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  • Charlemagne

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard Winston
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (320)

    Charlemagne was easily one of the most fascinating figures in Western civilization, as well as the most heroic and romantic. The 47 years of his reign marked some of the most significant and far reaching events of the Middle Ages. Undoubtedly, it was his enlightened vision for Europe that resulted in the Carolingian Renaissance, a period of cultural flowering that never really ceased to develop, and which led in a straight line directly to that period of astonishing achievement we now call the High Gothic.

    Frank says: "A wonderful biography"
    "He comes alive"
    Overall

    "From the Hammer to the Cross". This audiobook is EXCELLENT. The author narrates with great responsibility and precision the life (and times) of Charlemagne from his ancestor (The Hammer) to his disappointing heir (The Cross). The main character is brought to life in a very special way: he seems like one's close acquaintance once you get to know him. We are, unwittingly, familiarized with the whole world history of his time (at least the one that matters): Empress Irene and successors in Constatinople, Harun-Al-Rashid in Bagdad, The kings of Mercia and the petty kingdoms of northern Spain. Another interesting feature is the portrayal of the ambivalent and complex relationship between our character and the popes (Stephen, Hadrian and Leo). It's like a novel, only better because it isn't. Buy this audiobook, it will make you a better person (or at least better informed).

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Richard A. Clarke
    • Narrated By Richard A. Clarke
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    The real war on terror has happened largely behind closed doors, run by the White House, drawing on secret intelligence and operations around the world. There is no man who knows more about it than Richard Clarke, the former Counterterrorism Czar for both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, the man who has led our efforts against al Qaeda and all other terrorist enemies for years.

    Paul Michael says: "Your Government At Work"
    "True or not, it is compelling..."
    Overall

    I am a Colombian and (therefore) english is not my mother language. I acquired this audiobook and I enjoyed it to the fullest because of the clarity of the exposition, the engaging topic and, especially, because of the way it was read by its author, his rhythm and tone of voice made it quite a "thriller".

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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