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  • Siddhartha

  • By: Hermann Hesse
  • Narrated by: Christopher Preece
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Siddhartha is a novel that deals with the spiritual journey of self-discovery of a man named Siddhartha during the time of the Gautama Buddha. Siddhartha decides to leave behind his home in the hope of gaining spiritual illumination by becoming an ascetic wandering beggar of the Shramanas. Joined by his best friend, Govinda, Siddhartha fasts, becomes homeless, renounces all personal possessions, and intensely meditates, eventually seeking and personally speaking with Gautama, the famous Buddha, or Enlightened One.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic for a reason.

  • By cosmitron on 06-07-18

Great presention of a classic tale

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

Herman Hesse's classic novel of a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of privilege to seek spiritual fulfillment via a combination of philosophies based in Eastern religions and Western individualism in his search for meaning in his life. Although I don't subscribe to the particular paths Siddhartha chose to follow in journey, the quest is one most all set out on at some point in their life. The superb narration by Christopher Preece makes the listen both enjoyable and a bit easier to follow than the actual reading of the book may; depending on the translation.

Anyway, this is a classic that should be read or listened to by all and I would recommend this edition without any hesitation. A review copy of this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. If you found this review helpful, please take a moment to click yes below.

  • From a Grieving Mother's Heart

  • By: Terri Ann Leidich
  • Narrated by: Lisa Stroth
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

When Terri Ann Leidich's 20-year-old son was suddenly killed in a vehicle accident, she was thrown into the roller coaster agony of grief. Adapted from the journal she kept through the experience of her horrendous loss, this book is a roadmap for parents who have lost children, as well as for those who are on the sidelines watching the agony of someone they care about go through the grieving process, and not knowing what to do or how to help. Terri Ann's ability to put emotions and experiences into words that everyone can understand and relate to can shine as a beacon of hope and understanding during a time of excruciating pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW... EXTREMELY POWERFUL AND MOVING

  • By Victoria Haugen on 08-20-18

Sometimes words just fall short . . .

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

and this is one of those cases in attempting to review this story. I found this to be a very honest, compelling, and deeply moving work in many different way. The first hand emotional experiences and journey, by means of a mother's journal, brings to life the struggles, doubts, questions, and hope for the future. This is a book about faith, yet a faith so deep that it leaves room to question God and whether or not there is any reason to continue on after such a loss. Being a Christian book, written by a Christian woman, perhaps the best way to describe what this book is about is to quote, "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing" (James 1:2-4).

A story of a mother's steadfastness in the testing of her faith to the max is told to near perfect by the narrator, Lisa Stroth. The emotions in her voice had me going back to check to see if it was the author narrating her own story . . . it was that powerful. I would highly recommend this listen to all that need hope, faith, and a reason to go on through any testing life brings.

To add anything else would only be mere words falling short . . .

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  • Letters to Eula

  • By: Michael Bussa
  • Narrated by: Deryn Oliver
  • Length: 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Sesame, an old woman in frail health, is trapped in the attic with no explanation. A woman and her two small girls live on the first floor, none of whom pay the old woman any mind. Though she tries calling out, banging on walls, and stomping on the floor, her cries for help go ignored. Sesame spends her days writing letters about the strange things that happened to her sister, Eula, who left home decades ago. It becomes certain to everyone living in the house that there is a ghostly presence, firmly rooted among them that is disturbing the peace and creating fears beyond reason.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Erre...<br />**No Spoilers**

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 06-23-18

Finely tailored short story

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

It was a pleasure listening to the narration of this ghostly story which kept my undivided attention for the entire, albeit short, story. Though no big surprises, the plot did take some interesting twists. Tightly written, but I think that listening to the work is what made it a real pleasure. Traditionally, ghost stories are enhanced by the story teller as opposed to the reading of such; in this case Deryn Oliver knocks it out of the park.

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  • The French and Indian War: Seven Years of Continental Crossfire

  • By: in60Learning
  • Narrated by: J. Wesley Price
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

The war gets its name from British colonists’ two primary enemies: the French settlers and the Native Americans who sided with them. The title is a bit misleading, however, as the British also had Native Americans on their side at various points of the war. The conflict goes by "The Seven Years’ War" in Europe because it took place from 1756 to 1763. Britain’s victory solidified the future of the English-speaking North America we know today. However, it also led to the massacre of countless Native peoples throughout North America.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A quick and interesting read.

  • By cosmitron on 06-07-18

Another learning experience well worth the time

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

I have listened to several of these titles and can say that the continue to impress me. This work, along with the titles in the rest of the series serve as a wonderful primer for the subject matter given. The information contained in these concise mini-courses is accurate and in just enough depth to give clear understanding of the topic. In that they are only about an hour long they cannot possibly go into all the nuances of the subject, but they serve to open the door for further investigation if the listener is so moved. At the very least you will leave with a better understanding of the subject then when you began. I have also found that the narrators selected for these series do a nice steady job of relaying the information without sounding like a lecture on the material. I would highly recommend these titles to anyone that has even a passing interest or simple curiosity about the topic.

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  • The Pawnee Indians: Proud Yet Peaceful People of the Stars

  • HistoryIn60
  • By: HistoryIn60
  • Narrated by: Andrew Colford
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

The Pawnee Indians were a fierce, proud, and determined people who called themselves the "men of men". Though there are many Native American tribes to learn about, the Pawnees were unique in many ways; they were a peace-loving, agricultural people with permanent settlements in what is now Nebraska. They dedicated themselves to their gods, the stars, and even arranged their villages according to important star clusters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Concept

  • By Rayc on 07-03-18

Valuable learning tool . . .

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

This work, along with the titles in the rest of the series serve as a wonderful primer for the subject matter given. The information contained in these concise min-courses is accurate and in just enough depth to give clear understanding of the topic. In that they are only about an hour long they cannot possibly go into all the nuances of the subject, but they serve to open the door for further investigation if the listener is so moved. At the very least you will leave with a better understanding of the subject then when you began. I have also found that the narrators selected for these series do a nice steady job of relaying the information without sounding like a lecture on the material. I would highly recommend these titles to anyone that has even a passing interest or simple curiosity about the topic.

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  • Jacqueline Willoughby

  • By: Schuyler Randall
  • Narrated by: Scott Ellis
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 10

A string of mysterious murders rocks Birmingham, Alabama, in the pause-resister Jacqueline Willoughby. At first glance, the murders seem to be connected to the Ten Commandments, but FBI agents Kason McAlester and Troy Stephens see that there is more to the story, that a rare book written decades ago by a woman named Jacqueline Willoughby may have the answer to solving the crimes. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A short Mystery with promise if it was expanded.

  • By cosmitron on 05-25-18

Story tries to cover too much in too little time

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

The story is an okay mystery, but given that it is a little over a 3-hour listen there really isn't enough time to fully develop the story nor the depth of the main characters. The serial killer does remain a mystery until the end, but the descriptions involving the circumstances and investigations get so routine that there is little room for intrigue and thriller type uncertainty. Even the premise of behind the killings, which has a lot of potential, just had to be played out too quickly and simplistically due to the short length of the story itself.

I will say that the narration by Scott Ellis was done real well and made the listen more enjoyable. One tactic that I didn't care for, and I am not sure if it were the narrator's choice or the production folks, was the idea of the phone conversation being made to sound like they were being held in a bucket. It did allow for the listener to realize that you were listening to people talk that weren't in each other's presence, but I found it a bit odd sounding. That is more of a preference than a criticism as it certainly did not deter from the work. I'd recommend this book to those that enjoy a short, mild detective type
story.
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  • Lettie's Plight

  • By: Michael Bussa
  • Narrated by: Sallie Beaumont
  • Length: 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Born in the Victorian era, in the slums of Bethnal Green in the darkest of London, Lettie vowed to leave a miserable life behind. But when she forges a new life, in a new town, she finds herself trapped in a loveless marriage, living the very life she had left behind in Bethnal Green. When she finally has enough money, Lettie waits for just the right moment to leave her abusive and controlling husband, Roman, who would do anything to keep her confined. What will Lettie do? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By Rebecca Azizov on 06-15-18

Sometimes there's no way out . . .

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

even when you might think you've finally succeeded. This is a short, dark, and depressing story of people caught up in their personal hell and desperate for any type of escape. There are a couple of twists to the story which, though unexpected, are not totally surprising. The two most redeeming parts of this work are the descriptive settings of time and place, but even more so is the excellent job Sallie Beaumont does with the narration. Give her Brit accent and varying dialects, she does a wonderful job with bringing the characters to life. If fact, it is based on her performance that I gave this listen the high rating that I did. If you are looking for something a little different, albeit rather bleak, I would recommend giving this a listen based if only for the narration. Don't get me wrong, the story and descriptions are well done . . . just not for everyone.
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  • Discourses: Complete Books 1-4

  • Adapted for the Contemporary Reader (Harris Classics)
  • By: Epictetus, James Harris
  • Narrated by: Greg Douras
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

The Discourses of Epictetus are a series of extracts from the teachings of the Stoic philosopher, Epictetus. This is the complete version, containing books one through four.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Refreshing Classic & An Invaluable Tool

  • By Pizza Knight on 05-29-18

Classic work that is too often overlooked . . .

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

First of all, as the title of the book proclaims, this edition combines all 4 of the Contemporary Reader versions of Epictetus' Discourses into one listen which makes for a convenient listen.

Although not as well-known to the general public as philosophers such as Socrates and Plato, Epictetus was well versed in their studies and became a leader in what would become Stoicism. The philosophy of Epictetus, a freed slave in the Roman Empire, has been profoundly influential on Western thought offering stimulating ideas but practical guidance in living one's life as well as more global concerns. Basically, Epictetus believed that humans were rational beings living in a rational universe and that our convictions, attitudes, intentions, and actions are truly our own and thus control our overall reaction and outlook on life. Stoicism, as Epictetus sees it, is primarily about how well-being doesn’t derive from the possession of external things and circumstances, but from the control of internal states of mind. “Happiness is not getting what we want, but wanting what we get.”

I have to say, although I do not agree with all the teaching in these discourses, there is little room for debate that they are important pieces of what has become our western thought and well worth exploring. I would highly recommend this listen (as it truly is easier than trying to comprehend the reading of the work) to anyone that enjoys intellectual stimulation. If you have read and enjoyed Socrates, give Epictetus a shot. I did give the performance 4-stars based solely on my own preferences. The narrator does a fine job, but I found his pitch of his voice took some getting used to and I would have preferred a deeper, more authoritative narration. Again, just my opinion . . .

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  • Bill Gates

  • A Biography of the Microsoft Billionaire
  • By: Nate Stevens
  • Narrated by: Nate Sjol
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

In 1975, Bill Gates and Paul Allen launched Microsoft, which became the world's largest PC software company. American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, humanitarian, and principal founder of Microsoft Corporation, Gates is one of the best-known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. Discover more about this multifaceted man behind Microsoft. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good overview of iconic Tech leader.

  • By cosmitron on 05-23-18

Gates and Microsoft 101

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

This is a decent overview of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of the 20th century. A technology and business genius of whom the listener gets his appetite wet to perhaps learn seek out a more expansive biography on the man and/or his business ventures. One hour and 5-minutes cannot do the person or the topics justice, but does succeed as a general primer. Perhaps if a bit longer the work could have at least scratched the surface of the intense love/hate relationship between Gates and Jobs as Microsoft and Apple vied for technical superiority and public recognition as being #1.

The narration was decent, as was the content, just nothing special in my opinion. I would recommend this listen for anyone curious or interested in an American business success story without going into too much depth. In short, an hour of time only begins to scratch the surface of the impact Bill Gates has had on the world today; from technology, to business, to philanthropy.

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  • The Communist Manifesto

  • By: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels
  • Narrated by: Roberto Scarlato
  • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

The Communist Manifesto is an 1848 political pamphlet by German philosophers Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Commissioned by the Communist League and originally published in London just as the revolutions of 1848 began to erupt, the Manifesto was later recognized as one of the world's most influential political documents. It presents an analytical approach to the class struggle (historical and then-present) and the problems of capitalism and the capitalist mode of production, rather than a prediction of communism's potential future forms. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit dated but still relevant today.

  • By cosmitron on 05-09-18

Classic work; let's hope history doesn't repeat

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

Although this is a bit of a dated work, it could very well serve as a harbinger of things to come if the Left-wing continues to have its way. Having read this work several times over the years, I have to say that listening to it makes for a more convincing argument for Marxism, be it communism or socialism, both have repeated proven to be abject failures in practice.

The narration was done well, clear and crisp. I did find that I had to speed it up a notch or two do to the cadence of the narration, but perhaps that had somewhat to do with my familiarity with the work. I would highly recommend this book for anyone with an interest in history, government, social, and economic interests or concerns . . . the caveat being; keep in mind that despite Marx and Engels railings against capitalism (of which they do a formidable job), it is the only form of economy that continues to thrive. Theory and reality are two entirely different entities. OK, off my soapbox. :) In short, this title is well worth the listen.

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0 of 2 people found this review helpful