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desertrat

CA United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Three Empires on the Nile: The Victorian Jihad, 1869-1899

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Dominic Green
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Three Empires on the Nile tells of the rise of the first modern Islamic state and its fateful encounter with the British Empire of Queen Victoria. Ever since the self-proclaimed Islamic messiah known as the Mahdi gathered an army in the Sudan and besieged and captured Khartoum under its British overlord Charles Gordon, the dream of a new caliphate has haunted modern Islamists. The 19th-century origins of it all were even more dramatic and strange than today's headlines.

    Sean O'Keefe says: "Astoundingly good"
    "Very pertinent today"
    Overall

    I really liked the way the author writes, very informative but not in a dull historical way. Was hard to put down my MP3 player at times. Well done. Gives a great look at a region in the world the west has had so much trouble in.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Twinkie, Deconstructed

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Steve Ettlinger
    • Narrated By Mark Lund
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    In this fascinating exploration into the curious world of packaged foods, Twinkie, Deconstructed takes us from the phosphate mines in Idaho to the corn fields in Iowa, from gypsum mines in Oklahoma to oil fields in China, to demystify some of America's most common processed food ingredients: where they come from, how they are made, how they are used, and why.

    Katherine says: "Interesting, but not hyped"
    "Awesome and very well written"
    Overall

    This book gives you a cooking and chemical lesson in a very fun way. I did not realize the many different items, nice way of putting it, that goes into our food. Also shows another vulnerability that we have with China, certain of the above mentioned items only come from China. Very informative but very interesting at the same time. Even Teen-Agers found it interesting.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Balkans [Modern Library Chronicles]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Mark Mazower
    • Narrated By Robert O'Keefe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    In this fascinating work, winner of the Wolfson Prize for History Mark Mazower uncovers the history of the Balkans with detail and clarity. He explores the reasons for current conflicts and examines the Balkans as a religious, cultural, and economic melting pot for Europe and Asia. Through Robert O'Keefe's articulate narration, listeners will be absorbed by this rich world.

    David says: "Thorough History..."
    "Must Read for understanding of the Balkans"
    Overall

    I have read several books on the Balkans but none caught my attention as much as this one did. I just really think that the author did a great job in describing historical facts in an interesting way. Really was hard to shut this book off. Made me wish I had an Atlas with me at all times. Hopefully policy makers listen or read these books to get a sound history on areas that have become hotspots.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Newt Gingrich, William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and veteran author William R. Forstchen combine their talents in this powerful and rousing alternate history of the most legendary Civil War clash.

    Raymond says: "Read The Killer Angels First!"
    "Wont be able to turn off the player..."
    Overall

    Not a fan of his but he writes one helluva book. It is just a really good book and I don't think I have any negatives except that the third book needs to be out faster...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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