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  • My Dear Hamilton

  • A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton
  • By: Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 23 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,119
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049

From the New York Times best-selling authors of America's First Daughter comes the epic story of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton - a revolutionary woman who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. In this haunting, moving, and beautifully written book, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza's story as it's never been told before - not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eliza and Alexander Hamilton

  • By Betty on 04-15-18

Great book! Great narration!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

It sounds a bit hokey but I feel so much closer to my country. The narrator did an excellent job of not distracting from the story.

  • Chasing the Scream

  • The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,649

It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned in the United States. On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, 30,000-mile journey into the war on drugs. What he found is that more and more people all over the world have begun to recognize three startling truths: Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens for so long.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is worth your time....

  • By Drake on 04-24-16

I could feel the Earth shifting - mind boggling!

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

Reviewed: 11-16-17

I've been in recovery since 1999 and sincerely believe I would have died or gone to prison if I had not found Narcotics Anonymous. This book reveals the startling facts to support what the 12-steps uncover over time: we are not bad, morally bankrupt people, we have a disease that is bio-psycho-social, drugs are only a symptom of our disease, we do recover, although we are never cured. What is probably the most mind-boggling is that the book, the laws, the stigma of addiction, has cost us 100+ years and is just now beginning to see the light of day. I highly recommend this book, as well as, "A Common Struggle" by Patrick Kennedy. The time for a cultural revolution is here and I am so grateful to those who have provided the research, the facts, that will support the truth and change the world!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Pandemic: Beginnings

  • The Pandemic Series, Book 1
  • By: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: John David Farrell, Kris Adams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281

Terrorists kidnap and blackmail a young French scientist in Western Africa. The outbreak of an ancient disease kills everyone in a village located in a remote jungle of Guatemala. US government operatives uncover a secret biological laboratory in Trinidad. An isolated death at the hands of this killer virus is discovered in Greece. Is there a connection, or are these simply a string of coincidences?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you liked "Hot Zone" you will love this!

  • By Bryon L on 08-03-17

All good!

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

Difficult getting into it because of the narration style - but now I like it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Tribe

  • By: Brad Manuel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,550
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,537

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect year in the post apocalypse.

  • By Andrew Pollack on 06-18-16

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

I wish this was a series with about 5 more books. It is long enough to really get to know the characters and the story. I hated that it had to end!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

  • And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House
  • By: Alyssa Mastromonaco, Lauren Oyler
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Mastromonaco
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,092
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,086

If your funny older sister were the former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, her behind-the-scenes political memoir would sound something like this. Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? is an intimate and admiring portrait of a president, a candid book of advice for young women, and a promising debut from a savvy political star.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging and funny

  • By Jean on 04-06-17

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

I thoroughly enjoyed the author's humility. She bravely shares things that most of us would just carry to the grave. Bravo!! I also loved the insight into her relationship with President Obama.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Forgotten Forbidden America

  • Rise of Tyranny, Volume 1
  • By: Thomas A Watson
  • Narrated by: Joel Eutaw Sharpton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

As the district manager for a sporting goods store, Nelson knows what it takes to survive off the grid. Michelle is a nurse, a mom, and fully capable. Nelson and Michelle are hardworking Americans with a secret: they are part of a circle of individuals who are prepared for the worst. They know that the worst is coming; it's just a matter of time. When the stock markets in Asia crash, the family knows that it is time to pull together with their circle of friends and get to their safe zone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rich folk strike again

  • By Thunderfoot on 05-29-16

Update to earlier review

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

Unfortunately, the narration did not improve. Great story concept but difficult to follow because of the mush between the seriously-too-perfect main married couple. I have been trying to complete the final hour and it's just too difficult to hear what and how they're talking.

  • The Cascade Preppers

  • Graham's Resolution, Book 2
  • By: A. R. Shaw
  • Narrated by: Darriel Driml
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

What the world dreads most has already happened. Now, there is only survival. In her dystopian and post-apocalyptic bestselling novel, The China Pandemic, A. R. Shaw created a realistic world after a much too plausible pandemic event. Now, the remaining must not only survive but thrive or risk complete extinction. The story moves forward with...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a good sequel in a very interesting series

  • By Holdt Garver on 10-23-17

Great story, choppy narration.

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

Reviewed: 05-20-17

Book One did not have the choppy narration like this one. Somewhat distracting. I'll still be getting the next one in the series!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Tears of Ephraim

  • Apocalypse Coming, Book 1
  • By: William Dunaway, Cindy Dunaway
  • Narrated by: Ben Clark
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

Part of the West Coast is recovering from a series of devastating earthquakes. This caused a record drop in the stock market, and due to a national debt of twenty trillion dollars, the value of the dollar is on the edge of collapsing. At the same time, after a civil rights organization is hijacked, riots start breaking out across the country, which could lead to a new civil war. Our enemies see our weakness and know it's time to take their place as world leaders. However, they must neutralize the American command structure first.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great entry into the series.

  • By RJ on 03-17-17

Bigoted. Narcissistic. Repeat.

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

Reviewed: 05-16-17

This idiot spends the first part of the book describing his kids and all of THEIR character defects as he (oh so righteous) sees them...and then describes the 2 young women that are "like family" and only gives a physical description of the one that is a model. Not of his wife or of his own children or of himself. Returning it - sounds too much like he's a buddy of Trump.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • 36 Hours

  • The Blackout Series, Book 1
  • By: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117

This is not the story of preppers with stockpiles of food, weapons, and a hidden bunker. This is the story of Colton Ryman, his stay-at-home wife, Madison, and their teenage daughter, Alex. In 36 Hours, the Ryman family and the rest of the world will be thrust into the darkness of a post-apocalyptic world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A "Pre-Apocalyptic" book with tons of action

  • By Brian on 09-14-16

Good story, too politically inclined.

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

What made the experience of listening to 36 Hours the most enjoyable?

I am very politically inclined in the other direction, so, listening to a book that makes such obvious overtures can be a little distracting. I applaud the author's efforts, though, and I enjoyed the book.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • One Second After

  • By: William R. Forstchen
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,286

Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Realistic Worst Nightmare

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 03-02-17

Sadly, I could not finish this book!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, as long as they were not new to the "prepper" scene like I am. It was just too graphic for me. Admittedly, I cannot even watch the dog rescue commercials without getting choked up, so, I get that it's probably the closest to "real" available.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

A lot of good information and a good job of building out the characters. Did NOT care for the tone of the narrator when slipping into the female voice (bleh).

What three words best describe Joe Barrett’s voice?

Steady, Solid, Deep. Or, very superficial and breathy when in a female voice...

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes...several...sadly, the talk about family, dogs.

Any additional comments?

If you are able to watch sad movies - go ahead and get the book. Really good story line and good information.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful