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Bill Kelso

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LONGMONT, CO, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 256 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • The Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Homer (translated by Robert Fagles)
    • Narrated By Ian McKellen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (481)

    McGrath-Muniz says: "Beautiful recording marred by audio problems!"
    "Technical issues, but quite enjoyable"
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    Would you listen to The Odyssey again? Why?

    I might listen to it again for research purposes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like Ian McKellen's narration the best. He does a great job throughout.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    As other reviewers have mentioned, there are several places where it's apparent that some of the narration has been dropped or clipped. Also, the sound quality is inconsistent. Sometimes it's clear and rich, other times it's barely audible. If not for Ian McKellen's narration, I probably would not have finished this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest

    • ORIGINAL (19 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Jennifer Paxton
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (169)

    These 36 lectures tell the remarkable story of a tumultuous thousand-year period in the history of England. Dominated by war, conquest, and the struggle to balance the stability brought by royal power with the rights of the governed, it was a period that put into place the foundation of much of the world we know today. As you journey through this largely chronological narrative you'll see key themes emerge, including the assimilation of successive waves of invaders, the tense relationship between kings and the nobility, and the constant battles over money and taxation.

    Jake says: "I was happily surprised!"
    "Stunningly good"
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    What did you love best about The Story of Medieval England: From King Arthur to the Tudor Conquest?

    Professor Paxton is a delight. She covers approximately 1,000 years of history in 30-odd lectures, and the narrative holds together throughout. She does a great job of identifying and weaving in the grand themes of British history: The Crown vs. The Church, The Nobels vs. The Kings, The French vs. The British, the People vs. the Nobility. She ends up making a very convincing case that Britain's long dominance on the world stage is due in no small part to the fact that the institution of the monarchy was able to listen to the needs and complaints of the non-royal classes and adapt to them, sometimes kicking and screaming, to be sure, but adapting none the less. There is a very important lesson here for virtually every other country on Earth.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1473)
    Performance
    (1339)
    Story
    (1332)

    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "Excellent read - well considered, well researched"
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    What made the experience of listening to Drift the most enjoyable?

    Maddow does a good job of tracing the history of the use - and usurpation of - military power by the Executive branch. This book is a polemic, but it's very well supported with historical research.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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