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  • The War of 1812

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Rogers Hummel
    • Narrated By George C. Scott

    The United States emerged from the American Revolution still engaged in old world politics. In particular, America faced all the trade restrictions of the British Navigation Acts. As a result, The United States declared war on Great Britain in 1812, and proceeded to invade Canada, one of Britain's possessions, an invasion which failed. At a cost of $80 million in national debt and of a single party assuming almost unchallenged power, the War of 1812 has been called "America's most unpopular war".

    Carroll says: "A useful short history class"
    "Well done."

    In depth and fast. Good quick read to learn about an almost forgotten war. Good narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, Camille Kingsolver

    When Barbara Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally-produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle follows the family through the first year of their experiment.

    Sydney says: "Eye opening"
    "Self Righteously Terrible"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yikes. This book is about how sad and unhealthy the rest of the world is in comparison to her family. A long over the top celebration of their life style. Learned very very little about how to actually DO anything with the land.

    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    Narration was a fail, over-the-top self narration.

    What else would you have wanted to know about Barbara Kingsolver’s life?

    Absolutely nothing. Already know too much.

    Any additional comments?

    This author clearly has a background in literature. Therefore she is very happy to finally write her very own book. Result? Every sentence is over written. I want my money back

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1920: The Year of Six Presidents

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By David Pietrusza
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The presidential election of 1920 was among history's most dramatic. Six once-and-future presidents--Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, Hoover, and Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt--jockeyed for the White House. With voters choosing between Wilson's League of Nations and Harding's front-porch isolationism, the 1920 election shaped modern America.

    D. Littman says: "A fascinating view into the US at the end of WWI"
    "Terrible Narrator."

    Ohhhh, just a terrible narrator. makes it very hard to get through the level of detail this book holds. Look elsewhere for information about this time.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • WAR

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sebastian Junger
    • Narrated By Sebastian Junger

    Junger turns his brilliant and empathetic eye to the reality of combat - the fear, the honor, and the trust among men in an extreme situation whose survival depends on their absolute commitment to one another. His on-the-ground account follows a single platoon through a 15-month tour of duty in the most dangerous outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley.

    Jeffrey Dame says: "Why we fight re-visited"
    "Good book."

    Sebastian writes a good story about life at the tip of the spear. Not perfect, but worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gun

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By C. J. Chivers
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard

    It is the world's most widely recognized weapon, the most profuse tool for killing ever made. More than fifty national armies carry the automatic Kalashnikov, as do an array of police, intelligence, and security agencies all over the world. In this tour de force, prizewinning New York Times reporter C. J. Chivers traces the invention of the assault rifle.

    Edward says: "A compelling book about much more than guns!"
    "Splendid work."

    Good lord what a book. Interesting way to approach history, shows how the objects we make have such an effect on our culture and lives. Marvelous.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Fred Anderson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance

    Apart from The Last of the Mohicans, most Americans know little of the French and Indian War, also known as the Seven Years' War, and yet it remains one of the most fascinating periods in our history. In January 2006, PBS will air The War That Made America, a four-part documentary about this epic conflict. Fred Anderson, the award-winning and critically acclaimed historian, has written the official tie-in to this exciting television event.

    Michael says: "A thorough and absorbing history"
    "Quick and solid"

    Packed plenty of history into a short book. Keep your ears open or you will miss alot. Historically balanced and not over simplified.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Intelligence: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Susan Hasler
    • Narrated By Susan Hasler, Joe Barrett, Rachel Butera, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Maddie James and her colleagues are terrorism experts working in a crumbling intelligence agency. They are certain another terrorist attack is coming, but in a post-9/11 election year the Administration is stressing its victories in the War on Terror - and few want to hear the team's warnings. Reluctantly, Maddie's given a team of five analysts to focus on the impending threat. The crew labors through bureaucratic obstacles, personal problems, and a blossoming romance between its senior members. They come heartbreakingly close to stopping the attack....

    Julia says: "Not your typical spy novel...."

    I read just about anything related to the spy world. This could just be the worst. Will be asking for my money back.

    14 of 26 people found this review helpful

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