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  • The Modern Scholar: Christianity At the Crossroads: The Reformations of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Esteemed history professor Thomas F. Madden explores the reformations that swept across Christendom in the 16th and 17th centuries. The impact of these reforms affected government, popes, and kings as well as commoners, for at this time the Church was an omnipresent part of European identity-and the import of Church reforms on every level of life at this time simply cannot be underestimated.

    Chi-Hung says: "Clarity!!"
    "DOES NOT DOWNLOAD - don't waste your credits!!!!"
    Overall

    I've have been a contented audible listener for 3 or 4 years now. Some titles not so good, some fantastic.

    But this one does NOT download!!! Yet all signs (from Audible's side, say it has).

    DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT... until Audible deals with this, bother with this title!

    Oh yeah, you can't review unless you give it at least one star - this should be negative stars!

    3 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Crown and Country: A History of England through the Monarchy

    • ABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Starkey
    • Narrated By Tim Pigott-Smith, Jim Norton
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The monarchy is one of Britain’s longest surviving institutions – as well as one of its most tumultuous and revered. In this masterful book, David Starkey looks at the monarchy as a whole, charting its history from Roman times, to the Wars of the Roses, the chaos of the Civil War, the fall of Charles I and Cromwell's emergence as Lord Protector – all the way up until the Victorian era when Britain’s monarchs came face-to-face with modernity.

    daniel says: "Needs Chapters - to good to stop!"
    "Needs Chapters - to good to stop!"
    Overall

    I find most audiobooks (good and bad) to be great soporifics. This, however, is the opposite - and therefore needs chapters as a place to stop and come back to. The story is wonderfully relentless and extremely well read. Looking forward to the day when I have a good five hours free when I can just devote it to listening to this book (maybe it's time to really clean the apartment).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Give In: The Best of Winston Churchill's Speeches

    • ORIGINAL (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Winston S. Churchill
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Who can forget the words "We shall fight on the beaches. We shall fight on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields, and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender!" They were uttered in 1940 by one of the 20th century's greatest orators, Winston Churchill, eager to spur on his countrymen in their fight against Nazi Germany. Now the great man's grandson has gathered Churchill's most memorable words, spanning more than half a century, in times of war and in times of peace.

    Michael Moore says: "Warning: this recording is badly flawed!"
    "does not download - don't waste your credits!!!!"
    Overall

    I've have been a contented audible listener for 3 or 4 years now. Some titles not so good, some fantastic.

    But this one does NOT download!!! Yet all signs (from Audible's side, say it has).

    DO NOT, DO NOT, DO NOT... until Audible deals with this, bother with this title!

    Oh yeah, you can't review unless you give it at least one star - this should be negative stars!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • William Butler Yeats Reads His Own Work

    • UNABRIDGED (14 mins)
    • By William Butler Yeats
    • Narrated By William Butler Yeats
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    A short collection of recordings capturing William Butler Yeats reading his own work including "The Fiddler of Dooney" and talking about modern poetry.

    daniel says: "Overpriced - by a long chalk"
    "Overpriced - by a long chalk"
    Overall

    Aside from the fact that "Lake Isle of Innisfree" appears twice in this very short offering, I am sure that these recordings are probably available for free somewhere on the internet. Unless you really and truly are Yeats mad, don't waste your money or credits!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuculian Trilogy: The Coming, Triumph, and Passing of Cuculian

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Standish O'Grady
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Cuculian, "The Hound of Ulster," is the champion of Ireland and is best remembered for his single-handed defense of Ulster. The author of these accounts is Standish O'Grady (1846-1928), whose writings earned him the title "Father of the Irish Renaissance."

    H. Connelly says: "Take a pass on this one..."
    "Have I got a soporific for you..."
    Overall

    I had great hopes for this - they were all dashed!

    Please God! could not someone have informed this narrator how the main character's name is pronounced?! Every time the hero was mentioned (which is fairly frequent given that it's a trilogy called "Cuchulain") I had to cringe. And was the narrator trying to do some sort of accent? (I'm assuming Irish, but it sounded more of a painful and pinched medical condition) Anyway, if he was, it was woefully mis-guided.

    I do hope that this recording was some sort of aberration upon the narrator's part, because it is terrible! And it would be alarming to think that all of his work is this bad.

    To be fair to him, I don't think it helped that the book is unspeakably bad (in fact, I'm fairly sure that Standish O'Grady was one of Yeats' nemesis' in trying to initiate an Irish National Literature. Possibly Lady Gregory's "Cuchulain of Muirthemne" would have been a better choice for a recording- but let's face it her prose was fairly turgid as well.

    I do hope that there will be a decent presentation of this material at some point, something with limpid prose and purpose, because I do think it deserves to be more ascessible.



    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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