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Steve

Brewster, NY, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Melvyn Bragg
    • Narrated By Robert Powell
    Overall
    (1983)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (783)

    This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

    Amazon Customer says: "Many Of Course monments"
    "AMAZING !! The narrator deserves a medal !!!"
    Overall

    As an American, I find this book a bit more difficult to grasp than a native of the U.K. would find; that having been said, I must say this narrator deserves an award of some kind - his ability to pronounce these words (in many dialects, some ancient) is amazing!

    Great story line, quite entertaining and educational (even for a Yank).

    66 of 75 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5536)
    Performance
    (3504)
    Story
    (3536)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Exceptionally Well Done"
    Overall

    Regardless of your view of the material's accuracy, the narrator has done an AMAZING job with this book. Numerous voices (some female, some children) and very convincing tonal inflections make this a great listen.
    I've listened to Audible books (and others) for ten years now, and it's never been better than this.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Improvisation, Inc.: Harnessing Spontaneity to Engage People and Groups

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert Lowe
    • Narrated By Edward Lewis
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    This unique book enables communicators of all kinds to think on their feet, even when taken by surprise. It is the ideal book for corporate trainers, speakers, and teachers who do not want to be caught in a pinch. Lowe provides presenters with the basic skills necessary to incorporate improvisational thinking and speaking into their own presentational style. The pathways opened by this ancient theater form can transform a presenter's most fundamental approaches to teaching, training, and communicating.

    Xiaole Liu says: "Worst audible title ever"
    "complete waste of perfectly good CDs"
    Overall

    Oh, man, is this boring, dry, and lacking in content.
    If you MUST listen, avoid driving, performming medical procedures or operating heavy machinery.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Ethics

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Aristotle
    • Narrated By Jim Killavey
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Written in 350 B.C., Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics professes happiness as life's goal. How do we achieve this goal? Not through the satisfactions that come from pleasure, wealth, or fame. According to Aristotle, the true path to happiness lies in contemplation of philosophic truth.

    George says: "Time-tested wisdom"
    "you're kidding, right?"
    Overall

    How did this rendition get past an editor?
    If it were any dryer, I could lose weight just by listening to it (assuming I didn't hurl myself out the window first).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Living History

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Hillary Rodham Clinton
    • Narrated By Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    You've probably heard clips from Senator Clinton's interview with Barbara Walters. But now you can listen to her full account of her years in the White House. Hillary Clinton vividly describes her pain over her husband's betrayal with Monica Lewinky saying that former President Bill Clinton lied to her about the relationship until the weekend before he admitted the nature of it to a grand jury.

    Amazon Customer says: "Love It or Hate It"
    "Should've used a ghost narrator"
    Overall

    Say what you will about the content, but this is the DRYEST read I've ever had to endure. Even the sections on Monica are read with ZERO emotion - is English her second language?

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Darwin on Trial

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Phillip E. Johnson
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Darwin's theory of evolution is accepted by most educated Americans as simple fact. This easy acceptance, however, hides from us the many ways in which evolution - as an idea - shapes our thinking about a great many things. What if this idea is wrong? What if "evolution" is just a word that covers up scientific ignorance of how the wonders of the living world could have been created? Berkeley law professor Phillip Johnson looks at the evidence for Darwinistic evolution the way a lawyer would - with a cold dispassionate eye for logic and proof.

    Alan says: "Great book! Very open and exposing"
    "Should Be Required Reading/Listening"
    Overall

    The data here is a great beginning to the counter-offensive needed to combat the "Stupid Science" that continues to both defy simple logic and be taught in public schools. Why must those who "claim" to be Scientific refuse (with hyper-religious zeal) to calmly discuss the possibility/probability of Supernatural Creation?

    Should be read/heard by all, especially by those who would be terrified by the prospect of the existance of a Biblical God.

    17 of 48 people found this review helpful
  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Edward Gibbon
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Lynda says: "Not Unabridged"
    "Great, but you must pay close attention"
    Overall

    Don't get me wrong - this work is CLASSIC, and it should be.
    The reader has a proper British accent, as it should be.

    But this rendering is lo-fi, and it requires the listener's apt attention, lest you miss a portion and have to "rewind." And, as is proper for a work of many hours, one should only listen to a chapter at a time, which would still take 70-120 minutes each, in most cases.
    (Begin at chapter 8 for a masterful telling of early Christian history.)

    Roll the windows down, shut off the cell phone, turn up the volume on your Otis, and prepare to triple your Historal Knowledge base !!!


    35 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Karen Armstrong
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    May 14 marks the anniversary of Israel's statehood. Learn more about this fascinating place as Karen Armstrong traces Jerusalem's beginnings during the third millennium BCE to the present, and discusses why it remains a vibrant, sometimes violent, political issue in the Middle East. Armstrong, a former Roman Catholic nun, is also the author of the best selling A History of God.

    Neil says: "A great book, You will be amazed"
    "Do Not Drive or Operate Heavy Machinery..."
    Overall

    The information in this book is fine, but I've never hasd such a hard time staying awake to listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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