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  • Los Angeles

  • The Founding of the City of Angels
  • By: in60Learning
  • Narrated by: Russell Newton
  • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Everyone knows of Los Angeles’ legendary film industry, but few know the history that came before it. Native American tribes lived in the area for thousands of years before the city’s official founding. In 1791, the governor of Las Californias sent a diverse group of 44 “pobladores” - settlers - to establish a community in what is now downtown Los Angeles. The land passed into the hands of Mexico, then the US, who saw it through the influx of migrants during the California gold rush. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Glimpse At The History of Los Angeles

  • By Tom Anderson on 12-30-18

Excellent Glimpse At The History of Los Angeles

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Steering (mostly) away from the image of tinsel town, this book reviews the history of L.A. from prehistoric times up to the present. Though not long on detail it does delve into the ancient inhabitants as well as the city's founding in the 1700's. The audiobook concludes with a rapid-fire review of more recent facts and events.

A good way to spend an hour!

  • Queen of the Lakes (Great Lakes Books Series)

  • By: Mark L. Thompson
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

This book is an account of ships that have borne the name Queen of the Lakes, an honorary title indicating that, at the time of its launching, a ship is the longest on the Great Lakes. In one of the most comprehensive books ever written on the maritime history of the lakes, Mark Thompson presents a vignette of each of the dozens of ships that have held the title, chronicling the dates the ship sailed, its dimensions, the derivation of its name, its role in the economic development of the region, and its sailing history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of great info!

  • By Jan on 01-14-19

GREAT Lakes

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

For those of us who grew up on or around the Great Lakes one memory we all share is that of the truly unique freighters that ply their waters. With that in mind, yes, this book has a somewhat narrow focus, but while it may not be for everyone, it is essential for that group of “freighter fans” who know them on sight yet may not know their stories.

With an attention to detail, Mark L. Thompson tells the stories of the largest of these ships – the “Queens of the Lakes” – from drawing board to demise. Not overwhelming with detail but just enough to capture the size and scope of these haulers, with Thompson’s text and Bill Nevitt’s narration you can almost picture them plying the waters of the Great Lakes once again.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • American Legends: The Life of Howard Hughes

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: James Romick
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Howard Hughes lived a life that was quintessentially American, and his personal history was so varied, improbable, and extraordinary that he practically resembled a living folk hero. Hughes was barely in his 20s during America's Roaring Twenties, but he had already begun to command the nation's headlines as a multitalented millionaire, and the varied pastimes that his talents and wealth afforded him made him nearly impossible to ignore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well-written and Masterfully Acted by James Romick...

  • By nick labosky on 01-09-19

Boring Account of An Extraordinary Life

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Corporately written and blandly narrated this book comes nowhere near relating the excitement that was the life of Howard Hughes. Leaving out large chucks of his life and boringly reciting adjective-less facts of the rest, this book falls far short in telling the American tale that was the life of Howard Hughes.

If you're looking for an exciting account of Howard Hughes, look somewhere else.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • The Leadership of Ulysses S. Grant

  • A General Who Will Fight
  • By: Harry S. Laver
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

A General Who Will Fight is a detailed study of leadership that explores Grant's rise from undisciplined cadet to commanding general of the United States Army. Some experts have attributed Grant's success to superior manpower and technology, to the help he received from other Union armies, or even to a ruthless willingness to sacrifice his own men. Harry S. Laver, however, refutes these arguments and reveals that the only viable explanation for Grant's success lies in his leadership skill, professional competence, and unshakable resolve.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A quick focus on a interesting man

  • By cosmitron on 07-11-18

The Leadership of U.S. Grant....Sort Of.

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

If you're looking for a book that covers the leadership skills of Grant throughout his life, this isn't it. This book only deals with his military career including a battle-by-battle review of each of the Civil War battles Grant fought it. The book is exhaustively researched and well written and an enjoyable read but it is only Grant as a military man and nothing more.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Cycle of Hope: A Journey from Paralysis to Possibility

  • By: Tricia Downing
  • Narrated by: Aven Shore
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

At 31, Tricia Downing was in the best shape of her life. In the summer of 2000, Tricia, an avid cyclist, drove across the country for what amounted to 18 races in 23 days. She returned from her adventure to a fresh start: a new job awaited her, and determined to make the next summer the year she would make her mark on the world of cycling, she began a rigorous training strategy. But on September 17, 2000, Tricia Downing's life took a detour. While training on her bicycle, Tricia collided with a car that turned directly in her path, and instantly became paralyzed from the chest down.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • HOPE

  • By Zoe on 07-12-18

Cycle of Life

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

It has happened to all of us who cycle: We are riding in an event or just out for a ride by ourselves and we wonder “is that car going to stop?” or “that SUV really isn’t going to turn, is it?”. For all of us, then, this book becomes our worst nightmare.

Tricia Downing was a competitive cyclist. Was. Then that nightmare became her reality in the blink of an eye. This is the story of how she literally clawed her way back into competitive sports and became a champion all over again.

If you have ever ridden in a cycling event or run a marathon or competed in a triathlon you’ve seen them those fellow competitors who don’t have the use of their legs. You will gain a whole new perspective of them after you listen to this book.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Football Flyboy

  • First Lt. Bill Cannon, Piloting More Than His Own Aircraft
  • By: Lisa Reinicke
  • Narrated by: Lisa Reinicke, Richard Rieman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Buster, the football flyboy, was part of the Greatest Generation. Old letters seeded Football Flyboy, letters that are a one-sided conversation of a man who lived for someone more important than himself. The struggles of war and his constant change of location kept him from receiving mail regularly, causing frustration and loneliness. Each letter has been unedited with grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors preserved to demonstrate the letters' authenticity.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THEY DON'T MAKE EM' LIKE THAT ANYMORE....

  • By Victoria Haugen on 08-12-18

The Way We Were

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

Through the correspondence of a post-World War II pilot, “Football Flyboy” reconstructs the life of (what I hope the author won’t be offended by me calling) an ordinary man. The author found letters written by her father to her mother while he was stationed at various Asian posts immediately following the end of World War II and has used them as an outline, if you will, to reconstruct his life. It is an interesting effect and coupled with information gleaned from family interviews and first hand knowledge she tells the tale of his life.

Again, this is not a football hero or Army Air Corps Ace; Bill “Buster” Cannon was an everyday kind of guy but I think that’s what makes this work. Sometimes it is the everyday people who are the most interesting.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Perfect Run as No.1

  • Aquitaine Reluctant Readers for Boys and Girls, Volume 1
  • By: Brian Lester
  • Narrated by: Joshua Brian Hollander
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

In the wake of a humiliating loss in the NCAA tournament a year earlier, no one imagined the University of Findlay men’s basketball team would rise up from the ashes of the defeat and produce one of the greatest seasons in college hoops history. Ranked number one in the preseason and well aware the expectations for a championship were as lofty as ever, the Oilers learn to embrace the pressure of it all rather than allow it to become a heavy burden to carry in their pursuit of greatness.  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Benched

  • By Tom Anderson on 07-12-18

Benched

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

I’m sorry but this one got the better of me; I just couldn’t finish it. I made it through about twelve chapters but I just could not get into it. I didn’t hate it, I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t find the story or the characters interesting and the writing just seemed to be a recitation of games.

Maybe a real basketball fan would appreciate it more but, please, let me sit this one out.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Twilight of Royalty

  • By: Alexander Mikhailovich
  • Narrated by: Jim Seybert
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Alexander Michhailovich was the Grand Duke of Russia, a member of the Romanov family. In this touching story written in the first third of the 20th century, he interviews deposed European rulers - many of whom were his friends - and shares how they feel about their predicaments and their futures. Twilight of Royalty is an insider's look at the intimate details of royals in exile. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crowning Achievement

  • By Tom Anderson on 07-12-18

Crowning Achievement

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

This is not a new book but that is a point in it’s favor. When you are writing about the disappearing monarchies of Europe, writing from the perspective of 1932 is a good thing.

Alexander Mikhailovich was a member of the last Russian royal family so, in a way, this is a book about his family since most European monarchs at the turn of the twentieth century seem to be inter-related in some form or another. So Mikhailovich’s viewing point is unique. After the fall of the Russian royal family in 1917 he became a journalist. Those two things are what make this book valuable. And just for good measure Jim Seybert does an excellent narration.

There once were 18 royal families in Europe. In 1932 that number was down to ten which --- spoiler alert --- is what it still is. Where did they go and how did they disappear? If you really want to know then listen to “Twilight of Royalty”; it is time well spent.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Hello, My Name Is Oliver

  • By: Paymaneh Ritchie
  • Narrated by: E Roy Worley
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Oliver, the funny, SPCA-adopted Beagle-cross is like any other dog and has a basic range of feelings. He just has a lot of them. Anxiety, depression, lack of self-esteem, and loneliness accompany Oliver to his new home where he sheds a few of these issues and teaches his new owners to cope with the rest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute story

  • By TNelly on 10-17-18

A Thoroughly Enjoyable Book

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Of course, I am a dog lover to begin with it so why wouldn’t I love a book written from a “dog’s eye view”? The only thing I can say in way of a review is if you have ever been around a dog then listen to this book; it’s that simple. It’s honest, engaging and entertaining. A liver treat to all involved.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Live Free or Tri

  • A Collection of Three Short Mystery Stories
  • By: Judy Penz Sheluk
  • Narrated by: Kate Tyler
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Death and deception: Appearances are often deceiving and that is the underlying premise in this collection of short crime fiction. In "Live Free or Die" naive 21-year-old Emmy falls hard for 31-year-old Jack, an efficiency expert from New Hampshire who is not all what he seems. In "Murder in the Marsh" cyclist Carrie Anne Camack discovers more than she bargained for in the fertile farmlands of Ontario's Holland Marsh. In the final story, "The Cycopaths", a triathlon team's open-water swim training in Collingwood, Ontario, has deadly consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Mysterious Fun

  • By Big Cheese on 06-18-18

Two Out of Three

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

I’m not sure why a book entitled “Live Free or Tri; A Collection of Three Short Mystery Stories” had only two of it’s three stories about triathlons. One would have thought that the author would have gone for the trifecta (pun intended) and gone for three tri stories but such is not the case.

The stories are interesting but short; too short. Crimes (or maybe not crimes) are committed yet seemingly glossed over. What happened to the womanizer? Who killed the banker in the pallet of carrots? Was the swimmer a victim of an accident or a vicious plot by her fellow teammates? We’re left hanging on all three stories so I was left feeling short-changed.

The bright side was Kate Tyler’s narration. She did a great job and I would have loved to have heard more from her but such was not the case. These short stories were just too short.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful