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Robert

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  • Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire

    • ORIGINAL (18 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Kenneth W. Harl
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    Alexander the Great-one of the most renowned figures in antiquity-has inspired everything from medieval romances to blockbuster movies, and military leaders from Julius Caesar to Napoleon to the U.S. general Norman Schwarzkopf. But who was this great king of Macedon? And why is he so legendary? These 36 spellbinding lectures take you deep inside the world of Alexander to witness the astonishing feats of military genius that made his name renowned for millennia after his death.

    Carlos Avalos says: "Excellent!!!"
    "Really enjoyed the lectures"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging and detailed history


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire?

    When Alexander demonstrated true leadership while dying of thirst during the Gedrosian desert crossing when he dumped the helmet of water on the ground. He won't drink until his army drinks. There's very little "Leadership by example" in today's world.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Detailed accounts of the many battles.


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

    Too long for one sitting. I looked forward to my commute to work.


    Any additional comments?

    Professor Harl is a really good speaker. I liked his personality and how he brought Alexander and the ancient world to life. It greatly demystified how things were and at the same how advanced ancient civilization was.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Angie Sage
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1789)
    Performance
    (885)
    Story
    (898)

    The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.

    Lindsey says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Harry Potter Ripoff"
    Overall

    The story shamelessly steals from Harry Potter, themes like the 10th birthday, characters and even some character names! The whole thing is disjointed. The prose is written more simply than Harry Potter making it irritating to listen to. I deleted it from my iPhone.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Paradox: Artemis Fowl, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Enn Reitel
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (84)

    After disappearing for three years, Artemis Fowl has returned to a life different from the one he had. Now he's a big brother, and spends his days teaching his twin siblings the important things in life, such as how to properly summon a waiter at a French restaurant..

    Chris says: "Disappointing Narraration, buy the paper book."
    "I enjoyed the book"
    Overall

    I'm a fan of the Artemis Fowl series and this book was a fun listen that held my attention. Other reviewers didn't like the narrator, however I thought the narrator was quite good and did a nice job bringing the characters to life.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By David Wroblewski
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2877)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (788)

    Born mute, speaking only in sign, Edgar Sawtelle leads an idyllic life with his parents and an unusual breed of dogs on their farm in remote northern Wisconsin. But when tragedy strikes the Sawtelle family, Edgar flees to the surrounding wilderness. He comes of age in the wild, fighting for his survival and that of the three yearling dogs who follow him.

    Ella says: "Just OK"
    "I found it boring and gave up"
    Overall

    I found the story boring and gave up listening about 1/3 into the book. The pace is slow and centers on daily domestic situations; I kept waiting for something to happen that would compel the story line to a moment when I would think "Ok, this is what it's been building up to - now it's happening!". The overall style reminds of William Faulkner - and I don't care for most, but not all, of Faulkner's works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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