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  • The Irish Americans

  • A History
  • By: Jay P. Dolan
  • Narrated by: Jim McCabe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Jay Dolan of Notre Dame University is one of America’s most acclaimed scholars of immigration and ethnic history. In The Irish Americans, he caps his decades of writing and teaching with this magisterial history of the Irish experience in the United States. Although more than 30 million Americans claim Irish ancestry, no other general account of Irish American history has been published since the 1960s. Dolan draws on his own original research and much other recent scholarship to weave an insightful, colorful narrative.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Should have been great

  • By Heather on 04-25-14

The Reader!

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

Reviewed: 04-10-19

The information is extremely interesting but oh, the reader! Could he sound any more bored with the material? So many excellent readers out there and they decided on this one? It really detracts from the content. I'm slogging through but it's really a shame because with his interpretation it becomes a very boring exercise in just trying to stay awake.

  • The Good Nurse

  • A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder
  • By: Charles Graeber
  • Narrated by: Will Collyer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,313

After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Good Nurse gets it right

  • By jc on 05-28-13

Dig!

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

Reviewed: 02-24-19

The repetitive mispronunciation of the name of the heart medication, especially after the correct pronunciation is made quite clear in the beginning got to be grating, but I kept listening. Why, why, why? But for that, I would have given it 5 stars across the board.

  • Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea

  • Why the Greeks Matter
  • By: Thomas Cahill
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

Best selling history writer Thomas Cahill continues his series on the roots of Western civilization with this volume about the contributions of ancient Greece to the development of contemporary culture. Tracing the origin of Greek culture in the migrations of armed Indo-European horsemen into Attica and the Peloponnesian peninsula, he follows their progress into the creation of the Greek city-states, the refinement of their machinery of war, and the flowering of intellectual and artistic culture.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed this Audiobook; a good model

  • By Mike on 04-13-04

Footnotes???

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

Why, why, why doesn't the reader include the very interesting footnotes? Not the first time I've encountered and complained about this.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 86,444
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 78,678
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 78,229

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Read it!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

This is an Incredibly inspiring memoirI. I will think about this book for quite awhile.

  • Shakespeare: The Word and the Action

  • By: Peter Saccio, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Peter Saccio
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Shakespeare's works are some of the greatest achievements of the human mind and spirit. And yet, for far too many of us, they remain a closed book. Why? Professor Saccio is well suited in these 16 lectures to bring you back into Shakespeare's world and tune you into what he calls "Shakespeare's wavelength." As you hear him effortlessly deliver heretofore impenetrable language with the proper meter, emphasis, intonation, and emotion, you'll experience the pleasure that comes with true mastery.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More Downs than Ups - Not for Beginners

  • By Tommy D'Angelo on 12-27-15

More Please!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This is the third course I've taken on Shakespeare from The Great Courses. This one had an interesting slant and I enjoyed it very much. I wish Prof. Saccio would do another on the more obscure plays!

  • From the Edge

  • Australia's Lost Histories
  • By: Mark McKenna
  • Narrated by: Andrew Martin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

In March 1797, five British sailors and 12 Bengali seamen struggled ashore after their longboat broke apart in a storm. Their fellow-survivors from the wreck of the Sydney Cove were stranded more than 500 kilometres southeast in Bass Strait. To rescue their mates and to save themselves the 19 men must walk 700 kilometres north to Sydney. That remarkable walk is a story of endurance but also of unexpected Aboriginal help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great, but...

  • By Lucky on 07-18-18

Great, but...

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Loved this book but disappointed they didn't include a pdf of the maps and images.

  • Dead Mountain

  • The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident
  • By: Donnie Eichar
  • Narrated by: Donnie Eichar
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,657
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,451

In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery & Intrigue In The Ural Mountains

  • By Sara on 06-30-15

Oooooh, the narrator!

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

Reviewed: 05-27-18

Is he falling asleep? Just starting this book, 5 or 6 chapters in, and hope I can make it through.

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  • Mysteries of the Middle Ages

  • The Rise of Feminism, Science and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe
  • By: Thomas Cahill
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

After the long period of cultural decline known as the Dark Ages, Europe experienced a rebirth of scholarship, art, literature, philosophy, and science, and began to develop a vision of Western society that remains at the heart of Western civilization today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • the dark ages illuminated

  • By Amber on 06-21-07

If you're only listening....

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

If you're only listening, and not following along in this beautifully produced book, you will unfortunately miss many of the interesting footnotes scattered throughout the text. Not sure I understand why they are left out...and would otherwise have given it 5/5 stars.

  • The Medieval World

  • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,907

Far from being a time of darkness, the Middle Ages was an essential period in the grand narrative of Western history. But what was it like to actually live in those extraordinary times? Now you can find out.These 36 lectures provide a different perspective on the society and culture of the Middle Ages: one that entrenches you in the daily human experience of living during this underappreciated era.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good start

  • By Occasional Barista on 05-26-15

Notes are lacking

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

Usually I find the accompanying notes extremely helpful. In this case I was disappointed to find quite a bit left out.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • From Holmes to Sherlock

  • The Story of the Men and Women Who Created an Icon
  • By: Mattias Boström, Michael Gallagher
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

In From Holmes to Sherlock, Mattias Boström re-creates the full story behind the legendary detective and his many incarnations - a real-life narrative of success, tragedy, and family secrets that has never previously been told in its entirety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A treat

  • By Tad Davis on 09-20-17

The reader!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

Interesting content but can hardly deal with the sing-song performance of the reader! What a shame!