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  • The Strange Death of Europe

  • Immigration, Identity, Islam
  • By: Douglas Murray
  • Narrated by: Robert Davies
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288
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    5 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160

The Strange Death of Europe is a highly personal account of a continent and culture caught in the act of suicide. Declining birth rates, mass immigration, and cultivated self-distrust and self-hatred have come together to make Europeans unable to argue for themselves and incapable of resisting their own comprehensive alteration as a society and an eventual end.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disturbing dystopian preview of tidal wave

  • By smarmer on 11-10-17

Brilliant...

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Reviewed: 07-08-18

The clearest and purest voice, along perhaps with Peter Hitchens, of the social prophets. A book as important now for America as for Europe.

  • Life on a Little Known Planet

  • A Biologist's View of Insects and their World
  • By: Howard Ensign Evans
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

This classic book is natural history at its best. The world of insects is Howard Evans' "little-known planet," the realm of the cockroach and the cricket, the wasp and the bedbug. With the precision and authority of a distinguished biologist, and the wit and grace of an accomplished writer, Howard Evans muses on the uniqueness of dragonflies, the romantic impulses of butterflies, the musicianship of crickets, and the mysteries of the firefly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some of my favorite bug groups!

  • By Anne on 02-16-04

Eloquent and beautiful...

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Reviewed: 06-14-18

in its poetic richness in its scientific information. This is a magnificent book for thinker, entomologist,, poet or philosopher.

  • Inside of a Dog

  • What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
  • By: Alexandra Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 295
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    4 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 262

Have you ever wondered what your dogs are thinking? What they're feeling? Now you can finally know! The answers will surprise and delight you as scientist and dog owner Alexandra Horowitz explains how our four-legged friends perceive their daily worlds, each other, and that other quirky animal, the human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great insight to a dog 's life

  • By Jesus on 07-11-16

Interesting...

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Reviewed: 04-19-18

and scientific approach to a dog's life. It will make you see the world through your pet's eyes.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD - foreword
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,280

What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is my favorite self-help book I have ever read!

  • By Bobby n. on 02-02-18

Overall Good...

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Reviewed: 04-08-18

But his repetition of Disney folklore and mythology is bloody tedious. His crying during the audible version is self indulgent, unprofessional and unforgivable. One remembers Jerry Lewis ' maudlin "Never Walk Alone" and wretches.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Breakfast at Sally's

  • One Homeless Man's Inspirational Journey
  • By: Richard LeMieux
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Once a happily married businessman, an avid golfer, and the proud owner of several luxury cars and three boats, conservative-minded Richard LeMieux saw his fortune change almost overnight. In this now classic memoir that has touched thousands of readers across the globe, LeMieux describes his descent into homelessness and his struggle to survive personal and economic disaster. Evicted from his home in 2002 and living with his dog, Willow, in a beat-up old van, LeMieux finds himself penniless and estranged from his family and friends.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling look at homelessness

  • By Daryl on 01-13-14

Penetrating look into the lives of the homeless...

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Reviewed: 03-06-18

I wish he would have told the story of how he ended up on the streets, but the portraits that he paints here are vivid and touching.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Get Run Over by a Truck

  • A Memoir
  • By: Katie McKenna
  • Narrated by: Katie McKenna
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135

People often say, "I feel like I've been run over by a truck." Katie actually was. On a sunny morning bike ride in Brooklyn, 24-year-old Katie McKenna was forever changed when she was run over by an 18-wheeler. Being crushed under a massive semi wasn't something Katie should have survived. After 10 hours of emergency surgery, she woke to find herself in a body and a life that would never be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How to book on gratitude

  • By Leah on 04-23-17

She's not as funny as she thinks she is...

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Reviewed: 03-02-18

And she should stop trying to be funny so often and just be what she is, a hell of a good writer. She could also do without the vulgarity. It doesn't add anything and takes away from her very poignant literary style.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Power of Different

  • The Link Between Disorder and Genius
  • By: Gail Saltz
  • Narrated by: Gail Saltz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

A powerful and inspiring examination of the connection between the potential for great talent and conditions commonly thought to be "disabilities", revealing how the source of our struggles can be the origin of our greatest strengths. In The Power of Different, psychiatrist and best-selling author Gail Saltz examines the latest scientific discoveries and profiles famous geniuses who have been diagnosed with all manner of brain "problems".

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dr. Pollyanna

  • By NMwritergal on 01-20-18

Profoundly insightful...

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Reviewed: 09-29-17

Finally, a book that highlights the positive side of brain differences rather than simply seeking after more disorder.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Final Exit

  • The Practicalities of Self-Deliverance and Assisted Suicide for the Dying, 3rd Edition
  • By: Derek Humphry
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
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    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Final Exit is the most famous book on voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide. There is unique step-by-step language for the competent adult who is terminally or hopelessly ill to bring their life to a peaceful, non-violent end if they wish. Final Exit outlines the legal complications connected with dying, death, hastened death, euthanasia laws, suicide, living wills, and advance directives. Derek Humphry explores the problems with life insurance, as well as the ethics of double suicide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good that such a book exists...

  • By Douglas on 03-31-17

Good that such a book exists...

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Reviewed: 03-31-17

but I guess if the advice is truly good. it would be a bit difficult to report on its ultimate effectiveness : )

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Andrew Jackson

  • His Life and Times
  • By: H.W. Brands
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
  • Length: 26 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 500

The most famous American of his time, Andrew Jackson is a seminal figure in American history. The first "common man" to rise to the presidency, Jackson embodied the spirit and the vision of the emerging American nation; the term "Jacksonian democracy" is embedded in our national lexicon. With the sweep, passion, and attention to detail that made The First American a Pulitzer Prize finalist, historian H.W. Brands shapes a historical narrative that's as fast-paced and compelling as the best fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Thorough

  • By Eric on 02-07-06

A Fabulous And Comprehensive Account...

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Reviewed: 02-26-17

of the life and times of the pistol-wielding, no-nonsense hero of Harry Truman, the Trump of the early 19th century who made a most unlikely entry into the White House, supported by what Adams and his elitist ilk deemed "the rabble."

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • American Lion

  • Andrew Jackson in the White House
  • By: Jon Meacham
  • Narrated by: Richard McGonagle
  • Length: 17 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 795
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 614

Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Andrew Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the pinnacle of power, bending the nation to his will in the cause of democracy. Jackson's election in 1828 ushered in a new and lasting era in which the people, not distant elites, were the guiding force in American politics. Democracy made its stand in the Jackson years, and he gave voice to the hopes and the fears of a restless, changing nation facing challenging times at home and threats abroad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unlikable Old Hickory

  • By John M on 01-05-09

The Trump Of His Time...

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Reviewed: 02-18-17

Loud-mouthed, pistol-wielding and brash, this anti-establishment president sought to make America great again after the debacle of John Quincy Adams' single term. Much hated--or loved, his wife unfairly maligned, and his own moral character questioned, he reconnected the presidency to the people while asserting his own executive powers freely in order to realize the will of the people. A book for our times.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful