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  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4003)
    Performance
    (2560)
    Story
    (2582)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Fascinating Khan; poorly written"
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    The impact of Genghis Khan on modern bureaucracies, legal systems, military strategy, and etc. is astounding, but this history, which follows the pattern "In 1324 this happened. Then, in 1325 the next thing happened….and then, in 1326" doesn't do justice to the story, which is mostly rehashed from a single source. Hard to recommend this one, even though the subject amazes.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Screwtape Letters

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By C.S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    Overall
    (2176)
    Performance
    (1241)
    Story
    (1266)

    A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below". At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old Devil to his nephew, Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man.

    Amazon Customer says: "So much truth, much of it scary."
    "A dreadful misuse of psychology"
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    In this misguided, overly intellectual classic, CS Lewis points out all of humanity's flaws--demonstrating more than a trace of misanthropy--in the hope of illuminating mankind's devilish failings. A total bore. A starched shirt writing love letters to himself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Metamorphoses

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ovid
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (114)

    An undeniable masterpiece of Western Civilization, The Metamorphoses is a continuous narrative that covers all the Olympian legends, seamlessly moving from one story to another in a splendid panorama of savage beauty, charm, and wit. All of the gods and heroes familiar to us are represented. Such familiar legends as Hercules, Perseus and Medusa, Daedelus and Icarus, Diana and Actaeon, and many others, are breathtakingly recreated.

    J. J. Kuzma says: "Desert Island Download"
    "Missing Link Between East and West?"
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    I wondered as I listened if these many tales of love and transmigration of souls might not be the historical link between Hinduism and Buddhism--through Pythagorus--to OVID--then Christianity. Step 1: Kama sutra + reincarnation; Step 2: Pythagorean metempsychosis; Step 3: Ovid's lover's souls born again -- transfigured by capricious gods into new shapes; Step 4: The soul is born again, not in many forms, but only into Heavenly spirits or Satan's slaves depending on one's worship and love for the Christ. Ok, I admit it. It's a stretch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The New Adventures of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, Vol. 2: The Little Death

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated By Stacy Keach
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (31)

    Private eye Mike Hammer is no stranger to murder, but this time he has two to untangle - the killing of the Captain, a legless, homeless panhandler, dismissed by the police as minor, and the slaying of gambling kingpin Marty Wellman, whose lady friend, Helen Venn, turns to the P.I. for help when the Mob fingers her for the next kill. Seems the new kingpin, Carmen Rich - with whom Hammer has a violent history - thinks Helen made off with ten mil in skim money courtesy of her late lover, or anyway, so Rich claims.

    Charmaine says: "Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer"
    "Relentless psychos"
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    Few readers are better suited to their characters than Stacy Keach to Mike Hammer. His leathery growl brings Hammer, a private eye who's a relentless psychopath to life--making him almost sympathetic. Best exchange in the book? Something like this:

    Hammer: "Honey, fix your skirt. I'm only human."

    Velda: "Suffer!"

    Easy listening. Fun, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Harvest

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    When the last honest citizen of Poisonville was murdered, the Continental Op stayed on to punish the guilty--even if that meant taking on an entire town. Red Harvest is more than a superb crime novel: it is a classic exploration of corruption and violence in the American grain. From the author of The Maltese Falcon.

    Joshua says: "Interestingly, The Op nevers quotes Ezekiel 25:17."
    "Pile 'em high!"
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    Listening to this I tried to figure who left more dead bodies in his wake: Clint Eastwood in the spaghetti westerns, Shakespeare in Titus Andronicus, or Hammett in Red Harvest. Hobson's choice. After a while I lost track of the characters. They came, they bled, they dropped and they were forgotten. Repeat. And repeat. Competently recited by Richard Ferrone.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Egyptian Cross Mystery: An Ellery Queen Mystery, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ellery Queen
    • Narrated By Richard Waterhouse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    The Queens are intrigued when a grisly murder mars a small town's Christmas. It's Christmas in Chicago, and Detective Richard Queen is enjoying a busman's holiday at a conference on gangland violence - but his son, amateur sleuth Ellery, is bored silly. Until, that is, Ellery reads of an unusual killing in rural Arroyo, West Virginia. A schoolmaster has been found beheaded and crucified. Ellery hustles his father into his roadster and heads east, since there is nothing he'd like better for Christmas than a juicy, gruesome puzzle.

    Heath says: "Very Bloody for an Ellery Queen"
    "The Cure"
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    Some books keep me awake at night. This old war horse with its mechanical, grade school narration had the reverse effect. It is the cure for insomnia.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Lonely Death: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (259)

    Three men have been murdered in a Sussex village, and Scotland Yard has been called in. It's a baffling case. The victims are soldiers who survived the horrors of the Great War only to meet a ghastly end in the quiet English countryside two years later. Each had been garroted, with small ID disks left in their mouths. But even Scotland Yard's presence doesn't deter this vicious and clever killer.

    Marie says: "The best in the series"
    "Competent story; exemplary narration"
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    Simon Prebble is terrific narrating this tale of a Scotland Yard policeman as he tries to solve several murders and bury the ghost of his WWI PTSD. The best chapter? Ian Rutledge (the detective) contemplates suicide in a former battlefield that's now a cemetery for fallen soldiers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • At the Mountains of Madness [Blackstone Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (803)
    Performance
    (743)
    Story
    (746)

    This Lovecraft classic is a must-have for every fan of classic terror. When a geologist leads an expedition to the Antarctic plateau, his aim is to find rock and plant specimens from deep within the continent. The barren landscape offers no evidence of any life form - until they stumble upon the ruins of a lost civilization. Strange fossils of creatures unknown to man lead the team deeper, where they find carved stones dating back millions of years. But it is their discovery of the terrifying city of the Old Ones that leads them to an encounter with an untold menace.

    Jeffrey says: "Not for everyone"
    "Vague, misty, unspeakable horrors!"
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    Edward Hermann does a wonderful job reading this pseudoscientific yarn of things that go bump in the Antarctic night, about an expedition so shudderingly terrifying to the cool scientists who undertake it, that it must never be repeated. Never! Somewhere in the abyss, deep in the shadows, half glimpsed and indistinctly understood, lives a horrible ancient secret that looks and sounds like a nightmarish... [I won't spoil it] ... derailed. Pustular, foul-smelling, impenetrably dark and evil. Heads rolls and ichor oozes. Fly from the station! Fly you fools, fly!

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Midwich Cuckoos

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Wyndham
    • Narrated By Jeremy Clyde
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Set in the present in the village of Midwich, an event happens one afternoon that results in the pregnancy of all the women of child- bearing age. After nine months they all give birth to striking blue-eyed blonde boys, all with similar looks. The result has disastrous consequences for the villagers. This classic science-fiction novel has been filmed twice as Village of the Damned.

    Alicia Czechowski says: "Very scary kids"
    "Classic, Quaint, Cold War Science fiction"
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    This cleverly written science-fiction about alien possession in a rural hamlet is a worthwhile listen if you have a four-hour drive. It has that wonderful British blend of proper diction, understated elegance, subdued horror, good pacing, and just enough biological theory to keep you engaged. The aliens are strange, beautiful, and deadly competitors for an overmatched human race. The conclusion--how we deal with them--will bring to mind contemporary terrorist tactics. Recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Roughing It

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    In 1861, young Mark Twain found himself adrift as a tenderfoot in the Wild West. Roughing It is a hilarious record of his travels over a six-year period that comes to life with his inimitable mixture of reporting, social satire, and rollicking tall tales. Twain reflects on his scuffling years mining silver in Nevada, working at a Virginia City newspaper, being downandout in San Francisco, reporting for a newspaper from Hawaii, and more.

    Tad Davis says: "The wild humorist of the West"
    "The Wild West, Tamed by Twain"
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    There's nothing better than a night curled-up by the fire, with Mark Twain and his eccentric, peculiar, indispensable point of view. Here he tackles desperados, stagecoaches, mountains dappled with snow, the city of Salt Lake, and so on and so forth. It hardly matters what he says, he says it so damn well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mungo Park, Kate Ferguson Marsters
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Mungo Park’s Travels in the Interior Districts of Africa has long been regarded as a classic of African travel literature. In fulfilling his mission to find the Niger River and in documenting its potential as an inland waterway for trade, Park was significant in opening Africa to European economic interests. His modest, low-key heroism made it possible for the British public to imagine themselves as a welcomed force in Africa. As a tale of adventure and survival, it has inspired the imaginations of audiences since its first publication in 1799 and writers from Wordsworth and Melville to Conrad.

    Susie says: "A Stranger Alone in a Strange Land"
    "A gentleman in the jungle"
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    A very diffident, self-effacing member of the British scientific classes (in the "Age of Wonder") was the first European to write of his explorations and adventures in Africa, with its warring tribes, its tradition of slavery and thuggery, its tropical diseases, hyenas, wolves, and natural beauty. His diary, reproduced here, captivated readers in his time, and still surpasses almost every travel story ever told. It reminded me of "Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and the Yucatan," except in this true-life adventure, the author put his life at risk almost every day, with a stiff upper lip, of course.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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