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  • The Soul of America

  • The Battle for Our Better Angels
  • By: Jon Meacham
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders, Jon Meacham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,278
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,263

Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in The Soul of America Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature” have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, and LBJ, and illuminating the courage of influential citizen activists and civil rights pioneers, Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history. Each of these dramatic hours have been shaped by the contest to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear - a struggle that continues even now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He takes the long view, displays pattern,Hopeful

  • By zachary on 07-04-18

The Kind of Book Everyone Should Own

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

I enjoyed the history, thought process, high moments and low, and the narrative that weaves all these together into a moving story of America’s soul.

I don’t often buy a hard copy of an Audible book, but I did this time. Now that I’ve “heard” it, I’m looking forward to going back and “reading” it.

This book should be required reading for all who endeavor to understand who we are as a nation, and who we can aspire to be!

  • Dereliction of Duty

  • By: H. R. McMaster
  • Narrated by: H. R. McMaster
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

Dereliction of Duty is a stunning analysis of how and why the United States became involved in an all-out and disastrous war in Southeast Asia. Fully and convincingly researched, based on transcripts and personal accounts of crucial meetings, confrontations and decisions, it is the only book that fully re-creates what happened and why.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Abridged Version Anyone

  • By Laurel on 01-09-18

Short and Sweet

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

The material is outstanding, but the delivery left something to be desired. McMaster wrote an excellent book, but he narrated it in such a way that it comes across as solely “reading” the text.

Informative and engaging material though. I definitely look forward to listening a second time...

  • Trump: The Art of the Deal

  • By: Donald J. Trump, Tony Schwartz
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith, Donald J. Trump
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,232

Here is Trump in action—how he runs his organization and how he runs his life—as he meets the people he needs to meet, chats with family and friends, clashes with enemies, and challenges conventional thinking. But even a maverick plays by rules, and Trump has formulated time-tested guidelines for success. He isolates the common elements in his greatest accomplishments; he shatters myths; he names names, spells out the zeros, and fully reveals the deal-maker's art. And throughout, Trump talks—really talks—about how he does it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Insight!

  • By JennRem on 10-10-18

A Very Enlightening 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: 07-03-18

I haven’t been a fan of President Trump, but after reading this book I certainly respect and understand him better. He’s a hard worker, savvy businessman, and a visionary.

This book was less a lesson on deal-making and negotiating as much as a recounting of stories of Trump’s building projects through the 70s and 80s. Surprisingly, these stories are extremely fascinating, and even humorous!

Kaleo Griffith does a superb job narrating. He captures the inflections of Trump’s voice so well, it was almost an impersonation.

Regardless of your politics, this book is a fun and engaging read. I would even read it again.

  • The Trump White House

  • By: Ronald Kessler
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 36

Based on exclusive interviews with the president and his staff, The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game tells the real story of what Donald Trump is like, who influences him, how he makes decisions, what he says about the people around him, and how he operates when the television lights go off, while portraying the inside story of the successes that have already brought solid results as well as the stumbles that have turned off even longtime supporters and undercut his agenda.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional, impressive and well written.

  • By Anonymous User on 04-28-18

Definitely Worth the Read

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

I enjoyed this book. It certainly presents President Trump in a mostly positive light, but not in an unbalanced or over the top way.

The only reason I didn’t give 5 stars is because each chapter is a mishmash of loosely related content. It was never boring, but the “flow” felt awkward at times.

Nonetheless, I look forward to reading other books by Ronald Kessler, especially about the FBI.

The narrator, Jason Culp, was absolutely engaging and his voice distinctions/impressions were excellent.

  • In the Shadow of Statues

  • A White Southerner Confronts History
  • By: Mitch Landrieu
  • Narrated by: Mitch Landrieu
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 297

When Mitch Landrieu addressed the people of New Orleans in May 2017 about his decision to take down four Confederate monuments, including the statue of Robert E. Lee, he struck a nerve nationally, and his speech has now been heard or seen by millions across the country. In his first book, Mayor Landrieu discusses his personal journey on race as well as the path he took to making the decision to remove the monuments, tackles the broader history of slavery, race and institutional inequities that still bedevil America, and traces his personal relationship to this history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone should read this

  • By Carol Carlson on 03-23-18

Fantastic and Informative 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: 05-21-18

I’m so glad I bought this book! I’d never heard of Mitch Landrieu before, but he has my respect now.

This book walks you through his life and journey, which led him to make one of the most important decisions in his career...to remove confederate monuments in New Orleans.

Powerful stuff...the audio of his speech at the end is gold. I HIGHLY recommend this book.

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22,249
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,316
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20,223

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

An Honorable Man Who Is Missed

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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: 05-10-18

I knew very little of James Comey outside of the media’s portrayal of him over the years. After reading this book I feel I have a much deeper appreciation of who he is and what he did for our nation.

This book flows like a tragic story about an honorable man in multiple difficult situations, yet one who maintained integrity, character, and a higher loyalty.

I now respect James Comey. The absence of his leadership is a loss to our nation.

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  • Fire and Fury

  • Inside the Trump White House
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,928
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,659

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as credible as one would like.

  • By Jerry R. Nokes Jr. on 01-29-18

Fascinating Story That is Well Performed

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

The narration was extremely engaging and convincingly performed. The content is well written and interesting.

This book is less about Trump and more about the backdrop of characters and personalities that make up his inner circle.

Well worth a listen to! I will certainly go through it a second time at some point in the future.

  • Relentless

  • A Memoir
  • By: Julian Edelman
  • Narrated by: Gregory Abbey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

When the Patriots were down 28-3 in Super Bowl LI, there was at least one player who refused to believe they would lose: Julian Edelman. And he said so. It wasn't only because of his belief in his teammates, led by the master of the comeback, his friend and quarterback Tom Brady - or the coaching staff run by the legendary Bill Belichick. It was also because he had been counted out in most of his life and career, and he had proved them all wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Patriots Fan Book

  • By Rich Gasser on 03-02-18

Extremely Inspirational!

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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: 04-10-18

I’ve always enjoyed watching Julian Edelman play, but after reading his memoir I now also respect him as businessman, writer, and a hard worker.

This books is very inspirational and encouraged me to follow after my goals and dreams. Edelman is a “real” role model.

I enjoyed the book recounting his early years all the way up to the 2016 season and the Patriots win in the Super Bowl against the Falcons.

I’m glad Edelman took the time to write this memoir. Another achievement accomplished!

  • Captivate

  • The Science of Succeeding with People
  • By: Vanessa Van Edwards
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Van Edwards
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,738

Do you wish you could decode people? Do you want to know exactly what to say to your boss, your date, or your networking partner? You need to know how people work. As a human behavior investigator, Vanessa Van Edwards studies the hidden forces that drive our behavior patterns in her lab - and she's cracked the code. In Captivate she shares a wealth of valuable shortcuts, systems, and behavior hacks for taking charge of their interactions at work, at home, and in any social situation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Practice After Each Chapter

  • By A. Yoshida on 07-09-17

I Definitely Got a Few Nuggets Out of This Book!

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

I definitely got a few nuggets out of this book, but for the most part it was kind of just a summary of other people’s research patched together to support Vanessa’s narrative.

Vanessa was very pleasant and enjoyable to listen to. She did a great job reading the book out loud. I imagine an author recording their own audio book can go either really well or really badly. This one goes well!

I also appreciated all the digital bonus features, although I skipped a lot of them because they seemed either too silly (for me) or irrelevant to the chapter content. Vanessa commendably doesn’t take herself too seriously and obviously likes to have fun, which is reflected in her “toolbox.” I must say that I think having bonus content is pretty fantastic!

I also emailed her support team to get access to a supplementary PDF that’s referenced early on in the book and they responded with the attached PDF the same day! Great customer service!

I would certainly listen to this book again...