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H. Franke

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  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35,213
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,939
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,789

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Been There

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-19

For whomever grows up in a religious home of any religion where children are abused in any fashion this will be helpful to read. Tara gives voice to many people who have not the couarage to speak of their own pain in being raised by fundamentalists and to those who have delusional parents living with mental illness.

I leave this story angry at her family, who harmed the children and some who may currently be harmed, for not doing something. Especially her mother and the small community in Idaho.

Some may find this story boring to listen to but it is very much about how fundamentalism skews the children and how lack of education from the real world can absolutely have real impact on children and who they become as adults.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 60,651
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 55,386
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 55,072

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Are You Who You Appear To Be

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-18

I am into a few chapters and I keep feeling I am discovering a precious gem. The story telling is like fiction but this is fact. Michelle's voice works so well in her reading. I feel comforted by her steady telling. It's an historical book. This is not dry and un-telling. It is rich. You will be a better person for reading this. Whether that's your intention or not.

114 of 166 people found this review helpful

  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,441

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational yet Existential Crisis Inducing

  • By Celia on 05-31-16

Healthcare Sojourn

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

As an RN and having worked with cancer patients I learned more than I thought I would from this doctors words. I appreciate the time he took to write this book. I really appreciated the positive reflections he made about nurses.

  • Get Well Soon

  • History’s Worst Plagues and the Heroes Who Fought Them
  • By: Jennifer Wright
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,779

In 1518, in a small town in Alsace, Frau Troffea began dancing and didn't stop. She danced until she was carried away six days later, and soon 34 more villagers joined her. Then more. In a month more than 400 people had been stricken by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-19th-century England an eccentric gentleman founded the No Nose Club in his gracious townhome - a social club for those who had lost their noses, and other body parts, to the plague of syphilis for which there was then no cure.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Once over lightly with a nasty tone

  • By Helen Feddema on 08-20-17

Every family should know

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

As an RN the topic is fascinating. The author has done her research and put her own spin on certain items which makes the book quite enjoyable. I had to restrain myself from reading at the dinner table. As a nurse we can eat anywhere no matter the guts and grime. I envision families or schools making this a must read for schoolage children. Never forget so we don't repeat. And be kind to each other.