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  • Shattered

  • Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign
  • By: Jonathan Allen, Amie Parnes
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,920
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,916

It was never supposed to be this close. And of course she was supposed to win. How Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to Donald Trump is the tragic story of a sure thing gone off the rails. For every Comey revelation or hindsight acknowledgment about the electorate, no explanation of defeat can begin with anything other than the core problem of Hillary's campaign - the candidate herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing reading

  • By Jonathan Burg on 04-23-17

Interesting...

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

Any additional comments?

Clinton Inc blaming others for the decades of abuse to the system. Your time has passed.

  • The Mother Tongue

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Stephen McLaughlin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 832
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 748
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 749

With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson - the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent - brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience, and sheer fun of the English language. From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog can't) to the fine lost art of swearing, Bryson tells the fascinating, often uproarious story of an inadequate, second-rate tongue of peasants that developed into one of the world's largest growth industries.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More satire than history

  • By Barbara on 12-18-15

Good beginning and end weak middle.

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

Reviewed: 04-26-17

I can do without the liberal political views that were near the end of the book.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Gumption

  • Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers
  • By: Nick Offerman
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,855

The star of Parks and Recreation and author of the New York Times best seller Paddle Your Own Canoe returns with a second book that humorously highlights 21 figures from our nation's history, from her inception to present day - Nick's personal pantheon of "great Americans".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was just ok

  • By Charlie Kapuscinski on 11-10-16

Not everything is the fault of the White Male

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

Reviewed: 01-18-17

Any additional comments?

Nick is a hypocritical, Self hating white male with very progressive political views. He is also a great actor, narrator and actor with an incredible vocabulary.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fresh Off the Boat

  • A Memoir
  • By: Eddie Huang
  • Narrated by: Eddie Huang
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215

Eddie Huang is the 30-year-old proprietor of Baohaus - the hot East Village hangout where foodies, stoners, and students come to stuff their faces with delicious Taiwanese street food late into the night - and one of the food world’s brightest and most controversial young stars. But before he created the perfect home for himself in a small patch of downtown New York, Eddie wandered the American wilderness looking for a place to call his own. Funny, raw, and moving, and told in an irrepressibly alive and original voice, Fresh Off the Boat recasts the immigrant’s story for the 21st century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Evan Matthew Lind on 08-20-15

You're ignorant and a racist.

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

Any additional comments?

Good narration, interesting story. He's a Hypocrite. He likes all of things from his Chinese culture, but not America's culture but he thinks the world should be without borders. Where do you think the differences come from, maintaining separate countries. Who's culture would you like to take precedent when the borders are gone? He is an racist. He wrote that he doesn't like being called "chink" but it's ok for him to refer to white people as "cracker" and "red necks". And you don't earn respect by becoming a lawyer, you're a joke. You want respect you earn it. You don't know how to earn it, look it up on the web. Stop crying how bad you had it, you're a complainer. Less drug use and removing the chip on your shoulder may have helped, possibly that's "The Face" that cost you the sportscaster job. Maybe your indignant, chip on your shoulder, the world owes me something face. Not that you're Chinese.

  • Islands, Oceans, and Dreams

  • The True Story of a Sailor's Seven Year Solo Voyage Around the World
  • By: Michael Salvaneschi
  • Narrated by: Andrew Parker
  • Length: 19 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

Islands, Oceans, and Dreams is a true story of a man who, at the age of 33, began dreaming of voyaging with his wife to the South Pacific. He wasn't an adventurer or daring by nature, but he bought a boat and began learning the ways of the sea. Twenty years later, racked with the pain of divorce and still aching to live out his dream, he set off alone for Tahiti. After reaching French Polynesia, he continued cruising for seven years and wound up solo sailing around the world. Islands, Oceans, and Dreams takes the listener on that voyage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you're into maritime adventure

  • By John S. on 09-04-12

Edit the Narration!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-13

What would have made Islands, Oceans, and Dreams better?

The first 2 parts of the narration were not edited. The sounds of the narrators slapping his tongue, swallowing, sighing, re-reading sentences is ridiculous (and quite disgusting at times). The 3rd part had the problems edited out.

What did you like best about this story?

The information about the voyage

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Andrew Parker?

Scott Brick

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Interest, funny, sad at times.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,793

From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Always a Sedaris fan, but this isn't his best

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-29-15

Didn't Want a Political Book

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

Reviewed: 06-27-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Less reference to olitics

Has Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

What three words best describe David Sedaris’s performance?

Funny, descriptive, political

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I laughed out loud on several parts

Any additional comments?

My views are mostly conservative, so I'm probably more sensitive to the small amount of political jabs that he takes at this group.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful