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  • How Women's Anger Is Reshaping America
  • By: Rebecca Traister
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Traister
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 981
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 890

In the year 2018, it seems as if women’s anger has suddenly erupted into the public conversation. But long before this, women’s anger was not only politically catalytic - but politically problematic. With eloquence and fervor, Rebecca tracks the history of female anger as political fuel - from suffragettes chaining themselves to the White House to office workers vacating their buildings after Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court. She deconstructs society’s (and the media’s) condemnation of female emotion (notably, rage) and the impact of resulting repercussions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The perfect book for October 2018.

  • By Kate Willette on 10-03-18

A must read

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Everyone should read this. I’m about to order my physical copy, so I can go back and pull out my favorite quotes. So sooo good!!

  • Factfulness

  • Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
  • By: Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, Ola Rosling
  • Narrated by: Richard Harries
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,179

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of carrying only opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends - what percentage of the world's population live in poverty; why the world's population is increasing; how many girls finish school - we systematically get the answers wrong. In Factfulness, professor of international health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two longtime collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read not for Listening

  • By carlos gomez on 06-01-18

Very informative

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-18

I really enjoyed this and I thought it went by quickly, but I will admit that certain points felt a little weird with the narrative style. But I got used to the style and ultimately really enjoyed it.

  • The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

  • A New History of a Lost World
  • By: Steve Brusatte
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,278

In this stunning narrative spanning more than 200 million years, Steve Brusatte, a young American paleontologist who has emerged as one of the foremost stars of the field - discovering 10 new species and leading groundbreaking scientific studies and fieldwork - masterfully tells the complete, surprising, and new history of the dinosaurs, drawing on cutting-edge science to dramatically bring to life their lost world and illuminate their enigmatic origins, spectacular flourishing, astonishing diversity, cataclysmic extinction, and startling living legacy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • "The Rise of the Scientists Who Study Dinosaurs"

  • By Daniel Powell on 09-16-18

so surprised -- I loved it!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-18

This was a total whim purchase (yeah, never been interested in Dinosaurs and also not much of a nonfiction reader)... and it was great!!! I found myself telling my friends and family all these dinosaur facts throughout my listen. I really really enjoyed it, and the writing style was done in such a way that it was never dry or boring-- really felt like he was just telling an engaging story he loved. It kept me coming back for more.

30 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • Tin Man

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Winman
  • Narrated by: Sarah Winman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

Ellis and Michael are 12-year-old boys when they first become friends, and for a long time, it is just the two of them, cycling the streets of Oxford, teaching themselves how to swim, discovering poetry, and dodging the fists of overbearing fathers. And then one day, this closest of friendships grows into something more. But then, we fast-forward a decade or so to find that Ellis is married to Annie, and Michael is nowhere in sight. Which leads to the question: What happened in the years between?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • new favorite book

  • By steph on 10-01-18

new favorite book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Not even exaggerating this is my favorite book. Have listened to this book many many times and bought the physical copy too. At this point I've made almost all my friends read this, and they all agree its one of their new favorites too. It will leave you in gut wrenching sadness while also with so much happiness at the same time.. you wonder how a writer can even be capable of that.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • American Radical

  • Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent
  • By: Tamer Elnoury, Kevin Maurer
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,029
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,883
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,878

It's no secret that federal agencies are waging a broad global war against terror. But, for the first time, in this memoir, an active Muslim American federal agent reveals his experience infiltrating and bringing down a terror cell in North America. Due to his ongoing work for the FBI, Elnoury writes under a pseudonym. An Arabic-speaking Muslim American, a patriot, a hero: To many Americans, it will be a revelation that he and his team even exist, let alone the vital and dangerous work they do keeping all Americans safe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • America is Everyone

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-09-17

Really enjoyed this

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I bought this title on a total whim, and I'm really happy I read it. The story and the narration were very well done. I couldn't stop listening. I stayed up through the night because I didn't want to stop.

  • Ayiti

  • By: Roxane Gay
  • Narrated by: Roxane Gay
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 367

From New York Times best-selling powerhouse Roxane Gay, Ayiti is a powerful collection exploring the Haitian diaspora experience. A married couple seeking boat passage to America prepares to leave their homeland. A young woman procures a voodoo love potion to ensnare a childhood classmate. A mother takes a foreign soldier into her home as a boarder, and into her bed. And a woman conceives a daughter on the bank of a river while fleeing a horrific massacre, a daughter who later moves to America for a new life but is perpetually haunted by the mysterious scent of blood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great short collection

  • By steph on 10-01-18

Great short collection

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-18

At such a short length (< 3 hours), this really packs a punch. Definitely some difficult topics such as sexual assault so be aware. But I would definitely recommend this to friends of mine, and I thought Roxane Gay did a great job with her own narration. I listened to this a few months ago, and some of the stories have still stuck in my memory so vividly.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Well of Ascension

  • Mistborn, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 28 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,524
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,141

The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It keeps getting even better

  • By Robert on 07-21-11

SO GOOD

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-18

This series just keeps getting better and better. Brandon Sanderson is a genius. Also, Michael Kramer did a great job with the narration.

  • The Hero of Ages

  • Mistborn, Book 3
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 27 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,372
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34,065
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 34,042

The conclusion of the Mistborn trilogy fulfills all the promise of the first two books. Revelations abound, connections rooted in early chapters of the series click into place, and surprises, as satisfying as they are stunning, blossom like fireworks to dazzle and delight. It all leads up to a finale unmatched for originality and audacity that will leave listeners shaking their heads in wonder, as if awaking from an amazing dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well concluded!

  • By Julio Marchini on 01-12-09

one of my all time favorites

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Without a doubt will be listening to this again and again for years to come. The narration is great and Michael Kramer is one of my favorites. This third book wraps up the series so well.

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 50,594
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47,325
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 47,302

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radiance" shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

AMAZING

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I immediately listened to this again after finishing. so much happens that it can be easy to miss the tiny details, but regardless this series is in my all time favorites.

  • The Alloy of Law

  • A Mistborn Novel
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,193
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,376

Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history—or religion. Yet the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shorter, but very entertaining

  • By Robin on 12-14-11

meh

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-18

Honestly after the first Mistborn trilogy I was a little let down. It just felt kind of average, but I think if you go with with low expectations just wanting a simple Sherlock Holmes type story and not an epic fantasy that you'll enjoy it.