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  • War, Peace, and Power: Diplomatic History of Europe, 1500-2000

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    For much of the past five centuries, the history of the European continent has been a history of chaos, its civilization thrown into turmoil by ferocious wars or bitter religious conflicts - sometimes in combination - that have made and remade borders, created and eliminated entire nations, and left a legacy that is still influencing our world.This 36-lecture series from an award-winning teacher and honored scholar pursues an explanation for this chaos that goes beyond the obvious ones of political ambition, religious intolerance, the pursuit of state power, or the fear of another state's aspirations.

    Jeff says: "500 Years That Shook the World"
    "History for the Diplomat"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up War, Peace, and Power: Diplomatic History of Europe, 1500-2000 in three words, what would they be?

    Outstanding European History


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Otto von Bismarck


    What about Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius’s performance did you like?

    He explains things very clearly, and makes the complex seem simple to understand.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the Great Courses by the Teaching Company. They're long, and involved. But if you really want to understand the subject, there are no better ways to learn.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (2502)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1350)

    A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.

    SHEILA says: "Bloodsucking FUN!"
    "Fiendishly Bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Bloodsucking Fiends?

    What didn't? OK, the narrator was reasonably good. Otherwise... pretty much everything. The plot was both silly and predictable. The characters were wooden. The villain wasn't even a very good villain. And the Emperor of San Francisco? Come on. I know it's humor, or at least satire, but it's not even very funny.


    What was most disappointing about Christopher Moore’s story?

    I finally left the train after the medical student came on board. Couldn't he have researched what a medical student is and does? He simply got everything wrong. This kind of extreme sloppiness in details was found throughout the book. After a while, "willing suspension of disbelief" gives way to "who do you think you're kidding?"


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Picked a different book to narrate. Seriously, Ms Bennett did a good job with poor material.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disgust. And I'll never know if his other books are just as bad.


    Any additional comments?

    I guess it shows that if a vamp's on the cover, people will buy anything.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thieftaker: Thieftaker Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By D. B. Jackson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (244)

    Boston, 1765: In D.B. Jackson's Thieftaker, revolution is brewing as the British Crown imposes increasingly onerous taxes on the colonies, and intrigue swirls around firebrands like Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty. But for Ethan Kaille, a thieftaker who makes his living by conjuring spells that help him solve crimes, politics is for others…until he is asked to recover a necklace worn by the murdered daughter of a prominent family.

    Alison says: "I wanted to like it more..."
    "Bland in Boston"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from D. B. Jackson and/or Jonathan Davis?

    Nope.


    What was most disappointing about D. B. Jackson’s story?

    Nothing happened.


    What didn’t you like about Jonathan Davis’s performance?

    Very flat. Granted, the material wasn't much to work with.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Couldn't find any.


    Any additional comments?

    Let's just say I'll lose no time reading the rest of the series.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Affinity Bridge: A Newbury & Hobbes Investigation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George Mann
    • Narrated By Simon Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    Welcome to the bizarre and dangerous world of Victorian London, a city teetering on the edge of revolution. Its people are ushering in a new era of technology, dazzled each day by unfamiliar inventions. Airships soar in the skies over the city, while ground trains rumble through the streets and clockwork automatons are programmed to carry out menial tasks in the offices of lawyers, policemen, and journalists.

    Doug says: "nowhere near as bad as reviewed"
    "Clockwork Britain"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Basic clockwork universe book, set in an alternate Victorian England. Appealing protagonists. First of a series. Simon Taylor does an excellent job. Plot has a couple of elements which are hard to swallow, but overall, a very enjoyable "read." If Audible doesn't commission the next two books in the series, I'll be forced to buy them!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4860)
    Performance
    (4179)
    Story
    (4155)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "The Very Worst Reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Perhaps its the high-pitched voice. Or perhaps it's the nearly incomprehensible English accent. Or perhaps its just the lisp. Is it a lisp, or can she simply not speak clearly? Or the hurried diction. In any case, Ms Kellgren makes listening to a reasonably enjoyable story into something like work. Even with the speed on my Nano turned down to "slow," it's hard to follow this story. Ms. Bowen deserves much better. Back to the print version for Her Royal Spyness series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Native Tongue

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (292)

    Ex-reporter Joe Winder had been working in the public relations department of a sleazy family entertainment park, The Amazing Kingdom of Thrills, when he chanced upon a news-breaking story inspired by the disappearance of two blue-tongued voles and the bizarre death of Orky, the killer whale.

    Tricia - Audible says: "A Perfect Summer Listen!"
    "Something stolen, something blue"
    Overall

    Another of Hiaasen's whackos-running-around-Florida books. Usual cast of characters - evil developers, pristine wilderness, etc, etc. He found the right balance on this one. Apocalyptic ending. Devastatingly funny.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Scat

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Edward Asner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (109)

    Mrs. Bunny Starch, the most feared biology teacher ever, was last seen during a field trip to Black Vine Swamp. The school's headmaster and the police seem to have accepted the sketchy, unsigned note explaining that her absence is due to a family emergency. Theres no real evidence of foul play. But still, Nick and Marta don't buy it. Something weird is definitely going on.

    Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald and is the author of many best-selling titles, including Sick Puppy, Nature Girl, and The Downhill Lie.

    Vicky says: "not just a kids book"
    "The cat is the best character"
    Overall

    Yet another tale of evil developers, greedy people, pristine wilderness, Florida panthers, good kids, mostly-noble hero, and supportive babe in Carl Hiaasen's series of books in the whackos-running-around-south-Florida genre. Even for Hiassen, this one's too heavy-handed. But very funny.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Out of the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Weber
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (208)

    Earth is conquered. The Shongairi have arrived in force, and humanity’s cities lie in radioactive ruins. In mere minutes, over half the human race has died. Now Master Sergeant Stephen Buchevsky, who thought he was being rotated home from his latest tour in Afghanistan, finds himself instead prowling the back country of the Balkans, dodging alien patrols and trying to organize the scattered survivors without getting killed.

    Barry says: "Collapses at the finish line"
    "Aliens vs Earth, with a new twist"
    Overall

    Memorable book. Shows signs of having been "upwritten" from a shorter work. Nasty aliens, heroic Earthlings, and a well-telegraphed surprise ending which is anticipated in the book's title. Not Weber's best, but even his second best is pretty good.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Six Sigma: The Breakthrough Management Strategy Revolutionizing the World's Top Corporations

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Mikel Harry, Richard Schroeder
    • Narrated By James Lurie
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Streamline. Improve quality. Eliminate defects or mistakes in everything your company does. These are the principles of Six Sigma, a breakthrough management strategy that is helping the world's top organizations - from Sony to Ford to GE - reduce costs and increase the bottom line. Learn how Six Sigma can work for your organization with this program written by the founders of Six Sigma Academy.

    Tom says: "Not happy"
    "Just call it One Sigma"
    Overall

    Six Sigma is the latest management theory to hit the big time. Starting at Motorola, it has moved throughout the manufacturing world, making converts and strongly influencing business practices. It is now moving into the service world, most notably in health care. And Heaven knows we need improvement in health care. It's an important theory, but more than that, it's a coherent set of practices for process improvement. Unfortunately, you won't learn much from this book, which is written in the classic "let's all get on the bandwagon" style often found in bad management books. It's more appropriate to advertising copy than to a serious examination of the theory and practice of Six Sigma. In short, the book doesn't come close to doing justice to Six Sigma. And in the audio format, it's impossible to skip over the extensive amount of fluff to get to the good stuff. If you have to get it, buy the book. At least, you can skim the book. Don't waste your money on the audiotape, unless you need something to get to sleep at night.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Summons

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1118)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (189)

    The long-awaited new legal thriller from John Grisham is here. In The Summons, law professor Ray Atlee and his black-sheep brother are called home by their ailing father, the Judge, for a family meeting that never takes place. The Judge dies too soon, and in doing so leaves behind a shocking secret known only to Ray. And perhaps someone else.

    Michelle says: "Unremarkable"
    "Duller than a lawbook"
    Overall

    Grisham must have been paid by the word for this interminable book. It's main characters are drawn from the Handbook of Literary Cliches, and its plot - what there is of it - would be stretched to fill a short story. Its protagonist, suposedly a professor at a very prestigious law school, is seriously stupid. As an example, here's a man who was raised in a small Mississippi town, supposedly knowing about firearms. Yet he picks up and uses a pistol, without checking on whether or not its loaded (it's not). After making his big discovery, he does nothing but dither about. We're supposed to be sympathetic because his wife left him for a rich man. After the first hour or two, my sympathies were entirely with the wife. Listening to this dullard deal with his father's illegal legacy, his substance-abusing brother, and his own insecurities is more tedious than enjoyable. Not worth buying.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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