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Charles

Walla Walla, WA, USA

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  • Pompeii: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1203)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (283)

    All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried. The young engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples. His predecessor has disappeared.

    Marty-Seattle says: "Brought my visit to Pompeii back to life"
    "We know the ending"
    Overall

    And that doesn't hurt the story-telling at all.
    Fine mystery and suspense woven around real characters of the period. A peek at a society not so different from ours. In the best tradition of Falco and Gordianus. (Whose stories I wish were here too)

    63 of 65 people found this review helpful
  • The Star Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By David Baker, the Full Cast Family
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (100)

    Lummox is not exactly the family dog. Big as a triceratops but more exotic in appetite (he once ate a Buick), "Lummy" has a decided penchant for trouble. Still, he's been part of the Stuart clan for generations, and his current owner, John Thomas Stuart XI, cares for him deeply. Just how deeply will be tested when Lummox's restless appetite starts a chain of events that turn his relationship with John Thomas upside down, and puts first John Thomas, and then the Earth itself, in peril.

    Kathryn says: "Teen main characters - fun twist to the story"
    "Casting was wonderful"
    Overall

    The cast enlarged the characters. It was a great listen. Heinlein wrote wonderful dialogue. A lesson of ethics and morals from RAH at his best!
    I'd like to hear much more from this audio producer. Enjoy the 'radio-play' style.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Coal: A Human History

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Barbara Freese
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (100)

    The fascinating, often surprising story of how a simple black rock altered the course of history. Yet the mundane mineral that built our global economy, and even today powers our electrical plants, has also caused death, disease, and environmental destruction. In this remarkable book, Barbara Freese takes us on a rich historical journey that begins three hundred million years ago and spans the globe.

    Chad says: "About 1/2 good, 1/2 not so good"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Weaves technological, military, medical, political, labor and environmental history into a very cogent story. First rate! The narration and sound quality are excellent too.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kenneth C. Davis
    • Narrated By Jeff Wooden
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (91)

    When Don't Know Much About History first appeared, it created a sensation. With humor, great stories, and a trademark conversational style, the audiobook brought Americans a fresh new take on history. Davis proved that Americans don't hate history - they just hate the dull textbook version they were force-fed in school.

    Tom says: "Great listen. Great information."
    "liberal slant?"
    Overall

    I confess that the negative reference to National Public Radio (NPR) peaked my interest. The timeline of events is at most tedious, while compelling. The sound quality is very good.

    It is excellent story-telling at how we've arrived to this day. Not a leisure listen: but a controversy of thought and reflection. An exercise of the mind.

    Conversation starter.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Equal Rites: Discworld #3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Celia Imrie
    Overall
    (1237)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (555)

    Lisa L. Hilton says: "Lots of fun"
    "Not for commuting!"
    Overall

    Ms. Imrie's reading of this excellent novel is more in the way of a bedtime story..for children of all ages. Listen cuddled up in the dark at night. Then Ms. Imrie's voice will carry you to the never, never.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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