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  • Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Nicholas Lemann
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    A century after Appomattox, the civil rights movement won full citizenship for black Americans in the South. It should not have been necessary: by 1870 those rights were set in the Constitution. This is the story of the terrorist campaign that took them away.

    KMB Consumer says: "A good accouting of the post Civil War suffering"
    "A good accouting of the post Civil War suffering"
    Overall

    This is a good history and accounting of the post Civil War suffering that freed blacks had to endure, but also shows the conviction, bravery and determination that many blacks possessed during this difficult period. I liked everything except the narrator's style. Something about this book left me thinking it could have been much more effective emotionally if narrated by someone else.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9113)
    Performance
    (3336)
    Story
    (3414)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Thought Provoking"
    Overall

    Very suspenseful, thought provoking and interesting. Somewhat long, with a few parts that could have been left out without losing anything. A typical Dan Brown mystery with many spiritual overtones and messages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Six Frigates

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ian W. Toll
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (68)

    Before the ink was dry on the U.S. Constitution, the establishment of a permanent military had become the most divisive issue facing the new government. Would a standing army be the thin end of dictatorship? Would a navy protect American commerce against the Mediterranean pirates, or drain the treasury and provoke hostilities with the great powers? The founders, particularly Jefferson, Madison, and Adams, debated these questions fiercely and switched sides more than once.

    George Carpenter III says: "BE ADVISED THIS BOOK IS ABRIDGED"
    "Two thumbs up!"
    Overall

    This is a very good history of the first navy of the United States, and of how important having a naval force was to the success in the revolutionary period. I recommend this book to anyone interested in American history, naval history, or who just enjoys a good book. The narration is very good also.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander Hamilton

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ron Chernow
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    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.

    C. Kelley says: "The forgotten one"
    "An amazing man!"
    Overall

    This is a very enjoyable history of the life of one of our founding fathers. The author does a nice job of showing the demeanor and personality of Alexander Hamilton, and the narration is very good also.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Anti-Inflammation Zone: Reversing the Silent Epidemic That's Destroying Our Health

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Barry Sears
    • Narrated By Barry Sears
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    No one is immune from silent inflammation, a condition that occurs when the body's natural immune system goes awry, the underlying factor behind the development of these dreaded diseases and more: heart Disease, cancer, dementia, arthritis, and diabetes. Dr. Barry Sears reveals how to combat silent inflammation in order to reduce your risk of each disease and condition, and how to reverse it if you have it already.

    KMB Consumer says: "I learned more than I expected!"
    "I learned more than I expected!"
    Overall

    I never know whether I should believe and follow all that I learn in books like this, but I enjoy having the knowledge and ability to make the choice. Whether you listen to this audiobook for the knowledge or to change your lifestyle, it is worth listening to and becoming more aware of what we put in our mouths does to us after we swallow it.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Einstein: His Life and Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3833)
    Performance
    (1764)
    Story
    (1775)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You thought he was a stodgy scientist with funny hair, but Isaacson and Hermann reveal an eloquent, intense, and selfless human being who not only shaped science with his theories, but politics and world events in the 20th century as well. Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos.

    Henrik says: "Surprise: Two books in one!"
    "A must read!"
    Overall

    What an exellent book! And, the narration was also very good and enjoyable to listen to. This is a wonderful history of Einstein's life and accomplishments and a good insight as to what kind of person, father, professor, and husband he was.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Time Management from the Inside Out

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Julie Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Julie Morgenstern
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    These days we face no greater challenge in our personal and professional lives than organizing and managing our time. Julie Morgenstern's groundbreaking from-the-inside-out approach will help you uncover your psychological strengths and stumbling blocks and create a time-management system that suits your individual needs.

    Deepali says: "Would make more sense in print"
    "Good tips for staying focused"
    Overall

    Like the other time management book I reviewed, this is a good book for everyone to listen to. As you might expect due to the subject matter, this book is well organized and flows nicely as the author covers the steps one can/should follow to increase his/her efficiency and productivity. It's definitely worth listeing to, but does not provide any new tips not also offered by other books on this subject.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Spencer Johnson
    • Narrated By Tony Roberts
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (73)

    If you're a bit too comfortable with routine, it's time to listen to the bestseller everyone's squeaking about, Who Moved My Cheese?. You'll hear how to cope with change before the competition turns your business into runny Brie.

    Catherine says: "Cheesy, but relevant"
    "A cute and important story"
    Overall

    I heard a lot about this book, and even had it in paperback, but never took the time to read it, so I decided to listen to it instead. It is a cute story, and delivers a very important message in a very delicate way. But, you can get the message in about 1/3 the time, and don't need to listen to the entire book to learn it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Buddhism Plain and Simple

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Steve Hagen
    • Narrated By Steve Hagen
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    The observations and insights of the Buddha are practical and eminently down-to-earth, dealing exclusively with awareness in the here and now. Buddhism Plain and Simple offers listeners these fundamental teachings stripped of the cultural trappings that have accumulated around Buddhism over the past 25 centuries.

    Sean says: "Delivers What It Promises"
    "This book lives up to its title"
    Overall

    This is a very good book for anyone who is interested in learning what Buddhism is and what it is not. It is narrated by the author, and he is very pleasant to listen to. It's full of information and in no way tries to sway or convert the listener into following Buddhism.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Buddhist: Mindfulness, Enlightenment, and Sitting Still

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dinty W. Moore
    • Narrated By Jack Hawkins
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Dinty Moore set out to explore America's fascination with Buddhism and found himself enthralled. You will be too, as Moore takes you into the world of American-style Buddhism, from a mountain retreat for executives learning to deal with stress to a Tibetan Freedom Concert with the Beastie Boys.

    Cynthia says: "ineresting and worthwhile"
    "Needs more content"
    Overall

    This was a good introduction to Buddhism, but I found other books that were much more educational. See my other reviews for those books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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