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Jens

Ohain, Belgium | Member Since 2012

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  • Tamerlane: Conqueror of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Harold Lamb
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (62)

    In yet another superb historical work, Harold Lamb brings the mighty Tatar leader to vivid life and shows how this ruthless commander used his superior intellect and magnetic leadership to overcome one obstacle after another. Tamerlane was truly one of the most remarkable personalities ever to emerge from the steppes of Central Asia.

    curt says: "The man that conquered Afganistan"
    "Very entertaining, loved it"
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    What did you love best about Tamerlane?

    The narrator is doing a great job, good storytelling voice and pace. Luckily no sound effects as in other similar semi-fictious books. This is not your usual history book-type thing, going meticulously forward year by year but rather a smooth flowing story with lots of detail, vivid and colorful descriptions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its highly entertaining, lots of action and easy to follow plot. I am not sure about how much is fiction or facts, but it didn't bother me.


    What about Charlton Griffin’s performance did you like?

    Great voice, good speed. And good pronunciation of some very strange names, titles and places.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: A History of Venice: Queen of the Seas

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Thomas F. Madden
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    Renowned professor Thomas F. Madden focuses his expertise on what has been called the most beautiful city in the world: Venice. In these lectures, Professor Madden explains how the city on the lagoon was established by refugees escaping the onslaught of northern “barbarians” invading the crumbling Roman Empire. Through its history, Venice housed the world’s leading merchants, thrived as a maritime powerhouse, and developed into an independent republic not unlike the present United States.

    Bookworm says: "Absolutely fascinating"
    "Great entertainment"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Modern Scholar: A History of Venice the most enjoyable?

    Easy to listen too yet enough depth and details to make it hard to put on pause. I liked the small details that he manages to add to the otherwise high-level story line.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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