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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 76,557
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 69,756
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 69,356

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

Inspirational for mothers and professional women

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Reviewed: 01-15-19

Politics aside, I was Inspired by former FLOTUS's life, journey, and commitment to making a better world. To hear her openly speak about the struggles and internal turmoil about not just being the president's wife, but being a working mother of two young kids trying to balance family and the career goals of both parents gave voice to the struggles of many working moms.

  • How America Lost Its Secrets

  • Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft
  • By: Edward Jay Epstein
  • Narrated by: Michael Bybee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

After details of American government surveillance were published in 2013, Edward Snowden, formerly a subcontracted IT analyst for the NSA, became the center of an international controversy: Was he a hero, traitor, whistle-blower, spy? Was his theft legitimized by the nature of the information he exposed? When is it necessary for governmental transparency to give way to subterfuge? Edward Jay Epstein brings a lifetime of journalistic and investigative acumen to bear on these and other questions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different way of looking at things

  • By Stephanie M. McKay on 05-12-17

Excellent and well-researched depiction

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-25-17

This book was extremely well-researched. The author explored many many different angles to the story and seems to present a very unbiased depiction of what occurred and what America lost because of Snowden. I learned a lot about this case, American and international espionage, and our intelligence agencies.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,447

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

Starts out a little slow but gets a lot better

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The book started a little slow for me, but after a few chapters I was into it. The storyline isn't so unique--old man who appears to be grumpy and isolated actually has a big heart. It is the commentary and descriptions of Ove's and others reactions to things that add some humor and relatability to the characters. It wasn't very suspenseful or hysterical, but was just a very nice book to read (hear).