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  • The War of the Worlds

  • Classic Radio Sci-Fi (Dramatised)
  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Paul Daneman, Martin Jarvis, Peter Sallis, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

When a Martian spacecraft lands on Woking Common, mankind is terrorised by aliens in tall, armoured capsules which stalk the countryside on three legs. The machines wreak havoc on London and the Southern Counties, and survivors are driven underground. Scientist John Nicholson (Paul Daneman) tells how he was plunged into a paralysing nightmare of stark terror, savage madness and utter destruction.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Music is very annoying and distracting

  • By Martin on 11-25-17

Music is very annoying and distracting

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

The music used for each episode is simply awful - loud, shrieking and annoying. This would be a great production if the music were edited out.

  • Ripper

  • The Secret Life of Walter Sickert
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Mary Stuart Masterson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 496

Vain and charismatic Walter Sickert made a name for himself as a painter in Victorian London. But the ghoulish nature of his art - as well as extensive evidence - points to another name, one that's left its bloody mark on the pages of history: Jack the Ripper. Cornwell has collected never-before-seen archival material - including a rare mortuary photo, personal correspondence and a will with a mysterious autopsy clause - and applied cutting-edge forensic science to open an old crime to new scrutiny.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By BEVERLY J RICKER on 06-30-17

Too easily and quickly dismissed by some reviewers

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

Reviewed: 03-02-17

Patricia Cornwell has brought some degree of analytical rigor in her investigation that is not matched by the investigations of other suspects.

Ideally, competing theories should be judged by a side-by-side comparison of the data and analyses. To my knowledge, the analytical methods applied by Cornwell on her investigation have not been matched in other investigations.

While this by itself does not automatically make Patricia Cornwell bullet proof, it should significantly raise the bar for competing theories.

It is OK to disagree with Patricia Cornwell on the identity of Jack the Ripper. But, do so on the basis of solid data, good analysis and well founded facts.

After 130 years, this case matters. The proof is in imagining life in a world where this case no longer matters.

3 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • My Story

  • By: Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Smart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,477

On June 5, 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a heartbreaker, with a happy ending

  • By Andy on 11-08-13

Powerful Testimony

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

Reviewed: 10-13-13

I have no problem saying that I am a Christian. Christianity has suffered at the hand of popular media over the past years. Elizabeth Smart's testimony shows the power and strength of faith in the face of complete and absolute evil. There are parts of this book that are extremely hard to read. It is difficult, if not impossible, to imagine two individuals more demonic than Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee. Forgiveness and compassion are essential cornerstones of Christianity. But forgiveness and compassion do not come without effort. Brian David Mitchell and Wand Barzee easily and happily lived at the same level of the worst SS guards at Auschwitz. Mitchell and Barzee are completely devoid of humanity. One example of the power of God is that he can forgive SS guards at Auschwitz, Mitchell and Barzee when we cannot.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Jack the Ripper: The 21st-Century Investigation

  • By: Trevor Marriott
  • Narrated by: Norman Gilligan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 89

There have been countless attempts to solve the brutal murders committed by Jack the Ripper more than 100 years ago. It seems that almost everyone has their own theory and their own suspect, ranging from the reasonably likely to the entirely preposterous. What this most famous of British criminal cases has always required is a professional eye to analyse it with all the benefits of modern investigate techniques. Now that has been provided in the shape of the man most qualified to solve the case: former British murder-squad detective Trevor Marriott.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must for the Ripper-obsessed

  • By 6catz on 12-31-12

An excellent reference

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

Reviewed: 12-29-12

This is a fascinating look at the investigations into the ripper killings. The daily lives of the victims is vividly illustrated by the testimony of the people who knew them personally as well as the police and examiners who worked the case. The actual facts of this case are more compelling than any fictional account. These accounts serve to underscore the absolutely brutal and soulless nature of the killer.

This book has received some negative reviews on amazon.com. One of the main complaints is that this is a rehash of other books. A good deal of this book does come from verbatim testimony taken during the investigations. This is necessary detail for a serious investigation that adds to the credibility of the work.

The author, Trevor Marriott; a retired police investigator, does raise some very worthwhile points and challenges some long accepted points in the case.

- The Goulston Street graffito; the famous "The Juews..." message, long assumed to be the work of the killer, may have and may not have had anything to do with the killings.

- While not new, Marriott explores killings beyond the canonical five victims that may have been the work of Jack the Ripper.

- Many more...

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Soldaten

  • On Fighting, Killing, and Dying
  • By: Sonke Neitzel, Harald Welzer, Jefferson Chase (translator)
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

On a visit to the British National Archive in 2001, Sonke Neitzel made a remarkable discovery: reams of meticulously transcribed conversations among German POWs that had been covertly recorded and recently declassified. Neitzel would later find another collection of transcriptions, twice as extensive, in the National Archive in Washington, D.C. These were discoveries that would provide a unique and profoundly important window into the true mentality of the soldiers in the Wehrmacht, the Luftwaffe, the German navy, and the military in general - almost all of whom had insisted on their own honorable behavior during the war.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible

  • By Jill S. on 08-18-17

Deflates claims that only a few knew

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

Reviewed: 10-13-12

I grew up in a town close to Camp Forrest where German POWs were held in the continental United States during the war. Although this book deals with German POWs held in The United Kingdom, this book was of particular interest to me. I was shocked at how prevalent the ideas about people in territories invaded by nazi troops were. It seemed to be more or less accepted that regardless of any written rules of conduct (which seem nebulous at times), that committing rape and murder were perfectly acceptable practices. Any small act was accepted as a pretext for the most appalling crimes against humanity. The "thousand year reich" will certainly be remembered for far more than a thousand years for these acts. I pray that we do better.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Streets of Whitechapel

  • A Jack the Ripper Mystery
  • By: R. Barri Flowers
  • Narrated by: Wayne June
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 7

Modern day criminologist, Ripperologist, and bestselling author R. Barri Flowers delivers a heart-pounding historical thriller in Dark Streets of Whitechapel, featuring arguably the most infamous and elusive murderer of them all--19th century serial killer Jack the Ripper.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good - but the actual case is more interesting

  • By Martin on 01-02-12

Good - but the actual case is more interesting

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

Reviewed: 01-02-12

This is a good and fairly structured fiction based on the Jack the Ripper killings in the late 19th century in Whitechapel. It suffers from the same problems seen in fictional accounts of the sinking of the Titanic and other historical fiction; the actual facts and case are far more interesting than the fictional characters. The actual history outshines this story.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Key

  • A True Encounter
  • By: Whitley Strieber
  • Narrated by: Gregory Itzin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

From the best-selling author of Communion comes the mysterious true story of how an unknown visitor barged into Streiber's hotel room late one night - and imparted extraordinary lessons in personal development and man's fate that challenge us to rethink every assumption about the meaning of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Key Unlocks the Mystery Of Who We Are

  • By KD on 04-30-12

Hard to take

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-11

This book is a bit hard to take. It comes across as a dump of Popular Science, The National Enquirer and the same arrogant ignorance behind the "Coexisit" bumper sticker. The text offers an extremely contradictory suggestion that we accept The Gospel of Christianity with the surrender to God offered by Islam. Christians surrender to God by accepting Christ as our saviour - in other words, Christians surrender to God by accepting the Good News of The Gospel. Islam denies the death and Resurrection of Christ. Islam rejects the very foundation of Christianity. For a Christian, this is not optional and not up for debate. A religion that merges the major religions would be complete folly and solve nothing.

This book is an unfortunate mix of truths and half-truths. Read it (or listen to it) with your eyes and ears open. Listen carefully to who this book suggests we worship.

1 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Eichmann in Jerusalem

  • A Report on the Banality of Evil
  • By: Hannah Arendt
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

Sparking a flurry of heated debate, Hannah Arendt's authoritative and stunning report on the trial of German Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann first appeared in The New Yorker in 1963. This revised edition includes material that came to light after the trial, as well as Arendt's postscript. A major journalistic triumph by an intellectual of singular influence, Eichmann in Jerusalem is as shocking as it is informative - an unflinching look at one of the most unsettling (and unsettled) issues of the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lest we forget the banality of evil

  • By BryinSiam on 08-03-14

Still has Great Power to Offend

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-11

This work was (and is) highly contreversial and has lost none of it's power to offend. Hannah Arendt, no doubt felt that she was being honest and straightforward. Her narrative often seems far more critical of Israel than the perpetrators of The Holocaust. This is a hard, cold and uncaring narritive. There is an almost complete absence of sympathy for the victims of The Holocaust - only the flippant dismisal that is only appreciated by those who exercise it. It is easy to see why Arendt is often portrayed as a "self lothing Jew". Her unrelenting theme seems to be: this was a ridiculous and unneccesary show trial and look at all the bad and silly things that Israel is doing. Why - how dare Israel kidnap Eichmann and take him to Israel. When she occasionally manages to put her axe aside, the details are useful. Apart from this the "Banality of Evil" can easily be applied to Hannah Arendt herself.

9 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Forgotten Voices of the Falklands

  • By: Hugh McManners
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

In April 1982, Argentina surprised the world by invading the Falkland Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The tiny islands had long been the subject of a fierce territorial dispute between Argentina and the UK, and the occupation quickly escalated into a terrifying full-blown conflict between the two countries. This is a record of the defeat of the Argentines in a series of engagements the names of which have become legendary - Goose Green, Two Sisters, Mount - and ends with the liberation of Port Stanley itself.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Fractured

  • By Donald on 08-09-11

Excellent series one person mumbles

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-13-10

The who Forgotten Voices series is quite excellent. There is, unfortunately, one individual who when interviewed (Gerald Cheek) who mumbles so badly that he is unintelligible at very best. They should have read this persons responses. There are times when you can't understand a single word. Every other person interviewed is clear as a bell by comparison.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful