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Matthew

Nacogdoches, TX, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch: Skull-Crushing True Stories of the Most Hardcore Duels, Showdowns, Fistfights, Last Stands, and Military Engagements of All Time

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ben Thompson
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Unstoppable true stories of the most hardcore showdowns, last stands, and military engagements of all time! When only one can live, it's an ultimate deathmatch! This ain't no table tennis. You're not here to skip rope with your niece. You're here to witness the catastrophically awesome exploits of history's greatest badasses. Not only that, you're here to see what happens when badasses collide, when glory and doom hang in the balance, when two men enter one man leaves.

    G.Monie says: "Aside from Standards of Literacy, It's ok LoL"
    "Good idea, Poor execution"
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    Where does Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the middle


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

    average


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good concept; sacrificing historical accuracy for entertainment value. It's just that the s**t talking was uncreative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jack Weatherford
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4652)
    Performance
    (3126)
    Story
    (3153)

    The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

    Peter says: "Brilliant, insightful, intriguing."
    "It is impossible for it to give us what we want"
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    I wanted an engaging story about that bad ass Genghis Kahn. I also wanted history. So the author contrives a version of history where the destruction of civilization is a positive Thing. It feels like too much of a stretch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A History of China

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Hilda Hookham
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    Trying to squeeze an entire history of Chinese civilization into a brief, one volume account is a formidable task, but one that has succeeded brilliantly here. Hilda Hookham has provided us with a concise story that, while not getting too entangled with personalities and cultural issues, manages to navigate the swirling passage of events that comprise over 3,000 years of Chinese political history.

    Kimberly says: "Audible Can Do Better Than This"
    "Too difficult to retain"
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    The names are all in Chinese And there is no engaging narrative in which to help remember themThe narrator's voice was too somber. This added an air of dignity to the events but did not make anything standout

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stonehenge: A Novel of 2000 BC

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Four thousand years ago, a stranger's death and his ominous "gift" of gold precipitates the building of what will become known as one of mankind's most remarkable achievements. Stonehenge catapults us into a powerful and vibrant world of ritual and sacrifice at once timeless and wholly original. This is an epic tale of patricide, betrayal and murder; of brotherly rivalry; and of the never-ending quest for power, wealth, and spiritual fulfillment.

    Laurel says: "Stonehenge Possibilities"
    "Ambitious"
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    This story explores human nature and the human condition by going back to a state of nature.I was able to suspend my disbelief.I am a WASP.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Kingdom: The Saxon Chronicles, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Jamie Glover
    Overall
    (615)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (299)

    From Bernard Cornwell, the New York Times best-selling author whom the Washington Post calls "perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure novels today", comes a saga of blood, rage, fidelity, and betrayal. In the 9th and 10th centuries, King Alfred and his heirs fought to secure the survival of the last outpost of Anglo-Saxon culture by battling the ferocious Vikings, whose invading warriors had already captured and occupied three of England's four kingdoms.

    Stephen says: "Great Historical Fiction!"
    "Fun adventure"
    Overall
    Performance
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    The protagonist is interesting it is written from a first-person perspective so the hero is more complicated. Also the dialogue is good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1569)
    Performance
    (689)
    Story
    (701)

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "It wasn't brilliant"
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    The tension doesn't build in the masterful way that it used to in Bernards earlier books. All modesty aside I don't completely understand the principles that determine what makes a book interesting but this Story just feels like It is missing something. Feels like an outline.There is poor dialogue.And there's nothing interesting about the violence anymore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Mark W. Muesse
    Overall
    (897)
    Performance
    (776)
    Story
    (764)

    Meditation offers deep and lasting benefits for mental functioning and emotional health, as well as for physical health and well-being. These 24 detailed lectures teach you the principles and techniques of sitting meditation, the related practice of walking meditation, and the highly beneficial use of meditative awareness in many important activities, including eating and driving. You will also learn how to use the skills of meditation in working with thoughts and emotional states.

    Steven says: "Outstanding introduction"
    "The title is misleading"
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    This is NOT a guide to meditation. It is a guide to "MINDFULLNESS." Mindfullness, in this context, is a mystical spirituality. It draws most heavily on buddhism. It is about meditation only in so far as it helps the listener to understand what mindfulness is. If you are looking for a secular non-mystical guide to meditation keep looking. This will only leave you more confused.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Semper Fidelis: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (257)

    As mysterious injuries, and even deaths, begin to appear in the medical ledgers, it's clear that all is not well amongst the native recruits to Britannia's imperial army. Is the much-decorated centurion Geminus preying on his weaker soldiers? And could this be related to the appearance of Emperor Hadrian? Bound by his sense of duty and ill-advised curiosity, Ruso begins to ask questions nobody wants to hear. Meanwhile his barbarian wife Tilla is finding out some of the answers....

    Margaret says: "Hadrian is here!"
    "It is cozy"
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    It is cozy. The narrator sounds like someones grandpa. It gets scary for the main character (tense engaging) at times but usually not for too long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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