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Michael

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  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16244)
    Performance
    (12453)
    Story
    (12483)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Teddy says: "Did not disappoint..."
    "Dotrice is amazing!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Clash of Kings to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version. I use audio books for the convenience and time savings of getting the story while doing other things.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Wonderful plot twists and clearly motivated characters.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    What's not to like? The man is a master performer with an amazing range of vocalizations for his characterizations!


    Any additional comments?

    A highly evocative and entertaining story that engages the listener from start to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Statues That Walked: Unraveling the Mystery of Easter Island

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Terry Hunt, Carl Lipo
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (213)

    The monumental statues of Easter Island, both so magisterial and so forlorn, gazing out in their imposing rows over the island’s barren landscape, have been the source of great mystery ever since the island was first discovered by Europeans on Easter Sunday 1722. How could the ancient people who inhabited this tiny speck of land, the most remote in the vast expanse of the Pacific islands, have built such monumental works?

    C. Telfair says: "Love Those Mysterious Islands!"
    "Archaeology Comes Alive"
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    If you could sum up The Statues That Walked in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, Insightful, Illuminating


    What other book might you compare The Statues That Walked to and why?

    Jared Diamond's Collapse, and Guns, Germs and Steel. Both these books are referenced in The Statues That Walked, and like them, this book discusses cutting edge information pertaining to one of the world's most intriguing mysteries. Beyond that, this book actually clarifies and updates some of Diamond's information in Collapse by revealing new discoveries that were not known at the time of his writings.


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

    Joe Barret brings a sense of relaxed, personal, first-hand familiarity with the subject. He translates a highly-technical topic into a very accessible listen for laymen and armchair archaeologists alike.


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

    The haze of mystery and speculation to dispelled by scientific pragmatism.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the strengths of this book is that it shows how scientific and anthropological fallacies are often constructed out of incomplete data, untested hypotheses and romanticized speculations.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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