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  • The Last Republicans

  • Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush
  • By: Mark K. Updegrove
  • Narrated by: Milton Jeffers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 93

In this balanced, illuminating audiobook, Updegrove tells the story of the Bushes' relationship from the birth of George W. through their postpresidential years and Jeb Bush's failed candidacy. Drawing on exclusive access and interviews with both presidents and the key people in their lives, Updegrove reveals the Bushes' views on the current state of the nation and the GOP and how the party they both led and helped build is undergoing a radical transformation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Father and Son Presidents

  • By Jean on 02-14-18

Insightful behind the scenes look

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

I enjoyed this insightful behind the scenes look at the relationship between 41 and 43. Two very different men with a deep love for each other while taking on America’s hardest job. Not a hagiography, not a scathing critique, but an insightful look into the development of their character and rise to the White House.

  • Innocent

  • By: Scott Turow
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,073

The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark best seller Presumed Innocent, Innocent continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, 20 years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Book

  • By Suzn F on 05-10-10

The Same Kind of Brilliance as Presumed Innocent

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

I read Presumed Innocent years ago. This sequel brings the reader right back to the same characters in Kindle County with another legal thriller full of twists and turns. In the end, all of the solutions I imagined were wrong, even if they were part of the discussion along the way. And the narration pulled me through, wanting to keep going when other work beckoned.

  • Blessed

  • A History of the American Prosperity Gospel
  • By: Kate Bowler
  • Narrated by: Kate Bowler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

How have millions of American Christians come to measure spiritual progress in terms of their financial status and physical well-being? How has the movement variously called Word of Faith, Health and Wealth, Name It and Claim It, or simply prosperity gospel come to dominate much of our contemporary religious landscape? Kate Bowler's Blessed is the first book to fully explore the origins, unifying themes, and major figures of a burgeoning movement that now claims millions of followers in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great research, fascinating information

  • By Jonathan Barlow on 02-25-15

Engrossing History of the Prosperity Gospel

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

BLESSED traces the Prosperity Gospel from its earliest roots. Kate Bowler not only wrote a very thorough account but she was also easy to follow and listen to in the Audible version. One thing that amazed me is how the prosperity message has seeped into so many facets of today's church. Tracing links to New Thought philosophy and showing how these ideas were adapted over time, the book peels back the facelift that prosperity teachers keep inventing.

Bowler's tone is not cynical or looking down on her subject, but gently questioning, wanting to see the best and going to where the facts lead. This made her account compelling and engrossing in the way her research unfolded.

There are a few minor glitches, like her surprise about one church calling its drug and alcohol ministry "Celebrate Recovery" while one click of on-line research would reveal that Celebrate Recovery is a national ministry with several hundred chapters that was launched by Saddleback Church more than a decade ago.

This history of the Prosperity movement a must read for pastors, church history lovers, and those who wish to understand the pros and cons of the Prosperity Gospel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Titan

  • The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 35 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,095
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,694

Titan is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller’s exceptionally rich trove of papers. A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the book indelibly alters our image of this most enigmatic capitalist. Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mother, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to become the world’s richest man by creating America’s most powerful and feared monopoly, Standard Oil. Branded "the Octopus" by legions of muckrakers, the trust refined and marketed nearly 90 percent of the oil produced in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He makes Bill Gates look like a Pauper!

  • By Rick on 11-04-13

The good, the bad, and the contradictions of Rockefeller

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

Reviewed: 11-20-17

Ron Chernow's TITAN traces the hard-scrabble early years, the unrelenting work ethic, ruthlessness, and charitable vision of J.D. Rockefeller. TITAN traces with great detail how he built Standard Oil into the world's largest kerosene, oil, and gas distributor as well as the wisdom, faith and blind spots of Rockefeller. Five stars overall and five stars for the audio narration. I only gave four stars for the story because of too many moments that got bogged down in minutiae.

  • Tom Clancy Duty and Honor

  • A Jack Ryan Jr. Novel
  • By: Grant Blackwood
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,135

Even though he's on forced leave from the clandestine intelligence group known as The Campus, Jack Ryan, Jr., still finds himself caught in the crosshairs after an attempt on his life is thwarted when he turns the tables on his would-be dispatcher. Convinced that the attack is linked to his recent covert actions with the convalescing Iranian national Ysabel Kashini, Jack sets out to find out who wants him dead - and why.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a Jack Ryan novel

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 06-22-16

Both young Jack and the author need the Campus

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

Reviewed: 05-31-17

First of all Scott Brick's narration kept me in this to the end. While I enjoy the Jack Ryan/Campus genre, this book didn't have the depth or cohesion we have come to expect. The action at times was so scattered that it was hard to follow. The best news is that young Jack lives on and is ready to come back to the Campus. Not only does Jack need the Campus, but the author does too.

  • In Harm's Way

  • The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors
  • By: Doug Stanton
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,257
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,045
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,032

On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine. An estimated 300 men were killed upon impact; close to 900 sailors were cast into the Pacific Ocean, where they remained undetected by the navy for nearly four days and nights. Battered by a savage sea, they struggled to stay alive, fighting off sharks, hypothermia, and dementia. By the time rescue arrived, all but 317 men had died. The captain's subsequent court-martial left many questions unanswered

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Clarence Sparks on 10-22-16

Uncovering truth and restoring the honor of the Indy survivors

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

Reviewed: 04-22-17

With tremendous research and determination to uncover the full story of the sinking of the Indianapolis, Doug Stanton presents a compelling narrative of the courage and ordeal these men and their captain went through. The narration matches Stanton's mastery of events and memories. This is a must read for all who are interested in the history of World War II and its heroes.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Echoes of Tattered Tongues: Memory Unfolded

  • By: John Z. Guzlowski
  • Narrated by: Jon Brandi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Raw, eloquent, nuanced, intimate - Guzlowski illuminates the many faces of war, the toll it takes on innocent civilians, and the ways in which the trauma echoes down through generations. His narrative structure mirrors the fractured dislocation experienced by war refugees. Through a haunting collage of jagged fragments - poems, prose and prose poems, frozen moments of time, sometimes dreamlike and surreal, other times realistic and graphic - Guzlowski weaves a powerful story with impacts at levels both obvious and subtle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This told a story, then invited the reader in

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 01-05-17

Details of the Long Reach of the Nazi Concentration Camps

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

This book is a well-told story of the darkness and long-term impact of the Nazi movement and thei concentration camps. The author reveals how the damage impacts a family for generations. Jon Brandi's strong but calming voice pulled me through the darkness. I hope he does more narration work.

  • 1944

  • FDR and the Year That Changed History
  • By: Jay Winik
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 21 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

New York Times best-selling author Jay Winik brings to life in gripping detail the year 1944, which determined the outcome of World War II and put more pressure than any other on an ailing yet determined President Roosevelt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ISIS Is amateur

  • By Mission Possible People on 12-08-15

Masterfully told, sobering impact

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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: 10-21-16

Rarely am I so moved by a book as I am by Winik's 1944. I have no problem putting 1944 in the same category as Agent Garbo, The Forgotten 500, Lost In Shangrila, The Band of Brothers and Unbroken.

Winik never strays far from the events of 1944, yet seems to anticipate when the reader needs a quick detour into a short biographical sketch of a new character or a reminder of past developments that led to his current topic. Along the way, he digs into the soul of leading figures so that we sense the character and flaws of FDR and feel the anguish of Jews who escaped from the camps as they try to convince the clueless world of the size and scope of Hitler's final solution.

There were moments when I had to take a break from the painstaking detail of this portrayal of the rise of the death camps and of the willful blindness of State Department officials toward the plight of Europe's Jews.

Finally, the narration was excellent. Just the right measure of compassion and consistency for such sobering subject matter. Without giving it away, the final question of the book is ringing in my ears.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Paul McCartney

  • The Life
  • By: Philip Norman
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 30 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

Since the age of 21, Paul McCartney has lived one of the ultimate rock 'n' roll lives, played out on the most public of stages. Now Paul's story is told by rock music's foremost biographer, with McCartney's consent and access to family members and close friends who have never spoken on the record before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than average McCartney bio

  • By tru britty on 05-14-16

A Critic's View Changed through Research and Writing

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

Reviewed: 09-17-16

Some biographies are hagiographies, full of little more than a fan's praise. Some reveal a negative bias that turns the reader off. Philip Norman's Paul McCartney is neither of these. Having started with the notion that John was the better song writer and the heart of the Beatles, readers can sense his measure of Paul's life and work growing throughout this book. Thorough, balanced, and committed to rendering as true of a picture as one can gain while the subject is still living, Norman delivers on his promise. Outstanding work and a great book to listen to.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Sycamore Row

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,307

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham at his best (again)

  • By Brock on 10-23-13

Surprises right to the end

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

Reviewed: 02-11-16

Wow, what a great story about race, justice, dirty tricks, with twists and surprises right to the end. The narrator kept me glued to the story. Even when I thought I could see the way this would turn out, the story turned again for the better.