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Silicon Valley, CA United States
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  • The Refugees

  • By: Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Narrated by: Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 649
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 592

With the coruscating gaze that informed The Sympathizer, in The Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good collection of short stories

  • By Thomas More on 03-19-17

Great portrayal of Vietnamese Immigrant

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

I have many vietnamese friends and know some of their family very well. Most of my friends came here as young adults as immigrants from Vietnam. The stories are so true based on the what my friends and their family have told me over the years. Some of these stories like the ones on the boat, the father returning to see everything they owned handed over to the government, the re-education camps and what it really did to the physiology of both the "re-educated" and their families, the subjective truth about how life in USA is by the viet kieu returning to visit vietnam are stories I have heard so many times!

And the locations: Garden Grove, Little Saigon in Southern California, China Town in San Francisco...it's like being with my friends and experiencing their tradition and culture in the USA all over again, but in a book written to perfection by Viet Thanh Nguyen.

Great job!

  • 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 12,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,518

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
  • Extremely Depressing...

  • By Sena on 09-11-18

It's Rather Scary

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

A mad genius, this Trump guy. Totally manipulative and a sociopath. Brilliantly written and excellent performance!

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,815

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Burnin', I'm Burnin' for You

  • By W Perry Hall on 10-22-14

Really hard to put down

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

Written so long ago yet so relevant now. I know a few young un's that hasn't picked up a book to read since they left high-school or college. I am equally guilty. I read my books in Kindle or listen to my books on audible. Can't remember the last time I actually bought a paper book. But I mourned the closing of the local Barnes and nobles. Haven't been inside a library in a long while and I miss the smell of books. But technology isn't all bad. I have all the books I have purchased up on the cloud and I can read any of them any time with my smart devices.

So there's good and bad.

  • Terminal World

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 882

Spearpoint, the last human city, is an atmosphere-piercing spire of vast size. Clinging to its skin are the zones, a series of semi-autonomous city-states, each of which enjoys a different---and rigidly enforced---level of technology. Following an infiltration mission that went tragically wrong, Quillon has been living incognito, working as a pathologist in the district morgue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This ain't your fathers Alastair Reynolds

  • By DAVID on 09-10-10

Riveting! I can't wait to read what happens next.

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

These stories from AR are certainly worth Netflix! TV series! Why hasn't it been done yet?

  • House of Suns

  • By: Alastair Reynolds
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,041

Six million years ago, at the very dawn of the starfaring era, Abigail Gentian fractured herself into a thousand male and female clones: the shatterlings. Sent out into the galaxy, these shatterlings have stood aloof as they document the rise and fall of countless human empires. They meet every 200,000 years to exchange news and memories of their travels with their siblings.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cerebral, Banksian space opera

  • By Ryan on 06-20-14

Very entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

Great story! Looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Well developed characters, and of course, the preformance was incredible!

  • Amanda Wakes Up

  • By: Alisyn Camerota
  • Narrated by: Lu Hanessian, Alisyn Camerota
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

When Amanda Gallo, fresh from the backwater of local TV, lands the job of her dreams at FAIR News - the coveted morning anchor slot - she's finally made it: a six-figure salary, a wardrobe allowance, plenty of on-air face time, and a chance to realize her dreams, not to mention buy herself lunch. But she finds her journalistic ideals shredded as she struggles to keep up with the issues in a ratings-crazed madhouse.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Bait and Switch

  • By Summer Layne on 09-17-17

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

This story is so close to being real that I was amazed! This is certainly a story I will listen to again and again through each election years.

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,977

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Not bad but weak

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

The story ended too quickly though. I hope this series will continue and the author would pay more attention to a better plot. I thought the detective was too manipulative and totally incompetent. She could have found out all the details by doing some work herself! Specifically finding out about the "bad" guys.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52,855
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52,708

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Great story!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

The story w fast paced. Characters well developed and the performance was incredible! Really enjoyed it!

  • Stranger in a Strange Land

  • By: Robert A. Heinlein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,013
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,043

Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • We live in the world this book made

  • By W. Seligman on 02-26-04

Oldies are goldies

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

Read this book as a teenager. Just an incredible impression on me. Then read it again in my 20s and 30s. With the advent of modern technologies and Ebooks, heard it for the first time in my 40s. And each time I heard the story, I had a completely different understanding. I remember the open love part from my more youthful days, then the struggle of a group of hippies with hope in my middle years, and now, I really got to know the characters and who Mike really was and the other characters around him.

I continue to believe this is my favorite story; because truth be told, I sometimes feel like a misunderstood alien who's about to change the world!

  • Joy on Demand

  • The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within
  • By: Chade-Meng Tan
  • Narrated by: Telly Leung
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

In Joy on Demand, Chade-Meng Tan shows that you don't need to meditate for hours, days, months, or years to achieve lasting joy - you can actually get consistent access to it in as little as 15 seconds. Explaining joy and meditation as complementary things that naturally reinforce each other, Meng explains how these two skills form a virtuous cycle and, once put into motion, become a solid practice that can be sustained in daily life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Distilled actionable mindfulness

  • By R. Russell on 09-26-16

Funny and useful

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

I really enjoyed this. I learned a lot of techniques and things about myself. I am looking forward to using the tools.

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