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  • Black Hawk Down

  • By: Mark Bowden
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,805

Ninety-nine elite American soldiers are trapped in the middle of a hostile city. As night falls, they are surrounded by thousands of enemy gunmen. Their wounded are bleeding to death. Their ammunition and supplies are dwindling. This is the story of how they got there - and how they fought their way out. Black Hawk Down drops you into a crowded marketplace in the heart of Mogadishu, Somalia with the U.S. Special Forces and puts you in the middle of the most intense firelight American soldiers have fought since the Vietnam war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Of Military Writing...

  • By Joshua on 11-06-16

Great book

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

overall this was a very enjoyable listen. crazy series of events. a bit hard at times to follow the action though. would recommend.

  • The Republic of Pirates

  • Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down
  • By: Colin Woodard
  • Narrated by: Lewis Grenville
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,585
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,573

In the early 18th century, the Pirate Republic was home to some of the great pirate captains, including Blackbeard, "Black Sam" Bellamy, and Charles Vane. Along with their fellow pirates - former sailors, indentured servants, and runaway slaves - this "Flying Gang" established a crude but distinctive democracy in the Bahamas, carving out their own zone of freedom in which servants were free, blacks could be equal citizens, and leaders were chosen or deposed by a vote.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like a novel

  • By Abbie on 02-02-16

Just couldn't get in to it

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

I wanted to like this book, the synopsis was good, good ratings, it just didn't grab my attention. it was cool hearing about the history of the Carolina's and Florida in regards to pirating though. I unfortunately would not recommend this book.

  • The Obesity Code

  • Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss
  • By: Dr. Jason Fung
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,939
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,881

In this highly listenable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps - a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels - Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight - for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We'll see, but .... why is this not common knowledge.

  • By PSBoyte on 04-30-17

great info but repeats a lot!

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

overall I found this to be a very informative book. looking forward to doing a bit more research on my own. good performance. it could be a lot shorter though the author repeats himself a lot many examples of these same info just told slightly differently. it did make it hard to get through the book. perhaps an abridged version of this book should exist

  • The Lost World

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,910

It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end - the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, the island indefinitely closed to the public. But there are rumors that something has survived.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So much better than the movie

  • By Frederik on 08-21-12

Just not the same

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

Just because I am OCD and listened to the first book I had to finish out this series. This was better than the first book, but I could still not get in to this book. Something about the fact that it is completely different than the movie really gets to me. I don't know why, I have encountered this at other times in my life. Perhaps because Jurassic Park the movie was so iconic of my childhood anything different is just sub-par. I don't know.

  • Cultural Literacy for Religion: Everything the Well-Educated Person Should Know

  • By: Mark Berkson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark Berkson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,375

According to polls conducted by Gallup and the Pew Research Forum on Religion & Public Life, the majority of Americans fail basic tests about religion, including tests on their own faith. This is troublesome because religious literacy is about so much more than naming deities or knowing the stories of ancient history. For many of us, religion is a way to examine and understand ourselves. These 24 enlightening lectures offer you the chance to experience the world's religions from all angles – historical, theological, and cultural.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All the Basics, East and West

  • By Troy on 07-13-15

Great listen!

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

I really enjoyed this lecture series. Thorough overview of the world's religion. Professor did a great job of staying neutral. I actually wouldn't have minded if it was longer! I have already recommended to other people. Will probably listen to again.

  • The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

  • By: Patrick N. Allitt, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Patrick N. Allitt
  • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131

What were the forces that thrust the British Empire to its extraordinary position of greatness and then just as powerfully drove it into decline? And why is nearly every nation on earth, in one way or another, the consequence of the British Empire?In these 36 lectures, Professor Allitt leads you through four centuries of British power, innovation, influence, and, ultimately, diminishment-four profound centuries that literally remade the world and bequeathed the complex global legacy that continues to shape your everyday life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learn About Great Britain from a Great Briton!!!

  • By Mike on 04-26-14

Good review, learned a lot

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

Overall I really enjoyed this book, I learned a lot about the British empire that I did not know beforehand. I would definitely recommend this book and would even consider listening to it again in the future.

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,431

Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tina Fey broke my new SUV

  • By Warren on 04-07-11

Great listen!

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

What did you love best about Bossypants?

Just the continued humor of Tina Fey. Quick chapters, rapid fire. Keep it coming.

What did you like best about this story?

Good balance of life stories with interjected funny stories and jokes.

What does Tina Fey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Comedic delivery.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me laugh on many occasions

Any additional comments?

Got this as late fan to 30 Rock. Highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys 30 Rock.

  • God's Bankers

  • A History of Money and Power at the Vatican
  • By: Gerald Posner
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 21 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 307

From a master chronicler of legal and financial misconduct, a magnificent investigation nine years in the making, this book traces the political intrigue and inner workings of the Catholic Church. Decidedly not about faith, belief in God, or religious doctrine, this audiobook is about the church's accumulation of wealth and its byzantine entanglements with financial markets across the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The title does not do this book justice!

  • By Megatron on 11-01-16

Thorough investigation of the Vatican

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes. Being Catholic I was interested in this book and it gave some really good insight in to the history and banking of the Vatican. Just the general history of the Vatican was eye opening (and also disheartening). How the Vatican handled WWII is pretty unfortunate, that being an understatement.

What was one of the most memorable moments of God's Bankers?

Just learning about the more recent history of the Vatican, last 100 years

Which character – as performed by Tom Parks – was your favorite?

Cannot recall specific characters that Mr. Parks performed.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No, not really the movie type of book, in my opinion.

Any additional comments?

Overall very good listen, gave 3 stars though because it is long......

  • Time Travel

  • A History
  • By: James Gleick
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 306

James Gleick's story begins at the turn of the 20th century, with the young H. G. Wells writing and rewriting the fantastic tale that became his first book, an international sensation: The Time Machine. A host of forces were converging to transmute the human understanding of time, some philosophical and some technological - the electric telegraph, the steam railroad, the discovery of buried civilizations, and the perfection of clocks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SF: The canary in the coal mine of time

  • By Adrian Hoad-Reddick, WHAT IF? Magazine on 11-17-16

Too much pulled from other sources

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

What disappointed you about Time Travel?

Too much reading from other time travel sources. Author really likes HG Wells

Has Time Travel turned you off from other books in this genre?

Unfortunately for the time being....

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narrator did a good job. Ha, just read a different book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

No offense to the author, I just could not get in to this book. It quoted, referenced and read from too many other sources. I thought it would be more science related, but it seemed more literature based. If that is what you are looking for than you might enjoy this book. I unfortunately am going to try and return to Audible.

  • Thirteen Soldiers

  • A Personal History of Americans at War
  • By: John McCain, Mark Salter
  • Narrated by: John McCain
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

John McCain’s evocative history of Americans at war, told through the personal accounts of 13 remarkable soldiers who fought in major military conflicts, from the Revolutionary War of 1776 to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stories of courage

  • By Jean on 11-21-14

All around average listen

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

What did you like best about Thirteen Soldiers? What did you like least?

Hearing about the soldiers from the most recent conflicts. Just returned from a deployment, interesting to hear their perspective.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Covered more of what life was like for those people in the conflicts. Too much history was covered.

Would you listen to another book narrated by John McCain?

Probably not

Was Thirteen Soldiers worth the listening time?

Yes, but it didn't grip me as much as other books I've listened to. I used it for when I was doing chores around the house and didn't mind missing some of the audio.