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Mahal

La Quinta, CA USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Tom Holland
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (163)

    The Roman Republic was the most remarkable state in history. What began as a small community of peasants camped among marshes and hills ended up ruling the known world. Rubicon paints a vivid portrait of the Republic at the climax of its greatness - the same greatness which would herald the catastrophe of its fall. It is a story of incomparable drama.

    Emily says: "Connects the Dots and Fills In the Gaps"
    "Great Overall"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Rubicon to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rubicon?

    The part where Pompi literally ends the Republic by forcing Mark Anthony and Ceasers other men in Rome out by a death threat. Then tries to say he is saving the Republic. He forced Ceasars hand and ended the Republic.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Crossley – was your favorite?

    Ceasar.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the senators forced Pompi to attack Ceaser in the east. Destroying any chance for them to gain power again. Pompi the general knew better, but the senators thinking they know it all ruined everything for them.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 1861: The Civil War Awakening

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Adam Goodheart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (616)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (453)

    As the United States marks the 150th anniversary of our defining national drama, 1861 presents a gripping and original account of how the Civil War began. 1861 is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents' faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal.

    James says: "Fascinating."
    "Another bitter Southerner"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Try not to let the authorers personal preferance show thru so much.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Adam Goodheart again?

    Maybe, but probably not.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    no the book itself was not all that great.


    Did 1861: The Civil War Awakening inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, try to find an author in favor of the north wining.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is another up set southerner and is trying to paint the north in a very bad light.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • I Am a Pole (And So Can You!)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Tom Hanks, Stephen Colbert
    Overall
    (647)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (556)

    The story of a pole, searching for his purpose in life. "The perfect gift to give a child or grandchild for their high school or college graduation. Also Father's Day. Also, other times."
    —Stephen Colbert

    Phillip says: "It might be inspirational."
    "What it take to make this?"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It being longer then 7 min.


    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen Colbert before, how does this one compare?

    better then his auto biography.


    Did Tom Hanks and Stephen Colbert (introduction) do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    yea.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from I Am a Pole (And So Can You!)?

    the only scene, make it longer.


    Any additional comments?

    very short.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, and others
    Overall
    (1877)
    Performance
    (936)
    Story
    (932)

    Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here? These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when it became apparent to Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show that the world was about to end, they embarked on a massive mission to write a book that summed up the human race: What we looked like; what we accomplished; our achievements in society, government, religion, science, and culture - all in a lavishly produced audiobook.

    Lee says: "Good book, not great. But let me explain."
    "Good alround book."
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    Where does The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was one of my favorite.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Stweart and samantha b.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The chapter about commerce was funny.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Earth


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution: 1763-1789

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs)
    • By Robert Middlekauff
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (184)

    The first book to appear in the illustrious Oxford History of the United States, this critically-acclaimed volume - a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize - offers an unsurpassed history of the Revolutionary War and the birth of the American republic.

    John says: "Strong History Rich With Behind The Scenes Details"
    "A wealth of info"
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    Would you listen to The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution: 1763-1789 again? Why?

    yes. Maybe i missed some info and would pick it up a second time around.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The chapter describing how america got Cornwalace trapped at Yorktown.


    What about Robert Fass’s performance did you like?

    it was good, but this time the contence of the book was better.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was thoroughly entertained and well informed.


    Any additional comments?

    Strongly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am America (And So Can You!)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Stephen Colbert
    Overall
    (1857)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (477)

    What The Daily Show is to evening news, The Colbert Report is to personality-driven pundit shows. Colbert brings his sarcastic charm to a half-hour report, tackling the important issues of the day and telling his guests why their opinions are just plain wrong. Stephen stands for "truthiness" and his American right to copyright that word and claim ownership of it. The author describes this as a simple audiobook from a simple mind: Stephen Colbert's.

    Ty says: "Funny, but disappointing."
    "Disapoitng"
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    Would you try another book from Stephen Colbert and/or Stephen Colbert?

    maybe, but need to know it is not another biography.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen Colbert again?

    Yes.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Colbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. It compares badly to his other work.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from I Am America (And So Can You!)?

    his life story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Troy Denning
    • Narrated By Marc Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (566)

    In the stunning finale of the epic Fate of the Jedi series, Jedi and Sith face off - with Coruscant as their battlefield. For the Sith, it’s the chance to restore their dominance over the galaxy that forgot them for so long. For Abeloth, it’s a giant step in her quest to conquer all life everywhere. For Luke Skywalker, it’s a call to arms to eradicate the Sith and their monstrous new master once and for all. In a planetwide strike, teams of Jedi Knights take the Sith infiltrators by swift and lethal surprise.

    Frat says: "Does NOT disappoint!"
    "Great book to listen read"
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    Would you listen to Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse again? Why?

    yes. Great story to it. has lots of the main characters. and then describes the history of the force good and ties in other stories in it well.


    What other book might you compare Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Apocalypse to and why?

    The holy bible.


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

    makes it easy for the professorial driver to drive a listen to a book.


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

    i could have, but very long. Nice thought. helps pass the time on the road.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imperial Grunts: The American Military on the Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robert D. Kaplan
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (39)

    In this landmark book, Robert D. Kaplan, veteran correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly and author of Balkan Ghosts, shows how American imperialism and the Global War on Terrorism are implemented on the ground, mission by mission, in the most exotic landscapes around the world.

    Clark says: "completely engaging and informative"
    "Not what I thought"
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    What did you like best about Imperial Grunts? What did you like least?

    Few of the stories.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    something with more of a story to it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    not much. the story its self was little off. the description was a little off, but the book was still ok.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    maybe.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Overton Window

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1155)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (407)

    A plan to destroy America, a hundred years in the making, is about to be unleashed. There is a powerful technique called the Overton Window that can shape our lives, our laws, and our future. It works by manipulating public perception so that ideas previously thought of as radical begin to seem acceptable over time. Move the Window and you change the debate. Change the debate and you change the country.

    Ray says: "It Could Happen Soon"
    "looking foward to sequal"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. its views on media and what they do is something different. Sick way to look at things, but new and try's to justify it. It was a far stretch at times that did make the book little boring at times, but it's messages was good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    american them.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    no, just the story it's self was a bit much at times.


    Do you think The Overton Window needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    yes. Left off with lots of questions. And built lots of themes up then goes no where.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Why We Suck

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dr. Denis Leary
    • Narrated By Dr. Denis Leary
    Overall
    (407)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (147)

    In Why We Suck, Dr. Denis Leary uses his common sense, and his biting and hilarious take on the world, to attack the politically correct, the hypocritical, the obese, the thin - basically everyone who takes themselves too seriously. He does so with the extra oomph of a doctorate bestowed upon him by his alma mater Emerson College. "Sure it's just a celebrity type of thing - they only gave it to me because I'm famous." Leary explains.

    C. Byrnes says: "Laughed Out Loud Bunches"
    "Leary's old age made him soft"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not what i thought it was going to be. the description was not necesarly 100 percent acurate.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    something full of more comedy.


    What about Dr. Denis Leary’s performance did you like?

    his attempt to describe american's.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no way.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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