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  • The Song of Roland

  • By: Unknown
  • Narrated by: A Full Cast
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Since his youth, living in poverty in a cave in Italy, Roland's mother has taught him that someday he will be a brave hero like his father, Milon, and serve with the great army of Charlemagne. He learns from her that he is descended from great heroes of old and that his mother is Charlemagne's sister, the Princess Bertha.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Song of Roland

  • By D. B. Mann on 02-22-12

Antique, but enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-07

If you are the right sort of person this is a very good book. It reminds me somewhat of Beowulf in that they are both books that seem to hover in the twilight between "literature" and "mythology."

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Secrets of the Serpent

  • In Search of the Sacred Past
  • By: Philip Gardiner
  • Narrated by: Philip Gardiner
  • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Across time and across the world, an ancient serpent cult once dominated mankind. Then a great battle ensued and Christianity stamped its authority on the face of the planet. Now, after years of research, the real religious history of the world can be told. In Secrets of the Serpent, Philip Gardiner for the first time reveals the secret of the Holy Grail and Elixir of Life, and how the world's most mysterious places were once sacred to the serpent cult.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By David on 10-20-07

Interesting

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-20-07

An in-depth, historical examination of the "serpent" in religious/spiritual life of man.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 2000X

  • 'Repent, Harlequin!', Said the Ticktockman
  • By: Harlan Ellison
  • Narrated by: Harlan Ellison, Robin Williams, more
  • Length: 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

The Ticktockman is the time-master who controls this future society. Harlequin is the clownish masked man subverting the Ticktockman's tyranny. Will jelly beans and practical jokes ultimately prevail? Harlan Ellison narrates his own award-winning tale starring Robin Williams!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Professional Presentation of a Classic

  • By James on 01-14-04

Theoretically Excellent

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-07

My rating is based on my enjoyment of this work as a story, not on my enjoyment of it as an exposition of an idea and problem. This is because, as far as I can see, this story is little more than an essay that points out and examines the modern annihilation of free time. If it had been written as an essay outright I would give it a hight rating, but the attempt to clothe this essay with characters and a plot appeared thin to me.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Idiot

  • By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Prince Lef Nikolayevitch Muishkin is one of the great characters in Russian literature. Is he a saint or just naive, an idealist or, as many in General Yepanchin's society feel, an 'idiot'?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but different

  • By David on 04-28-07

Good but different

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-28-07

This is an excellently written piece but the action and appeal of it is entirely psychological, there is no "action" and its nuances obscure, but if you enjoy a complex, meditative book about people and their emotions, it is supurb.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of War [Blackstone Version]

  • By: Sun-Tzu, translation by John Minford
  • Narrated by: Lorna Raver, Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 291

For more than two thousand years, The Art of War has stood as a cornerstone of Chinese culture, a lucid epigrammatic text that reveals as much about human psychology, politics, and economics as it does about battlefield strategy. The influence of Sun-Tzu's text has grown tremendously in the West in recent years, with military leaders, politicians, and corporate executives alike finding valuable insight in these ancient words.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book on tactics and strategy

  • By David on 04-21-07

Excellent book on tactics and strategy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-07

If you are looking for a book that dissects the mechanics of skillful warfare then this book is what you are looking for. The actual book itself is not very long but over six hours of commentary and background information are appended after it which give interesting and useful facts about the book and its theories.

24 of 25 people found this review helpful