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  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,015

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Every Tax Paying Citizen Should Read This Book

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Know what is happening to our tax dollars and who is trying to monetize our government assets. The book is a fascinating look into the workings of our weather reporting system. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Soul of An Octopus

  • A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness
  • By: Sy Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Sy Montgomery
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,318
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,223

Sy Montgomery's popular 2011 Orion magazine piece, "Deep Intellect", about her friendship with a sensitive, sweet-natured octopus named Athena and the grief she felt at her death, went viral, indicating the widespread fascination with these mysterious, almost alien-like creatures. Since then Sy has practiced true immersion journalism, from New England aquarium tanks to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico, pursuing these wild, solitary shape-shifters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eight legs and so much more!

  • By Kirstin on 07-02-15

Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

The book is an excellent reminder of the connection between mankind and the animal world. Given the present and continuing attack on the environment by industry, it is a good reminder of our responsibility to the animals who share the earth with us. On the down side I don't feel like eating octopus ever again.

  • Unhinged

  • An Insider's Account of the Trump White House
  • By: Omarosa Manigault Newman
  • Narrated by: Omarosa Manigault Newman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,490

Few have been a member of Donald Trump’s inner orbit longer than Omarosa Manigault Newman. Their relationship has spanned 15 years - through four television shows, a presidential campaign, and a year by his side in the most chaotic, outrageous White House in history. But that relationship has come to a decisive and definitive end, and Omarosa is finally ready to share her side of the story in this explosive, jaw-dropping account.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Take if for what it's worth...

  • By Clay on 08-14-18

Written by a self centered self absorbed person

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

The book can be summed thusly: I'm a poor innocent girl swept up by ambition and blinded by donald j. trump. I am innocent of everything and need to make more money. Not recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • War on Peace

  • The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence
  • By: Ronan Farrow
  • Narrated by: Ronan Farrow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987

American diplomacy is under siege. Offices across the State Department sit empty while abroad, the military-industrial complex has assumed the work once undertaken by peacemakers. We're becoming a nation that shoots first and asks questions later. In an astonishing account ranging from Washington, DC, to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and North Korea in the years since 9/11, acclaimed journalist and former diplomat Ronan Farrow illuminates one of the most consequential and poorly understood changes in American history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gifted Author

  • By JAL on 05-06-18

I feel smarter having read this book.

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

In an age wherein stupidity, superstition, and paranoia and celebrated, we have in this book and incredibly well thought out and researched, intelligent narrative. It illustrates clearly the perils of our current political path. Carefully and methodically the author spells out in a historical timeline the hits and misses of our country's foreign policy. Mr. Farrow's credentials for writing this book are unparalleled. His delivery is unadorned and direct. I could feel the synapses in my brain grow stronger as I listened. If you have any interest in the subject (you should) this is an excellent resource.

23 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Plot Against America

  • By: Philip Roth
  • Narrated by: Ron Silver
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946

In an astonishing feat of empathy and narrative invention, our most ambitious novelist imagines an alternate version of American history. In 1940 Charles A. Lindbergh, heroic aviator and rabid isolationist, is elected president. Shortly thereafter, he negotiates a cordial "understanding" with Adolf Hitler while the new government embarks on a program of folksy anti-Semitism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary

  • By R. Kravitz on 02-01-17

Terrifying Allegory For The Modern Age

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

I felt on edge nearly the length of this book. If you can't imagine Fascism thriving within t2ge borders of the USA this book will help you out. Definitely recommended.

  • Holidays on Ice

  • Featuring Six New Stories
  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,835
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,830

David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French ("Jesus Shaves"); and what to do when you've been locked out in a snowstorm ("Let It Snow").

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best When In SantaLand

  • By Dave on 12-06-11

"New Stories" is misleading

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

Love ya David but reissuing holiday theme material from other books into this one is not the same as presenting new stories.

  • Don't Look Back

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,016
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,005

Eve Hardaway, newly single mother of one, is on a trip she’s long dreamed of - a rafting and hiking tour through the jungles and mountains of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. Eve wanders off the trail, to a house in the distance with a menacing man in the yard beyond it, throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. Disturbed by the sight, Eve moves quickly and quietly back to her group, taking care to avoid being seen. As she creeps along, she finds a broken digital camera, marked with the name Teresa Hamilton.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Strong characters in a weak story

  • By WWaltonG on 05-04-16

Nor bad Not Bad Not Great, Stereotypical

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

*Spoiler Alert*

I was turned off by the stereotypical portrayal of the gay character. In narrarives that primarily feature straight people, why are the gays always the first to die?

  • The Jungle: A Signature Performance by Casey Affleck

  • By: Upton Sinclair
  • Narrated by: Casey Affleck
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 540
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 447

A Signature Performance: Oscar nominee and passionate vegan Casey Affleck highlights the more-relevant-than-ever issues of business ethics and food production in Upton Sinclair’s meatpacking industry bombshell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of great social protest novels of 20th Century

  • By Darwin8u on 10-22-13

There are better versions of this classic.

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

Reviewed: 09-23-17

Mr. Sinclair would have been appalled at this interpretation of this America classic. Mr. Affleck's performance is lackluster. His narration sounds to labored and bored of the material.

  • The Last Train from Hiroshima

  • The Survivors Look Back
  • By: Charles Pellegrino
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

Last Train from Hiroshima offers listeners a stunning "you are there" time capsule, gracefully wrapped in elegant prose. Charles Pellegrino's scientific authority and close relationship with the A-bomb's survivors make his account the most gripping and authoritative ever written. At the narrative's core are eyewitness accounts of those who experienced the atomic explosions firsthand---the Japanese civilians on the ground and the American fliers in the air.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing....with a grain of salt

  • By Gord on 06-10-10

Hauntingly Appropriate For The Present Era

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

This book is well written and unemotionally read. It describes in nano-detail the horror of human aggression.

  • Defying Hitler

  • A Memoir
  • By: Sebastian Haffner
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

When the famous German author Sebastian Haffner died at the age of 91 in 1999, a manuscript was discovered among his unpublished papers. The book was begun in 1939, but with the advent of World War II, Haffner had set it aside. His family made the decision to publish it, and the book became a best seller in Germany in 2002. Spanning the period from 1907 to 1933, it offers a unique perspective on how the average educated German grappled with the rise of Hitler.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story of moral courage

  • By GLENN on 08-27-04

Sadly extremely applicable to current events.

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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: 08-13-17

If you have any curiosity about how the culture and politics of a rational people could be lead astray to disastrous end read this book.