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  • The Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Part 2: March 4, 1861 - March 26, 1864

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ulysses S. Grant
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Covering the pivotal years 1861-1864, General Ulysses S. Grant leads us in his own words from Fort Sumter to his appointment as commander of all the armies of the North. Grant remembers his experiences with the key players of the day, takes us onto the battlefields, and recounts the twists and turns of fate. Grant was a failed peacetime soldier, failed farmer, failed woodcutter, failed bill collector, and 38-year-old clerk in a harness store in the spring of 1861. By 1864, he was directing all the Union forces.

    Boots says: "Yankee doodle"
    "A Must-Read for any history buff!"
    Overall

    Most don't know that this book (aside from the bible) was the most successful book sold in America DURING the 19th century, and that for that entire century, Grant was the most popular American among US citizens hitorically, more than even Abraham Lincoln.

    This book, more than any other, has taught me to appreciate American History. I own it in hard copy as well, but have listened to the audio version three separate times. Grant has an amazingly easy to follow and interesting reading style. The book being proof-read by Mark Twain himself may have been an assist in that regard ;o).

    Thanks, Audible. Loved the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen of the Damned

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Kate Nelligan
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    Once again, as she did in Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice reveals the startling world of the undead. This world of dark pleasures and glorious decadence comes to life in a tale that takes you back 6,000 years to the shocking creation of the first vampire - Akasha, Queen of the Damned.

    Eric C Minutes says: "Poor recording quality makes this a poor choice"
    "Best of the series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Queen of the Damned in three words, what would they be?

    Best in series


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Queen of the Damned?

    When the queen confronted the mountain top vampire in India


    Have you listened to any of Kate Nelligan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    n/a


    Who was the most memorable character of The Queen of the Damned and why?

    The queen herself because as evil as she was, you could understand her thoughts and reasoning.


    Any additional comments?

    I know the die-hard Ann Rice fans, at the time of this book's release, hated it, but I thought she'd topped herself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4262)
    Performance
    (1489)
    Story
    (1496)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Shawn says: "Great Book"
    "An excellent read."
    Overall

    I'm more of a Civil War history buff, but this rendering of Revolutionary War history had me hooked the entire time I was reading it. The author puts you on location so well, you can almost feel the snow between your toes at Valley Forge, and almost smell the grass and gun fire during battles.

    A very easy, educational, and interesting read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Mystery Method: How to Get Beautiful Women Into Bed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mystery A.K.A. Erik Von Markovik, Lovedrop A.K.A. Chris Odom
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (181)

    For every man who always wondered why some guys have all the luck, Mystery, considered by many to be the world's greatest pickup artist, finally reveals his secrets for finding and forming relationships with some of the world's most beautiful women. Mystery gained mainstream attention for his role in Neil Strauss' New York Times best-selling expose The Game. Now he has written the definitive handbook on the art of the pickup.

    SpaceFuzz says: "Extract the elements you need. Ignore the rest."
    "Ought to be required reading for all males!"
    Overall

    Amazing. Overall this book emphasizes the proper appreciation of women, but shows men how to lose all their incorrect knowledge of how women think and more importantly, what women want. That last part especially is poignant. Knowing that, and giving a lady what she wants, and needs, is of primary importance in a successful relationship.

    Especially learning how to avoid mistakes was an eye opener. Even in my advanced years, I must admit that my experience verifies what the book advised that I already experienced. More important, learning what I didn't know was like having the "scales dropped off from my eyes"!

    Should be required reading for all men from high school seniors on up!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Divine Comedy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (90)

    One of the greatest works in literature, Dante's story-poem is an allegory that represents mankind as it exposes itself, by its merits or demerits, to the rewards or the punishments of justice. A single listen will reveal Dante's visual imagination and uncanny power to make the spiritual visible.

    whynot? says: "Almost Divine"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall

    This exemplifies there the Narrator is all-important; Loved his reading style.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Buddy Levy
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    It was a moment unique in human history: the face-to-face meeting between two men from civilizations a world apart. In 1519, Hernán Cortés arrived on the shores of Mexico, determined not only to expand the Spanish empire but to convert the natives to Catholicism and carry off a fortune in gold. That he saw nothing paradoxical in his intentions is one of the most remarkable and tragic aspects of this unforgettable story.

    Victor says: "A Great Book"
    "Wow!"
    Overall

    Definitely right up there with the likes of 1491, 1776, and Team of Rivals!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Taliban

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ahmed Rashid
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Correspondent Ahmed Rashid brings the shadowy world of the Taliban - the world's most extreme and radical Islamic organization - into sharp focus in this enormously insightful book. He describes the new face of Islamic fundamentalism and explains why Afghanistan has become the world center for international terrorism. The critics hail Rashid's book as "indispensable" and "an excellent political and historical account."

    Peter says: "Excellent"
    "Great Facts!"
    Overall

    Detailed, factual, but dry reading.
    Only for the seriously interested reader.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Joy Luck Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Gwendoline Yeo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (196)

    In 1949, four Chinese women drawn together by the shadow of their past begin meeting in San Francisco to play Mah Jong, invest in stocks, eat dim sum, and "say" stories. Nearly 40 years later, one of the members has died, and her daughter has come to take her place, only to learn of her mother's lifelong wish and the tragic way in which it has come true. The revelation of this secret unleashes an urgent need among the women to reach back and remember.

    Kathryn Bradley says: "Great Book, Horrible Reader"
    "An awesome Must Read for any serious reader"
    Overall

    Usually I am strictly non-fiction. History mostly. But years ago I saw the movie based on this book (definitely a four-hanky movie) which really stirred my emotions.

    Upon seeing the book here in audio format I just HAD to check it out. I was not dissapointed. The author exemplifies how the pen truly can stir emotions to the extreme. In the end a truly up-lifting read. Two parts stick in my head the most: 1) the mother parting with her two babies while fleeing the Japanese invasion of China, and 2) the reuniting of the three in the final chapter.

    I strongly recommend this book to anyone that even just knows how to read all the way to the "sophisticated" reader.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret of How to Ace any Job Interview with Confidence!

    • ABRIDGED (56 mins)
    • By David R. Portney
    • Narrated By David R. Portney
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Let me guide you step-by-step as I reveal important do's and don'ts based on my 20 years of experience as a hiring manager. I'll give you real-world practical tips and information so you stand out from the crowd and get noticed, a must in today's tough job market!

    Pat says: "Skip this one - no stars"
    "Too bad you can't ask for a refund"
    Overall

    This book very much surprised me. Apparently one can publish a book all about completely common knowledge garnered from common sense and everything your mother told you. There was not one thing in this book that anyone reading it would not already know. I rate it ZERO stars but was forced to select one star to submit this review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paradise Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Milton
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    Often considered the greatest epic in any modern language, Paradise Lost tells the story of the revolt of Satan, his banishment from Heaven, and the ensuing fall of Man with his expulsion from Eden. It is a tale of immense drama and excitement, of innocence pitted against corruption, of rebellion and treachery, in which God and Satan fight a bitter battle for control of mankind's destiny. The struggle ranges across heaven, hell, and earth, as Satan and his band of rebel angels conspire against God.

    Louis says: "A Breathtaking Work, Well-Rendered!"
    "An amazing delight"
    Overall

    Louis from Dallas in his review has summarized his review far beyond my abilities. But perhaps, as a novice in this type of literature, I might encourage other novices to brave this "new" style and enjoy it as much as I have. Shakespearian it is. But like Shakespeare's most entertaining works, this book also educates while entertaining.

    I was most pleasantly surprised at how fast and completely I was able to comprehend the message, while never even once yawning or looking for something else to do. No, indeed, everything else was set aside until I had fully digested this work.

    This is definitely a major requirement for anyone who thinks they know how to appreciate the English language. I highly recommend this work to anyone looking to expand their horizons.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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