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  • Americanah

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,593

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dazzling, Romantic, and Witty

  • By Anna-Bo-Banana on 04-28-14

this book should be read by every American

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

This novel encapsulates the essence of the United States. Adiche does not falter in her honesty no matter the topic. In this book, I finally have heard someone fairly and honestly discuss the severe racial divide this country had. Perhaps if more people read this book, we would not clan members and Nazi supporters proudly standing outside of the white house.

  • Death by Black Hole

  • And Other Cosmic Quandaries
  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,263

Neil deGrasse Tyson has a talent for guiding readers through the mysteries of outer space with stunning clarity and almost childlike enthusiasm. This collection of his essays from Natural History magazine explores a myriad of cosmic topics. Tyson introduces us to the physics of black holes by explaining what would happen to our bodies if we fell into one; he also examines the needless friction between science and religion, and notes Earth's status as "an insignificantly small speck in the cosmos".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for an introduction to space and astronomy

  • By Charles on 10-01-08

excellent.

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

this is an inspiring read. it's a sad contrast to our country's current political views.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • How Toddlers Thrive

  • What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success
  • By: Tovah P. Klein PhD
  • Narrated by: Tovah P. Klein PhD, Sarah Jessica Parker - foreword
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

Why do some children thrive and others struggle? The answers may surprise you. New research indicates that the seeds for adult success are actually planted in the toddler years. Dr. Tovah Klein's research and firsthand work with thousands of toddlers explains why the toddler brain is best suited to laying the foundation for success. Dr. Klein reveals the new science behind drivers such as resilience, self-reliance, self-regulation, and empathy that are more critical to success than simple intelligence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Helpful foundation

  • By Kate on 09-07-17

A wonderful approach to parenting and teaching!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

If you could sum up How Toddlers Thrive in three words, what would they be?

Introspective, Methodical, Approachable!

What was one of the most memorable moments of How Toddlers Thrive?

I especially liked the numerous examples provided by this author. In particular, I liked this author's emphasis on routine and how she highlighted this idea through real world experience. In this example, Klein tells us of a student who came to class in tears because he had not hit the button- an action that become part of his daily routine. Klein asks the mother to take her son to the elevator to fulfill the student's routine so that he can move onto class time. The boy quiets, completes his task, and happily goes to class!

What about Tovah P. Klein PhD and Sarah Jessica Parker - foreword ’s performance did you like?

I do not like Sarah Jessica Parker's voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no.

Any additional comments?

Great book, but the voices were very raspy.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Happy Herbivore Guide to Plant-Based Living

  • By: Lindsay Nixon
  • Narrated by: Lindsay S. Nixon
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Nixon has put together a practical guide to address questions like these and to help with the many other challenges that come with a plant-based or vegan diet. Whether you're already living the Happy Herbivore lifestyle or simply thinking of switching to a plant-based way of life, The Happy Herbivore Guide to Plant-Based Living is for you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By Zanzinha on 07-02-16

great intro for newbies

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

Reviewed: 06-04-15

this book really motivates you to keep working at improving your health. Lindsey also gives tips and ideas on how to deal with life situations that after transitioning to a plant-based diet may be a little stressful, such as dinner parties. I would recommend this book to anyone considering , or is simply curious, about living on a plant-based diet.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful