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  • The Second Mountain

  • How People Move from the Prison of Self to the Joy of Commitment
  • By: David Brooks
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

Author David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity and beauty of dependence. He gathers their wisdom on how to choose a partner, how to pick a vocation, how to live out a philosophy, and how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pursue meaning, reject hyper-individualism

  • By Adam Shields on 05-07-19

pretty sure I can be a better person

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

Reviewed: 06-14-19

Super thoughtful, so many wonderful quotes from books I'll never read that I actually went and bought the hard copy just so I can highlight points from it. not preachy but full of warm encouragement. Looks carefully at societal failings and offers direction for what can be implemented personally . Kind voice of narrator was just right

  • The Mayor of Casterbridge

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Tony Britton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

This audiobook is about the rise and fall of Michael Henchard. While out-of-work he gets drunk at a fair and impulsively sells his wife and baby for five guineas to a sailor. Eighteen years later he is reunited with his wife and daughter, who discover that he has gained wealth and respect and is now the most prominent man in Casterbridge. Though he attempts to make amends he is no less impulsive and once again loses everything due to bad luck and his violent, selfish and vengeful nature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tangled Webs

  • By Joseph R on 12-22-09

Excellent Book

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

Reviewed: 03-31-19

I love Thomas Hardy. Like his others the story is interesting and moves along at a nice pace. not bogged down in excessive dialog or sentimental. The characters are never wholly good or wholly bad and I feel like the entire story is a lesson in human behaviors. How we develop to be our best or worse self. I feel a little wiser somehow, more understanding of human nature. The reader is just wonderful! Every voice different and none annoying. I was sad when it was over and listened to the last chapter twice.

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  • The Stranger in the Woods

  • The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
  • By: Michael Finkel
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,505

For readers and listeners of Jon Krakauer and The Lost City of Z, a remarkable tale of survival and solitude - the true story of a man who lived alone in a tent in the Maine woods, never talking to another person and surviving by stealing supplies from nearby cabins for 27 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A one-sitting listen

  • By NMwritergal on 04-20-18

Thoroughly enjoyable listen.

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

superb reading and a compelling book. made me want to spend at least a little time in solitude

  • Maisie Dobbs

  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Rita Barrington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,833
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,825

Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful discovery

  • By Lori on 08-07-09

Not too good but I got through it.

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Mediocre story and a sing song type reader with a pretty voice. I was disappointed overall.

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  • The Gulag Archipelago, Volume l

  • The Prison Industry and Perpetual Motion
  • By: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 25 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,720
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,563
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,553

In this masterpiece, Solzhenitsyn has orchestrated thousands of incidents and individual histories into one narrative of unflagging power and momentum. Written in a tone that encompasses Olympian wrath, bitter calm, savage irony, and sheer comedy, it combines history, autobiography, documentary, and political analysis as it examines in its totality the Soviet apparatus of repression from its inception following the October Revolution of 1917.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MUST READ

  • By A is A on 12-06-15

unforgettable

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

I read this as it gets high praise and Wikipedia says it's required reading for high schoolers in Russia. Also, I felt like this is a huge human experience of which I have no grasp. At the beginning I almost quit as the reader sounds so strange and detached, almost like I'm being read to by a British chauffeur. But by the end I felt the voice was perfect. It kept the tragedy from overwhelming me. I will read the next two volumes but I will need something lighter in between.

  • Wool

  • Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5
  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Amanda Sayle
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,874
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,294
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,319

In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, ridiculous narration

  • By virginia on 10-26-14

goid concept and story line

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

The story was good and moved along well. no sex but some ugly language begins about halfway through. About the narration, the reader has a crisp nice voice, very clear and understandable, however, when she throws her voice for various characters it is like listening to a disney book. ridiculously nasal or high pitched or too low. it was a complete distraction for me. Even her normal voice ends each phrase in a wistful way, as if in a romance novel. It was a serious book but sounded so silly at times. I found myself trying to repeat some characters in a different voice in my head. I think I'll just read the next one in the series.

  • Winter's Bone

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel Woodrell
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,262

The sheriff's deputy at the front door brings hard news to Ree Dolly. Her father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date. Ree's father has disappeared before. The Dolly clan has worked the shadowy side of the law for generations, and arrests (and attempts to avoid them) are part of life in Rathlin Valley.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting and Powerful

  • By CrzGzr on 02-27-11

Be sure you listen to the sample

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

Reviewed: 11-30-17

I kept thinking why don't I just stop and read this book. The narration was torture. The same rocking cadence like a person who thinks they read poetry well because they have a rocking rhythm but it takes so much away from the story. Enormously distracting. A bleak story but insightful I guess.

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  • Count Belisarius

  • By: Robert Graves
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 19 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

The sixth-century Roman Empire is a dangerous place, threatened on all frontiers by invaders. But soon the attacking armies of Vandals, Goths and Persians grow to fear and respect the name of one man, Belisarius: horseman, archer, swordsman and military commander of genius. As Belisarius triumphs in battles from the East to North Africa, his success causes him to become regarded with increasing jealousy and suspicion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Procopius can keep his cuckolded history

  • By Darwin8u on 12-18-13

GOT BETTER AS IT WENT <br />

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

My two older teens just raved about this book so my husband and I got it for a cross country trip. I was thoroughly surprised they loved it so much at first. It seems like a long tedious history lesson but we were both glad we stuck with it. It was fascinating the things people of that time were embroiled in, namely whether Jesus was a part of the trinity or not. also we had no idea the way the chariot races divided the populace. Overall it's a reminder what a truly noble man is capable of. The narration was beyond top notch!