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  • Once We Were Brothers

  • By: Ronald H. Balson
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,635

Elliot Rosenzweig, a respected civic leader and philanthropist, is attending a fundraiser when he is suddenly accosted and accused of being a former Nazi SS officer named Otto Piatek, the Butcher of Zamosc. Although the charges are denounced as preposterous, his accuser is convinced he is right and engages attorney Catherine Lockhart to bring Rosenzweig to justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By J. Paul on 05-24-16

Gripping story, excellent narrator.

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-18

I was a bit hesitant when I read (the few) negative reviews calling the book corny and cliche. Well, I'm not a WWII buff or an expert on foreign accents, but I found the story--both the past and present day accounts--to be gripping (and educational too) and the narrator outstanding. I almost felt I was watching a movie. I listen to a lot of non-fiction, and sometimes need a break. This was a great choice.

  • God in the Dock

  • Essays on Theology and Ethics
  • By: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341

C. S. Lewis was a profound thinker with the rare ability to communicate the philosophical and theological rationale of Christianity in simple yet amazingly effective ways. God in the Dock contains 48 essays and 12 letters written by Lewis between 1940 and 1963 for a wide variety of publications.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must-have!

  • By Jack on 01-13-12

Can't go wrong with Lewis and Cosham.

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-29-18

My only problem is that I'm sometimes to dumb to understand all he's saying. ;)

  • The Last Battle

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Patrick Stewart
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,418

The Unicorn says that humans are brought to Narnia only in time of greatest need, and that time is now. The great Lion Aslan, the heart of Narnia, is missing. An impostor roams the land in his place, enslaving Aslan's loyal creatures and spreading treachery and lies. Only King Tirian and his small band of loyal followers are left to fight the last battle in this magnificent ending to The Chronicles of Narnia.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sad to get to the end...

  • By Sarah on 03-01-07

A stirring end...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-17

Patrick Stewart did a great job! I think he was really into it. :)

  • Maya to Aztec: Ancient Mesoamerica Revealed

  • By: The Great Courses, Edwin Barnhart
  • Narrated by: Professor Edwin Barnhart Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
  • Length: 23 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710

Centuries ago, Spanish conquistadors searching for gold and new lands encountered a group of independent city-states in Mesoamerica. Sophisticated beyond the Spaniards' wildest imaginings, these people were the Aztecs, the Maya, and related cultures that shared common traditions of religion, government, the arts, engineering, and trade. In many ways more advanced than European nations, these societies equaled the world's greatest civilizations of their time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything you would ever want and more

  • By Mike Dowling on 03-22-15

I didn't even know there was so much to know!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-17

I was amazed by the wealth of information in this course. In fact, it was downright overwhelming at times! From an auditory standpoint, it was hard for me to keep track of all the kings and cities and their timeline...and some of the math/calendar stuff went right over my head...but that's why the accompanying PDFs are so great! The lecture style is a bit stiff and stumbly at times, but no big deal. Fascinating stuff; it will definitely take the average person to the next level with Mesoamerican history.

  • How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 36 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,884
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,684

Great music is a language unto its own, a means of communication of unmatched beauty and genius. And it has an undeniable power to move us in ways that enrich our lives-provided it is understood.If you have ever longed to appreciate great concert music, to learn its glorious language and share in its sublime pleasures, the way is now open to you, through this series of 48 wonderful lectures designed to make music accessible to everyone who yearns to know it, regardless of prior training or knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beginning to a Delinquent Education

  • By Ark1836 on 06-18-15

Engaging, insightful, informative.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-17

Just what a great course should be. Packed with education and enjoyable too!

Professor Greenberg is knowledgeable, engaging, funny, yet sincere and kind to those of us who might not be as passionate about technical details and nuances. :) The way he teaches is clear and easy to follow.

  • Lives in Ruins

  • Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble
  • By: Marilyn Johnson
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Marilyn Johnson's Lives in Ruins is an absorbing and entertaining look at the lives of contemporary archaeologists as they sweat under the sun for clues to the puzzle of our past. Johnson digs and drinks alongside archaeologists, and chases them through the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and even Machu Picchu. Her subjects share stories about slaves and Ice Age hunters, ordinary soldiers of the American Revolution, Chinese woman warriors, sunken fleets, and mummies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great introduction to archaeology for the general

  • By Rhiana Desiree Casias on 01-31-15

Entertaining and informative light listening...

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-17

I enjoyed the stories and I heard about many archaeological sites, finds, and issues I may never have become aware of otherwise. Covers quite the gamut of archaeological angles. Worth the listen (but probably won't need a second). It is important to keep in mind that she is interested in the profile of the archaeologists themselves (otherwise you may find yourself asking, "Why is she telling me this?!").

  • Alice in Wonderland

  • By: Lewis Carroll
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,526
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,543

Alice begins her fantastic journey by following an unprecedented White Rabbit with a pocket watch. While in the topsy turvy world of Wonderland, Alice takes advice from a caterpillar and attends a mad tea party. She meets the Mock Turtle and the Gryphon, and participates in a ludicrous courtroom scene. Each character has its own charming voice, as B. J. Harrison delivers one of his most whimsical performances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a good narrator!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-11-13

Delightful and whimsical.

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-17

Don't let the weird, creepy cover art fool you. (Alice looks like a malevolent doll from a horror film.) It's delightful and whimsical and may even make you laugh out loud. Narrator is fantastic!

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 74,464
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 69,104
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 68,783

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

Even if you have never heard of Trevor Noah...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-17-16

...(I hadn't... Sorry, I'm a little isolated when it comes to media and popular culture), this is story and perspective worth hearing. You should totally get it.

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  • The Turn of the Screw [Soundtrack Edition]

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Richard Armitage - introduction
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 131

Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Emma Thompson lends her immense talent and experienced voice to Henry James' Gothic ghost tale, The Turn of the Screw. When a governess is hired to care for two children at a British country estate, she begins to sense an otherworldly presence around the grounds. Are they really ghosts she's seeing? Or is something far more sinister at work?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Emma Thompson is extraordinary

  • By Tony W. Sellers on 11-25-16

So terrifying I had to listen all in one sitting!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-23-16

Emma Thompson is absolutely brilliant. The sound effects and music were subtle, but effective, making the story seem as though it were really happening as you listen.

  • As You Wish

  • Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
  • By: Cary Elwes, Joe Layden, Rob Reiner (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Cary Elwes, Christopher Guest, Carol Kane, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,112
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,470

From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin, as well as author and screenwriter William Goldman, producer Norman Lear, and director Rob Reiner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warm-hearted retelling

  • By Thomas Allen on 10-19-14

I needed that!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-16

I laughed out loud--really laughed--over and over at these behind the scenes stories. Now I gotta go watch the movie (over and over) again!