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  • The Son

  • By: Philipp Meyer
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,998
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,004

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching examination of the bloody price of power, The Son is a gripping and utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American west with rare emotional acuity, even as it presents an intimate portrait of one family across two centuries. Eli McCullough is just twelve-years-old when a marauding band of Comanche storm his Texas homestead and brutally murder his mother and sister, taking him as a captive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer

  • By Mel on 06-04-13

A saga

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

Reviewed: 04-12-19

I often had to stop and absorb the emotions, sometimes conflicting, that this story evoked. This is not the history of Texas they taught us in high school. This is the real deal, a fractious landscape comprised of people looking for islands of respite to settle and live but never fully able to given the shifting sands of larger powers moving through. There is nothing without passion in this story even when actions seem to indicate dispassion.

  • This Is Cuba

  • An American Journalist Under Castro's Shadow
  • By: David Ariosto
  • Narrated by: David Ariosto
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

This is Cuba is a true story that begins in the summer of 2009 when a young American photo-journalist is offered the chance of a lifetime - a two-year assignment in Havana. For David Ariosto, the island is an intriguing new world, unmoored from the one he left behind. From neighboring military coups, suspected honey traps, salty spooks, and desperate migrants to dissidents, doctors, and Havana’s empty shelves, Ariosto uncovers the island’s subtle absurdities, its Cold War mystique, and the hopes of a people in the throes of transition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • David Ariosto has done a great job with this.

  • By Andy Moriarty on 12-13-18

A slice of an interesting life

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

Not just a review of the regular tired old caricatures but a thoroughly engaging painting of the complex reality that Cuba is. Things are never as they appear in so many things of life and when living as a journalist in Cuba that adage is additionally fueled. As the daughter of a Cuban man I thought this was careful and fair assessment of the reality that exists on the island. Having spent two weeks in Havana and it’s outskirts in early 2014 I was curious how the author viewed the developments of the last few years and here again the book is insightful and valuable. Well done!

  • The Only Story

  • A Novel
  • By: Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by: Guy Mott
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

One summer in the 60s, in a staid suburb south of London, Paul comes home from university, aged 19, and is urged by his mother to join the tennis club. In the mixed-doubles tournament he's partnered with Susan Macleod, a fine player who's 48, confident, ironic, and married, with two nearly adult daughters. She is also a warm companion, their bond immediate. And they soon, inevitably, are lovers. Clinging to each other as though their lives depend on it, they then set up house in London to escape his parents and the abusive Mr. Mcleod.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • by far the most unremarkable book I ever heard

  • By chad404 on 05-03-18

Not just a love story

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

I would find myself putting the book down and thinking is this a book about a love affair or is it a book about the many things of love? He strips some of the platitudes our culture decorates love with and poignantly admits its difficulties and the unsung heroism of allowing love. The moral portrait of the times is also treated fairly.

  • Full Service

  • My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars
  • By: Scotty Bowers, Lionel Friedberg
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 272

Newly discharged from the Marines after World War II, Scotty Bowers arrived in Hollywood in 1946. Young, charismatic, and strikingly handsome, he quickly caught the eye of many of the town's stars and starlets. He began sleeping with some himself, and connecting others with his coterie of young, attractive, and sexually free-spirited friends.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • My ears!

  • By Kimberly Brooks on 10-26-12

One heck of life

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

A slice of life perhaps but a very particular life and one that feels like peeping through a porthole into a realm that seems far off and yet so wonderfully drawn. Not literary but literal. Not pretentious just unabashed. Captures the zeitgeist.

  • 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 23,827
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,750
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,650

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
  • Well done!

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-22-18

Thank you Mr. Comey!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

This is an eye-opener for the public how the different departments in the US should work. Unfortunately, in this time it's challenged.

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  • Hotel Scarface

  • Where Cocaine Cowboys Partied and Plotted to Control Miami
  • By: Roben Farzad
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

The wild, true story of the Mutiny, the hotel and club that embodied the decadence of Miami's cocaine cowboys heyday - and an inspiration for the blockbuster film Scarface.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read/listen

  • By shaun delacruz on 06-01-18

The full Monty

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

Reviewed: 04-26-18

This book captures the zeitgeist that inhabited that hotel, the city and the possibilities of everyone caught up in the drama. Having been born and raised in MIA this book makes a credible snap shot of a time that glittered in the outside but inside was another story. And there are still other stories to tell.