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  • 36 Hours

  • The Blackout Series, Book 1
  • By: Bobby Akart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,169

This is not the story of preppers with stockpiles of food, weapons, and a hidden bunker. This is the story of Colton Ryman, his stay-at-home wife, Madison, and their teenage daughter, Alex. In 36 Hours, the Ryman family and the rest of the world will be thrust into the darkness of a post-apocalyptic world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A "Pre-Apocalyptic" book with tons of action

  • By Brian on 09-14-16

Right-wing christian prepper porn

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

Reviewed: 06-17-17

Prepare to be bombarded with right wing propaganda as the world ends. It is not even a complete story, not that I have any intention of subjecting myself to any more of this. Now I need to shower!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wolf: The Lives of Jack London

  • By: James L. Haley
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

Jack London was born a working-class, fatherless San Franciscan in 1876. In his youth, he was a boundlessly energetic adventurer on the bustling west coast—by and by playing the role of hobo, sailor, and oyster pirate. From his vantage point at the margins of Gilded Age America, he witnessed such iniquity and abuses that he became a life long socialist and advocate for reform. Award-winning western historian James L. Haley paints a vivid portrait of London—adventurer, social reformer, and the most well-known American writer of his generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A life of bright flames to ashes...

  • By Danny on 10-21-10

complete

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

Reviewed: 08-14-16

I found this to be a very complete bio of Jack London. Both of his life and his works

  • The Vampire Archives

  • The Most Complete Volume of Vampire Tales Ever Published
  • By: Otto Penzler (editor), Kim Newman (foreword), Neil Gaiman (preface), and others
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Jonathan Cowley, Erik Davies
  • Length: 61 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 491
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 425

The Vampire Archives is the biggest, hungriest, undeadliest collection of vampire stories, as well as the most comprehensive bibliography of vampire fiction ever assembled. Dark, stormy, and delicious, once it sinks its teeth into you there’s no escape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Table of Contents:

  • By TB on 02-27-15

Hit or miss

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

Reviewed: 08-14-16

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The narrators helped add life to the even most tedious of the stories.

Do you think The Vampire Archives needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I really don't think I need to hear another vampire story for a very long time.

Any additional comments?

Like most anthologies, this is hit or miss. Some were quite enjoyable, some rather tedious. The older stories were especially trying, probably due to the victorian writing style.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Burglary

  • The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI
  • By: Betty Medsger
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot, Betty Medsger
  • Length: 25 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297

The never-before-told full story of the history-changing break-in at the FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, by a group of unlikely activists - quiet, ordinary, hardworking Americans - that made clear the shocking truth and confirmed what some had long suspected, that J. Edgar Hoover had created and was operating, in violation of the U.S. Constitution, his own shadow Bureau of Investigation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forget Ocean's 11

  • By Susie on 02-06-14

A story of true patriotism.

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

Reviewed: 07-13-15

Any additional comments?

A story of true patriotism. Everyone should read this.

They were needed, says Kairys [a professor at Temple University School of Law], thinking of the burglars and of that era. “There
are certain points in history where a society goes so wrong, and there are certain people who will say, ‘I won’t stand for that ...
I will risk career, life, limb, family, freedom.…And I will take this risk, and I will go and do it.’
“And it certainly is not something that’s over,” says Kairys. People “are going to be called upon again.”

  • Castles of Steel

  • Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea
  • By: Robert K. Massie
  • Narrated by: Richard Matthews
  • Length: 40 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

In a work of extraordinary narrative power, filled with brilliant personalities and vivid scenes of dramatic action, Robert K. Massie, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and Dreadnought, elevates to its proper historical importance the role of sea power in the winning of the Great War.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stick With It!

  • By Matt on 09-22-12

This needs an editor

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

Reviewed: 12-23-14

What would have made Castles of Steel better?

Some interesting bits here and there scattered amongst a lot of boring, repetive flotsam

What could Robert K. Massie have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Anyone who really really really REALLY likes hearing about sea battles

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Great for putting you to sleep

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Moral Combat

  • Good and Evil in World War II
  • By: Michael Burleigh
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 26 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

In this sweepingly ambitious overview of World War II, Michael Burleigh combines meticulous scholarship with a remarkable depth of knowledge and an astonishing scope. By exploring the moral sentiments of entire societies and their leaders and how such attitudes changed under the impact of total war, Burleigh presents listeners with a fresh and powerful perspective on a conflict that continues to shape world politics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Illuminating history

  • By S. Yates on 05-29-18

A study of society under the pressure of War

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

Reviewed: 11-15-12

Any additional comments?

While billed as an overview of WWII it focuses mainly on Europe, particularly the Nazis. There is a discussion of Japan at the end. He examines the moral attitudes of the countries involved, not just the political and military leadership, but entire societies, and how these attitudes bent and broke (on both sides) under the weight of total war.Fascinating.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The End

  • The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945
  • By: Ian Kershaw
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296

From the preeminent Hitler biographer, a fascinating and original exploration of how the Third Reich was willing and able to fight to the bitter end of World War II. Countless books have been written about why Nazi Germany lost World War II, yet remarkably little attention has been paid to the equally vital question of how and why it was able to hold out as long as it did.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing yet horrifying

  • By Liz on 10-14-11

Narrater needs a german diction coach

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

Reviewed: 09-11-12

What did you love best about The End?

Fascinating historical account, but the mispronunciations of German terms and names was at times distracting.

What other book might you compare The End to and why?

Richard J Evan's "The Third Reich at War"

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • 10 Books That Screwed Up the World

  • And 5 Others That Didn't Help
  • By: Benjamin Wiker
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 113

You've heard of the "Great Books"? These are their evil opposites. From Machiavelli's The Prince to Karl Marx's Communist Manifesto to Alfred Kinsey's Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, these "influential" books have led to war, genocide, totalitarian oppression, family breakdown, and disastrous social experiments. And yet these authors' bad ideas are still popular and pervasive. Here with the antidote is Professor Benjamin Wiker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply Excellent

  • By Donald E Scott on 01-23-14

Christian Propaganda

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-08

Be aware, Benjamin Wiker is a fundamentalist christian from the Discovery Institute. The summary of his book: All evils are due to Atheists, if someone does evil and claims to be a christian, he is only pretending and is really an atheist, not matter how pious he acts. All the world's problems will be solved if we simply return to fundamentalist christian (and _only_ christian) fantasies. Bring back the Inquisition.

Now you don't have to buy the book.

28 of 42 people found this review helpful