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Niklas

Taby, Sweden | Member Since 2013

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  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • A History of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andrew Marr
    • Narrated By Andrew Marr, David Timson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    From the earliest civilizations to the 21st century: a global journey through human history, published alongside a landmark BBC One television series. Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey, Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean.

    Tad Davis says: "Excellent introduction"
    "Fun and engaging"
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    Being a spin off to a BBC documentary there is a solid body of facts and, at least to me, new information about parts of history that may have been "less" covered in popular history books that I've come across.

    It is well narrated, engaging and easy to listen while going through your everyday activites.

    I'm relatively new to audiobooks but this one almost felt like a paper one, I cold pause more or less anywhere and pick it up minutes or days later without "loosing the plot".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Belgarath the Sorcerer

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
    • Narrated By J. P. Linton
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (409)

    When the world was young and Gods still walked among their mortal children, a headstrong orphan boy set out to explore the world. Thus began the extraordinary adventures that would mold that youthful vagabond into a man, and the man into the finely honed instrument of Prophecy known to all the world as Belgarath the Sorcerer.

    Seth H. Wilson says: "Great book; dreadful narration"
    "Excellent companion to the Belgariad and Mallorean"
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    Having read the Belgariad and Mallorean book series many years ago I decided to pick this one up, more or less on a whim.

    The book covers a few thousand years before the main book series and give some background about what happened before the Belgariad and Mallorean. If you haven't read them before I would recommend you do that first.

    It is written in the same storyteller style as all other books by the Eddings and is a classic adventure story filled with engaging characters, humor and suspense all delivered at a perfect pace.

    Having children of my own I would argue that all Eddings books are suitable for a young adults which is not always the case in this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Discoveries: The Multicultural Roots of Modern Science from the Babylonians to the Maya

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dick Teresi
    • Narrated By Peter Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (54)

    In the tradition of Daniel Boorstin, the co-founder of Omni delivers an original work of history that demonstrates why modern science rests on a foundation built by ancient and medieval non-European societies. "If you think that modern science is rooted in the golden age of Greece, you owe it to yourself to [hear this] book," says Library Journal.

    Crai says: "more political than scientific"
    "Something for the spirituality section?"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The basic premise of the book is great and I have to say that I found it interesting and informative at first.

    Somewhat light on hard facts and full of opinions which is OK until about half way through the book when it became clear that this appear to be a selection of facts and anecdotes to build up a religious and/or spiritual message/point of view.


    What about Peter Johnson’s performance did you like?

    I liked Peter's performance, enjoyable narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Differing points of view are always welcome and even though I do not agree with the authors point of view it was a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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