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Victor

Grand Junction, CO, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Empire of the Summer Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By S. C. Gwynne
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1074)
    Performance
    (688)
    Story
    (703)

    Few people realize that the Comanche Indians were the greatest warring tribe in American history. Their 40-year battle with settlers held up the development of the new nation. Empire of the Summer Moon tells of the rise and fall of this fierce, powerful, and proud tribe, and begins in 1836 with the kidnapping of a lovely nine-year-old girl with cornflower blue eyes named Cynthia Ann Parker.

    John says: "Quannah Parker"
    "Great"
    Overall

    Great history, great story. I recommend this book to any interested in the give and take of the real history of North America

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James Gleick
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (780)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (491)

    James Gleick, the author of the best sellers Chaos and Ge­nius, brings us his crowning work: a revelatory chronicle that shows how information has become the modern era’s defining quality—the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world.

    Ethan M. says: "Brilliant book, heroic reader, better in print?"
    "Information as reality"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Information in three words, what would they be?

    Information, the prime mover


    What did you like best about this story?

    the challenge of looking at


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Humans as hosts for the DNA


    Any additional comments?

    A definite Challenge to conventional ways of viewing life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3879)
    Performance
    (2450)
    Story
    (2469)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Great Insight"
    Overall

    A great book for understanding the connectivness of all people and civilizations East and West.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Buddy Levy
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    It was a moment unique in human history: the face-to-face meeting between two men from civilizations a world apart. In 1519, Hernán Cortés arrived on the shores of Mexico, determined not only to expand the Spanish empire but to convert the natives to Catholicism and carry off a fortune in gold. That he saw nothing paradoxical in his intentions is one of the most remarkable and tragic aspects of this unforgettable story.

    Victor says: "A Great Book"
    "A Great Book"
    Overall

    A book will worth your time. I found myself trying to figure out the "bad guys" and the "good guys" and realized that I couldn't do it. The human sacrifices revolted me but the treachery and greed of the Cortes expedition disgusted me. Anyone interested in the forces that transformed the Americas should get this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Decision Points

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By George W. Bush
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1542)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (689)

    Decision Points is the extraordinary memoir of America's 43rd president. Shattering the conventions of political autobiography, George W. Bush offers a strikingly candid journey through the defining decisions of his life.

    Dave says: "Not a bad choice"
    "Open and Frank"
    Overall

    A must read for all who value serious political discussion irrespective of your particular political persuasion. Leadership is far more about who you are than what you believe.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Tamim Ansary
    • Narrated By Tamim Ansary
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (287)

    Until about 1800, the West and the Islamic realm were like two adjacent, parallel universes, each assuming itself to be the center of the world while ignoring the other. As Europeans colonized the globe, the two world histories intersected and the Western narrative drove the other one under. The West hardly noticed, but the Islamic world found the encounter profoundly disrupting.

    David says: "A history of the world before the West mattered"
    "Thank You Tamim Ansary!"
    Overall

    In my opinion this is a must read book for anyone who wishes to understand the world through the eyes of the "Middle World". I hope that our political leaders and policy makers give this book a prominent place in their libraries.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: The Dead Sea Scrolls: The Truth behind the Mystique

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lawrence H. Schiffman
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    In this course, Professor Lawrence H. Schiffman imparts a clear understanding of what the Dead Sea Scrolls are, and even more importantly, what they are not. Indeed, everything about the Scrolls, from their long road to full publication to the haggling over dating and translation, has been shrouded in controversy. In these lectures, Professor Schiffman gives a fascinating explanation of the content of the Scrolls and the times in which the Scrolls were kept.

    Jacobus says: "A well-balanced account of the Qumran Scrolls"
    "Worth the time"
    Overall

    I found the information extreamly helpful in broading my understanding of first century Christianity and the three questions I believed they struggled with, i.e. Who was Jesus, what was his message, and whom was it for.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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