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  • 7 reviews
  • 81 ratings
  • 140 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Salt: A World History

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    So much of our human body is made up of salt that we'd be dead without it. The fine balance of nature, the trade of salt as a currency of many nations and empires, the theme of a popular Shakespearean play...Salt is best selling author Mark Kurlansky's story of the only rock we eat.

    Karen says: "More than SALT"
    "Rambles a bit, but interesting"

    Although my wife didn't listen to this book, she learned to hate it... while I was listening to it and for weeks after, I bombarded her with all the fascinating trivia about salt that I picked up. This was mostly at meals, of course. The book is packed with interesting facts, but I wish the author had organized them better. Sometimes he takes a chronological approach, but then switches gears to a geographical approach, and then on to a culinary approach and then back to chronological. The narration could have been a little crisper. It's a light listen overall, but worth your time.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander Hamilton

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    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"

    This was a very enjoyable listen. There are many great things to be said about the book that have already been noted here. My only concern is that I did not get a good enough idea of why Hamilton was so despised by the Jeffersonians. Perhaps this book wouldn't be the right the place for it, but I would have benefitted from a more objective discussion of the Jeffersonian ideals that conflicted so much with Hamilton and the Federalists. What this book provides instead is an extended illumination of Jefferson's hypocrasies, which, while fascinating and mind-opening, does not really address the ideaological differences between the men sufficiently.

    Anyway, a good book should lead you to others, and I'll now seek out a better understanding of all this. This was well worth the listen and fully worthy of 5 stars!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Truman

    • UNABRIDGED (53 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger

    The life of Harry S. Truman is one of the greatest of American stories, filled with vivid characters and dramatic events. In this riveting biography, acclaimed historian David McCullough not only captures the man, a more complex, informed, and determined man than ever before imagined, but also the turbulent times in which he rose, boldly, to meet unprecedented challenges.

    Erik says: "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    This book is the best value on Audible! This is my second favorite book from Audible, after Charlie Wilson's War. I really became a fan of Truman after listening to this book, and I have to admit that I even got a little misty-eyed when he died! The book takes some time to get into as the first few hours read like the beginning of an Icelandic saga, delving into the archaic ancestry of Truman and Missouri. This was an interesting mini-history of Missouri to an extent, but I could have done without it. I would have liked more detail about his presidency instead. Great narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen Kinzer
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard

    In a cloak-and-dagger story of spies, saboteurs, and secret agents, Kinzer reveals the involvement of Eisenhower, Churchill, Kermit Roosevelt, and the CIA in Operation Ajax, which restored Mohammad Reza Shah to power. Reza imposed a tyranny that ultimately sparked the Islamic Revolution of 1979 which, in turn, inspired fundamentalists throughout the Muslim world, including the Taliban and terrorists who thrived under its protection.

    amazonman says: "Fascinating & Insightful View of US/ Iran History"
    "A good history, but the narration could be better"

    Although I wasn't crazy about the narrator or sound quality, the subject matter and writing were engaging. Shame on Ike for allowing the coup to happen!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By George Crile
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Charlie Wilson's War is the untold story behind the last battle of the Cold War and how it fueled the rise of militant Islam. George Crile tells how Charlie Wilson, a maverick congressman from east Texas, conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch the biggest, meanest, and most successful covert operation in the agency's history.

    Chuck says: "Best Non-Fiction Book - Extremely Compelling!!!"
    "The Best Listen!!"

    Of the dozen or so books I've listened to, this was the best so far. This is exactly the kind of book that proves that non-fiction can be more exciting than fiction. Great characters, great story, and some really important history to boot! The narrator sounded like Rod Sterling from the Twilight Zone - a perfect match for the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The First Man in Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner

    Author of the beloved classic The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough creates sweeping sagas that are unparalleled in their drama and emotional grandeur. Now she carries listeners into the pageantry and passion, politics and intrigue of ancient Rome. Cunning and ambition were prized in this vast and powerful empire, but what would it take to win its highest honor, to be First Man in Rome?

    Jessica says: "Best Historical Fiction Ever"
    "Well worth the listen"

    This was a great story! The author really managed to squeeze in a lot of history, too. This book piqued my interest in Roman history and led to more great listens (The 12 Caesars and A History of Rome). I liked the narration as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kenneth C. Davis
    • Narrated By Jeff Wooden

    When Don't Know Much About History first appeared, it created a sensation. With humor, great stories, and a trademark conversational style, the audiobook brought Americans a fresh new take on history. Davis proved that Americans don't hate history - they just hate the dull textbook version they were force-fed in school.

    Tom says: "Great listen. Great information."
    "Not for Lynn Cheney"

    I liked the balance this book provided between the bright and dark spots of American history. I've always been skeptical of the mythical status of American history as it is usually remembered; this book brings it down to earth. I didn't like the narrator too much, and especially not the "guests" who read the quotes. I also felt like too much time was devoted to everything before the Revolution. The 1800s just whizzed by. Overall, though, it was well worth the long listen and I learned a lot.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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