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Binghamton, NY
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  • The Naked and the Dead

  • By: Norman Mailer
  • Narrated by: John Buffalo Mailer
  • Length: 26 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 143

Hailed as one of the finest novels to come out of the Second World War, The Naked and the Dead received unprecedented critical acclaim upon its publication and has since become part of the American canon. This fiftieth anniversary edition features a new introduction created especially for the occasion by Norman Mailer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • John Buffalo Mailer narrates his father's book

  • By J. Larson on 08-11-16

Not at all a fan

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

I have an infinity for historical novels, this is not one, extreme violence, is Mailer trying to use the book to convince us to never enlist. I shut it off after 1 hour and have never gone back to it, and I have read Unbroken. Violence in war is appropriate I understand that but much of what he describes reminds me of modern cinema with little character development and story line, but loads of gratuitous violence for violence sake.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,862

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

Well done adventure

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

The description of Alaska made my heart long to return. The progression of the story was a bit predictable and not hard to see what was coming next, especially the climax as it was inescapable. Due to the epilogue it seems like the writer wants us to believe this was a historical novel?? Still it was well worth the time and the reading was done flawlessly.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,401
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,136
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 41,069

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

Outstanding account of resistance

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

Hannah tells the story of individual strength and courage during a time when the forces of evil were establish to create debilitating fear. Her characters were very well developed with a story line that was easy to follow.

  • We Were the Lucky Ones

  • By: Georgia Hunter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati, Robert Fass
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,329

An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive - and to reunite.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love it but...

  • By Roz on 07-19-17

Unimaginable Courage

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

Reviewed: 02-25-18

Although it is a bit confusing with the various family members and flash backs to their situations it is none the less an account that should be understood in its entirety. The people who suffered at the hands of the Nazis lost loved ones and I was compelled to listen to it a second time to get a full grasp of this historical biography of one family. Heart breaking and inspiring, I will never think of the holocaust the same way.

  • The Auschwitz Escape

  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,362
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,985
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,990

A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging novel of Nazi horrors

  • By Mark on 02-26-18

Very Moving Historical Biography

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

The telling of what occurred across Europe during the Nazi occupation can never be silenced. We must never forget what was allowed to occur to the children of God. We must never forget the human beings who allowed themselves to fight against fear in order to do the right thing. Thank you Mr. Rosenberg for writing this account even though I'm sure it was heart rending to even imagine.

  • Auschwitz #34207

  • The Joe Rubinstein Story
  • By: Nancy Sprowell Geise
  • Narrated by: Richard Rieman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 383

Shortly before dawn on a frigid morning in Radom, Poland, twenty-one year-old Joe answered a knock at the door of the cottage he shared with his widowed mother and siblings. German soldiers forced him onto a crowded open-air truck. Wearing only an undershirt and shorts, Joe was left on the truck with no protection from the cold. By the next morning, several around him would be dead. From there, things got worse for young Joe, much worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A life changing read

  • By mwatt on 03-26-16

Remembering the heart break

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

What occurred during the Holocaust should never be forgotten. Mr. Rubinstein's survival is unfathomable in the light of his suffering. For me it is a warning of the consequences of hatred and apathy. Thank you for your courage in documenting for us, to remember what happens when we look away.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Let Me Go

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Chris Chappell, Cassandra Morris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,579

Former Broadway dancer and current agoraphobic Billy Shine has not set foot outside his apartment in almost a decade. He has glimpsed his neighbors--beautiful manicurist Rayleen, lonely old Ms. Hinman, bigoted and angry Mr. Lafferty, kind-hearted Felipe, and nine-year-old Grace and her former addict mother, Eileen. But most of them have never seen Billy. Not until Grace begins to sit outside on the building's front stoop for hours every day, inches from Billy's patio.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational and humbling and awesome.

  • By Michele on 11-08-15

Sometimes we find more than we lost

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

Reviewed: 12-30-17

This is such a well written account of life for the friends, family and the individual who is fighting their demons in the world of human struggle with all the flavor and color of the community making its way on the road to recovery.

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,330
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34,226

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Another Hit

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

Very intriguing, If they ever decide to make this into a movie I hope they stay on the story line.

  • Man's Search for Meaning

  • By: Viktor E. Frankl
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,873

Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I will isten again and again

  • By Ann Marie on 12-27-04

Amazing account of Frankl's experience

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

Victor Frankl's insight into the abyss between meaningful and morose is eloquently told here and the accounts he recalls from his time in Nazi German death camp's gives credence to his belief and the effectiveness of patient treatment.

  • Angels & Insects

  • By: A. S. Byatt
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

In two breathtakingly accomplished novellas, A. S. Byatt explores the landscape of Victorian England, where science and spiritualism are both popular manias, and domestic decorum coexists with brutality and perversion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One for the records

  • By Mary Purvis on 11-06-17

One for the records

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

I was assigned this book for a biology class, it's a love story set in Victorian England with Darwin's evolution in the mix. The story is flowery, listening on Audible made it quite enjoyable.