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James

State College, PA, USA

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  • The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By John Little
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    Best-selling historian and philosopher Will Durant devoted his entire life to studying the most significant eras, individuals, and achievements of human history. Here is a summation of Durant's work, as he presents the best of world history. Filled with Durant's renowned wit, knowledge, and unique ability to explain events in simple and exciting terms, it is a concise liberal arts education.

    Ted says: "Too Fast"
    "Puzzled"
    Overall

    We purchased this title thinking it would be thought provoking and spur conversation regarding who was/was not included in each list. It was quickly apparent that the author was not modern and did not write in a lively manner. Granted, his essays were intended to be read rather than heard, but the rambling definitions were tedious. If you are unfamiliar with this author's work (as we were), we strongly suggest that you read some of the essays before buying the audio file. Better to discover his prejudices at the local library than after spending $$ on an antiquated world view.

    36 of 63 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6947)
    Performance
    (1700)
    Story
    (1742)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "Sad"
    Overall

    This adjective describes my emotion at having spent a huge chunk of time listening to this book...ever optimistic that it would turn a corner and become the captivating novel lauded by the masses. The adjective also describes the entire novel. "Sad" being used in the common vernacular of "pathetic." The narrator was annoying! The "twists, turns and clues" foreseeable and utterly pedestrian. I think the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy mysteries that I grew up reading offer more surprises. The only redeeming quality of the book is that it made me yearn to return to the Louvre and DaVinci's works.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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