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Lenexa, KS, United States

  • 8 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 282 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • History of the World, Updated

    • UNABRIDGED (54 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By J.M. Roberts
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson

    In the History of the World, Updated, J. M. Roberts has revised his monumental previous work, History of the World, taking into account the great range of discoveries that have altered our views on everything from early civilizations to post-Cold War globalism. Large portions of text have been rewritten, addressing events as recent as the relationship between the Arab and Western worlds in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

    Alan Rither says: "Comprehensive world history"
    "Wonderful, but skewed"

    This was a very refreshing listen for me. Well written and read. My only complaint is that the text is very euro-centric. The author is in fact making a point that the world is the way it is due to European influence. However, I would have appreciated a balanced perspective that treated, for example, India on its own merits. India had writing for quite a while and plenty of conflict, invention, etc. This is glanced over at best. What about the spread of Buddhism? I think that gets a couple of sentences when in fact it is a key topic of eastern civilizations. Overall I still recommend this one for the great content that it does offer.

    20 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Britain

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Roy Strong
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne

    Sir Roy Strong, author, broadcaster, former Director of the National Portrait Gallery and of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, tells the story of Britain from the very earliest recorded Celtic times to the era of Margaret Thatcher. The story is an exciting one, peopled with great characters, huge events, and turbulent dramas affecting the Monarchy, Parliament, the law, and the Church.

    Karen says: "A marvelous listen"
    "A Wonderful Journey"

    A well written and read historical work. Well balanced between dry facts and rich background stories. An amazing achievement considering the scope of this topic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1776

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By David McCullough
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you ever thought history was boring, David McCullough’s performance of his fascinating book will change your mind. In this stirring audiobook, McCullough tells the intensely human story of those who marched with General George Washington in the year of the Declaration of Independence, when the whole American cause was riding on their success.

    Mark says: "Front Seat on History"
    "Great Book!"

    Wonderfully written and read. McCullough's voice and pacing are unmatched for narration. His writing, as usual, is flawless and easy to digest. I highly recommend this work to anyone interested in the subject.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jews, God, and History

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Max I. Dimont
    • Narrated By Anna Fields

    From ancient Palestine through Europe and the Orient, to America and modern Israel, Max Dimont shows how the saga of the Jews is interwoven with the history of virtually every nation on earth. Brilliantly narrated in a thousand and one episodes, this newly revised and updated edition tells the story of a people escaping annihilation and cultural death, fighting, falling back, and advancing again.

    Matrix2020 says: "Entertaining History of the Jewish People"
    "Dry as a bone"

    This book reads like a grocery list. I was expecting to be engrossed by a fascinating topic filled with heros, villians, intellect, passion, and faith. Instead I got the names, places, and dates of meaningful events in Jewish history and culture intermingled with dry, over rationalized, and highly subjective opinions about the motivations and intentions behind those events. If you are looking for enjoyment with your education steer clear of this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • E=mc2: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By David Bodanis
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    David Bodanis demystifies the world's most famous equation, explaining its science and bringing it to life. He makes clear the astonishing array of discoveries and consequences it made possible and its impact on our daily lives. At last, the masses can understand that Einstein did nothing less than open the door to the inner structure of the universe.

    Robert says: "A good introduction"

    An excellent investigation into the world's most famous equation and, more importantly, the people who surround it. David Bodanis and narrator do an excellent job of keeping one's interest. If you like science and the stories of scientists listen to this book! I highly recommend Bodanis' other work, Electric Universe, as well.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Dream of Reason: A History of Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Gottlieb
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this landmark new study of Western thought, Anthony Gottlieb looks afresh at the writings of the great thinkers, questions much of conventional wisdom, and explains his findings with unbridled brilliance and clarity. After finishing The Dream of Reason, listeners will be graced with a fresh appreciation of the philosophical quest, its entertaining and bizarre byways, and its influence on every aspect of life.

    Amazon Customer says: "An in depth read."
    "The dream that the book contained anything good"

    Thanks for the refresher course on Greek philosophy... I was hoping for more than a cursory glance of the non-greek world. The roman, arab, and other european middle-age philosophers are literally only mentioned by name and affiliation with greek thought (if they are mentioned at all)! The author also reveals his shallow and literal, personal approach to the concepts addressed by his historical focal points at all turns, which only serves to petrify the already dry regurgitation of rudimentary greek thought. I love philosophy and I love thinking while I read/listen to a book! It is a great disappointment that this book brought me close to neither of these!

    13 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "Save your money!"

    This "book" reads like a bad screen play that Jerry Brookheimer would produce. The author ran out of interesting material in the second paragraph. I might have given up listening altogether if it weren't for the reader's entertaining attempts at various female charaters. Save your time and money... it doesn't take much to top this one!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "A rare type of book"

    This book is one of those rare finds that puts most others to shame. Brilliantly written and brilliantly read! Don't miss out on this one science fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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