This is a fascinating and informative book on one of the most complicated and complex individuals of the founding fathers of the United States. You get a real picture of the immense talents and shortcomings of not only Jefferson but many of the other founding fathers such as Adams, Madison and Hamilton – they seemed to be the perfect counterbalance to each other at a time when had either the Federalist or the Anti-Federalist factions been exclusively in power this country might never had survived to become the country that it is today. Washington must have truly been an amazing leader to have been able to marshal the talents of Jefferson, Hamilton and Adams in one cabinet during the most critical time in the fledgling countries development, especially since they all were fundamentally opposed to each other’s vision and philosophy of Government. Jefferson’s steadfast opposition to Monarchy certainly was a factor in ensuring that this country did not eventually drift back towards the British model during some of the challenging periods of the post revolutionary period. Mr Meacham does an excellent job in presenting a realistic portrait of Jefferson, flaws and strengths. Ed Herman is one of the better narrators for bios and he does an outstanding job in this one. I would strongly recommend this book if you enjoy American History.
This is simply an incredible book. One of those books that has you thinking long after you have finished the book. Narration was exceptional. What seems to start out as a simple yarn evolves into a very complex story. From the Movie commercial I halfway expected a Disney type of Animal story - it's not that at all. It is different, and I would highly recommend this one. One of the best books I have read in a long time.
From the first sentence this one pulls you in. Very well written, complex characters and story lines that cross decades that in the end all comes together. Very funny in parts and sad in others. Kind of reminded me of the book "Empire Falls". The narration was exceptional, particularly some of the known notable personalities that the books includes as part of the overall story. The only criticism of the book that I would have was that the very ending seemed to be hurried, trying to tie up all of the loose ends. I would definitely recommend this book and plan to look at other books by Mr. Walter or books narrated by Mr. Ballerini.
If you enjoy reading history books then I would imagine you would enjoy this book. The title is somewhat misleading in my opinion - as Mr. Roberts' points out as many negative aspects of western civilization as he does positive ones. There was nothing in the book that I found to be unique or thought provoking. It is simply a no frills history book. Narration was good. I would however recommend "A History of Europe" by JM Roberts more than I do this one, it is much more comprehensive in detailing a lot of the same historical events.
I stumbled on to Jonathan Mayberry when I read "14", which was excellent. I liked the narrator (Ray Porter) so well in that one that I decided to take a chance on this genre of fiction. While I am not really a fan of Zombie fiction, I was pleasantly surprised by this one as it was more like cross between an X-files story and a modern terrorism type thriller. Ray Porter is a first rate narrator and Mayberry is a gifted writer. Characters are well defined and the book was interlaced with humor to go along with the suspense. If you enjoyed the x-files you might want to take a chance on this one - it is actually a very interesting story.
I had read Kihn's other book and found it to be hilarious. I bought this one figuring that it would be similar. While there were moments that were funny, the overall tone in Bad Dog is more somber. If you love pets you will probably appreciate aspects of this one. Mr Kihn is a gifted writer and I would recommend his other book on Audible more than this one.
At the beginning of the book, David Servan-Schrieber is looking at charts on Cancer survival curves and looking for actions he could take to extend his life expectancy following his diagnosis. What he ends up doing in the process is leaving a treasure trove of actions and lifestyle changes that people should consider that might help them avoid getting cancer. The PDF that comes with the book includes many of his reference charts related to dietary recommendations. The book is very poignant and sincere and leaves the listener with a deep appreciation for gift he has left.
This book was decent, and to an extent informative. The title is a little bit misleading in that the vast preponderance of the information was related to ancient Anatolia, only the final ten minutes of the book was related to Constantinople. The other shortcoming in my opinion was the total lack of discussion on the critical role this area played in the early Christian Church.
The narration was good, although it is in the form of a lecture rather than a narration.
The Great Siege - Malta 1565 is an awesome book - well written. I had no idea of the leadership, courage and determination that the defenders displayed during siege. The ruthlessness of the combatants was a reflection of the understanding of both sides that this was an all or nothing endeavor. No quarter was given or expected. Before reading this I did not appreciate the ramifications of the outcome - Europe undoubtedly would look a lot different had the siege succeeded. Simon Vance is one of the Aces of the Audion Book narrators and he does a wonderful job in this book. If you enjoy European History I highly recommend this book
the safe man is a thoroughly enjoyable short story. I would recommend it, although I would not use one of my credits as it is simply too short. Narration was above average. Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised by this as the genre is a different one for Connelly.
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