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Jayna

Yukon, OK, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • A History of the Jews

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Paul Johnson
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    This historical magnum opus covers 4,000 years of the extraordinary history of the Jews as a people, a culture, and a nation. It shows the impact of Jewish character on the world: their genius, imagination, and, most of all, their ability to persevere despite severe persecutions. Compelling insights into events and individuals are chronologically detailed, from Moses and Jesus to Spinoza, Marx, Freud, the Rothschilds, and Golda Meir.

    David says: "Excellent History"
    "well done and educational"
    Overall

    Quite engrossing. A bit long, but very interesting and well done. If you aren't accustomed to British pronunciation, you may be thrown off on the meaning of some words initially.
    I will listen to this 4 part book again in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faith of My Fathers: A Family Memoir

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John McCain, Mark Salter
    • Narrated By John McCain
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    This memoir is the story of what McCain learned from his grandfather and father, and how their example enabled him to endure those hard years. It is a story of three imperfect men who faced adversity and emerged with their honor intact. Ultimately, Faith of My Fathers is a story of fathers and sons, what they give each other and what endures.

    Raymond says: "The Meaning of Character"
    "Wow"
    Overall

    Really enjoyed this. Explained some things about John McCain's life view.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kathleen Dalton
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    Esteemed Harvard University historian and Associate Fellow Kathleen Dalton has been studying Theodore Roosevelt since 1975. This authoritative work, incorporating the latest scholarship, paints a compelling portrait of the president in all his robust glory.

    Uri says: "Informative, entertaining and well read"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    As a history lover, I found this entertaining and ensightful. Narration is good, and author seems to have tried to show both sides of this enigmatic and "bully" man.
    A Good listen I think.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Taylor Branch
    • Narrated By Joe Morton, CCH Pounder
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    This audio adaptation focuses primarily on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the key moments that defined his rise to the forefront of the civil rights movement. From Rosa Parks' monumental arrest in Montgomery to King's imprisonment in Birmingham and his triumphant march on Washington, Taylor Branch provides an unsurpassed portrait of King's rise to greatness.

    Darcy says: "Amazing account of King & Civil Rights Movement"
    "Engaging"
    Overall

    I am a history buff and did enjoy the book, at least enough to want to hear the rest in the series. Was worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Can You Keep a Secret?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (1289)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (487)

    Emma Corrigan has a long list of secrets, one of which is that she is afraid of flying. Coming back from a thoroughly ruinous sales trip to Glasgow, the plane she is on encounters some air turbulence, and she ends up spilling her guts to the handsome American sitting next to her. He gets to hear that she fibbed to get her current job and that she has never been able to satisfactorily find her G-spot. Then, the plane lands...and the American turns up in her life again. He's the CEO of her company....

    A says: "Enjoyable Chick Lit"
    "Fun story, well narrated"
    Overall

    I got sucked in by the story line and couldn't "put it down." Even listened during my kids soccer game. Fun book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roots: The Saga of an American Family

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Alex Haley
    • Narrated By Avery Brooks
    Overall
    (2197)
    Performance
    (1290)
    Story
    (1307)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A masterpiece like none other, Brooks’ powerful performance of Haley’s words has been known to leave listeners in tears. It begins with a birth in an African village in 1750, and ends two centuries later at a funeral in Arkansas. And in that time span, an unforgettable cast of men, women, and children come to life, many of them based on the people from Alex Haley's own family tree.

    Kevin says: "Powerful"
    "Fantastic! Great narration"
    Overall

    Beautiful and moving storytelling by Haley, I had forgotten how good the book was. The narration makes the story come to life. Very well done!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Meaning of Life: Buddhist Perspectives on Cause and Effect

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    • Narrated By Ken McLeod
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Each of us struggles with the existential questions of meaning, purpose, and responsibility. In The Meaning of Life, the Dalai Lama examines these questions from the Buddhist perspective, skillfully guiding us to a clearer understanding which can liberate us from the prison of selfishness and suffering. Also from the Dalai Lama:
    The Art of Happiness.

    Lakshmanan M says: "Ignorance leads to rebirth"
    "can't be a novice"
    Overall

    This isn't the right book for a multi-tasker to listen to. I never could get on the same plane of thought and consequently didn't finish the book yet even though I've started it over at least 3 times since downloading it. I don't recommenend this for the light reader or novice spiritualist.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander Hamilton

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1160)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (402)

    Ron Chernow, whom the New York Times called "as elegant an architect of monumental histories as we've seen in decades", now brings to startling life the man who was arguably the most important figure in American history, who never attained the presidency, but who had a far more lasting impact than many who did.

    Robert says: "Captivating & Fluid Bio Unique American immigrant"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Very thorough and captivating. I eagerly listened to all 5 books and was disappointed when it came to an end. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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