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  • Yes We (Still) Can

  • Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump
  • By: Dan Pfeiffer
  • Narrated by: Dan Pfeiffer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,165

 

The Decade of Obama (2007-2017) was one of massive change that rewrote the rules of politics in ways we are only now beginning to understand (which is why we all got 2016 wrong). Yes We (Still) Can looks at how Obama navigated the forces that allowed Trump to win the White House to become one of the most consequential presidents in American history, why Trump surprised everyone, and how Democrats can come out on top in the long run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad Dan read this himself

  • By Debbie Mitchell on 06-20-18

Honest, authentic, inspiring

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

This book is an enlightening tour thru the halls of power. We get to feel the pulse of national function and dysfunction through the perspective of an everyday fellow human being who loves his country, wants to serve, and learns from success and failure.

It’s a great read for those needing encouragement to remain civic-minded and hopeful in a time of the most incompetent and cynical administration imaginable.

Thanks, Dan, for an entertaining, informative and inspiring memoir.

  • Animals in Translation

  • Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior
  • By: Temple Grandin, Catherine Johnson
  • Narrated by: Andrea Gallo
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

Temple Grandin’s professional training as an animal scientist and her history as a person with autism have given her a perspective like that of no other expert in the field. Grandin and coauthor Catherine Johnson present their powerful theory that autistic people can often think the way animals think—putting autistic people in the perfect position to translate “animal talk.”

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, but I have a bone to pick...

  • By Tango on 05-06-13

Disappointed...

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1 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-18

I’ll begin by saying a admire Temple Grandin and appreciate many of the insights she offers. She is a genius in interpreting the experience and needs of people with autism and their families. I also value her explanations of neuro-physiology linking emotion and behavior. No doubt she had improved humane conditions for countless animals. However, by the middle of the book she has made so many outdated and potentially harmful/dangerous assertions about dominance hierarchy - particularly related to dogs - that I feel the book is likely to cause as many problems as it solves for dog owners- my main area of interest. A vast and growing body of scientific research agrees that dogs show almost no capacity for social hierarchy such that the concept is practically irrelevant for the relationship between dogs and their families; that dominance is almost entirely about access to resources and not social status; and that it is fluid among individuals and across situations. Those interested in well-informed neuroscience / evolutionary theory applied to canine ethology would be much better off reading the works of Patricia McConnell, Alexandra Horowitz, John Bradshaw, Pat Miller, and Karen Prior. I wish I could offer a better review - I admire much about Dr. Grandin and wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, it’s glaring flaws detract too much from the rest of the work.

  • The Dark Tower

  • The Dark Tower VII
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 28 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,304
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,516

All good things must come to an end, Constant Listener, and not even Stephen King can write a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing - a must have..

  • By Lori on 11-30-04

A sublime work of art...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-28-17

After my second time through the series I am amazed. Stephen King's insight into human nature and his tale spinner's art combine again and again to present epics. I am a better person for reading his work. Thank you, Sy King.

  • Salem's Lot

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Stephen King
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,511

Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can't go home again...

  • By David S. Mathew on 10-12-16

The classic horror novel...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-16

Stephen King is a perennial genius. This is a gripping tale of evil personified in Barlow, and the summoning of courage to challenge it in the reluctant hero Ben Mears. Set against the backdrop of mundane human aspirations and failings, you'll find a bit of your self in every character.

Thank you, Mr. King.

Bob Ryder
Bloomington, IL

  • For the Love of a Dog

  • Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend
  • By: Patricia B McConnell
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456

Renowned canine expert Patricia McConnell answers the questions of dog lovers everywhere. Do dogs have emotions like we do? More to the point, does my dog love me? Sharing riveting dog stories from her experiences, Dr. McConnell also offers accessible science that clues listeners in to what's going on behind those puppy dog eyes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • needs photos

  • By L. Adams on 08-06-07

Trisha McConnell - As Good as it Gets

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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: 06-21-16

I have read "For the Love of a Dog" several times, and I know I will do so many times in the future. It is one of those rare books that offers insight in layers such that the more one reads it, the more it has to offer. I have made a career understanding and living with my dogs, and helping my clients understand and live with dogs of their own. Trisha McConnell has helped me immensely in both exploring and marveling the rich, complex behavior and emotional capacity that give dogs their unique place in the world. Read this book again and again. You and your dog will be the better for it!

Bob Ryder
PMCT, CPDT-KA

  • The Shining

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,122

Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it even more than the film!

  • By Bella on 01-23-14

A terrifying thriller MASTERPIECE!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-19-15

This story, and the amazing performance by Cambell Scott, is as riveting as it is terrifying. If you think you know the story from having seen the 1980 Stanley Kubrick movie - think again. Infinitely more suspenseful and frightening, we watch as day by day Jack Torrence has his sobriety and sanity tested by the haunted Overlook Hotel. The demons who seduce him, and the situations he must navigate with his family, are creepy beyond description. Read this with all the lights on, and with friendly company nearby - trust me. Thanks, Stephen King, Campbell Scott, and Audible, for an amazing scare!!!

Bob Ryder
Bloomington, IL

  • Doctor Sleep

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,135

Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The sequel to the book; not the movie

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-28-13

Brilliant-vintage Stephen King

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-15

A gorgeous story. So satisfying to find out what becomes of Danny from the shining. Also, very clear and sympathetic understanding of the alcoholic experience in recovery. Thanks Mr. King-The story was good for me in more ways than I can count!

  • The Genius of Dogs

  • How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think
  • By: Brian Hare, Vanessa Woods
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

In their New York Times best-selling book The Genius of Dogs, husband-and-wife team Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods lay out landmark discoveries from the Duke Canine Cognition Center and other research facilities around the world to reveal how your dog thinks and how we humans can have even deeper relationships with our best four-legged friends. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting view on social behaviorism

  • By A. Solomon on 08-02-13

Science as a Work of Art - Genius!

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Reviewed: 08-18-15

I am a canine professional, as well as one of those people who are crazy in love with their dogs. I so enjoyed learning about how dogs particular forms of intelligence came about as a process of co-evolution with the rise of humans over the last 15000+/- years. I'm especially glad that we're learning how to recognize canine intelligence, and understand its strengths and limitations. My hope is that we'll become much better at generating realistic expectations of our dogs, and developing new ways to maximize the potential for how dogs and humans can make one another's lives better. Brian Hare's book is a giant step in the right direction, and I'm grateful to have read it!