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  • Working

  • Researching, Interviewing, Writing
  • By: Robert A Caro
  • Narrated by: Robert A Caro
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

In Working he offers a captivating account of his life as a writer, describing the sometimes staggering lengths to which he has gone in order to produce his books and offering priceless insights into the art and craft of non-fiction writing. Anyone interested in investigative journalism and the pursuit of truth, in the writer’s process and the creation of literature, in the art of interviewing or simply the psychology of excellence will find a masterclass in all these subjects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Liz - Australian artist on 24-05-2019

Copernicus from Australia

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

Reviewed: 04-05-2019

If you don’t like this audiobook.
Listening to human voices, not only audiobooks, is not your thing.
His writing is worth reading about.
This is an autobiography of a biographer writing a biography... but don’t let that hold you back.
It’s a tremendous story of writing a tremendous story.
When archeologists dig they know they will never find something this telling, and yet they dig.

  • Dangerous

  • By: Milo Yiannopoulos
  • Narrated by: Milo Yiannopoulos
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 330

The liberal media machine did everything they could to keep this book out of your hands. Now, finally, Dangerous, the most controversial book of the decade, is tearing down safe spaces everywhere.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good unless you already are up to date with events

  • By Anonymous User on 04-05-2019

Dangerous?

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

Reviewed: 02-08-2018

This is a classic example of why audio books are better than physical books. Milo is Milo’s biggest fan and he doesn’t hold back in the delivery. The love is sincere. Emphahsis is genuine and perfectly timed.
As for the content... you will have heard all of it before but this is the total download.
Milo is perfect for this time. Indeed the left wrote this book. All the best lines are leftist lines turned around. One may well. Wonder what Milo would have written about if the PC left wasn’t so crazy. In the meantime one can listen to this entertaining book.

  • Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns and One Intact Glass Ceiling

  • By: Amy Chozick
  • Narrated by: Amy Chozick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

For a decade, award-winning New York Times journalist Amy Chozick chronicled Hillary Clinton’s pursuit of the presidency. Chozick’s front-row seat, initially covering Clinton’s imploding 2008 campaign, and then her assignment to 'The Hillary Beat' ahead of the 2016 election, took her to 48 states and set off a nearly 10-years-long journey in which the formative years of her 20s and 30s became - both personally and professionally - intrinsically intertwined to Clinton’s presidential ambitions.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • boring and self indulgent

  • By Anonymous User on 16-11-2018

The 2016 presidential election as viewed from the position of God.

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

Reviewed: 13-07-2018

I listened to "What happened" by Hillary Clinton, which was the 2016 election from HRC's viewpoint.
This book reads (listens) like it is viewing the 2016 from the position of God.
It is terrific. It is human. It is honest. It is Devine.
I can't recommend it highly enough.
Amy Chozich's writing is superb. Which is hardly surprising. But her voice! Her reading really takes you there. You are seeing it all from the position of God. With God, a God with human emotions, talking in your ear.

  • What Happened

  • By: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Narrated by: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpectedly Emotional

  • By Anonymous User on 14-11-2017

What Happened?

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

Reviewed: 16-11-2017

The title should have come with a question mark. It's clear Hillary still doesn't see how it happened.
But her book does an excellent job of explaining how she lost. Although it's still not clear how Trump won.
Her flat narration is part of the reason. She sounded like she was speaking to a microphone rather than through it to an audience.
She threw out hundreds of reminders that she is a female.
She almost lost the white college educated womens vote because a large share of this cohort don't rely on the woman card and resent those that do. It undermines their legitimacy that some of their peers pull of the woman card.
But Hillary can't be faulted for her honesty. When she says she can't fathom how a college aged man in the late sixties would prefer he toot h place of woman, lest he get drafted. I believe her. When she says here Brooklyn office was decorated with a sign "wonks for the win". I believe her. As though swing voters are interested in parsing policy detail. Almost autistic interpretation of human motivation.
She really thought laying down good policies is the path to election victory. Weird.
It's a popularity contest.
She lost to Trump.
She took his ties with Russia as a headwind. Bill would have handled that like the tailwind it was.
But at the time, during the campaign, she was ahead on virtually every single poll. Her advisors were banking cheques saying she didn't need to change anything and her approach (ex 2008 and the first Arkansas gubernatorial where she forgot she was in the south and needed to change her last name) had worked.
...
One final note that wasn't in the book, the experience of the middle of the road TV audience. Nightly they saw TV panel hosts tear into Trump for some gaffe. Laughing at him. Pointing out how this gaffe reminded them of an earlier gaffe. And then they produced some time for their sponsors, the ads. These ads were disproportionality HRC ads. Trump telecast only a tiny number of ads. For all the world it looked like the sponsor of the show had infiltrated the editorial.
Her ads were undermining her campaign. She saw how sharp the ads looked, but didn't consider the context they would be shown in.
...
Conditions and changed and HRC wasn't aware.
She didn't have the staff, the incentive (she was far ahead in the polls) or the natural ability (anyone that is surprised in then1970's the Arkansas isn't ready for a wife not taking her husbands name is not terrific at empathy of those not like her).
Post-Mortems on yourself are extremely hard, empathy for people unlike yourself is also vexing.
This book communicated clearly that Hillary Rodham Clinton was a terrible campaigner, perhaps the worst ever. But a marvellous candidate.
...
To attempt a post mortem after the great personal humiliation ever is courageous. The boom shows how excruciatingly hard such a task is.
And yet look at the prior world record humiliation, Richard Nixon and how he could explain his downfall in his "never be petty" speech. Post mortems are hard. But some can do them.

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  • The Crash of 2008 and What It Means

  • The New Paradigm for Financial Markets
  • By: George Soros
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

In the midst of one of the most serious financial upheavals since the Great Depression, George Soros, the legendary financier and philanthropist, has written a significant update to his New York Times best seller, The New Paradigm for Financial Markets. The revised and updated edition, The Crash of 2008 and What It Means, contains four new chapters, in which he looks at the depth and breadth of the credit crash and proposes an updated set of policies to confront the global financial crisis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect match of Narrator to thought provoking content.

  • By Roland on 23-09-2017

Perfect match of Narrator to thought provoking content.

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

Reviewed: 23-09-2017

Grover Gardner understands what he is reading. He isn't merely going through the lines he gets the message.
His timing is perfect. It's very digestible.
It had to be performed well because it is loaded with concepts unfamiliar with most readers. Unfamiliar messages are way harder to communicate... an author needs a great narrator.
Soros found such a person in Grover.

  • On Power

  • By: Robert A. Caro
  • Narrated by: Robert A. Caro
  • Length: 1 hr and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

From two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and two-time National Book Award winner Robert A. Caro: a short, penetrating reflection on the evolution and workings of political power - for good and for ill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Copernicus

  • By Roland on 18-07-2017

Copernicus

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

Reviewed: 18-07-2017

Aside from being a brilliant sample from this great story. As I'm sure all the other reviews have mentioned.
What a voice!

  • The Churchill Factor

  • How One Man Made History
  • By: Boris Johnson
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

The point of The Churchill Factor is that one man can make all the difference. On the eve of the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the 'Churchill Factor' - the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent exposition and enthusiastically read

  • By Roderic on 09-05-2019

Copernicus

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

Reviewed: 17-07-2017

I listened to this book because I wanted to learn about Boris Johnson.
I was pleased. Well pleased.
Boris obviously has taken the man to heart and still has enough of his own view to not filial about obsequiously.
The narrator did an incredible job bringing the giant story to life.
If you are looking for a book by Boris Johnson or about Winston Churchill consider this. If you are looking for a book by Boris Johnson and about Winston Churchill, I recommend the audiobook.

  • Natural Born Heroes

  • By: Christopher McDougall
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

When Chris McDougall stumbled across the story of Churchill's 'dirty tricksters', a motley crew of English poets and academics who helped resist the Nazi invasion of Crete, he knew he was on the track of something special. To beat the odds, the tricksters - starving, aging, outnumbered - tapped in to an ancient style of fitness: the lost art of heroism.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A great disappointment

  • By MR on 27-12-2015

Compulsory textbook

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

Reviewed: 09-06-2017

I had to remind myself the narrator didn't write the story. He got it perfectly, I thought it was his.
I coach young men and tell them they should read "Born to Run" to learn how to read and write.
Young men often hate reading. They don't read. They don't get any practise. They are sent to the remedial reading class... where the books are even more boring.
I tell them to read "Born to Run" I will tell them to read "Natural Born Heroes"
Natural Born Heroes delivers on the promise of reading.
It should be compulsory reading material for young men.
...
As with Born to Run the layout of the book is incredible. The architecture of the storytelling is exemplary. A must read for writers.

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  • The Path to Power

  • The Years of Lyndon Johnson
  • By: Robert A. Caro
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 40 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22

This is the story of the rise to national power of a desperately poor young man from the Texas Hill Country. The Path to Power reveals in extraordinary detail the genesis of the almost superhuman drive, energy, and ambition that set LBJ apart. It follows him from the Hill Country to New Deal Washington, from his boyhood through the years of the Depression to his debut as Congressman, his heartbreaking defeat in his first race for the Senate, and his attainment, nonetheless, at age 31, of the national power for which he hungered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling

  • By StuartR on 21-12-2018

Incredible Narration to a fantastic story

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

Reviewed: 27-01-2017

It's well known that this Pulitzer prize winning story is incredible. An incredibly story well written.
Nobody reading this is review unaware of that.
But the Narration!
Grover obviously understood the story. He obviously has great respect for the effort to write it. You simply couldn't ask for better Narration.
Really brought the story to life.
I had psychically read that book and got a lot out of it. Grover showed me there is a lot more in there. I'm going to to listen the Grover more often.

  • The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047

  • By: Lionel Shriver
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

The brilliant new novel from the Orange Prize-winning author of We Need to Talk About Kevin centres on three generations of the Mandible family as a fiscal crisis hits a near-future America. It is 2029. The Mandibles have been counting on a sizable fortune filtering down when their 97-year-old patriarch dies. Yet America's soaring national debt has grown so enormous that it can never be repaid. Under siege from an upstart international currency, the dollar is in meltdown.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring boring boring

  • By Anne Harvey on 11-01-2017

Incredibly good.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-2016

George Newbern performance was incredible because he is an great narrator and he understood the story.
And what an incredible story!
Lionel Shriver has written a classic. This is the great American novel. This story what kids images adult stories are like, but extremely rarely are. By writing about a slightly different outside world it opens up the world on the inside. She is an excellent guide.
The Mandibles should win every award there is this year.