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Shawn

Rochester, MN, USA

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  • History of the World, Updated

    • UNABRIDGED (54 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By J.M. Roberts
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (147)

    In the History of the World, Updated, J. M. Roberts has revised his monumental previous work, History of the World, taking into account the great range of discoveries that have altered our views on everything from early civilizations to post-Cold War globalism. Large portions of text have been rewritten, addressing events as recent as the relationship between the Arab and Western worlds in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

    Alan Rither says: "Comprehensive world history"
    "Outstanding Book!"
    Overall

    I loved this listen. It was informative and entertaining. What I really liked was that it covered world history fairly completely both in terms of specific incedents in time but also tracked trends across time. There were a few points that were a bit drawn out but, on the whole, well done!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23164)
    Performance
    (14499)
    Story
    (14648)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Well Done"
    Overall

    I enjoyed it! There were many readers and I was initially leery but I was pleasantly surprised. The ending is a tad anti-climatic but otherwise a riveting story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Listener's Bible NIV: The Complete Bible, Genesis to Revelation

    • UNABRIDGED (75 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Fellowship for the Performing Arts
    • Narrated By Max McLean
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (80)

    Do you find the Bible hard to read? Do your thoughts wander as you try to make your way through a Bible reading program? If so then discover the joy of listening to the Bible. Now you can experience the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, wherever you are...with understanding you never thought possible.

    Kristopher says: "The Word of God!"
    "Over The Top"
    Overall

    Too much effort was put into making this a dramatic work. The music and the reader's voice inflections were just over the top. Also, for the Biblical hardliners, this NIV version had a bit of politically correct editing done to it. Not my taste.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (659)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (197)

    A New York Times best seller, Founding Brothers is an engrossing work of nonfiction from National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph J. Ellis. It is a book that uncovers the substance behind many of our most cherished historical tales. Here are six fascinating, well-researched chapters involving such icons as George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.

    Vernon says: "Remarkably moving book"
    "Couldn't finish it; boring!"
    Overall

    I was really looking forward to this book and was sadly disappointed. It took a while for me to catch on to what it was that made this so dull. Finally I figured it out: the author made his point early on, and then went on to make the same point over and over and over. It felt as if someone, perhaps the publiser, was pushing for more bulk and the chapters were stretched out with repetetive fluff. I am a vetern of many audio books and this is the first one I just stopped listening to!

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The First Man in Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Colleen McCullough
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (60)

    Author of the beloved classic The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough creates sweeping sagas that are unparalleled in their drama and emotional grandeur. Now she carries listeners into the pageantry and passion, politics and intrigue of ancient Rome. Cunning and ambition were prized in this vast and powerful empire, but what would it take to win its highest honor, to be First Man in Rome?

    Jessica says: "Best Historical Fiction Ever"
    "Rome At Its Finest"
    Overall

    I actually listened to this twice, several years apart. Wonderful! The story is captivating and the characters are believable. It is intricate but deffinately not boring. It does require one to pay attention though and is not suited for "background noise" listening. I recommend it to all!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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