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  • The Poisonwood Bible

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Dean Robertson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,463

The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'd give it ten stars if I could

  • By Johnna on 06-10-11

Excellent!

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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: 10-08-18

I’ve had this book around for years and finally got around to reading it. Just like most of my friends said it it a great book. There are so many facets to life and this one expressed it well.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,057

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This gave me a nightmare

  • By Jean on 09-25-18

I’d like to say 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: 09-26-18

Sadly, this book just reinforced my beliefs of how this president and administration runs. Trump has always been a self serving dolt!

  • The Brain

  • The Story of You
  • By: David Eagleman
  • Narrated by: David Eagleman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

Locked in the silence and darkness of your skull, your brain fashions the rich narratives of your reality and your identity. Join renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman for a journey into the questions at the mysterious heart of our existence. What is reality? Who are "you"? How do you make decisions? Why does your brain need other people? How is technology poised to change what it means to be human? This is the story of how your life shapes your brain and how your brain shapes your life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awe-inspiring book, but not Eagleman's best

  • By Neuron on 10-14-15

Well done!

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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: 09-23-18

There are only an handful of people who are this passionate about their research who can also explain it to the rest of us. These few make us want to explore in more detail and devour anything they write. David Eagleman falls into the few like, Oliver Sacks, Carl Sagan, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and etc are people who can light a fire in our brains. I had the opportunity to hear him speak at Stanford University years ago and would encourage anyone to jump on he chance to hear him speak.

  • Recovery

  • Freedom from Our Addictions
  • By: Russell Brand
  • Narrated by: Russell Brand
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,958
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,763

With a rare mix of honesty, humor, and compassion, comedian and movie star Russell Brand mines his own wild story and shares the advice and wisdom he has gained through his 14 years of recovery. Brand speaks to those suffering along the full spectrum of addiction - from drugs, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar addictions to addictions to work, stress, bad relationships, digital media, and fame. Brand understands that addiction can take many shapes and sizes and how the process of staying clean, sane, and unhooked is a daily activity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just for hardcore alcohol & drug addicts...

  • By Magen on 10-06-17

Nice take on the 12 step

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

This was quite good but for some reason I was expecting more. I do hope it helps others seek the help they need

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 203,366
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 189,900
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189,499

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Great book!

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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: 08-17-18

A great could happen book. Brings back the 80’s like none other. Loved all the flashbacks. The movie was also well done. Loved that’s Wil Wheaton read it (must have been odd to reference himself).

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,864
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,724

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Interesting read

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Not one of my favorite books but a good read nontheless. This story was constructed around events that happened in real life (not an account of an actual event but a could have).

  • Tweak

  • Growing Up on Methamphetamines
  • By: Nic Sheff
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475

Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age 11. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Painful Journey

  • By David on 11-15-10

Great to read right after fathers side

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I read/listened to this story right after reading his dad’s book (Beautiful Boy). It really doesn’t matter what your upbringing is anyone can fall prey to addiction. There isn’t a one size fits all therapy. It was good to see Nic made it through to the other side. Once trust is broken it takes many years to prove yourself again but with support it can happen. How broken one must be to put themselves through this. Hard to tell others they have to accept and love themselves. I’ve done things but hated the loss of self control so didn’t get hooked.

  • Beautiful Boy

  • A Father's Journey through His Son's Meth Addiction
  • By: David Sheff
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106

David Sheff's story is a first: a teenager's addiction from the parent's point of view, a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope.

Before meth, Sheff's son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who stole money from his eight-year-old brother and lived on the streets. With haunting candor, Sheff traces the first warning signs, the attempts at rehabilitation, and, at last, the way past addiction. He shows us that, whatever an addict's fate, the rest of the family must care for one another, too, lest they become addicted to addiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gripping Story

  • By Bev K. on 05-06-10

Everyone touched by addiction should read

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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: 08-04-18

This book gave great insight into how addiction touches everyone’s lives. No solid answers but allows you to know you are not alone and there isn’t a one size fits all answer.

  • 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 102,004
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 94,495
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 94,058

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
  • I started with very high expectations, got bored multiple times during the story

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-16-18

Well worth the listen

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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: 07-24-18

Wasn’t sure what to expect but this book went beyond my expectations! It shows how similar the human condition is all over the world. Adaptability is key. The audio book was read by the author and his voices were great!

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  • Tell Me More

  • Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say
  • By: Kelly Corrigan
  • Narrated by: Kelly Corrigan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334

It's a crazy idea: trying to name the phrases that make love and connection possible. But that's just what Kelly Corrigan has set out to do here. In her New York Times best-selling memoirs, Corrigan distilled our core relationships to their essences, showcasing a warm, easy storytelling style. Now, in Tell Me More, she's back with a deeply personal, unfailingly honest, and often hilarious examination of the essential phrases that turn the wheel of life.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it

  • By A. Fontenot on 12-03-18

What a wonderful book

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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: 05-11-18


Nothing too profound but inspirational. I found many (too many) similarities in my own life. We all need to realize we are good enough.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful