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Michael

Berkeley, CA, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • 1356: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jack Hawkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (352)

    On September 19, 1356, a heavily outnumbered English army faced off against the French in the historic Battle of Poitiers. In 1356, Cornwell resurrects this dramatic and bloody struggle - one that would turn out to be the most decisive and improbable victory of the Hundred Years' War, a clash where the underdog English not only the captured the strategic site of Poitiers, but the French King John II as well.

    Amazon Customer says: "A Classic Story Comes To Life"
    "Not My Cup of Tea"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book is not an historical novel. It is absolute fiction. As fiction it is perhaps excellent. As history it is absolute b....


    If you’ve listened to books by Bernard Cornwell before, how does this one compare?

    Nope, never read or listened to another Bernard Cornwell book.


    What does Jack Hawkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I would seek more books read by Jack Hawkins, his presentation is excellent.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    OK, I would probably go see the movie as an adventure/ action film. As an accurate portrayal of history it would be a waste of time.


    Any additional comments?

    Well read, well written, total time waster.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (720)

    Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

    Ethan M. says: "Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis"
    "No money in atheism"
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    Where does The Swerve rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I came away from this book with the same question I always ask. Why hasn't mankind cast off the belief in a creator "god"? The answer I am coming to is that there is no financial profit to be made in atheism. The jet setting popes, rabbis, mullahs, and evangelical preacher all attest to the financial success of any religion. Getting a group of atheists together is meaningless. What would we discuss? Talking about the absence of belief is a very short conversation.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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