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Hans Rigelman

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  • City of Lost Dreams

  • A Novel
  • By: Magnus Flyte
  • Narrated by: Natalie Gold
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

In this action-packed sequel to City of Dark Magic, we find musicologist Sarah Weston in Vienna in search of a cure for her friend Pollina, who is now gravely ill and who may not have much time left. Meanwhile, Nicolas Pertusato, in London in search of an ancient alchemical cure for the girl, discovers an old enemy is one step ahead of him. In Prague, Prince Max tries to unravel the strange reappearance of a long-dead saint while being pursued by a seductive red-headed historian with dark motives of her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another sci-fi/fantasy romp in time and place

  • By TWhipcat on 01-19-15

Drugs, Sex, and Violins

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-18-18

This story seemed short on plot and long on millennial cliches. A musicologist starts out to help a sick friend, but gets lost along the way in sub plots involving drugs and characters from the past. My interest wained.

  • Yellow Star

  • By: Jennifer Roy
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670

In 1939, the Germans invaded the town of Lodz, Poland, and moved the Jewish population into a small part of the city called a ghetto. As the war progressed, 270,000 people were forced to settle in the ghetto under impossible conditions. At the end of the war, there were about 800 survivors. Of those who survived, only twelve were children. This is the story of one of the twelve.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • GHETTO

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 09-01-17

A Small Ray of Hope Among the Holocaust

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Amazing story of one family's survival in a Polish ghetto during World War II. A small yellow star pinned on their coats condemned them, but in the end it proved to be their salvation.

  • The Crusades

  • The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land
  • By: Thomas Asbridge
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 25 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151

The Crusades is an authoritative, accessible single-volume history of the brutal struggle for the Holy Land in the Middle Ages. Thomas Asbridge - a renowned historian who writes with "maximum vividness" (Joan Acocella, The New Yorker) - covers the years 1095 to 1291 in this big, ambitious, listenable account of one of the most fascinating periods in history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Comprehensive

  • By Tad Davis on 10-04-16

Well Researched & Balanced History of the Crusades

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

Great detailed account of the Crusades from both European and Mid-eastern points of view. This is the definitive history from the 1090s to the end of the 13th century. This is a lot to digest, so the audio book is highly recommended.

  • Tomorrowland

  • Our Journey From Science Fiction to Science Fact
  • By: Steven Kotler
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 221

New York Times, Wired, Atlantic Monthly, Discover bestselling author Steven Kotler has written extensively about those pivotal moments when science fiction became science fact...and fundamentally reshaped the world. Now he gathers the best of his best, updated and expanded upon, to guide listeners on a mind-bending tour of the far frontier, and how these advances are radically transforming our lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but not what I expected

  • By Olya on 05-24-15

A Look at the Future with a Liberal Bias

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-18

Conservatives and Evangelicals like me may get annoyed when reading parts of this book. The author has little respect for those who may want to question or hold back scientific enquiry. He brings up the old embryonic stem cell debate of the early 2000s as an example. I fear those who wish to sidestep the ethical and moral issues for the sake of progress or the vague promise of a future cure are not to be trusted. History shows that technological advances for good are often used for evil purposes. Tomorrowland: proceed with caution.

  • I Can Only Imagine

  • A Memoir
  • By: Bart Millard
  • Narrated by: Bart Millard
  • Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 370

MercyMe's crossover hit, "I Can Only Imagine", has touched millions of people around the world. But few know about the pain, redemption, and healing that inspired it. Now Bart Millard, award-winning recording artist and lead singer of MercyMe, shares how his dad's transformation from abusive father to man of God sparked a divine moment in music history. Go behind the scenes of Bart's life - and the movie based on it - to discover how God repaired a broken family, prepared Bart for ministry through music, and wrote the words on his heart that would change his life forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could not put down this book--gripping

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-17-18

Inspiring Story of God's Grace and Mercy!

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

Bart tells his compelling story growing up in a small Texas town in a broken home. His experiences with an abusive father could have turned him into the same angry man, but devine providence led him onto a much better path. This is the story of a father/son relationship and also a story of the development of a popular Christian worship band made famous by one particular song - Imagine.

  • A World Undone

  • The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918
  • By: G. J. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 27 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,310

The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account, author G. J. Meyer draws on exhaustive research to bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed 20 million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today. World War I is unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After more than 90 years, scholars remain divided on these questions, and it seems likely that they always will.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Overview of the "Overshadowed" War

  • By Ignacio on 12-14-12

Excellent Study of the Great War 1914 - 1918

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

G.J. Meyer does an outstanding job compiling this narration of one of history's most avoidable tragedies of the last century. I especially enjoyed the detailed background information of a myriad of related topics, which really shed light on the times and people who lived through this era. Highly recommended.

  • The Woman Who Smashed Codes

  • A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine who Outwitted America's Enemies
  • By: Jason Fagone
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524

In 1912, at the height of World War I, brilliant Shakespeare expert Elizebeth Smith went to work for an eccentric tycoon on his estate outside Chicago. The tycoon had close ties to the US government, and he soon asked Elizebeth to apply her language skills to an exciting new venture: code breaking. There she met the man who would become her husband, groundbreaking cryptologist William Friedman. Though she and Friedman are in many ways the Adam and Eve of the NSA, Elizebeth's story, incredibly, has never been told.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing title and phenomenal woman!

  • By deb on 09-27-17

Fascinating Story of Secrets and the Invisible War

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

Jason Fagone weaves a compelling narrative of a young woman dragged off to a remote laboratory by an eccentric tycoon to work on a supposed secret cipher found in the works of Shakespeare. Here she meets the love of her life and begins an adventure in code breaking that spans two world wars. Forget the FBI and the OSS. This is where it all began!

  • The Russian Revolution: History in an Hour

  • By: Rupert Colley
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

History for busy people. Listen to a concise history of the Siege of Leningrad in just one hour. In 1917 the world changed forever. One of the most influential and contentious events in recent history, the Russian Revolution unleashed the greatest political experiment ever conducted, one which continues to influence both Eastern and Western politics today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Must read

  • By Etienne on 08-15-12

Russian History in a Flash!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

These History in an Hour books are great for changing a dull commute into a very informative history lesson. The Russian Revolution people and events come alive in this retelling. The narration is superb!

  • How the Mind Works

  • By: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 26 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 888
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 875

In this delightful, acclaimed bestseller, one of the world’s leading cognitive scientists tackles the workings of the human mind. What makes us rational—and why are we so often irrational? How do we see in three dimensions? What makes us happy, afraid, angry, disgusted, or sexually aroused? Why do we fall in love? And how do we grapple with the imponderables of morality, religion, and consciousness?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, but a difficult listen.

  • By David Roseberry on 12-11-11

Lots of Food for Thought

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-18


This is a long book. Fortunately with Audible I was able to listen to it in about a week and a half. Mel Foster is an excellent narrator. Although I can't say that I grasped or agreed with every subject Pinker tackled in this volume, he certainly gives you plenty to think about. As a Christian I found Pinker's promotion of natural selection as the "creator" of all living matter unsupported and weak in evidence. Common ancestry or common creator? Nevertheless the discussion of psychology and thought development was quite interesting.

  • Afterlife

  • By: Marcus Sakey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 913

The last thing FBI agent Will Brody remembers is the explosion - a thousand shards of glass surfing a lethal shock wave. He wakes without a scratch. The building is in ruins. His team is gone. Outside, Chicago is dark. Cars lie abandoned. No planes cross the sky. He's relieved to spot other people - until he sees they're carrying machetes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Creative but too complex

  • By Robert on 07-22-17

Dystopian Fantasy Meets Cheesy Romance

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-18

Forget any theological brain teaser here. The afterlife is a series of echos fading into oblivion. So what's the purpose of life? Who cares! We've got a serial killer to catch! Hunt him down, kill him and yourself in the process, and then find out in the hereafter the serial killer is now a demon hunting you and everyone else who died violently. The story works pretty well until our hero finds himself alive again with the demon's magic necklace but separated from his girl or co-heroine, who was killed again in the afterlife. "Whoops, guess I gotta die again?" No worries, true love can conquer even those demon gods!