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  • Empire

  • How Britain Made the Modern World
  • By: Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395

Once vast swathes of the globe were coloured imperial red, and Britannia ruled not just the waves but the prairies of America, the plains of Asia, the jungles of Africa and the deserts of Arabia. Just how did a small, rainy island in the North Atlantic achieve all this? And why did the empire on which the sun literally never set finally decline and fall? Niall Ferguson's acclaimed Empire brilliantly unfolds the imperial story in all its splendours and its miseries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a great listen - What a History Lesson

  • By Dorothy on 11-04-17

Such a great listen - What a History Lesson

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

I have listened to Niall Ferguson's book "Civilization" three times. I know I will do the same with this book. There is so much in this book which remains pertinent to the situations and times we are witnessing and living in today. This book pieced together and explained so many shadowy yet prevalent cultural happenings such as the Boar War and Gallipoli: things I knew the NAMES of but really had no understanding of why they had happened or what their importance meant to current events.

While there is much that was arrogant and even brutal about the British Empire, Mr, Ferguson explains the origins and outcomes in an even handed way. The book is written in an easy to comprehend manner, it is not a boring academic tome that people who lack a Phd can understand or enjoy.

I can't emphasize enough how amazing Jonathan Keeble is as a narrator. He is pitch perfect. I often look for his books because he seems to make anything he reads even better. I basically listened to this book in one sitting. It was very, very good.

25 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • The Landscape of Love

  • By: Sally Beauman
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister, Sophie Ward
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

The year is 1967. Thirteen-year-old Maisie is at her decaying family home, once a medieval abbey. Lucas, an artist and friend, is painting a portrait of Maisie and her sisters. Maisie embarks on a portrait of her own: telling the story of herself, her sisters and their lovers, and of her friend, Daniel Nunn. Twenty-three years later, Lucas's now-famous portrait features in a retrospective of his work. Daniel, obsessed by the sisters and determined to understand what happened that summer at the abbey, pursues answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love Sally Beauman

  • By Dorothy on 08-31-17

I love Sally Beauman

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

While this book feels like it starts slowly, keep listening as it becomes a wonderful mystery/family secrets kind of experience. Robert Glenister ends up narrating 3/4 of the book and he is marvelous. I do wish Audible would request recordings of Dark Angel and Destiny as well as Ms. Beaumont's most recent novel, The Visitors.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Moriarty

  • Sherlock Holmes, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 820

Internationally best-selling author Anthony Horowitz's nail-biting new novel plunges us back into the dark and complex world of detective Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty - dubbed the "Napoleon of crime" by Holmes - in the aftermath of their fateful struggle at the Reichenbach Falls. Days after the encounter at the Swiss waterfall, Pinkerton detective agent Frederick Chase arrives in Europe from New York.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Always Enjoy Horowitz

  • By Bryan Stern on 06-02-18

My Two Cents - Very Fun Book

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

I just wanted to write a review because it seems that the written reviews are either "This is a great book!" or "Dreadful! Horrible!"

I thought the book was a very fun listen. I am not an avid Sherlock Holmes reader, so that may be the difference. I loved House of Silk and am very glad I used a credit for this. The narrator's American accent was good enough and it did not bother me, although I did prefer his posh accent.

What made the book fun for me was trying to anticipate the twist. I had a couple of theories and even though the end was indeed one I had contemplated, I was still very surprised. In fact, some of my surmises were WAY off, so I was very invested in finding out the ending.

I am new to Anthony Horowitz's books and I LOVE THEM. I recommend Magpie Murders and hope he is working on another spin off type of novel (one based on a golden age writer.)

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Jane Austen at Home

  • A Biography
  • By: Lucy Worsley
  • Narrated by: Ruth Redman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

Take a trip back to Jane Austen's world and the many places she lived as historian Lucy Worsley visits Austen's childhood home, her schools, her holiday accommodations, the houses - both grand and small - of the relations upon whom she was dependent, and the home she shared with her mother and sister towards the end of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As a Devoted Janeite - I loved this book!

  • By Dorothy on 07-17-17

As a Devoted Janeite - I loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

I loved it.The narrator for this book was exceptional! I have read every biography written (I think) about Jane Austen and this one was refreshing and offered some little bits of new information about more recent archeological findings and interesting twists of analysis on prominent Austen family lore. I was prepared to be skeptical from some other reviews I read else where and it just proves that "everyone to their own taste, said the lady as she kissed the cow." I plan to buy the book. I think Lucy Worsley has done a wonderful job writing a biography on a subject that has been much studied and discussed. I would like to shout out to Audible: I do wish they would re-record Claire Tomalin's biography as well.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

  • A Novel
  • By: Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Narrated by: Alma Cuervo, Julia Whelan, Robin Miles
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,126

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Five Out of Seven Ain't Bad

  • By Dubi on 12-31-17

Representative of Trendy Writing

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

Reviewed: 07-13-17

I understand that many have been enthralled by this book. I was not one of those people. I found the reading formulaic and in the Gone Girl genre, a sort of 21st century laziness that troubles me. It was very "up to date" in its subject matter. It follows the almost required plot line that new television and movies are gravitating to. The author has wisely gone with this flow for ease of publication. All I can say is this: I recently listened to The Age of Innocence, Rebecca, The Sympathizer, The French Lieutenant's Woman and Atonement, so this probably accounts for my low rating. The lowest I have ever given. I do not recommend this book to those who seek more craft from their authors.

38 of 47 people found this review helpful

  • A Very English Scandal

  • Sex, Lies, and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment
  • By: John Preston
  • Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

As a member of Parliament and leader of the Liberal Party in the 1960s and 70s, Jeremy Thorpe's bad behavior went under the radar for years. Police and politicians alike colluded to protect one of their own. In 1970, Thorpe was the most popular and charismatic politician in the country, poised to hold the balance of power in a coalition government. But Jeremy Thorpe was a man with a secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who knew?

  • By Dorothy on 10-24-16

Who knew?

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

Reviewed: 10-24-16

I bet not many people know about the rank corruption that existed in the British Govt's Labor party back in the 1960's and 70's. I was a clueless college student in 1979, but reading this during our own USA national nightmare of an election (2016) I am so sickened by the people we choose to rule us, I have to shake my head in dismay. This book is very, very good and it reads like a novel. The narration was fine, although it might have been even better with some other narrators I prefer. But, Matthew Brenher was good. I chose this book because I loved The Dig and I look forward to other books by this very competent author!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Night Heron

  • By: Adam Brookes
  • Narrated by: Jason Isaacs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Set in China, and ripped from today's headlines, comes a pulse-pounding debut that reinvents the spy thriller for the 21st century. A lone man, Peanut, escapes a labor camp in the dead of night, fleeing across the winter desert of north-west China. Two decades earlier, he was a spy for the British; now Peanut must disappear on Beijing's surveillance-blanketed streets. Desperate and ruthless, he reaches out to his one-time MI6 paymasters via crusading journalist Philip Mangan, offering military secrets in return for extraction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Realistic Sort of Spy Book -

  • By Dorothy on 09-16-16

A Realistic Sort of Spy Book -

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

Reviewed: 09-16-16

I have been on a bit of a spy fiction binge of late. I gave this one a try because I really don't know much about Chinese anything at all. This book was really very good and I have to say, I would compare it favorably to Le Carre, who seems to be the spy fiction standard bearer. I have read a lot of Le Carre's books so I think I can say this honestly. It is not as long or involved as a LC book, but compares similarly in the bleak, lonely, dark, morally vague attributes of a LC novel. It is not uplifting in the sense that all the players lead somewhat disconnected lives. The main character is drawn into a vortex he does not ask for and he is also sucked into the loneliness that seems to be the spy trade. The character who starts this whole operation into motion is an escaped convict from a Chinese re-education camp and he is fascinating. The atmosphere in Bejing, the food and street smells are vivid. This is a good listen, but don't listen if you are terribly depressed. Only if you like a good, honest spy yarn. Their are dangling threads that are still dangling after second book, but that actually makes it even more believable. It's China after all. The narrator is great – reminded me of Michael Jayston and I wish he would have narrated the second book in the series. More about that on the Spy Games review.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Professor

  • McMurtrie and Drake Legal, Book 1
  • By: Robert Bailey
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,296

Law professor Thomas Jackson McMurtrie literally wrote the book on evidence in the state of Alabama. But when a power-hungry colleague uses a recent run-in between McMurtrie and headstrong student Rick Drake to end his career, he is left unsure what to do next.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Awful? No, but close.... close.

  • By Ted on 08-15-16

Not Grisham or John Hart - yet oddly absorbing

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

Reviewed: 08-22-16

I use Kindle Unlimited - which is a great way to periodically supplement my Audible addiction when I run out of credits. So, I was able to listen to this through my Kindle Unlimited subscription. This fact made the book enjoyable for me. The narrator is not a favorite, he would fall more under the category of a narrator "work horse." Serviceable, but not my favorite kind of voice.

The story is also just fine. The characters are typical villains or flawed good people - a bit cliché but for some reason (I think due to the Kindle Unlimited deal) I kept listening. I also listened to the sequel which also was a bit cliché.

I gave it four stars because I just was taken up for some reason. Nancy Drew for grown ups. I finished it and if his next book comes through Kindle Unlimited, I will listen to that as well. They are like adult potato chip books. I do not think I would use an Audible credit, however. Take that for what it is worth.

29 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Train Robbery

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,512

In teeming Victorian London, where lavish wealth and appalling poverty live side by side, Edward Pierce charms the most prominent of the well-to-do as he cunningly orchestrates the crime of the century. Who would suspect that a gentleman of breeding could mastermind the daring theft of a fortune in gold? Who could predict the consequences of making the extraordinary robbery aboard the pride of England's industrial era, the mighty steam locomotive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • UTTERLY DELIGHTFUL!

  • By stevenk1155 on 09-20-17

Great Book with lots of fun Victorian Trivia

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

Reviewed: 08-22-16

I opted for this book because it was read by Michael Kitchen. I had previously listened to a Robert Goddard book read by Mr. Kitchen (no longer available) and loved his style. This book was a perfect fit for his narration style. I do understand why some might not be drawn to him as a narrator. But, I love his voice, tambour etc. and the clipped nature of his delivery.

The story itself is superb. What a great writer Mr. Crichton was! I am not a huge science fiction fan and I wished while listening that he had written more novels like this one.

The characters are all perfectly drawn and you definitely find yourself cheering on the robbers.

I don't want to give anything away. I did find that his little detours into history were fascinating and the explanation of Victorian street slang was very fun. I listened straight through. Could not stop. Highly recommend.

30 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 155,691
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 143,667
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 143,512

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Will make you nostalgic for the Space Program!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-15

The Martian will make you long for the days of the Space Program. I felt like that little girl sitting crossed legged on the room rug watching rockets blast off in 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade and finally, 4th grade when the moon landing took place as I listened along. I cheered for his successes, marveled at his ingenuity and found myself being a bit wistful for a good ol' Shuttle mission. This is a feel good book if there ever was one. And the reality of the Apollo mission made it seem believable – that this could happen, we could be this great again and even share in the greatness with other nations. Wow. Loved the narration. I highly recommend. I wish there were 1/2 stars - I reserve five stars for a certain kind of read - but this is really worth a credit!

5 of 8 people found this review helpful