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Deborah

Bedford, IN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Tudors

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By G. J. Meyer
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (109)

    For the first time in decades, here, in a single volume, is a fresh look at the fabled Tudor dynasty, comprising some of the most enigmatic figures ever to rule a country. Acclaimed historian G. J. Meyer reveals the flesh-and-bone reality in all its wild excess.

    Linda Lou says: "OUTSTANDING!"
    "Hates Elizabeth"
    Overall

    Please be forewarned that the author does not like Elizabeth I. This perceived bias hampered my enjoyment of the book.

    11 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Occult America: The Secret History of How Mysticism Shaped Our Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mitch Horowitz
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    Mitch Horowitz presents a meticulously researched, compulsively readable history of the mystical and spiritual experience in our country. Focusing on the impact that the 19-century movements of Freemasonry, Spiritualism, and transcendentalism have had on America, Horowitz portrays a colorful cast of characters as he explains the origins of the Ouija board, the political influence of Spiritualism on the Senate, and the source of the mysterious slogan on the back of the dollar bill.

    Ray says: "Exploring America's spiritualist roots"
    "Informative and well written."
    Overall

    Informative and well written. My grandmother told stories of and believed in the faith-healers, seances and spiritualism that were commonplace in her youth (US during the late 1800's and early 1900's). These were not "out there", but commonly held beliefs in the lower middle class of America during this time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Myths & Mysteries in Archaeology

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Susan Johnston
    • Narrated By Susan Johnston
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Otherwise rational people believe-or at least partially believe-in many fantastical myths about the world in which they live. Indeed, it is an entirely human inclination to want to believe in what might be called otherworldly explanations for phenomena for which there are no easily explainable causes.In these eye-opening lectures, Professor Susan A. Johnston of the George Washington University applies an archaeological perspective to the biggest myths and mysteries in world history.

    Kyle says: "It Takes two or three listens"
    "Don't expect much."
    Overall

    Boring. Pedagogical. Uninspired. Haven't made it to the end of the book as when I fall asleep, the sound of my head hitting the desk wakes me up, and I turn it off.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • American Conspiracies: Lies, Lies, and More Dirty Lies That the Government Tells

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jesse Ventura, Dick Russell
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    In this explosive account of wrongful acts and ongoing cover-ups, Jesse Ventura takes a systematic look at the wide gap between what the American government knows and what it reveals to the American people. For too long, we the people have sat by and let politicians and bureaucrats from both parties obfuscate and lie. And according to this former Navy SEAL, former pro wrestler, and former Minnesota governor, the media is complicit in these acts of deception.

    Susan says: "Lots of things you didn't know but should"
    "You'll sure know where he stands on many topics."
    Overall

    You've got to love the guy. He does put his "money where his mouth is". Quite forthright in his views, and, who knows? Perhaps there are grains of truth in his theories.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, and others
    Overall
    (1912)
    Performance
    (972)
    Story
    (969)

    Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here? These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when it became apparent to Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show that the world was about to end, they embarked on a massive mission to write a book that summed up the human race: What we looked like; what we accomplished; our achievements in society, government, religion, science, and culture - all in a lavishly produced audiobook.

    Lee says: "Good book, not great. But let me explain."
    "Nice, but naughty"
    Overall

    A guru for the younger among us, a potty mouth for those who are more mature. I liked it, snickered and giggled, but how the standards of comedy have changed. Not for young teens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Portent

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By James Herbert
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    It is the near future and signs of an impending global disaster are multiplying. Earthquakes, floods, and volcanic eruptions sweep the earth. As the storms and tempests rage, a series of ominous events signal the emergence of a new and terrifying force.

    Deborah says: "An average or slightly below book"
    "An average or slightly below book"
    Overall

    A rating of 2.5 -- a little below average book. Plot was predictable, and there was a lack of exposition. Dialog seemed stilted. Still, the narration was nice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • UFOs and Close Encounters

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kathleen Anderson, Roger Lier, Billy Meier, and others
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The most amazing encounters of alien abductions, UFO visitations, and government cover ups in history! Eight hours of aliens and UFOs! Aliens and the scalpel: discover the truth about alien implants. The Walton story: the most amazing alien-UFO abduction in history. The Billy Meier case: a Swiss farmer is in contact with an alien race. Ancient archeology: the myth and mystery of Planet X. Alien memories: hypnotherapy reveals encounters with extraterrestrials.

    Deborah says: "Poor choice"
    "Poor choice"
    Overall

    Poor selection. No introduction. Only taped recorded testimony. There is a hideous echo too. There is no text to bridge interviews. Tape quality ranks from abysmal to poor. (Note: I have only listened to 40 minutes but it was such an effort with the audio quality that I got a bad headache.) With so many other excellent audible offerings, keep your wallet closed on this one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6923)
    Performance
    (2730)
    Story
    (2739)

    Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Although he doesn't know anything about the subject (at first), he is eager to learn, and takes information that he gets from the world's leading experts and explains it to us in a way that makes it exciting and relevant.

    Corby says: "Very informative, fun to listen to"
    "Very good..wanted to giggle"
    Overall

    I'm an American and unfamiliar with Mr. Bryson's works. He is a gem! I loved the book. The sound of Mr. Matthews' narration sounds like John Cleese to me. Kept waiting to hear the "little machine" going "b-r-in-ggggg", and smiled all the time I was listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michio Kaku
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1041)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (569)

    In this thrilling journey into the mysteries of our cosmos, best-selling author Michio Kaku takes us on a dizzying ride to explore black holes and time machines, multidimensional space and, most tantalizing of all, the possibility that parallel universes may lay alongside our own.

    Robert says: "Don't be afraid"
    "Break out the Aspirin Bottle"
    Overall

    Break out the aspirin bottle. This is that kind of work. Can the author spell hubris? The narration is quite good.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Matthieu Ricard
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Never has happiness as an emotional and physical state of being been so widely discussed. Matthieu Ricard is one of the most compelling voices on the subject, and one of the few who can bring together the teachings of eastern and western thought. In this accessible new work, Ricard provides a straightforward assessment of how to create true and lasting happiness.

    A User says: "Life Changing"
    "Unhappy"
    Overall

    He spent the first 35 minutes telling how privledged he had been and how wonderful he was. It made me feel unhappy. Hard to listen to his message after that.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Doomsday Book

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2103)
    Performance
    (1416)
    Story
    (1435)

    For Oxford student Kivrin, traveling back to the 14th century is more than the culmination of her studies - it's the chance for a wonderful adventure. For Dunworthy, her mentor, it is cause for intense worry about the thousands of things that could go wrong.

    Owl says: "Timely, beautiful, terrible and haunting"
    "Very good for the past portion"
    Overall

    I love the book, but you can "skim" over a lot of the pages during modern times to the portion where she time travels. The dynamic and wonderful portion, is Kivrin's journey in the 14th century. You feel as if you are with her experiencing. The characters in the past are unforgettable.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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