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    • The Man Who Knew the Way to the Moon

    • By: Todd Zwillich
    • Narrated by: Todd Zwillich, Angelo Di Loreto
    • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,435
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,253
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,241

    Without John C. Houbolt, a mid-level engineer at NASA, Apollo 11 would never have made it to the moon. Top NASA engineers on the project, including Werner Von Braun, strongly advocated for a single, huge spacecraft to travel to the moon, land, and return to Earth. It's the scenario used in 1950s cartoons and horror movies about traveling to outer space. Houbolt had another idea: Lunar Orbit Rendezvous. LOR would link two spacecraft in orbit while the crafts were travelling at 3,600 miles an hour around the moon. His plan was ridiculed and considered unthinkable.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Caveat Emptor: Bone to Pick

    • By Judah Family on 07-05-19

    Regular price: $7.95

    • The Dead Drink First

    • By: Dale Maharidge
    • Narrated by: Dale Maharidge
    • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,816
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,983
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,970

    Dale Maharidge’s father, like many World War II veterans, never talked about “the good war”. There was just one clue to his dad’s experience as a US Marine - a portrait with a close friend that hung permanently in their home. In The Dead Drink First, Dale, now a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, recounts his 18-year quest to find and repatriate the missing remains of his dad’s buddy, Herman Walter Mulligan, 73 years after he was killed in action.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • read it even if it's not your usual genre

    • By Kindle Customer on 06-07-19

    Regular price: $7.95

    • Becoming

    • By: Michelle Obama
    • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
    • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 107,471
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 97,668
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 97,137

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Unremarkable

    • By Lynn Kirk Hunter on 06-22-19

    Regular price: $35.71

    • Educated

    • A Memoir
    • By: Tara Westover
    • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
    • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 60,904
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 54,959
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 54,747

    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

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Can't Hurt Me

    • Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
    • By: David Goggins
    • Narrated by: David Goggins, Adam Skolnick
    • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 54,951
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 49,818
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 49,662

    For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare - poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a US Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I'M A 60 YR OLD WOMAN AND LOVE THIS BOOK!

    • By Christine on 12-01-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

    • A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed
    • By: Lori Gottlieb
    • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
    • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,821
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5,346
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,312

    One day, Lori Gottlieb is a therapist who helps patients in her Los Angeles practice. The next, a crisis causes her world to come crashing down. Enter Wendell, the quirky but seasoned therapist in whose of­fice she suddenly lands. With his balding head, cardigan, and khakis, he seems to have come straight from Therapist Central Casting. Yet he will turn out to be anything but.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great listen, great narration

    • By elizabeth on 04-09-19

    Regular price: $34.95

    • Born a Crime

    • Stories from a South African Childhood
    • By: Trevor Noah
    • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 125,659
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 116,273
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 115,722

    One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Profanity Too Big of Hurdle

    • By tlcarver on 06-05-19
    • Stories from a South African Childhood
    • By: Trevor Noah
    • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Release date: 11-15-16
    • 5 out of 5 stars 125,659 ratings

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered

    • The Definitive How-To Guide
    • By: Karen Kilgariff, Georgia Hardstark
    • Narrated by: Karen Kilgariff, Georgia Hardstark, Paul Giamatti
    • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7,171
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6,707
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6,656

    Sharing never-before-heard stories ranging from their struggles with depression, eating disorders, and addiction, Karen and Georgia irreverently recount their biggest mistakes and deepest fears, reflecting on the formative life events that shaped them into two of the most followed voices in the nation. In Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, Karen and Georgia focus on the importance of self-advocating and valuing personal safety over being "nice" or "helpful." They delve into their own pasts, true crime stories, and beyond to discuss meaningful issues with empathy and frankness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • No murder--but so much to love

    • By Lesley on 06-02-19

    Regular price: $20.99

    • Life Will Be the Death of Me

    • ...And You Too!
    • By: Chelsea Handler
    • Narrated by: Chelsea Handler
    • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5,299
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4,839
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4,804

    This funny, sad, super-honest, all-true story of Chelsea Handler’s year of self-discovery features a nerdily brilliant psychiatrist, a shaman, four Chow Chows, some well-placed security cameras, various family members (living and departed), friends, assistants, and a lot of edibles.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Raw Chelsea Hander

    • By Leslie Snider on 04-14-19

    Regular price: $24.50

    • The Path Made Clear

    • Discovering Your Life's Direction and Purpose
    • By: Oprah Winfrey
    • Narrated by: Oprah Winfrey, full cast
    • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 4,537
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,930
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3,909

    Oprah Winfrey shares what she sees as a guide for activating your deepest vision of yourself, offering the framework for creating not just a life of success, but one of significance. The audiobook’s 10 chapters are organized to help you recognize the important milestones along the road to self-discovery, laying out what you really need in order to achieve personal contentment and what life’s detours are there to teach us.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wisdom from a collection of spiritual thinkers

    • By CJ H. in AZ on 03-28-19

    Regular price: $17.49

    • How to Change Your Mind

    • What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
    • By: Michael Pollan
    • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
    • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 10,597
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9,530
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,455

    When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction, and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A delightful trip

    • By Paul E. Williams on 05-19-18
    • What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
    • By: Michael Pollan
    • Narrated by: Michael Pollan
    • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
    • Release date: 05-15-18
    • 5 out of 5 stars 10,597 ratings

    Regular price: $31.50

    • The Woman Who Smashed Codes

    • A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine who Outwitted America's Enemies
    • By: Jason Fagone
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,223
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,049
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,040

    In 1912, at the height of World War I, brilliant Shakespeare expert Elizebeth Smith went to work for an eccentric tycoon on his estate outside Chicago. The tycoon had close ties to the US government, and he soon asked Elizebeth to apply her language skills to an exciting new venture: code breaking. There she met the man who would become her husband, groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman. Though she and Friedman are in many ways the Adam and Eve of the NSA, Elizebeth's story, incredibly, has never been told.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Captivating Biography

    • By Jean on 11-20-17

    Regular price: $36.50

    • Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

    • By: Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated by: Nelson Runger
    • Length: 24 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,847
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,349
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,329

    Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us - an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings. In best-selling author Walter Isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin turns to us from history's stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours. The most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • My kinda founding father...mostly...

    • By Brad Barker on 06-08-13

    Regular price: $57.95

    • Braving the Wilderness

    • The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
    • By: Brené Brown
    • Narrated by: Brené Brown
    • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18,845
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 16,633
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16,521

    "True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are." Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives - experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Actual Step-By-Step To Authenticity!

    • By Gillian on 09-14-17

    Regular price: $21.00

    • Shoe Dog

    • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
    • By: Phil Knight
    • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
    • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 31,824
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 28,580
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 28,565

    In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A must listen to book- It's the perfect biz memoir

    • By Brock on 06-02-16

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem

    • A Memoir
    • By: Daniel R. Day
    • Narrated by: Omari Hardwick, Daniel R. Day
    • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 48

    With his now-legendary store on 125th Street in Harlem, Dapper Dan pioneered high-end streetwear in the 1980s, remixing classic luxury-brand logos into his own innovative, glamorous designs. But before he reinvented haute couture, he was a hungry boy with holes in his shoes, a teen who daringly gambled drug dealers out of their money, and a young man in a prison cell who found nourishment in books. In this remarkable memoir, he tells his full story for the first time. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Incredible

    • By Michael on 07-14-19

    Regular price: $28.00

    • High Achiever

    • The Incredible True Story of One Addict's Double Life
    • By: Tiffany Jenkins
    • Narrated by: Tiffany Jenkins
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 567
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 531
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 529

    With heart-racing urgency and unflinching honesty, Jenkins takes you inside the grips of addiction and the desperate decisions it breeds. She is a born storyteller who lived an incredible story, from blackmail by an ex-boyfriend to a soul-shattering deal with a drug dealer, and her telling brims with suspense and unexpected wit. But the true surprise is her path to recovery. Tiffany breaks through the stigma and silence to offer hope and inspiration to anyone battling the disease - whether it’s a loved one or themselves.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • WOW!!!

    • By Anonymous User on 06-19-19

    Regular price: $28.00

    • It's a Long Story

    • My Life
    • By: Willie Nelson, David Ritz - contributor
    • Narrated by: Christopher Ryan Grant
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,855
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,697
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,697

    This is the unvarnished, complete story of Willie Nelson's life, told in his distinct voice and leaving no moment or experience unturned, from Texas and Nashville to Hawaii and his legendary bus.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great doesn't do this justice

    • By drlamarca on 06-23-15

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Trillion Dollar Coach

    • The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell
    • By: Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, Alan Eagle
    • Narrated by: Dan Woren
    • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,322
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,116
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118

    The team behind How Google Works returns with management lessons from legendary coach and business executive Bill Campbell, whose mentoring of some of our most successful modern entrepreneurs has helped create well over a trillion dollars in market value. Bill Campbell played an instrumental role in the growth of several prominent companies, such as Google, Apple, and Intuit, fostering deep relationships with Silicon Valley visionaries, including Steve Jobs, Larry Page, and Eric Schmidt.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Great regarding the Coach’s life; Ok on how-to

    • By Jason Lehmbeck on 04-25-19

    Regular price: $23.95

    • It's Not Supposed to Be This Way

    • By: Lysa TerKeurst
    • Narrated by: Lysa TerKeurst, Jolene Barto
    • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,848
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,613
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,606

    Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness. Lysa TerKeurst understands this deeply. But she's also discovered that our disappointments can be the divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God. In It's Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa invites us into her own journey of faith.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My Brutally Broken Heart Needed This Book

    • By Heidi Ranae on 12-20-18

    Regular price: $21.67

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