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Kimra

Tuscola, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (287)

    At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering "the cause of generation and life" and "bestowing animation upon lifeless matter", Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts. However, upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness.

    Tad Davis says: "Great reading"
    "Frankenstein"
    Overall

    Wow. Wished I would have read this much earlier in my life. Excellent over all in the writing and the narrator. No complaints and really enjoyed it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1666)
    Performance
    (1047)
    Story
    (1050)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    Thomas says: "The best book I've had"
    "Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The was an excellent listen all around. The narrator did an excellent job, the story was great. It was hard to stop listening to this one. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grand Expectations: The United States 1945-1974

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By James T. Patterson
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (35)

    Grand Expectations, the 10th volume of the peerless Oxford History of the United States, weaves the major political, cultural, and economic events of the period into a superb portrait of America from 1945 through Watergate.

    Thomas says: "fast moving history"
    "Very Well Worth the Time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story was very interesting, the narration was great. Very much enjoyed this book plus learned a wealth of information about the 50's and 60's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By H. W. Brands
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    The three decades after the Civil War saw a wholesale shift in American life, and the cause was capitalism. Driven by J. P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and oth­ers like them, armies of men and women were harnessed to a new vision of massive industry. A society rooted in the soil became one based in cities, and legions of immigrants were drawn to American shores. Brands portrays the stunning trans­formation of the landscape and institutions of American life in these years.

    Joshua Kim says: "8 Thoughts on 'American Colossus'"
    "American Colossus"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The presentation was well done. The story covers more of the political nature of the period rather the business side. If you tuned to that aspect you'll enjoy the book. If you're not then you may be disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815 - 1848

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Daniel Walker Howe
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (229)

    In this addition to the esteemed Oxford History of the United States series, historian Daniel Walker Howe illuminates the period from the Battle of New Orleans to the end of the Mexican-American War, an era of revolutionary improvements in transportation and communications that accelerated America's expansion and prompted the rise of mass political parties.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent"
    "better editing would have improved this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story was good, well written book. The editing distracted you from the book. Parts were very choppy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Plague Upon Your Family: Zombie Fallout, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1700)
    Performance
    (1576)
    Story
    (1584)

    The Talbots are evacuating their home amidst a zombie apocalypse. Mankind is on the edge of extinction as a new dominant, mindless opponent scours the landscape in search of food, which just so happens to be noninfected humans. The Talbots have escaped Little Turtle, but to what end? On the run, they find themselves encountering a far vaster evil than the one that has already beset them. As they travel across the countryside they soon learn that there are more than just zombies to be fearful of....

    Teddy says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Even better than book one!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book really starts with a bang! Well thought out, great story line. I'm hooked for the entire series. Hey Mark Tufo, thanks, I'm thoroughly entertained!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2631)
    Performance
    (2463)
    Story
    (2469)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Teddy says: "Hooked!"
    "Slow start, Hooked by the end!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Okay I had to kind of adjust myself at the beginning of this book. The main character is very 'snarky' and that's not something you normally expect from a zombie novel. However, by the time I was a few chapters in, I started 'getting to know' the character, and really started to like him. By the end of the book, well, I went and bought book two. I thought maybe book two would lose me, but turns out I enjoyed book two more than book one. Book two seriously starts to tie up loose ends and explain some unanswered questions right away. GOOD story line! So here I am today, going back for book three. I'm hooked. Looks like I'm in this for the long haul.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jack Rakove
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    In this remarkable book, historian Jack Rakove shows how the private lives of these men were suddenly transformed into public careers - how Washington became a strategist, Franklin a pioneering cultural diplomat, Madison a sophisticated constitutional thinker, and Hamilton a brilliant policymaker. Rakove shakes off accepted notions of these men as godlike visionaries, focusing instead on the evolution of their ideas and the crystallizing of their purpose.

    Roger says: "Good intellectual history"
    "Tried but could not get into it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The topic is handled much better in other books I have listened to. I also had trouble with the narration. I gave it a couple of stars as I did learn some new items on the topic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elaine Pagels
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (155)

    Elaine Pagels explores the surprising history of the most controversial book of the Bible. In the waning days of the Roman Empire, militant Jews in Jerusalem had waged anall-out war against Rome’s occupation of Judea, and their defeat resulted in the desecration of the Great Temple in Jerusalem. In the aftermath of that war, John of Patmos, a Jewish prophet and follower of Jesus, wrote the Book of Revelation, prophesying God’s judgment on the pagan empire that devastated and dominated his people.

    Diane says: "Revealing "Revelations""
    "Good book to get"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Topic was very interesting. Narration was also done well. Interesting to make the connection of what was going on during the period when it was written and some of it's meaning.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Reza Aslan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1045)
    Performance
    (939)
    Story
    (931)

    From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

    Tad Davis says: "Vivid and well-researched"
    "good book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very interesting in the 1st section about the times around Jesus and how turbulent they were. The remaining sections had good comparisons of the spiritual readings to what was historically available. Makes you think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warpath

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stanley Vestal
    • Narrated By Michael Taylor
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    On June 25, 1876, five troops of the U. S. Seventh Cavalry, under command of General George Armstrong Custer, rode into the valley of the Little Big Horn River expecting to rout the Indian encampment there. Instead they were met by the gathered strength of the Sioux and Cheyenne warriors, who did not run, but turned to battle the soldiers.

    Kimra says: "Pretty Good Listen"
    "Pretty Good Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It gives you an insight into the Plains Indian culture. Kind of hard to get through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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