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"With every mistake we must surely be - learning?"

Sydney, Australia | Member Since 2012

  • 4 reviews
  • 19 ratings
  • 231 titles in library
  • 16 purchased in 2015

  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about their daily business. This inspired him to start a journey around his own house, an old rectory in Norfolk, considering how the ordinary things in life came to be.

    Rachel says: "Best use of a credit"
    "New Speaker Needed acquire within!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Bill Bryson is a terrific writer I have everything he has written to-date, however please use a professional reader on future books. Your voice is far too soft lacking in any emotional impact.

    What could Bill Bryson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Find a professional reader!

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Bill Bryson?

    William Roberts was great narrating The History of Nearly Everything. Grover Gardner is another name that comes to mind.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. The subject matter is too vast and spasmodic.

    Any additional comments?

    Keep the books coming Bill.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, best-selling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own.

    Robert says: "Don't be afraid"
    "Well Explained and nicely written"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is a time stopper. I must have listened to it half a dozen times already. You don't need to be a physicist to understand it. Most of the material is dumbed down for the layman reader. I found this book entertaining whilst driving, even stopped my car at one point to focus and realised I was parked for nearly a hour before I resumed my journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote, Ken Burns (introduction)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Here begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days, Second Manassas to Antietam, and Perryville in the fall of 1862, but so are the smaller and often equally important engagements on both land and sea: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, Monitor versus Merimac, and Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, to mention only a few.

    Jeanne says: "The best"
    "Wonderfully written"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very little is left to the imagination. A well written, very detailed book. If the American Civil War is a focus of your studies or you have a deep understanding of that period then you will enjoy Foote's detailed work.If this is your first time reading American history then look at listening to 'History in an Hour' Kat Smutz before this book otherwise you will be lost like the Confederacy at Gettesberg!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deathride: Hitler vs. Stalin: The Eastern Front, 1941-1945

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Mosier
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    John Mosier presents a revisionist retelling of the war on the Eastern Front. The conventional wisdom is that Hitler was mad to think he could defeat the USSR, because of its vast size and population, and that the Battle of Stalingrad marked the turning point of the war. Neither statement is accurate, says Mosier; Hitler came very close to winning outright.

    Jonathan Gardner says: "Speaking the un-speakable"
    "A Great well researched book"
    If you could sum up Deathride in three words, what would they be?

    Definitively adept book that covers the period 1941 to 1945

    What did you like best about this story?

    There is little left to the imagination. Mosier shows comparisons for and against strategies deployed by both Stalin and Hitler.

    Any additional comments?

    Mosier is great at showing both leaders attempt to get the open hand on each other politically as well as on the battlefield.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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