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Robert

Brooklyn, NY, USA | Member Since 2013

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  • Roma: The Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Steven Saylor
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (147)

    Weaving history, legend, and new archaeological discoveries into a spellbinding narrative, critically acclaimed novelist Steven Saylor gives new life to the drama of Rome's first 1,000 years - from the founding of the city by the ill-fated twins Romulus and Remus, through Rome's astonishing ascent to become the capital of the most powerful empire in history.

    S. Caruso says: "Excellent Feel for Ancient Rome"
    "Good listen"
    Overall

    Not the most complex of narratives but keeps your attention and has a good flow, some good classic roman stories and myths brought to life in a compelling way

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By D.T. Max
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (108)

    For 200 years, a noble Venetian family has suffered from an inherited disease that strikes their members in middle age, stealing their sleep, eating holes in their brains, and ending their lives in a matter of months. In Papua New Guinea, a primitive tribe is nearly obliterated by a sickness whose chief symptom is uncontrollable laughter. Across Europe, millions of sheep rub their fleeces raw before collapsing. What these strange conditions share is their cause: prions.

    David says: "A great scientific mystery"
    "Good listen"
    Overall

    Thorough and informative, interesting despite the somewhat random topic. Covers the entire gamut of "prion" self-replicating proteins and the damage they have wrought upon both man and beast, and the brains of those unfortunate enough to become afflicted. Narrator is somewhat nasal but carries the narrative well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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