Trenton. A week later Americans held off a counterattack, and in a brilliant tactical move, Washington crept behind the British army to win another victory. The momentum had reversed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Particularly Good Military History

  • By William on 10-11-04

Truth is strnger than fiction

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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: 09-01-12

The history of washington's life almost defies belief -that a man could be so level headed and constant in his service and his convictions. There is a reason for why so many landmarks are named in his honor.

  • The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

This acclaimed World War II psychological court room drama was the sensation of 1954. The play portrays a mutiny of naval officers aboard the U.S.S. Caine. Their suspicions concerning their captain's sanity lead to their rebellion and a subsequent court-martial.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A modern day mutiny

  • By Jean on 05-12-12

Well Done - and better than the movie!

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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: 02-19-12

Better than the movie (which I loved) because (1) there is no corny romance element to the story; and, more importantly, (2) the defending attorney does not shame the aspiring novelist for having undermined the Captain, but he rather shames the aspiring novelist for having effectively removed a mine sweeper during the most dangerous period of the War in the Pacific. This slight variance is important and it makes it clear that the stakes were super high and the impact of such a mutiny had the potential impact on more than just the reputation of a distinguished captain, but rather on the outcome of the war. Based on this, I am inspired to read Woulk's Winds of War and War and Rememberance.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Alexander the Great

  • By: Arrian
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

This is the incredible story of the world's greatest conqueror, a man who single handedly changed the course of history...and who was worshipped as a god. There have been many attempts in the 2,300 years since Alexander's death to tell the epic story of this enigmatic soldier. His deeds read like the stuff of legends. Of all the chroniclers of Alexander, and there have been many famous ones, including Plutarch and Ptolemy, none have given us a clearer and truer account than the one by Arrian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Superb Chronicle of Alexander

  • By Theresa on 02-23-04

Another good reading by C Griffin

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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: 02-19-12

Classical ancient history - gotta take it all with a grain of salt and be thankful that it came down to us. This particular text, which focuses on Alexander the Great, is an excellent resource if you want to understand one of the major pieces of evidence we have covering his campaigns. Get the "Landmark" history book (Robert Strassler) for Arian which covers the exact same text and includes all of the maps and pictures.

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  • Europe's Last Summer

  • Who Started the Great War in 1914?
  • By: David Fromkin
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

The question of how the Great War of 1914 began has long vexed historians. In a gripping narrative, Fromkin shows that hostilities were started deliberately and that two wars were waged, one serving as pretext for the other. Shedding light on such current issues as preventive war and terrorism, Fromkin provides detailed descriptions of the negotiations and incisive portraits of the diplomats, generals, and rulers as he reveals why diplomacy was destined to fail.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Insights Into A Much-Studied War

  • By Flavius on 05-02-09

Great WWI History

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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: 02-19-12

I loved this short history which aimed to explain the historic precedents / underpinnings to the WWI outbreak. It is an excellent book for those who are relatively new to the subject and want an insightful perspective on the great war. An example of one of the the author's key insights is that one could argue that World War I ended with the fall of the Soviet empire in 1989 (we traditionally refer to this as the "cold war").

I.e. WWI sounded the death knell for many fixtures of western civilization (the Ottoman Empire, the Hapsburg dynasty, etc.) and the effects of this colossal rupture (analogous to the fall of Western half of the Roman Empire in 410 AD) reverberated through the remainder of the 20th century, manifesting itself in WWII and the Cold War. In fact, we still feel the effects of the WWI rupture today, and historians in future generations may look upon the entire period subsequent to WWI as a single historic event (again, similar to how we view the formation of Europe as a function of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.

  • Fight Club

  • By: Chuck Palahniuk
  • Narrated by: Jim Colby
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,399

When a listless office employee (the narrator) meets Tyler Durden, his life begins to take on a strange new dimension. Together they form Fight Club - a secretive underground group sponsoring bloody bare-knuckle boxing matches staged in seedy alleys, vacant warehouses, and dive-bar basements. Fight Club lets ordinary men vent their suppressed rage, and it quickly develops a fanatical following.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad...

  • By Nate_D on 04-11-14

Reading was good

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-12

Reading was good, but I am not convinced with the author's whole "point" which seems to be that, because we live in a peaceful, prosperous time, we somehow need a vent, or outlet, for our violent tendencies and the inherent void within ourselves. Perhaps this is true for the author but it is certainly not a "universal problem". Rather than "fight club", why not contribute positively to the community by volunteering to help others?
In any case, I was hoping the book would have more of a message than the movie, but I was sadly disappointed. I know my review is controversial, so I'll caveat this by saying "just my 2 cents".

  • Collected Stories of William Faulkner

  • By: William Faulkner
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Denaker, Scott Brick, and others
  • Length: 31 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

This magisterial collection of short works by Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner reminds listeners of his ability to compress his epic vision into narratives as hard and wounding as bullets. Among the 42 selections in this audiobook are such classics as "A Bear Hunt", "A Rose for Emily", "Two Soldiers", and "The Brooch".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By chris on 02-05-10

Bite-sized Faulkner

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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: 02-19-12

The short stories of Faulkner are an excellent intro to his writing style and his Mississippi subject matter. A lot of these stories connect into his novels, or they are original drafts of chapters of his later novels. Pretty insightful stuff if you give it time and read through these. The readings are performed by a variety of narrators who all do an excellent job. Highly recommended. He's considered to be one of the best writers in American history - so this production is a valuable resource for people who do not have the time to sit and read, but want to expose themselves to one of the greatest fiction writers.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful