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C. Cobb

Memphis, TN United States

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  • The Guns of August

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1182)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (609)

    In this Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, historian Barbara Tuchman brings to life the people and events that led up to World War I. This was the last gasp of the Gilded Age, of Kings and Kaisers and Czars, of pointed or plumed hats, colored uniforms, and all the pomp and romance that went along with war. How quickly it all changed...and how horrible it became.

    Mike From Mesa says: "Wonderful"
    "Amazing book"
    Overall

    Interesting, well-written, and laced with dry humor.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tories: Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Thomas B. Allen
    • Narrated By Jeremy Gage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    The American Revolution was not simply a battle between independence-minded colonists and the oppressive British. As Thomas B. Allen reminds us, it was also a savage and often deeply personal civil war, in which conflicting visions of America pitted neighbor against neighbor and Patriot against Tory on the battlefield, the village green, and even in church.

    James says: "Mediocre Story, Poor Narrator"
    "Recommended"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Tories rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent content. This audiobook may have been originally intended as a text book for high school and above because of the deliberate monologue of a narration with silence gaps after every paragraph to allow a student to take notes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tories?

    The story of Crean Brush, whose confiscated land became the State of Vermont.


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

    The Tory flight from Boston.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Interstate 69: The Unfinished History of the Last Great American Highway

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Matt Dellinger
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    In the works for more than twenty years, Interstate 69 has been both eagerly anticipated as an economic godsend and the center of a firestorm of protests by local environmentalists, farmers, ranchers, anarchists, and others who question both the wisdom of building more highways and the merits of globalization. Part history, part travelogue, Interstate 69 chronicles the last great highway project in America, introducing the people who have worked tirelessly to build it or stop it from being built, and the many places it would change forever.

    K Cornwinkle says: "Get this for your solo drive across country"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Researched, well-written, and informative. Matt Dellinger brings together the transportation visionaries, the issues, and the citizens affected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sean B. Carroll
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    DNA is the genetic material that defines us as individuals. Over the last two decades, it has emerged as a powerful tool for solving crimes and determining guilt and innocence. But, very recently, an important new aspect of DNA has been revealed: it contains a detailed record of evolution. That is, DNA is a living chronicle of how the marvelous creatures that inhabit our planet have adapted to its many environments, from the freezing waters of the Antarctic to the lush canopy of the rain forest.

    Ross Taylor says: "Be prepared..."
    "End of Intelligent Design"
    Overall

    The section on fossil genes, which refutes Intelligent Design, is worth the price of the audio book.

    14 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow of the Silk Road

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Colin Thubron
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    Out of the heart of China into the mountains of Central Asia, across Northern Afghanistan and the plains of Iran into Kurdish Turkey, Colin Thubron undertakes a journey along the greatest land route on earth: the Silk Road. Travelling 7,000 miles in eight months, he traces the passage not only of trade and armies, but of ideas, religions and inventions.

    Paul Krasner says: "prose meets poetry"
    "Excellent story"
    Overall

    Use Encarta maps for reference

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Things They Carried

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (133)

    This modern classic and New York Times best seller, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, has been called the greatest war book ever written. Walking the hallucinatory line between reality and fiction, author Tim O'Brien captures the complex dynamics of the Vietnam War.

    R. Montagne says: "Disturbing"
    "Tim has a way to transporting the listener"
    Overall

    Mental images keep pace with the narrative. The characters are believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Primary Source History of the Colony of North Carolina

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Melody S. Mis
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    Overall
    (2)
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    (0)
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    (0)

    North Carolina attracted settlers from Europe as well as from other American colonies. In this volume, learn about the resulting troubled relations with the Native Americans in that area, Bluebeard's piracy, and the colonist's rebellion against England.

    C. Cobb says: "Excellent primer"
    "Excellent primer"
    Overall

    Listen first, then review the web site for the most benefit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Barbara W. Tuchman
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (368)

    The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and the exquisitely decorated Books of Hours; and on the other, a time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world of chaos and the plague.

    E. Smakman says: "Gripping, once you get into it"
    "A lot of material but Tuchman moves the narrative"
    Overall

    Listen with Wikipedia for reference. Enjoyed the tongue-and-cheek swipes at her subject matter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Prehistory: Making of the Human Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Colin Renfrew
    • Narrated By Robert Ian MacKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (50)

    A giant of archaeology, Colin Renfrew has immeasurably improved our understanding of human history. In this passionately argued work, he offers a concise summary of prehistory - human existence that predates the development of written records - while challenging the very definition of prehistory itself.

    Anthony says: "not for the intellectually challenged"
    "Dense but concise"
    Overall

    Renfrew spells it out for the rest of us.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Surprise

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1172)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (534)

    Twenty-something Harper Connelly has a gift. After being struck by lighting as a child, she discovered an eerie ability to locate the deceased. In Memphis, skeptical Professor Nunley wants her to demonstrate that skill at an ancient cemetery. There, Harper stands atop a grave and says there are two bodies entombed: one centuries old, but the other, a young girl named Tabitha.

    April says: "Amazingly different"
    "Enjoyed the oblique references to Rhodes College."
    Overall

    A good read. Harris balanced the tension.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The How of Happiness

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sonja Lyubomirsky
    • Narrated By Sonja Lyubomirsky
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    You can change your personal capacity for happiness. Research psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky's pioneering concept of the 40% solution shows you how.

    DaemonZeiro says: "How the web of happiness is weaved"
    "Straight-forward advice"
    Overall

    For those who liked Barbara Frederickson's book, 'Positivity', you will enjoy 'The How of Happiness'. In addition, Sonja provides a short survey for determining important character strengths.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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