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J.

I really enjoy a good audio book, -mostly lectures, mostly History. I enjoy the philology, archeology as well.

Member Since 2013

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  • Great Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bob Brier
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    What is it about ancient Egypt that still captures our imaginations? How did it grow from a few villages along the Nile into the greatest power the world had ever seen? Explore these questions and more in these 12 entertaining lectures that tell the stories of the great pharaohs and the daily realities of Egyptian life.

    J. says: "Bob Brier all day every day..."
    "Bob Brier all day every day..."
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    If you could sum up Great Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt in three words, what would they be?

    Bob Brier's got an affable manner and he really knows his stuff, he's a great tale teller, lecturer this is basic introductory material, and should be pretty much de rigueur for anyone who's interested in the Pharaonic timeline. This is a great place to start.

    Great narration, one small complaint, the awful trumpeting fanfare they play at the beginning of every 35 minute lecture. Too loud and too raucous, overwrought. I'm laying in bed, not attending a Jousting match.

    Otherwise this series is fine.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunt for Atlantis

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Andy McDermott
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (102)

    It's one of history's most enduring and controversial legends: the lost city of Atlantis. Archaeologist Nina Wilde is certain she's solved the riddle of its whereabouts - and with the help of reclusive billionaire Kristian Frost, his beautiful daughter, Kari, and ex-SAS bodyguard Eddie Chase, she's about to make the most important discovery in centuries. But not everyone wants them to succeed....

    Jo says: "No Maturity"
    "A pleasant diversion"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    If you are looking for a true to life, accurate, plausible, realistic story, this might not be your cup of tea. That's the one thing I would change, -if everything could have been just a little more 'plausible'. But hey, it's not a documentary, it's great Fantasy.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Andy McDermott? Why or why not?

    Yes, I think the writing style lends itself to audiobooks.


    What three words best describe Gildart Jackson’s voice?

    Firstly, Gildart Jackson is a fine presenter, narrator. I must add the Nota Bene that; When he does a Woman's voice, it sounds like a flamboyantly gay male. I actually laughed out loud a couple of times, I can't say why other audiobook narrators somehow manage to pull it off without sounding this way. But it's no big deal, -only noteworthy because the question was asked.


    Do you think The Hunt for Atlantis needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    A follow up? I can't imagine how they would pull that off! But what the heck, I like and recognize Andy McDermott now and I'm all about loyalty so Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Follow me on Twitter! @maimecat

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By The Great Courses, Robert Garland
    • Narrated By Professor Robert Garland
    Overall
    (947)
    Performance
    (852)
    Story
    (843)

    Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

    Mark says: "Tantalizing time trip"
    "Outstanding insights, excellent narration"
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    Would you listen to The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World again? Why?

    Because of the Professors skillful delivery I'll definitely be giving this title another listen. This lectures series will round out your timeline with useful details that make it easier to parse the bigger picture.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this title to anyone who loves History.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The History of Ancient Egypt

    • ORIGINAL (24 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Bob Brier
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (273)
    Story
    (274)

    Ancient Egyptian civilization is so grand our minds sometimes have difficulty adjusting to it. It lasted 3,000 years, longer than any other on the planet. Its Great Pyramid of Cheops was the tallest building in the world until well into the 19th century and remains the only Ancient Wonder still standing. And it was the most technologically advanced of the ancient civilizations, with the medical knowledge that made Egyptian physicians the most famous in the world.

    Nassir says: "Incomprehensibly complete"
    "Great lecture series"
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    What did you like best about The History of Ancient Egypt? What did you like least?

    Bob Brier is a great orator a World class Egyptologist. Unfortunately this recording was ruined by some very annoying post production elements that detract greatly from the presentation of the material.

    At the beginning of every segment a very, annoying musical score is added. I's a loud, trumpeting "fanfare" that serves no purpose but to annoy and is completely out of place.

    If you like to listen to Audiobooks in a relaxed setting this post production music will set your teeth on edge and send you reaching for the volume to pot that awful music down every 20 minutes or so. No excuse for bad decisions like this.

    I don't understand how anyone thought that adding this audio could possibly make the series more enjoyable.

    Other than this the series was great, as a "primer" to Egyptian History. You might have heard most of the anecdotes, but Prof. Brier adds enough details that you will be sure to learn something.

    I won't buy another audiobook lecture if it has these post production "score" added to it.
    -which is why I'm mentioning it here.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (25115)
    Performance
    (18997)
    Story
    (19062)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "An epic story well told..."
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    If you could sum up A Game of Thrones in three words, what would they be?

    Rich,Evocative,Family


    What other book might you compare A Game of Thrones to and why?

    Classically, I would describe this a "King Arthur" Knight's of the Roundtable tome. But I love the way Martin built this Universe from scratch, free of constraints, he weaves and incredibly rich story with unique and pleasant "differentness" -It's not quite fantasy, not quite science fiction, it's just brilliant writing in a fresh, unique presentation that features the best of all genres.


    What does Roy Dotrice bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I wondered if Roy Dotrice didn't see photos of the Characters that ended up playing the parts, it seems to me he must have, because he sure did nail each character. What an amazing job he did narrating this book, this was easily -the- most enjoyable Audiobook I have listened to. I could listen to him reading a phonebook.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Wanted too, but found myself going back and re-listening to each chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an amazing book, doesn't matter to me if people watch the series 1st but if you are going to listen to the audio book, you might as well get he Kindle read along version while you are at it! Enjoy the Series!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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