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Judy

Colorado Springs, CO, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • A Short History of Ireland

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jonathan Bardon
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    In the wake of its 30th birthday celebrations in 2006, BBC Radio Ulster marked the beginning of a new broadcasting era by embarking on the station's most ambitious project to date: a recounting of the history of Ireland.

    Anne says: "Three and a half?"
    "Brings Ireland to life..."
    Overall

    ...in 240 episodes just like it says. This history is told in an informative, entertaining and very well presented documentary format. By documentary format, it brings a nice mix of theatrical presentation with a succinct storytelling style. The music and background sounds do not overpower the story, they add a pleasant sense of style and/or "feel" for the mood of the times being presented.

    It does not attempt to present the history in textbook form. Given that it is trying to provide an overview of Irish history from the Ice Age to the start of World War II, I was not sure what to expect. BBC Radio Ulster has given us an admirably detailed while still broad in scope history of Ireland. What I got may not be all inclusive, but I'm happy with the investment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael B. Oren
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    From the first cannonballs fired by American warships at North African pirates to the conquest of Falluja by the Marines, and from the early American explorers who probed the sources of the Nile to the diplomats who strove for Arab-Israeli peace, the United States has been dramatically involved in the Middle East. For well over two centuries, American statesmen, merchants, and missionaries, both men and women, have had a profound impact on the shaping of this crucial region.

    Karl says: "Thoughtful and balanced"
    "Very pleasantly surprised..."
    Overall

    Based on the sample provided I thought I might be wasting my money because the narrative style didn't do much for me. After making it through the introduction and the very first chapter, the story became very engrossing and the narration very fitting for the subject matter. I've not listened to the full book yet, but I'm giving it 4 stars for several reasons.......the narration can make or break an audiobook for me, and I am pleasantly surprised in that area after about 10 hours of listening. Second, the book itself is very enlightening. I can't speak for the full book at this point, but so far its well worth the money and I'll probably pick up the book too.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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