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  • The Survivor

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,160

Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This one should land on my 10 Best List for 2017

  • By W. Brooks on 02-14-17

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

Great read! From minute one, it keeps you interested. The “survivor” just keeps on surviving.....so many predicaments to get out of. Great all the way to the end. Good narrative, too.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 60,936
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 55,639
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 55,326

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

Brilliant!

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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: 01-01-19

Just brilliant! Needed the inspiration and optimism! Well done, Michelle!Dang, I miss the Obamas!

  • Still Life with Crows

  • A Novel
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,982
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,476

For the first time in unabridged audio! A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, a man with the need to destroy? Or is it a darker force, a curse upon the land? Amid golden cornfields, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers evil in the blood of America's heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SCARY, WEIRD, ENGAGING

  • By Polly on 11-05-12

Murder mystery? Yes Predictable? No!

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

Love mystery murders.....and this takes place in a small town in the middle of Kansas surrounded by corn fields. Very different and keeps you interested all the way! Get it!

  • Us Against You

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,382

After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they learn that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in that fact. Amidst the mounting tension between the two rivals, a surprising newcomer is handpicked to be Beartown's new hockey coach. Soon a new team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you'll ever see; Benji, the crazed lone wolf; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect compliment to Beartown as well as another great read

  • By Trudy K. Miller on 06-17-18

Wish I could give it 100 stars!

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

How to write a review for a book that tore my heart out, made me sob, and had me groaning out loud...perhaps using Backman's style of opposites. I recently lost a parent which has left a hole in my heart; however, at the same time I received the gift of a first grandchild. I have been running the gamut between profound grief and inexplicble joy. Such is Backman's style! His writing makes you consider the worst behavior of humankind and the best. I am in complete awe that this young author has such a grip on our nature! Wouldn't I love to have a cup of coffee with him...or maybe not...he could make me laugh, but I don't want to cry anymore! Bear Town is really Any Town. All we loathe...rape, hate, violence. All we hope for...love, community, joy. Every character spoke to me of aspects in myself or others. I have a gay nephew my heart aches for who lives in Any Town. I found I had to stop listening if I was in the car when I didn't want to arrive looking like a raccoon. Backman's take on the role of politics that permeates our lives is so accurate and chilling. It's impossible not to think of what is happening in America right now...
"People choose a simple lie over a complicated truth because the lie has one unbeatable advantage. The truth has to stick to what actually happened, whereas the lie just has to be easy to believe."
Oh, Mr. Backman how mad I am at you for giving me a book that left me in tatters! And how grateful I am to you for giving me a book that kept me from being a responsible adult!!! Thank you, sir! Please write another soon, but please give my heart time to heal.

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,127
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,114
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,020

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, fairly bi-partisan if you're into that.

  • By Alex Fuller on 12-11-18

Sigh....

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

A very interesting look at how the FBI works, and a very disturbing look at the Trump presidency...a view I share. Just rocks the soul when you hear it from a witness to the circumstances. How do we survive this? I just hope Comey's analogy of a forest fire in the last chapter allowing good things to come of a disaster proves true.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 109,460
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 101,382
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 100,897

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • On and On and On and On

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-15-17

Great!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-17

Love this book and the narration. I lived in south Africa when I was a child for three years during apartheid, and being white you never truly understand the other side. This book offers profound insight into racism in South Africa and here.
I love that Trevor is the narrator. His accent took me right back to my time living there. My only criticism is the timeline tended to jump a bit. Also I would like to have heard how he got picked out of obscurity and ended up on The Daily Show. Would also like to know how his relationship with his dad is going... and what his brothers are doing. Curious! Excellent listen!!!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 63,127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,655

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

Love!

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

Reviewed: 11-28-16

Any additional comments?

Ove lives in my heart! A funny and inspiring story that wil make you look at curmudgeons in a different light. My whole book club LOVED this novel! Anxious to see the movie.

  • Notorious RBG

  • The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • By: Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,228

Nearly a half century into being a feminist and legal pioneer, something funny happened to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The octogenarian won the Internet. Across America, people who weren't even born when Ginsburg made her name are tattooing themselves with her face, setting her famously searing dissents to music, and making viral videos in tribute.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fall in love with RBG! I did.

  • By serine on 01-23-16

Good!

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

Reviewed: 03-28-16

What did you like best about Notorious RBG? What did you like least?

Learning about all her accomplishments. A really amazing woman and a wonderful peek at her wonderful marriage.Only criticism is that I found the timeline annoying. I realize the book was covering different aspects of her life, but in parts it would go back a few years then forward. And I would be like...oh, her husband is alive in this part. Probably reading it would have eliminated some of the confusion.

Would you recommend Notorious RBG to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, because it is so informative and gives the reader/listener a look into a world rarely seen or thought about. Yet, the Supreme Court is so important to our lives and culture. Her views made me rethink mine! Always a good thing to open one's mind! This was one of our book club selections, and I am glad it was as ordinarily I would never have picked up this book!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Killing Lincoln

  • The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,527

The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • History Made Interesting

  • By Daniel on 04-11-12

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 12-15-13

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

This book is a documentary with interesting facts. Don't buy it if you are looking for a novel. Nice short history of Lincoln's assassination.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bill O'Reilly?

I guess the annoying aspect for me was the narration. I felt like O'Reilly constantly slurred words together. Very distracting.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes, as long as it didn't star Bill O'Reilly! :)

  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,214

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Poignant Story

  • By AudioAddict on 04-25-13

Use your credit NOW!

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

Reviewed: 02-14-13

What does Kate Rudd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Kate Rudd did an amazing job! She was Hazel Grace!

Any additional comments?

Wow...one of those books that stays with you, and stays with you! Very moving and funny! Wish I'd been that smart when I was a teenager!!! I really didn't want to cry, and yet I just couldn't get enough of the characters. I think John Green captured the emotions of them all! Excellent read! Thank you, John and your cast of wonderful people!