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  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,982

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
  • Wonderful

  • By Seattle blues on 08-17-18

Beautifully written book with excellent character development

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-19

I could not put this book down. Kya was a beautiful, deep woman, and I was surprised by the ending.

  • Love and Ruin

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula McLain
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387

In 1937, 28-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict. It's the adventure she's been looking for and her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. But she also finds herself unexpectedly - and uncontrollably - falling in love with Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend. In the shadow of the impending Second World War, Martha and Ernest's relationship and their professional careers ignite.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reflection and Immersion

  • By Jeff P in Houston on 05-13-18

Amazing woman!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I really enjoy Paula McLain’s writing! I appreciate the research she does and her ability to make these women come alive.

  • Empire of Deception

  • The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation
  • By: Dean Jobb
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

It was a time of unregulated madness. And nowhere was it madder than in Chicago at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties. Speakeasies thrived, gang war shootings announced Al Capone's rise to underworld domination, Chicago's corrupt political leaders fraternized with gangsters, and the frenzy of stock market gambling was rampant. Enter a slick, smooth-talking, charismatic lawyer named Leo Koretz, who enticed hundreds of people (who should have known better) to invest as much as $30 million.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By grandma on 07-06-18

Wow

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-18

We could not put the book down. Hard to believe all of this is true. I am sure a few books will be written about this era.

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,999
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,196

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book for those new to astrophysics.

  • By TMort on 06-07-17

Fascinating!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-17

A perfect book for the layman who is interested in this topic. There is a lot of information, and we’re going to listen to it again.

  • South Africa: History in an Hour

  • By: Anthony Holmes
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 111

South Africa is a nation that has been ravaged by oppression and racial inequality. After years of concentrated violence and apartheid, Nelson Mandela led the country to unite ‘for the freedom of us all’ as the country’s first black president. South Africa: History in an Hour gives a lively account of the formation of modern South Africa, from the first contact with 17th-century European sailors, through the colonial era, the Boer Wars, apartheid, and the establishment of a tolerant democracy in the late 20th century.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Learning A Little More

  • By Me & My Girls on 01-24-15

Informative brief history of South Africa

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-17

Perfect for us before we begin a trip to South Africa. Would recommend to others in our situation.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 109,818
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101,715
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 101,230

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not Funny at all

  • By DC in FL on 03-04-17

Amazing story!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-01-17

Trevor Noah shares his incredibly difficult childhood in an apartheid South Africa. It is an eyeopener to the unbelievable racism and governmental policies that he had to tolerate. He does not shy away from some horrific experiences which he shares with a touch of humor. This memoir is a must read!

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  • Forty Autumns

  • A Family's Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall
  • By: Nina Willner
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

In this illuminating and deeply moving memoir, a former American military intelligence officer goes beyond traditional Cold War espionage tales to tell the true story of her family - of five women separated by the Iron Curtain for more than 40 years and their miraculous reunion after the fall of the Berlin Wall. A personal look at a tenuous era that divided a city and a nation and continues to haunt us, Forty Autumns is an intimate and beautifully written story of courage, resilience, and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, Interesting, Informative

  • By Brenda Jones on 04-21-17

A memoir of an East German Family that spans forty years

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-29-17

One of the best book that I have ever read. It shows the importance of family and the strength that people have to overcome seemingly unsurmountable challenges. Well written and historically accurate.

  • The Oligarchs

  • Wealth and Power in the New Russia
  • By: David Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Steve Coulter
  • Length: 22 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

A brilliant investigative marrative: How six average Soviet men rose to the pinnacle of Russia's battered economy. David Hoffman, former Moscow bureau chief for The Washington Post, sheds light onto the hidden lives of Russia's most feared power brokers: the oligarchs. Focusing on six of these ruthless men Hoffman reveals how a few players managed to take over Russia's cash-strapped economy and then divvy it up in loans-for-shares deals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Supreme Chronicle of Murky Times

  • By ivan on 03-01-14

Unbelievable. Very well researched and written.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-17

Americans need to know how Putin has taken over the Oligarchs' businesses and now has compete control of the media, the key industries, and natural resources. We need to be aware of how such a foreign leader can use these same tactics to infiltrate our democracy.

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