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  • The Fifth Risk

  • Written by: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

"The election happened," remembers Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, then deputy secretary of the Department of Energy. "And then there was radio silence." Across all departments, similar stories were playing out: Trump appointees were few and far between; those that did show up were shockingly uninformed about the functions of their new workplace. Some even threw away the briefing books that had been prepared for them. Michael Lewis’ brilliant narrative takes us into the engine rooms of a government under attack by its own leaders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elections have consequences

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-01-09

Interesting but no conclusion

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

Reviewed: 2019-06-12

This book shares some pretty incredible details about how poor Trump’s transition was. It delves deeply into a few important government areas that people probably know very little about. So it was certainly interesting. However, there was no conclusion, no call to action, no suggestions, nothing beyond sharing some information. I expected more than that. A very disappointing conclusion to the book. Like it was half finished or something. Seems lazy to me.

  • So You Want to Talk About Race

  • Written by: Ijeoma Oluo
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo offers a contemporary, accessible take on the racial landscape in America, addressing head-on such issues as privilege, police brutality, intersectionality, micro-aggressions, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the "N" word. Perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between people of color and white Americans struggling with race complexities, Oluo answers the questions listeners don't dare ask, and explains the concepts that continue to elude everyday Americans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Important Read!

  • By Chad on 2018-06-12

A must-read for everyone

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

Reviewed: 2019-06-07

You don’t need to be an activist to read this book. Maybe you are just an ally. Maybe you’re just a human who cares about all other humans. Whatever your situation, you will find that Ijeoma Oluo has matter-of-factly laid out all of the possible responses and arguments that people give to explain away racism or even just racist words or actions. We live in a racist society, of that there can be no doubt even in 2019. It’s a systemic issue, and this book was super enlightening for me to understand at least a little bit what I could never understand due to the color of my own skin. So if you don’t think we still live in a racist society, I recommend you read or listen to this book from beginning to end and open your mind to see it from another perspective. Everyone will benefit once you do, no matter who you are, because understanding each other in this crazy world is the most important thing of all.

  • Northanger Abbey

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • Written by: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Douglas Booth, Eleanor Tomlinson, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

A coming-of-age tale for the young and naïve 17-year-old Catherine Morland, Northanger Abbey takes a decidedly comical look at themes of class, family, love and literature. Revelling in the sensationalist - and extremely popular - Gothic fiction of her day, the story follows Catherine out of Bath to the lofty manor of the Tilneys, where her overactive imagination gets to work constructing an absurd and melodramatic explanation for the death of Mrs Tilney, which threatens to jeopardise her newly forged friendships.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great adaptation

  • By JohnS on 2019-07-14

Thoroughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 2019-06-07

I’ve always loved Jane Austen‘s writing. However I had never read this classic, and I absolutely love this adaptation into an audiobook. Emma Thompson was freaking hilarious in the narration, and the actors playing each of the individual roles were simply fantastic.

Jane Austen always transports us easily into her world with her literary style, and I always feel like I’ve stepped away from the modern day on a little vacation. Simply enjoyable.

  • The Cruel Prince

  • The Folk of the Air, Book 1
  • Written by: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe. One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holly Black never disappoints

  • By Eileen L on 2018-02-21

Enjoyable addictive listen

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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: 2019-05-03

I’ve never heard of Holly Black before, but I picked this book up on a whim. At the beginning I really wasn’t sure what I was going to think as it starts off with a bang. But the world was described so well, the narration done so well, that it grew and grew on me. As the chapters wore on, the drama and action escalated, and I found myself needing to listen even when I wasn’t driving or doing something else. I just had to find out what happened.
It was compelling throughout, and I’m looking forward to the next installment.

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  • The Call of the Wild

  • Written by: Jack London
  • Narrated by: Pablo Schreiber
  • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

Rediscover one of literature’s most beloved classics, richly reissued in a pivotal new audio recording. Emmy and Tony Award-nominated actor Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, Orange Is the New Black) delivers a stirring performance of Jack London’s fierce yet tender tale of loyalty between man and beast, told from the point of view of a dog.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blew my mind

  • By Jordan Bailey on 2019-07-09

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-21

It’s not often that a book has me clutching at my heart and covering my eyes as I listen to it. For Jack London to generate sympathy and emotion in a book from the viewpoint of a dog is incredible. As a dog lover, it was really hard to listen to at times, and yet I could not pull myself away. A feast for the senses, and gloriously written, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

  • Becoming

  • Written by: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,839
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,319
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,301

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • About BECOMING

  • By Annie on 2019-04-11

Beautiful, informative and powerful.

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-03

A stunning, touching, powerful view into the life of an incredibly humble First Lady. Her words are moving, as they paint gorgeous pictures, and inspire deep emotions. This book is about more than just her life and Barack’s presidency. It’s a testament to love, respect, humility, action, and acceptance.
Not only is the book beautiful but to hear Michelle narrate her words, in a measured, patient cadence brought me pleasure and peace.
Highly recommended, regardless of whether you follow politics.

  • Indian Horse

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Richard Wagamese
  • Narrated by: Jason Ryll
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550

Saul Indian Horse is in critical condition. Sitting feeble in an alcoholism treatment facility, he is told that sharing his story will help relieve his agony. Though skeptical, he embarks on a heartbreaking journey from the present - and into the woods of Northern Ontario, where his life began in a snowy Ojibway camp. The tale that follows is one of great pain and great determination from Richard Wagamese, an author who "never seems to waste a shot" ( New York Times).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart wrenching and Humbling

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-11-11

✨ Incredible. Moving. Inspiring. ✨

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-04

I loved this book! Like many good books, it started slow, and built and built until I was completely in love and wished it wasn't over.

While it does cover the topic of residential schools and the atrocities that occurred, it is so much more than that. And if you love the sport of hockey, you'll imagine yourself flying across the ice on many occasions. There are moments of joy and pain that most people can identify with in some way.

The narrator felt detached at first, but as I approached the end of the book, I found that it actually suited the character very well.

Richard Wagamese has a gentle narrative that pulls you along with beauty and grace. Do yourself a favour and take this journey. ❤️

  • Starlight

  • Written by: Richard Wagamese
  • Narrated by: Wesley French
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 74

The final novel from Richard Wagamese, the best-selling and beloved author of Indian Horse and Medicine Walk, centres on an abused woman on the run who finds refuge on a farm owned by an Indigenous man with wounds of his own. A profoundly moving novel about the redemptive power of love, mercy, and compassion - and the land's ability to heal us. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't want it to end - and it didn't

  • By Anonymous User on 2019-04-01

Beautiful and heart-wrenching

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

Reviewed: 2018-12-21

Oh, how I enjoyed this book. The sheer beauty of the words and images created, juxtaposed against the plain and simple dialogue of the characters made it a feast for the senses. I feel like I have been on a journey to the wild as a result. The world lost a great gem when Richard Wagamese passed away last year.

  • Girl, Wash Your Face

  • Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
  • Written by: Rachel Hollis
  • Narrated by: Rachel Hollis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,643
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,644

As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the 20 lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly for moms and people with religious beliefs

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-06-10

Not the right tone for me

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-13

I recently saw Rachel Hollis's documentary about her Rise event, and loved it. Loved the messages, the empowerment, and all of it. So I picked up this book. But is not striking the right chord with me. I'm only about 1/3 the way through, but I had to put it aside. For now, at least. I read/listen to a lot of self-help/empowerment/mindfulness/motivational books. But this one feels like I am being scolded a bit. I get that it is just her story and she is not professing to be an expert/psychologist/etc. But something about the tone is falling flat for me - which is partly me and partly the book. I just think she has a lack of awareness about how some of her messages can be received, and I find myself wishing some of it was backed by research the way so many other books are. So I accept that this is really popular for many people as a great inspirational tale, but so far not my cup of tea.
#Audible1

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Goodbye, Things

  • The New Japanese Minimalism
  • Written by: Fumio Sasaki, Eriko Sugita - translator
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

Fumio Sasaki is not an enlightened minimalism expert or organizing guru like Marie Kondo - he's just a regular guy who was stressed out and constantly comparing himself to others, until one day he decided to change his life by saying goodbye to everything he didn't absolutely need. The effects were remarkable: Sasaki gained true freedom, new focus, and a real sense of gratitude for everything around him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Regular Guys Experience

  • By PBJ on 2018-06-13

Preachy and eye-roll worthy, with some good tips

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

Reviewed: 2018-06-10

This book started off pretty well. There were certainly some great ideas and concepts around minimalism. I wouldn't call myself a minimalist but I'm well on my way, and rarely buy much anymore. I just want to discard some more stuff and looked for some mindset tips. I got a few, for sure.
And then it went downhill. He starts saying that minimalism can solve every issue you can think of. For example, how it can save relationships, because if you don't have things, you have more time to talk to each other, etc. Guess what? You can also choose to have those conversations! You don't need to empty your life of all possessions and joy in order to appreciate those around you. Granted, minimalism is one way some people could achieve that goal, but by the time you get the end of the book, he implies that every issue in the world can be solved by minimalism. He says he avoids colour and sticks with whites and beiges because of visual noise. He even says that after you reduce things from your life, you can even then remove the things that give you joy as well. Why? Basically, he digresses more and more toward the end and I couldn't wait for it to be over. I just think he ends up way out of his league. Granted he is just telling his story, and at the very end, he says you don't have to be a minimalist to experience these lessons. It's just one way to learn them. Very true and glad to hear him say it. But I was really put off by the second half of the book and all the preachiness. The narrator was good.