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Bjorn

Morristown, NJ | Member Since 2016

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  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10869)
    Performance
    (9469)
    Story
    (9453)

    In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

    David says: "Superb in so many ways"
    "WOW THAT WAS AWESOME"
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    Wow that was awesome indeed. Everything takes longer than one thinks. Perseverance or death is the choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gilgamesh: A New English Version

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen Mitchell
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (1941)
    Performance
    (1480)
    Story
    (1473)

    This brilliant new treatment of the world's oldest epic is a literary event on par with Seamus Heaney's wildly popular Beowulf translation. Esteemed translator and best-selling author Stephen Mitchell energizes a heroic tale so old it predates Homer's Iliad by more than a millennium.

    George says: "A defense of this "translation""
    "Death comes for all of us"
    Overall
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    But we were never born, so death is akin to an experience, through which we can derive lessons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret History of the World: As Laid Down by the Secret Societies

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mark Booth
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (625)
    Story
    (626)

    In this groundbreaking new work, Mark Booth embarks on an enthralling intellectual tour of our world's secret histories. Starting from a dangerous premise - that everything we've been taught about our world's past is corrupted, and that the stories put forward by the various cults and mystery schools throughout history are true - Booth produces nothing short of an alternate history of the past 3,000 years.

    Robin says: "A unique perspective"
    "This book expands my timeline."
    Overall
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    We read bits of history and draw patterns without too often considering our present as also only a part history. The constant is our imaginations, for which we strive to catch up our reality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelfth Planet: Book 1 of the Earth Chronicles

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Zecharia Sitchin
    • Narrated By Bill Jenkins
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (464)
    Story
    (466)

    Do you reject both evolution and creationism? The product of 30 years of intensive research, The Twelfth Planet argues persuasively that humanity sprang from extraterrestrial forebears.

    Scott says: "abridged version"
    "Guess What"
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    Chicken butt. The chicken came before the egg. It was a proto chicken, which laid a regular chicken egg.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wrinkle in Time

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Madeleine L'Engle
    • Narrated By Hope Davis, Ava DuVernay, Madeleine L'Engle, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11641)
    Performance
    (10379)
    Story
    (10387)

    Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract", which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

    Patricia says: "Thank You for a New Narrator"
    "Wonderful"
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    This was part of my 4th grade syllabus many decades ago, and I remember us reading it in class on person at a time, one paragraph at a time. The postscript taught me this was written in 1960, and rejected by both atheists and theists alike for not being a good enough representation of either. To me, when I was in fourth grade, it simply touched on the juxtaposition of the complexity of space with the idea that consciousness, the space where space can know itself, may simply seek to maximize the same love with which all living things are familiar.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge M.D. - foreword
    • Narrated By Jordan B. Peterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11012)
    Performance
    (9996)
    Story
    (9908)

    What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

    Bobby n. says: "This is my favorite self-help book I have ever read!"
    "Thanks Jordan!"
    Overall
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    Being conservative is the reasonable response to the entropy of life. Only when one has one's own house in order, can one see past the end of one's own threshold.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Column of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6736)
    Performance
    (6157)
    Story
    (6130)

    In 1558 the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious divide sweeping across the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Follett is a Master Storyteller"
    "Exciting"
    Overall
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    Keeps the momentum throughout almost a century of the golden age of England, through the sympathies of a few characters who took on lives of consequence well beyond the boundaries of their own machinations. Arguably the defeat of the Spanish Armada kept North America from being Spanish throughout. It might have been very different in the U.S. had Sir Francis Drake and company failed to divide and conquer the Armada.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventure Collection: Treasure Island, The Jungle Book, Gulliver's Travels, White Fang, The Merry Adventures of Robin

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift, Jack London, Rudyard Kipling, and others
    • Narrated By Simon Vance, Michael Page, Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (451)

    This set includes five tales of extraordinary heroism, marvelous intrigue, and exceptional courage that have inspired and amazed people for generations.

    Lynnette says: "Here are the Chapter Numbers for Each Book"
    "Brilliant!"
    Overall
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    Brilliant collection. Was finally able to catch up on a number of stories from my childhood, when at times I had fallen asleep by the end of each chapter. Now, with the same eager ear yet the stoicism of one of a score and fifteen, throughout the adventures I remain boyish yet patient about the beauty, the ugliness, and humorous juxtaposition thereby, quite similar to how I was when I was very young.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Call of the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jack London
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2203)
    Performance
    (1959)
    Story
    (1966)

    A bold-spirited dog named Buck is stripped from his comfortable life on a California estate and thrust into the rugged terrain of the Klondike. There he is made a sled dog and battles to become his team's leader and the devoted servant of John Thornton, a man who shows him kindness amid the savage lawlessness of man and beast.

    Gillian says: "Yay! London As Read By Lee!"
    "Awesome"
    Overall
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    I read this book as a child and now resonate with characters' additional responsibilies as a man. But the carnal, primitive recognition of "the younger world of the wild" is unmistakable and timeless, just as it was when I was very young.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Build a Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (41 mins)
    • By Jack London
    • Narrated By John Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    To Build a Fire is regarded by many as an American classic, one of London's most highly regarded works. We never know the name of the protagonist as he makes his way towards his destination, trekking across the Yukon at 70° below zero. Nature is unforgiving to those who challenge her.

    David says: "Great Classic, Great Narrator"
    "Precise and dreamy at the same time"
    Overall
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    Narrarotor has a matter of fact reading style, which allows the listener to focus on one's own experience plugging oneself in as the protagonist, making for a great listen. The journey of this protagonist is almost poetic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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