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  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4476)
    Performance
    (2973)
    Story
    (3000)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "Very Educational"
    Overall

    This is a very educational and interesting look into the life of one of the most influential characters in history. I have learned a lot about him from this audiobook.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • An Unwelcome Quest: Magic 2.0, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1615)
    Performance
    (1472)
    Story
    (1469)

    Ever since Martin Banks and his fellow computer geeks discovered that reality is just a computer program to be happily hacked, they've been jaunting back and forth through time, posing as medieval wizards and having the epic adventures that other nerds can only dream of having. But even in their wildest fantasies, they never expected to end up at the mercy of the former apprentice whom they sent to prison for gross misuse of magic and all-around evil behavior.

    Chris says: "Happy to see more, but not as fun as the first two"
    "A mind bending comedy"
    Overall
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    Story

    This is the kind of story that's self-conscious of its cliches, and works it to its advantage. And just when you thought you could clearly figure out how it will play out, something unexpected and usually played for laughs makes you rethink things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spell or High Water: Magic 2.0

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2233)
    Performance
    (2054)
    Story
    (2056)

    A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

    Charles says: "Fantastic: 2.0"
    "Your favorite characters return"
    Overall
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    Story

    This is a continuation of the Magic 2.0 series, set in Atlantis. The sense of discovery has been diminished since we know by now how things work, but the introduction of a woman-ruled Atlantis and their rules gives a new area to discover. Story-wise, the events are a bit flat. The characters and their interactions are what carries this story forward.

    Luke Daniels does an excellent job bringing the characters to life. This is one of the most interesting and fun stories I've listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Off to Be the Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3604)
    Performance
    (3336)
    Story
    (3342)

    It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

    Charles says: "Fantastic"
    ""Is Jimmy acting creepy, Martin?""
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Philip. He's a colorful character who doesn't shy from pointing out what the audience thinks, and is the center of every scene he's in.


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

    The moment where Martin meets Merlin for the first time. I listened to that part over and over. Hilarious and unexpected.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Faith, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (66)

    The fourth volume in Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, The Age of Faith surveys the medieval achievements and modern significance of Christian, Islamic, and Judaic life and culture. Like the other volumes in the Story of Civilization series, this is a self-contained work, which at the same time fits into a comprehensive history of mankind. It includes the dramatic stories of St. Augustine, Hypatia, Justinian, Mohammed, Harun al-Rashid, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, and many more.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Illumination on the dark ages"
    "Dated, Biased, but Prett Good"
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    This audiobook is produced for a book that's over 60 years old, so while it might have been the best the author could do based on their research and biases, it's still pretty thorough. If you want more details about specific religions, however, you might consider picking more contemporary materials.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Battle Station: Star Force, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1842)
    Performance
    (1691)
    Story
    (1691)

    In Battle Station, Kyle Riggs faces new challenges, new alien fleets, and learns the secrets behind the war he has been fighting for years. In the fifth book of the Star Force Series, the Eden system is in humanity's grasp, but can they keep it? Star Force is weak after a long war, and many yearn to go home. Knowing the machines will return with a new armada eventually, Riggs seeks a more permanent solution. Along the way, worlds are won and lost, millions perish, and great truths are revealed.

    William says: "Non-stop Sci-Fi Action"
    "Excellent for what it is"
    Overall
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    Story

    Don't expect a deep profound story here, and you'll enjoy it. This is a continuation of a military sci-fi saga that spans galaxies and years, fighting aliens and machines over vast and complex battlefields. That way, you'll enjoy this story as it is meant to be listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Between the Stars: The Saga of Shadows, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (427)

    Twenty years after the elemental conflict that nearly tore apart the cosmos in The Saga of Seven Suns, a new threat emerges from the darkness. The human race must set aside its own inner conflicts to rebuild their alliance with the Ildiran Empire for the survival of the galaxy. In Kevin J. Anderson's The Dark Between the Stars, galactic empires clash, elemental beings devastate whole planetary systems, and factions of humanity are pitted against one another.

    Trip Williams says: "Crank It Up Again!"
    "Worth it"
    Overall
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    As a fan of the Saga of the Seven Suns, this has been on my playlist for a long while. I am glad I finally came around to listen to it. Kevin Anderson does a great job in building a universe full of elemental, primordial and mysterious creatures without taking away from the human element.

    Not all characters, new or returning, are equally interesting, however. But the bigger conflicts more than make up for the slow parts of the story. I hope the characters featured in the slower parts of the story have a more interesting role in the rest of this trilogy. Regardless, I am definitely going to buy the remaining two books as soon as they are available.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Future of Islam 

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John L. Esposito
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    John L. Esposito is one of America's leading authorities on Islam. Now, in this brilliant portrait of Islam today - and tomorrow - he draws on a lifetime of thought and research to sweep away the negative stereotypes and provide an accurate, richly nuanced, and revelatory account of the fastest-growing religion in the world. Here Esposito explores the major questions and issues that face Islam in the 21st century and how that will deeply affect global politics.

    Saud says: "An overview of Islamic perception in the West"
    "An overview of Islamic perception in the West"
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    I found myself nodding to many points this book makes regarding the misconceptions about Islam that non-Muslims have. While some points can be questioned and could have been presented more clearly, in my opinion, it is a remarkable effort and Professor John Esposito did an admirable job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legendarium

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kevin G. Summers, Michael Bunker
    • Narrated By Robert Rossmann
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (354)

    In every generation, certain writers are chosen to be protectors of The Legendarium, a metaphysical library that exists at the nexus of the multiverse. Inside this library are doorways that lead to every world ever created in literature. There are forces of evil constantly at work to destroy the library and send the world back into an age of darkness. Now, in a time of growing illiteracy, two heroes are chosen to defend The Legendarium.

    Elizabeth Hauris says: "If Butcher & Fforde had a child, this would be it."
    "It's okay"
    Overall
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    I thought this would be better than it actually was, what with the star power behind it. What a disappointment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Robin Field
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (141)

    The first volume of Will Durant's Pulitzer Prize-winning series, Our Oriental Heritage: The Story of Civilization, Volume I chronicles the early history of Egypt, the Middle East, and Asia.

    Michael says: "Wonderful"
    "Get used to rewinding"
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    This is the kind of book that's rare and valuable, if a bit aged. It has a wealth of information about antiquity and the ancient orient. If possible, after reading this book, check out the rest of the series and consider buying the hard copy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27599)
    Performance
    (24427)
    Story
    (24494)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Not my type of story, and I love it"
    Overall
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    This is a story about a wife who disappears, leaving her husband to take the blame for her disappearance, and throughout the book it keeps you wondering what is wrong with those two twisted individuals.

    The two narrators do a great job in delivering the husband's actions and the wife's journal entries. The profanities might have been too much, except it works here. And the two narrators do a great job in bringing the characters to life in a way that I rarely see in other audiobook stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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