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E.

Warrenton, VA, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By John M. Barry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1295)
    Performance
    (642)
    Story
    (651)

    No disease the world has ever known even remotely resembles the great influenza epidemic of 1918. Presumed to have begun when sick farm animals infected soldiers in Kansas, spreading and mutating into a lethal strain as troops carried it to Europe, it exploded across the world with unequaled ferocity and speed. It killed more people in 20 weeks than AIDS has killed in 20 years; it killed more people in a year than the plagues of the Middle Ages killed in a century.

    Nancy says: "Gripping and Gory"
    "Very good. Compelling"
    Overall

    The narative style can be grating at times, but the underlying story is well told and it is fascinating. There is a bit too much emphasis on flawed historical figures that in the end don't factor into the story. The ending is strong, highlighting the severity of the problem and the inadequacy of our preparations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moby Dick, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By William Hootkins
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    "Call me Ishmael." Thus starts the greatest American novel. Melville said himself that he wanted to write "a mighty book about a mighty theme" and so he did. It is a story of one man's obsessive revenge-journey against the white whale, Moby-Dick, who injured him in an earlier meeting. Woven into the story of the last journey of The Pequod is a mesh of philosophy, rumination, religion, history, and a mass of information about whaling through the ages.

    Jeremy says: "You won't be disappointed."
    "The best book in American Literature"
    Overall

    Forgive the scientific errors. Skim past the biology lesson. Stay with the story, because there is nothing better in American literature.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1252)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (697)

    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    Diana says: "Glad I finally decided to read it"
    "Simply Amazing"
    Overall

    How do you hold your audience captive for 40+ hours? Just be brilliant the entire time. Historically accurate, with vivid characters, and a well paced plot, this story is a timeless classic.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ben Hur

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Lew Wallace
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Ben-Hur could be said to be the first American blockbuster. When it was published in 1880, it sold over two-million copies and was translated into numerous languages. Wallace's original novel has been largely forgotten now, but as this reading shows, the story, together with the sweeping rhythm of the writer's prose, make it ideally suited to audio.

    Jimcin says: "Use the sample"
    "Not for your average listener"
    Overall

    There is an exciting revenge tale here; several minutes of one, at least. There's also several hours of a historical drama featuring Christ, the 3 wise men, and Ben Hur as an militant 13th apostle. It's not what I expected and not for a contemporary audience.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful

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