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Robert

Happy Camp, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5346)
    Performance
    (4524)
    Story
    (4536)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "A great follow-up"
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    Ken Follett brings history to life. His research into the causes and human motivations that bring war to our world are first-rate. Follett has become my favorite historical fiction author.
    John Lee is nothing short of amazing as he brings the characters to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quicksilver: Book One of The Baroque Cycle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble, Kevin Pariseau, Neal Stephenson
    Overall
    (1755)
    Performance
    (1008)
    Story
    (1035)

    In which Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and courageous Puritan, pursues knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe -- in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

    David says: "Be aware of what you're getting into"
    "1/3 of a book"
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    Enjoyed this book several years ago and still have the hardback in my library. Thought I'd like to give it a listen. Discovered that Audible broke it into thirds and sold each third as a separate book. If this is a trend..... count me out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3214)
    Performance
    (2804)
    Story
    (2846)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Epic Adventure"
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    If you like Stephen King's "The Stand", you will love this apocalyptic tale of good vs. evil. Filled with well defined characters and narrated beautifully. It had me laughing and crying at the same time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3304)
    Performance
    (1639)
    Story
    (1639)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "Everything a book should be"
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    Don't miss this one. It will touch all of your emotions (some you might not even know you have). Beautifully read by Humphrey Bower who brings to life all of the characters from different parts of the world. It is an exciting and entertaining story that will tell you about India and the Middle East. It is full of well-rounded characters who will teach you things you need to know about people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1391)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (698)

    From the author of The Power of One comes an inspiring human drama of three lives brought together and changed forever by the extraordinary events of recent history. Inspired by real events, Bryce Courtenay's new novel tells the story of three people from vastly differing backgrounds. All they have in common is a tough beginning in life.

    Prsilla says: "And a Cast of Thousands!"
    "Mesmerizing"
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    Bryce Courtenay has become my favorite author of historical fiction. This book is full of history (1st half 20th century) and the stories are full of action, adventure and courage in the face of terrible odds. Humphrey Bower narrates it beautifully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War and Remembrance

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (1987)
    Performance
    (1688)
    Story
    (1675)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    aaron says: "What can I say that hasn't already been said??"
    "mesmerizing"
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    If you want to know about WWII....read (listen) Rise and Fall of the Third Reich first for a great factual background.....have a good map on hand. Then, read Herman Wouk's Winds of War which is the first book of this 2-book series. Then listen to this one. Herman Wouk is brilliant in his depiction of human nature at it's best, and it's worst.
    His characters bring it all to life and will have you laughing and sobbing and will leave you with a new sense of it all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1775: A Good Year for Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kevin Phillips
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    What if the year we have long commemorated as America’s defining moment was in fact misleading? What if the real events that signaled the historic shift from colony to country took place earlier, and that the true story of our nation’s emergence reveals a more complicated - and divisive - birth process? In this major new work, iconoclastic historian and political chronicler Kevin Phillips upends the conventional reading of the American Revolution by puncturing the myth that 1776 was the struggle’s watershed year. Mythology and omission have elevated 1776, but the most important year, rarely recognized, was 1775.

    Jeannette says: "An audio trip through history"
    "Great way to learn history"
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    Kevin Phillips gives us great insight into the American Revolution and is well-read by Arthur Morey.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8629)
    Performance
    (5292)
    Story
    (5282)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "The best"
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    Ken Follett brings history to life. His research into the causes and human motivations that bring war to our world are first-rate. Follett has become my favorite historical fiction author.
    John Lee is nothing short of amazing as he brings the characters to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • River God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Wilbur Smith
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (834)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (389)

    Ancient Egypt. Land of the Pharaohs. A kingdom built on gold. A legend shattered by greed. Now the Valley of Kings lies ravaged by war, drained of its lifeblood, as weak men inherit the cherished crown. On the eve of the festival of Osiris, the loyal subjects of the Pharaoh gather in Thebes to pay tribute to their leader.

    Exploding with all the passion and rage of a bygone time, River God is a masterpiece of historical writing.

    mjshuff says: "River God review"
    "Don't Miss This One"
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    As an avid reader of historical fiction from Michner to Cornwell I must say this has been the most stirring story I've ever (read). It is a rich story of Egypt during a time of great transition. Full of historical facts, River God is a wonderfully written and performed story that is peopled with rich characters, adventures and intrigues. Wilbur Smith kept me in a high emotional state from laughter to tears. Do not miss this masterpiece.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Demonic: How the Liberal Mob Is Endangering America

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ann Coulter
    • Narrated By Elizabeth White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (254)

    The demon is a mob, and the mob is demonic. The Democratic Party activates mobs, depends on mobs, coddles mobs, publicizes and celebrate mobs - it is the mob. Sweeping in its scope and relentless in its argument, Demonic explains the peculiarities of liberals as standard groupthink behavior. To understand mobs is to understand liberals.

    Willis McLaughlin says: "Read your own book"
    "Gag"
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    Loaded with sneering obfuscation. Ann Coulter is guilty of the very things she snidely accuses Democrats (the "mob") of. Very insulting and unworthy of a proud conservative tradition of adhering to the truth no matter the cost.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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