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  • 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 1,630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,451

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

Our Past, Our Present, Our Future

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

The perfect read for anyone trying to understand the current craziness in America. While, everyone won't agree with the author's theories they are definitely worth considering.

  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,468
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,437

In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new website where anyone - not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers - could buy and sell contraband detection-free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An honest portrait of DPR

  • By Victor on 05-18-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

This book reads like a thriller but the fact that it is a true story makes it even more amazing. The author takes a complex event with many twists and multiple characters and makes it totally understandable. The narration is perfect. It is so great when you love your Audible selection.

  • The Death of Cancer

  • By: Vincent T. DeVita Jr. MD, Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn
  • Narrated by: Stephen McLaughlin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

As one of oncology's leading figures, DeVita knows what cancer looks like from the lab bench and the bedside. The Death of Cancer is his illuminating and deeply personal look at the science and the history of one of the world's most formidable diseases. In DeVita's hands, even the most complex medical concepts are comprehensible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mandatory for Every Literate Person on the Planet

  • By Stephen Strum on 12-21-15

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

As a breast cancer survivor and a health care professional I found this book informative and encouraging. Of course, in a field that is constantly changing, that is the author's point afterall, the book cannot be totally up to date. However, what I anticipate has not changed is the "politics".
Anyone who thinks healthcare is somehow exempt from these burdensome policies and personalities are naive.
The author has contributed a great deal to the war on cancer and has been a champion for patients and for this he is justly proud.
This book is as much about the author as the field of cancer treatment and occasionally it felt like it was just "a little" too much about his personal accomplishments.

  • Mercer Girls

  • By: Libbie Hawker
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,281
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,076
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,073

It's 1864 in downtrodden Lowell, Massachusetts. The Civil War has taken its toll on the town - leaving the economy in ruin and its women in dire straits. That is, until Asa Mercer arrives on a peculiar, but providential, errand: he seeks high-minded women who can exert an elevating influence in Seattle, where there are ten men for every woman. Mail-order brides, yes, but of a certain caliber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Kirsten Balckwell on 02-04-17

Dreadful

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

I haven't written a review in months but this book is just so awful I had to express my thoughts. I have selected hundreds of Audible books and I rarely choose a bad one. This book was the exception. At once I realized this was not the book for me! I immediately reread the description and the reviews in an attempt to understand why I had made a bad decision.
The reader reviews for this book were amazingly positive. However the negative reviews more clearly represented my listening experience.
I think the term historical fiction is often inaccurate. I would definitely term this heavy fiction light on history. Like other reviewers I found the lives of the main characters to be totally unbelievable. Those reviewers who found the history of the area interesting let me just say...very little history or knowledge is imparted in this book. Yes, Susan B Anthony did indeed visit to promote Women's Suffrage.
Reviews are subjective as is each listeners book likes and dislikes. And no book is perfect for everyone. I just hope that I got this as a Daily Deal and didn't waste a credit on it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Louder Than Words

  • The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning
  • By: Benjamin K. Bergen
  • Narrated by: Benjamin K. Bergen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 340

Whether it’s brusque, convincing, fraught with emotion, or dripping with innuendo, language is fundamentally a tool for conveying meaning - a uniquely human magic trick in which you vibrate your vocal cords to make your innermost thoughts pop up in someone else’s mind. You can use it to talk about all sorts of things - from your new labradoodle puppy to the expansive gardens at Versailles, from Roger Federer’s backhand to things that don’t exist at all, like flying pigs.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Almost too thorough

  • By kwdayboise (Kim Day) on 06-04-17

Mind Numbing

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

I read a previous book by this scholar/author and figured I would also enjoy this selection, unfortunately not so much. The beginning part of the book was global enough to as appeal to the average listener and then it got way too technical! Chapters were then devoted to every type of experiment relevant to the subject matter. I give the author credit for his extensive research.
Also, I had to decrease the speed of the narration. I have hundreds of audible books in my library and I don't recollect ever having to do this. I found it perplexing that the author/narrator sped through much of the research. Perhaps, he had an inkling that it was beginning to drag.
I purchased this a daily deal, so I wasn't out much money or a credit so I don't feel ripped off. I just wish I had enjoyed it more.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Real Food, Fake Food

  • Why You Don't Know What You're Eating and What You Can Do About It
  • By: Larry Olmsted
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569

You've seen the headlines: Parmesan cheese made from sawdust. Lobster rolls containing no lobster at all. Extra-virgin olive oil that isn't. Fake foods are in our supermarkets, our restaurants, and our kitchen cabinets. Award-winning food journalist and travel writer Larry Olmsted exposes this pervasive and dangerous fraud perpetrated on unsuspecting Americans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed in how few foods were covered.

  • By Perry Gallagher on 01-13-17

Entertaining & Informative

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

This was a great listen! The narrator was excellent and seemed to be really interested in the subject matter. While, the information presented was eye opening and discouraging the author provides useful tips to locate more "real food", which keeps it from focusing solely on the negative.
As was to be expected the government officials come off very badly and I have little doubt that this was not an honest representation. The other experts or purveyors of real foods that he cites provided excellent and useful information.
If you are interested in the food you consume you would be well advised to listen and learn from this book. I am pleased to report that unlike many books dealing with the poor state of the food we eat this was not graphic or disgusting and while I will be changing my buying practices I don't feel the need to abstain from all food!

  • The Drunken Botanist

  • The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks
  • By: Amy Stewart
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 722
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 644
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 636

Every great drink starts with a plant. Sake began with a grain of rice. Scotch emerged from barley. Gin was born from a conifer shrub when medieval physicians boiled juniper berries with wine to treat stomach pain. The Drunken Botanist uncovers the surprising botanical history and fascinating science and chemistry of over 150 plants, flowers, trees, and fruits (and even a few fungi).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • No more cheap tequila!

  • By Cynthia on 03-23-13

So Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

This book won't change your life but it will entertain you and inform you for many rewarding hours. The one downside is that the book must contain lots of great beverage recipes. The recipes are read but it would be a little challenging to remember them all. I'm looking forward to checking out her website. The narration was perfect. I'm sure I got it as a Daily Deal and probably wouldn't have used a credit on it.

  • The Traitor's Story

  • By: Kevin Wignall
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,564
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,562

When fifteen-year-old American Hailey Portman goes missing in Switzerland, her desperate parents seek the help of their neighbor, Finn Harrington, a seemingly quiet historian rumored to be a former spy. Sensing the story runs deeper than anyone yet knows, Finn reluctantly agrees to make some enquiries. He has little to go on other than his instincts, and his instincts have been wrong in the past - sometimes spectacularly wrong.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Complicated but pretty well done

  • By cristina on 09-12-16

Great Narration

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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: 12-23-16

I have to confess that Simon Vance could probably read the telephone book and it would be interesting. He is really an exceptional narrator.
I usually prefer non-fiction books but this was an interesting book, with good character development and no really crazy plot deviations that make so many "thrillers" hard to take seriously. This is not great literature but it was definitely an enjoyable listen.

  • Black Hawk Down

  • By: Mark Bowden
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,963

Ninety-nine elite American soldiers are trapped in the middle of a hostile city. As night falls, they are surrounded by thousands of enemy gunmen. Their wounded are bleeding to death. Their ammunition and supplies are dwindling. This is the story of how they got there - and how they fought their way out. Black Hawk Down drops you into a crowded marketplace in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia with the U.S. Special Forces and puts you in the middle of the most intense firelight American soldiers have fought since the Vietnam war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Of Military Writing...

  • By Joshua on 11-06-16

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 12-21-16

This was an excellent book. I'm not sure what initially attracted me to this book but it was such a rewarding listen. The narration was excellent. It appeared that the book was thoroughly researched and the individuals involved in the conflict were truly brought to life. It was a sad experience for those involved and none of us should forget the sacrifices they made... perhaps for naught.

  • America's First Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 23 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,831
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,372

In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, best-selling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph - a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By SDR on 05-25-16

More Romance Than History

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

After attempting to listen to this book I contacted Audible and requested that they make it clearer in the description when a book is a Romance. A few historical facts don't alter the fact that every sentence is burdened with multiple adjectives routinely describing various attractions. I'm sure that many people enjoy Romance novels so I'm not sure why they just aren't honest about it to begin with. What little history is embedded in this book is overshadowed by heart palpitations and heaving breasts. If you are really interested in Thomas Jefferson's personal life The Hemmings of Monticello is excellent.