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  • Napoleon

  • A Life
  • By: Andrew Roberts
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 32 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,041
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,035

Andrew Roberts' Napoleon is the first one-volume biography to take advantage of the recent publication of Napoleon's thirty-three thousand letters, which radically transform our understanding of his character and motivation. At last we see him as he was: protean multitasker, decisive, surprisingly willing to forgive his enemies and his errant wife Josephine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a dynamo!

  • By Tad Davis on 01-16-15

Some moral questions

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

The reader was creative and professional, and the book held my interest. The prose is clear enough. Keeping track of the many French names, and where the battles were being fought proved difficult. I was disappointed with the epilogue which consisted of a list of who died when. What was needed was a summing up. How many casualties were there in the Napoleonic Wars? Were they inevitable? What were the benefits Napoleon brought to mankind? these points were hit upon throughout the book, but needed to be summarized.

  • The Second World War: Triumph and Tragedy

  • By: Sir Winston Churchill
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 722

This volume of Churchill's history ofWorld Ward 2 recounts the dramatic months as the war drew to a close - the normandy landings, the liberation of western Europe, the bombing of hiroshima and Nagaski, and the surrender of Germany and Japan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Always good, occasionally great

  • By John M on 12-15-08

strange omissions

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

This volume was least diverting of the lot but was not devoid of interest. The irony of Poland, whose invasion by Germany started the war losing its freedom anyway, had been lost on me. The absence of certain subjects in this and earlier volumes puzzled me. Operation Market Garden is one example. And how do you abridge the Holocaust?

  • The Hidden Lives of Owls

  • The Science and Spirit of Nature's Most Elusive Birds
  • By: Leigh Calvez
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

In this New York Times best seller, a naturalist probes the forest to comprehend the secret lives of owls. Leigh Calvez takes listeners on an adventure into the world of owls: owl-watching, avian science, and the deep forest - often in the dead of night. These birds are a bit mysterious, and that's part of what makes them so fascinating.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good data, very evocative

  • By Beast41R on 10-30-17

good reporting

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

I learned much, despite issues with the writer's style. Overlook the cliches, the anthropomorphisms, the vapid asides and the general flatness of the writing and you will enjoy this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sons and Lovers

  • By: D. H. Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 216

Sons and Lovers, D. H. Lawrence's first major novel, was also the first in the English language to explore ordinary working-class life from the inside. No writer before or since has written so well about the intimacies enforced by a tightly knit mining community and by a family where feelings are never hidden for long. When the marriage between Walter Morel and his sensitive, high-minded wife begins to break down, the bitterness of their frustration seeps into their children's lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Momma's Boy (The Dangers of Overbearing Parenting)

  • By W Perry Hall on 02-01-14

dreary

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

Reviewed: 09-15-16

although well read and stylishly written this is strange tale of a man and his mother is dated, without sympathetic characters, and ultimately dull

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Goon Show Compendium: Volume 11 (Series 9, Pt 2 & Series 10) Part 2

  • Twenty episodes of the classic BBC radio comedy series
  • By: Spike Milligan
  • Narrated by: Harry Secombe, Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Twenty remastered episodes of the legendary series plus bonus material. Immensely popular and hugely influential, the groundbreaking radio series changed the face of British comedy. Now, for the first time, this collection presents the available episodes in chronological order as they were scheduled to be broadcast. In addition, there are some rare bonus archive items.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just Spike

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-18-16

Just Spike

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-18-16

Mostly this is Milligan and unfamiliar second bananas. Even the musicians are different. The bonus materials are of some interest.

  • Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 3

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 24 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

When the first volume of Mark Twain's uncensored autobiography was published in 2010, it was hailed as an essential addition to the shelf of his works and a crucial document for our understanding of the great humorist's life and times. This third and final volume crowns and completes his life's work. Like its companion volumes, it chronicles Twain's inner and outer life through a series of daily dictations that go wherever his fancy leads.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth waiting for

  • By Tad Davis on 12-09-15

devoid of interest

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

Reviewed: 05-16-16

Unlike earlier volumes, this is not worth listening to. Very negative. The Ashcroft affair is repetitive, overlong and depressing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tristram Shandy

  • By: Laurence Sterne
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

Laurence Sterne’s most famous novel is a biting satire of literary conventions and contemporary 18th-century values. Renowned for its parody of established narrative techniques, Tristram Shandyis commonly regarded as the forerunner of avant-garde fiction. Tristram’s characteristic digressions on a whole range of unlikely subjects (including battle strategy and noses!) are endlessly surprising and make this one of Britain’s greatest comic achievements.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than the first time

  • By andrew on 07-14-12

completely charmed

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

Reviewed: 03-21-16

An astonishingly diverting book that is both silly and wise. Anton Lessor really shines in bringing Uncle Toby, Dr Slop and company to life, while the direction is equally deft.