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Monica Stygar

Carlsbad, CA USA | Member Since 2012

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  • The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (151)

    Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) ascended to the throne of Macedon at the age of 20. He fought his greatest battles, including the conquest of the mighty Persian Empire, before he was 25, and died at the age of 33, still undefeated by any enemy. His reputation as a supreme warrior and leader of men is unsurpassed in the annals of history.

    Bill says: "Excellent"
    "Wow"
    Overall

    All I can say is Wow. Stephen Pressfield's books are always engrossing, but this one is absolutely riveting. Told from the perspective of Alexander the Great - you get amazing insight into the history of his rule and also into the possible persona of a great military leader. The book is intense, detailed, and a little disturbing, but forces you to really think about the psychology necessary to be a leader at Alexander's level.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6631)
    Performance
    (5720)
    Story
    (5712)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "I Missed James Marsters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I think I enjoyed the story and eventually got used to John Glover as the narrator, but I couldn't help but compare his performances to James Marters' and it just wasn't as good a performance. I did eventually get into the story, and it was the same good humor, mystery, and tension which Jim Butcher is known for. Overall it wasn't bad, but not as enjoyable as ealier audiobooks in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starship Troopers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3277)
    Performance
    (2021)
    Story
    (2052)

    Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.

    Michael says: "Well Aged Heinlein"
    "Great Book / Great Reading"
    Overall

    This is an excellent story - thought provoking but amusing and engaging. It was also an excellent reading. The narrator did a great job with it. It is easy to listen to and appreciate.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (2648)
    Performance
    (1454)
    Story
    (1481)

    A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.

    SHEILA says: "Bloodsucking FUN!"
    "Very Entertaining"
    Overall

    This book is typical Christopher Moore - meaning, very off the wall and very irreverent, but funny and entertaining. I listen to these on long road trips and am challenged when I need to stop and really just want to stay in the car and listen. Lots of fun.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • How Great Generals Win

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Bevin Alexander
    • Narrated By James Slattery
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Throughout history great generals have done what their enemies have least expected. Instead of direct, predictable attack, they have deceived, encircled, outflanked, out-thought, and triumphed over often superior armies commanded by conventional thinkers.

    Charlie says: "Intriguing"
    "Good but Challenging"
    Overall

    This is an excellent book, but it is a challenging one to listen to as an audiobook. There is a lot technical in here and some of it is a little hard to follow as an audiobook. Still, the historical content is excellent and there is a great deal to learn from this reading. I feel like I have a much different perspecitve on key historical military figures and the state of warfare in their times.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4772)
    Performance
    (2004)
    Story
    (2017)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Very Entertaining"
    Overall

    Very funny, very entertaining. Had to find excuses to drive around so I could keep listening to it...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Audiobook): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart, The Writers of The Daily Show
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart
    Overall
    (3764)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (684)

    Jon Stewart, host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show, and his coterie of patriots deliver a hilarious look at American government.

    Connie says: "Runs hot and cold..but when it's hot...it's hot"
    "Funny"
    Overall

    OK, I admit the guy who reads the part of Thomas Jefferson was a little creepy, but other than that, this was a great audiobook. Fun and funny! I laughed my way through almost the whole thing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Rommel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By Alfred Molina
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    Autumn 1942. Hitler's legions have swept across Europe; France has fallen; Churchill and the English stand isolated on their island. In North Africa, Rommel and his Panzers have routed the British Eighth Army and stand poised to overrun Egypt, Suez, and the oil fields of the Middle East.

    James says: "Killing Rommel"
    "Excellent Book, Excellent Reading"
    Overall

    An amazing story. I thoroughly enjoyed this Audiobook. For anyone who loves historical fiction, this is excellent. There are not only the rich details of life in the WWII North Africa Campaign, but profound messages about maintaining your humanity in the midst of war. The audiobook reading is also excellent and lends a dimension to the story you might not get from reading the book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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