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Scott

bishop, CA, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Afghanistan: A Military History from Alexander the Great to the Fall of the Taliban

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Stephen Tanner
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (30)

    For more than 2,500 years, the forbidding territory of Afghanistan has served as a vital crossroads not only for armies but also for clashes between civilizations. As a result of the United States' engaging in armed conflict with the Afghan regime, an understanding of the military history of that blood-soaked land has become essential to every American.

    Alana says: "Afghanistan: A Military History"
    "lost in details"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    In fact, I could not complete it. The depth of detail became boring to such an extent that I could not bring myself back to the book after awhile.


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

    first and last


    Do you think Afghanistan needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    nope


    Any additional comments?

    Unless you are a fan of military history in boring detail, leave this one alone

    0 of 0 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
    (781)
    Performance
    (664)
    Story
    (661)

    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"
    "good book to hear"
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    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Swerve in three words, what would they be?

    somewhat disconnected in spots, but overall an excellent book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    there's only one character in the book


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

    his voice carries a good sense of suspense where this is useful


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no, I found it to be easy to read in small bits.


    Any additional comments?

    one of my friends , raised a catholic and Jesuit educated, found it compelling but depressing by making him seriously question his previously strong faith in a life after death.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2012)
    Performance
    (1813)
    Story
    (1803)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "interesting & entertaining but not much finish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining and intriguing up to to the end which is not up to the rest of the book


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    not exactly an "on the edge of your seat" story


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

    an entertaining narration


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I wouldn't turn it into a film


    Any additional comments?

    my partner and I listened to this on a long car trip and were both let down by the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Places in Between

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Rory Stewart
    • Narrated By Rory Stewart
    Overall
    (370)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    In January 2002, Rory Stewart walked across Afghanistan, surviving by his wits, his knowledge of Persian dialects and Muslim customs, and the kindness of strangers. By day, he passed through mountains covered in nine feet of snow, hamlets burned and emptied by the Taliban, and communities thriving amid the remains of medieval civilizations. By night he slept on villagers' floors, shared their meals, and listened to their stories of the recent and ancient past.

    James says: "Nice Choice"
    "A Story worthy of your attention"
    Overall

    I first read this adventure while floating down the Colorado river in a raft on the slower sections of the journey and found it fascinating as an insight into the people of Afghanistan. It gave me a beginning understanding of their lives,attitudes,beliefs, and problems which our government appears to be totally ignoring in its' attempts to help them. The author's almost incomprehensibly foolhardy trip was so well told that he helped me to almost photographically accompany him and vicariously experience his travails. Read this and you will understand more of the people of this region as you did when you (hopefully) read Greg Mortenson's story of helping the people in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Read them both to get some comprehension of our challenges in this part of the world in addition to hearing two great personal adventure stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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