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Matthew

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  • Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Brian M. Fagan
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    (56)
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    (52)
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    (49)

    Where do we come from? How did our ancestors settle this planet? How did the great historic civilizations of the world develop? How does a past so shadowy that it has to be painstakingly reconstructed from fragmentary, largely unwritten records nonetheless make us who and what we are?

    These 36 lectures bring you the answers that the latest scientific and archaeological research and theorizing suggest about human origins, how populations developed, and the ways in which civilizations spread throughout the globe.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Conceptually But Becoming Dated"
    "Another Great Course!!"
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    My husband and I learned so much from this course. The history of religion, government, and society in the First Civilizations is fascinating and enlightening and also added to our understanding of how our current world view was shaped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Fortune: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (59)
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    (60)

    In New York Times best-selling author Victoria Laurie’s newest Psychic Eye Mystery, Abby Cooper is trusting her intuition and heading to Sin City to bet on a friend’s innocence.... When police show Abby surveillance video of her best friend and business partner, Candice Fusco, shooting a man in cold blood, she can’t believe her eyes. And when the cops tell her they think the victim has ties to the Mob - and perhaps Candice does, too - she can’t believe her ears. Surely there is a logical explanation.

    Jill says: "Loved it!"
    "Abbie solves the case again"
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    What did you love best about Fatal Fortune?

    I enjoyed the narrator, and found the story's clever twists and turns surprising. I kept thinking that the story was so simple and Abbie too for not being able to solve it. But one by one, she fooled me when I felt Abbie was being obtuse.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Candace is my favorite character, even though we never see her until the end of the story. Bryce and Dutch are both warm and lovable.


    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Michaels – was your favorite?

    Elizabeth Michaels makes a great Abbie.


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

    Who is driving that yellow Porsche?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3997)
    Performance
    (3570)
    Story
    (3566)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "A Well Told Man and Dog story"
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    Where does Suspect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Suspect is fiction and the best books in my queue are the Great Courses Series non-fiction / history, but I enjoyed this man and dog love fest told from the perspectives of the dog and his handler.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. I love that the dog's point of view is presented. A traumatic event leaves the dog without his handler and a bit confused about his new job. The dog quickly bonds with his new handler who finds himself a suspect in the murder that he is investigating. There's some love interest and the story keeps the reader guessing about how the story will resolve.


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

    I enjoyed the male voice. His deep and resonant voice is easy on the ears and his portrayals of women are also believable. Definitely easy on the ears.


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

    I always get caught up in the stories, but this book definitely held my interest. It resolved a little too easily for my taste, but I liked the outcome. The story wasn't so much about solving a crime but about the relationships that bond one individual to another. A story well told by a powerful reader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rhythm and Bluegrass

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (525)
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    (523)

    The anticipated follow up to Molly Harper's My Bluegrass Baby, which followed Sadie Hawkins as she jockeyed for the director's position at the Kentucky Tourism Commission with a sophisticated and handsome challenger.

    Cynthia says: "SO SO SO SO SO GOOD!"
    "Molly Harper does it again"
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    Where does Rhythm and Bluegrass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi work together to make a light hearted telling of a down home story. I enjoy Harper's characters and their interaction with each other. Most characters are harmless and behave in a rather scatterbrained rather than intentionally mean way. The main character wants to rescue artifacts from a crumbling Music Hall but soon realizes there's more to save than a few photos and some sheet music.She runs into difficulties when the heir to the music hall actively works against her. I preferred "How to Flirt With a Naked Werewolf" but the really nice thing about Harper's stories is that her characters are human and comically harmless.


    What other book might you compare Rhythm and Bluegrass to and why?

    This story seems to loosely tie to "My Bluegrass Baby" because the main character in both are working with the Tourism board, but each of her books have a unique story line and characters.


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

    Ronconi has a very youthful voice and seems best presenting a young independent woman. She's a bit brassy which bothers my husband, but this kind of story isn't for him anyway. Harper's stories are definitely light romance.


    If you could rename Rhythm and Bluegrass, what would you call it?

    Saving the Old Music Hall


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5006)
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    (2807)
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    (2842)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "Complicated but enchanting story"
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    Kate Morton tells a fascinating story of three generations of women as one tries to solve the mystery of her birth. Traveling through time from 1909 to 2005 we learn the woman's story from the point of view of the mother, the daughter and the grand-daughter. Nell was found on a dock by a ship captain. Was her story happily changed for the better or was she denied her birthright by being removed from a wealthy household. Each woman in the story has known loss and sorrow. Caroline Lee did a terrific job performing the voices of the women as their thoughts and feelings and conversations with others are presented. I would guess this is one of her best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cape Storm: Weather Warden, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (53)
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    Weather Warden Joanne Baldwin and her new husband, the Djinn David, are running from a malevolent hurricane bent on destroying her. Joined by an army of fellow Wardens and Djinn onboard a hijacked luxury liner, Joanne has lured the storm into furious pursuit. But even their combined magic may not be enough to stop it-nor the power-mad ex-Weather Warden controlling it.

    Matthew says: "Paranormal to the Extreme"
    "Paranormal to the Extreme"
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    I have to admit that I read all of the books in this series. Avidly. But of all the stories, the one I liked the best was "Thin Air" when Joanne Baldwin loses her memory. Ultimately these books are over the top. Baldwin has super powers although she is human, but she interacts with Djinn and demons, and they also have superpowers. The best part of these stories is the conflicted nature of our heroine. She is the ultimate good guy--er gal. She's the best and most powerful of the Wardens, although she says Lewis is stronger. But being the best means being hunted and taunted by darker forces--demons. Her whole story centers around her unfortunate ingestion of a demon at the hands of one of her fellow wardens. From there, the story devolves from one book to the next as she tries to get out of her sticky trap existence. Book 8 is really out there as we near the conclusion. Possessed by a demon she is trying to remove, she all but kills her team and friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Robert J. Allison
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    (40)
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    The history of colonial America is a story of extraordinary scope, with Europeans, Africans, and the native peoples of North America interacting in a drama of settlement and conflict that lasted nearly three centuries. Go back in time and relive this epic story in 36 spellbinding lectures. While concentrating on British North America, Professor Allison also covers developments in the colonial outposts of Spain, France, the Netherlands, and the all-important British possessions in the West Indies, which were the source of the most lucrative crop in the New World - sugar - and the reason for the enormous growth in the slave trade.

    James R. Ellis says: "New Perspectives and great insights"
    "Excellent Teacher ! Great Course!"
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    This series presented a lot of information in an easy to absorb and interesting way. Loved it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Void Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1337)
    Performance
    (702)
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    In L.A., Cassie Black is another beautiful woman in a Porsche: except Cassie just did six years in prison and still has "outlaw juice" flowing in her veins. Now Cassie is returning to her old profession, taking down a money man in Vegas. But the perfect heist goes very wrong, and suddenly Cassie is on the run - with a near-psychotic Vegas "fixer" killing everyone who knew about the job.

    Snoodely says: "Connelly rules!"
    "Not his best"
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    Michael Connelly's characters are all compelling. I prefer the Harry Bosch series and offshoots. This Kind of bittersweet and sad story didn't seem as good as he usually is. .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (1165)
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    (1022)
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    Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

    Kirstin says: "Mary Roach Does Not Disappoint!"
    "Interesting and Informative"
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    Mary Roach does it again with her fascinating study of all things related to the gastrointestinal tract. ALL THINGS. If nothing else, Mary Roach is thorough. You may learn things you never wanted to know. I like her presentation and appreciate her humor. Roach presents historical and scientific facts in a way that makes it all very interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bring Up the Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (1113)
    Performance
    (951)
    Story
    (958)

    Though he battled for seven years to marry her, Henry is disenchanted with Anne Boleyn. She has failed to give him a son and her sharp intelligence and audacious will alienate his old friends and the noble families of England. When the discarded Katherine dies in exile from the court, Anne stands starkly exposed, the focus of gossip and malice. At a word from Henry, Thomas Cromwell is ready to bring her down.

    Darwin8u says: "Mantel Pulls the History out of the History"
    "Can't wait for Book 3!!"
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    Hilary Mantel and Simon Vance deliver a historical account of the execution of Ann Boleyn with all the fears and powers inherent of living and working for a troubled king. Again we are viewing things through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell, the King's personal Secretary and lawyer. He cleverly entraps Thomas Moore to his doom, and works his magic to save or sacrifice others in the court. Not an easy position to be in. Challenging listening but historically accurate and interesting. But even as we know the outcomes, we continue to hope for certain characters, particularly Cromwell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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