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I love history.

Riverside, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

  • 7 reviews
  • 113 ratings
  • 604 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014

  • The Dirty Streets of Heaven: Bobby Dollar, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Tad Williams
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bobby Dollar is an angel - a real one. He knows a lot about sin, and not just in his professional capacity as an advocate for souls caught between Heaven and Hell. Bobby’s wrestling with a few deadly sins of his own - pride, anger, even lust. But his problems aren’t all his fault. Bobby can’t entirely trust his heavenly superiors, and he’s not too sure about any of his fellow earthbound angels either, especially the new kid that Heaven has dropped into their midst, a trainee angel who asks too many questions.

    Kenneth says: "I'll Read another Bobby Dollar Book"
    "A decent detective novel with a twist"
    Would you listen to The Dirty Streets of Heaven again? Why?

    No, I don't listen to novels twice

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like the countess.

    Which character – as performed by George Newbern – was your favorite?


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

    15 hours, I don't think so.

    Any additional comments?

    I wish the book could expand a little more on the politic situation between heaven and hell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Year Zero: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rob Reid
    • Narrated By John Hodgman

    Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news. The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity's music ever since "Year Zero" (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang.

    Robert says: "Fantastic Performance by Hodgman"
    "Not much of a scifi, not much of anything."
    If you could sum up Year Zero in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant social satire.

    What other book might you compare Year Zero to and why?

    Aliens? Or Copyright Laws?

    Have you listened to any of John Hodgman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, delightful, I love satires.

    If you could take any character from Year Zero out to dinner, who would it be and why?


    Any additional comments?

    As a social satire, this novel is absolutely brilliant, though not much of anything else. Static characters and nonsensical plot serves as a caricature of every western pop cultural, from Reality TV shows, to Warcraft, to Windows Vista, to Copyright laws to be mocked, I love this very lighthearted novel.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume II, Fredericksburg to Meridian

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This volume is dominated by the almost continual confrontation of great armies. For the fourth time, the Army of the Potomac (now under the control of Burnside) attempts to take Richmond, resulting in the bloodbath at Fredericksburg. Then Joe Hooker tries again, only to be repulsed at Chancellorsville as Stonewall Jackson turns his flank, a bitter victory for the South, paid for by the death of Lee's foremost lieutenant.

    Christopher Morton says: "The Best of the Three Volumes"
    "A little outdated"
    What did you like best about The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume II, Fredericksburg to Meridian? What did you like least?

    What I liked about Shelby Foote is his the detailed description of military tactics, the political background and the political intrigue. But the problem with this version of the history is it is slightly biased toward the South, also because it was written before the Civil Right Movement, he could get away with dismissing Massachusetts 54 Regiment using 2 sentences.

    Would you be willing to try another book from Shelby Foote? Why or why not?

    I don't think I like his style of history, but yhere is still a volume 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote, Ken Burns (introduction)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner

    Here begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days, Second Manassas to Antietam, and Perryville in the fall of 1862, but so are the smaller and often equally important engagements on both land and sea: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, Monitor versus Merimac, and Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, to mention only a few.

    Jeanne says: "The best"
    "A fairly even account"
    Would you listen to The Civil War again? Why?

    Maybe, but not too keen. I may listen to it as a lullaby.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The detailed narrative of battle scene and strategy.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Grover Gardner?

    Yes, I have quite a few books narrated by him.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really

    Any additional comments?

    First of a three volume magnum opus, this book gives a fairly even handed account of the war from the perspective of both side, the first volume covers the first two years of the American civil war, the author seemed to have bought the Southern argument that the war was about State right, and not slavery, which I disagree. But otherwise, an exciting volume to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Niall Ferguson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Niall Ferguson follows the money to tell the human story behind the evolution of finance, from its origins in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest upheavals on what he calls Planet Finance. Bread, cash, dosh, dough, loot, lucre, moolah, readies, the wherewithal: Call it what you like, it matters. To Christians, love of it is the root of all evil. To generals, it's the sinews of war. To revolutionaries, it's the chains of labor. Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress.

    Ethan M. says: "A mostly successful and interesting history"
    "A decent chronicle of finance"
    Would you listen to The Ascent of Money again? Why?

    I'd have to, there are quite a bit of information to diggest, so this book might have to be listened to more than once.

    What other book might you compare The Ascent of Money to and why?

    This book might be similar to the Basic Economics and/or The Dumb Money, This book touches on the theme of those books.

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    A little slow, but overall good pace as far as nonfictions go.

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

    Definitely not.

    Any additional comments?

    This book touches on the theme of Global Finance, past and present, it can be tedius at times, and actually put me to sleep twice, however it contents good information, and is worth reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of the Middle Ages

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Crane Brinton, John Christopher, Robert Wolff
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin

    A History of the Middle Ages is the amazing story of European man in transition. It is a dramatic chronicle of 1,000 years of political, social, and economic transformation beginning with the dissolution of the classical Mediterranean civilization and ending with the first flowering of the Renaissance. It is also the story of two new religions, Christianity and Islam, both of which were destined to dominate the mind of every person in those new civilizations arising in their wake.

    Theresa says: "A Stunning Achievement"
    "Medeival History for beginners"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A History of the Middle Ages to be better than the print version?

    The audiobook version of this kind must necessarily suffer from the inaccessibility of names, places and technical terminology. So, I'd say no.

    Would you recommend A History of the Middle Ages to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, too boring, and will likely put them to sleep.

    How could the performance have been better?

    Absolutely, the deep low masculine voice is ill suited to historical narratives.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Bad Idea!

    Any additional comments?

    The book is useful as far as being a beginner's guide to medieval history is concerned, it does not go into detail, just jumping from one theme to another, so those interested in particular themes can do further research. It also suffers from the all too often a problem of Eurocentrism, the thousand year between the Fall of Western Roman Empire 472 a,d and the fall of Eastern Roman Empire in 1454 in China is between Tang and Ming Dynasty. a lot of things happened there too. In short, it's a folly to try to squeeze a thousand years in a 18 hour history book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Forged: Writing in the Name of God - Why the Bible's Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Bart D. Ehrman
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is often said, even by critical scholars who should know better, that “writing in the name of another” was widely accepted in antiquity. But New York Times bestselling author Bart D. Ehrman dares to call it what it was: literary forgery, a practice that was as scandalous then as itis today. In Forged, Ehrman’s fresh and original research takes readers back to the ancient world, where forgeries were used as weapons by unknown authors to fend off attacks to their faith and establish their church.

    Robert says: "Good Info"
    "I expect no less"
    Where does Forged rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I liked it as far as Bart D. Erhmen's Biblical history goes, he is a scholar and the scholarship here is solid,

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The conclusion of the book isn't surprising, with an well argued premises

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

    Clear pronounciation.

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

    No, the book is 8 hours + long, you would not want to finish this in a single sitting.

    Any additional comments?

    There are considerable overlap in scholarship this book has with Misquoting Jesus, Peter Paul and Mary Magedelen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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