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  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,027

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Not Really About The Weather

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

The listeners first task is to get past the first 30 minutes or so about the super-boring training of a female NASA astronaut. Then, they start talking about the weather. Not. The weather is just an analogy regarding our current political storm.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,949

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

Not Impressed

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

If you've read the reviews and excerpts that the press has written, you've pretty much read the book. There's nothing new to reveal here, as we've known along about the chaos, absurdity and stupidity of this administration.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Unhinged

  • An Insider's Account of the Trump White House
  • By: Omarosa Manigault Newman
  • Narrated by: Omarosa Manigault Newman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,966
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,751
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,748

Few have been a member of Donald Trump’s inner orbit longer than Omarosa Manigault Newman. Their relationship has spanned 15 years - through four television shows, a presidential campaign, and a year by his side in the most chaotic, outrageous White House in history. But that relationship has come to a decisive and definitive end, and Omarosa is finally ready to share her side of the story in this explosive, jaw-dropping account.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing We Didn't Already Know

  • By Yvonne Lowery on 09-11-18

Have Your Emesis Bag Ready

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I don't know what Omarosa is expecting or even what her intentions are in this book. She claims on talk shows that she wants no part of this being some sort of "October Surprise," but what else could it be? There's not anything new here that we didn't already know, as we have always known that trump (not capitalized on purpose) is a lying racist, misogynist and bigot. What is truly nauseating however, is how long she stuck around. I've heard her say that she was like a frog in boiling water, but come on now. Time after time after time, she appears to now recognize (in hindsight), but really, she actually recognized it while it was happening, yet she remained in the cult of trump. She settled a major lawsuit against the National Enquirer (spoiler alert) and took an offer from trump to advance her career while also doing him yet another "favor." But it just gets worse and worse as her denial remains so strong with each misstep the administration makes. She announces on TV now, over and over, her admission of being complicit. Great, but really lady? REALLY? How can someone apparently be so smart be so very stupid. Money talks and bullsh*t walks. Keep on walking, lady.

77 of 93 people found this review helpful

  • American Conspiracy Theories

  • By: Joseph E. Uscinski, Joseph M. Parent
  • Narrated by: Tristan Morris
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

We are living in an age of conspiracy theories, whether it's an enduring, widely held belief such as government involvement in the Kennedy assassination, fears of a powerful infiltrating group, or modern fringe movements of varying popularity such as birtherism and trutherism. What is it in American culture that makes conspiracy theories proliferate? Who is targeted, and why? Are we in the heyday of the conspiracy theory, or is it in decline? American Conspiracy Theories is the first to use broad, long-term empirical data to analyze this popular American tendency.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ugh. Take A Pass On This Title

  • By T. Redwood on 08-12-18

Ugh. Take A Pass On This Title

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

This book lost me half-way through and I'll be returning the title. The performer sounds like Ed Wood. The listen becomes a hodge-podge of a mess that really offers no direction to any given topic. And, for a book supposedly based on empirical data, then the author really has no business listing some examples and ending the sentence with "and this or that." Really? The real conspiracy here is that this book may divert your attention from things that really matter like Mary Poppins or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This title was released late enough to at least cover the QAnon conspiracy but it was nowhere to be found. Or maybe it does, and I didn't make it through to the end of the book.

  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,447
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,352

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

A Good Yarn, But Too Many Implausibilities

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

I could easily see why this is an exciting title. I wanted to like it more, but found myself in too much disbelief to really care. I understand that the exercises in stupidity are necessary to drive the plot forward, but methinks the author dug herself into such a huge hole that it became impossible to tie everything up in a nice bow in the end. Some foreshadowing was used perhaps one time too much that made me figure out the kind of surprise ending early on, which didn't quite make it a surprise. I look forward to more works by Ms. Steadman as there is clearly a great deal of talent going on here. The performance read by the author is certainly an excellent choice.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tell No Lies

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,867
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,866

The scion of an old-money San Francisco family, Daniel Brasher left his well-paying, respectable money-manager position to marry his community organizer wife and work at a job he loves, leading group counseling sessions with recently paroled violent offenders. One night he finds an envelope - one intended for someone else that was placed in his office mailbox by accident. Inside is an unsigned piece of paper, a handwritten note that says, "Admit what you've done or you will bleed for it."

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The purgatory of group therapy

  • By karen on 03-07-14

Another Great Yarn by Hurwitz

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

OK, so this may not be Hurwitz' best, but it's still a great listen. As usual, the Hurwitz plots are a little over the top with plenty of room for disbelief, or parts that lead to you say, "how did they arrive at that?", or, "why wasn't the FBI involved?" At any rate, the listener learns to overcome these thoughts because the writing is just so darned good. The end of this book has several moments where you think it's wrapping up the case, but it just gets full of twists and turns that keep you wanting more, and Hurwitz delivers. As usual, the performance by Scott Brick was par excellence with the accents right on the mark that let you know who is doing the talking. But please, can someone coach Mr. Brick into how to pronounce "Noe" as in "Noe Valley" in San Francisco? Please?

  • NeuroTribes

  • The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
  • By: Steve Silberman
  • Narrated by: William Hughes
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,326

What is autism: a lifelong disability or a naturally occurring form of cognitive difference akin to certain forms of genius? In truth, it is both of these things and more - and the future of our society depends on our understanding it. Wired reporter Steve Silberman unearths the secret history of autism, long suppressed by the same clinicians who became famous for discovering it, and finds surprising answers to the crucial question of why the number of diagnoses has soared in recent years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Contrast to "In a Different Key"

  • By Gadget on 06-01-16

Great Book. Incredibly Sloppy Editing.

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

I really like this book, as it was well-researched and thorough. However Audible should be truly embarrassed by the horrific editing that occurs, as it is quite obvious that NOBODY listened to the "finished" product. I get it. They put the performer in front of a mic to record the numerals of the chapters. Then, someone sloppily inserts these numbers in a seemingly random order. At some point, the listener first hears, "4." Then "5." Then, "2," "3,", "5," "2," etc. This mistake is laughable, but I am definitely getting this credit back, as Audible needs to fix this error, BIG TIME.

  • Captive of the Labyrinth

  • Sarah L. Winchester, Heiress to the Rifle Fortune
  • By: Mary Jo Ignoffo
  • Narrated by: Nan Mcnamara
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

The first full-length biography of Sarah Winchester, the subject of the movie Winchester starring Helen Mirren, now available for the first time in audio. Since her death in 1922, Sarah Winchester has been perceived as a mysterious, haunted figure. After inheriting a vast fortune upon the death of her husband in 1881, Sarah purchased a simple farmhouse in San José, California. She began building additions to the house and continued construction on it for the next twenty years. A hostile press cast Sarah as the conscience of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company—a widow shouldering responsibility for the many deaths caused by the rifle that brought her riches. She was accused of being a ghost-obsessed spiritualist, and to this day it is largely believed that the extensive construction she executed on her San José house was done to appease the ghouls around her. But was she really as guilt-ridden and superstitious as history remembers her? When Winchester’s home was purchased after her death, it was transformed into a tourist attraction. The bizarre, sprawling mansion and the enigmatic nature of Winchester’s life were exaggerated by the new owners to generate publicity for their business. But as the mansion has become more widely known, the person of Winchester has receded from reality, and she is only remembered for squandering her riches to ward off disturbed spirits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Woman Behind the Mystery House

  • By T. Redwood on 04-27-18

The Woman Behind the Mystery House

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

This book was meticulously researched and is a great read. The first four chapters were a snooze-fest for myself with just a tad too much detail and history leading up to the reason we all chose this book: the life of Sarah Winchester and her amazing mansion. I will definitely listen to this book again, however I will remember to just start at chapter five. I live less than 30 minutes from the Mystery House and have visited it. This book reveals the legend and separates the myths from the facts that has built this story over time. Truly entertaining and enlightening. However, don't expect a spook story, but rather the media frenzy that INVENTED the spook story. It was so great to learn that Sarah was indeed a recluse which led to the mystery, but who knew what an a amazing philanthropist she was. The author gets credit for leading the story up to the present day with the present owners and manager of the Mystery House. See the Hollywood spook story movies, but also check out this book to see where the myth springs from reality.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,756

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

Great read, but appears to end too quickly

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

Reviewed: 11-18-17

This is by all means a great audiobook, as read by the author. Being from Kentucky myself with Appalachian hillbilly blood in me, some parts of this seemed so very familiar. I can look back now at my own extended family and see how the cycle of poverty and lack of knowledge creates a vicious cycle of despair unless one is empowered enough to escape it. This story goes at break-neck speed with AMAZING anecdotes that will have you laughing and crying at the same time. However, once the author joins the marines - the post military world that inspires him to really get his act together - the story seems to lose steam; however ironically, this becomes the actual substance of his thesis. It just seems that so much more could have been written to help him sum up his experiences. I know he tries, but as the listener, it still left me hanging. I would still highly recommend this read, regardless.

  • Little Girl Blue

  • The Life of Karen Carpenter
  • By: Randy L. Schmidt
  • Narrated by: Cheryl Bentyne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

Little Girl Blue is an intimate profile of Karen Carpenter, a girl from a modest Connecticut upbringing who became a Southern California superstar. Karen was the instantly recognizable lead singer of the Carpenters. The top-selling American musical act of the 1970's, they delivered the love songs that defined a generation. Little Girl Blue reveals Karen's heartbreaking struggles with her mother, brother, and husband; the intimate disclosures she made to her closest friends; and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Karen Carpenter's real story finally revealed!

  • By Pedro on 11-27-13

Brilliant but sad.

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

What a great reflection on the life of Karen and her inner circle. First, you get the wonderful voice of Cheryl Bentyne, whom I hope does more audiobooks in the future. While this does display some ups and downs of a whirlwind career, it also exposes the downfall of the inner circle, which, I hate to admit had much to do with Karen's decline and subsequent death. As one person in the story put it, you have to get through several different moats to try to reach the true Karen, but I suppose that is common with many celebrities of her and Richard's stature. This book really makes me dislike her uber-controlling mother, Agnes, who shows us all a great lesson in OCD and verbal child abuse that led to Karen's demise. I was thrilled that the author chose to talk at some length about the Todd Haynes cult classic, "Superstar." Sure is was closed down at premieres because Todd did not get the licensing for the music, but also what was missing in the entire story but something that Todd Haynes manages to get through to the audience, if only briefly, that Richard had a "lifestyle" (i.e., gay) that he was hiding. Now knowing how much a control freak that the inner circle was, especially Richard on the 1989 TV docu-drama, it just makes me wonder if this facet was left out of the book because of Richard? This is the only reason it got four stars for the story. Whether it is true or not, good journalism and writing would have at least mentioned this.

Well worth the listen and will listen to again.