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  • Soft Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Will McIntosh
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    What happens when resources become scarce and society starts to crumble? Soft Apocalypse follows the journey across the Southeast of a tribe of formerly middle-class Americans as they struggle to find a place for themselves and their children in a new, dangerous world that still carries the ghostly echoes of their previous lives.

    Linda B says: "Misleading! JUST a story about a guy's dating life"
    "Very good story"
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    This is a coming of age story, set in a possible future, one where none of us would like to visit. The author puts us inside the narrator and we see the world he sees. Since it is his world, he feels no need to fully explain it or try to tell how it came about. I think anyone who is aware of the problems we now have and what is coming slowly to us, will not need to have things explained. We see these things happening all around us.
    The story is simple, but effective. And frightening. It comes to us, as all things do, one step at a time.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest

    • ORIGINAL (19 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jennifer Paxton
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (121)

    These 36 lectures tell the remarkable story of a tumultuous thousand-year period in the history of England. Dominated by war, conquest, and the struggle to balance the stability brought by royal power with the rights of the governed, it was a period that put into place the foundation of much of the world we know today. As you journey through this largely chronological narrative you'll see key themes emerge, including the assimilation of successive waves of invaders, the tense relationship between kings and the nobility, and the constant battles over money and taxation.

    Jake says: "I was happily surprised!"
    "Excellent book and value for your money"
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    I have read and listened to many books and podcasts on medieval England. This was my area in college and I felt I knew it fairly well. This program gave me more information about the people and the eras, but more than that, it made the people seem more real than most books I have read. The professor made the times, people, and places feel interacted. I understood the relationships between events and people better after listening to this lecture series. I also felt the professor was more than reading notes, she was telling a story, and telling it well. I recommend this program to anyone who wants a stroll down the lanes of the medieval English past. She left much out, there is little detail, but the events are there, the people are there, the motives and opportunities are there, and the listener is transported to the time and place.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Didymus Contingency

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (282)

    If you could go back in time...and witness any event...where would you go? When Dr. Tom Greenbaum faces that question after successfully discovering the secret to time travel, he knows the time, place, and event he will witness: the death and failed resurrection of Jesus Christ. Dr. David Goodman, Tom's colleague and closest friend follows Tom into the past, attempting to avert a time-space catastrophe, but forces beyond their control toss them into a dangerous end game.

    Wesley says: "Not what I expected at all."
    "Silly"
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    I am not religious but I enjoy reading about religions and religious traditions. I have also been raised in this Christian society and have read the Bible frequently, both as a religious tradition and as a history. My primary interest and training is in history, but my imagination has taken me various places.
    That said, I listened to this book, hoping for insight into the history and the religion of Christianity, but got none. It was facile and the characters, including Jesus, were shallow and foolish. The bad people were very bad, and rather cartoonish, and the main characters were constantly changing their beliefs and charactor. If I was trying to conjure Jesus as a human or as a god, this Jesus would not fit the bill. He was neither convincingly human nor god.
    I think what I want to say about this book, is that it is sloppy and silly. Fortunately it is short. I don't like to stop a book I have started (in hopes that it will improve or I will learn a lesson), so I dogged on. It wasn't the worst book, but not worth it's subject matter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth I: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret George
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (162)

    New York Times best-selling author Margaret George captures history's most enthralling queen-as she confronts rivals to her throne and to her heart. One of today's premier historical novelists, George dazzles here as she tackles her most difficult subject yet: the legendary Elizabeth Tudor, queen of enigma - the Virgin Queen who had many suitors; the victor of the Armada who hated war; the gorgeously attired, jewel-bedecked woman who pinched pennies.

    Roberta says: "A different view of Elizabeth"
    "A different view of Elizabeth"
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    With all the current books about Queen Elizabeth I, it seems there may be nothing new to say. But this book finds a new vision of Elizabeth. The is the old Elizabeth. The story starts with the Spanish Armada and goes to her death. Most stories about her center on her childhood and formative years of queenship. This one is of a mature, wiser Elizabeth. She has lived a long time, outlived most of her childhood friends, and has endured many trials. She sees the people around her in the vision of experience. And she sees herself a becoming more sidelined, as new, younger, men enter the stage of history.
    Several of the reviewers have complained about the narrator, but I think her voice is quite right for this queen. She is mature, not a silly, vain girl. I felt like I was listening to the older Elizabeth as she reviewed her past and looked to the future.
    In all, I found this book quite entertaining. It is an era that is most often hurried in stories about the times. First there is the armada, Elizabeth in armor, rousing the troops, old Elizabeth playing the fool with Essex, then she's dead. Here, she actively participated in the planning and work of the defense of England, it was Essex who was the fool, and she strode strongly and bravely into that good-night.
    I enjoyed this book, and I think others who have read a lot extensively of the time will also enjoy. If this is your first Elizabeth story, you will not enjoy. The author expects the readers to already know the people and the events.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Favored Queen: A Novel of Henry VIII's Third Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Carolly Erickson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    From the New York Times best-selling author of The Last Wife of Henry VIII comes a powerful and moving novel about Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII, who married him only days after the execution of Anne Boleyn and ultimately lost her own life in giving him the son he badly needed to guarantee the Tudor succession.

    Amazon Customer says: "More Fiction than History"
    "OK - if you don't care about the truth"
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    Allright, I don't know all the truth of the story, no one does. It all happened a long time ago, but we know a lot. This was a pretty well discussed era, even during the events. This book describes a story that is unrecognisable to what really happened, or at least, what historians and other fiction writers have presented. I have read extensively on this era, the history, the religion, and many biographies, but I do not recognize the Jane Seymour, the Anne Boleyn, nor the Henry VIII presented in this book.
    The narrator was pretty good, although most of the women sounded alike.
    Maybe the book took a turn for the better, but I doubt it. I only got through a couple of disks, and had to stop. I rarely stop before finishing a book. This one was just too bad.

    I look forward to reading what others have to say about it.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • How An Economy Grows And Why It Crashes

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Peter D Schiff, Andrew J Schiff
    • Narrated By Peter D. Schiff, Andrew J. Schiff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (339)

    How an Economy Grows and Why it Crashes uses illustration, humor, and accessible storytelling to explain complex topics of economic growth and monetary systems. In it, economic expert and bestselling author of Crash Proof, Peter Schiff teams up with his brother Andrew to apply their signature "take no prisoners" logic to expose the glaring fallacies that have become so ingrained in our country's economic conversation.

    AC says: "Educational and Entertaining"
    "Non-Keynsian economics"
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    I enjoyed this book, although the fish metaphor got a bit stale. I had serious disagreements with the premises several times, but it gave an excellent explanation of conservative economic beliefs. The readers were very good. It is not easy, I would think, to make an economics treatise interesting enough to keep the listener's attention. These readers do so.

    A short read but one that will probably stay in your mind for quite a while.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Kristin Kimball
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (225)

    Single, 30-something, and working as a writer in New York City, Kristin Kimball was living life as an adventure. But she was beginning to feel a sense of longing for a family and for home. When she interviewed a dynamic young farmer, her world changed. Kristin knew nothing about growing vegetables, let alone raising pigs and cattle and driving horses. But on an impulse, smitten, if not yet in love, she shed her city self and moved to 500 acres near Lake Champlain to start a new farm with him.

    Roberta says: "That's what organic farming is all about"
    "That's what organic farming is all about"
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    I am a gardener. I prefer vegetables to flowers. If I am going to put all that effort into growing things, I want food to be the result. I have often thought about expanding and growing enough extra to sell and to make a small business of it. After reading this book I feel the effort would be rewarding, but I would be too exhausted to enjoy. These people are young and driven. But they live the dream. The dream of most organic gardeners.
    This is a lovely book. Not lovely, pink flowers and butterflys, but lovely in its joy of life, of creation, of respect for tradition, past and future. It is short, but full of appeal to those of us who seek to find fulfillment in working with the soil.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Empire of the Summer Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By S. C. Gwynne
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1034)
    Performance
    (651)
    Story
    (666)

    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"
    "Explains a lot about Texas"
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    Texas is an undiscovered country for most of the rest of the country. I remember visiting Texas, from California, and being amazed at the culture, different from any I was used to. I have lived in many states in my life, but Texas stands out. The music was all about Texas. The stories they told were all about the glories of Texas. I wondered how this state came to be so different from others. Now it makes a bit more sense.
    This book is about the birth of Texas. It is about the Indians of the prairies, about the early Texas Rangers, and about the pioneers. It is about the violence that permeated the area and its people. It is the mythology of the current Texans.
    The reader makes the story come alive. Through massacre after massacre, he helped keep the killers straight in my mind.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The High King of Montival: A Novel of the Change

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By S. M. Stirling
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (258)

    In The Sword of the Lady, Rudi Mackenzie's destiny was determined. Now he returns to Montival in the Pacific Northwest, where he will face the legions of the Prophet. To achieve victory, Rudi must assemble a coalition of those who had been his enemies a few months before and forge them into an army that will rescue his homeland. Only then will Rudi be able to come to terms with how the Sword has changed him, as well as the world, and assume his place as Artos, High King of Montival.

    Shopper1844 says: "Artos goes home"
    "An action packed addition to the series"
    Overall

    It appears that S M Stirling enjoys writing fighting sequences over all else. And he does it well. This narrator also keeps the action flowing. This addition to the series is as full of action as the others. It will bring you back to the time and place we left when A MEETING AT CORVALLIS finished. This book is primarily about Rudy and his stalwart band and the mission that takes them across the country and back. IT IS NOT A STAND ALONE BOOK. It will mean nothing to you if you haven't read the previous three. It is an enjoyable read. It is a pity we will have to wait about a year for the next book. I gave it 4 stars because it does sacrafice character for action. And we have very little here on those left back home. However, if you like the series, you will enjoy this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alan S. Miller, Satoshi Kanazawa
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (101)

    Contrary to conventional wisdom, our brains and bodies are hardwired to carry out an evolutionary mission that determines much of what we do, from life plans to everyday decisions. With an accessible tone and a healthy disregard for political correctness, this lively and eminently readable book popularizes the latest research in a cutting-edge field of study: one that turns much of what we thought we knew about human nature upside-down.

    Ana Mohammed says: "Not bad but didn't live up to the reviews"
    "If you're a FREAKANOMICS fan"
    Overall

    This is a good read, although I don't feel there was much that was earth-shattering. The questions the author raised were ones most of us think about, but the only answer I got from this book was SEX. He may be right. I enjoyed the process of analying what information the authors had, but mostly I felt they were assuming too much. I recommend this book for people who enjoyed the side-ways thinking of FREAKANOMICS, but don't expect great revelations.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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