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  • The City and the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Geoffrey T. Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (139)

    Diaspar is Earth's last city - surrounded by deserts, on a world where the oceans have long-since dried up. It is a domed, isolated, technological marvel, run by the Central Computer. Diaspar has conquered death. People are called forth; they live for a thousand years and then are recalled, to be born thousands of years later, over and over again. No child has been born for at least 10 million years. Until Alvin....

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "A Classic"
    "Excellent story; unprofessional reading"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story is a classic of science fiction, but the unprofessional narrators are not worthy of Arthur C. Clarke's vision. Children might still enjoy it, as they might not be so bothered by the amateur sounding performers.


    What other book might you compare The City and the Stars to and why?

    This book is the progenitor of any number of science fiction stories involving escape from a highly controlled city in the far future. Logan's Run and Alastair Reynold's Terminal World are just a couple of examples of its influence.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Geoffrey T. Williams?

    A better choice for narrator would have been John Lee, who narrates the Alastair Reynold's science fiction novels so well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (219)

    From one of our finest military historians comes a monumental work that shows us at once the truly global reach of World War II and its deeply personal consequences. Remarkably informed and wide-ranging, Inferno is both elegantly written and cogently argued. Above all, it is a new and essential understanding of one of the greatest and bloodiest events of the 20th century.

    Mike From Mesa says: "A different kind of history"
    "The best survey of the Second World War"
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    The historian shows his true strengths in this work, presenting a balanced and careful survey of the course of the war and its major combattants. His assessments of the achievements and failures of the various allied nations is a real contribution to understanding the conflict.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Winston's War: Churchill, 1940-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Max Hastings
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    A vivid and incisive portrait of Winston Churchill during wartime from acclaimed historian Max Hastings, Winston's War captures the full range of Churchills endlessly fascinating character. At once brilliant and infuriating, self-important and courageous, Hastings' Churchill comes brashly to life as never before.

    Charles Fred Smith says: "A Definitive History of Winston's War"
    "Well written, well informed"
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    Any additional comments?

    Max Hastings has produced an insightful record of Churchill's time during WWII that transcends both the hagiography and harping of other historians. Churchill emerges as a real human being facing difficult decisions.Compelling and revealing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Andy Cohen
    • Narrated By Andy Cohen
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (386)

    From a young age, Andy Cohen knew two things: He was gay, and he loved television. Now presiding over Bravo's reality-TV empire, he started out as an overly talkative pop-culture obsessive, devoted to Charlie's Angels and All My Children - and to his mother, who received daily letters from him while he was at summer camp, usually reminding her to tape the soaps. In retrospect, it's hard to believe that everyone didn't know that Andy was gay; still, he remained in the closet until college. Finally out, he embarked on making a career out of his passion for television.

    Roberta says: "If you're depressed, listen to this book!!!"
    "Get to know Andy Cohen."
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    What made the experience of listening to Most Talkative the most enjoyable?

    You feel as if Andy is talking directly to you.


    Any additional comments?

    A lot of fun, and some serious bits too. If you like Andy Cohen, you'll like this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael B. Oren
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (839)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (439)

    In Israel and the West, it is called the Six Day War. In the Arab world, it is known as the June War or, simply, as "the Setback". Never has a conflict so short, unforeseen, and largely unwanted by both sides so transformed the world. The Yom Kippur War, the war in Lebanon, the Camp David accords, the controversy over Jerusalem and Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the intifada, and the rise of Palestinian terror are all part of the outcome of those six days.

    Patrick says: "Great overview of Middle East troubles"
    "Excellent history, well narrated"
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    What made the experience of listening to Six Days of War the most enjoyable?

    It provided a detailed account of events from both sides of the conflict.


    Any additional comments?

    Well researched, lucidly written, well read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Burton: A Biography of Sir Richard Frances Burton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Byron Farwell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Explorer and inventor, soldier and poet, archaeologist and diplomat, Richard Francis Burton (1821-90) was the most versatile and remarkable man of his age. But he was foremost an adventurer: "an adventurer in the intellectual and the spiritual as well as the physical world". The pioneering traveler in Central Africa who discovered Lake Tanganyika was also the translator of The Arabian Nights and the secret translator of Oriental sex manuals, like The Perfumed Garden.

    Eric Berger says: "A balanced view of Burton"
    "Excellent in every way"
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    If you could sum up Burton in three words, what would they be?

    Real Life Adventure


    Any additional comments?

    This biography is brimming with detail and historical background, and all of this contributes to the sense of participating in Burton's explorations. Simon Vance does a wonderful job as the narrator, reading with intelligence and verve.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Spies of the Balkans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Alan Furst
    • Narrated By Daniel Gerroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (110)

    Greece, 1940. Not sunny vacation Greece: northern Greece, Macedonian Greece, Balkan Greece, the city of Salonika. In that ancient port, with its wharves and warehouses, dark lanes and Turkish mansions, brothels and tavernas, a tense political drama is being played out. On the northern border, the Greek army has blocked Mussolini's invasion, pushing his divisions back to Albania, the first defeat suffered by the Nazis, who have conquered most of Europe.

    writerly says: "historical insights, not much suspense/tension"
    "Alan Furst's usual high quality, well narrated"
    Overall

    This time most of the action is in Greece, an unusual locale for WWII thrillers, which makes it all the more interesting. Furst's intelligent, realistic approach to espionage at its best.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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