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Member Since 2014

  • 5 reviews
  • 68 ratings
  • 564 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • The War Over Iraq: Saddam's Tyranny and America's Mission

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lawrence F. Kaplan, William Kristol
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield

    In this timely book, Lawrence Kaplan and William Kristol take a hard look at Saddam Hussein. They see the face of evil: someone who embraced a cruel blend of socialism, fascism, and pan-Arab nationalism when young, and later became a coup plotter and a member of the Iraqi equivalent of Hitler's Brown Shirts.

    Todd says: "Very Insightful compelling book"
    "Very Insightful compelling book"

    This book provides great insight into the new Bush Doctrine with compelling cases and theory. Even if you don't agree with the Bush Doctrine this is an excellent read for gaining insight in what can be expected in the future. This book uses reason, facts, and historical cases to back up its claims not unsubstantiated assumptions. Written before the war it makes some erroneous claims about the immediate results of war but is very good nonetheless.

    19 of 25 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Jorge says: "New is not always better..."
    "Excellent writing but somewhat disappointing"

    A Song of Ice and Fire is one of the finest fantasies ever put to paper, but the nature of Feast, being actually half of one whole book, lacks the breadth of the other novels. The story is transitional, a hill to scale before the finale, but the writing is still excellent. Perhaps the greatest failing is the lack of Roy Dotrice as narrator. I was introduced to the series through his voice and his narration quivered with life, its not the same without him. Any other person trying to do justice to the same characters cannot hope to match it. Dotrice's narration would make exciting listen about 100 times better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Inferno of Dante

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Dante Alighieri (translated by Robert Pinsky)
    • Narrated By John Cleese

    Poet and essayist Robert Pinsky's translation captures the intensity and passion of the literary masterpiece, and world-renowned actor John Cleese contributes a profound and electrifying performance.

    Todd says: "Good Interpretation, Somewhat difficult to follow"
    "Good Interpretation, Somewhat difficult to follow"

    The Inferno is an excellent work in itself and is extremely interesting for anyone. The narration of Mr. Cleese is however somewhat difficult to follow. His overly-excited and passionate voices for the suffering denizens of hell are difficult to make out. It is however very fun to hear a voice from a Monty Python movie or the like come through. Listen carefully and follow along and you shouldn't have too many problems.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • All the Trouble in the World: The Lighter Side of Overpopulation, Famine, Plague, Poverty...

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By P.J. O'Rourke
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt

    Best selling political humorist P.J. O'Rourke tackles the "fashionable worries" - enormous global problems that are endlessly in the news and constantly on our minds but about which we mostly don't have a clue in this hilarious, thought-provoking audiobook.

    Todd says: "Hilarious Dead On Read"
    "Hilarious Dead On Read"

    This is an absolutely hilarious listen. P.J. uses humor to cut through most of the political rhetoric and modern ecological mumbo-jumbo and junk science and create a scathing critique of all the doom and gloom mongers in the world. O'Rourke takes on the normally tired and boring "save the world" arguments we've been hearin since we were children and eviscerates them with their own failed predictions and by exposing the actual state of the world asit is. His optimistic and hilarious outlook on the world is refreshing and necessary. Please listen, you won't regret it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The First Man in Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner

    Author of the beloved classic The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough creates sweeping sagas that are unparalleled in their drama and emotional grandeur. Now she carries listeners into the pageantry and passion, politics and intrigue of ancient Rome. Cunning and ambition were prized in this vast and powerful empire, but what would it take to win its highest honor, to be First Man in Rome?

    Jessica says: "Best Historical Fiction Ever"
    "A True Masterpiece and Modern Classic"

    This book is truly a materpiece, it and its successors in McCullough's Master of Rome series will prove to be on a level all their own. The sheer amount of detail, care, research, and excitement is astounding. Colleen is a genius and this project is on a level unprecedented in recent History. Only O'Brien's Master and Commander Series can compare in the relm of Historical Fiction. Listen and enjoy this great work. It may prove well to buy the book since its guide to names and Latin phrases are intensely useful.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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