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Paul

Marietta, GA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 11 reviews
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  • 427 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Bruce Feiler
    • Narrated By Bruce Feiler
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    At a moment when the world is asking, "Can the religions get along?" one figure stands out as the shared ancestor of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. One man holds the key to our deepest fears and our possible reconciliation. Abraham.

    connie says: "wordy but easy listening"
    "well done"
    Overall

    So many historical writings tend to be quite dry. This, on the other hand, was really entertaining as well as informative.

    He looks at Abraham from the perspective of each of the big three religions, traveling to the region and interviewing scholars. So, the story is not just WHO Abraham is but WHAT he means to each of these religions.

    Well done.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Michael Shaara
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1163)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (600)

    After 30 years and with three million copies in print, Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize-winning Civil War classic, The Killer Angels, remains as vivid and powerful as the day it was originally published.

    Gene says: "Almost a Perfect Audiobook"
    "Great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Killer Angels again? Why?

    A great book. Combines historical fact with fictional (and non-fictional) characters to tell the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michael S. Gazzaniga
    • Narrated By Pete Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (166)

    The father of cognitive neuroscience and author of Human offers a provocative argument against the common belief that our lives are wholly determined by physical processes and we are therefore not responsible for our actions.

    Dan says: "Use Your Credit On "Who's In Charge""
    "Academic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book was very academic. Down to the siting of references every few minutes. I have a masters degree but found a lot of the content to be over my head.


    6 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karl Marlantes
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4306)
    Performance
    (2462)
    Story
    (2463)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: A performance so poignant, we gave Bronson Pinchot (yes, Balki from Perfect Strangers) our inaugural Narrator of the Year award.... In the monsoon season of 1968-69 at a fire support base called Matterhorn, located in the remote mountains of Vietnam, a young and ambitious Marine lieutenant wants to command a company to further his civilian political ambitions. But two people stand in his way.

    Zachary says: "Matterhorn"
    "best narration"
    Overall

    This is a well written book about the details of a Marine's life in the jungle's of Vietnam. Basically told from the grunts perspective. With lots of raw language and violence, it's a guys-guy kind of book.

    The narration deserves special mention. I have listen to over 150 books and this is trully one of the best narrated books I have heard. Great voice intonation. The same guy could be angry, whispering/scared, drunk,and have a recognizable tone. Add that to about 15 unique characters!! Really added drama to the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Civil War: A Narrative, Volume I, Fort Sumter to Perryville

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shelby Foote, Ken Burns (introduction)
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1658)
    Performance
    (764)
    Story
    (770)

    Here begins one of the most remarkable works of history ever fashioned. All the great battles are here, of course, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days, Second Manassas to Antietam, and Perryville in the fall of 1862, but so are the smaller and often equally important engagements on both land and sea: Ball's Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island Ten, New Orleans, Monitor versus Merimac, and Stonewall Jackson's Valley Campaign, to mention only a few.

    Jeanne says: "The best"
    "Too much"
    Overall

    I am an avid reader of Civil War history, but this was way too much detail for me. 90% of the text involved little skirmishes between armies <10K strong. Problem I had with that, is that it gave these battles the same relevance as the major ones (described in no greater detail and given no higher importance).

    Could not finish it.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12883)
    Performance
    (5242)
    Story
    (5284)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "One of the best"
    Overall

    What a great story this is! Take the very basics of humanity: food, shelter, security, love, and of course revenge, place it in the 1100's and you have "Pillars".

    I read the book about 10 years ago and even with the slew of books I've been able to run though, thanks to Audible (>100 and counting!), I still feel it is one of the best I have ever read/heard.

    My only criticism is that it is so long, toward the end you feel like "haven't we fought this battle already?" and you just want the bad guys to finally get what's coming to them. But in some ways, I think that it is deliberate. The author wants you to feel the anguish of evil continually challenging good. And in the end, this really is a book about good versus evil, love vs hate, forgiveness vs revenge, hope vs despair. Oh yea, and they build a church.

    Happy reading,

    Paul

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Isikoff, David Corn
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    This fast-paced, behind-the-scenes narrative tells the inside story of how the Bush administration used bad intelligence to sell and then justify the Iraq war. Veteran reporters Michael Isikoff and David Corn take the reader behind the scenes at the White House, the CIA, the Pentagon, the State Department, and Congress, where controversial decisions and turf battles were fought in the highest circles of the Bush administration.

    Steve says: "Reads like a thriller"
    "The sad truth"
    Overall

    This is probably the most detailed book on the white house's deception for starting the Iraq war. Aptly named.

    It really shows you that it didn't matter what the REAL evidence was, the neo-cons that took power had decided on war and WMDs were just the most convenient excuse. If they had never existed, another excuse (Gulf-of-Tomkin like) would have been created (as the book will describe).

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Man's Search for Meaning

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Viktor E. Frankl
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2059)
    Performance
    (1024)
    Story
    (1033)

    Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

    Ann Marie says: "I will isten again and again"
    "hard too read, but important"
    Overall

    As stated in my title, this is not the easiest book to read. First time I picked it up (paper version), I found myself unable to read it prior to bedtime, because of the vivid horror deplicted.
    But, if you want to get insight into to man's ability to survive the unsurvivable, endure the unendurable, listen to this book.
    Also, it gives first hand insight into the horrors of Germany's concentration camps during the 2nd WW.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Reformation

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By George L. Mosse
    • Narrated By Charlton Griffin
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (25)

    At the beginning of the 16th century, a religious revolution shattered the outward appearance of conformity among Europe's Roman Catholics...a conformity that had been the basis of Western European unity for over a thousand years. Why did it happen? In this brilliant history, Professor Mosse exposes the crisis of the Papacy in preceeding centuries and shows how the need for reform was continually being delayed until it was simply too late.

    Anthony Kummer says: "Interesting, Concise, Fair ? A good introduction."
    "Boring, pompous"
    Overall

    I found this to be very uniformative. I walked away with little understanding of the root causes and events that transpired.
    The reader's tone (british accent) was a bit pompous.
    This book might be more suited for a disseration student (in history or religion), but not for the average person with little pre-existing knowledge of the subject.

    5 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Thermopylae

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paul Cartledge
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (18)

    In 480 B.C., a huge Persian army, led by the inimitable King Xerxes, entered the mountain pass of Thermopylae to march on Greece, intending to conquer the land with little difficulty. But the Greeks, led by King Leonidas and a small army of Spartans, took the battle to the Persians at Thermopylae and halted their advance: almost. It is one of history's most acclaimed battles, one of civilization's greatest last stands.

    Euryleia says: "Requires full attention"
    "poorly named"
    Overall

    I tried being patient with the book because I am really interested in the story of Thermopylae. But, after painfully listening to this pompous author drone on and on about everything but, I surrendered and quit listening at about the mid point.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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