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  • Revolutionary Summer

  • The Birth of American Independence
  • By: Joseph J. Ellis
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

The summer months of 1776 witnessed the most consequential events in the story of our country’s founding. While the thirteen colonies came together and agreed to secede from the British Empire, the British were dispatching the largest armada ever to cross the Atlantic to crush the rebellion in the cradle. The Continental Congress and the Continental Army were forced to make decisions on the run, improvising as history congealed around them. In a brilliant and seamless narrative, Ellis meticulously examines the most influential figures in this propitious moment, including George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Britain’s Admiral Lord Richard and General William Howe. He weaves together the political and military experiences as two sides of a single story, and shows how events on one front influenced outcomes on the other.

Revolutionary Summer tells an old story in a new way, with a freshness at once colorful and compelling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Andrew on 12-18-18

Very informative, a new perspective

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

Reviewed: 07-04-13

Any additional comments?

I've read a dozen books on the subject. This has interesting perspectives on these events. Gets into GW and the Howes' minds

  • The Few

  • The American "Knights of the Air" Who Risked Everything to Fight in the Battle of Britain
  • By: Alex Kershaw
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

World War II had been raging for nearly a year. Hitler was now planning an invasion of England to seal Europe's fate. Though the United States was still neutral, a few Americans decided they couldn't remain on the sidelines. They joined Britain's Royal Air Force - with the future of civilization hanging in the balance. The Few tells the dramatic story of these Americans who defied their own country's neutrality laws and risked their very citizenship to fight side-by-side with England's finest pilots.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Laurie on 02-02-12

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 02-02-12

If you are a pilot or interested in WWII then this is a must. It brings you through the battle of Britain with historical accuarcy in a personal format. You learn about what was happening on both sides of the channel.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Rob Lowe
  • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,067

A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book and Great Story

  • By Natalie J. Belle MD on 04-30-11

What a pleasant surprise!!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-11

I hold great stock in fellow Audible listeners' reviews, and when I stumbled onto this book (a book I would ordinarily not consider reading) I decided that all those reviewers couldn't be wrong. And I was right! This was a marvelous book, exceptionally well-written, funny and interesting. Lowe reveals himself to be so much more than his handsome face. His Cary Grant impersonation is worth the price of admission alone. Enjoy!

  • Company Man

  • By: Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 329

Nick Conover, the son of a factory worker, is the CEO of a major corporation in a company town. Nick, once the most admired man in Fenwick, Michigan, is now, having presided over massive layoffs, the most despised. A single parent since the recent death of his wife, he's struggling to insulate his 10-year-old daughter and angry 16-year-old son from the town's hostility.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nail-biting suspense

  • By James on 04-20-05

B o r i n g . . .

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-10

Add me to the group which enjoyed Paranoia a lot but found this novel tedious and boring. I listened to about a third of it before I gave up. It moved at a glacial pace and I could not summon any feelings for the main characters. The abridged edition might very well be the way to go!

  • Lifeguard

  • By: James Patterson, Andrew Gross
  • Narrated by: Billy Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

Working as a lifeguard at a Florida resort, Ned Kelly meets a woman he is wild about, the woman of his dreams. It feels perfect in every way, except that she is used to caviar and Manolo Blahniks, and he is used to burgers and flip-flops. She is a guest at the luxurious hotel, he lives above a garage.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Do not waste your money

  • By Michael on 11-09-05

Good for traffic jams, I guess...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-10

I bought this book because I had enjoyed three others by Andrew Gross. This was disappointing, however. Just not imaginative! And don't ask me about the background music - horrible! The narrator was quite good, though.

  • Game Change

  • Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
  • By: John Heilemann, Mark Halperin
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282

Based on hundreds of interviews with the people who lived the story, Game Change is a reportorial tour de force that reads like a fast-paced novel. Character driven and dialogue rich, replete with extravagantly detailed scenes, this is the occasion-ally shocking, often hilarious, ultimately definitive account of the campaign of a lifetime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audiobook of 2010!

  • By Joe on 02-24-10

Fascinating!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-10

Not a book I'd be drawn to but the reviews here were so good I gave it a try and I'm glad I did. It was informative and thought-provoking, and the narration was just superb. Loved the references to "Hillary-Land" and "McCain-World"!

A Prayer for Owen Meany
    
    
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    Length: 27 hrs and 20 mins
    691 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Maxine Fuentes on 02-11-10

Incredible narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-09

I have a feeling I wouldn't have made it all the way through the print version of this book, but listening to Joe Barrett read it was a wonderful experience and I was completely captivated from start to finish. There is not a whole lot of plot to the novel, but the many characters are exquisitely drawn and each is depicted so beautifully by the narrator. Owen Meany is a memorable character and his "voice" is fabulous.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,240
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,090
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,105

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

Simply incredible.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-09

I think this is my favorite Audible book so far (and I have listened to quite a few). The story is utterly compelling, and, I might add, eye-opening for this reader who was just a baby during the time the book takes place. The readers were simply outstanding. They made me feel like I knew the characters, who I miss now that I've finished the book. Oh, if only for a sequel!

  • Proust Was a Neuroscientist

  • By: Jonah Lehrer
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

In this technology-driven age, it's tempting to believe that science can solve every mystery. After all, science has cured countless diseases and even sent humans into space. But as Jonah Lehrer argues in this sparkling debut, science is not the only path to knowledge. In fact, when it comes to understanding the brain, art got there first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Book

  • By Mark D. Jones on 03-10-09

Great book, unpleasant narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-08

I don't know, is it me? I found this book fascinating but could never get used to the narrator's annoying singsong and stopped with about 2/5 of the book to go. I will look for it in paperback so I can finish it.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,315

Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Rosie the bull elephant?

  • By Randall on 07-22-07

Suprisingly captivating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-07

I must admit that I was skeptical about this book, not thinking I would enjoy a story about a circus. The reviews here were so good that I went ahead and boy, was I glad that I did! The characterization in this novel is just superb; Gruen paints complex portraits of so many people. I particularly enjoyed how Jacob's roommate Walter came to life. The (dual) narration was one of the best I've heard in my many Audible listens. Just a wonderful book!

1 of 8 people found this review helpful