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  • How Not to Get Shot

  • And Other Advice from White People
  • By: D. L. Hughley, Doug Moe
  • Narrated by: D. L. Hughley
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123

From the elections of Barack Obama and Donald Trump to the tragic events of Ferguson and Charlottesville, the subject of race has come to the forefront of American consciousness. Legendary satirist D. L. Hughley offers his own cutting observations on this contentious issue that continues to traumatize the nation, a wound made more painful by the ongoing comments and actions of the 45th president. Hughley uses humor to draw attention to injustice, sardonically offering advice on a number of lessons, like "How to make cops feel more comfortable while they're handcuffing you".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • D.L. Hughley keeps me "woke"!

  • By Mcmlviii on 08-21-18

Entertaining and Raw

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

D.L. in his inimitable style and delivery. Funny, engaging and honest, this is a great listen.

The anecdotes and summaries are really funny and bring some humor to an obviously messed up cultural situation.

My favorite part was the analogy regarding plane disasters and the public response to a downed plane....that really stuck with me.

This is a pretty short listen at under 4 hours and is a great lift if you are looking for something funny and entertaining, D.L. does an excellent job narrating.

  • We Are Displaced

  • My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World
  • By: Malala Yousafzai
  • Narrated by: Malala Yousafzai - prologue, Neela Vaswani, Deepti Gupta
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 27

Nobel Peace Prize winner and New York Times best-selling author Malala Yousafzai introduces some of the people behind the statistics and news stories we read or hear every day about the millions of people displaced worldwide.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Malala is such a force for good

  • By Mary Beth on 01-11-19

Moving and Informative

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

If you have raised a daughter or daughters, this is a must read. The courageousness and depth of these young women is really inspiring.

In this world of deepening xenophobia and ignorance of immigration and complete lack of nuance in discussion of the complex issues, this is a really moving account of individual young women and their struggles and journeys. Not only have these women overcome tremendous personal trials but they have used their hardships to contribute to the betterment of the more than 60 million refugees that follow in their footsteps.

Deeply moving and inspiring and the narration is top notch.

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,935
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,454

Yuval Noah Harari's 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is a probing and visionary investigation into today's most urgent issues as we move into the uncharted territory of the future. As technology advances faster than our understanding of it, hacking becomes a tactic of war, and the world feels more polarized than ever, Harari addresses the challenge of navigating life in the face of constant and disorienting change and raises the important questions we need to ask ourselves in order to survive. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good stuff, but mostly repeats

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-13-18

A lot of Interesting Questions

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

Reviewed: 12-28-18

I don't normally rag on narrators because most of Audible ones are pretty high end. I really had a hard time with Perkins' English accent....I can't put my finger on it but it just seemed to dilute the content.

The book is not a glowing review of the 21st Century...but it does expose pretty much every major issue facing humans in the next few decades. Even though I've read alot of tech, AI, biotech stuff, I still think most of this is sci-fi mumbo-jumbo. We are one recession away from all of this hitting the skids.

IMJ, the book could have been 25% shorter....the last few chapters really just droned on and on about philosophical questions that none of us have the answer to.

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22,754
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,779
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20,686

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

Our Mafia President

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

I have mixed feelings about the book. However, with a family member in IC, I know how truly dedicated these people are to the truth and how ecumenical they are politically.

Comey spent his formative prosecution putting away mobsters and he knows the mafia and how it operates. Therefore, it is not surprising that he sniffed out a mob boss in the White House the second that he met him...prompting him to immediately keep contemporaneous memos of all the interactions.

Comey comes across like he does in public....a little bit haughty at times. That said, the book is rich in detail and the intellectual struggles that IC officials go through in order to make tough decisions regarding the security of the nation.

I am giving it 5 stars, but I feel it only scratched the surface of how deep the Trump-Russia conspiracy goes.

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  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,147

Ernt Allbright, a former POW, comes home from the Vietnam war a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes an impulsive decision: He will move his family north, to Alaska, where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By Deborah on 02-07-18

Excellent Narration

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Spoiler: Don't give up on this book as it is markedly one severe tragedy after another...the ending is worth the trauma.

Whelan does an excellent job of carrying the characters and the deeply emotional and, at times, very disturbing, story line.

This one is hard to put down....a gripping tale and one where you want to keep hoping for good even though the family just sinks deeper and deeper into misery and grief.

I am now hooked on the author, her writing style is so gripping and graceful. If you want softness and feel good vibes, this is not the book for you. If you want an emotional ride through real-life tragedy and suffering, pick it up.

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  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47,599
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,136
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43,064

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Beyond Excellent, Superb Narration

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

Polly Stone brings this masterpiece to light. I absolutely could not put this book down. I binged it in just a few days.

The is a raw and deeply moving book....at times so deeply emotional....get out the tissues.

This is a deeply empowering female book and at the same time paints a detailed and richly-descriptive look at life in France during the German occupation of WWII. If you are a woman or a mother of a young woman, this is almost a must-read for its sense of empowerment and yet, be warned, there are brutal realities that unfold in the face of the atrocities of war.

Again, cannot say enough about the narration...truly one of the best narrators I have ever heard on Audible. Ten stars for the narrator.

Get this one, you will NOT be disappointed. Gut and heart-wrenching...gets you right to the core.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,167

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Afraid to Write a "Less-Than-Positive" Review

  • By Elizabeth on 08-06-14

Deeply Engaging and Ecletic

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

It's easy to see how this won a Pulitzer. The writing is so deeply descriptive...very Tolkein-like. The narration of the book is very excellent.

There is enough of a fantasy feel to give the book that extra edge as it discusses the realities of life during WWII. The characters are very well developed and create a rich tapestry. The small, simple filaments that bind the characters together are created with amazing precision.

I could not put this one down, Some of the descriptive techniques are so mesmerizing. I found myself hearing the description and wanting to go back just to hear it one more time....to really let it sink in.

If you like this, I highly recommend "The Nightingale."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Facts and Fears

  • Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence
  • By: Trey Brown, James R. Clapper
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 18 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392

When he stepped down in January 2017 as the fourth US Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper had been President Obama's senior intelligence advisor for six and a half years, longer than his three predecessors combined. He led the US Intelligence Community through a period that included the raid on Osama bin Laden, the Benghazi attack, the leaks of Edward Snowden, and Russia's influence operation on the 2016 US election.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Speaking Straight, Unbiased Truth to Power

  • By Cynthia on 05-29-18

This is what a true patriot looks like

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

I have family members that have worked in IC and it is the same feeling. They take an oath to the country and they serve that country before any other thing....no ideology, no partisan BS, just raw patriotism.

The first few chapters are a memoir and the rest is a nose to the glass look an intelligence...including the blunders. Clapper is very frank about the shortcomings and mistakes made by IC professionals but also gives the highlights for major successes.

The world needs more people like this, men and women of deep integrity. I look at Clapper as an elder statesman, a man who grew up in the military and served his country for over five decades has had deep wisdom to share to the world. This elder energy is deeply needed in the world we have today.

This is not an expose on Russia and it's not an anti-Trump book...but it shows what true character and a life long commitment to the safety of the United States looks like. We need more Jim Clappers in the world today.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 43,409
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,746
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 39,511

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

Passionate, Poignant, Enlightening, Direct

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

Michelle is such an awesome narrator, really glad she wrote this book. Throughout her entire life story, we hear the humbleness of her beginnings that flow all through her "becomings."

From her childhood to her education and family moments, she is clear and concise and moving. At times, deeply emotional and heart-filled, the book tells the story of a woman swept up into the world of politics. While she states emphatically that she would never want to run for any office, I would hope she continues to be a voice for the political world.

This is a no holds barred book, direct, powerful and emotionally revealing. <3 Mrs. Obama. Ten Stars!

16 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Leadership

  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Beau Bridges, David Morse, Jay O. Sanders, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 849

Are leaders born or made? Where does ambition come from? How does adversity affect the growth of leadership? Does the man make the times or do the times make the man? In Leadership, Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely - Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson (in civil rights) - to show how they first recognized leadership qualities within themselves, and were recognized by others as leaders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What makes a president great?

  • By tru britty on 09-25-18

Narration is excellent

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

This is a really good listen, long, but super in depth look at four of America's greatest leaders. It is uplifting to listen to a time when the country had men of character and dignity and profound respect. The contrast between these men and the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania avenue could not be more stark. These were men of deep compassion, empathy and inclusiveness. The narration is outstanding...it really brings to life these larger than life human beings who stewarded the United States through some of the most turbulent times. I am now watching The Roosevelts to learn more about their history. Doris Goodwin really out did herself on this one, fascinating historical representation that shows the frailties, humor and humanness of these leaders.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful