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auther

kingston, WA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Prince: The Strategy of Machiavelli

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Niccolò Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Peter Batchelor
    Overall
    (139)
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    (110)
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    (105)

    Perhaps one of the most influential and controversial books in history, Machiavelli’s The Prince raises issues that are still debated centuries after its publication. The theories he developed in The Prince were derived from his observation of the successes and failures of the ruling class. The Prince was designed as a practical guide for newly appointed rulers and is required reading for all persons in a position of authority who strive for grandeur in business and politics.

    auther says: "Good book but at times difficult to understand"
    "Good book but at times difficult to understand"
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    I don't always agree with it's content, but I do think everyone who aspires to a career in managment or politics should read this book. While it deals with how to be a sucessful Europian monarch during the 15th century many of the ideas are still applicable today.
    But if you have trouble with English Accents you might want to try another edition. The Narrator also has a slight speach inpediment. He pronounced the word "arms" as "alms' among other things.
    Also the producer/ writer or anyone on the staff should have thought to say Footnote before launching into the footnotes to avoid further confusion.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • No Simple Victory: World War II in Europe, 1939-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Norman Davies
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (170)

    If history really belongs to the victor, what happens when there's more than one side declaring victory? That's the conundrum Norman Davies unravels in his groundbreaking book No Simple Victory. Far from being a revisionist history, No Simple Victory instead offers a clear-eyed reappraisal, untangling and setting right the disparate claims made by America, Great Britain, France, and the Soviet Union in order to get at the startling truth.

    Nikoli Gogol says: "The Best Account of WWII in Europe"
    "Exhaustingly detailed. Very well written"
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    I thought I knew a lot about the second world war, I grew up at a time when everyone's father or grandfather had served in the conflict, but No Simple Victory made me rethink things.
    The author makes two points at the beginning of this book; one, that the history of the second world war as we know it was written at the war's end with little attention paid to recent discoveries; and two, that we should view it as a larger conflict that began in 1914 with the assassination of archduke Fredinand and ended in 1989 with the fall of the soviet union.
    He also does not pull any punches when it come to assigning blame to those that deserve it.
    I highly advise that you buy the matching Kindle book along with the Audible version (no I don't work for amazon); there is so much info (much of it new) that you will get lost without it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • History Decoded: The Ten Greatest Conspiracies of All Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Ferrell, Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (112)

    Adapted from Decoded, Meltzer's hit show on the History network, History Decoded explores many fascinating and unexplained questions. Is Fort Knox empty? Why was Hitler so intent on capturing the Roman "Spear of Destiny"? What's the government hiding in Area 51? Where did the Confederacy's $19 million in gold and silver go at the end of the Civil War? Did Lee Harvey Oswald really act alone?

    debbie says: "I would rate as just OK!"
    "A rehash of Decoded tv scripts, enjoyable anyway"
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    As a fan of Meltzer's now canceled television show Decoded I was hoping for somthing new here; perhaps some things that didn't make it onto TV before the ax fell. Unfortunatly, the whole book was culled from the show.
    The stories here are all pretty good however and run about 30 minutes each which will make your drive to the grocery store a lot less boring.
    And honestly, I'll probably buy volume two of there ever is one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night over Water

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By Tom Casaletto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (334)
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    (331)

    On a bright September morning in 1939, two days after Britain declares war on Germany, a group of privileged but desperate people gather in Southhampton to board the largest, most luxurious airliner ever built - the Pan American Clipper - bound for New York.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Fun Listen"
    "Well crafted WW2 thriller. Hard to put down."
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    My only complaint is that when the narrator did the female voices he sounded like he stepped out of a monty python sketch. But the book is compelling enough to overlook this.
    I actually found myself making excuses to sneak off and listen to one more chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Edible Exile: A Byliner Original

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Cuervo is a pampered Nicaraguan moneyman, funding a guerrilla war from his cushy Miami penthouse. Sixto is his hulking, pistol-packing attendant, whose job satisfaction is on the wane. When an aging mobster enters their lives with a promise to help the rebel cause - with a planeload of chickens originally intended for voodoo sacrifice - a tense situation turns combustible. From the wickedly funny mind of Carl Hiaasen comes "The Edible Exile", a raucous story of sleazeball nihilists, lovable thugs, and jungle-weary freedom fighters who collide in a battle of wills, ego, and the almighty dollar.

    auther says: "Enjoyable early work by a great author."
    "Enjoyable early work by a great author."
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    Good story; harkens back the the contra/sandinista era in 1980s. While short, I think it was just long enough to give the reader an idea of the Carl Hiaasen to come a few years later.
    The narrator is a little shaky leaving some long pauses for no reason.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Restful Sleep: Self-Hypnosis Trance Work

    • ORIGINAL (29 mins)
    • By Steven Gurgevich
    Overall
    (21)
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    (18)
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    (18)

    Hypnosis is simply a system of methods that enable mind and body to share information more effectively. One of its best tools is known as trance, a process of creating an inner experience of focused consciousness that enables your mind and body to accept and share your intentions, beliefs and expectations. In this session, Dr. Steven Gurgevitch gently invites your mind to expect and enjoy the transition into a deep and refreshing state of slumber.

    M. Harrison says: "Puts me to sleep every time"
    "Great program except of the last few seconds!"
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    Okay it goes like this, you can't get to sleep and purchase a program fom audible called restful sleep. And darned if the thing doesn't work! You get lulled to sleep before its even over. And then this booming voice loudly proclaims "Audible hopes you have enjoyed this program" at which point you are more awake than you were before.
    This would be great if they would just cut the tag line at the end!
    But until then stay away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hughes Views of the Blues: Langston Hughes' Simple Stories

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Langston Hughes
    • Narrated By Nap Turner
    Overall
    (14)
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    (8)
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    (8)

    Langston Hughes' character Jesse B. Simple comes to life in 12 great performances by Nap "Don't Forget the Blues" Turner in Hughes Views of the Blues, from Right on Rhythm. This is a release that belongs in every library and in every American literature curriculum.

    stella says: "I know Jess B. Simple... We all do!"
    "This one is a gem!"
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    As a general rule, I find background music on audio books distracting but this one is well mixed. The voice is way out front like it should be; the accompanying jazz combo fits well with the narration and subject; and each short story has a different background music track. Very cool.
    The Jes B Simple stories themselves are just plain great! I don't know how else to put it.
    And to paraphrase an earlier reviewer we all know someone like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The New Testament: The First Epistle of Peter

    • UNABRIDGED (17 mins)
    • By Andrews UK Ltd
    • Narrated By Simon Peterson
    Overall
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    (1)
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    (1)

    British Narrator Simon Peterson reads The First Epistle of Peter in this wonderful audiobook collection of The New Testament. As a well-known Christian Broadcaster, Simon has the ideal voice for those of all ages who want to listen to The Bible in full, unabridged form.

    auther says: "Excellent! But be sure to listen to sample first."
    "Excellent! But be sure to listen to sample first."
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    If you have a problem understanding english accents you should try another one That being said the narrator does a great job.
    I'm glad that audible is now selling audio bibles by the chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Message: The New Testament in Contemporary Language

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Eugene H. Peterson
    • Narrated By Kelly Ryan Dolan, Carol Nix
    Overall
    (296)
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    (117)
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    This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need to be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.

    Tracy A. says: "Real Life Bible"
    "Great modern interpretation of the New Testament!"
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    Honestly, I was leary of getting a contemporary version of the Bible, but when my pastor recommended The Message I decided to give it a try. I'm glad I did. Eugene Peterson does a great job of interpertating the Bible in a modern vernacular eith out "jazzin' up scripture" which was what I was worried about.
    Its too bad the entire Message Bible isn't available on audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • KJV Audio Bible: Acts (Dramatized)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Zondervan Bibles
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    This digital download from the KJV Audio Bible brings this book of the Bible to life with a true-to-text dramatization. The fully orchestrated background enriches the text reading and enhances the total experience. Digitally engineered from start to finish, the KJV Audio Bible delivers an inspiring and uplifting encounter with the Word of God.

    auther says: "Well done dramatized version"
    "Well done dramatized version"
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    This is sort of like listening to the Bible as a radio play. If you're not looking for a dramatized version then you should get zondervan KJV pure voice version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • KJV Audio Bible: John (Dramatized)

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 55 mins)
    • By Zondervan Bibles
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    This digital download from the KJV Audio Bible brings this book of the Bible to life with a true-to-text dramatization. The fully orchestrated background enriches the text reading and enhances the total experience. Digitally engineered from start to finish, the KJV Audio Bible delivers an inspiring and uplifting encounter with the Word of God.

    auther says: "Enjoyable dramatized version"
    "Enjoyable dramatized version"
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    This is sort of like listening to the Bible as a radio play. If you're not looking for a dramatized version then you should get zondervan KJV pure voice version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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