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  • American Fix

  • Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis - and How to End It
  • By: Ryan Hampton
  • Narrated by: Ryan Hampton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Nearly every American knows someone who has been affected by the opioid crisis. Addiction is a trans-partisan issue that impacts individuals from every walk of life. Millions of Americans are tired of watching their loved ones die while politicians ignore this issue. Where is the solution? Where is the hope? Where's the outrage? Ryan Hampton understands firsthand how easy it is to develop a dependency on opioids, and how destructive it can quickly become. Now, he is waging a permanent campaign to change our way of thinking about and addressing addiction in this country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real as real gets and a true path forward

  • By cmurray on 09-03-18

Real as real gets and a true path forward

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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: 09-03-18

This book is so well thought out. A mixture of real, personal grit and analysis of policy with a clear path forward. The authors performance on this audio book is so emotional, because this public health crisis is maddening. You will be glad you read/listened to this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Star-Spangled Buddhist

  • Zen, Tibetan, and Soka Gakkai Buddhism and the Quest for Enlightenment in America
  • By: Jeff Ourvan
  • Narrated by: Kevin Young
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Approximately four million Americans claim to be Buddhist. Moreover, hundreds of thousands of Americans of various faiths read about Buddhism, are interested in its philosophical tenets, or fashionably view themselves as Buddhists. They’re part of what’s been described as the fastest growing religious movement in America: a large group of people dissatisfied with traditional religious offerings and thirsty for an approach to spirituality grounded in logic and consistent with scientific knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clear and thorough

  • By cmurray on 08-26-18

Clear and thorough

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

This is a very well researched and explained book. I knew very little about Buddhism - just enough to teach a Short unit to ninth graders -and now feel I have a much stronger grasp.

  • What School Could Be

  • Insights and Inspiration from Teachers Across America
  • By: Ted Dintersmith
  • Narrated by: Tom Perkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Innovation expert Ted Dintersmith took an unprecedented trip across America, visiting all 50 states in a single school year. He originally set out to raise awareness about the urgent need to reimagine education to prepare students for a world marked by innovation, but America's teachers one-upped him. He met teachers in ordinary settings doing extraordinary things. Capturing bold ideas from teachers and classrooms across America, What School Could Be provides a realistic, and profoundly optimistic, roadmap for creating cultures of innovation and real learning in all our schools.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dintersmith Cheers for Project-Based Learning

  • By George Bebensee on 08-06-18

A dare to dream big

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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: 08-12-18

If your teacher was completely comfortable with the status quo this book will challenge you. But the other pointed out that no one is comfortable with the status quo so if you are a teacher or other education leader and feeling frustrated, this book will validate and challenge you. As a person who loves examples, this book is chock-full of strong examples of education leaders swimming against the tide and the rewards they’re seeing in their students. We can do this, and this book will help.

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  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Rob Lowe
  • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,746

A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book and Great Story

  • By Natalie J. Belle MD on 04-30-11

What a treat

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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: 08-06-18

The title is perfectly suited to this audiobook. Lowe has a gift of humility that made it impossible for me to be jealous of his impossibly incredible life. I could only be happy for him. This child of the 80s was so sad when the book ended.

  • The Schools We Need

  • By: E.D. Hirsch Jr.
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

A child's mind is hungry for knowledge, stimulation, the excitement of learning which school should provide, yet most American schools fall far short. From kindergarten through high school, our public educational system is among the worst in the developed world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • challenged everything I learned in my B.Ed.

  • By Thucydides on 04-21-18

Overwhelming condescension

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Getting past the narrator’s incredibly condescending tone made this book a true slog. She had perfect diction, pronunciation and enunciation, but her tone was over the top. I couldn’t help but wonder if that was the intention. Was she chosen so that she could make readers feel ashamed for even slightly taking issue with the content of the book? The book, as a result, came off angry and sarcastic. I pictured all of the educators who are completely resistant to the idea that things are not perfect, clinging to every word in this book as a vindication. I saw all of the educators who’ve cracked jokes over the years about passing educational fads as if that was an excuse for unexamined practices.

  • I Can't Make This Up

  • Life Lessons
  • By: Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,210
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,310

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Audiobook I Ever Listened To

  • By Sam Clear on 07-13-17

Thanks for sharing

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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: 07-13-17

Nice work. Thanks for the inspiration. I felt like this was my story but with all different circumstances 😂.

  • Frank

  • A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage
  • By: Barney Frank
  • Narrated by: Barney Frank
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

How did a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew with a thick New Jersey-Massachusetts accent become one of the most effective politicians of his time? In this candid and witty political memoir, Barney Frank relates his journey from the outskirts of New York City to Boston's City Hall and the Massachusetts legislature, and then to the US Congress, where he played a vital role in the struggle for personal freedom and economic fairness over four decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Spike the Untangler on 03-30-15

Grateful for books like this

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

Very much appreciate the many years of dedicated service. I also appreciate the opportunity to hear the process.

  • Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea

  • By: Chelsea Handler
  • Narrated by: Chelsea Handler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,997
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,007

In this wickedly honest new work, Chelsea Handler casts the net wider with even funnier results, recalling the most noteworthy highs and lows of her life to date - including her efforts to diversify by dating red-haired men, her obsession with midgets, and the dog-sitting interlude in which her boyfriend became overly familiar with a Peekapoo.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just Plain FUNNYYYY!!!!!!!!!

  • By Theodore on 04-27-12

Chelsea's dad

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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: 12-15-16

I don't think anything could make me happier then Chelsea's dad dialogue. Bought this when it came out and then just got the audio version – such a treat.

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

  • By: Daniel Kahneman
  • Narrated by: Patrick Egan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,209

The guru to the gurus at last shares his knowledge with the rest of us. Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman's seminal studies in behavioral psychology, behavioral economics, and happiness studies have influenced numerous other authors, including Steven Pinker and Malcolm Gladwell. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman at last offers his own, first book for the general public. It is a lucid and enlightening summary of his life's work. It will change the way you think about thinking. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices, Kahneman explains....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Already Purchased Two Copies for Friends

  • By Anthony A. on 07-13-13

I feel smarter

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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: 12-11-16

Glad I chose audio version though not working along with the PDF problems was disadvantageous. Narration was tops. I'll be reading this again for sure. #thanksObama

  • Yes Please

  • By: Amy Poehler
  • Narrated by: Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,241
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 39,404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,223

Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good enough to speed through, not enough to rave

  • By JD on 12-02-14

Felt left out

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

Reviewed: 11-24-16

I don't in anyway regret reading this book. So much wisdom, so many cool stories, and so much I agree with on an ontological level. That said, I found it surprisingly difficult to get through. I feel like it's my personal failing, but the only way I can describe the feeling is 'left out'. It was like the tone was entirely magnanimous. Like the writer could never even want to understand or be bothered with a person like me. So proud of the feminine strength but it's as if any sense of personal vulnerability is gone, despite clear attempts to show such.