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  • Titan

  • The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 35 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,880

Titan is the first full-length biography based on unrestricted access to Rockefeller’s exceptionally rich trove of papers. A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the book indelibly alters our image of this most enigmatic capitalist. Born the son of a flamboyant, bigamous snake-oil salesman and a pious, straitlaced mother, Rockefeller rose from rustic origins to become the world’s richest man by creating America’s most powerful and feared monopoly, Standard Oil. Branded "the Octopus" by legions of muckrakers, the trust refined and marketed nearly 90 percent of the oil produced in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He makes Bill Gates look like a Pauper!

  • By Rick on 11-04-13

insightful biography of an enigmatic man

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

As with his other biographies, Chernow digs into the underlying reasons driving Rockefeller's complex behavior.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alexander Hamilton

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 35 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,264
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,289
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,216

Historians have long told the story of America’s birth as the triumph of Jefferson’s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Outstanding & Riveting Book!

  • By Kevin on 03-04-05

outstanding biography of a fascinating man

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

Reviewed: 03-03-16

Chernow injects insightful insights into one of the less celebrated founding fathers. Some readers will likely find Chernow too judgemental at times but I found such evaluations to be fair and useful.

  • The Passage of Power

  • The Years of Lyndon Johnson
  • By: Robert A. Caro
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 32 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,155
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,871
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,865

The Passage of Power follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career - 1958 to 1964. It is a time that would see him trade the extraordinary power he had created for himself as Senate Majority Leader for what became the wretched powerlessness of a Vice President in an administration that disdained and distrusted him. Yet it was, as well, the time in which the presidency, the goal he had always pursued, would be thrust upon him in the moment it took an assassin’s bullet to reach its mark.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • From Powerful to Powerless

  • By Abdur Abdul-Malik on 05-08-12

Outstanding biography

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

Reviewed: 07-14-13

This is an outstanding biography of a fascinating, complex, and important President. Caro is objective and avoids the "hero" worship that other biographers sometimes fall into.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Time's Eye

  • A Time Odyssey, Book 1
  • By: Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 879
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 522
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 530

For eons, Earth has been under observation by the Firstborn, beings almost as old as the universe itself. The Firstborn are unknown to humankind - until they act. In an instant, Earth is carved up and reassembled like a huge jigsaw puzzle. Suddenly the planet and every living thing on it no longer exist in a single timeline.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A nice road to nowhere

  • By Tim on 10-17-09

Definitely worth listening to

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

Reviewed: 02-19-13

A nice combination of science fiction and history. As ususal with Clarke's books, he does not develop a compelling central character but the other factors more than make up for it.

  • Dune Messiah

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Katherine Kellgren, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,833
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,849

The second Dune installment explores new developments on the planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and strange, threatening environment. Dune Messiah picks up the story of the man known as Muad'Dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to fruition an ambition of unparalleled scale: the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing who reigns not in the heavens but among men. But the question is: DO all paths of glory lead to the grave?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A nice continuation

  • By Andrew on 01-06-09

A big step down from the first book

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

Reviewed: 10-18-11

While the first book in the Dune series has lots of action, intrigue, and philosophy, this 2nd book is far to heavy on the latter.

  • Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1

  • The Complete and Authoritative Edition
  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 24 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 419
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 427

The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Twain’s death. In celebration of this important milestone, here, for the first time, is Mark Twain’s uncensored autobiography, in its entirety, exactly as he left it. This major literary event offers the first of three volumes and presents Mark Twain’s authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave, as he intended.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awe and Goosebumps

  • By Gura on 11-05-10

An academic document

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-11

The book starts with a long preface on the Mark Twain project that I found very academic. The actual biography shows little of the wit and wisdom of Twain's books.

  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

  • By: Jack Weatherford
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Jack Weatherford
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,660

The Mongol army led by Genghis Khan subjugated more lands and people in 25 years than the Romans did in 400. In nearly every country the Mongols conquered, they brought an unprecedented rise in cultural communication, expanded trade, and a blossoming of civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, insightful, intriguing.

  • By Peter on 03-05-10

Challenges long-held perceptions of the Khans

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-11

A well written book with excellent naration that challenges the long-held belief that the Monguls were barbarians. I learned a lot though I think Weatherford pushes the case a bit too far that the Khans set the stage for the modern world.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Beyond the Hundredth Meridian

  • John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West
  • By: Wallace Stegner
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 149

Pulitzer Prize winner Wallace Stegner recounts the remarkable career of Major John Wesley Powell, the distinguished ethnologist and geologist who explored the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon, and the homeland of the Southwest Indian tribes. This classic work is a penetrating and insightful study of the Powell’s career, from the beginning of the Powell Survey, in which Powell and his men famously became the first to descend the Colorado River, to his eventual expulsion from the Geological Survey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History repeats itself.

  • By Roy on 09-12-11

Excitment followed by a slow slog

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-11

The first few chapters describing Powell first descent are incredibly well written and exciting but then Stegner turns his descriptive prose to a discussion of the ethereal beauty and geography of the plateau country. For those who delight in details, the time may be rewarding but for me, it goes on far too long.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Santini

  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 19 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828

Step into the powerhouse life of Bull Meecham. He's all Marine -- fighter pilot, king of the clouds, and absolute ruler of his family. Lillian is his wife -- beautiful, southern-bred, with a core of velvet steel. Without her cool head, her kids would be in real trouble. Ben is the oldest, a born athlete whose best never satisfies the big man. Ben's got to stand up, even fight back, against a father who doesn't give in -- not to his men, not to his wife, and certainly not to his son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story with terrific narration!

  • By John on 08-12-12

an excellent book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-10

An insightful and moving story of the coming of age of a young man whose life has been dominated by a complex and violent father. The narration is one of the best I've heard.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Three Cups of Tea

  • One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations
  • By: Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,595
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 793
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 820

In 1993 Greg Mortenson was the exhausted survivor of a failed attempt to ascend K2, an American climbing bum wandering emaciated and lost through Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya. After he was taken in and nursed back to health by the people of an impoverished Pakistani village, Mortenson promised to return one day and build them a school. From that rash, earnest promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time: Greg Mortenson's one-man mission to counteract extremism by building schools, especially for girls, throughout the breeding ground of the Taliban.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A Fraud

  • By Sara on 02-23-16

Story of a remarkable man

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-10

Well written and well read. Fascinating story about a remarkable man but it sometimes borders on a bit of hero worship.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful