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Ryan

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  • In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Norman F. Cantor
    • Narrated By Bill Wallace
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    Much of what we know about the greatest medical disaster ever, the Black Plague of the fourteenth century, is wrong. The details of the Plague etched in the minds of terrified schoolchildren – the hideous black welts, the high fever, and the final, awful end by respiratory failure – are more or less accurate. But what the Plague really was, and how it made history, remain shrouded in a haze of myths.

    Anne says: "Don't waste time or money"
    "Review of"
    Overall

    There are two main problems with this work. The first and most problematic characteristic is that it actually covers very little of the plague's origins (both geographical and bio-medical), its connection between animal and humans, and its physical impact on the human body. Second, the "world" (alluded in the subtitle) consist mainly parts of southern Great Britain and the coastal regions of France. Overall, ehe work gets muddled in the detailed and dry history of British royalty rather than the plague's effect on continental Europe and peripheral regions. There work feels fragmented and mired in British ethnocentricity.

    28 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jessica Stern
    • Narrated By Jessica Stern
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    For five years, Jessica Stern interviewed extremist members of three religions around the world: Christians, Jews, and Muslims. She traveled extensively (to refugee camps in Lebanon, religious schools in Pakistan, prisons in Amman, Ashqelon, and Pensacola) and discovered that the Islamic jihadi in the mountains of Pakistan and the Christian fundamentalist bomber in Oklahoma have much in common.

    Jerry says: "disappointing treatment of a serious topic"
    "Review"
    Overall

    I generally have praise for this book. It is well written, rich in both academic and empirical research and obviously, relevant to current events. Yet I wish the author would have explored in greater depth both Christian (barely covered in the beginning of the book) and Jewish religious militants. Also, the author herself reads the work in a monotonous, robotic voice void of inflection of emotion. Overall though, a well formed work of religious militancy, especially a fine moral and pragmatic last chapter offering solutions to terrorism.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Survive: Stories of Castaways and Cannibals (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Edited by Nate Hardcastle, Clint Willis
    • Narrated By Colleen Delany, Nick Sampson, Erik Synnestvedt, and others
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    These stories exude suffering at its worst - from the desperate cannibalism of the Donner Party to the brutal starvation and bitter cold endured by Ernest Shackleton's team. Tales of such suffering may be distressing to their listeners, but at the same time, they engage us, offering glimpses of our most fundamental needs.

    Ryan says: "Review"
    "Review"
    Overall

    This work, mainly composed of B-list, pseudo-historical stories by B-list authors (Melville, of course, excluded) is slow, mismatched and tedious. The stories are maybe the equivalent of bed stories, though there slowness may cause the reader before the child to fall asleep.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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