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timelady

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  • Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Barbara Mertz
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (150)
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    (150)

    In this updated version of the classic of popular Egyptology, Barbara Mertz combines her doctorate in Egyptology at the famed Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago with a life-long enthusiasm for ancient Egypt. Her love of the subject is contagious and makes her the perfect guide to ancient Egypt for the student, the layman, and those who plan to visit or have visited the Nile Valley.

    Ethan M. says: "One of the best history books on Audible"
    "Probably 1 of the finest pairings of reader & book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have actually recommended this book to many people.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book is factual, educational, but never tedious. The author is obviously highly knowledgable on her subject, but knows how to make history come to life, with warmth and an absolutely marvellous dry wit.


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

    Having heard Lorna Raver read this book, I cannot imagine anyone else doing it. Her voice is perfect for the author's words, and the expression and animation she brings to her reading elevates this to an art form. If all history was conveyed by the combination of author and reader, we would have an incredibly well educated society.


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

    The theoretical tale of Queen Hetepheres and her tomb difficulties was both amusing and wonderful. The tales bought down to us over the centuries of various legendary pharaohs, such as Good King Snefru, have been bought vividly to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved it so much, I sought out Barbara Mertz's other book on Audible : Red Land, Black Land, again read by the marvellous Lorna Raver. It is a viewpoint of the life of ordinary Egyptians in ancient times, and is another vastly informative and entertaining experience.

    Then I sought out other books read by Lorna Raver, and found to my delight, one of my favourites, Dana Sobel's The Planets, was also an option. It was quickly acquired, and is just as wonderful.

    If Audible had provided just those three books, my life would have been greatly enriched for those alone:)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A History of Britain, Volume 3: The Fate of Empire, 1776 - 2000

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Simon Schama
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (9)
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    (9)

    Award-winning historian Simon Schama completes his monumental three-volume history of Britain, which accompanies the acclaimed television epic. In The Fate of Empire, Schama illuminates the period of British history from 1770-2000 through a variety of historical themes, including the advance of technology and industry, women's increasing role in society and the burgeoning British Empire.

    timelady says: "Superlative history, masterfully engrossing"
    "Superlative history, masterfully engrossing"
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    History come vividly alive, with people and events throughly analysed and colourfully, masterfully explained. The narration is excellent too. Not to be missed. Brilliant work by one of Britain's finest historians.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of Britain, Volume 2: The British Wars, 1603 - 1776

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Simon Schama
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Simon Schama's sweeping history of Britain breathes life into our past centuries, vividly depicting exactly what life was like for our ancestors and how their experiences have shaped modern British culture and identity. An informative and entertaining mixture of anecdote and analysis, Schama's work offers a real insight into what it is to be British.

    peter says: "History as art and entertainment"
    "Masterful, vivid storytelling of history"
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    History come vividly alive, with people and events throughly analysed and colourfully, masterfully explained. The narration is excellent too. Not to be missed. Brilliant work by one of Britain's finest historians.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of Britain, Volume 1: At the Edge of the World, 3000 BC - AD 1603

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Simon Schama
    • Narrated By Timothy West
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    To look back at the past is to understand the present. In this vivid account of over 4,000 years of British history, Simon Schama takes us on an epic journey which encompasses the very beginnings of the nation's identity, when the first settlers landed on Orkney.

    Patrick says: "The Best History of Britain Ever Written"
    "This series is marvellous"
    Overall

    History come vividly alive, with people and events throughly analysed and colourfully, masterfully explained. The narration is excellent too. Not to be missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lewis Carroll
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (48)

    First published in 1865, The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland was an immediate success. Carroll's sense of the absurd and his amazing gift for games of logic and language have made the Alice books popular with both adults and children, and they have remained some of the best-known children's books written in English.

    Jefferson says: "A Subtle and Clear and Engaging Alice"
    "Always one of the best"
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    A wonderful audio adaptation!
    Just s magical experience all round. This is one of the best versions around, highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christopher Hitchens
    • Narrated By Christopher Hitchens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3244)
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    (1921)
    Story
    (1909)

    In the tradition of Bertrand Russell's Why I Am Not a Christian and Sam Harris' recent best-seller, The End of Faith, Christopher Hitchens makes the ultimate case against religion. With a close and erudite reading of the major religious texts, he documents the ways in which religion is a man-made wish, a cause of dangerous sexual repression, and a distortion of our origins in the cosmos.

    ben capozzi says: "...Though Hitchens Is!"
    "Excellent version"
    Overall

    Christopher Hitchens ' amazing book is beautifully read by the author. One does not have to be an atheist to find much to ponder, to consider, and hopefully, allow to evaluate ones beliefs against rationality and reason.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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