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  • The Military Science of Star Wars

  • By: George Beahm
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

The first ever in-depth analysis of the tactics and equipment used by the heroes and villains of the Star Wars universe has arrived! Spanning all of the films, this comprehensive audiobook goes into detail about the various guerrilla tactics of the Rebel Alliance and the awe-inspiring might of the Grand Army of the Republic and Darth Vader's Empire. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent for most part but several extreme fails

  • By Steven on 07-05-18

Excellent for most part but several extreme fails

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Author needs to fact check himself before having book published.

Constantly referred to battle of 2nd Death Star as occurring in Empire Strikes Back. Also constantly referring to the Separatist Droid army as the Empire in the Battle of Naboo.

Makes me question his other facts though at least the other Star Wars details were correct.

Also apparently author has forgotten his Civil War history. Jar Jar being made a general no different than inexperienced political generals back then.

Finally while Jaws was released in the USA on 7/20/75, Star Wars release date which author got right in the end but not the intro is 5/25/77. Author states both Jaws & Star Wars released right after each other and a month following the end of the Vietnam War which was 4/30/75.

Final note, the narrator, Robert Petkoff, did an amazing job. Looking forward to hearing more from him in the future.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Now I Know More

  • The Revealing Stories Behind Even More of the World's Most Interesting Facts
  • By: Dan Lewis
  • Narrated by: Anthony Haden Salerno
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 636
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 577

Get ready to find out the real deal behind a new collection of fascinating facts. From pink camouflaged fighter planes to secret Harry Potter characters, Now I Know More covers everything from history and science to sports and pop culture. You'll learn about made-up towns that made their way onto real maps, the time three MLB teams squared off in a single game, and 99 more curious cases of remarkable trivia. And it's all true. With this audiobook, you really will know more!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed...

  • By Pat on 05-29-15

Entertaining & educational

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

Reviewed: 01-26-15

Brief but with you just the right amount of detail. Writing style and reader made it perfect. I learned a lot.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • How Star Wars Conquered the Universe

  • The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise
  • By: Chris Taylor
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 20 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,415

In How Star Wars Conquered the Universe, veteran journalist Chris Taylor traces the series from the difficult birth of the original film through its sequels, the franchise’s death and rebirth, the prequels, and the preparations for a new trilogy. Taylor provides portraits of the friends, writers, artists, producers, and marketers who labored behind the scenes to turn Lucas’s idea into a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful, in-depth look at the Star Wars

  • By A Mayne on 11-30-14

Awesome history of Star Wars

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

Reviewed: 12-07-14

Excellent history and good companion piece to the Secret History of Star Wars. As it was written recently it also includes information updated regarding the recent sale to Disney. Very nice storytelling that keeps you engaged.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Inspired By … The Bible Experience Audio Bible - Today's New International Version, TNIV: Old Testament

  • Old Testament
  • By: Inspired By Media Group
  • Narrated by: Angela Bassett, Cuba Gooding Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, and others
  • Length: 65 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 770

Like never before, you can experience the beauty and life-changing power of the Bible. Unique among audio Bible productions, The Bible Experience is a captivating performance of the Bible presented by a stellar ensemble of today's top-name actors, musicians, clergy, directors, and award-winning producers. This historic production also features a cinematic musical score, unparalleled sound design, and the highest production values.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth It!!!

  • By Clay on 05-04-11

Awesome book but download file has issues

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

Reviewed: 09-11-14

Awesome audio book but download file has issues
Not sure but must be an a limitation with the Classic iPod and the file format as I don't see this issue on the PC. When downloading the file as one part it keeps going back to 11:20:43. Anytime prior to that is fine but stuck on Numbers. Will have to deal with 19 parts instead.

Other than that the reading is awesome and unlike the New Testament which oddly breaks into songs at inappropriate times this book works through the narrative appropriately.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Kenobi: Star Wars Legends

  • By: John Jackson Miller
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,029
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,025

Tatooine - a harsh desert world where farmers toil in the heat of two suns while trying to protect themselves and their loved ones from the marauding Tusken Raiders. A backwater planet on the edge of civilized space. And an unlikely place to find a Jedi Master in hiding, or an orphaned infant boy on whose tiny shoulders rests the future of a galaxy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "The Rifleman"... with a Lightsaber

  • By Troy on 08-27-13

Like the original Star Wars... A Western in Space

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

Reviewed: 09-12-13

I have listened to literally dozens of audio books based on the Star Wars Universe and this has got to be the best one yet. Jonathan Davis should win an award for his amazing reading of this book and John Jackson Miller hit the perfect pitch with this book. Perfect companion to discover what happened to old crazy Ben after dropping off Luke with the Owens in Episode III. Nice references little references to the other elements of the expanded Star Wars universe in comics, books, and movies.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Civil War Collection

  • By: Readio Theatre
  • Narrated by: Joe Loesch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Entrenched in a conflict over slave labor, the industrialized North and slave-powered South of the mid-1800s became entangled in the only war to be waged between Americans on U.S. soil. The Civil War, infamously known as the bloodiest military conflict to date, engaged three million Americans, claiming the lives of over half a million.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent glimpse into the Civil War

  • By Steven on 03-14-13

An excellent glimpse into the Civil War

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

Reviewed: 03-14-13

Mixed with first hand accounts and an overall narration. Only compliant is that episode 3 seems to be missing. There are 8 episodes in total and each is roughly an hour long. However episode 3 is only 5 minutes long before starting on episode 4.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Know Much About the Civil War

  • Everything You Need to Know About America's Greatest Conflict but Never Learned
  • By: Kenneth C. Davis
  • Narrated by: Dick Estell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Millions of Americans, bored by dull textbooks, are in the dark about the most significant event in our history. Now New York Times bestselling author Kenneth C. Davis comes to the rescue, deftly sorting out the players, the politics, and the key events—Emancipation and Reconstruction, Shiloh and Gettysburg, Generals Grant and Lee, Harriet Beecher Stowe—and much more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Civil War book

  • By Steven on 08-04-12

Good Civil War book

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

Reviewed: 08-04-12

First 5 hours of the book covers the history of slavery in America and how it caused the Civil War.
After that, it spent the next 10 hours covering the actual Civil War and was a well balanced, honest report on the Civil War.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Great Depression and the New Deal

  • By: Robert P. Murphy Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

In this timely new P.I . Guide, Murphy reveals the stark truth: free market failure didn't cause the Great Depression and the New Deal didn't cure it. Shattering myths and politically correct lies, he tells why World War II didn't help the economy or get us out of the Great Depression; why it took FDR to make the Depression "Great"; and why Herbert Hoover was more like Obama and less like Bush than the liberal media would have you believe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Scary

  • By Greg Stowers on 12-20-11

Hooray for Coolidge but Presidents since no good

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

Reviewed: 04-29-12

The headline should be the real title of this book. While Hoover & FDR certainly both made mistakes during their presidency in regards to the great Depression, if you were to follow this author's policies, we would:
1) Still should have child labor at work
2) 80 hour work weeks
3) No OSHA or workman's comp
4) No Social Security programs
5) No labor unions or collective bargaining
6) No checks and balances on stock trading, banking, or business.

Only thing I agree with this author is tariffs are bad for countries in general.

In short, not an America I want to live in. Basically just a Libertarian world view.

4 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Ascension

  • By: Christie Golden
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,575
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,431

Luke and Ben Skywalker pursue the formidable dark-side being Abeloth, the Lost Tribe of the Sith is about to be sundered by an even greater power - which will thrust one Dark Lord into mortal conflict with his own flesh-and-blood. On Coruscant, a political vacuum has left tensions at the boiling point, with factions racing to claim control of the Galactic Alliance. Suddenly surrounded by hidden agendas, treacherous conspiracies, and covert Sith agents, the Jedi Order must struggle to keep the GA government from collapsing into anarchy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greatest Narrator of all time!

  • By R. A. James on 08-10-11

An exciting Star Wars book to listen to

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

Reviewed: 04-06-12

Just finished this book and all I can saw is WOW.
The writing and the voice acting by Marc Thompson is superb.

Marc Thompson always brings an A+ effort, not only changing his voice to reflect the character that is talking but the known characters (Luke, Leia, Han, Lando, etc) and are always consistent & sound great for those none regular cast (Allana, Tenel Ka, Sith characters, Ves).

Highly recommend this entire series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Outcast

  • Star Wars Legends (Fate of the Jedi)
  • By: Aaron Allston
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,060
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,658

After a violent civil war and the devastation wrought by the now-fallen Darth Caedus, the Galactic Alliance is in crisis and in need. From all corners, politicians, power brokers, and military leaders converge on Coruscant for a crucial summit to restore order, negotiate differences, and determine the future of their unified worlds. But even more critical, and far more uncertain, is the future of the Jedi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome story!

  • By Jeff on 04-25-09

A Must Read for any Star Wars fan

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

Reviewed: 04-06-12

I don't know what is better about this book - the writing or the voice acting by Marc Thompson. Marc Thompson always brings an A+ effort, not only changing his voice to reflect the character that is talking but the known characters (Luke, Leia, Han, Lando, etc) and are always consistent & sound great for those none regular cast (Allana, Tenel Ka, Sith characters, Ves).
Highly recommend this entire series - plus it's the whole unabridged book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful