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Edward

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  • Heroes of History

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Will Durant
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (52)

    At Will Durant's death at 96, in 1981, his personal papers were dispersed among relatives, collectors, and archive houses. Twenty years later, scholar John Little discovered the previously unknown manuscript of Heroes of History in Durant's granddaughter's garage. Written shortly before he died, these 21 essays serve as an abbreviated version of Durant's best-selling, 11-volume series, The Story of Civilization.

    John says: "A celebration of history"
    "engaging history"
    Overall

    I thought that the narrator did a fine job. The beginning drags a bit, but once the subject turns to the Greeks I found it became and remained very interesting. An engaging survey of some high points of history -- Durand has a gift for identifying critical moments and figures in history.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Open: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Andre Agassi
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (911)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (417)

    From Andre Agassi, one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court, a beautiful, haunting autobiography. Agassi brings a near-photographic memory to every pivotal match and every relationship. Never before has the inner game of tennis and the outer game of fame been so precisely limned.

    Patrick says: "Just an Incredible Story!"
    "Great"
    Overall

    Being a huge tennis fan, I loved getting the inside story of great rivalries, great successes and great failures. An incredible insight into exactly what goes into the making of a legend. I did find myself rolling my eyes as the refrain "I hate tennis" was repeated throughout the book. The narrator did an excellent job, although I would have liked to have heard Agassi read it himself. It is, however, easily the greatest sports biography I have ever read, and a remarkably honest look at an uncommon life.
    Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jared Diamond
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1286)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (237)

    In this groundbreaking work, evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history's broadest patterns. It is a story that spans 13,000 years of human history, beginning when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire human population. Guns, Germs, and Steel is a world history that really is a history of all the world's peoples, a unified narrative of human life.

    Lorac says: "Badly Abridged"
    "a decent listen"
    Overall

    i did not love the book, but the narration is clear, and it was a reasonably interesting listen. just not particularly memorable.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Gomorrah: A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples' Organized Crime System

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Roberto Saviano
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    A groundbreaking major best seller in Italy, Gomorrah is Roberto Saviano's gripping nonfiction account of the decline of Naples under the rule of the Camorra, an organized crime network with a large international reach and stakes in construction, high fashion, illicit drugs, and toxic-waste disposal. Known by insiders as "the System," the Camorra affects cities and villages along the Neapolitan coast

    Roy says: "Eye Opener"
    "very good narrator"
    Overall

    i am sure you can read more about the book itself somewhere else. it is chilling and brutal, but very engaging. sort of reminds me of 'the wire' in it's verite style. the narrator does an excellent job of staying out of the way and letting the story tell itself. his voice is clear and easy to listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (2188)
    Performance
    (1068)
    Story
    (1062)

    The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

    Bill says: "Excellent!"
    "great and inspritational"
    Overall

    stephen king is probably the best reader of stephen king. i loved hearing him talk about his life and career. i would highly recommend this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (18)

    The House of the Dead is a fascinating portrait of life in a Siberian prison camp - a life of great hardship and deprivation, yet filled with simple moments of humanity showing mankinds ability to adapt and survive in the most extreme of circumstances. Dostoevsky tells his story in a chronological order, from his character's arrival and his sense of alienation to his gradual adjustment to prison life.

    James says: "In the Prison House"
    "challenging narration"
    Overall

    i am a huge dostoevsky fan, but i doubt that i will be able to make it through this version of "house of the dead" thanks to the narrator.
    it is not my favorite book, but is actually difficult to listen to because i find the narrator's voice so grating.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Niccolò Machiavelli
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The first modern treatise of political philosophy, The Prince remains one of the world's most influential and widely read books. Machiavelli, whose name has become synonymous with expedient exercises of will, reveals nothing less than the secrets of power: how to gain it, how to wield it, and how to keep it. But curiously, this work of outspoken clarity has, for centuries, inspired myriad interpretations as to its author's true message.

    Edward says: "computer-like voice"
    "computer-like voice"
    Overall

    there are many versions of the prince out there so i would look for a different one. the narrator sounds a bit like he is trying to imitate a computer's voice. i am barely making it through a book that i would otherwise enjoy.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3652)
    Performance
    (1986)
    Story
    (2033)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "Great story, great narration"
    Overall

    this is one of my favorite stories. thanks to excellent narration i was able entirely lose myself in it. i have to say that i have been very disappointed recently with some of the narration that i am finding on audible, but i was very pleasantly surprised by this version of the count of monte cristo. i listen while i work, so i always go for unabridged audiobooks, and if you have the time, this one is excellent.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2492)
    Performance
    (1106)
    Story
    (1100)

    In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

    Andrew says: "Fantastic"
    "Well Written and Narrated"
    Overall

    I have actually listened to this several times. It is fairly short, but a well written account of the evolution of his act. It is hard to imagine the years that went into editing out the bad material and fine tuning the good to make Steve Martin one of the funniest comics. It seems to get funniest at the end, like his act, insightfully spanning a few decades. It is also fun to hear his familiar voice reading the story of his professional life.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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