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  • 1066: The Year That Changed Everything

  • By: Jennifer Paxton, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Paxton
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163

With this exciting and historically rich six-lecture course, experience for yourself the drama of this dynamic year in medieval history, centered on the landmark Norman Conquest. Taking you from the shores of Scandinavia and France to the battlefields of the English countryside, these lectures will plunge you into a world of fierce Viking warriors, powerful noble families, politically charged marriages, tense succession crises, epic military invasions, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History brought to life

  • By Joshua on 07-10-13

Don’t know much about history??

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

1066 flows with relative ease given the first cousins once removed etc. that play a role in this telling. Add pre ‘66 English and Viking history for a more complete picture. I listened twice. It was worth it both times!

  • Guns, Germs, and Steel

  • The Fates of Human Societies
  • By: Jared Diamond
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,781
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 662
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 668

In this groundbreaking work, evolutionary biologist Jared Diamond stunningly dismantles racially based theories of human history by revealing the environmental factors actually responsible for history's broadest patterns. It is a story that spans 13,000 years of human history, beginning when Stone Age hunter-gatherers constituted the entire human population. Guns, Germs, and Steel is a world history that really is a history of all the world's peoples, a unified narrative of human life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where is the Unabridged?

  • By Susan on 12-21-06

survival of the germy

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

Lucky latitudes allowing development of crops and invention swaps, domesticable critters living and sharing germs with their their owners and the societies that developed, armed with steel, guns, greed plus the sanctity of their religion; what chance did indigenous peoples have? Not much as it turned out. I first read Mr Diamonds Pulitzer Prize winning tome back in the `90s. His premise was brilliant and makes so much sense as in retrospect, so many brilliant premises do - but Mr Diamond, beats his reader over the head with a lot of peat repeat. Hey I thank him for teaching me and these many years later, wanted to review the book. Audible`s 6 hour version is just right. Thank you Mr Diamond and thank you Audible!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • On Photography

  • By: Susan Sontag
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

First published in 1973, this is a study of the force of photographic images, which are continually inserted between experience and reality. When anything can be photographed, and photography has destroyed the boundaries and definitions of art, a viewer can approach a photograph freely, with no expectations of discovering what it means. This collection of six lucid and invigorating essays, with the most famous being "In Plato's Cave", make up a deep exploration of how the image has affected society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm Glad I Bought, Despite Some Negative Reviews

  • By Deb on 10-18-13

A picture is worth...,

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

I found Ms Sontag’s work to be an erudite, informative,historically illuminating journey through the mechanical, Intellectual and artistic processes that reside, sometimes uneasily, under the broad mantel;PHOTOGRAPHY. Well written and wonderfully narrated!! Thank you from a rank amateur photographer!

  • The Chemist

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,796

She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened all night!

  • By bebe on 06-04-17

Original not formulaic

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

Kudos to Ms Meyer for creating an original and suspenseful work of contemporary fiction. My attention never waned as the action and plot twists unfolded. She may be today’s Robert Ludlum....looking forward to her next novel!! The reading performance by Ms Archer was flawless. Her timing and intonation was spot on.She gave each character a very recognizable and believable voice signature.

  • The Emperor of All Maladies

  • A Biography of Cancer
  • By: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 22 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,295
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,280

The Emperor of All Maladies reveals the many faces of an iconic, shape-shifting disease that is the defining plague of our generation. The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance but also of hubris, arrogance, paternalism, and misperception, all leveraged against a disease that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out "war against cancer".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By S.R.E. on 03-02-16

Great review of the history, science and treatment of cancer.

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

This appears to be a very thorough review of history, science and treatment of cancer. Fortunately there is also a good dose of empathy displayed by the author for his patients. Without a science background it may be difficult for some folks to follow all of the details but even on a general educational level, there are themes that a non-science reader can easily identify. My thanks to the author! Reading performance was quite good with the exception of some miss pronounced words as the reader likely does not have a medical background. All in all a 5 star review.

  • Tom Clancy Support and Defend

  • A Campus Novel
  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,574

Dominic Caruso. Nephew of President Jack Ryan. FBI agent and operator for The Campus, a top secret intelligence agency that works off the books for the U.S. government. Already scarred by the death of his brother, Caruso is devastated when he can't save a friend and his family from a terrorist attack. Ethan Ross was a mid-level staffer for the National Security Council. Now he's a wanted fugitive on the run with a microdrive that contains enough information to wreck American intelligence efforts around the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great action packed spy novel!

  • By James on 07-25-14

this book kept my attention

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

While this book kept my attention, I would not call it a "page turner". I enjoyed listening to it between more scholarly treatises. A good "need a break" or "beach book".

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I don`t envision any changes. The storyline held together very well.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

My favorite character is the lead character, Jack Ryan, our hero!!

Could you see Tom Clancy Support and Defend being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Definitely!! Jason Bourne morphs into Jack Ryan. I would chose Matt Damon

Any additional comments?

This book is not a heavy weight but I got what I expected and would consider another similar action novel at some point in the future.

  • 1177 B.C.

  • The Year Civilization Collapsed
  • By: Eric H. Cline
  • Narrated by: Andy Caploe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,785
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,623
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,612

In 1177 B.C., marauding groups known only as the "Sea Peoples" invaded Egypt. The pharaoh’s army and navy managed to defeat them, but the victory so weakened Egypt that it soon slid into decline, as did most of the surrounding civilizations. After centuries of brilliance, the civilized world of the Bronze Age came to an abrupt and cataclysmic end. Kingdoms fell like dominoes over the course of just a few decades. No more Minoans or Mycenaeans. No more Trojans, Hittites, or Babylonians.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to Like... And Did!

  • By Brett M Miller on 09-12-14

Who knew??

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

If you could sum up 1177 B.C. in three words, what would they be?

lost civilizations spotlighted

What was one of the most memorable moments of 1177 B.C.?

They had ice in their drinks and even shipped it to foreign markets?

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

Mr Caploe does a very credible job reading this book in a way that maintained my interest.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. Too much information to digest in one uninterrupted session.

Any additional comments?

I found this to be a very intersting book, especially as these Bronze Age cultures have not been focused upon in most mainstream high school or college curriculums. Thank you Mr Cline! I am pleased to have read your book and will likely listen to it again.

  • The Reasonable Art of Fly Fishing

  • By: Terry Mort
  • Narrated by: Michael Taylor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

"One of the best acid tests of an introductory book...is that the text allows the reader to learn an important skill independent of the illustrations. Fly casting is very difficult to teach in person, and even more so in print, yet this book contains the best, the most interesting, and the most effective introduction to fly casting I have ever read."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth the money

  • By Del on 07-20-10

An Artful Presentation

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

Where does The Reasonable Art of Fly Fishing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Terry Mort presents fly fishing in the macro and in the micro, referencing great thinkers in human history as well as the details necessary to consider before casting the first fly. I have read many audiobooks, both scholarly and of the pure entertainment variety. Mr Mort`s tome is one of my all time favorites.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Reasonable Art of Fly Fishing?

There are too many great moments to list. I found pearls in every chapter. I listened to this book 3 times and feel that as a novice, I now have an understanding of the terminology and of the important concepts regarding fly fishing.

Which character – as performed by Michael Taylor – was your favorite?

Thanks Michael Taylor for doing such a spectacular job reading this book with what I can only assume captures the emotion and engagement of the author for the subject of fly fishing. I don`t think that I could have listened to this book 3 times had it not been for Mr Taylor`s most excellent performance!!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes. I loved this book!!

Any additional comments?

If you have any interest in fishing, in the environment or in our fresh water resources, READ THIS BOOK!! Remember, fresh, clean water is a much more valuable resource than oil!! It will likely prove to be even more so over time. Trout need it. We need it.

  • The Upright Thinkers

  • The Human Journey From Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos
  • By: Leonard Mlodinow
  • Narrated by: Leonard Mlodinow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

In this fascinating and illuminating work, Leonard Mlodinow guides us through the critical eras and events in the development of science, all of which, he demonstrates, were propelled forward by humankind's collective struggle to know. From the birth of reasoning and culture to the formation of the studies of physics, chemistry, biology, and modern-day quantum physics, we come to see that much of our progress can be attributed to simple questions - why? how? - bravely asked.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • unexpected subject focus

  • By James on 12-17-15

Fascinating history of the development of human thought and problem solving

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

Reviewed: 07-17-15

At first I thought this was going to be just another book about down from the trees to up to the stars. I was wrong. The author has crafted an engaging tale of human thought and interaction. It is a must read history if one is at all interested in where we, as a species, came from and where we might be going. Thank you Professor Mlodinow.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue

  • The Untold History of English
  • By: John McWhorter
  • Narrated by: John McWhorter
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,943
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,491
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,469

A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar. Why do we say "I am reading a catalog" instead of "I read a catalog"? Why do we say "do" at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for casual linguists

  • By Anderson on 01-11-10

Who knew!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-15

This is a wonderful tour thru the roots of our present day English language. At times a bit erudite for this science major but generally quite interesting and very well delivered. The fact that I am considering a second listen conveys my interest in this fascinating topic.