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Andrew

Encinitas, CA, United States

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  • 11 reviews
  • 26 ratings
  • 72 titles in library
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  • 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
    (3882)
    Performance
    (2452)
    Story
    (2471)

    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."
    "Chills"
    Overall

    I listen to audiobooks commuting to and from work and until Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World never had listened to one that actually kept me in the car for longer than necessary. I'd be idling for extended time while it got later and later listening to this incredible work.

    The narration is great and the story is spellbinding. I bought the book on a whim and have no regrets.

    The first half is much better than the second half, but I enjoyed the story immensely from start to finish and highly recommend.

    40 of 42 people found this review helpful
  • The Word of Promise Complete Audio Bible: NKJV

    • UNABRIDGED (98 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Thomas Nelson, Inc.
    • Narrated By Jason Alexander, Joan Allen, Richard Dreyfuss, and others
    Overall
    (2095)
    Performance
    (1390)
    Story
    (1393)

    This faithful rendering of the New King James Version presents the Bible in more than 90 hours of compelling, dramatic audio theater format.This world-class audio production immerses listeners in the dramatic reality of the Scriptures as never before with an original music score by composer Stefano Mainetti (Abba Pater), feature film quality sound effects, and compelling narration by Michael York and the work of over 500 actors.

    Nancy says: "Majestic listening"
    "Epic Production"
    Overall

    After spending the last 5 months listening to the Word of Promise Audio Bible every day in the car, I am I'm happy I got through it though sad it is over. While there are definitely areas it could have used improvement, but there is no way I could give less than 5 stars for such an elegant production. Getting through most of the Old Testament was a challenge -- this is mostly a function of the material not the fault of the narrators; the one exception was Psalms which I thought was poorly narrated. The New Testament was executed flawlessly. I'd recommend this to anybody who has struggled to read the Bible and is a captive audience trying to make the best of empty time (commuting in traffic for me).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1918)
    Performance
    (884)
    Story
    (897)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "Who knew?"
    Overall

    I bought this book solely because I thoroughly enjoy the narrator, Paul Michael. What I found was a historical novel more riveting than fiction. The way the author describes the Amazon rain forest is nothing short of spellbinding. I have a new found appreciation for Teddy Roosevelt, a greater awe for the Amazon (and even a bit of adventurism spurred from this book). This is a story of a man who undergoes immense physical hardship to overcome depression; a perspective which is welcome in my own life. A full, unequivocal, 5 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angle of Repose

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Wallace Stegner
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (325)

    Wallace Stegner's uniquely American classic centers on Lyman Ward, a noted historian who relates a fictionalized biography of his pioneer grandparents at a time when he has become estranged from his own family. Through a combination of research, memory, and exaggeration, Ward voices ideas concerning the relationship between history and the present, art and life, parents and children, and husbands and wives.

    Laurene says: "A magnificent novel, beautifully read"
    "Mixed feelings"
    Overall

    Tale told from a fascinating point of view featuring both the life of the historian author and his grandmother who he is researching. It is the perfect book for audio since it is supposed to represent what the author is tape recording. It was engaging enough to stick through the end, but it leaves the audience empty. A one sentence review would be "enjoyable but entirely forgettable."

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (1967)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (773)

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    Amazon Customer says: "Many Of Course monments"
    "Great book; wonderful narration"
    Overall

    Filled with great history of the English language with etymology that is fun, educational and inspired. The voice of Robert Powell brings the words to life and makes the audio version of this book phenomenal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cathedral of the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ildefonso Falcones
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (159)

    At last: The international best seller - which has already sold nearly 2 million copies worldwide - comes to America! Cathedral of the Sea follows the fortunes of the Estanyol family, from their peasant roots to a son, Arnau, who flees the land only to realize spectacular wealth and devastating problems.

    Joseph says: "Very good historical novel."
    "Good story, but long and melodramatic"
    Overall

    I oscillated between loving this book and all of its details and wanting the author to just get on with the story. With any other narrator, I'm not sure I could have reached the end, but the narration is great and Paul Michael is my favorite voice on Audible.

    One thing I'd like to mention to those considering purchasing, there are some graphic parts. Some of the details on torture and rape were disturbing and too gratuitous, in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mark R. Levin
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (970)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (290)

    Conservative talk radio's fastest-growing superstar is also a New York Times best-selling phenomenon: the author of the groundbreaking critique of the Supreme Court, Men in Black, and the deeply personal dog lover's memoir Rescuing Sprite, Mark R. Levin now delivers the book that characterizes both his devotion to his more than 5 million listeners and his love of our country and the legacy of our Founding Fathers.

    Roy says: "Shifted My Point of View"
    "Uninspired"
    Overall

    As a self-identifying conservative, I had high hopes for this book, mostly predicated on its popularity (I know, that is a terrible strategy). After sitting through the book, I am left underwhelmed. I really wanted to enjoy this book and am sorry to give it a poor review, but have to say: if you are a conservative looking to be inspired, look elsewhere.

    My metric for a good book is what I take away from it after it is finished. My metric for an audiobook is if it can make bumper-to-bumper traffic a tad more enjoyable. On both counts Levin's book falls short. There isn't any tidbit of insight gained from this book that I would share in conversation, no great quotes that made me think 'I need to remember that,' and I can't think of any way this book has improved my life. Levin's research wasn't compelling and his arguments came across as weak.

    As for the audiobook version, the narration was grating and the narrator sounded computer generated; with little inflection or emotion. All in all, listening to it did not improve my daily rush hour commute.

    Maybe the physical book is better, but I cannot recommend "Liberty and Tyranny" in good faith.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Jesse Boggs
    Overall
    (4407)
    Performance
    (1874)
    Story
    (1892)

    Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

    Jill says: "Finally, I understand what happened!"
    "Not as good as hoped for"
    Overall

    While I found the book overall entertaining, I have to say that it didn't live up to the hype. Compared to Liar's Poker, Michael Lewis' opus, The Big Short came across as weak and uninspired. Some of the characters are interesting, and 'fun' to hear about, the book overall didn't offer anything new or have any lessons I could take away from it.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Ludwig Von Mises: Fountainhead of the Modern Microeconomics Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eamonn Butler
    • Narrated By Jeff Riggenbach
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (39)

    The Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises is increasingly recognized as one of the most important originators of modern economic thought. This book studies his ideas in a clear and systematic way and pulls out from Mises's own writings the main themes of his work. Mises's central theme is an emphasis on microeconomics. All real economic decisions, he insists, are taken by particular people at particular times and places; the motivating forces, therefore, are personal and psychological.

    Kent says: "An economic giant for the rest of us..."
    "good economic history"
    Overall

    Very interesting story behind one of the great economists who stands in the shadow of Hayak and Keynes (but deserves to stand with them). It was not overly technical and all in all enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reminiscences of a Stock Operator

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Edwin Lefevre
    • Narrated By Rick Rohan
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (275)

    First published in 1923, this lightly fictionalized biography of Jesse Livermore, one of the greatest market speculators ever, is widely regarded as one of best investment books of all time. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is the resource that generations of investors have turned to when they needed deeper insight into their own investing habits and those of others. Listen to this work, featuring narrator Rick Rohan, and you'll soon discover your portfolio growing in new and unexpected ways!

    Mike says: "A Good Listen"
    "No wonder this is a classic"
    Overall

    I love reading about the stock exchanges at the turn of the 20th century. A full 100 years of financial innovation later, we are no further along than the environment Lefevre describes. And he describes it very well. The narration is excellent and the book is well worth the listen for anybody interested in finance or trading. The author also does a great job of discussing behavioral finance, a field which is supposedly 'new'.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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