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  • Alt-America

  • The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump
  • By: David Neiwert
  • Narrated by: Matthew Josdal
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Just as Donald Trump's victorious campaign for the US presidency shocked the world, the seemingly sudden national prominence of white supremacists, xenophobes, militia leaders, and mysterious "alt-right" figures mystifies many. But the American extreme right has been growing steadily in number and influence since the 1990s with the rise of patriot militias. Following 9/11, conspiracy theorists found fresh life; and in virulent reaction to the first black US president, militant racists have come out of the woodwork.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing. I want to recommend it to everyone.

  • By Chris Dubboyou on 05-13-18

amazing. I want to recommend it to everyone.

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

Everyone should read this. It is the firstexplanation for Trump that I've read that actually seems to explain it to me in a way that rings true and survives the fact checking. It leaves you with how you can work to fix this as well. A lot of stuff I've been reading just explains it somewhat then never gives you anything to do with your knowledge. This is different it is well constructed and well researched. This book is so much better then the other ones I've been reading about the Trump campaign and how he won. I couldn't agree more with the afterward.

This is a thorough and concise look into the alt right and it's ties to Trump and it's effect on the current political climate. it's accessible to readers of every background and it's easy to fact check. Read all the way until the end. It can be very intense though, descriptions of terrifying situations, really aggressive online quotes and violence. Completely necessary, very important, but shocking in their reality. This is your warning.

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  • The Bonfire of the Vanities

  • By: Tom Wolfe
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,123

Tom Wolfe's best-selling modern classic tells the story of Sherman McCoy, an elite Wall Street bond trader who has it all: wealth, power, prestige, a Park Avenue apartment, a beautiful wife, and an even more beautiful mistress - until one wrong turn sends Sherman spiraling downward into a humiliating fall from grace. A car accident in the Bronx involving Sherman, his girlfriend, and two young lower-class black men sets a match to the incendiary racial and social tensions of 1980s New York City.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TEN STARS

  • By JOHN on 08-23-09

Still relevant!

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

The performance was really superb. I wish I had read this years ago. I look forward to diving into more Wolfe in the future.

  • Turtles All the Way Down

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,559

It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly small amount of actual turtles.

  • By Meg on 11-03-17

amazing but triggered a loot of anxiety

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-17

the depiction of mental illness is just too accurate. halfway through couldn't put it down until I finished. I loved the whole thing but being inside a mentally ill persons head is emotionally taxing

  • The Brothers K

  • By: David James Duncan
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 28 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548

This touching, uplifting novel spans decades of loyalty, anger, regret, and love in the lives of the Chance family. Each person chooses their own way to deal with what the world has become.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last!

  • By Ken on 05-15-08

Push past the baseball and you'll get a home run

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

The baseball is tedious and annoying but it tapers off and the meat of this story wouldn't fly without it.

  • The Year of the Flood

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,604

The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Atwood at her very best!

  • By Linda Novak on 10-18-09

My least favorite Atwood book yet

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

What disappointed you about The Year of the Flood?

The story was mediocre, the audio book was filled with horrendous songs no one should have to listen through. Books don't need songs. If you're going to add lyrics, just read them.
The story, a continuation of Oryx and Crake dragged painfully. The story of a vegan cult that survives a plague was tedious and until it began to intersect more directly with the first book dragged painfully.

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,584
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,889

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Em on 11-30-12

A fantastic piece of literature. Please read it.

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

Reviewed: 03-31-17

One of the best works I've been fortunate to enjoy of late. I may have to read it now.

  • The Player of Games

  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,184

The Culture - a human/machine symbiotic society - has thrown up many great Game Players, and one of the greatest is Gurgeh. Jernau Morat Gurgeh. The Player of Games. Master of every board, computer and strategy. Bored with success, Gurgeh travels to the Empire of Azad, cruel and incredibly wealthy, to try their fabulous game...a game so complex, so like life itself, that the winner becomes emperor. Mocked, blackmailed, almost murdered, Gurgeh accepts the game, and with it the challenge of his life - and very possibly his death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great introduction to The Culture series

  • By Ken on 08-04-11

Push past the first part and its smooth sailing

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

Reviewed: 02-14-17

The main character is a bore until you get deep enough into the story to realize it's the culture that is the real main character.

  • Alive: Book One of the Generations Trilogy

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,150
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,065
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,062

A teenage girl awakens to find herself trapped in a coffin. She has no idea who she is, where she is, or how she got there. Fighting her way free brings little relief - she discovers only a room lined with caskets and a handful of equally mystified survivors. Beyond their room lies a corridor filled with bones and dust but no people and no answers. She knows only one thing about herself - her name, M. Savage, which was engraved on the foot of her coffin. She finds herself in charge. She is not the biggest among them or the boldest, but for some reason the others trust her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • worth two credits!!!

  • By Spamy Jr. on 07-15-15

I wish I was still a YA

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

Reviewed: 01-22-17

If you know the reveal the first half is tedious. Don't let anyone spoil it for you.

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