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Jim

Saint Petersburg, FL, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • The Secret History of the World: As Laid Down by the Secret Societies

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mark Booth
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    In this groundbreaking new work, Mark Booth embarks on an enthralling intellectual tour of our world's secret histories. Starting from a dangerous premise - that everything we've been taught about our world's past is corrupted, and that the stories put forward by the various cults and mystery schools throughout history are true - Booth produces nothing short of an alternate history of the past 3,000 years.

    Robin says: "A unique perspective"
    "Mind-numbingly boring"
    Overall

    Booth spends countless pages/minutes telling you what he is going to tell you without ever telling you anything. This audio-book is a danger to anyone traveling on crowded highways or anywhere there is an easily accessible roadway partition or other quick fiery escape to the tedium it inflicts. To those expecting an engaging review or discussion of secret societies or their impact on major historical events or figures, look elsewhere.

    12 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (1942)
    Performance
    (736)
    Story
    (753)

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    Amazon Customer says: "Many Of Course monments"
    "So that's why."
    Overall

    If you have ever wondered why we speak the way we do, why the rules of English grammar make so little sense and where all of those place names and expressions come from, then this book is for you. Not too many years ago, I would have instinctively rebelled against something called "The Adventure of English," assuming it either too cute to have any substance or yet another dry academic work read only by English Lit. grad students looking for a way to avoid working on their thesis. Rather, this is powerful history on a topic largely ignored by more generic works. It examines a the evolution of the language by both cataclysmic events like invasion and slower processes like the rise of international commerce and colonialism. Then it connects them to pieces of the language that I, as a semi-educated speaker of American English, hear and speak every day.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3262)
    Performance
    (1048)
    Story
    (1054)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "A few minutes and you're hooked."
    Overall

    An engaging story that presents a new take on the traditional "who are they and what do they want?" extraterrestrial mystery. Unlike many similar stories, Wilson provides not only an answer, but one that is unpredictable, well thought out and emotionally satisfying without being trite. Highly recommended.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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