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Garland, TX, United States

  • 6 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 59 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Plutarch’s Lives, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Plutarch, John Dryden (translator)
    • Narrated By Bernard Mayes

    Plutarch’s Lives remains one of the world’s most profoundly influential literary works. Written at the beginning of the second century, it forms a brilliant social history of the ancient world. His “parallel lives” were originally presented in a series of books that gave an account of one Greek and one Roman life, followed by a comparison of the two. Volume 1 compares Theseus and Romulus, Alcibiades and Coriolanus, and Aristides and Marcus Cato, among others.

    Lloyd says: "Plutarch -- Still Awesome"
    "Plutarch -- Still Awesome"

    This is an old translation that was somewhat modernized. Would have been far better to start fresh with a 21st century translation. At times this translation is stiff and vague. The reader sounds way too elderly in a few places. However, most of the time the reader is fine. Any Plutarch is better than none at all and I give this 4 Stars for my great love of Plutarch (even though he stop moralizing). I'm thankful to have this but would be happier if more modern translation came out with a better reader. Driving 300-500 miles a week for my job, I'll easily listen to this in it's entirety 7 times. This is the only complete Plutarch audio book I know. This is a great supplement to reading Plutarch and allows the listener an opportunity to 'view' this material from a different perspective. There's just so much historical information that listening can really aid in comprehending Plutarch's Lives.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Meltdown: A Look at Why the Economy Tanked and Government Bailouts Will Make Things Worse

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Woods
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar

    The media tells us that "deregulation" and "unfettered free markets" have wrecked our economy and will continue to make things worse without a heavy dose of federal regulation. But the real blame lies elsewhere. In Meltdown, best-selling author Thomas E. Woods, Jr., unearths the real causes behind the collapse of housing values and the stock market---and it turns out the culprits reside more in Washington than on Wall Street.

    Daniel Squires says: "Read this book!"
    "The Nuts & Bolts of the Subprime Disaster"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Only to people who are interested in the how we got into the stupid, foolish and
    preventable Sub Prime crisis.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Meltdown?

    There are many. Barney Frank's statement that the Sub Prime crisis was entirely
    the fault of Wall Street is one of the funniest stories. But there are many examples of Federal buffoonery in the book.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Alan Sklar’s performances?

    Terrible reader. He sounds like he was going on moralist crusade.
    It was hard to listen to the book with all his righteous indignation.

    The book should be rerecorded with a decent reader.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many moments.

    Any additional comments?

    This is a great one. If you love economics, get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caesar's Legion: The Epic Saga of Julius Caesar's Elite Tenth Legion and the Armies of Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stephen Dando-Collins
    • Narrated By Stuart Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Stephen Dando-Collins paints a vivid and definitive portrait of daily life in the Tenth Legion as he follows Caesar and his men along the blood-soaked fringes of the Empire. This unprecedented regimental history reveals countless previously unknown details about Roman military practices, Caesar's conduct as a commander and his relationships with officers and legionnaires, and the daily routine and discipline of the Legion.

    Ethan M. says: "You should really be interested in the topic first"
    "If you love Roman History, Get it!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Caesar's Legion to be better than the print version?

    No, you get to savor the writing and info slowing and deliberately than when it's read to you.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Julius Caesar, of course.

    Have you listened to any of Stuart Langton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first reading by S. Langston. He did a great job although he butchered the Latin words.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I loved every bit of it.

    Any additional comments?

    This is first ever book of a Roman legion. Tons of great fun and enjoyment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endgame: The End of The Debt Supercycle And How It Changes Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Mauldin
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Hundreds of books have been written about the financial crisis that engulfed the world after Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. But what if the bigger financial crisis is ahead of us, not behind us?As John Mauldin and Jonathan Tepper deftly illustrate in this controversial audio book, the crisis was more than a half-century in the making. The Great Financial Crisis, however, was merely Act I.

    Lloyd says: "The Best Explanation of what's Happening Now"
    "The Best Explanation of what's Happening Now"
    Would you listen to Endgame again? Why?

    I will listen to it several more times.
    This is a brilliant assessment of our current problems
    which the national media does not understand.

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The author's logic and conclusions are undeniable. This is not a doom and gloom book, although what we will face in this decade is gloomy. This work is both elegant and brilliant.

    What about Sean Pratt’s performance did you like?

    This was an ok reading, not great, not bad. The reader makes a concerted job to do a good reading. A better adaption of the book is preferred.

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

    No, unless you have all day. Listen to this is 45 minutes chunks of time. This is an incredible amount to absorb. I work in Financial Services and I have to listen to some passages more than once.

    Any additional comments?

    This is a must for anyone who is concerned about where our country is headed, what will happen to us in the next decade, how we got in the mess we are in now and how to get out of it.

    This is 5 star writing.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Bob Drury, Tom Clavin
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Last Stand of Fox Company is a fast-paced and gripping account of heroism and self-sacrifice in the face of impossible odds. The authors have conducted dozens of firsthand interviews with the battle's survivors, and they narrate the story with the immediacy of such classic accounts of single battles as Guadalcanal Diary, Pork Chop Hill, and Black Hawk Down.

    Stephen says: "Outstanding story, poor narration"

    We should be very proud of the USMC. This is a heroic struggle that is well told. Semper Fi.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ruin of the Roman Empire: A New History

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 1 min)
    • By James J. O'Donnell
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sweeping and accessible, The Ruin of the Roman Empire captures the richness of late antique life and the colorful characters of the age, while offering insight into today's debates about barbarism, religion, empires, and their threatened borders.

    J1Scarlett says: "Would not Recommend"
    "Interesting book with boring reader"

    This book starts out very slow but gets interesting. The author has valid points from his scholarship. Unfortunately, the monotone voice of the Mel Foster makes it tedious to listen to this audio book. It's a struggle just to listen to a good book with a boring reader. I enjoyed the book despite the reader. This is a good audio book if you love Roman history, otherwise, other audio books might be more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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