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  • Guns, Germs and Steel

  • The Fate of Human Societies
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Doug Ordunio
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,898
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,193

Having done field work in New Guinea for more than 30 years, Jared Diamond presents the geographical and ecological factors that have shaped the modern world. From the viewpoint of an evolutionary biologist, he highlights the broadest movements both literal and conceptual on every continent since the Ice Age, and examines societal advances such as writing, religion, government, and technology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling pre-history and emergent history

  • By Doug on 08-25-11

Ugh!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-15

I'm a voracious listener of Audible books and this is the first audio book I couldn't get through. It reads too much like a textbook. Lots of data with no story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • King's Cross

  • The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus
  • By: Timothy Keller
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 453

King's Cross is Timothy Keller's revelatory look at the life of Christ as told in the Gospel of Mark. There have been many biographies of Jesus, but few will be as anticipated as this one by Keller, the man Newsweek calls "a C. S. Lewis for the 21st century". In it, Keller shows how the story of Jesus is at once cosmic, historical, and personal, calling each of us to look anew at our relationship with God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jesus for Real People

  • By M Rodgers on 12-16-11

A Masterwork

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

Reviewed: 11-06-12

What made the experience of listening to King's Cross the most enjoyable?

Keller brings depth, richness, and insight to Mark's Gospel. He has a gift of simply and powerfully communicating incredibly deep philosophical/spiritual/theological ideas. I will listen to this audio book again, it's that good.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Price of Politics

  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Boyd Gaines
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 236

Based on 18 months of reporting, Woodward's 17th book The Price of Politics is an intimate, documented examination of how President Obama and the highest profile Republican and Democratic leaders in the United States Congress attempted to restore the American economy and improve the federal government's fiscal condition over three and one half years. The Price of Politics addresses the key issue of the presidential and congressional campaigns: the condition of the American economy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Making the Sausage

  • By Graham on 10-18-12

A great story that gets lost in the detail

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

Reviewed: 11-06-12

What disappointed you about The Price of Politics?

I'm a newshound and a CNN junkie, but this book was a real snoozer. The author is preoccupied with reporting so many numbers, dollars, and Washington insider speak that you could play ten minutes from any part of the book (beginning, middle, end) and it ALL sounds the same. I've never wanted to get to the end of an Audible book so quickly.The narrator tries too hard to imitate the many people mentioned in the book. One minute he is trying an Ohio accent, next a Virginia accent, etc. He tries (very clumsily) to do the voices of every character in the book, to the point it becomes annoying.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Paterno

  • By: Joe Posnanski
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Joe Posnanski's biography of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno follows in the tradition of works by Richard Ben Cramer on Joe DiMaggio and David Maraniss on Vince Lombardi. Having gained unprecedented access to Paterno, as well as the coach's personal notes and files, Posnanski spent the last two years of Paterno's life covering the coach, on (and off) the field and through the scandal that ended Paterno's legendary career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Truth about the Real JoePa

  • By Bruce on 09-20-12

A+ narration

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

Reviewed: 09-20-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Highly recommend

What was one of the most memorable moments of Paterno?

The tragic ending of Joe Paterno's life. You get to see every facet of the man, his family, his friends, his enemies during those crucial last months.

What about Joe Mantegna’s performance did you like?

He put his acting chops to work using emotion in his voice when the scene called for it. He also read Paterno's quotes with Paterno's voice. GREAT, GREAT performance!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Joe Paterno's emotional reaction, the day after his firing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • No Easy Day

  • The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
  • By: Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,929

From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear

  • By Darwin8u on 09-04-12

Terrific read

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

Reviewed: 09-12-12

Where does No Easy Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my favorite books I've listened to. It was so engrossing, I didn't want to put it down.

What about Holter Graham’s performance did you like?

Holter Graham performance was convincing. He sounded like he could have been a SEAL; he was comfortable with all the military acronyms and terminology.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Pretty much.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Prodigal God

  • By: Timothy Keller
  • Narrated by: Timothy Keller
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 906

Taking his trademark intellectual approach to understanding Christianity, Timothy Keller uncovers the essential message of Jesus, locked inside his most familiar parable. Within that parable Jesus reveals God's prodigal grace toward both the irreligious and the moralistic. This book will challenge both the devout and skeptics to see Christianity in a whole new way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For any one who thinks they are...

  • By Tim on 10-23-10

Powerful read

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

Reviewed: 09-04-12

What did you love best about The Prodigal God?

The depth to which Keller takes the familiar story of the Prodigal Son. He brought so much to the story that I had never contemplated.

What did you like best about this story?

The competing world views of the older brother and the younger brother.

What about Timothy Keller’s performance did you like?

It's nice to hear the author read his own book

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Definitely

Any additional comments?

One of my favorite books on Audible.com

  • Steve Jobs

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 25 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,210

Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting man

  • By Jeanne on 11-13-11

Great story; I struggled with the narration

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

Reviewed: 09-04-12

Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best

What did you like best about this story?

The in depth look at the life of Steve Jobs

What aspect of Dylan Baker’s performance would you have changed?

Dylan Baker's narration didn't seem to fit the material of the biography. His voice and narration were more suited to a western or a more folksy-type book.