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Claudia Crowley


Fort Worth, Texas | Listener Since 2004

  • 4 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 210 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • The Bhagavad Gita

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Phoenix Books, Barbara Stoler-Miller (translator)
    • Narrated By Jacob Needleman

    The search for higher truth must be conducted in the midst of the forces of life, with all its demands and seductions. So teaches The Bhagavad Gita, an ancient text that has been called the quintessence of the spirituality of India. In it, the great warrior Arjuna contemplates the meaning of life, just moments before entering the battlefield. "Why do I exist? Why should I fight against my loved ones? And where shall I go after I die?" he asks himself in search for knowledge of the Absolute.

    Claudia Crowley says: "Hot stuff!!"
    "Hot stuff!!"

    Audio quality could be better, but it was listenable even while driving on the freeway.

    The book itself is a classic. Speaking as a non-Hindu, I'd say, if you like this kind of thing, you'll REALLY like this.

    Nice and short, hardly a word wasted, quick 'read.'

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • 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

    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"
    "Learn a boatload about 1918's Spanish flu"

    First class reader. Among the best I've ever heard. ///

    Now, about the book: This book says the same thing you can read at the CDC site and anywhere else - flu, even the usually mild ordinary kind, is tricky and dangerous. In one apocalyptic year, it mutated into an assassin. ///

    You learn about the epidemic and things like viruses and mutations and patterns of mortality, but also several books worth of things like the history of medicine since Hippocrates and the development of modern science. ///

    You need to really like to learn to get the most from this textbook-like tome. For someone who does like learning, it's excellent. You are certainly getting your credit's worth. Just keep in mind it's nearly *20 hours* long.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sayings of the Buddha: The Dhammapada

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 24 mins)
    • By Buddha (translated by Thomas Byron)
    • Narrated By Jacob Needleman

    Some sources say that the Buddha was born on or around April 8, 563 B.C. How many years have you been around without discovering his wisdom? According to tradition, the words of The Dhammapada come directly from the mouth of Buddha. This translation in particular is among the most poetic and spiritually insightful.

    Tyrone says: "Excellent in its wisdom"
    "Terrible sound"

    This is the worst recording I've encountered on Audible. Most of the Audible recordings are very good. This is beyond bad. Every s or other sibilant sound hisses piercingly in your ear.

    The content, if you can hear it, is excellent. The reader is probably pretty good, too, but how can you tell with all that racket going on?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cone

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By H.G. Wells
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham

    Although he is best known for his speculative novels, H.G. Wells also wrote engaging works of short fiction, most dealing with the strange, the unsettling, and the unknown. In this performance, Ralph Cosham brings 4 of Wells's stories to vivid life. "The Cone" is a shocking tale of revenge, "The Diamond Maker" tells of a fortune that might have been, "The Country of the Blind" tells of a man with sight who tries unsuccessfully to be king in a valley where everyone is blind, and the haunting classic "The Door in the Wall" captures the pathos of lost youth.

    Claudia Crowley says: "Avoid this"
    "Avoid this"

    Don't read unless you like horrible explicit descriptions of people being cremated alive, etc. This is hack stuff for pulp magazines of the day. If you want the real Wells, read the Invisible Man, the Time Machine, the Outline of History--anything but this.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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