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  • Christmas Eve, 1914

  • By: Charles Olivier
  • Narrated by: Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822

In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had - in reality - only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns. Upper- and working-class men and boys are thrown together into one trench and struggle to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was just reading about this in my news paper

  • By Bonnie on 12-22-14

Fantastic story a Christmas treat

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

My Great Uncle Ferguson Hussey fought in WWI and was gassed by mustard gas in 1918. He later died in 1934 partly due to his injuries. I thought of him and all the boys who died in the Great War and the consequences which unfolded from it. This story translates the spirit and decor of honor we should all remember as we pass the century mark of that time.

  • Gather ‘Round the Sound

  • Holiday Stories from Beloved Authors and Great Performers Across the Globe
  • By: Paulo Coelho, Yvonne Morrison, Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters, Daniel Frances Berenson, Magda Szubanski, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5,298
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,653
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4,649

2017 has been a monumental year for Audible, having just celebrated our 20th anniversary, a milestone that would have never been possible without our wonderful and loyal listeners. One of our major commitments is bringing new and diverse audio experiences to our members, so this year, as our gift to you, we pulled together a collection that reflects a little bit of everything we’ve been up to recently.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Holidays

  • By ZOE R on 12-12-17

Nothing about CHRISTMAS!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

Ok without sounding unappreciative toward audible, this was Free and a gift to its customers... so thank you. But I found it irritating that each part did its best to avoid any connection to Christmas. Audible is so PC that it makes you want to vomit. The ghost story was good, and the Santa letters was interesting except again, no mention of CHRISTMAS!!! Free is really nice, except when listening puts me in an irritated mood as I am at present! Next year Audible needs to add some CHRISTMAS into their show! America is made up of lots of cultures but 90% of us celebrate CHRISTMAS!!! So get with the program Audible!

  • Resurrecting Home

  • A Novel
  • By: A. American
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,057
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,798

Against all odds, Morgan Carter and his family have endured despite the deteriorating conditions surrounding them. Armed with survivalist tactics, Morgan's crew, alongside their new friends from the recently-liberated DHS camp, have worked together to build a sustainable community. But not all situations can be prepared for. When a massive wildfire threatens their very existence, they must decide: fight or flight?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is book 5

  • By Jan on 01-09-15

A steady pace that continues the big story

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

Overall I believe that this book falls in line with the other books as a well prepared and written novel. It does get a bit monotonous at times, considering how it goes into Mundane rituals of daily life. Apocalypse or not, some things can be glided over without burdening the reader with the daily didies of existence. For that, I striped away one star. Also, I like it when some of my heroes die. That is what is great about Game of Thrones... anyone can die at any time... much like real life. The author has plenty of likable characters. He could go ahead a let done die, even painful deaths as well. That makes us hate the villain more, and then when justice is served, it makes the revenge that much more tasty. So that is my second criticism of the book. But if you are a follower of this series, you should go ahead and buy it. It does continue the saga and it is written well, despite the areas of regular everyday living.

  • The Cave and the Light

  • Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization
  • By: Arthur Herman
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 25 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220

The Cave and the Light reveals how two Greek philosophers became the twin fountainheads of Western culture, and how their rivalry gave Western civilization its unique dynamism down to the present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a great book

  • By Gary on 04-25-14

Each part is like a lego house - It all fits!

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

Where does The Cave and the Light rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have listened to it three times and and am now on my fourth. It is really a great book because it takes the arguments of antiquity and slowly builds one philosopher upon the next all the way to the arguments that are going on today in our country. It underlines the fact that those in our society (the media and liberals) who see todays society as enlightened and "modern" are nothing more than a bunch of spoiled arrogant idiots who never cracked a real history book. If you are like me, a strong constitutional conservative liberal (liberal in the meaning it took before the Marxists got ahold of the word) and enjoy history, then you will put this book on your top shelf (figuratively speaking, though I intend to add this one to my personal library in my home, which has real leather bound books)

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cave and the Light?

The unique way the author wove the fabric of discoverers and philosophers together and was able to pull the right quotes and striking points from each biography.

What does Paul Hecht bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

That is one of the BEST features of the audio book. Though the author did a fantastic job at writing, the narration was an 11 on a scale from 1 to 10. His voice was deep and rich and made you feel like you were listening to a man who had personally lived through all of antiquity.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A TRUE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE FOR THE AGES

Any additional comments?

If you are interested in history and understanding the roots of todays political debate; if you are a man who wishes to be a great leader or a woman who wants to raise the children with a clear understanding of the Western philosophies, then BUY this book.

  • Pax Romana

  • War, Peace, and Conquest in the Roman World
  • By: Adrian Goldsworthy
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

Pax Romana examines how the Romans came to control so much of the world and asks whether traditionally favorable images of the Roman peace are true. Goldsworthy vividly recounts the rebellions of the conquered and examines why they broke out, why most failed, and how they became exceedingly rare. He reveals that hostility was just one reaction to the arrival of Rome and that from the outset, conquered peoples collaborated, formed alliances, and joined invaders, causing resistance movements to fade away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of his books.

  • By Nashville Cat on 09-10-16

Detailed over view of the peace of the empire

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

Reviewed: 01-27-17

A very detailed work and very balanced in its over all scope as well as its occasional micro analyses of Rome during its hay day. I would read all his other work except the fall of Rome ( saving it for last). This read this one second to last. The reader is great as well!

  • Augustus

  • First Emperor of Rome
  • By: Adrian Goldsworthy
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592

Caesar Augustus's story, one of the most riveting in western history, is filled with drama and contradiction, risky gambles and unexpected success. He began as a teenage warlord, whose only claim to power was as the heir of the murdered Julius Caesar. Mark Antony dubbed him "a boy who owes everything to a name," but in the years to come the youth outmaneuvered all the older and more experienced politicians and was the last man standing in 30 BC.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You know my name...say it.

  • By Steven on 12-10-14

Detailed report of Augustus

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

Reviewed: 01-08-17

I have listened to the book on Julius Caesar and the book on the fall of the Roman Empire. All of Derrick Perkins books are very detailed and somewhat analytical. Obviously I enjoy them or I would not have bought them. Of those that I have listen to so far I think that I like this one the best however I have not heard the one on Cleopatra and Marc Anthony and I have not heard the one on pox Romana. I would recommend this book but I would recommend that you should read the one on Julius Caesar before as it is a prequel to this one on agustus Cesar

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Plato, Socrates, and the Dialogues

  • By: Michael Sugrue, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Michael Sugrue
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

These 16 lectures bring the Socratic quest for truth alive and explore ideas that are as vital today as they were 25 centuries ago. Ideas about truth, justice, love, beauty, courage, and wisdom that can change lives and reveal the world in new ways. Here, you'll delve into the inner structure, action, and meaning of 17 of Plato's greatest dialogues, making these lectures an indispensable companion for anyone interested in philosophy in general or Platonic thought in particular.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easily the best audiobook in my collection

  • By ADRIAN on 02-03-14

Very thorough lecture

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

Reviewed: 08-18-16

I enjoyed this lecture however the professor spoke a little bit too fast so much so that sometimes I felt like I had it on fast-forward. Professor definitely knows his stuff however I was a little disappointed that when he got to the Timeus he did not discuss Atlantis. That the professor is right about understanding Plato and Socrates. To truly understand them you must read them. Or at least download them from audible and listen to them as I do.

  • Sex at Dawn

  • How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What It Means for Modern Relationships
  • By: Christopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson, Jonathan Davis, Christopher Ryan (Preface)
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,081

Since Darwin's day, we've been told that sexual monogamy comes naturally to our species. Mainstream science - as well as religious and cultural institutions - has maintained that men and women evolved in families in which a man's possessions and protection were exchanged for a woman's fertility and fidelity. But this narrative is collapsing....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Strawmen and Ad Hominems

  • By Carolyn on 09-18-12

Logical sense

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

Reviewed: 05-27-16

I found this book to be interesting and though it discusses a nonconventional way of looking at long term man and woman relationships, I have to agree with some of the conclusions found. It reads / listens well and is full of interesting data. Though I am as far right as can be, the logic is not left or right, but simply scientific.

  • Augustine: Philosopher and Saint

  • By: Phillip Cary, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Phillip Cary
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

These 12 illuminating lectures paint a rich and detailed portrait of the life, works, and ideas of this remarkable figure, whose own search for God has profoundly shaped all of Western Christianity. You'll learn what Augustine taught and why he taught it – and how those teachings and doctrines helped shape the Roman Catholic Church. These lectures are rewarding even if you have no background at all in classical philosophy or Christian theology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very thoughtful and well executed.

  • By Kevin Crabtree on 04-23-15

Core principles

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

Reviewed: 02-12-16

I found it to be a very easy lesson and enjoyed it very much. However I think that the serious listener will have to listen to it two or three times to fully absorb the detailed meaning. There is a new biography on audible about Augustine. I would strongly suggest listening to it after reviewing this lecture. Then follow up with the other great course on Augustine. I personally am not Catholic but enjoyed this course all the same.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • How Rome Fell

  • Death of a Superpower
  • By: Adrian Goldsworthy
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

In AD 200, the Roman Empire seemed unassailable, its vast territory accounting for most of the known world. By the end of the fifth century, Roman rule had vanished in Western Europe and much of northern Africa, and only a shrunken Eastern Empire remained. This was a period of remarkable personalities, from the philosopher-emperor Marcus Aurelius to emperors like Diocletian, who portrayed themselves as tough, even brutal, soldiers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The tragic story of the fall of a great empire

  • By Ryan on 03-03-15

Full history run through

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

Reviewed: 11-02-15

This was a great book. Covers all the emperors very well but does not get into tabloid history. Only criticism is that you really need a timeline to look at now and again to keep it all straight in your head.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful