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  • My Life as a Foreign Country

  • A Memoir
  • By: Brian Turner
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

In 2003 Sergeant Brian Turner crossed the line of departure with a convoy of soldiers headed into the Iraqi desert. Now he lies awake each night beside his sleeping wife, imagining himself as a drone aircraft, hovering over the terrains of Bosnia and Vietnam, Iraq and Northern Ireland, the killing fields of Cambodia and the death camps of Europe. In this breathtaking memoir, award-winning poet Brian Turner retraces his war experience - predeployment to combat zone, homecoming to aftermath.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • short stories

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-12-19

short stories

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

anippets of experience. Free association. ramblins. you just have to let it wash over you.

  • An American Marriage (Oprah’s Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Tayari Jones
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,659

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the Story, but...

  • By Lisa N. Haynes on 03-01-18

Folksy

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

I was well into section 3 of this book when I finally accepted that I didn't care for anyone in this book and that I should give up trying because nothing much was happening.

  • Fantasyland

  • How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History
  • By: Kurt Andersen
  • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
  • Length: 19 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,590

A razor-sharp thinker offers a new understanding of our post-truth world and explains the American instinct to believe in make-believe, from the Pilgrims to P. T. Barnum to Disneyland to zealots of every stripe...to Donald Trump. In this sweeping, eloquent history of America, Kurt Andersen demonstrates that what's happening in our country today - this strange, post-factual, "fake news" moment we're all living through - is not something entirely new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character and path.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, but...

  • By Synthpulse on 11-15-17

enlighting

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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: 12-27-18

But will it change any minds or make the Trump cult any the wiser? I seriously doubt it.

  • Stoned

  • Wrecked, Book 1
  • By: Mandi Beck
  • Narrated by: Kai Kennicott, Wen Ross
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

As the lead singer of one of the hottest bands to hit the rock scene, f--ks are free, drugs come easy, and music is life. For as long as Stone can remember, Willow has been his music - the notes that weave his soul together. His rhythm. >Until he threw her away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic narration

  • By Danni on 11-16-16

Terrible !!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

This has got to be one of the worst books I've ever downloaded! The performances are strained, melodramatic and over the top, nobody talks like that! what kind of reader would find this book entertaining?

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 43,825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,983
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,837

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not my usual style

  • By Veronica on 09-22-18

Lovely

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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: 10-28-18

I couldn't help chuckle at the end. very pleasant read . beautifully distinctive! of a kind of place that probably no longer existed.

  • A Separate Peace

  • By: John Knowles
  • Narrated by: Scott Snively
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 652

Now a modern classic, this story of two boys' friendship at an exclusive New Hampshire prep school as it parallels the inescapable and escalating atmosphere of World War II, is intense and engaging to the last word.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How can one fault a Classic like this?

  • By Theodore on 06-02-13

There must be something wrong with me.

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Why didn't I find this book compelling? Why was I not impressed, as so many are. Why did I wonder why this story is called "a classic"?

I didn't find the characters "well developed", in fact, I found no connection with any of them, I found myself bored by the whole story and only stayed with it because I was sure something was about to happen, and nothing did. For all the talk about connections, I didn't feel even feel the characters found connects in any sympathetic way. I can't even remember their names now!

  • Krueger's Men

  • The Secret Nazi Counterfeit Plot and the Prisoners of Block 19
  • By: Lawrence Malkin
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

The true story of the greatest counterfeiting scheme in history and the men the Nazis called upon to help it succeed – a group of concentration-camp Jews. Only a fortnight after the start of World War II, at a meeting that has remained a secret for more than half a century, Nazi leaders and officials of the German Reichsbank approved an audacious plot to counterfeit millions of British pounds.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • very interesting chapter in history

  • By Daniel on 11-25-06

Who knew

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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: 10-06-18

This was a ascinating and well told bit of Hx that, as fiction, might been unbeleavable!

  • The Incendiaries

  • A Novel
  • By: R. O. Kwon
  • Narrated by: Keong Sim
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 165

Phoebe Lin and Will Kendall meet in their first month at prestigious Edwards University. Phoebe is a glamorous girl who doesn't tell anyone she blames herself for her mother's recent death. Will is a misfit scholarship boy who transfers to Edwards from Bible college, waiting tables to get by. What he knows for sure is that he loves Phoebe. Grieving and guilt-ridden, Phoebe is drawn into a secretive cult founded by a charismatic former student with an enigmatic past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful story that sticks with you

  • By Diana on 08-01-18

Tedious, dreallike

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

I listened to this book with a general lack of interest, hoping something would happen that would perk my attention. The characters were flat; I didn't care about any of them, the performance was flat; tended to put me to sleep, and the "story" was vague and dreamy. I couldn't find a direction and finally stopped listening.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fight No More

  • Stories
  • By: Lydia Millet
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Lambert
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

In her first story collection since Love in Infant Monkeys, which became a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Lydia Millet explores what it means to be home. Nina, a lonely real-estate broker estranged from her only relative, is at the center of a web of stories connecting fractured communities and families. She moves through the houses of L.A.'s wealthy and elite and finds men and women both crass and tender, vicious, and desperate. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding in Craft and Content!

  • By Tina on 07-31-18

Kept finding myself in another place

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

I think in order to appreciate this book you need to sit and concentrate Because unless you do you will, all too frequently, find yourself in some unknown place with some unknown characters wondering, when did that happen? I finally gave up about a third the way through.

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,596
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12,466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,423

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

Requested a refund!

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

There were points in this 130 chapter book that were "utterly unbelievable", and "absurdly stupid" as well as boringly formulaic, cliched and "preachy"!

I made it through to chapter 30, where the undercover President, incognito, meets up with a Russian agent in a ballpark where 4 rows of seats in front and behind and 2 rows of seats to the left and right are purposing left empty. Seriously?

It was at that point that I realized this book with its awful grating narration, was only going to get worse and I decided to stop wasting my time and deleted it!

I actually plan to request a refund.

I'm very surprised that a man with Clinton's intellectual credentials put his name to this mess. He should be embarrassed!