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  • This Sceptred Isle: Empire, Volume 1: 1155-1783

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Christopher Lee
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Britain had the biggest empire the world has ever known. At one time a quarter of the global land mass was British. Over a third of the world was insured at Lloyds. At his coronation, more than 400 million people saluted George V. Truly, the sun never set on this historical phenomenon. Whatever the day, whatever the hour, somewhere on the globe, the empire worked and played the British game, often absurdly so.

    D. Littman says: "excellent into to british empire"
    "Good but flawed"
    Overall

    An enjoyable listen but flawed by forcing 21st century perspective on historical contexts. Example: Early 1600's piety was just another form of bigotry.(America's Pilgrims) Each episode (chapter) begins with a review of the previous episode and I found that annoying. Perhaps that could be edited out of future BBC Audible offerings. Worthwhile if kept in perspective.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sarah Bradford
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (11)

    Phyllida Nash reads Sarah Bradford’s absorbing and authoritative portrait of the Queen’s life and sixty-year reign - complete and unabridged. The Queen’s story is our history: she was not born to be Queen but, a media star since the age of three, she has been the most famous woman in the world for all of our lives.

    Ruth says: "Not as good as I hoped"
    "Some Nuggets, Some Fluff"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Some interesting material at the beginning but eventually turned to tabloids for material. Worth listening but not the best bio of the Queen. Denigrates Prince Charles whenever possible.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pirates!

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Celia Rees
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    It is the dawn of the 18th century, when girls stay home and sew while men sail the high seas finding adventure, danger, and gold. But two unusually adventurous girls (a rich merchant's daughter, Nancy Kington, and her former plantation slave, Minerva Sharpe) take to the high seas from Jamaica on a ship the crew renames Deliverance.

    Chandra says: "a Romance, not a romance"
    "Juvenile"
    Overall

    Predictable romance novel coupled with questionable premises such as a heroine who abhors slavery but doesn't mind nudity (or murder). Melding 21st century culture norms with 18th century history does not work.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Bryan Burrough
    • Narrated By James Jenner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (81)

    Best-selling author Bryan Burrough reveals how four Texas oil tycoons transformed America. Rising from humble beginnings through hard work and shrewd dealings, they shifted the balance of power in American politics. While hobnobbing with movie stars and presidents, the Big Rich also created the legend of the swaggering Texas oilman with island hideaways and sprawling ranches.

    Andrew says: "Houston Oilman"
    "Fine Biographical Details, Poor Political Analysis"
    Overall

    Most of the book is interesting and enjoyable but the author goes to pains to denigrate his subjects when he (the author) strays into political analysis and editorializing rather than biography. Describing one of his main characters as participating in "classic paranoid right wing fantasies" and then labeling him "stupid" is both inaccurate and unprofessional. The author completely fails to understand the politics in the era he describes. But, as poor as the political writing is, the biographical stories are excellent and well worth the time. I recommend the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Viking Serpent: Secrets of the Celtic Church of Norway, Their Serpent Worship and Sacred Pentagram Geometry

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 40 mins)
    • By Harald Boehlke
    • Narrated By Harald Boehlke
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Travel with us into the very heart of ancient serpent worship as we unravel the sacred language of our ancestors. The Viking Serpent is a discovery on the scale of the Great Pyramids of Egypt and the Lost Tomb of Jesus, holding ancient truths of wisdom from a lost, yet highly sacred Church. Prepare to be stunned by the ramifications of this incredible find, and embark on a journey into a forgotten time and land.

    A User says: "Not the book at all"
    "Worthless"
    Overall

    Audio sounds like it was recorded on a cassette player, much of the time is just transistional music noise. Should not be sold as an Audio book. Wish I had read reviews before purchasing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13249)
    Performance
    (5581)
    Story
    (5625)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Great Story teller, lousy theology"
    Overall

    Marvelous story but don't read this if you want to know anything about the motivations and methods of cathedral building.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Greek in 40 Minutes: Learn to speak Greek in minutes with Collins

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • Narrated By Collins
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    This download provides the opportunity to hear and practise the language. The phrases are kept short and simple so that by listening two or three times, you can pick up the essentials of the Greek language.

    Tim says: "Careful"
    "Careful"
    Overall

    Listenable, but don't be taken in by the "guide" offered with file. That is only a table of contents - not any printed Greek.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • London: A History [Modern Library Chronicles]

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By A. N. Wilson
    • Narrated By Christopher Kay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    This entertaining volume provides a concise history of one of the world's premiere cities. Acclaimed author A.N. Wilson starts at the beginning, when London was founded by the Romans, and continues to contemporary times, hitting all the historical highlights along the way. London is the perfect starter book for anyone wishing to understand this great city a little better, and even seasoned London fans will find new information here.

    Denise says: "Some Insights"
    "Random Walk"
    Overall

    Not a "concise history" - more of a random walk through some interesting and arcane bits of London's history. Marred by filtering historical events through 21st century culture, a tendency toward social commentary and biased architectural criticism.

    Nevertheless, worth adding to many other histories of London and worth a listen

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Investor's Road Trip

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jim Rogers
    • Narrated By Jim Rogers
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Jim Rogers and his fiancie, began their "Millennium Adventure" on January 1, 1999. They traveled through 116 countries, including many where most have rarely ventured, such as Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, and Angola. They saw the real world from the ground up - the only vantage point from which it can be truly understood - economically, politically, and socially and have saw the world and understood it as it really is.

    Trevor says: "I want the Unabridged version"
    "Adventure Capitalist"
    Overall

    Very interesting and informative for the armchair traveler. A full length recording would be worthwhile. Just don't begin to believe his views on Economic and Monetary policy. Still, all views are useful and time listening to this book is time well spent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mountains Beyond Mountains

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tracy Kidder
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (805)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (240)

    Pulitzer Prize-winner Tracy Kidder tells the true story of a socially conscious genius who uses his intellectual and personal gifts to solve global health problems.

    MikeInOhio says: "A Great Book"
    "OK but not great."
    Overall

    A very good picture of health conditions in some of the poorest conditions in the Western Hemisphere. Farmer, the subject, is almost saintly, but he does have some serious problems becoming politically charged and believing rules are for everyone else. He shares an off-balance world view with of the Harvard elite, yet considers himself quite different. A worthwhile read (or listen).

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful

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