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  • The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Susan Wise Bauer
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    From the schism between Rome and Constantinople to the rise of the T'ang Dynasty, from the birth of Muhammad to the crowning of Charlemagne, this erudite book tells the fascinating, often violent story of kings, generals, and the peoples they ruled.

    Chi-Hung says: "Balanced"
    "A great place to continue--a tough place to start."
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    What did you love best about The History of the Medieval World?

    The book does an excellent job of connecting world events together, instead of focusing on one specific land/nation/continent. That said, that is a monumental task and a listener can easily get overwhelmed by such a perspective--especially when


    What did you like best about this story?

    As an American of Western European stock, I found it useful to hear about the developments on the Korean Peninsula--as that drama continues to play out today.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No--one chapter at a time. The listener needs time to absorb the content of this book


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the few audio books I have downloaded where I fully intend to listen to it--not one more time--but two more times. The topic is that heavy.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Minnie Goode
    Overall
    (1215)
    Performance
    (1108)
    Story
    (1107)

    This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

    Think about this says: "I was consumed by this story!"
    "Could Not Walk Away"
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    First, about the narration. With respect to other reviewers, Minnie Goode's performance was enthusiastic, if unconventional. Her inflections during the moments of great crisis or tragedy overcame the squeakiest kid voice. Yeah, I'd listen to her again.

    It is, however, the content of the story that kept me reaching for my headphones. The story is exceptional and I have high hopes for the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3265)
    Performance
    (1481)
    Story
    (1489)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "A great start to the trilogy"
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    What did you love best about Altered Carbon?

    It was believable.


    What other book might you compare Altered Carbon to and why?

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?


    Have you listened to any of Todd McLaren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was his best so far.


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

    The description of a sleeve was believable, as was the torturous inequity of wealth in the future.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After America: Get Ready for Armageddon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mark Steyn
    • Narrated By Mark Steyn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (275)

    In his giant New York Times best seller, America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, Mark Steyn predicted collapse for the rest of the Western World. Now, he adds, America has caught up with Europe on the great rush to self-destruction. What will a world without American leadership look like? It won’t be pretty—not for you and not for your children. America’s decline won’t be gradual, like an aging Europe sipping espresso at a café until extinction. No, America’s decline will be a wrenching affair marked by violence and possibly secession.

    Peter says: "Facts"
    "Some Great Observations--but stop trying to scare"
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    Would you listen to After America again? Why?

    Yes, it some great talking points.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Brought to light some technical details about our present situation that aren't on the news.


    What does Mark Steyn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His accent!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Have an Exit Plan


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dies the Fire: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1234)
    Performance
    (740)
    Story
    (738)

    Michael Havel was flying over Idaho en route to the holiday home of his passengers when the plane's engines inexplicably died, forcing a less than perfect landing in the wilderness. And, as Michael leads his charges to safety, he begins to realize that the engine failure was not an isolated incident.

    David says: "An SCAer's dream"
    "Good Premise, but"
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    What did you like best about Dies the Fire? What did you like least?

    This was a great premise. But the electromagnet pulse that makes electricity a thing of the past would not have negated cartridge primers. Guns and Light Bulbs are just too different. Too big of a stretch.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    More mechanics of what happened and less "What sort of vegetables are in the stew?".


    Did Todd McLaren do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    As is my experience, Todd did a great job. His voice was why I keyed in on the title, but he couldn't save the story.


    Was Dies the Fire worth the listening time?

    Yes, but I didn't continue the series. I'm open minded about pagans, but this went too granola for me. I can't even remember if I finished it. . .


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • LeMay

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Warren Kozak
    • Narrated By Grainger Hines
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    The firebombing of Tokyo. Strategic Air Command. John F. Kennedy. Dr. Strangelove. George Wallace. All of these have one man in common - General Curtis LeMay, who remains as enigmatic and controversial as he was in life. Until now. Warren Kozak traces the trajectory of America’s most infamous general, from his troubled background and heroic service in Europe to his firebombing of Tokyo, guardianship of the U.S. nuclear arsenal in the Cold War, frustrated career in government, and short-lived political run.

    Amazon Customer says: "Okay hagiography; terrible narration"
    "Gentle Handling of a Hard Man"
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    What did you love best about LeMay?

    He did what was needful to win and was the hero/boogieman of a generation of US Air Force servicemen. He has since had no equal.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lead.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Good historical context about the firebombing of Tokyo, far beyond what they teach you in school.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Too heavy and intense. Needed to be taken in small doses over a period of weeks.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tricked: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (5494)
    Performance
    (5071)
    Story
    (5063)

    Druid Atticus O’Sullivan hasn’t stayed alive for more than two millennia without a fair bit of Celtic cunning. So when vengeful thunder gods come Norse by Southwest looking for payback, Atticus, with a little help from the Navajo trickster god Coyote, lets them think that they’ve chopped up his body in the Arizona desert. But the mischievous Coyote is not above a little sleight of paw, and Atticus soon finds that he’s been duped into battling bloodthirsty desert shape-shifters called skinwalkers.

    Nicholas says: "Hooked in an Instant"
    "Monsters got bigger; the story didn't"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I suppose so, but I didn't go on in the series.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kevin Hearne before, how does this one compare?

    I listened to the first three Iron Druid Chronicles. It seemed to lose energy as he plodded through the pantheon.


    What three words best describe Luke Daniels’s voice?

    Clean, articulate, casual.


    Do you think Tricked needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There is one, but I didn't buy it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (5889)
    Performance
    (5359)
    Story
    (5373)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Mostly Enjoyable, if Formulaic"
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    Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Average.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wouldn't have left him quite so flat. Surely he had a couple of friends, real friends, left in the world. Either that or make it harder to gain access to the upper crust of society.


    What does Robert Glenister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I can read it while driving!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Fashion. Lies. Death. All in a day's work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Manliness: Classic Skills and Manners for the Modern Man

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Brett McKay, Kate McKay
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (69)

    Authors Brett and Kate McKay provide a guide for every 21st-century man to achieve true manliness and live life to its full potential.

    Gunnar Flovenz says: "An excellent resource for gentlemen"
    "Stuff My Dad Never Taught Me"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Especially a young man. I lost count of the number of faux pas Brett addressed that I've committed over and over again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Shaving. I have since converted to safety razors for the economy and the attitude.


    What does Todd McLaren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Just as in the Altered Carbon series, Todd brings a casual, almost quirky attitude to the text, as if he is always half smiling. I'd buy him a beer if I met him on the street; he is my favorite narrator thus far.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Too much information. In fact, I bought the hard-copy to use as a reference. If not for me, then certainly for my son.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9624)
    Performance
    (8732)
    Story
    (8803)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "Disappointing"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It read like a book report. If I wanted to listen to a translation of the Divine Comedy, I would have bought it. It read like the audio version of a fan pic. I've read Dan Brown before and while I admire his research ability, his storytelling fell flat on this one.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something with a plot. Maybe something by Robert Heinlein.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    No impact.


    What character would you cut from Inferno?

    Sienna. Weak psychopathic not-even-love interest. Couldn't even feel sorry for her. Robert Langdon needs to get himself some new friends. Maybe some leftover underground Cathars?


    Any additional comments?

    It just went on and on and. . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    Overall
    (21621)
    Performance
    (13090)
    Story
    (13221)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "And now I know..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Ender's Game the most enjoyable?

    I read it for the same reason someone reads Necromancer or Behold, A White Horse. It's such a cultural fixture, I wanted to know what, exactly, the book had contributed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Victory.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Lake.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, other than sadness in general over the exploitation of children. Child Soldiers does not a happy story make.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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