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  • We Were the Lucky Ones

  • By: Georgia Hunter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati, Robert Fass
  • Length: 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,303

An extraordinary, propulsive novel based on the true story of a family of Polish Jews who are separated at the start of the Second World War, determined to survive - and to reunite.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love it but...

  • By Roz on 07-19-17

Wonderful story but something was missing

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I thought this book was enthralling, I loved the narration even though a little flat, her pronunciation was fabulous and seemed to fit the book. This story is told in parts by character, the author seems to leave off at a point of crisis with one character, goes to another and when she returns to the story, has moved on past the crisis and you sort of get a little understanding of what actually happened, not totally satisfying. Also the characters move through extremely harsh and tragic events without there being much of an expression of how they actually feel about what is happening, it is inferred, but you don't get the power of the emotion of what is happening. It's hard for me to describe, but it seemed that as their lives moved through this horrendous and horrifying invasion and persecution the author didn't convey the characters feelings in great detail. It just happened and they moved on.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lucy and Desi

  • The Legendary Love Story of Television's Most Famous Couple
  • By: Warren G. Harris
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

After eight years on the air, Desi Arnaz did not love Lucy any more. On screen, they were dynamite, a comedy pairing more successful than any Hollywood had ever produced. But when the cameras stopped rolling, they fought, screamed and threatened each other more each season. Finally, an argument in Desi's production office turned violent. Lucy hurled a cocktail glass past his head, and Desi demanded a divorce. He moved out that night. After nearly 20 years, America's favorite couple was finished.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it!!!

  • By iris on 01-13-17

A rather flat account of a brilliant career

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

Reviewed: 08-18-17

I found this book to be like a monologue of VIP names and events surrounding them narrated like a textbook account with little feeling. It was just a timeline of what happened to them in their career with some background, but no real insight,humor or imagination, just the facts like a history book. It could have been interesting, and if it hadn't been for Lucy and Desi's colorful personalities and impressive accomplishments, it would have been a complete waste of time. I really didn't care for the way their story was told in this rendition.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts

  • By: Andrew Chaikin
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 23 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,901
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,681

Audie Award, History/Biography, 2016. On the night of July 20, 1969, our world changed forever when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Based on in-depth interviews with 23 of the 24 moon voyagers, as well as those who struggled to get the program moving, A Man on the Moon conveys every aspect of the Apollo missions with breathtaking immediacy and stunning detail.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Long, comforting book on moon exploration

  • By Mark on 06-17-16

Why didn't I like this book?

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

It seems I may be one of the few people who didn't like this book and I wonder why. I didn't care for the narration, it seemed stilted to me, overdone in a way with emphasis placed upon things not because of their import or real value,but just to create interest. I found some of the history and accounts interesting, I didn't even remember that there was more than one moon landing! So in that sense it was enlightening. I also thought it was too long.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Summit

  • By: Pemba Gyalje Sherpa, Pat Falvey
  • Narrated by: Pat Falvey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

On 1 August, 2008, 18 climbers from across the world reached the summit of K2, the world's second-highest and most dangerous mountain - a peak that claims the life of one in every four climbers who attempt it. Over the course of 28 hours K2 had exacted a deadly toll: 11 lives were lost in a series of catastrophic accidents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, unbiased account

  • By Joanne1953 on 07-13-18

Good book, narration wrecks it

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

Reviewed: 01-25-16

The story is true and well written from a different perspective, if you read Buried in the Sky which is about the same expedition, this account gives some detail which is revealing. Overall I liked Buried in the Sky better and the author's decision to narrate this book just ruins it. He has a heavy Gaelic accent which is difficult to understand and doesn't go well with the overall feeling of the book. If you are a hardcore mountaineering book reader, this one will probably interest you, otherwise skip it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Duty

  • Memoirs of a Secretary at War
  • By: Robert M. Gates
  • Narrated by: George Newbern, Robert M. Gates
  • Length: 25 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,819

From the former secretary of defense, a strikingly candid, vivid account of serving Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Robert M. Gates received a call from the White House, he thought he'd long left Washington politics behind: After working for six presidents in both the CIA and the National Security Council, he was happily serving as president of Texas A&M University. But when he was asked to help a nation mired in two wars and to aid the troops doing the fighting, he answered what he felt was the call of duty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clear and evenhanded

  • By DaWoolf on 02-05-14

The narration killed it

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

Reviewed: 08-06-14

This is a very detailed account of Robert Gates life's work in Washington and gives tremendous insight into the Bush and Obama administrations as well as a unique perspective on the history of the times from his perspective. I really liked having a fresh look at the Bush presidency vs. Obama through his experiences. This book is long and has a lot of detailed accounts which could be very interesting if only they had chosen a different narrator. It is read with little expression in a monotone and just goes on and on like that, compared to some of the other books I've listened to, this would have been a good listen but is just made boring and flat, I couldn't wait to get it over with.

Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - and Keep - Love audiobook cover art
  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - and Keep - Love

  • By: Amir Levine, Rachel S. F. Heller
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 803

Is there a science to love? In this groundbreaking audiobook, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory - the most advanced relationship science in existence today - can help us find and sustain love. Attachment theory forms the basis for many best-selling books on the parent/child relationship, but there has yet to be an accessible guide to what this fascinating science has to tell us about adult romantic relationships - until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Very illustrative.

  • By Grace on 02-18-13

Marketing for their program

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

Reviewed: 07-10-13

This is just basically a promotion for their program or course, uninterestingly written and read.

  • Alone on the Ice

  • The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration
  • By: David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 311

On January 17, 1913, alone and near starvation, Douglas Mawson, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, was hauling a sledge to get back to base camp - the dogs were gone. Mawson plunged through a snow bridge, dangling over an abyss by the sledge harness. A line of poetry gave him the will to haul himself back to the surface. On February 8, when he staggered back to base, his features unrecognizable, the first teammate to reach him blurted out, "Which one are you?"

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Historic Death-defying Antarctic Expedition

  • By Jacqueline on 01-30-13

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 07-10-13

If you are a dog lover, don't buy this book, most of it is about how the expedition's dogs were starved, killed and abused throughout the ordeal. I was sickened by the accounts of mother dogs having to give birth under the most horrendous conditions and eating their puppies because they were so hungry. Just horrible and the story was equally morose. I really disliked this book.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Plutocrats

  • The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else
  • By: Chrystia Freeland
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 144

There has always been some gap between rich and poor in this country, but in the last few decades what it means to be rich has changed dramatically. Alarmingly, the greatest income gap is not between the 1 percent and the 99 percent, but within the wealthiest 1 percent of our nation-as the merely wealthy are left behind by the rapidly expanding fortunes of the new global super-rich. Forget the 1 percent; Plutocrats proves that it is the wealthiest 0.1 percent who are outpacing the rest of us at break-neck speed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A glimpse into the lives of the .1%

  • By Joshua on 12-19-12

Narration killed it

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

Reviewed: 06-05-13

The book's content could be interesting, it's well written, but the narration is so annoying and dull, I could not listen to it. If you want to know what is inside this book, read it, don't buy the audio version.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wild

  • From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
  • By: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,394

At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I Took the Trip

  • By FanB14 on 04-08-13

Entertaining, but not a wilderness adventure

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

Reviewed: 06-20-12

I enjoyed this book, but had hoped for more about the PCT which she hiked alone, mostly it's about her interior life and experiences and how the hike affected that. The narration is OK but the tone didn't really match the subject matter in my opinion. This is a book for chics mostly, don't know if men would relate.

  • Touching History

  • The Drama that Unfolded in the Skies over America on 9/11
  • By: Lynn Spencer
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Lynn Spencer takes listeners right to the front lines as the realization hits that multiple hijackings are underway - and then that the country is under attack. She follows the story all the way through the end of the day, when the fog of war had finally lifted and the country could assess exactly what had happened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Insightful - Puts the reader in the cockpit

  • By Jim In Texas! on 06-12-12

Riveting book

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

Reviewed: 02-29-12

One of my favorite 9/11 accounts from the perspective of ATC and pilots, this is so interesting and well done, I've listened to it about 5 times, never get tired of it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful