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Michael

Kentwood, MI, USA

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  • Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (294)

    "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" So goes the signature introduction of New York Herald star journalist Henry Morton Stanley to renowned explorer Dr. David Livingstone, who had been missing for six years in the wilds of Africa. Into Africa ushers us into the meeting of these remarkable men. In 1866, when Livingstone journeyed into the heart of the African continent in search of the Nile's source, the land was rough, unknown to Europeans, and inhabited by man-eating tribes.

    Gene says: "Riveting"
    "How to Read"
    Overall

    John Lee is still the best narrator, even with his slightly silly Scottish and Southern (American) accents in this one. I guess I'm an idiot because I had never heard this full story before, but it's wonderful. The book presents a great amount of info into the lives of not only the two men and their traveling companions, but just about everyone who was tangentially related to the story. Four stars only because it drags a little in the second half (the first half would get 6 or 7 stars if possible).

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Empires of the Sea: The Contest for the Center of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Roger Crowley
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (161)

    Empires of the Sea tells the story of the 50-year world war between Islam and Christianity for the Mediterranean: one of the fiercest and most influential contests in European history. It traces events from the appearance on the world stage of Suleiman the Magnificent through "the years of devastation" when it seemed possible that Islam might master the whole sea, to the final brief flourishing of a united Christendom in 1571.

    Tad Davis says: "Brilliant detail, exciting story"
    "Wonderfully Read"
    Overall

    This book is fascinating at first, especially the detail in the battles at Cyprus and the battle for St. Elmo on Malta. Those are done in such detail that you are almost told what was going on each hour. The info is a little less specific later on, and by the time you get to the Battle of Lepanto, you're left a little disappointed since that battle was started and ended in the same day. Also, it's certainly a one-sided telling of the story, so if you're likely to be rooting for the Turks maybe you would want to listen elsewhere (even though they win a majority of the battles).

    But, I would recommend a listen mostly because John Lee is the best narrator that I've heard so far. I try to get all of the books he's read.

    Also, be prepared to open an atlas while listening.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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