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  • The Oregon Trail

  • A New American Journey
  • By: Rinker Buck
  • Narrated by: Rinker Buck
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 752
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 693
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 700

In the best-selling tradition of Bill Bryson and Tony Horwitz, Rinker Buck's The Oregon Trail is a major work of participatory history: an epic account of traveling the entire 2,000-mile length of the Oregon Trail the old-fashioned way, in a covered wagon with a team of mules - which hasn't been done in a century - that also tells the rich history of the trail, the people who made the migration, and its significance to the country.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Little About The Trail - All About Him

  • By Harold Stone on 08-07-15

The narrator (author) got in the way

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

Reviewed: 10-01-15

How did the narrator detract from the book?

From the first minute I found the narrator (who happens to be the author) very annoying in his halting, artificial, self-conscious reading out loud of his own writing. I considered asking for a refund and buying the actual book. But by the second or third hour I was more used to him as we both started to relax. He relaxed some of his clumsy gait/diction and I relaxed my criticism as the story took over. I listened to all 16 hours over a few weeks driving around and by the end the author and his goofy brother seemed like not very articulate friends. Why does no one have the courage to say "no" to the author who wants to read his own work? Don't do it! Sixteen hours is a long time to pull that squeaky wagon uphill...but in the end I enjoyed the story and learned a LOT about mules.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

  • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Garland
  • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,619

Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tantalizing time trip

  • By Mark on 08-21-13

1,000+ Audible listeners can't be wrong

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

Reviewed: 05-20-15

What made the experience of listening to The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World the most enjoyable?

After reading the reviews for this Great Course and listening to the excerpt, I decided to take a chance on 48 lectures (24 hours!) on Ancient History. I was enchanted by the approach - everyday life of the everyday person - and the professor's style. I learned so much while listening in my car - ten minutes here & ten minutes there.

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

I have to say I teared up at the final lecture when Professor Garland summed up the course and said goodbye.

Any additional comments?

My next selection will be "Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean."

  • Incognito

  • The Secret Lives of the Brain
  • By: David Eagleman
  • Narrated by: David Eagleman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,297

In this sparkling and provocative new book, the renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman navigates the depths of the subconscious brain to illuminate surprising mysteries. Taking in brain damage, plane spotting, dating, drugs, beauty, infidelity, synesthesia, criminal law, artificial intelligence, and visual illusions, Incognito is a thrilling subsurface exploration of the mind and all its contradictions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Take....

  • By Douglas on 10-30-13

The author is NOT a good reader

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-11

Please listen to the audio sample before you download. The author declaims rather than reads his text and it is excruciating to my ear. Very sorry but this is one book I will have to READ rather than listen to.

57 of 75 people found this review helpful