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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 76,054
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 69,301
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 68,905

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

Beautiful message about “becoming”. Always evolving to be a better person to yourself and to others. Great message.

Beautiful reading by Michelle Obama.

Beautiful, uplifting, informative tale.

I thoroughly loved Michelle’s book. It gave me insight into her life and made me realize how fortunate we were to have her as First Lady for 8 years. She is
smart, worldly, motivating, inspiring, optimistic and caring.

Mostly this book opened my eyes. I’m embarrassed to say that I had many preconceived notions about the Obamas. But now that I was made privy to Michelle’s upbringing and her life, her marriage and motherhood—- I have learned that she is just like the rest of us. My life and hers seems so similar. I am close to her age. I had two parents and a brother. I went to college and law school and had two kids. I worked and raised my kids and supported my husband in his endeavors. I no longer judge people the way I did after reading this book.

I am grateful for this tale.

  • How Democracies Die

  • By: Steven Levitsky, Daniel Ziblatt
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080

Donald Trump's presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought we'd be asking: Is our democracy in danger? Harvard professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt have spent two decades studying the breakdown of democracies in Europe and Latin America, and they believe the answer is yes. Democracy no longer ends with a bang - in a revolution or military coup - but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Connecting the Dots

  • By Sharon F on 02-06-18

Scary stuff

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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: 12-03-18

This book is scarier then any Stephen King novel you’ll ever read. The threat to our democracy is real, our democracy may die. Reading about ghosts, demons, vampires and monsters is fantasy and at times quite scary (I’ve lost a few good nights sleep over those tales). But the threat of oligarchs and dictators is reality, and real monsters in suits and (red) ties are terrifying.

The authors provided historic accounts of democracy that crumbled under the types of pressures and influences that are affecting our country today. They have detailed specific norm breaking events and actions that facilitate the downfall of democracies. They discussed both political party’s role in the downfall and the role of conservative right wing media and political action pacts in the downfall.

As we are all well aware, our president is navigating very dangerously close to the guardrails on the side of the road. Everyday we hold our breath when he tweets or speaks that he won’t crash us into the guardrail and over the side of the road at full speed. So much has to change to fix this mess.

The authors hope to show our citizens and our leaders, through their research, that our country is still reeling over race and religion issues. The Republican Party has changed and morphed in the last 25 years. The conservative moderate republicans have nonparty. The Republican Party is now beholden to fringe groups, millionaires and billionaires, and formerly democrat blue collar whites. The party needs to reform. The party needs to move away from the fringe groups and work with Democrats to create more jobs and opportunities to a diverse group of people. Change is our only way out.

Very informative and very thought provoking. Please read this book and pass on the message. It is us citizens who can make a change, we the people.

  • The Nine

  • Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
  • By: Jeffrey Toobin
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625

Based on exclusive interviews with justices themselves, The Nine tells the story of the Supreme Court through personalities, from Anthony Kennedy's overwhelming sense of self-importance to Clarence Thomas' well-tended grievances against his critics to David Souter's odd 19th-century lifestyle. There is also, for the first time, the full behind-the-scenes story of Bush v. Gore and Sandra Day O'Connor's fateful breach with George W. Bush, the president she helped place in office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Stephen on 01-28-08

Great read

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Fascinating! I learned a lot and dispelled some of my misconceptions about the Court. Parts of this book chilled me to the bone- I have nightmares about federalists and conservatives and their insidious hold on our politics. What I learned was that the justices are just people like us. They have excellent legal education but they rule according to their values, and sadly it’s a political branch of government just like the other two.

  • The Invention of Wings

  • A Novel
  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,773

From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!

  • By Jan on 01-09-14

Wow

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

Amazing writing and amazing story. Loved it! And i loved that it was a true story. The narration was the best I’ve heard in almost 50 audio books I’ve listened to. Masterpiece!!!

  • The Paris Architect

  • By: Charles Belfoure
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,493

Like most gentiles in Nazi-occupied Paris, architect Lucien Bernard has little empathy for the Jews. So when a wealthy industrialist offers him a large sum of money to devise secret hiding places for Jews, Lucien struggles with the choice of risking his life for a cause he doesn't really believe in. Ultimately he can't resist the challenge and begins designing expertly concealed hiding spaces - behind a painting, within a column, or inside a drainpipe - detecting possibilities invisible to the average eye. But when one of his clever hiding spaces fails and the immense suffering of Jews becomes incredibly personal, he can no longer deny reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By C. B. Schindel on 08-23-15

Great story!

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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: 08-10-18

Read it!!! Great storyline and good narration. You won’t be disappointed. A twist on a common book theme- world war 2 and the Nazi’s- outlining what heroes look like, and who they are.

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,042

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colors of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter, Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and Drawn Out!!!

  • By M. Ryder on 10-05-17

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

Great story. If you like a story with different angles and perspectives, then you’ll like this book. I enjoyed the way the author weaved in many tales of the characters. I only wish that more of the storyline was tied up at the end. I hate when I’m left wondering ....

But read it. Good book.

  • The Wife

  • A Novel of Psychological Suspense
  • By: Alafair Burke
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,279
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,928
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,919

When Angela met Jason Powell while catering a dinner party in East Hampton, she assumed their romance would be a short-lived fling, like so many relationships between locals and summer visitors. To her surprise, Jason, a brilliant economics professor at NYU, had other plans, and they married the following summer. For Angela, the marriage turned out to be a chance to reboot her life. She and her son were finally able to move out of her mother's home to Manhattan, where no one knew about her tragic past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Toni R. on 02-03-18

Good story

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

Good story, full of twists and turns, but not a fast paced psych thriller. The narration was mediocre, kinda distracting. Not the best book but worth a read.

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  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 41,159
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37,258
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 37,086

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

A heartfelt powerful story

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

I love everything about this book. First, the narration was excellent, a perfect voice for the author. Next, I loved hearing about the life the author grew up in. The rural mountains of Idaho. It’s like a foreign country to me. She brought that world to life. I could see, hear and feel that mountain. I also found that she clearly brought all her characters, that is, her family members to life. She gave incredible detail to all the people she wrote about. I felt like I was living in her house with her and her family. But it was the incredible story of her life that has made this one of my favorite books. From a poor child with no education and no belief that a woman to be more then a wife and mother to a highly educated strong adult woman. Her strength in leaving Home and her family and searching for more to life is remarkable and commendable. It’s inspiring. I also loved this book because I have struggled with a bipolar father and brother, although not on the same level of the author’s family but very similar. Her experiences with her father and siblings seemed somewhat familiar to me. This book was unusual, shocking at times, real and inspiring. A great read!!!!

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,258
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,648

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-07-17

Couldn’t put this book down.

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

From the opening line I couldn’t stop listening. I loved this book. The story was intriguing. The characters were creative and faceted. Don’t hesitate to open this book, what a great “read”

  • What Happened

  • By: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Narrated by: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,106

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Happened?

  • By Celina Resendez on 10-21-17

Thank you Hillary!

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

I thank Hillary for writing his book because it took great courage to write it. The story she tells has everything, from hours before and after her defeat to how she is moving onward. In the middle of that saga she weaves in all the politics and nuances of the weirdest presidential election of all time.

I learned things about politics, journalism, computer hacking, elections and Russia that I never knew. The topics she covers are quite eye-opening.

I learned things about Hillary, the daughter, the student, the wife, the mother, the lawyer, the senator, the Secretary of State, the politician, the leader, the candidate, the grandmother and the person that she is today. I savored all the details of her personal thoughts and feelings and it was refreshing to see her as a real person.

I only wish that she’d stop blaming herself so harshly for letting her supporters down. She did her best, and we love her for it.

I recommend this book as a way to see Hillary as a human being with thoughts and feelings like the rest of us less famous folk. Also, to understand the process of running for president and the problems that her campaign was plagued with during the process.

Hillary, no matter your politics, is an amazing role model and a strong, compassionate, intelligent, accomplished and kind woman.

I thank her for inspiring me.

5 of 23 people found this review helpful