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  • Enlightenment Now

  • The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,053

Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West but worldwide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We live in the best of all times

  • By Neuron on 02-25-18

Finally, the facts!

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

Reviewed: 07-22-18

A well- researched, brilliant analysis of the state of the world and the evolution of human culture over the past few hundred years.

  • Spycatcher

  • By: Matthew Dunn
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 153

Matthew Dunn spent years as an MI6 field operative working on some of the West’s most clandestine missions. He recruited and ran agents, planned and participated in special operations, and operated deep undercover throughout the world. In Spycatcher he draws on this fascinating experience to breathe urgent, dynamic new life into the contemporary spy novel. Featuring deft and daring superspy Will Cochrane, Dunn paints a nerve-jangling, bracingly authentic picture of today’s secret world. It is a place where trust is precious and betrayal is cheap....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ehhh . . . I want my time back

  • By john on 08-02-13

Last half got boring.

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Started out great but went on and on too long. characters shallow, and inconsistent, violence unrelenting at first.

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,617

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Thrilling true story, colorfully told.

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

The real, untold story of a brave Italian boy and his family as they resist the Nazi occupation of Italy. Thrilling, chilling, and beautifully told.

  • Office Visit Set III: Worry, Fear & Anxiety, Pain & Suffering, and Losing Weight

  • By: David R. Hawkins MD
  • Narrated by: David R. Hawkins MD
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 72

Three talks by Dr. Hawkins: Talk #1: Worry, Fear, and Anxiety; Talk #2: Pain and suffering; Talk #3: Losing Weight. This audio provides consciousness and energy techniques that easily handle a variety of challenges.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • office visit set 111

  • By Pam Bush on 03-10-16

Changed my life!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

The diet party alone is worth the price of admission. The pain part is amazing.

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,000
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,953

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun premise, great performance, weak story

  • By J. Klinghoffer on 08-06-15

Full throttle, fully imagined.

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Memorable concept, week executed. Surprises throughout and right up to the end. I liked it.

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  • Drift

  • The Unmooring of American Military Power
  • By: Rachel Maddow
  • Narrated by: Rachel Maddow
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,887

Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Half the National Debt?

  • By Dolf on 04-07-12

Our Founding Fathers' Worst Nightmare

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

Reviewed: 07-08-17

Clear, well- documented and frightening. Rachael Maddow did her homework, as usual, and crafted the biggest story of our century, how war has become a normal way of life for our country and no longer the business of citizens, just contractors and presidents. Eisenhower warned us about the military industrial complex. We didn't listen. Is anyone listening now??

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,527
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 58,672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,563

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

My Favorite Book this year.

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

Reviewed: 06-14-17

This book is so creative as to be magical. Can I have some more please?

  • Giving Up Illness Through 'A Course in Miracles'

  • By: David R. Hawkins MD
  • Narrated by: David R. Hawkins MD
  • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 62

Dr. Hawkins elaborates on his personal growth, physical challenges, and the different aspects of self-healing available through the power of A Course in Miracles. He shares his personal experience with alcohol and his journey "out of hell." Elaborating on how we are subject to only what we hold in mind, he takes us through his fascinating journey of self-healing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor quality audio but Life Transforming Message

  • By Oregon mom on 11-16-14

I did not get as much out of this.

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

I'm not familiar with A Course in Miracles or AA so didn't get much out of this.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Garden

  • By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,010

When Mary Lennox's parents die from cholera in India, the spoiled orphan is transplanted to her uncle's 600-year-old gloomy and secretive estate in England. She is certain that she is destined for misery at Misselthwaite Manor. However, she soon discovers an arched doorway into an overgrown garden, locked shut since the death of her aunt 10 years earlier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A magical getaway

  • By Catherine on 10-20-07

The original inspiration for "The Secret"?

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

I read this as a child and it moved me then. Hearing it now, it moved me even more deeply.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Things We Wish Were True

  • A Novel
  • By: Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
  • Narrated by: Taylor Ann Krahn
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,559
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,398

From the outside, Sycamore Glen, North Carolina, might look like the perfect all-American neighborhood. But behind the white picket fences lies a web of secrets that reach from house to house. Up and down the streets, neighbors quietly bear the weight of their own pasts - until an accident at the community pool upsets the delicate equilibrium. And when tragic circumstances compel a woman to return to Sycamore Glen after years of self-imposed banishment, the tangle of the neighbors' intertwined lives begins to unravel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I hate fake Southern accents

  • By David on 07-01-17

Enjoyed it.

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

Reviewed: 11-06-16

I liked getting to know the characters. I could guess some of the plot turns, but not all.