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  • Collision of Empires

  • The War on the Eastern Front in 1914
  • By: Prit Buttar
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark
  • Length: 21 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

The fighting that raged in the East during the First World War was every bit as fierce as that on the Western Front, but the titanic clashes between three towering empires - Russia, Austro-Hungary, and Germany - remains a comparatively unknown facet of the Great War. With the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the war in 2014, Collision of Empires is a timely expose of the bitter fighting on this forgotten front - a clash that would ultimately change the face of Europe forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Let’s hope they release the next books

  • By Jack C on 01-03-18

Boring reader, too much to cover without maps

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Need dynamic map with fog of war as seen by general discussed at that time

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36,951
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34,615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,527

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Porter IS Bob!

  • By Kathy on 05-23-17

A pleasant relaxing read, even in exciting parts

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

Would you listen to For We Are Many again? Why?

Perhaps, it will prove to be lasting brain candy. There is more similarity, book to book, so far than McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga, that I listen to periodically.

Any additional comments?

This book 2 ends abruptly at an appropriate place to split a good novel in two to double the selling price. We audio consumers rejected most double-priced larger books. Perhaps we could reach a compromise with Audible, if they would sell books in increments of half credits, allowing 1.5 credit books.
The thoughts on one's life, replicated in a computer gives a taste of what we might experience in the next few decades with computer enhanced thinking. The essentially unlimited length of life has implications for our soon to be current issues of life extension.

  • Unfamiliar Fishes

  • By: Sarah Vowell
  • Narrated by: Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, John Hodgman, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,840
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,398
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,396

In Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as crucial to our nation's identity, a year when, in an orgy of imperialism, the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded Cuba and then the Philippines, becoming a meddling, self-serving, militaristic international superpower practically overnight. Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Vowell considers the story of the Americanization of Hawaii to be the most intriguing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, but celeb narrations are distracting

  • By darrin class on 05-02-11

Irritating reader, good history, but

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-30-17

Good history, but hardly interesting enough to keep you reading into the night. People are polarized on her speach. Its slow with little twists like baby talk or speach impediment. Others say just very nasle or Southern. Many love to listen to it, perhaps in proof of acceptance of develpmentally challenged. She is obviously bright.

  • The Sharing Knife, Volume 1

  • Beguilement
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 636

Young, pregnant Fawn Bluefield has just fled her family's farm to the city of Glassforge, where she encounters a patrol of the enigmatic soldier-sorcerers known as Lakewalkers. Fawn has heard stories about the Lakewalkers, who are wandering necromancers with no permanent homes and no possessions except the clothes they wear and the mysterious knives they carry. What she does not know is that the Lakewalkers are engaged in a perilous campaign against inhuman and immortal magical entities known as "malices".

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not really my thing

  • By Eric C. Zawadzki on 08-27-09

Not a Vorkosigan series

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

Reviewed: 06-13-16

A nice fantacy novel with her usual social observations, nomad warrior/ agrarian differences in this case. An effort at explanatin of the magic, a good one i think. Plenty for the female reader.

  • All the Great Prizes

  • The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt
  • By: John Taliaferro
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 236

If Henry James or Edith Wharton had written a novel describing the accomplished and glamorous life and times of John Hay, it would have been thought implausible - a novelist’s fancy. Nevertheless, John Taliaferro’s brilliant biography captures the extraordinary life of Hay, one of the most amazing figures in American history, and restores him to his rightful place. John Hay was both witness and author of many of the most significant chapters in American history - from the birth of the Republican Party, the Civil War, and the Spanish-American War, to the prelude to the First World War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Historical Biography- Well Read

  • By IRP on 03-09-14

History through biographies of important but modestly known people

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-16

History through biographies of important but modestly known people gives you a new, excitng story, often with very different understanding of well known events. For a popular book this would profit from editing of the redundant letters and detailed personal events of interest only to another student of this personality.
Reading in many voices and accents was helpful.

  • The Temporal Void

  • Void Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 25 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,787
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,797

Long ago, a human astrophysicist, Inigo, began dreaming scenes from the life of a remarkable human being named Edeard, who lived within the Void, a self-contained microuniverse at the heart of the galaxy. There, under the beneficent gaze of mysterious godlike entities, humans possessed uncanny psychic abilities, and Edeard's were the strongest of all. Equally strong was his determination to bring justice and freedom to a world terrorized by criminal violence and corruption.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Escapism? Not Hardly!

  • By Trip Williams on 09-02-12

Good science fiction and allegory of politics

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

Reviewed: 12-06-15

The depictions of varios levels of advanced beings and the nature of reality are mentally stimulating. The parallels with modern politics are too strong to be accidental, though the themes of a few powerful people corrupting society for their personal and families' gains are as ancient as civilization. I like to think of Edyard Obama.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sons and Lovers

  • By: D.H. Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Sons and Lovers is widely considered by critics and readers alike as D.H. Lawrence’s masterpiece and a classic interpretation of the Oedipal complex. Surely one of the greatest autobiographical novels ever written, it tells the story of Paul Morel, a sensitive artist with a far stronger attachment to his mother than his working-class, alcoholic father. Searching for love and human connection, Paul is torn between two very different women, but neither of them measures up to his mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterpiece

  • By Bluebell on 01-05-13

Slow and repetitive

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-15

If you like thomas hardy this book might be for you. Perhaps it is rated so highly because of the psychological analysis. Perhaps it will help you develop empathy and avoid bad life choices to suffer with the six or so main characters for many hours. Its certainly not pleasant nor fulfilling. 😒

  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,152

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sums it up nicely

  • By Mark on 05-15-15

Required reading for those who care about humanity

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

Reviewed: 08-20-15

Required reading for those who care about humanity, life on earth, the future. Interesting interpretations at numerous levels regarding human history and culture. A good summry of what is known and unknown.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22,924
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,699
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20,647

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Alan on 07-08-14

Wonderful childlike classic

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-15

Read like a child, almost for children. Great, simple explanation of the 4 level class sytem in the south, post emancipation. Many from all classes have immigrated to the north. The impact of this is felt strongly. This source of many of our divisions should be address more directly.
Was the convicted black man, Tom, a third mocking bird, singing back to us our coltural songs?

  • Cetaganda

  • A Miles Vorkosigan Novel
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314

When the Cetagandan empress dies, Miles Vorkosigan and his cousin Ivan are sent to Cetaganda for her funeral as diplomatic representatives of Barrayar. Upon arrival, the two men are inexplicably attacked by a servant of the late empress. When the same servant turns up dead the next day, Miles and Ivan find themselves in the middle of a mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Miles and Ivan on a mission!

  • By Bronwyn Soell on 02-16-12

One if three favorite fiction series

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

Reviewed: 07-22-15

This is a major volune in the series. Not one you would start with. Imaginative description of adifferent future culture.